Home Financing

Home financing is one of the most complicated aspects of buying, building and/or owning a house. There are so many things to consider that it can be overwhelming. We aim to help you navigate your most pressing questions so you can focus on the joy of home ownership. From construction loans and mortgage rates to pricing and hidden costs, we’ll cut through the noise and give you the answers you need from industry experts.

Recent Home Financing Articles:

 
Searching for a great mortgage rate

Searching for That Great Rate: How to Find the Best Mortgage Rate

When it comes to mortgages, there is a lot at stake. Especially for first-time homebuyers. Picking the wrong one can cost you thousands of dollars in interest payments, and negatively impact your financial future. From mortgage type to closing costs, there are a lot of factors to consider when searching for the best mortgage rate. In this article, we’re covering the ins-and-outs of finding the best mortgage, so you can rest easy knowing you made the right decision. Tips on How to Find the... [Read More]
Searching for a great mortgage rate

 
Hidden Costs of Building

Are there any hidden costs with building?

Building prices are like an iceberg. An honest builder reveals what’s below the surface. Building your dream home is exciting. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than 1,000,000 new houses will be constructed this year. If the thought of building has ever crossed your mind, you’ve also probably wondered: How much will it cost to build a new house? The answer might be more complicated than you initially believe because of everythin... [Read More]
Hidden Costs of Building

 
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Up-Front Home Price vs. Allowance

WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID BUILDER ALLOWANCE AT ALL COSTS New home builders that use allowance pricing could learn an important business lesson from 11-year-old Charlotte McCourt. Charlotte, a New Jersey Girl Scout, is serious about honesty, especially with customer service. In a letter she wrote, “I would like to tell you about the cookies themselves, for some of the descriptions, I’m afraid, use false advertising . . . I love being honest with my clients.” Charlotte rated each cookie on a sca... [Read More]
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How to Prepare for Property Taxes When Building a New Home

Purchasing an available, pre-owned home from a real estate listing is much different from building a custom house that includes your most desired amenities, especially when it comes to preparing for your property taxes. Without an exact amount based on historical figures, how will you know how much to save up or roll into your mortgage? This topic baffles many families who are contemplating the ongoing costs of home ownership as they relate to a newly built residence. As perplexing as it m... [Read More]
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new home cost

Why New Home Cost Varies When Comparing Square Footage

You’re thrilled to be building a home. Finally you’ll be able to live in your dream house, complete with all the comforts and features you want. You’ve done your basic research, and are starting to get bids. That’s when you run into an unexpected, seemingly-unexplainable puzzle: The cost-per-square-foot conundrum. Why is this a mysterious issue? In a nutshell, it’s the reality that comparing the price of building two new homes by square footage doesn’t seem to make sense. On one hand, an 1... [Read More]
new home cost

 
new home pricing

Up-Front Pricing – What You Should Know About New Home Pricing

When purchasing a new computer, you want to confirm some details first. Do I want a desktop or laptop? Is the monitor included in the price and what size is it? What about speakers? I found it very helpful to get a quote not only on the cost of the computer but the options as well so I had confidence in knowing the total cost before buying.   Online Home Price Requests When requesting a price on a home from the website, you will receive the base price of the home. Additional cost woul... [Read More]
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pricing a new home

What You Should Know Before Pricing a New Home

When purchasing a new computer, you want to confirm some details first. Do I want a desktop or laptop? Is the monitor included in the price and what size is it? What about speakers? I found it very helpful to get a quote not only on the cost of the computer but the options as well so I had confidence in knowing the total cost before buying. When requesting a price on a home from the website, you will receive the base price of the home. Additional costs would include options you want to ... [Read More]
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Advice on Financing Your First Home

Buying your first house is very exciting. But financing your home purchase can be a daunting experience. In both cases, do your research and shop carefully to ensure you find exactly what you want and need. Deciding how much to spend on your home and which type of mortgage will work best for you — as well as understanding the settlement process — can be confusing. However, there are many sources that can help you get prepared well before you step foot into a sales office, model home o... [Read More]

 
closing on your home

Closing On Your Home

Settlement (or closing) is the process that passes ownership of a property from seller to purchaser. Going to settlement on a new home can be bewildering. Home buyers are usually required to sign a seemingly endless pile of documents, most of which are written in terminology not used outside of the housing industry and that can be complicated to understand. Be an informed homebuyer during every step of the settlement process: Before You Go to Settlement Important Settlement Terms ... [Read More]
closing on your home

 
tax tips for homeowners

Tax Tips for Homeowners

As the April 15th deadline to file 2015 taxes quickly approaches. Here are a few tax tip blog articles we shared, in previous years, to help you maximize deductions and save money. Want to rest assured you have all the documents you need when you need them, but not be awash in paper? Tax and Home Records Checklist: What to Keep and For How Long Don’t rouse the IRS or pay more taxes than necessary — know the score on each home tax deduction and credit. 9 Easy M... [Read More]
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