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 ...

Heat Your Home for Less this Winter

1st Advantage Mortgage’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 ...

What To Expect When Buying A Home

The housing market has seen a busy spring and we’re heading into an even busier summer. Homes are selling quickly and conditions are favorable for both homebuyers as well as home sellers. Mortgage interest rates remain low which has been an incentive for many potential homebuyers to enter the market. Home prices are rising which ...

Top 10 Mortgage Tips for the Rest of 2013

By TJ Agresti, CEO, EquityLock   Tip 1: Refinance or Apply Now Mortgage rates are still close to all-time lows so if you haven’t refinanced recently, you’re probably paying too much. Rates are on the rise with over a 1% increase in the last 60 days alone.  Take advantage of today’s record-low mortgage rates while ...

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