Category Archives: Mortgage

Navigating the Mortgage Maze: A Guide for Self-Employed and Non-Traditional Income Borrowers

You did it! You went out on your own with a great idea and built your business – and now you’re making a living doing what you love most: working for yourself. From one-person-shop plumbing businesses to freelance writers to personal trainers to small business owners of all shapes and sizes, the U.S. Bureau of… (read more)

How This Rising-Rate/Low Inventory Housing Market Is Right For You

With the housing market on a proverbial roller coaster, it’s hard to know whether to buy a house now or wait until interest rates decline. In a recent study from Fannie Mae, 79% of those who responded stated that it’s a bad time to buy a house. However, it doesn’t all need to be doom and… (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)

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)

Why it’s Critical to get a Home Mortgage Pre-approval

  Homes are selling fast in today’s market thanks to the rising demand. So, it’s crucial to have a competitive edge compared to other buyers. One way to stand out: get preapproved. If you are on the hunt for your dream home, here are four reasons it’s vital to get a home mortgage pre-approval before… (read more)

Five Things You Need to Know When Buying a Home in a Competitive Market

Mortgage rates are at historic lows, and it may be the perfect time for you to purchase a home. The major downside is, there are not enough homes for sale to meet the high demand! With the housing marking so competitive right now, here are five tips to help you buy the home of your… (read more)

Biggest Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid – What Not To Do!

Taking out a mortgage to purchase a home is a big decision; it is likely you’ll be borrowing a significant amount of money that will take several decades to repay. Because this is a significant milestone, it’s crucial to avoid common mortgage mistakes that could cause you to pay too much or miss out on… (read more)