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Fall Home Buying Tips: Signs You Are Ready To Purchase

Here is an article you may find helpful. Luke Star October 15, 2015 Fall Home Buying Tips: Signs You Are Ready To Purchase!

Michael Trickey will speak about home buying at your event

Michael Trickey is author of the best-selling new real estate mortgage book, Finding Home: Everything You Need to Know – And Do – For Home Buying Success. Mike is a CPA, and an expert in residential real estate finance transactions. With 36 years of experience in the field, he can help those in your audience […]

Join Mike at the Fox Lake Public Library 10-24-17 at 7:00 pm

Join me at the Fox Lake, Illinois Public Library on Tuesday, 10-24-2017 at 7:00 pm. I will be giving a seminar on how to buy your first home. We will go through a brief exercise to help you figure out your wants and needs, where you want to live, and how much you can afford. […]

‘Finding Home:’ Q&A With Author Michael Trickey

http://www.thinkglink.com/2017/07/20/finding-home-qa-with-author-michael-trickey/ By Ilyce Glink| July 20th, 2017 Buying a home can be stressful, especially if it’s your first home purchase. CPA Michael Trickey, managing director of The Berkshire Group in Lake Zurich, Illinois, hopes his new book, Finding Home: Everything You Need to Know – and Do – For Home Buying Success, will help first […]

5 mortgages that require no down payment or a small down payment

5 mortgages that require no down payment or a small down payment By Holden Lewis • Bankrate.com http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/4-mortgages-that-require-little-money-down-1.aspx Homebuyers with little money for a down payment are finding more home loans available for a low down payment or even no down payment. Following are a few options for borrowers seeking low-down-payment and zero-down-payment home mortgages. […]

9 grants and programs to help you buy your first home

http://www.bankrate.com/mortgages/first-time-homebuyer-grants-and-programs/ Rachel Hartman August 10, 2017 Buying your very first home can be overwhelming. There’s all the financial jargon and the mountainous mortgage paperwork, not to mention the dollar amounts that can make you dizzy. Money issues often stand in the way of homeownership. A survey by rental service Apartment List found that 80 percent […]

Amalgamated Bank first to offer homebuyers down payment insurance

http://www.housingwire.com/articles/36804-amalgamated-bank-first-to-offer-homebuyers-down-payment-insurance Housingwire Kelsey Ramirez Amalgamated Bank first to offer homebuyers down payment insurance Home loan clients provided safety net option ValueInsured and Amalgamated Bank announced on Wednesday that they are teaming up to provide homebuyers with +Plus, a first-of-its-kind financial product that protects homebuyers’ down payments from decreasing market values, according to a release sent […]

Millennials are moving, but mortgages don’t follow

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/02/millennials-are-moving-but-mortgages-dont-follow.html Millennials are moving, but mortgages don’t follow Diana Olick | @DianaOlick It is the No. 1 barrier to entry for young, would-be homebuyers: credit. Millennials are the first generation to come of age in a post-almost-apocalyptic housing market, where lenders, eight years later, are still paying billions in reparations for mortgage misconduct and outright […]