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We have streamlined the lending process by keeping each loan in-house. You save time — and money.

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A Better Mortgage Process:

We have streamlined the lending process by keeping each loan in-house. You save time -- and money.
In addition, because we're backed by VanDyk Mortgage Corporation, one of the largest privately held direct lenders in the country, we are able to offer very competitive rates and low closing costs.

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We offer a variety of residential home loans for both Purchase and Refinance transactions:

  • FHA Purchase & Streamline Refinances
  • VA Purchase and IRRL Refinances
  • USDA 100% Rural Development Loans
  • Jumbo loans up to $3,000,000

We offer a variety of residential home loans for both Purchase and Refinance transactions:

  • FHA Purchase & Streamline Refinances
  • VA Purchase and IRRL Refinances
  • USDA 100% Rural Development Loans
  • Jumbo loans up to $3,000,000
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educated, well informed, decisions.

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Mortgage Advice Column

The Process of Shopping for a House






You can’t help but feel overwhelmingly excited when you begin thinking of buying a home. Looking for a house can be time consuming. Finding your soulmate home makes you realize that hard work truly pays off.

So, how long does it take to buy a house? It depends. On average, looking for a home normally takes up to three months. Here’s a glimpse of the steps that can shape your home buying process.

Mortgage Pre-Approval

Mortgage pre-approval is an estimation by a lender that determines if you would qualify and be creditworthy for a home loan.

The first step to get pre-approved for a home loan is to find a mortgage lender to work with. This paperwork will summon up basic information based on your credit score, income, debts, and employment history. This will expedite your home buying process. Also, pre-approval gives you a value range for the home purchased based on the current circumstances.

You will receive a written statement from your lender stating this information.

Searching for a Home

Once you are pre-approved, the journey for your sweet home can begin. Finding your dream home may take a while until you find the perfect fit.

Negotiating Agreement

Once you have picked the right house to buy, your real estate agent will help you fill out the paperwork to put an offer on the home. Once an offer is made, it usually takes up to three days to get an answer back from them.

          If approved, the next step will be handling inspections and appraisals.

          If rejected or countered, the negotiation process will take up to couple days.  

The inspections and the appraisal usually take up to two weeks to complete.

The Closing Process

Once the inspection and appraisal are completed, then your lender will start the closing process.

Closing occurs when you sign the paperwork that officially makes you the house owner. It may seem like the closing process is a lot of work, but it’s worth it. While waiting for the process to be finished, find something to keep yourself busy and enjoy your time while you wait!


The Expectation of Buying a Home



People normally have two choices when it comes to where they live and ultimately call home sweet home. There are numerus factors that can affect a person’s decision to rent or buy a home. The most influential factor is usually financial. So, is homeownership still a cornerstone of the American Dream?

According to the Survey of Consumer Expectation (SCE), one of the many questions asked in the housing section of the survey was: Assuming you had the financial resources to do so, would you like to own instead of rent your primary residence?

Surprisingly, 76.7% of those under the age of 50 said they would prefer to own their home, rather than rent. 52% of those over 50 would prefer to own. See the chart below:



This just shows how homeownership is part of the American Dream for the majority of the Millennials. In many ways, owning a home has become the norm for Americans. That dream is still alive!

At the end, perhaps the most important person to ask is yourself. Why miss out on the opportunity of looking for your dream home?

Once it’s time to look for a dream home give us a call or send us an email! We look forward to hearing from you!

What type of home will you buy?





It's a tough call between choosing a condo, townhouse, or single-family home when it comes to first-time buyers. When deciding between each potential home market, the type of house you purchase will also impact your down payment plans.  Managing lifestyles and budgets contribute to the buyer's pros and cons. Here are the key questions to ask when deciding which type of home, you should purchase.

Does the area suit your lifestyle?

Newlywed couples and young professionals are one of the foremost potential first-time buyers. Young professionals are looking for a place to live that is fulfilling on several levels. The Generation of young Millennials don’t plan on having children anytime soon therefore no need for extra bedrooms or even a yard. Condos tend to be a good fit for young professionals, because they are usually walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, train stations, and shops; meeting their Millennial standards. 

On the other hand, Newlywed couples mostly hope to find a bigger size home because they are welcoming a new baby to the family. Expanding or building a family requires having a nice backyard for future children to enjoy, making a house a better option than a condo.

On the contrary, owning a house can be costly, staying in a townhouse would be more suitable where the Homeowners associations hire contractors to take care of the maintenance.

Are association fees worth it?

Have you heard of Homeowner’s association (HOA)? It’s an organization for the residents that makes and enforces rules that require owner’s to pay dues. You should understand how HOA works before signing the contract.

Condo or townhouse owners bear the rules that some people find too restrictive; however, maintenance and repairs are covered by the HOA. Which takes out the hard work for owners not wanting the responsibility of sustaining the maintenance work.

House owners handle all the home repairs. If renovations need to be made, you are left to hire the right contractor and pay the bill. If you need to renovate the kitchen, for instance, it’s up to you to look for the right contractor and pay the bill. All the maintenance and renovations in the long run can add up to a fairly large amount of money. 

So, what do you think?

In the end, I believe it really comes down to personal preference. Once you have your down payment saved up, you will be ready to go and know exactly what you’re looking for. Owning a home is the best thing that can happen.  What is the right choice, for you?

Additionally, why not learn all about mortgage loans for first time buyers while saving for your house? If you want a full team of experts, we’re happy to help you make the best decision.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more details: 770-552-1000. We look forward to hearing from you!

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