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New Forms Expected To Make Comparing Mortgage Terms Easier

By FirstAm Editor on April 8, 2014

The Know Before You Owe campaign, developed by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is intended to assist consumers shopping for a mortgage by allowing them to take advantage of revamped and more easily comprehensible mortgage disclosure forms.

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

Tips For Hosting A Successful Open House During The Winter

By FirstAm Editor on January 29, 2014

Winter isn't traditionally the most popular time of the year to sell a house; the weather is cold and gray, and there's a good chance it will keep potential buyers from wanting to get out to look at homes. Spring is the most popular season for homebuying, but that doesn't mean you're out of luck if you’re looking to sell now.

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

What You May Not Know About The Good Faith Estimate (GFE)

By FirstAm Editor on December 13, 2013

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act requires a mortgage lender to issue a Good Faith Estimate to all potential borrowers. When you apply for a mortgage, make sure you receive this form from your lender.

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

What Is A Tolerance Cure?

By FirstAm Editor on November 18, 2013

Whether you're new to the homebuying process or a seasoned veteran, the concept of a tolerance cure might still be a little hazy to you. But it's an important to term to know, because it protects you from overpaying some of your loan costs. Even if you have a real estate professional to guide you through these unfamiliar terms, it's still a...

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

Would You Buy A Haunted House?

By FirstAm Editor on October 28, 2013

Every night you hear the floorboards creak from footsteps when no one is home, and you swear you felt someone standing behind you only a moment ago. Living in a house with these kinds of creepy occurrences may not be appealing to most, but a recent survey from Realtor.com found that a number of Americans would actually be willing to buy a...

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education, Industry News

10 Steps To Buying A Home [VIDEO] Part 2

By FirstAm Editor on October 8, 2013
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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education, New Home Buying

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