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The VA Loan Advantage

Oct 4
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VA mortgages are an excellent loan option for qualified service personnel. With no down payment and no monthly mortgage insurance required, VA mortgages are a great benefit for those individuals who have served their country. Depending on your loan program needs, most if not all settlement charges can be financed. This may reduce cash out of pocket to almost nothing.  Homestead Funding Corp. is proud to offer VA mortgage programs to our service men and women, veterans, and their families.

There are other benefits to VA mortgages which include the ability to use gift funds to cover closing costs and prepaid expenses. The program allows borrowers to purchase the following eligible properties: Single family homes, condos, planned unit developments (PUDs), townhomes and 2-4 unit owner-occupied homes. We also offer VA Streamline Refinance options for those who already have VA mortgages. If you think that you or someone you know may qualify for a VA mortgage, please see the eligibility chart here.

As a VA approved mortgage lender, Homestead Funding has helped thousands of families finance their dream homes. If you or someone you know could benefit from a VA mortgage, Homestead can help! Contact us today to learn more about this program!


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The Right Mortgage

Sep 22
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Shopping for the Right Mortgage

The list of available mortgages has grown significantly over the years, leaving you to sift through all the information on all the different options before finally finding the one that works best for you. There are ways, however, to make this process easier. Seek advice from an experienced mortgage professional and have them help you to consider these questions:

  • How long do you anticipate living in this home?
  • Do you expect any changes in the next few years such as expanding your family or having your children go to college and/or move out?
  • Do you expect any major changes in income due to promotions, relocations, retirement, pensions, or inheritance?
  • Are you expecting any changes in your investments?
  • Are you conservative, aggressive, or somewhere in between when it comes to investment strategies?

These questions are important because they help determine which loan program will best fit the stage of life you’re in. Each loan has different aspects that appeal to and benefit different kinds of households. They’ll also help you determine whether or not you’re working with the right mortgage professional. If they don’t ask these questions, they may not be your most helpful choice.

Ultimately though, the most important factor you have to consider is cost. Make sure you’re given a complete picture of how much your mortgage will cost you over the period of time you intend to have the loan. This will illustrate the greater picture of your financial goals and allow for adjustments should changes occur sooner than anticipated. The recommended time frame for this projection is anywhere from three to seven years.

Call Homestead Funding Corp. today to find out what mortgage is right for you!


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Organize Your Move!

Sep 16
10:17
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Getting ready to move? Make the process a little less stressful by using this checklist to keep yourself organized!

4 WEEKS PRIOR TO MOVE:

__ Set up a "move" calendar
__ Have a garage sale or set up sales on Facebook sites or Craigslist
__ Donate old books to your local library
__ Donate un-needed furniture to charity
__ Donate old towels and blankets that are still in good condition to your local vet
__ Discard all aerosols, paint, oils, and other flammable or toxic chemicals (many times this needs to be set up months in advance as each community has their own specific drop stations for these items)
__ Contact insurance company to transfer policies (life, auto, homeowners)
__ Contact doctors, dentists for copies of medical records if you are changing practices
__ Contact schools for copies of student records if moving to a new school district

 

3 WEEKS PRIOR TO MOVE:

__ Review tax deductions on moving expenses
__ Arrange cut-off date for utility companies (telephone, gas, electricity, water, garbage, cable)
__ Request change of address kit from post office
__ Check out voter registration information for the new area
__ Call friends and relatives to let them know you are moving

 

2 WEEKS PRIOR TO MOVE:

__ Transfer stocks, bonds, bank accounts and contents of safe deposit boxes
__ Prepare a list of clothing that will not be packed with household goods
__ Take time to check off previous listed items while you still have time

 

1 WEEK PRIOR TO MOVE:

__ Label items you will need to access easily and place them in separate room or closet
__ Clean out your refrigerator and let it air out at least 24 hours before moving
__ Drain outdoor equipment: Water hoses, propane tank from BBQ grill, gas and oil from lawnmowers
__ Schedule with utility companies to have utilities turned on at your new home

 

MOVING OUT DAY:

__ RELAX!!!
__ Remember, items packed last will be unloaded first
__ Conduct a final review of the house, including attic, stairwells, closets, cupboards, storage, garage, and behind doors

 

MOVING IN DAY:

__ Have the house ready for delivery prior to the truck's arrival
__ Take a break, sit back, relax and ENJOY YOUR NEW HOME!!

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First Time Home Buyers

First time home buyers are not the same as years gone by. They generally play the same role, but their primary characteristics have evolved. By understanding these characteristics, we can better recognize what drives their decisions and be more prepared to connect with them to meet their unique needs.

Delaying their home purchase — In the early 1980s, the median age for a first time home buyer was 29.6. Now, it’s 32.5. It’s assumed that buyers are working to pay off their student loan debt before buying a home. They are then able to save more and afford a better home in a nicer neighborhood later on. They may also wait until they have an established career and a more reliable income, making them less of a risk for larger loans.

Renting Longer — Today’s first time home buyers have been renting longer, approximately six years total, before purchasing a home. As a result, they may not know the extra costs that exist in owning a home. Be sure to help them understand how the loan repayment process works and of any and all additional costs.

Buying on their own — Fewer people are getting married lately, or they are waiting longer to do so. First time home buyers who fall into this category are less likely to co-borrow and typically take out smaller loans to purchase smaller houses.

Experiencing less wage growth — A first time home buyer has probably had a flat income the past few years while home values have increased. This makes buyers more likely to wait to find the home they want at a price they can better afford.

Buying more expensive homes — Fist time home buyers were once known for buying “starter” homes—typically older homes with only one or two bedrooms. However, in recent years they have been purchasing more expensive homes. This may be due to fluctuating inventory, saving more money for down payment, or changing lender standards. Regardless of the reason why, you can help these clients by exploring products that accommodate larger loan amounts.

The factors and characteristics that drive today’s first time home buyer also affect their borrowing needs. Here at Homestead Funding Corp., we are able to adapt to these needs in order to understand and respond to each client’s thought process to create the relationship necessary for a positive mortgage experience. ecessary for a positive mortgage experience.


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The Balancing Act

Sep 9
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Work Life Balance

Now that the kids are back in school and the fall sports season has begun, many of us find ourselves wondering how we’re going to get everything done. It can be difficult to juggle daily tasks when we work two jobs – the one that pays the bills, and the one that we love (at least most of the time): raising our kids.

If you feel like you are running ragged trying to keep up, these tips can help you balance work and family life:

Get up before the rest of the family. Getting an extra 15 minutes of sleep is nothing compared to how relaxed you’ll feel if you get up and get ready before the craziness of the morning hits. Whether it’s your morning workout, taking a shower, or drinking that much needed cup of coffee, when your act is together it makes it easier to get their act together.

Prepare for the day ahead of time. From picking out their outfits for the next day or even week, to making lunches the night before, to keeping frozen meals at the ready for fast and easy dinners, taking a few minutes to prep ahead can make the day run smoothly.

Come up with a routine and stick to it. Having a set schedule for the day will ensure your kids know what to expect when, and what's expected of them. Schedule conflicts and melt-downs can be avoided when everyone knows the plan.

Stay involved in your kids’ day. Working during the day doesn't mean you can't be an active participant in your kids' daycare or school. Visiting on your lunch may not be an option for you, but you can always bring in an activity or a snack for the kids. You could also use your skills to help with a class project. You’ll feel more involved with your kids and they, as well as the school, will know you care.

Make time for some R&R. At the end of the day, make sure you plan some time for you and your partner to rest and recuperate together and just be adults. Try to plan a lunch date, dinner, or movie night once a week without the kids. Having a bit of “you” time in your schedule can help you manage the rest of the demands on your time.

We all have what it takes to keep going even when we feel there’s too much happening at once. Working even just one of these things into your daily or weekly routine can make a difference in your work/life balancing act.


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