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10 Steps To Buying A Home [VIDEO] Part 1

By FirstAm Editor on October 7, 2013
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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

10 Steps To Buying A Home [Infographic]

By First American on October 4, 2013
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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education, New Home Buying

Top 5 Things To Know About GFE Fees And Tolerance Levels

By FirstAm Editor on August 20, 2013

When you apply for a mortgage, your lender will provide a Good Faith Estimate, often referred to simply as a GFE. A GFE is a government-standardized form that gives estimates of the charges and fees that will be associated with closing your transaction. The lender is required to issue the GFE within three business days after receiving your...

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

How Does A New-construction Home Affect The Title Search Process?

By FirstAm Editor on August 13, 2013

Building a brand new home on an empty lot gives you a great deal of flexibility and freedom as a homeowner. There is no prior house to renovate or add onto; you basically have a blank canvas to make all your own. So if you are the first one to live in your home, can you skip the title insurance? 

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

Get Pre-approved For Your Mortgage

By FirstAm Editor on August 9, 2013

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage involves having a lender evaluate your financial data to determine whether you qualify for a loan, as well as the maximum amount. This is done by having a loan officer review your income, savings, credit report and debt-to-income ratio. Getting pre-approved can provide mortgage borrowers with numerous...

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

Demand For Housing Of All Types On The Rise

By FirstAm Editor on July 17, 2013

Recent reports in the media showing that the U.S. housing market is increasing in multiple facets may inspire some future homeowners to get off the sidelines and into the action sooner rather than later.

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

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