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

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Going backwards trying to save for a home?

By Scott Sheldon / March 23, 2017

  Do you need help saving to buy a house? What you think you need and what you actually need may not be the same. Here is what you should know when saving for a home. In order to purchase a home, you need at least 3.5% for a down payment. Another option is Down…

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How Much Down Payment Percent You Need To Buy A Home

By Scott Sheldon / August 27, 2015

Consumers looking into the possibility of buying a home should know you need less money than you think. Here’s the amount of cash you need to buy a home, and what you need to know using as little down as possible… Cash Needed Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need 20% down. The minimum down…

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How Much Are Closing Costs Going To Be On A Home Purchase?

By Scott Sheldon / December 24, 2014

This can change based on the purchase price of the homefor example if you’re looking at a house in Sonoma County, and the purchase price is $500,000 you can assume $10,000 for closing costs plus the down payment. When you buy a house down payment is always independent of the closing costs. In other words…

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