Mortgage Foundations

Advice from Our Experts

From legal matters to credit scores, we’ll help you understand mortgage foundations one article at a time. If you’re interested in Purchasing or Refinancing specifically, we have more specific content too!


Credit Score

8 Tips to Boost Your Credit Score


Staying on top of your credit puts you on the right track toward homeownership. Follow our tips to keep your credit score on the up and up.


How Do Credit Scores Work?


What is credit and why does it matter? Find out how credit scores came about, who calculates them, and how.


What Do Lenders Look at?


Often, home buyers do not understand the factors that lenders look at when you apply for a mortgage and it holds them back.


Costs and Taxes


Closing Costs 101


Make the closing as easy as possible. Know exactly what to expect when it comes to closing costs in the home buying process.


What Are All the Costs of Buying a Home?


There are many costs to becoming a homeowner beyond the listing price. Find out exactly what it costs to purchase a home.


Articles about Logistics and Legal


What is Title Insurance?


Title Insurance protects buyers from problems when transferring ownership between properties. It is required on all purchase and refinance transactions.


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Fast-Track Your Application By Gathering These Documents


Gathering all the required documents that you need to apply for a mortgage can be daunting. So, check out our easy checklist!



What Does A Home Inspector Do?


You’ve found your dream home and are finally ready to purchase it. Now it’s time to hire a home inspector to save you time and money.

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Things That Are Helpful to Know Before Speaking With a Mortgage Broker


Before speaking with a mortgage broker, make sure you know what terms to use and what items to have on hand. It pays to be informed.


Clean Up Your Finances


Want to learn how to organize important financial documents? Check out this post to find out how to “spark joy” in your files.



Top Ranking Resources


Top 10 Books on Housing and Personal Finance


Dive into the intriguing, dangerous, and complicated world of finance with these top 10 books on mortgage foundations, personal finance, and more.


Top 5 YouTube Channels on Finance


Ever wanted to improve your finances, but weren’t sure how to go about it? Check out our favorite YouTube channels on finance.


Top 10 TED Talks on Finance


Learn about finance in a way that is inspirational and motivational rather than taxing and overwhelming. Check out our top 10 TED talks in this post.




The 7 Best Apps for Managing Your Finances


With so many apps out there, it’s hard to know which ones are truly helpful. Check out our list of the top 7 financial apps.

Miscellaneous Content


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5 Home Improvements That Lower Your Energy Costs


Lowering your energy costs is possible! We’ve put together a list of suggestions into this article to help you prioritize.


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What Makes an Eco-Friendly House?


Make your house more eco-friendly and save money at the same time! Check out this post for tips on how to be more green.



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A Brief History of Mortgages


A brief history of mortgages & how they’ve changed over time. If you are interested in learning more about us reach out today!



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Use an Algorithm and Leave Your “Gut” Out of It


When it comes to mortgages, it’s important to be as rational as possible. That’s why you should ignore your gut and put our algorithm to work.


How to Properly Invest in Property


Real estate can be one of the most lucrative investments you make! Check out this article to find out how to invest.


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It’s Not Always Black and White . . . Except When It is


Things aren’t always black and white, but when they are, it’s important to be clear about where you stand. Here’s where we stand on mortgages.


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The Rise (and Fall) of Gayborhoods


These culture rich neighborhoods have burgeoning political influence, thriving economies. . . and they’re shrinking? Read this article to learn more.