Making an Offer on a House? 11 Strategies to Win

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So you’ve found your dream house and you’re ready to make an offer, but how do you make sure your offer stands out among all the others? How do you make your offer more appealing? Whether you’re dealing with a competitive housing market or a cautious seller, getting your offer accepted requires creativity, compromise, and a strong strategy.  So how … Read More

How to Increase Your Credit Score Quickly and Buy Your First House

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Being a first-time homebuyer is tougher these days, as banks and mortgage lenders are tightening their lending standards. While credit requirements for a mortgage can vary, depending on the type of loan and lender, a credit score of 620 is typically the minimum credit score needed for a conventional loan. However, lenders are raising the required minimum credit score and … Read More

5 Tips for Buying a House with Student Loans

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The thought of buying a house with student loans can be daunting, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. With a proper strategy in place, and the willingness to do whatever it takes to save for a home, you could be well on your way to pursuing the purchase of your first home.  Do Student Loans Affect Buying a Home?  Sadly … Read More

6 Reasons to Take Out a Smaller Mortgage Than You Qualify For

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Whether you’re buying your first home or your fifth, being approved for a larger-than-expected mortgage can be intoxicating. But qualifying for a big loan isn’t the same as being able to afford it — and you don’t want your biggest asset to ruin your finances. Look at what happened during the Great Recession: Believing their homes would appreciate in value, … Read More