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Mortgage 101: How Interest-Only Mortgages Work and Why They're A Good Solution for Some Buyers

Mortgage 101: How Interest-Only Mortgages Work and Why They're A Good Solution for Some Buyers
Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or an experienced real estate investor, if you are planning to borrow funds to buy a home you will want to choose the right mortgage product. In today's blog post we'll explore how interest-only mortgages work and why they're the perfect choice for some homebuyers.How Interest-Only Mortgages Differ From Convent...
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You Ask, We Answer: Should I Build a New Home or Buy an Existing One?

You Ask, We Answer: Should I Build a New Home or Buy an Existing One?
Are you looking to buy a new house in the near future? If so, one of the choices you will face is constructing your own brand-new home or buying an existing home. The idea of building a new house on the right piece of land might sound enticing, but what if you could have a larger, more luxurious existing home in the same neighborhood for a much low...
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3 Useful Tips for First-time Homebuyers Trying to Navigate the System

3 Useful Tips for First-time Homebuyers Trying to Navigate the System
Whether you're tired of renting, need more space or want to make an upgrade, buying your first home is the solution. However, if you have never participated in the market before it can be a bit daunting at first. Let's explore a few useful tips that are helpful for first-time homebuyers who are new to the process of buying real estate.Tip #1: Begin...
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Wrapping It All Up: Don't Forget These Important Tasks After Closing on Your New Home

Wrapping It All Up: Don't Forget These Important Tasks After Closing on Your New Home
The negotiations are over. The seller has accepted your bid and the paperwork has been signed. Shortly, you'll be handed the keys to your new home and you can start moving in. But of course, the work doesn't end after the real estate closing process. In fact, it's just beginning! In today's article, we'll share a few essential tasks that you'll wan...
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Go Big or Go Home: 3 Reasons Why Your First Home Should Be a Spacious One

Go Big or Go Home: 3 Reasons Why Your First Home Should Be a Spacious One
Buying a home for the first time? One of the key considerations you'll need to make is just how much 'house' you want to buy. While going minimal might seem like a good idea to save on costs, having a smaller living space can end up cramping your lifestyle in many ways. Let's look at three great reasons why your first home should be roomy, spacious...
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Getting Tired of Renting? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Prefer Owning a Home

Getting Tired of Renting? Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Young People Prefer Owning a Home
At some point in their lives, every renter thinks about home ownership and whether it's worth it. Let's explore the top 5 reasons why young individuals prefer the idea of owning a home over renting.It's All About ControlIt's unlikely to come as a surprise that having control over their living space is the number one reason that younger buyers prefe...
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Squad Goals: 4 Steps to Throwing a Patio Party Your Friends Never Forget

Squad Goals: 4 Steps to Throwing a Patio Party Your Friends Never Forget
Summer may be the season for swimsuits and beach side barbecues, but it's also a great time to get your friends together for a party in your own backyard. Whether you're ready to show off your new home or are just looking for a good reason to celebrate the season, here are some ways to ensure your party is one that will make the summertime memorabl...
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The Five Most Common Overlooked Expenses When Selling a House

The Five Most Common Overlooked Expenses When Selling a House
Most homeowners are so enthusiastic about putting their home on the market and getting the price, they're hoping for that the expenses involved in selling a home are forgotten. However, it's often said that one has to spend money to make money, and selling a home is no exception! If you're wondering what kinds of overlooked expenses will cut into y...
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Location, Location, Location: How to Ensure You're Buying a Home in the Right Community

Location, Location, Location: How to Ensure You're Buying a Home in the Right Community
When investing in a home, one of the most important things is buying a place that you and your family can feel comfortable in. However, while a place you can envision yourself in is important, it's not worth neglecting the neighborhood you'll be moving into for the perfect home. If you're wondering what you should be looking for in the neighborhood...
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Using a Mortgage to Buy a New Home? Here Are 4 Ways to Reduce Your Closing Costs

Using a Mortgage to Buy a New Home? Here Are 4 Ways to Reduce Your Closing Costs
Interest rates may be on the rise, but many people aren't aware that the closing costs on mortgages have also increased in recent years. While it may not seem like a significant cost, the closing costs on a mortgage can add up to a lot by the time the final deal is sealed. If you're wondering how you can go about reducing your final expenditures, h...
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Refinancing This Spring? How to Choose Between Variable and Fixed Interest Rates

Refinancing This Spring? How to Choose Between Variable and Fixed Interest Rates
From choosing a real estate agent to finding the right home, the process of getting a mortgage is rife with many different choices. If you're investing down the road, it's likely that you've heard about variable and fixed interest rates and are wondering about the differences between the two and how they can benefit you. While what will work best f...
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Buying Small, Living Large: 4 Big Pros to Buying a Smaller House or Condo

image of a small home. Are you on the hunt for a more efficient living space? Whether you're a first-time buyer or downsizing from a larger home, buying small can still mean living big. Let's explore four positives to living in a smaller, more intimate house or condo.

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Self-Employed? Here's What You'll Need to Get a Mortgage Approval

There's a lot of flexibility and personal freedom associated with self-employment that can be a great benefit to your lifestyle and your pocketbook. However, because of the somewhat unpredictable nature of self-employment, it can make acquiring a mortgage a little more difficult. If you've recently become self-employed or have been in the game for a while, here are some things you may want to consider before submitting your mortgage application.

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Home Ownership

home staging, back yardHome ownership can provide amazing opportunities for buyers in Montana. Getting approved for a mortgage loan is among the most important initial steps. Once you know the amount that you can reasonably afford, you can speak with a licensed real estate agent about buying a home.

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First-Time Home Buyer Tips

This is a market ready for first-time home buyers.  There are some great programs out there to help with that first time purchase, whether it’s education, downpayment assistance, and others.  And did you know that you don’t technically have to be a “first-time” home buyer?  You just have to not have owned a home for at least three years and you technically become listed as a first-time home buyer again.  This is particularly helpful for those that lost their homes because of divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, etc.  We’ve all been through rough times and won’t be punished forever. 

So here are some tips if you are ready to make your “first” purchase.

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