Golden State Mortgage Blog

What does the government shutdown mean for my mortgage?

When the government shuts down, who gets hit hardest among people needing a home mortgage? The latest version of federal breakdown made one fact painfully clear: It all depends on the type of loan you’re shopping for, or already had in progress. For many borrowers a VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) mortgage or FHA (Federal

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How to Save Thousands on Your Mortgage

Do you hate the thought of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest on a mortgage loan? When you make a mortgage payment, a portion of that money goes toward the principal amount of your loan, and the other part goes toward interest. During the early years of your mortgage, your payments will primarily

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Hidden Costs of Home Ownership

To determine what they can afford, buyers too often focus on mortgage payment or a home’s list price alone. Non-mortgage related costs associated with homeownership can affect the monthly bottom line, if you’re not prepared. Let’s take a look at some of the hidden costs of home ownership. Property taxes If you’re only plugging in

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How to Become a Homeowner in California

If you’ve ever wanted to buy a house in the Golden State, you’ll need to go through a lot of steps. In this article, we provide an overview of how to become a homeowner in California. Budget You need to know exactly how much home you can afford before you begin your home search. The

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Choosing the Right Mortgage for a Fixer Upper

The biggest difference you’ll be facing is that you’re applying for a mortgage based on the value of the house after the renovation, and not what the home is worth at the time of purchase. Unlike traditional fixed rate mortgage options, fixer-upper homes will need a unique loan. There are two main types of loans

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