The Mortgage Files

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

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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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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5 practical ways to increase your purchasing power when buying a home

How to avoid a contingent offer to buy a new home without selling your current home first

By Scott Sheldon / March 14, 2024

Buying a new home while still owning your current home can be a challenging process, especially in today’s market. When you want to purchase a new home without selling your current home first, you may be required to make a contingent offer. A contingent offer means that the purchase of your new home is dependent…

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Why the purchase price in a real estate transaction should not be the single most important factor

Why the purchase price should not be the single most important factor

By Scott Sheldon / September 8, 2019

When buying a home most would believe the number one most important thing you need to be focused on is what you pay for the house. Mom and dad who bought their house years ago, Grandma and Grandpa who bought their house back in the early 1980s when housing prices were $40,000 all have an…

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why you cannot opt out of title insurance

Why you cannot opt out of title insurance when getting a mortgage

By Scott Sheldon / April 21, 2017

If you are like most consumers, you want to have a clear understanding of the fees associated with a mortgage. The closing process, lender fees, title fees, etc. This is so you know exactly how all the numbers add up. Here is something you need to know regarding getting title insurance when purchasing or refinancing…

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Strange things that will stop your mortgage

Strange things that will stop your mortgage application

By Scott Sheldon / April 19, 2017

  If you are trying to get a mortgage, or have tried in the past, you know the process is detailed and very paperwork heavy. The following is what you should know and stay clear of. Banks do not take kindly to situations that involve scenarios that do not make sense. It has to pass…

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be careful getting a mortgage with a bankruptcy

How much the debt in your life is costing you

By Scott Sheldon / February 10, 2017

Your ability to save money can become compromised by the financial obligations you are paying in your life. If you have a mortgage and consumer debts, this article will help you determine: Should you stay the course or take action to start getting control of your cash? The nuts and bolts of a good financial…

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your mortgage chances may be slim with this credit card

Why your mortgage chances may be slim with this credit card

By Scott Sheldon / January 19, 2017

Credit cards play an integral role in your ability to qualify for home financing. If you carry a charge card in your wallet, this particular type of credit card might be the reason why your mortgage chances are a bit rocky. This is what you need to know about charge cards: Most credit cards have a provision in…

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