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Why You’ll Love Living in Columbia

Columbia, Missouri has a way of winning people over. With three colleges, a lively downtown and plenty of beautiful outdoor areas, there’s always something new and exciting happening in Columbia. USA Mortgage is a premium relocation lender in Columbia, and we love introducing new residents to the area. If you’re planning to relocate to our…

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4 Pieces of Advice Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Know

Are you thinking about purchasing your first home? If so, congratulations! Homeownership is a wonderful experience, and the road to buying your first house is an exciting one. It’s likely different from any purchase you’ve made in the past, so it’s important to be prepared for the unique process. Below are my top four pieces…

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Certified Preapproved Homebuyer Program

As the housing market starts improving the supply and demand will shift towards seller’s market. This means multiple offers on a same property and the chances of your offer getting accepted may not be as great as it used to be in the buyer’s market. Here at USA Mortgage we strive to not only provide…

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What is a VA loan?

Veterans, we are eternally grateful for the sacrifices you have made for our country. While there is nothing we can do to adequately thank you for your service, we can offer guidance and assistance during your homebuying process. We are here to help you navigate VA loans and get the keys of your dream home…

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6 Tips for the First Time Home Buyer

Have you recently decided that the time is right to buy your first home?  With Spring weather upon us, the market is starting to become active and many great homes are beginning to be listed for sale. The process of buying your first home can be a very exciting time.  It’s truly a fresh start in a…

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The Impact of a Qualified Realtor

When selling your home, it is important to ensure that you are dealing with a qualified realtor to help you during the selling process. There are a lot of realtors out there to choose from, so doing thorough research before choosing a realtor is key. While it is important to understand that not all realtors are created…

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High Credit Scores Equal Lower Mortgage Rates

Your credit score is extremely important when it comes to applying for any type of loan or credit account, especially when you’re looking to purchase a home. Not only does your credit affect the total amount of a loan you may qualify for, but it also helps mortgage lenders determine a mortgage rate they’re willing…

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How Mortgage Amortization Works

How does mortgage amortization really work? A fixed rate loan can also be referred to as a fixed payment loan – However, the amount of principal and interest paid changes with each payment. Interest Paid – The math behind “amortization” or paying a loan off in a fixed period of time starts with the amount…

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The Fed Increased Rates

The Fed increased rates at their most recent meeting. They also indicated they will likely raise rates three additional times in 2018. Please read on for more: First, who is the Fed and what do they do? The Federal Reserve Board (the Fed), controls the Fed Fund Rate and the Discount Rate. These are charges…

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APR: Comparing the cost of loans

APR (Annual Percentage Rate) Comparing the cost of Home loans When you see a loan rate advertised, you’ll also see a corresponding APR (4.5%/4.762% APR). This Annual Percentage Rate is the total cost of your loan (interest and fees) expressed as a single number. The purpose is to give you one number for comparing multiple loans.…

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The FHA loan program

The FHA loan program was designed to help those who have trouble getting a home purchase a new home. In fact, the FHA loan program is the oldest loan program in the US. It’s been helping people get homes from close to 90 years. Created during the great depression and insured by the Federal Housing…

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Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Buying a home is an exciting process however you must ensure you have the details worked out for your loan to secure the home of your dreams. Getting all the details worked out for financing ahead of time will make the entire process much more enjoyable and stress-free as moving forward.   Applying & Getting…

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Renting vs. Owning a Home

There’s more to comparing the costs of renting and owning a home than the dollar cost of payments.   Even with numbers like these, some still say renting is better: “Investing in a home is riskier than renting.” No risk, no reward. Besides, even studies conducted by the Federal Reserve show that owning can provide a net…

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USDA Rural Housing Loans

What is preventing you from getting that dream home you’ve been watching for the past month? Is your credit score low? Do you not have a down payment? A USDA loan may be the difference you’ve been needing. USDA loans are guaranteed by the Rural Development Wing of the Department of Agriculture. These loans target…

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Mortgage Rate Education

Know what factors influence the actual rate for your loan. Securing the lowest possible rate has less to do with scouring ads and more to do with the particulars of your transaction. Lenders typically pick the best scenario as the basis for advertisements. Unfortunately, best-case doesn’t apply to every loan.   Here are some factors that…

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