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Ask An Expert: What steps should I take to prepare as a first-time homebuyer?

Q. What steps should I take to prepare as a first-time homebuyer? Dear reader: The prospect of becoming a home owner is very exciting and it’s the beginning of a long-term financial commitment, probably one of your biggest. Many first-time homebuyers find the process a lot trickier than expected, so it’s wise to be prepared to ensure you will have a successful experience. Here are some tips to help you …Read More

An Introduction to 3% Down Conventional Home Mortgages

 By Henry Ochoa For the past few months, private banks have been introducing 3% down conventional mortgage packages. These 3% down mortgages are a way to get first-time homebuyers into a home with a low down payment, as opposed to having to pay the typical 5-20% conventional down payment. Low down payment mortgages are an attractive option for people who live in cities where rent is high and it’s tougher …Read More

Quick Thoughts on Why Buying a Home Still Makes Sense

Some good news on the housing front today as the National Association of Realtors reported today that existing home sales rose 3.5% in March.  But there still seems to be a concern that there’s no real momentum in the housing market as a whole. Talk of housing always reminds me of something Papa O’Hara tells Scarlett in “Gone with the Wind.”  He tells Scarlett that land is “…the only thing …Read More