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When to Not Pay Off Your Mortgage Early
Posted by Mike Dein - Jul 2, 2021, 9:52 AM
Being free of monthly mortgage payments sounds ideal, but there are a few…
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4 Tips for Buying a Home in a Busy Market
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 30, 2021, 9:21 AM
With the hot real estate market, it might take you longer to find a home,…
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What Lies Ahead for the FHFA?
Posted by John Hardy - Jun 28, 2021, 10:58 AM
It was a busy week for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). On…
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4 VA Loan Facts to Know Before You Apply
Posted by Mike Dein - May 30, 2021, 9:36 AM
VA Loans are backed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If you’re…
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5 Myths About Buying a Home
Posted by Mike Dein - May 21, 2021, 12:14 PM
Not everything you hear about buying a home is true. To help you transition…
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Home Renovations with the Highest and Lowest Returns
Posted by John Hardy - May 19, 2021, 9:06 AM
If your renovation plan is to increase your home’s value, it’s important to…
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How Long Will High Lumber Prices Last?
Posted by John Hardy - May 17, 2021, 8:38 AM
If lumber prices continue to rise, construction projects could be delayed,…
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What’s the Difference Between Condos, Apartments, and Townhouses?
Posted by John Hardy - May 14, 2021, 8:27 AM
Before you answer what kind of property am you're looking for? Know that…
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Know About Homeowner’s Insurance Before You Buy a Vacation Home
Posted by Mike Dein - May 11, 2021, 9:15 AM
While homeowner’s insurance might not stop bad things from happening, it…
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How an Investment Property Can Increase Your Wealth
Posted by Mike Dein - May 5, 2021, 9:23 AM
With the money generated from rental payments you can profit every year in…
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Money Moves to Make When Interest Rates Are Low
Posted by Mike Dein - May 3, 2021, 8:41 AM
Want to take advantage of low rates, now is the time. Don’t know where to…
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5 Mortgage Terms Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Know
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 30, 2021, 8:15 AM
There are several steps of the home buying process that you may not know.…
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3 Major Updates to Biden’s Home Buyer Assistance Bill
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 28, 2021, 9:49 AM
Initially, the credit was designed to help families buy their first homes…
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How Carrying a Balance Affects Your Credit Score
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 26, 2021, 9:03 AM
Carrying a small balance from month to month could help improve your credit…
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5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Credit Score
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 23, 2021, 10:01 AM
Your credit score shows lenders how good you are at borrowing money and…
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7 Steps to Growing the Perfect Lawn
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 21, 2021, 8:54 AM
Curb appeal is one of the top influencers when buying or selling a home. A…
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4 Ways the Housing Market Could Change After the Pandemic
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 19, 2021, 9:44 AM
The housing market saw shifts during the pandemic. Rates dropped, prices…
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Mistakes to Avoid When Buying in a Busy Market
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 16, 2021, 9:34 AM
Things move faster when competition is high: offers come quicker, houses…
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New Home Buyers are Taking Charge of the Current Market
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 14, 2021, 9:32 AM
Low inventory, high demand, and rising mortgage rates are all making it…
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Home Buying Tips from a Financial Planner
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 12, 2021, 10:53 AM
“How much can I spend?” is a common question asked when buying a home.…
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HUD Holds FHA Premiums Steady, Home Buyers Still Win  
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 9, 2021, 9:17 AM
HUD Secretary announced that there would be no cuts to FHA mortgage…
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Breaking Down the Most Common Myths About USDA Loans
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 7, 2021, 10:12 AM
U.S. Department debunks 5 common myths about USDA Loans.
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A Home Buyer’s Guide to a Pet-Friendly Purchase
Posted by John Hardy - Apr 5, 2021, 9:03 PM
When buying a home, it’s important to consider the needs of all family…
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More First-Time Home Buyers Choose Conventional Over FHA Loans
Posted by Mike Dein - Apr 2, 2021, 10:12 AM
Recent data by the National Association of REALTORS® has shown a decrease…
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Are ‘We Buy Houses’ Signs a Scam?
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 31, 2021, 9:55 AM
Know a scam when you see one? Whether it’s a phone call from “Scammer,” or…
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Why You Should Stay with the Same Lender for Your Refinance
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 29, 2021, 9:18 AM
Before you decide to refinance with someone new, here are four reasons when…
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How Housing Has Changed in a Year & Where it’s Headed Next
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 26, 2021, 10:01 AM
A global pandemic and struggling economy led to a 2020 we won’t forget.…
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How to Spend Your Stimulus Money Wisely
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 24, 2021, 9:31 AM
If you received a stimulus check it may be tempting to splurge on a Play…
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6 Quick Tips to Help Sell Your House Fast
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 22, 2021, 9:23 AM
With the help of good staging, you could garner more buyer interest, close…
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4 Steps for Home Buying Success
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 19, 2021, 9:27 AM
You’ve finally found your dream home. Take these steps beforehand so the…
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10 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 17, 2021, 9:36 AM
Almost everyone goes green on St. Patrick's Day but here are some ways to…
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How the American Rescue Plan Will Impact Housing
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 15, 2021, 9:30 AM
The Plan is one of the largest economic relief packages in U.S. history,…
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CMG Financial Named a Best FHA Mortgage Lender for 2021
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 14, 2021, 11:57 AM
The Mortgage Reports named CMG Financial among the 9 Best FHA Mortgage…
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Removing Insurance from an FHA Loan
Posted by Mike Dein - Mar 5, 2021, 9:33 AM
With lower down payments and less restrictive requirements, FHA loans are…
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6 Factors that Affect a Home’s Price
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 3, 2021, 10:02 AM
Home appreciation has surged over the past year, the first time we've seen…
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What Homeowners Insurance Covers in a Power Outage
Posted by John Hardy - Mar 1, 2021, 9:13 AM
In the winter, losing power can be physically dangerous and financially…
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How to Determine if You’re Financially Ready to Buy a Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 28, 2021, 12:54 PM
While buying a house is an exciting investment, it’s important that your…
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What Are the Costs of Refinancing Your Mortgage?
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 26, 2021, 10:26 AM
With low rates, it's a great opportunity to refinance and potentially save…
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3 Reasons You Should Refinance Now
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 24, 2021, 10:03 AM
Thousands of homeowners have refinanced their mortgage to take advantage of…
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10 Questions to Ask Your Lender Before Closing
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 19, 2021, 10:02 AM
Make sure you ask these important questions before closing on your home…
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A Deeper Look at President Biden’s Proposed Tax Credit
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 15, 2021, 9:58 AM
Biden's proposed $15,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers, if passed…
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Answer These Questions BEFORE You Buy a Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Feb 10, 2021, 9:25 AM
Mortgage rates have been at record lows for months – making demand surge.…
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Are iBuyers Worth the Buzz?
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 8, 2021, 10:38 AM
iBuyers are popular in today's market because they are convenient, however,…
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7 Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 4, 2021, 9:56 AM
Nothing says “welcome home” like a trimmed yard and a newly painted front…
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4 Ways to Save Money When Building a Home
Posted by John Hardy - Feb 1, 2021, 9:42 AM
Finding the perfect home is hard with low inventory so building new may be…
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Home Buyers and Sellers Set to Score Big in 2021
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 29, 2021, 9:36 AM
It’s hard to predict the economic swings we experienced in 2020 but one is…
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8 Home Features That Make a Lasting First Impression
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 27, 2021, 9:09 AM
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Take a closer…
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Everything You Need to Know About Your Mortgage Escrow
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 25, 2021, 10:01 AM
Typically, escrow refers to an escrow account, but it can also refer to the…
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5 Questions to Consider as a Young Adult Home Buyer
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 8, 2021, 10:19 AM
After spending almost a year cooped up in your parents’ basement or…
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4 Easy Ways to Give Your Bathroom a Fresh Start This Year
Posted by John Hardy - Jan 6, 2021, 9:35 AM
Upgrading your interior features every five to ten years is a good way to…
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New Year’s Down Payment Countdown
Posted by Mike Dein - Jan 4, 2021, 10:54 AM
Many people think that a 20% down payment is the only route to…
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How These 7 Bills Affect Your Credit Score
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 18, 2020, 10:16 AM
The most common loans are mortgage, car and student debt. While some bills…
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Navigating a Competitive Market with Your VA Loan
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 16, 2020, 9:14 AM
Low home inventory and soaring demand have led to a competitive housing…
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How Lockdown Has Helped Americans Save For Second Homes
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 14, 2020, 9:37 AM
With saving opportunities related to COVID-19, purchasing a second home has…
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Preparing to Use Home Equity to Finance a Second Home
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 11, 2020, 9:51 AM
With home equity on the rise, if you are a homeowner, you could save…
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Janet Yellen Announced as Biden’s Treasury Nominee
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 9, 2020, 10:01 AM
If confirmed by the Senate, she'll be the first woman to lead the Treasury…
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Why You May Not Want to Age in Place
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 7, 2020, 9:41 AM
Aging in place has its advantages but at the same time can be just as…
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New Purchase Volume Predicted to Break Records in 2021
Posted by Mike Dein - Dec 4, 2020, 10:01 AM
By the end of 2020, predictions say that mortgage originations will reach…
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Why You Might Want to Have a Home Inspection, Even in a Busy Market
Posted by John Hardy - Dec 2, 2020, 9:40 AM
Waiving your home inspection can be an effective way to compete in a…
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How to Maximize Savings When Interest Rates Are Low
Posted by Mike Dein - Nov 30, 2020, 8:56 AM
Before you go buying another online streaming service, consider putting…
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