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Year End Tips/Reminders

Year End Tips/Reminders

Since we have been in the planning mode ourselves, we thought it might be helpful to put together a list of some things that you might want to do before the year comes to a close. Some of these may not apply right now, but they could also be things that you schedule for next year. Hope you find this list useful. Oh, and if you need a great referral to help you with any of these, don’t hesitate to ...

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Student Loan Payments & Mortgage Qualification

Student Loan Payments & Mortgage Qualification

If you are considering purchasing a home and you have student loan debt, consider speaking with a mortgage professional as a starting point. There are all kinds of rules around how these are treated when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. How your student loans are structured or in what stage of repayment they are in may dictate what type of loan program you will qualify for.

For example – most people incorrectly assume that if your loans ...

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Credit Scores – Don’t Sweat the Small Dips

Credit Scores – Don’t Sweat the Small Dips

We assist people with understanding and improving their credit scores with great regularity. One of the questions that comes up frequently is why credit scores go up and down so frequently? Credit Scores are made up of five main components.

The first is making your payments on time (35% of your score). If you make, even one late payment in the very recent past, your score will drop dramatically. The second component is called your utilization ratio ...

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7 Strategic Moves as You Prepare to Apply for a Mortgage

7 Strategic Moves as You Prepare to Apply for a Mortgage
  1. Rent Before You Buy – It is always a good idea to get a year or so under your belt as a tenant so you can understand some of the challenges that come with homeownership. Put yourself in the shoes of your landlord. Lenders like to see a track record of making housing payments prior to application and to get you used to making a house payment prior to owning.

  2. Check Your Credit ...

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Purchase Debt Consolidation Example

In our first video blog entry, Scott talks about restructuring your mortgage to help consolidate debt.

Until Next Time!!

The FMT

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Credit Repair Companies

Credit Repair Companies

If you have had credit challenges in the past, beware of unscrupulous companies that promise they can solve all your problems. Far too many take advantage of you. They typically will charge you an upfront setup fee and then a monthly charge for as long as you remain a client. Most of them just take the “shotgun” approach and dispute every negative item on your report, every month. The credit reporting agency is then required to ...

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Short Sale & Foreclosure Victims: 6 Reasons You Can Buy Again

Short Sale & Foreclosure Victims: 6 Reasons You Can Buy Again

A Short Sale or a Foreclosure is most definitely not something anyone wishes upon them self or their loved ones. But, if you happen to be one of the many Americans who unfortunately experienced a Short Sale or Foreclosure, The Family Mortgage Team of Atlanta has good news for you! Listed below and in our infographic you’ll see Six Reasons Past Short Sale Sellers can (and ...

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The Benefits of Getting a Pre-Approval

The Benefits of Getting a Pre-Approval

Faster closing times, stronger purchasing power, and  greater loan flexibility are just a few of the ways getting pre-approved puts you at an advantage prior to ever even looking at a home. Often times when home buyers decide they’re ready to buy, the first person they contact is a Realtor. However, not only does speaking with a Lender prior to looking at houses give you and your Realtor a better idea of what you can actually afford, you also put yourself ahead of ...

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10 Credit Don’ts During the Loan Process

10 Credit Don’ts During the Loan Process

Listed below are the 10 credit mistakes to avoid once you’ve been approved for a loan! And if at anytime during your loan process you are unsure about something, always call your loan officer to confirm!

  1. DON’T DO ANYTHING THAT WILL CAUSE A RED FLAG TO BE RAISED BY THE CREDIT SCORING SYSTEM. This would include adding new accounts, co-signing on a loan, changing your name or address ...
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“Getting Pre-Approved Just Isn’t Enough” – Here are 3 Different Types of PreApprovals

“Getting Pre-Approved Just Isn’t Enough” – Here are 3 Different Types of PreApprovals

These days Atlanta homes are selling quickly and buyer competition can be tough. That’s why at The Family Mortgage Team in Atlanta, we stress to our clients the importance of getting pre-qualified before ever going to even look at a home! And with homes today having multiple offers, most of the time a simple pre-qualification isn’t enough to seal the deal. Below we explain the 3 types of pre-approvals; Pre-Qualification, Certified Homebuyer, and Pre-Approval. ...

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