Pool Escrow: Don’t Forget Your Outdoor Space When You Build

By |2017-08-29T05:27:41+00:00February 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Republished from our parent company blog Today’s trend toward outdoor living – think outdoor kitchens, posh patio furniture, covered verandas wired for TV & speakers, firepits and other little luxuries- encourages us to think of the outdoor environment of the home hand-in-hand with the house itself. Especially during hot Texas summers, many buyers of luxury homes [...]

How Do I Remove My Ex-Spouse From My Mortgage?

By |2017-02-19T01:57:31+00:00August 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Does it chafe every time your mortgage statement arrives with your ex-spouse's name on it? Are you tired of being in limbo while you clean up all the messy details of your divorce? It's easier than it sounds to get your ex off your mortgage. The best way to remove your spouse from your mortgage is [...]

Nervous About Taking on a Mortgage?

By |2018-08-31T19:06:08+00:00December 9th, 2014|First Time Home Buyers, Mortgage|

We don’t re-publish a lot of content, but this weekend Jonathan Clements wrote a great article in the WSJ that explains why taking out a mortgage can be a great financial strategy.  I liked it so well, I have published it here, almost in its entirety.  Here is a link to his original article:  Nine [...]

Build On Your Land – With Low Money Down

By |2015-04-16T23:13:59+00:00December 9th, 2014|New Construction Loans with Low Down-Payments|

FHA and VA loans are very popular options for home buyers who want to buy a home with a low down payment.  FHA loans require only a 3.5% down payment, while VA loans require no down payment at all. However, these loans are rarely used for new construction. This is because most lenders require a borrower to [...]

Low Down Payment – Jumbo Mortgage

By |2017-02-19T02:05:32+00:00July 27th, 2010|Front Page|

The jumbo property market in Texas is in much better shape than most markets around the country. However, sales are still slow in the upper end for a few reasons. But, one of the least discussed is the large down payment and reserve requirements for jumbo mortgages. The down payments required are generally 20%-25% of [...]

No Equity? Still want to Refinance?

By |2017-02-19T02:09:25+00:00June 16th, 2010|Front Page|

Homeowners with little or no equity in their homes still have time to take advantage of the Government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program. The HARP program is designed for borrowers with underwater mortgages but who are otherwise qualified and responsible borrowers.  This program allows borrowers to refinance their primary residences up to 105% loan to value [...]

How Do I Find The Best Jumbo Texas Mortgage Rates?

By |2017-02-19T02:11:16+00:00June 16th, 2010|Front Page|

Non-conforming loans, also called jumbo loans, are loans with higher dollar amounts which may not be sold to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. A Texas Mortgage that is above the conforming loan limit of $417,000 for the year 2010 is considered to be a jumbo loan. Non-conforming Texas Mortgage loans often come with a higher [...]

Want to Buy a Home at a 50% discount?

By |2017-08-29T05:27:41+00:00May 30th, 2010|Front Page|

The Good Neighbor Next Door Sales (GNND) program is a federal revitalization initiative through HUD that provides homeownership at a substantial discount to qualified buyers.  Under this Texas  Home Loan program, HUD offers a 50% discount on the list price of a qualified home as long as the buyer commits to live in the property [...]