The Mortgage Files

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

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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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How to align expectations with market conditions to buy a home

How to align expectations with market conditions to buy a home

By Scott Sheldon / September 17, 2023

You have decided to you want to buy a home. You supply the lender with all your paperwork, and you know you can afford a mortgage even if it’s a little outside of your payment comfort, but for whatever reason you just can’t seem to get into a contract. The stars are not aligning, which,…

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Why an FHA Mortgage is by far the best out of the box loan option to buy a house

Why an FHA Mortgage is by far the best out of the box loan option to buy a house

By Scott Sheldon / January 29, 2023

FHA loans which are loans ensured by the federal housing administration oftentimes have gotten a bad rap, for the costs associated with them as well as the types of properties that will be insured by the FHA. The reality of it is that the NFA chain loan is by far unequivocally the most flexible loan…

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Are you Self employed having a tough time getting a mortgage?

By Scott Sheldon / January 1, 2022

Are you self-employed in having a tough time getting a mortgage? Here’s what you need to know… When it comes to being self-employed one of the biggest challenges that you’re going to have as an entrepreneur is reporting income. The more income you show the more taxes you pay the less you have for savings…

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Should you buy a home in cash or finance it?

Looking to buy a house the summer? You’ll need a down payment

By Scott Sheldon / July 3, 2021

As interest rates still remain low many people who have been on the sidelines about buying a house are now coming out of the woodwork. Maybe they’re buying a first home or a move-up home but there is strong demand for housing across the nation in every city and the county throughout the United States.…

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Can you realistically buy a home with no money down?

By Scott Sheldon / May 5, 2021

In order to be successful in real estate, you need to take the advice of a good quality lender experienced in the local area in which looking to purchase. While it is possible to secure a no down payment program, closing on a home in this unique real estate market is another matter. Following is…

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How to get a mortgage without tax returns for 2021

By Scott Sheldon / April 14, 2021

It goes without saying getting mortgage loan financing could be a little bit of an arduous process for some folks particularly those who have challenges showing income are in the self-employed category. The stated income loans and the loans that were created for self-employed borrowers unfortunately are very far and few these days and in…

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The 3 different types of home buyers

By Scott Sheldon / March 12, 2021

In today’s market to be successful in getting mortgage financing you need to be realistic about what you can afford what you can expand and what your financial situation will support. Hear 3 different ways to look at buying a home so you can figure out where you are in the bigger picture of things…

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