Homeownership Privileges: Tax Breaks

With tax day is a little over a month away there is still plenty of time to take advantage of the various tax breaks available to you. If you purchased a home in 2013 you may be entitled to a number of tax deductions and credits this year. If you are a homeowner, you can ...

Lock Today & Shop Tomorrow with 1st Advantage Smart Lock

If you are worried about staying on budget while shopping for a home you could benefit from 1st Advantage Smart Lock. With Smart Lock you can take advantage of a favorable market by locking in an interest rate before you even begin your house hunt. The great thing about Smart Lock is that you can ...

Tips To Avoid Credit Road Blocks

When you go through the steps in obtaining a mortgage it is important to maintain your credit throughout the entire process, even after your loan is approved. Lenders may need to check your credit multiple times to verify the numbers making certain you are eligible for the loan. If you begin making large purchases or ...

Heat Your Home for Less this Winter

1st Advantage Mortgageā€™s local Chicagoland market got its first big snowfall last weekend and as the winter season sneaks up on us we want to share with you some ideas to keep your home warm and your heating bill low. Every little bit of savings can help especially around the holidays.

Mortgage Myths Revealed

Myth: The Interest Rate Determines The True Cost Of The Mortgage The annual percentage rate (APR) is what is used to determine the true cost of the mortgage. The APR includes the interest rate, points, mortgage insurance, and all other fees. This figure will give you a better idea of the total cost over the ...

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