Fixed Rate Mortgages and Adjustable Rate Mortgages


If you are in the market to purchase a home, there’s plenty of things to research, but the most important, and usually the first thing people consider is financing. The next thing you’ll want to do is decide between the two types of mortgages: fixed rate or adjustable rate mortgage. The main difference between the… [Read More]

USDA Loans


Are you in the process of buying a home but just not sure how you plan get funding? Or maybe you’re a first time home buyer looking for potential options to purchase without a significant down payment? Maybe a USDA is the right choice for you to fund the purchase of your new home. What… [Read More]

What Is a VA Loan?


For those who have served in the military or armed forces, a major benefit they receive is the option to purchase a home with a VA loan. For those that qualify, they can use this loan to purchase a home or use to purchase land and build on the property. VA loans can be very… [Read More]

Understanding Closing Costs

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Thinking About Buying a Home? Are you considering buying a home and thinking about whether or not you can truly afford it? You know that there is the cost of the home, taxes, insurance, but you keep hearing about closing costs and you’re not sure what they are, how much they are, or to whom they… [Read More]

What Is An Interest Rate?

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An interest rate is an amount it costs to borrow money and is usually calculated in a percentage. If you are borrowing a large amount of money, you will want to keep the interest rate low so that you can keep the overall cost of the loan as low as possible. Many short-term loans have… [Read More]

Can I Refinance to Get a Lower Rate?  


The short answer is yes, you certainly can refinance to get a lower mortgage rate. When you purchase a home you most likely took out a mortgage to buy the home. If you choose to get a new mortgage to replace the first one, that is called refinancing. If your credit is in good shape,… [Read More]

Understanding Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

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Keeping an eye on your finances is always important, and one of the ways to do so is by making your debt-to-income ratio is in check. Your debt-to-income ratio is basically how much debt you have in comparison to your income. You want to keep your debt level as low as possible so that you… [Read More]

Finding Down Payment Assistance

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What If I Don’t Have a Down Payment? If you are considering purchasing a home, one of the first things you will need to consider is a down payment. The larger the percentage of the value of the home you have available as a down payment, the smaller the monthly payments will be in the… [Read More]

Choosing the Right Mortgage Lender

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When you are purchasing a home, there are lots of choices you have to consider; when is the right time? Should I look on my own or with a realtor? Do I want a pool? How many bedrooms? But of all the many choices you have to make, the one that is the most important… [Read More]

Understanding the Homebuying Process


Buying a home will most likely be the largest investment you make during your lifetime. The process is exciting but at the same time, it can be intimidating, especially for first-time homebuyers. Family First Mortgage is here to guide you through the basic steps in the homebuying process so that you are prepared when the… [Read More]