The Art of Homeownership

Whether you're thinking about buying a new home, refinancing your current home, or are looking for more information about home ownership, this is your center for mortgage knowledge. 

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Your Final Step: The Closing

It's been a long journey, but now you are finally ready to close on your home. Watch this video to find out what to expect during the days leading up to closing on your new home.

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Understanding the Underwriting Process 

You've found your home, you've made an offer and it has been accepted. But the work isn't done yet. Now it's time to make sure everything is in order before the closing.

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Searching for Your New Home 

You've been Pre-qualified for a mortgage, so now it's time to start searching for your perfect home. Watch this video to find out what to expect during the home search process and your next steps.

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A rug with the words, home sweet home. Two pairs of shoes and boxes surrounding the rug.The Pre-qualification Process for Home Buyers

Getting Pre-qualified for a mortgage is an important part of the home-buying process. It shows realtors and sellers that your serious and ready to make an offer. Watch this video to find out more about the process, and what you'll need to get pre-qualified to buy a home.

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The Dos and Don'ts of Applying for a Mortgage

Applying for a mortgage is a big deal! It may look like rough seas, but knowing what to do and what not to do when applying for a mortgage can make the whole process smooth sailing. To get you started, we've put together a list of Dos and Don'ts to guide you through the application process.

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Home Inspection 

Before buying your new home, you should invest in a home inspector to make sure your house is up to code! Home inspectors help provide peace of mind about the investment you make in your new home is a successful one from the start. Learn more about home inspections, who to call and what to expect. 

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Job History and Income Stability

When applying for a mortgage, your Mortgage Loan Officer will most likely ask you about your recent job history and income stability to determine what mortgage is the best fit for you. Learn what you'll need to prepare for your mortgage interview!

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Refinancing 101

Refinancing your mortgage can be a scary concept, but it doesn't have to be! Read on to understand a few of the common situations where a homeowner might consider refinancing their mortgage.

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Understanding the Mortgage Process

So you've decided to purchase a home. Although this is an exciting time in your life, it can also be a scary proposition. Where do you start? How much will it cost? How long will it take? 

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Home Ownership: More than Just a Mortgage

You signed on the dotted line. Congratulations, you're a homeowner! Unfortunately, the costs of owning a home extend beyond just your mortgage principal and interest. It is estimated that the average homeowner spends $9,000 a year in other costs related to home ownership.

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Pre-qualification Can Get You to Your Dream Home Faster

You've found your dream home. Everything from the neighborhood to the floor plan is perfect. The only problem - you haven't been pre-qualified for a mortgage yet and you're afraid other parties are interested in the house.

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Read the blog "Programs Available for First Time Home Buyers" Programs Available to First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a home, especially your first home, is a big deal. It's exciting, but there's also a lot to think about. Equity Bank is here to help you navigate the home buying process. There are a variety of federal, regional, and local programs available to first-time home buyers.

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Fixed vs. Adjustable-Rate Mortgages

Your interest expense is one of the most important factors of any mortgage. As a driver of your monthly payment, your interest rate determines the amount of interest you will pay over time, which equates to a big chunk of the total cost of home ownership. But how do you know which loan is right for you?

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Five Things to Consider Before Getting a Home Loan

A home loan has terms that may be easily overlooked—everyone needs a place to live, right? Well, it’s actually a long-term commitment that should be thoroughly examined.

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Your Mortgage Checklist

A home is more than just a roof over your head - it's where life happens. Getting into your dream home is a huge milestone in your life, but it doesn't have to be challenging...

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Determining a Down Payment That's Right for You

Brewing that morning cup of joe at home, eating out less, working a few hours of overtime. We know the sacrifices required to save up for your dream home. But how much should you save for a down payment?

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