The Top Reasons to Shop for a Home in Grand Rapids

Are you a first-time buyer that’s shopping for homes in West Michigan? Chances are, there are a number of different factors contributing to your idea of the perfect home. Yes, the property itself is important, but so is finding the right community that provides the entertainment, cultural, and social events that will keep you there […]

The Home Loan Application Process

Shopping for a home is an exciting process. While you’ve likely created a personal budget to determine how much home you can afford, serious home buying begins in a lender’s office as opposed to an open house. Speak with any experienced real estate agent and they will recommend that you consult with a lender about […]

Is Fall the Best Time to Buy a House

Sometimes it’s smarter to buy certain items according to the season, like sweaters near the end of  winter and swimsuits in late summer. But what’s the best season for buying a house? The answer: the fall. As temperatures cool and trees shed their leaves, enough factors break in the buyer’s favor to make it the No. 1 season for […]

Expert Interview Series: Brett Shively of OnCourse Learning on Finding Knowledgeable Mortgage Lenders

Brett Shively is executive vice president of financial services for OnCourse Learning, where he oversees the company’s financial services compliance and regulatory training products and services. Here, Brett discusses the importance of ongoing education for lenders and offers advice to consumers about navigating the loan process. Tell us about OnCourse Learning. What types of financial […]

Value-Adding Renovation Projects to Finance with a Home Equity Loan

Are you thinking of tackling some renovation projects in your home? If so, it’s important to consider return on investment. When you choose projects that will add the most value to your home, you can recoup much or all of your cost at resale. Home improvements vary greatly in cost and in the value they […]