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The hidden costs of selling a house
By Neil Pierson, Ask a Lender, June 21, 2018

A study conducted in 2016 by real estate services company Zillow found that 61 percent of sellers had never previously sold a home. Without prior experience, a seller might be unaware of the closing costs, real estate transfer taxes and even the costs of preparing the home to be sold, all of which sellers are responsible for. Before putting your ho...

How to find down payment assistance in California
By Steven Wyble, Ask a Lender, June 21, 2018

Down payment assistance programs in California abound. Here are the programs you need to know about to get a mortgage in California with no money down — whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or not.

Great Ways to Meet Your Neighbors
By Stephen Katz, June 15, 2018   |  Updated: June 15, 2018

Here are a few pointers on how to meet your neighbors after you’ve moved into your new home.

9 common questions first-time homebuyers ask lenders
By Arnie Aurellano, Ask a Lender, June 13, 2018

If you’re buying a home for the first-time, you probably have a lot of questions about getting a mortgage. We talked to lenders with experience serving first-time homebuyers to find answers for the most common questions.

Stop Renting and Buy
By Kelly M Phillips, June 12, 2018

Are you are tired of putting your money into your landlord’s pocket month after month? Do you want something tangible to show for your hard-earned dollars? Are you ready and able to take on the responsibilities of owning a home? Do you want to begin investing in your future by building home equity? There is no “right” answer for knowing if and when the time is right to buy a home – every situation is different and requires serious consideration.

The Process of Shopping for a House
By Stephen Katz, June 8, 2018   |  Updated: June 15, 2018

Looking for a house can be time consuming. So, how long does it take to buy a house? It depends. Check out these steps that can shape your buying process.

The Expectation of Buying a Home
By Stephen Katz, June 7, 2018

People normally have two choices when it comes to where they live and ultimately call home sweet home. Is homeownership still the American Dream?

Regulatory relief bill may open doors at small banks
By Victor Whitman, Ask a Lender, June 6, 2018 | Updated June 8, 2018

The Regulatory relief bill signed by President Trump may not ease loan qualifying standards for borrowers, but it may open the door for community banks and credit unions to originate more home mortgage loans.

What Type Of Home Will You Buy?
By Stephen Katz, June 6, 2018

It's a tough call choosing a home when it comes to first-time buyers. Here are the questions to ask when deciding which type of home, you should purchase.

Small mortgage loans: Why are they so hard to find?
By Neil Pierson, Ask a Lender, June 6, 2018

Home mortgages less than $70,000 are hard to find, but these “small-dollar mortgages” are available through some credit unions, community banks and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Learn how to finance your small dream home.