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Our Spring 2012 First-Time Buyer Prep List
Can You Afford Your First Home?

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the ideal home-buying season. Picture yourself holding the keys to your dream house. Are you ready to take the plunge and buy your first home? The road between wanting to buy and signing on the dotted line can be difficult and sometimes emotional. To get you off to a good start, we think You Should Know more about finding a mortgage and the house or condo that’s right for you.

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Balancing income, expenses and a down payment can be a challenge for the first-time home buyer.
By the Numbers
94% Chose Fixed-Rate Mortgage

With interest rates for fixed-rate mortgages remaining historically low and continuing concern over rate volatility, 94 percent of entry-level buyers chose a fixed-rate mortgage versus an adjustable in 2011.

Source: 2011 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, National Association of Realtors

More Than 1/3 First Timers

Thirty-seven percent of all homebuyers in 2011 were buying for the first time. If you are part of this special group, don’t miss the incentives many sellers offer to get your business.

Source: 2011 Home Buyer Survey Results, National Association of Realtors

Tens of Millions

The Federal Housing Administration is the largest insurer of residential mortgages, insuring tens of millions of properties since 1934. In most cases, an FHA loan allows the borrower to minimize down payments and closing costs.

Source: FHA Loan Requirements, Federal Housing Administration

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HUD Helps You Choose the Best Mortgage
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is a government agency overseeing home mortgage–lending practices. For a comprehensive look at what you should know before choosing a mortgage, download this brochure.

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Mortgage News Daily is a site dedicated to providing daily breakdowns of types and rates of traditional mortgage lending. Watch for the best possible rate before you apply for a loan.

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