Credit Score to buy a house: Everything you need to know

By Team Hochberg | December 12, 2022

I just read a great article by Jonathan Russell that details everything borrowers looking to purchase a new home or refinance their existing homes should read. There are many factors that go into determining a borrowers credit scores.  These factors include but are not limited to; credit mix, payment history, credit utilization along with collections…

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72% of Buyers Who Failed to Find a Home in 2022 Will Resume Their Searches in 2023. Should You?

By Team Hochberg | December 5, 2022

This was the headline of a recent article published on 11/25/22 by Maurie Backman and I would like to share some of the highlights of his article. This year’s housing market has been tough for buyers. If you dropped out of the market this year, you may be thinking about picking back up next year.…

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Pros and Cons of using 401K funds for a down payment

By Team Hochberg | December 2, 2022

One of the largest barriers to purchasing a home is the down payment and funds to cover closing costs and prepaid interest, insurance and taxes. If you work for a company that offers a 401K that could be a viable option for borrowers to consider when purchasing a home, but there are pros and cons…

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Buying a home with debt and a large down payment vs. Buying a home with no debt and less of a down payment.

By Team Hochberg | December 1, 2022

Below are the reasons it is always better to use your savings to payoff your debt and put less money down than it is to purchase a home with debt and having a large down payment. Paying off your credit cards will increase your credit scores and enable a borrower to secure a lower rate…

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Does The Real Estate Market Stop During The Holidays Season?

By Team Hochberg | November 30, 2022

One of the biggest myths regarding real estate is nothing happens between Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl, which is nonsense. Realtor Lauren Dayton of Jameson Sotheby, real estate attorney David Schlueter and I had a great conversation regarding this topic on my show, Home Sweet Home Chicago which I think you will find interesting. Please…

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Credit Enhancement and Protection Tips This Holiday Season

By Team Hochberg | November 29, 2022

Credit card and identity theft increases during the holiday season, because more consumers are out shopping.  I had Gary Novel, the foremost credit expert who has helped thousands of radio listeners and our borrowers enhance and protect their credit, on my show to discuss these topics.  The tips Gary provides during the interview apply to…

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Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety this holiday/winter season

By Team Hochberg | November 28, 2022

Temperatures have been dropping the past thirty days, which means most of our borrowers who live in Chicago and other cold weather states will be firing up their fire places.  It also means that snow and ice storms might knock out power and that people will be using generators to heat their homes. I recently…

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