San Francisco / Bay Area Mortgage Blog

Home Renovations That Aren’t Worth Your Time or Money

It may seem like any renovations to your home will magically increase its value. But that isn’t true—some updates just aren’t worth doing.

Tips for a Welcoming Front Entrance

The front entrance of your home is the first thing people see when they come to visit. Is yours up to the task of making a good impression?

Affordable Home Technology

There is always new technology that can save you money and make your life at home easier. Here are some exciting (and affordable) new gadgets to consider adding to your home.

Home Sellers: Are You Disclosing Everything You Should?

There are a few things that will put your home’s sale in danger. In some cases, home defects can even stop a sale entirely. Wise potential sellers should know about these issues before even listing their homes.

Tips for Buying a House in a 55+ Community

Buying a home in a retirement community can be a reward for a lifetime of hard work, but there are also some special things you should consider.

The Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the United States

If you’ve ever wondered how the really rich live, here’s a peek into what kinds of prices beyond-luxurious homes command.

Tips for Increasing Natural Lighting in Your Home

Now that the summer is here, here are some ways to let more of that great summer light into your home.

Buying a House for a Growing Family

People often feel like they need more space as they add children to their families. But a growing family comes with a different set of housing needs—here are some things to consider as you look for your perfect home.

Simpler Mortgage Disclosure Forms Coming

Buying a house means a lot of paperwork, but some simpler forms are coming to help you understand your loan terms better.

What to Do If Your Appraisal Comes in Low

Market trends in your area can cause the appraisal on a home you’re selling to come in lower than expected. Here’s what to do if that happens.

Changes to FHA Loans Coming in September

The HUD is introducing a new underwriting handbook, which will be effective September 14, 2015. Find out how the handbook’s policy changes will affect FHA loans.

Easy Tips to Lower Your Utility Bills

It’s easy to spend extra on utilities without even thinking about it. Here are some painless tips to save you some cash.

Housing Market Trends: Or, Why I Stopped Renting and Bought a Home

The latest news on housing market trends and why buying a home is more affordable than renting.

Good Faith Estimates: What to Expect When You’re Borrowing

Learn about Good Faith Estimates, how to read them properly, and what else you should consider.

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