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Why have a diverse divorce team?

Why diversity is good. A professional divorce team has a range of team players including the attorney, financial planner, accountant, appraiser, mediator, and yes, a divorce lending professional. Every team member has a significant role in ensuring the divorcing client is set to succeed post-decree. Diverse skills allow the divorce team to think about a specific problem in a different, and often more strategic, way. By being able to look at a problem from different angles and draw on a wealth...

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Our Basic Guide to FHA Loans for First-Time Home-Buyers – Part 1

Every growing family strives to settle down one day in a home that can last them for generations - or at least, for as long as it suits their lifestyle. Buyers with a good credit score, along with  enough savings to meet the down payment find it easier to get a good mortgage, but it can be trickier for others who don’t make the cut.  With the increasing prices in the housing market, mortgage programs like the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan make home-buying a more accessible option...

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Where does a CDLP™ fit into the mediation process?

Mediation is a process in which a third person helps the participants in a dispute to resolve it. In order to resolve the dispute, the participants must negotiate a solution. Problem-solving is part of the negotiations. The process of mediation is the management of other people’s negotiations, and the mediator is the manager of the negotiations who organizes the discussion of the issues to be resolved. The more coherent and organized the process, the easier it is for the participants to arrive...

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What Makes Using a Mortgage Calculator Beneficial for Buyers

If you're looking to buy a new home, whether that's your very first house or you're just moving, it's important to be aware of exactly how much you can spend. It's not just the loan amount that comes into play when the monthly mortgage payment is computed. There's also the annual property taxes you'll have to pay, homeowners insurance, and could even have mortgage insurance included as well. The total mortgage you will have to pay is essentially the sum of all those elements, alongside...

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What Is a Fixed-Rate Mortgage & Is It the Right One for You?

A fixed-rate mortgage is one of the ideal mortgages for most homeowners today. Why? It’s because the mortgage is predictable with an interest rate that never changes. Each month’s principal and interest payments are the same amount, enabling borrowers to plan their budget accordingly without worrying about any sudden changes that could derail their plans.  How It Works When the loan ends, a fixed-rate mortgage means the principal and interest rates are fully paid. Every month, a part of your...

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