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We’ve said it many times: owning a house is almost everyone’s dream. We feel accomplished, it gives us a sense of responsibility, we feel like we have our own space. So, it’s only normal that we make a list to plan the house of our...

So here we stand, at the beginning of the century's third decade, and for us at The Costa Group, things have never looked more optimistic. The shift in the latter part of 2019 to be independently owned means we are now in a better position...

In the world of real estate, it is very common to hear the term prime rate. Many people are confused by this term. Prime rate refers to the lowest commercial interest rate charged by a bank at a particular time and it is used as...

Many people do not seem to understand or even know what a prepayment penalty is, whether because it was not well explained or it was not even brought up.  If you are not well informed about this aspect, it can be very costly to you...

A starter home is a “somewhat” small house or condo that meets the requirements of young people buying their first home.  This is usually the case for the vast majority of young people (single or couples).  So, what should be your priorities if you are...

Here’s the thing: closing costs are the one element people tend to forget or know less about in the entire home buying process.  We’ve written a few blog posts where we mention closing costs and what they entitle. This particular post aims at answering the...

Since January 2018, qualifying for a mortgage has been very challenging for first-time homebuyers, unless they got a “down payment” gift from a family member.  As we have discussed numerous times, the federal stress test and climbing prices are the main reason why it is...

We keep coming back to this topic of credit. It’s a crucial aspect for anyone planning for homeownership. However, similar to most things in the financial side of life, you need to be careful when building your credit history. It is very easy to get...

The home buying process can be exciting and very stressful at the same time. You know, you are preparing to make perhaps the biggest investment of your life and you want to make sure you get the house of your dreams that you work so...

People often wonder why they should consider working with a mortgage broker when banks can do mortgages as well. We certainly get asked this question a lot. The truth is: there is a BIG difference between the two. Similar to the “house hunting process” where...