Which Loan Is Right For Me?: Conventional vs Government-Insured Loans

We know that purchasing a home is a daunting task for anyone, but especially first-time homebuyers. There are many different types of loans available and it’s important to understand each major type to ensure you’re able to make an informed decision.

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Three Reasons to Get Pre-approved Early

It's generally best to obtain pre-approval early - before starting to look at homes. We recommend getting pre-approved as early as six months to a year in advance.

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How To Choose A Mortgage Lender

You’ve decided you’re ready to buy a new home. The first step is choosing a mortgage lender. But how on earth do you go about finding the right lender for

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Sellers Don’t Like FHA Loans

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you may have heard that sellers don’t like FHA loans. You were probably left wondering why the seller would care about the type of mortgage

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Hiring A Divorce Mortgage Professional

In a divorce, the marital home is often the largest asset. In our experience, it can also be a large item of contention. This is often due to the emotional

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Documents Needed To Apply For A Mortgage

Nearly everyone that comes to us for a mortgage or refinance comments on the amount of paperwork they have to provide us with. We know, it is a lot. In

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Your Escrow Account and Divorce

Divorcing your mortgage can be a tricky process. One of the most common questions we’ve received recently is about the escrow account and divorce. What happens to the money in

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Buying a House with Student Debt

We get questions regarding buying a house with student debt all the time. Can I get a mortgage when I have student debt? How can I save for a down

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Home Appraisal 101

What is a home appraisal? Is it the assessed value or is it determined during the home inspection? It’s neither. A home appraisal is a qualified third-party’s educated opinion on

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Pre-qualification, Pre-approval, and Loan Commitment: What’s the Difference?

You’ve finally decided to take the plunge into homeownership, but finding out where to begin can be difficult. Here at Mortgage Specialists, we advise that you seek out a lender

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