Definitive Step By Step Guides

Our guides walk you through the process in chronological order.

Buying a Home

Buying a Home

Are you preparing to buy a home? Our Complete Home Buying Guide covers every step of the journey, so you can get the information you need wherever you currently are in the process.



Thinking about refinancing your home? Our Refinancing Guide helps you figure out why, when and how to refinance your home to meet your current needs and maximize your savings.



Are you a house-hunting U.S. veteran or service member, or the spouse of a veteran? Our VA Home Buying Guide helps you navigate the steps to purchasing a home with a VA loan.



Are you buying a home and not sure what to do next? Our Home Buying Guide is designed to hold your hand every step of the way, from preapproval to closing on the home of your dreams.



Are you getting ready to sell your home, and need advice? Our Home Selling guide walks you through what to expect from how to prep your home for sale to choosing the right offer.

Mortgage Rate

Mortgage Rate

Do you find mortgage interest rates confusing? Our Mortgage Rates Guide spells out exactly what affects your rate, from your credit score to the current market to discount points.

First Time Buyer

First-time Buyer

Are you a home-buying rookie? Our First-Time Home Buying Guide is the complete manual to buying your first home, from what you need to qualify for preapproval to estimated closing costs.

Most Popular Guide Articles

Seattle Forecast: Buy or Rent in 2024?

With high rent in Seattle, is a fixed-rate mortgage the answer? With high Seattle rent in 2024, a lot of renters in the area are now eying homeownership as a possible alternative. And here’s an...

Getting Approved: What Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Know

You're buying a home for the first time and you don't want to just stumble the whole way through it. Good! After all, there is a lot of time and money at stake, and you're smart enough to value what y...

What To Do When Mortgage Rates Go Up

There are a few things in life that we can count on. One of these is that mortgage rates will never stay the same. There are periods where they are lower, and there are periods where they are higher....

Mortgage Application Documents Checklist: Get Your Loan Application Approved Easily

When it comes to applying for a home loan and getting your application approved, there are several documents that your lender needs to look at first. That's why it's so important for you to be fully p...

A Millennial’s Guide to Homeownership

The Millennial Generation is the largest generation in United States history. Millennials born between 1981-1996, now number 72.1 million and represent more than one-fifth of the nation’s population....

Seattle Mortgage Update: What Homebuyers Need to Know

How much income do I need to buy a home in the Seattle, Washington area? What are the minimum income requirements for getting a mortgage loan in Seattle? These are common questions among home buyers,...

Understanding the Different Offer Options When Buying a Home

After months of searching, you’ve finally found your perfect home. You sit in your Realtor’s® office and write up an offer. You initial every page and sign the last one. You write a check for the depo...

Navigating Home Prices in the Seattle Metro Area

Are you thinking of buying a house in the Seattle metro area in 2023? Do you have questions about current real estate trends and conditions? Then you’re in the right place! What to Know When Buying a...

Things to Consider When Selling Your House

We’re in the ultimate sellers’ market right now. If you’re a homeowner thinking about selling, you have a huge advantage in today’s housing market. High buyer demand paired with very few houses for sa...

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