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Mortgage Qualification & Approval

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What Credit Score Do You Need To Buy a House?

Between our roller coaster job market and saving for a down payment while battling inflation, buying a house can feel unattainable for many of us. Add to that our anxiety over good or bad credit scores, and it may feel like you’ll never own a home.  But contrary to popular belief: You don’t need a...

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How To Get an FHA Loan Preapproval

You know you’re ready to become a homeowner. But when you apply for a conventional loan with a bank, credit union or online lender, you’re getting turned down. Maybe it’s because you’re a first-time buyer and your credit score isn’t high enough or you haven’t built up enough of a credit history. Or maybe you’ve...

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How To Get a VA Mortgage Preapproval

To thank veterans for their service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) helps to guarantee VA home loans made by lenders like banks, credit unions and online lenders. When you start shopping for a home with a VA loan, you may find several lenders in your area that offer VA loans. If the program seems...

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What Is a Mortgage Preapproval Letter and How To Get One

After years of paying rent, wrangling roommates and asking your landlord permission to do anything besides put up temporary wallpaper in your apartment, it’s finally time to buy your own home. Unless you plan to pay for the home with cash, you’ll need to get approved for a mortgage. Before you check out any real...

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Mortgage Preapproval Checklist Guide

Open houses and viewings are an exciting part of the home buying process, but for many aspiring homeowners, the journey starts before they step foot in a house that’s for sale. It starts with a mortgage preapproval. Getting preapproved is an optional, but important, step because it can streamline the process of buying a property,...

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How To Increase Your Mortgage Preapproval Amount

You got your finances in order to help you buy your dream home, and you organized a tall stack of paperwork to get a mortgage preapproval. You did everything right. But with home prices on the rise, you might discover that the price tag on your dream home is higher than the amount you’ve been...

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Why Your Mortgage Loan Can Be Denied After Preapproval

You cleaned up your credit history, saved a large down payment and applied for a mortgage. Now your lender has given you that coveted preapproval letter, and you’re ready to shop the real estate market. That’s great news! But home buyers must be aware that it’s possible to have a mortgage application denied even if...

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Do Student Loans Affect Buying a House?

Going to college and buying a home are both important milestones, but student loan debt might make them feel like conflicting goals. Luckily, you can pursue both higher education and homeownership by understanding how loan debt might affect your mortgage. Read on to learn how student loans factor into getting a mortgage and get some...

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Will My Business Loan Affect Getting a Mortgage?

Sometimes everything happens at once. Let’s say you’re a passionate entrepreneur with a small business that’s finally ready to scale up with the right financing when you learn that your family is about to grow, and you need a bigger house. Applying for a mortgage and a business loan at the same time is a...

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How Long Does a Mortgage Preapproval Last?

When you start the home buying process, it’s a good idea to get preapproved for a mortgage.  After finding a lender you trust – and finding a mortgage with the right terms – you’ll go through the preapproval process. Once you’re preapproved, the lender will hand you a mortgage preapproval letter. You can add the...

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Does Mortgage Preapproval Affect Your Credit Score?

You’re settled in your job, you’ve saved for a down payment and you’re ready to kiss paying rent goodbye. But before you start your search for the perfect pad, you’re told that it would be in your best interest to get a mortgage preapproval. To start the process of a mortgage preapproval, a lender will...

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What Is Loan Origination and Its Fees?

So you’re finally ready to purchase a home. You’ve been saving up and looking at listings, and you know what you want in a property. Now you’re ready to move on to the next steps and make your home buying dream a reality. You’re ready for the loan origination process.  Unless you’re buying a home...

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