Multiple Offers? 5 Tips for Staying Calm and Coming Out on Top

You’ve found your dream home and are ready to send in an offer, only to learn that several other people share your dream — and are also submitting bids. This can tend to set off a frenzy, in which buyers are all now in competition with each other. The best way to deal with a […]

5 Things All First Time Homebuyers Should Know

If you are buying your first home, you probably have more questions than you do answers about the process. With all of the excitement, anticipation, and nerves associated with purchasing your first home, the best way to make it easier on yourself is to prepare. These five valuable tips will help make your first steps […]

Simple Tips that Will Help You Save for Your Home Down Payment

If you’re ready to take the leap and purchase a home, you’ll have plenty to prepare for. However, often the biggest cause for concern in the home buying process is coming up with enough money for the down payment. Saving for a down payment can seem overwhelming and daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. […]

The #1 Piece of Advice to Share with Your Buyers

Are you an experienced real estate agent that’s currently representing multiple buyers purchasing properties? If so, you likely have a lot of advice to share with them after years in the business. This post is focused on the most important piece of wisdom: the location of your home matters more than the type of home […]

Be Prepared: What to Do Before You Buy A House

You’ve decided it’s time to buy your first house. Now what? Deciding that it is the time to buy is only the first step in the long journey to homeownership. Before you can you start shopping for your dream home, you’ll need to be aware of the factors that influence what you can buy and […]

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 Pre-Approval 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 […]