The Mortgage Files

Nationally syndicated mortgage news and advice from Senior Loan Officer Scott Sheldon.

How Rising Incomes and Smart Strategies Can Help You Buy a Home in Sonoma County

How Rising Incomes and Smart Strategies Can Help You Buy a Home in Sonoma County

By Scott Sheldon / June 19, 2024

Buying a home is one of the most significant financial decisions many will make in their lifetime. As home prices continue to rise, so too does the level of income needed to qualify for a mortgage. This is particularly true in places like Sonoma County, California, where the picturesque landscapes and high quality of life…

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Homebuying Tips for June 2024: How to Qualify in Today's Market

Homebuying Tips for June 2024: How to Qualify in Today’s Market

By Scott Sheldon / June 13, 2024

What It Takes to Be a Homebuyer in June 2024 Buying a home is a significant milestone, but in today’s market, it requires careful preparation and strategic planning. As of June 2024, the housing market, particularly in Sonoma County, California, presents unique challenges and opportunities for prospective buyers. This post aims to guide you through…

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How Interest Rates Are Impacting Home Buyers and Sellers

How Interest Rates Are Impacting Home Buyers and Sellers

By Scott Sheldon / June 6, 2024

Interest rates are a critical component of the housing market, influencing the behaviour of both home buyers and sellers. As of mid-2024, the interest rate environment is characterized by moderate increases due to efforts by the Federal Reserve to combat inflation. This blog post will delve into the current state of interest rates, their impact…

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FHA vs. Conventional Loans—Which Costs Less in the Long Run?

FHA vs. Conventional Loans—Which Costs Less in the Long Run?

By Scott Sheldon / June 2, 2024

When securing a mortgage for your home, choosing between an FHA loan and a conventional loan is a critical decision that could impact your financial strategy and long-term goals. Both loan types have distinct advantages and limitations, particularly regarding down payment requirements, seller credits, and private mortgage insurance (PMI). Down Payment Differences: One of the…

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FHA vs. Conventional Loans—Which Costs Less in the Long Run?

FHA Loan Update: Easier Process for Family Gift Funds

By Scott Sheldon / May 23, 2024

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home with an FHA loan, there’s some exciting news that could make the process smoother, especially if you’re relying on family for financial help. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) just announced a significant change to its guidelines that could make it much easier for homebuyers… What Changed? Since…

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Why long term term open housers need pre approval

Why long term term open housers need pre approval

By Scott Sheldon / May 13, 2024

Title: Navigating the Home Buying Journey: Why Long-Term Open Housers Need Pre-Approval If you’re the type to spend weekends browsing open houses without immediate plans to buy—affectionately known as a “weekend warrior home buyer” or a “long-term open houser”—you understand the thrill of the hunt. There’s a unique excitement in exploring potential homes and imagining…

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Understanding Mortgage Rates and Their Impact on Home Buying Power

Understanding Mortgage Rates and Their Impact on Home Buying Power

By Scott Sheldon / May 8, 2024

Navigating the world of real estate financing can often feel like trying to hit a moving target, especially with the constant fluctuations in mortgage rates. Following is how to break down the often complex relationship between mortgage rates and home buying power, helping you understand how these changes can impact your pursuit of the American…

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How hourly wages impact mortgage loan approvals

How hourly wages impact mortgage loan approvals

By Scott Sheldon / April 28, 2024

Are you dreaming of owning your own home but finding it challenging to secure a mortgage due to your hourly wage? You’re not alone. Many individuals face hurdles in obtaining residential mortgage loans, particularly those paid hourly with varying work hours. Let’s delve into why this can be a struggle and explore potential solutions. When…

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