Home Mortgage Blog
Becoming a first-time homeowner can seem intimidating and many would-be buyers struggle with knowing when the time is right. When it is right, buying a home can be a smart and exciting investment in your future. Although every situation is different, there are a few indicators that can help you determine if you are ready. READ MORE
For many buyers, it can be tempting to think that the best deal comes at the lowest price. However, that is not always the case, especially when it comes to the housing market. If you really love a home, there are some factors that may be worth considering as you enter the bidding process.
Relative Prices – Our natural tendency to pay as little as possible is not as meaningful for an investment, such as a home, as it is for a consumable. In this case, what you pay now can affect your sales price later. There may be little difference in total earnings if you pay less and sell for less or pay more and sell for more.
Influencing Value – For appraisers, the last sale or “comp” in an area sets the value for similar homes. Whatever you pay helps to establish what your home and comparable properties are considered to be worth.
Setting the Trend – If you pay less for your home than was paid for the last similar home, you may be contributing to a downward price trend, which can be difficult to reverse. Conversely, helping to maintain a trend of price appreciation can end up paying you back many times over.
One Chance – No two homes are ever exactly the same. Even when structure matches, your land, your view, your address and your immediate neighbors will always be different. You truly may have only one chance at just the right house. Industry professionals have all seen buyers lose out on what they really wanted. We don’t want that to happen to you. Nor do we want you to pay more tomorrow for something less than what you could have had today as a result of increasing prices and rates.
Price vs. Payments – If you’re financing your purchase, you’ll probably never come close to paying the actual price. You’re making a comparatively small down payment and then paying interest on the loan until you refinance or sell. Yes, you will have a higher payment if you pay more for the home, but an extra $10,000 of mortgage money can add less than $50 per month on a low-rate, 30-year loan.
Every situation is different and you should work with an experienced Realtor and Loan Officer to determine what is the best option for you. Reach out, and we’ll be happy to help you weigh your options for the home you would really love to own today. We’ll peel back the layers of the housing market so you have a better handle on what’s going on behind the scenes.
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Marketplace Home Mortgage, L.L.C. is proud to be recognized as one of the Twin Cities’ 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal. Landing at No. 27 with a growth rate approaching 72 percent, we have a great team to thank for such an exciting year of enhancement and expansion.
To qualify for consideration for the Fast 50 List, businesses had to be privately held, for-profit companies in the Twin Cities metro area. Growth rates and financial information were verified by accounting firm Abdo, Eick & Meyers.
Our president and CEO, Keith White, talked with Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal about the challenges of growth, the importance of a strong team, and plans for the years ahead.
Read more about Marketplace Home Mortgage’s fast growing business.
At Marketplace Home Mortgage, we’re continuing to grow our footprint and are currently expanding service in the state of Massachusetts and the New England real estate market.
Marketplace Home Mortgage loan officers are already helping area real estate agents and home buyers meet their goals of achieving home ownership and we have now tapped industry professional Rick Schlager to lead our efforts in the Bay State. READ MORE
We are proud to share that Marketplace Home Mortgage was voted Best Mortgage Company in this year’s TC Business Reader Poll.
Each year, TC Business Magazine works with DataJoe Research to accumulate votes for their “Best of Business” Awards. Through the process, they survey thousands of professionals to determine which companies exemplify excellence in their respective industries.
We are honored to be recognized. Thank you to all of the clients and industry peers who voted for us. Our mission is to provide our customers with the best possible mortgage experience, and we are so proud to know that you are experiencing the excellence we always strive for.
Thank you for your business. It is truly an honor to serve you.
As always, contact us with any questions or concerns.
Marketplace Home Mortgage, L.L.C. is excited to be adding to our product line as we launch our new Commercial Lending Division. With the acquisition of First Financial Commercial, a 20-year Commercial Lender owned and operated by Stephanie Safe, Marketplace Home Mortgage now offers commercial lending to clients across the nation. READ MORE
As a mortgage company, we are committed to making sure our clients have the best home buying experience possible. We understand one thing that gives many homeowners headaches is worrying about their closing date being pushed back. There are a lot of logistics that go into a real estate closing. If you plan for a closing date and move out of one home before you can close on and move into the next, things can get complicated and expensive. That’s why we created the Marketplace Home Mortgage On-Time Closing Guarantee *. READ MORE
Vacation homes can be a great way to invest in real estate. Whether it’s in the mountains, on a lake, or by the beach, a vacation home is a wonderful place where your friends and family can make memories for generations to come. With interest rates still historically low, now could be a great time to buy. If you are in the market for a place to call home, away from home, here are several things to consider as you start your search. READ MORE
We are pleased to welcome new team members to more branches across the US.
Al Duoba has joined MPH Mortgage in Novi, MI. With over 25 years of experience in the mortgage lending industry, Al has worked as a Loan Officer, Branch/Sales Manager, and Broker Owner. When asked why he chose to work with MPH, Al says, “I saw Marketplace’s innovative approach of using Marketing Coordinators, a solid product line, and their On-Time Closing Guarantee as real differentiators in the marketplace.” He joins our Novi office as the Branch Manager where he will serve home buyers and help grow MPH’s presence in South Eastern Michigan. READ MORE
We are excited to announce that Marketplace Home Mortgage will be adding an Iowa market to our growing list of service areas and locations. As part of this expansion, we will be welcoming Senior Loan Officer, Sara Lindecker, a 15-year veteran of the Dubuque area market.
“Sara’s experience gives us an anchor in eastern Iowa as we expand across the state,” said Marketplace Business Development Manager Craig Nester. “She’s the perfect ambassador to show Iowans how Marketplace outperforms our competition.” READ MORE