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Amanda Pallay

After a restless decade spent writing, video editing, dancing to Sisters of Mercy and playing video games for days, Amanda has finally settled comfortably into her role as nerdy mom and copywriter for Quicken Loans. When not writing articles for and about veterans and service members, she can be found hanging out with her son, Jude, and daughter, Ripley. If you wanna chat about the military, Star Trek or the band Clutch – she’s your gal.
Understanding the VA Loan Appraisal Process

Understanding the VA Loan Appraisal Process

One of the requirements of receiving a VA loan is that you must have an appraisal performed on the property. What does this mean for you? If you are a first-time homebuyer, or if this is your first VA loan, the idea of getting an appraisal can be daunting. But, if you remind yourself that the appraisal process is there to protect you, the buyer, from paying more than fair-market value for your home, then it actually becomes quite painless.

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30-Year Fixed Rates Take a Short Hike

30-Year Fixed Rates Take a Short Hike

The rates may not have been as prepared for the long climb up Mount Ratemore as they thought, because this week, the rates are still near the bottom (i.e. historic lows). Chances are they may rally and rise up again, though, so don’t get too comfortable. Word on the street is that they’re calling in the big guns to come and give them a boost. We’ll just have to watch and see what happens.

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Basic Allowance for Housing Can Help You Get a VA Loan

Basic Allowance for Housing Can Help You Get a VA Loan

As an active duty service member, you’re probably aware that you’re eligible for a basic allowance for housing (BAH). But do you know that your BAH can be used to help you get a VA loan? Although it’s not specifically designed for mortgages, it’s incredibly helpful for anyone considering buying or refinancing a home by helping to defray the costs of a mortgage.

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Mail-Order Home? Buy Your House At Sears!

Mail-Order Home? Buy Your House At Sears!

Can you imagine buying a mail-order home? “Impossible!” you shout. “Who would do something like that?” your friends ask, incredulous. Oh, but it’s true! Around the turn of the century, people looking for a new, “modern” home could just open up their good old Sears Modern Homes catalog, choose their dream home plan, and a short wait later, they would have a ready-to-assemble home kit delivered to their soon-to-be doorstep.

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