Category Archives: Home Buying

Hidden Costs of a DIY Home Remodel

Gloves? Check. Safety goggles? Check. Hammer hanging off of your carpenter jeans? Check. You’re ready to fulfill your HGTV dreams and dive into a much-needed DIY home remodel project. You’re going DIY with this because A) it will save on the cost, and B) you’ll have fun doing it. You’ve carefully budgeted for your project,… (read more)

Five Reasons to Use a Credit Union for your Mortgage

If you know anyone who has recently tried to buy a house, you know what a challenge it can be. Due to the economy, interest rates are climbing, and it isn’t easy to find a reasonable interest rate in this market. While there are many options for acquiring a mortgage, people often overlook that their… (read more)

The Ultimate Mortgage Abbreviation Cheat Sheet

Here’s a little trade secret: financial institutions LOVE acronyms. No, not LOL and FOMO, but more like FICO and LTV. Not to worry. At FFCCU (that’s Firefighters Community Credit Union, BTW), we’ve compiled the ultimate list of mortgage abbreviations and mortgage acronyms that you might come across when applying for and filling out all the… (read more)

What’s the Best Choice: Paying off a Mortgage or Investing?

Are you wondering if paying off your mortgage early or investing is a better choice in the current economic climate? Nichole Coyle, Certified Financial Planner™, has some answers to help guide your decision. Why It May Make Sense to Pay off Your Mortgage Early: 1. You have a high-interest rate and refinancing to a lower… (read more)

8 Documents You Need for a Mortgage Application

In this competitive market, you may be rushing to finish a mortgage application to secure the house of your dreams. However, if you want to get ahead, you’ll need to collect the correct documents, so your process is as smooth as possible. Here are eight documents you need for a mortgage application. 1. Tax Returns,… (read more)

Buying a New Home This Month? Read these 10 Tips!

Are you buying a new home this year? Since the beginning of the pandemic, the housing market has exploded, bringing both low-interest rates and low housing inventory. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or already own a home, it’s a good idea to be prepared.   Keep reading to learn more about buying a new home this spring.  Top… (read more)

6 Reasons to Get Your Mortgage with a Credit Union

If you are on the house hunt, chances are you’ll need a mortgage to go along with it. While you might be inclined to head to a bank or mortgage-specific lender, a credit union may be your best option. Here are six reasons why choosing a credit union for your home mortgage is a win… (read more)

Are You Saving for Your First Home? You’ll Want to Make Sure You Do These Five Things!

Are you saving for your first home? It’s an exciting event, but it’s also a big financial investment. To be able to make a purchase, you’ll need to have a down payment saved. It’s prudent to devote 20% of your home’s cost as the down payment. But that’s $40,000 on a $200,000 home – which… (read more)

Four Reasons To Refinance Your Mortgage

If you’re a homeowner, refinancing your home may have crossed your mind. With interest rates at historic lows, many people are taking advantage of locking in a lower rate for the duration of their mortgage loan. What is Refinancing? Refinancing your mortgage typically involves paying off your current mortgage with a new loan, typically at… (read more)

Safely Buying a Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic: What You Need to Know!