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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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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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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how to buy a home from family without needing any cash

How to buy a home from family without needing any cash

By Scott Sheldon / April 17, 2024

Have you ever considered buying a house from a family member? It’s a unique opportunity that comes with its own set of benefits and challenges. Whether you’re purchasing your childhood home from your parents or acquiring a property from a grandparent, understanding the ins and outs of this process is essential for a successful transaction.…

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why being a picky home buyer could be an issue

Why being choosy as home buyer could be problematic

By Scott Sheldon / October 29, 2023

You’ve decided to buy a home, you’ve gotten preapproved with a lender, your file has even been pre-underwritten. Here are some things you might want to give some consideration to- what you want versus what the market might support… Here’s to considerations to think about.. Consideration one- Let’s say you’re pre-approved to $700,000, the house…

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Should you buy a house or wait for the market to improve?

5 signs you should wait to buy a house

By Scott Sheldon / June 25, 2023

If you’re thinking about buying a home, but you’re just not sure. You’re probably better off listening to your gut. That looming credit card debt, or personal loan, that you just can’t seem to kick whatever the case may be here are five reasons you might want to think about waiting to purchase a home…

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How to ease lending qualifications when buying a home

Here is a smart mortgage strategy for buying a home in 2023

By Scott Sheldon / June 11, 2023

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home and you’re thinking about potentially getting prequalified. Here are some things you should give some consideration to… You might be telling yourself “I don’t want to buy a home right now because interest rates are kind of high.”  The question becomes in relation to what?…

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