first-time home buyers

Are you financially ready to buy a house?

A home is likely the single largest investment you will make in your lifetime. It has enormous potential to build up your wealth over time. But did you know that even in a relatively unpredictable market, you can purchase a home? If you adjust your thinking and your vision, you can almost always buy something …

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Millennials and their Home Buying Expectations

Totaling more than 80 million individuals, millennials represent the largest generation in the U.S. By 2025, they will claim three-quarters of all jobs. Also considered the best educated, 35% of 25 to 29-year-olds hold a degree, while at the same time carry some of the highest debt levels due to student loans and credit card …

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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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Reasons to Use the best Mortgage Brokers in California

When considering buying a home, most people require a mortgage to do so. Doing business with banks and lenders directly or hiring a mortgage broker. Finding a mortgage broker is a bit more difficult than it used to be but are still part of the mortgage marketplace. In this article, we’ll cover the reasons you …

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California Home Mortgages

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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