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Massachusetts Home Buyer Guide

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First-time Homebuyers Should Consider MassHousing

Jan 13, 2017 6:34:00 PM

Many homebuyers mistakenly think that MassHousing loans are only available to low-income first-time homebuyers in Massachusetts. Although there are income limits and loan limits, homebuyers are often surprised by how much a borrower can earn and borrow and still qualify.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs, Video

How Much Cash Do Massachusetts First-time Homebuyers Need?

Jan 12, 2017 8:55:00 AM

One of the most difficult parts of buying a home for Massachusetts first-time homebuyers is saving for the down payment. So how much cash on hand does a homebuyer need to buy a home?  

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs

HomeReady Mortgage is a Low Down Payment Option for Homebuyers

Dec 1, 2016 12:36:37 PM

Massachusetts first-time homebuyers year after year cite saving for a down payment as the biggest obstacle to buying a home; however, many potential homebuyers mistakenly believe they need to save enough money for a 20 percent down payment.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Condominium, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs, Mortgage Rates & News

15 Mortgage Loan Terms MA First-time Home Buyers Should Know

Nov 16, 2016 8:58:00 AM

Massachusetts first-time home buyers sometimes feel like they are listening to a foreign language when learning about the many lending terms related to a mortgage loan. There are many and several sound similar. The following are 15 loan terms first-time home buyers should definitely know.

1. Adjustable-rate Mortgage (ARM): Frequently referred to by its acronym ARM, an adjustable-rate mortgage is a loan in which the interest rate is adjusted periodically based on a pre-selected index. An ARM is sometimes known as a variable-rate mortgage. An ARM typically isn't for first-time home buyers, mainly because rates may rise and monthly payments could become no longer affordable. 

2. Annual Percentage Rate (APR): The annual percentage rate, commonly referred to as the APR, is the interest rate that reflects the true cost of borrowing. It takes into account all the costs associated with a loan. The APR allows home buyers in Massachusetts and around the country to compare different types of mortgages based on the annual cost of each loan. 

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs, Real Estate Misc.

7 Tips for Massachusetts Homebuyers Purchasing Homeowners Insurance

Nov 10, 2016 8:45:00 AM

One of the costs Massachusetts homebuyers will incur during the home-buying process is homeowners insurance, which is often referred to as hazard insurance. Although you might be focused on a multitude of other costs associated with purchasing a home, homeowners insurance is vitally important to protect you from damage to or the total loss of your home.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Misc.

Do Mortgage Credit Inquiries Hurt a Homebuyer's Credit Score?

Nov 9, 2016 9:45:00 AM

A common concern among potential homebuyers shopping for a mortgage is that multiple credit inquiries will negatively affect their credit score. It's not exactly true and has been perpetuated by some mortgage professionals who want to discourage potential borrowers from shopping around. 

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101

Costs First-time Homebuyers Should Consider Beyond Mortgage Payments

Oct 28, 2016 11:54:50 AM

You have provided your loan officer with your pay stubs, W-2s, tax returns, bank statements and other financial documents. The lender has reviewed the documents and provided you with a pre-qualification or pre-approval letter. You're all set to go house hunting in Massachusetts, and you'll know exactly how much it will cost you to be a homeowner. Not exactly. 

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101

Public Transportation 101 For Homebuyers Moving to Boston

Oct 27, 2016 9:32:05 AM

Whether you are new to the city or planning a move to Boston, you need to know how to get around.  This means having knowledge of Boston public transportation, the Massachusetts mass transit system, and its various options.  Homebuyers moving to Boston and considering which city or town to live in are going to want to learn the letters MBTA.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Massachusetts Relocation, Boston Relocation

Tips for Choosing a City When Moving to Massachusetts

Sep 5, 2016 3:00:00 PM

So you’ve already made the decision to move to Massachusetts, but where in Massachusetts? There are a number of things to consider when relocating, and there is place for every lifestyle. Massachusetts arguably is split into six main areas:

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Massachusetts Relocation, Boston Relocation

An Exclusive Buyer Agent Agreement Isn't Exclusive Buyer Agency

Aug 28, 2016 10:57:05 AM

What is exclusive buyer agency? It does not have anything to do with a contract you might sign that requires you to work exclusively with a real estate brokerage or agent. It has everything to do with whether your buyer agent is able to provide 100 percent loyalty to you, the homebuyer, avoiding conflicts of interest common with traditional real estate firms.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips

Is Freddie Mac's Home Possible Advantage Mortgage For You?

Aug 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Despite what many potential homebuyers are told by friends, family or acquaintances or learn from websites and other media, you do not need a 20 percent down payment to purchase a home. 

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Condominium, Mortgages 101, Loan Programs, Mortgage Rates & News

What is a Mortgage Interest Rate Lock?

Aug 22, 2016 2:18:13 PM

For most Massachusetts homebuyers researching lenders and home loan programs, the mortgage interest rate is one of the most important factors in deciding which lender and/or loan program to use to finance the purchase of a home.

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Topics: Home-buying Tips, Mortgages 101

    

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