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Mortgage Pre-Approval

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage before you head out and look for houses is something I highly recommend. It will enable you to know the price range you should be approved at when you make an offer on a property that you love.  Going into looking for a property blind, without knowing your approval rating, could set you up to …

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Have You Considered An Alternative Mortgage?

Matthew Jackson Alternative Mortgages

As the world continues to change and evolve, so do mortgage rules. As a result of these changes, fewer people are qualifying for mortgages offered through traditional lenders such as the big banks. This is due to many factors, including the stress test.  Thankfully, big banks aren’t the only option available when it comes to getting a mortgage loan. In …

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Should You Cosign a Mortgage?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Cosigning a mortgage is a decision that should be thought out and carefully examined. Depending on the situation, there can be major repercussions that land on the cosigner if the borrower isn’t able to pay for the loan.  But, cosigning can also be a fantastic way to help a loved one qualify for a mortgage when they otherwise wouldn’t be …

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Qualifying for a Mortgage

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Qualifying for a mortgage is a big process. A lot of information is gathered and a lot of it relies on everything staying the same during the qualifying time. Many people don’t know that a simple thing like purchasing a new car can wreck a whole mortgage qualification! But, sadly, it can and I’ve seen it happen a time or …

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Is Refinancing Your Mortgage the Right Decision?

Matthew Jackson Refinancing

For homeowners, there may come a time when refinancing mortgages of your properties will be something you need to consider. Owning a home allows you the opportunity to build credit, grow equity and invest in your future.  As a homeowner, it’s important to understand all aspects of refinancing a mortgage. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what a mortgage refinance …

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How Does Buying a Car Impact Your Borrowing Power?

Matthew Jackson Mortgage Tips

Buying a home is likely the largest financial purchase you’ll make in your lifetime. The second? More than likely, it’s your vehicle. And, did you know that your car loan can negatively impact your mortgage qualification when purchasing a home? When you apply for a mortgage, there’s a wide variety of information that you’re required to provide in order to …