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Gabriela Islas

Gabriela is addicted to traveling, learning about new cultures and the color pink. Her hidden talent is that she burns everything when cooking- even water. If you ever want to find out what Ricky Ricardo said to Lucy when he was mad, she’s your girl. When she’s not laughing at things her kids says, Gabriela loves writing anything about personal finance, economics and international trends.

When Is an ARM a Good Option?

How does an ARM work and is an ARM right for you? Recently, my husband and I decided that an adjustable rate mortgage was right for us. Here’s my experience with an ARM to help you answer the previously mentioned questions.

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Should I Choose a Walkable Community or a Suburban Community? - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Should I Choose a Walkable Community or a Suburban Community?

According to the NAR Community Preference Survey of 2013, most Americans prefer houses with easy walks to schools, stores and restaurants over houses with large yards, but where you have to drive to go to schools, stores and restaurants (55% to 40%). An even larger majority prefers houses with smaller yards but a shorter commute to work over houses with larger yards but a longer commute to work (57% to 36%).

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Buying a House in a Different State - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Buying a House in a Different State

Life is very unpredictable. Part of the unpredictability for many is having to move to a different state for a job or some other reason. I recently went through the entire process of finding and buying a home in a new state, and l learned a lot from it. Here are the things that I learned from this process so hopefully you can be better prepared to take on the challenge of finding a new home in a new state.

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Low Down Payment Mortgage Options to Buy a House

Read to learn more about low down payment mortgage options to buy a home.

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How to Take Good Listing Pictures that Sell Your Home - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

How to Take Good Listing Pictures that Sell Your Home

Are you thinking about selling your home? Looking at everything that needs to get done, such as repairs, painting, cleaning, finding the right real estate agent, etc.; you may think that the listing pictures are the least of your worries. Well, it turns out that they’re a huge part of getting your home sold.

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Google-Backed Affordable Housing - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Google-Backed Affordable Housing

Did you know that Google is now in the real estate market? Read how Google is using a “socially responsible investing” strategy to create affordable housing.

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Why You Need to Provide Bank Statements When Buying a Home

As you go through the process of applying for a mortgage, you’ll have to provide bank statements as part of the asset verification process. Learn more about why lenders ask for these and, also, get tips on what to expect as you’re going through the mortgage process.

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Preapproval vs. Prequalification

When searching for a home, finding the right mortgage lender is one of the most important steps in the process. Getting a mortgage preapproval provides a more accurate estimate of how much house you can afford and gives you buying power when house hunting.

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Buying a HomePath Home

If you’re in the process of looking for a home, you’ve probably looked into foreclosed or bank-owned homes. If that’s the case, then you’ve probably come across HomePath. Here is an introduction into what a HomePath home is and the financial opportunities that come along with it.

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MyQL Offers Even More Visibility to the Mortgage Process

If you’re in the process of buying a home and received a preapproval letter (PAL) from us, you’ll now be able to access it anytime via MyQL! What does this mean for you? Well, now you can start AND finish the home-buying process all in one spot. No need to go searching for your PAL in your sea of emails or call your banker because you can’t find it.

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