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California Home Mortgage Loans

You can find quite a few types of California home mortgage loans. Understanding what’s available can help you review your options to get an idea of what options might work best for you and your family. Of course, Golden State Mortgage is happy to help you find the right home loan! In the meantime, why …

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Avoid These Home Buying Mistakes

Becoming a homeowner in California is one of the most exciting and potentially stressful things you can do. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to do, which can leave quite a bit of room for mistakes. The home buying process is an emotional experience that is personal for each buyer. Just remember that …

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How to Survive Buying a House¶

Preparation¶ You’ll probably start entertaining the idea of looking for a home years before you’re totally financially prepared. It can be daunting, but it will give you a better idea of what you want, like a master suite, basement, or garage apartment. Using online mortgage calculators you’ll also be able to get a rough idea …

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What’s the Difference Between Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval?

Unfortunately, without proper preparation, many buyers get lulled into the mistaken notion that if a lender pre-qualifies them for a mortgage, it means that they have been pre-approved for the home loan. There’s a world of difference between these two terms. If you’ve ever been confused by the two, this will explain how they differ, …

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How to Qualify as a First-Time Home Buyer in California

Did you know that the definition of a first-time buyer isn’t restricted to people purchasing their very first home? According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it also includes the following: A person who has not owned a residence for at least 3 years. A single parent who previously co-owned a home while …

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Why Buying a Home is Better than Renting

Owning your own home has distinct advantages over renting, especially when it comes to building your net worth and providing a stable environment for your family. If you’re struggling with whether to buy versus rent, consider these 10 reasons to take the plunge into homeownership: 1. You can ramp up energy efficiency. Energy-efficient improvements—from adding …

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Investing in a Home is an Investment in Your Future

Is buying a home a good investment? You’ve probably heard from the media, parents, older relatives, and, of course, real estate professionals that buying a home is a great investment that always helps to secure your future. You’re told buying a home is a good investment that will appreciate over time, and that it will …

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Advice for Single Homebuyers

Home-buying trends have changed over the last decade, and in today’s new market, more single homebuyers are entering the real estate market than ever before. And, single women have now outpaced single men as a percentage of homebuyers—a whopping 21 percent of all new home purchases are credited to single women. Single men and women …

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All About Credit Scores

The truth is, many consumers are confused about credit, with good reason—it’s a complicated subject. While a large majority of consumers (more than 80%) know the basics of credit scores, they’re still lost when it comes to some very important details, a 2016 survey from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and VantageScore Solutions, LLC, …

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When Should I Buy a House in California?

It is most Californians’ dream to one day own their own home in California. However, if you buy before you are ready, your home can quickly drag you down and make you house poor, meaning you owe more on your property than what its estimated worth is. You want to buy a home. Eventually. But …

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