Ameritrust blog

Explore our blog for insights on buying, financing, remodeling, and taking care of your home.

The Real Cost of Buying Your First Home

How much cash will you need to pay for upfront expenses when buying a home? From earnest money to inspections to closing costs, we break it down here.

Using Gift Funds for Down Payments

Learn how money from family members can help you open a new door.

Could Mortgage Pre-Approval Hurt Your Credit Score?

  If you’re thinking about buying a house, you’ve probably heard the term “credit score.” This 3-digit number tells a bank how likely it is that you can pay back your loans, and it’s based on things like the amount of debt you have, loans you’ve had in the past, and your repayment history. The higher your score, the more likely it is that a bank will lend you money.   You’ve earned your score by taking good care of your finances, so you want to be careful about anything that might take away from it. And one thing that can subtract points from your score is a credit inquiry.   “But wait!” you say. “Aren’t I supposed to get pre-approved for my mortgage before I start looking at houses? And doesn’t a pre-approval count as a credit inquiry?”   Good question, but when it comes to pre-approval, your credit score is safe. Here’s why.  

How to Build a Down Payment with Tax Returns and Stimulus Checks

Every once in a while, the stars align and things fall perfectly into place. That’s the case right now, with tax returns and stimulus checks coming in just in time for the spring home buying season! With a little planning, you can use this income to put together a down payment for your next home.  

How to Get a Mortgage When You're Self-Employed

It’s great to be your own boss. That is until you need to convince someone to give you a loan. But with a good plan and support from your loan officer, you’ll find that buying a home is one more American dream you can achieve.

Why Choose a Conventional Loan?

Good credit, low debt, and a steady income could get you low interest rates and terms.

Why are VA Loans so Popular?

While no one has ever said buying a home is a simple process, wouldn’t it be nice to reach out and press the “easy” button when it comes time to qualify for your mortgage. If you’re an active member of the military -  or a veteran - qualifying for a VA home loan might be the next best thing.

Four Quick Tips to Improve your Credit Score

 Are you looking to buy a new car, apply for a mortgage or pursue a new career opportunity anytime soon? Then you may also know that your ability to secure a loan, a low interest rate, and even that coveted new career position, is dependent upon a vital piece of financial information – your credit score.

4 Things You Need to Know About Your Monthly Mortgage Payment

Lace up your sneakers, you’re buying your first home!

Six Smart Reasons Why You Might Refinance Your Home Mortgage

With interest rates the lowest they’ve been in a while, you may be thinking about refinancing your existing mortgage into a new one. As a homeowner, there are good reasons to consider this option: to get a lower interest rate, to drop private mortgage insurance, or to pull cash from your home’s equity to consolidate debt or make home improvements. The short answer, of course, is to have more money each month for groceries, car payments and the orthodontic’s bill.

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