First-Time Home Buyer: Should My Real Estate Agent Recommend a Mortgage Lender?

First-Time Home Buyer: Should My Real Estate Agent Recommend a Mortgage Lender?

Purchasing a home is one of the biggest financial decisions someone can make in their life, obviously. It’s a gigantic change – physically, emotionally and financially. That’s why Quicken Loans held another Google Hangout to answer questions for curious home buyers. This time we focused on first-time home buyers and the questions they may have surrounding anything and everything regarding the topic of buying a home. Today’s question: Is there a conflict of interest if a real estate agent recommends a mortgage lender?

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Mortgage and Real Estate Predictions for 2014

Mortgage and Real Estate Predictions for 2014

Really great article in the New York Times last Friday about what Americans can expect in the upcoming year. Well, what they can expect when it comes to mortgages and home buying to be precise. Overall, the news is pretty good for home buyers, who can expect to get more home for their buck and lenders making getting a mortgage just a little easier as restrictions loosen.

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Buying and Selling Homes in 2014: A More Balanced Market

Buying and Selling Homes in 2014: A More Balanced Market

2013 has seen some major economic events, and balance probably isn’t the first word most people would think of to describe them. However, there’s some balance coming in 2014…to the housing market, at least. A recent article on CNNMoney discusses how the housing market is shifting and will provide more opportunities for both buyers and sellers, as long as you’re a savvy player in the game.

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VA Loan Q&A: What’s the Difference Between a Realtor and a Real Estate Agent?

VA Loan Q&A: What’s the Difference Between a Realtor and a Real Estate Agent?

Do you use the terms “realtor” and “real estate agent” interchangeably? A lot of people do, but there’s actually a distinct difference between the two. During our VA Loan Q&A Google Hangout, Margo Willis and Nick Mannis of the National Association of Realtors® let us in on the professional differences between realtors and agents.

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Hottest 2014 Building Materials Are Energy-Efficient and Sustainable

Hottest 2014 Building Materials Are Energy-Efficient and Sustainable

As builders and remodeling contractors look ahead to 2014, what materials are they likely to choose? Of the new building products cited by architects, builders, designers, and marketers as the ones to watch in 2014, many are technically not "new." They are materials and products that have been on the market but are just catching on or are long-time favorites with enough staying power to remain top choices for 2014. What most of them have in common, however, are two things: energy-efficiency and sustainability.

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