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Wondering where to start the process toward Home Ownership?

You can call me, or use these helpful tips

Please give me a call. I am happy to help you!

Should you Buy or keep Renting?

Here is a link to a handy calculator:

Copy and paste in your Browser:   http://www.assuredmortgage.com/Calculators/RentVown.aspx?

Begin your House Hunt (Get the House 1st, Get the Car later):

Determine the what and where

Determine how much you can afford by meeting with a Mortgage Lender. There are some names on my "contractors" webpage.

Make some notes about what type of home you want, and think about where you would like to live.

Copy and paste this into your Browser:   http://www.assuredmortgage.com/Calculators/Payment.aspx?

Buyer or Seller Agent?

Decide what type of representation you would like. You can review the information I have on the “Buyers” webpage.

Find it

I will help you find the home you want. As a "Buyer's Agent" I will also work with you to find homes either listed or unlisted. If you have email, I can send you new listings as they are listed.

Once you decide which homes you want to see, I can conveniently schedule your appointments.

I will assist you every step, with explaining the documents, writing your Offer, the home inspection and Closing.

Final Details

Once your Offer is accepted, you will need to submit earnest money which will be held in an escrow account by the Broker. At Closing it will be applied to the purchase price.

Apply for your loan with the mortgage lender and submit the paperwork they will require. The Lender will give you a good faith estimate of your closing costs and order an appraisal to determine the value of the property you wish to purchase and supporting the loan.

Order a home inspection from a professional licensed home inspector. There are some listed on the "contractors" webpage if you need some names. The inspector should give you a thorough review of the entire house, including exterior, roof, building structure, foundation, major systems (electrical, plumbing, heating/cooling, etc.). An inspection should give you an idea of the timeframe for replacements or repairs needed before you buy for your peace of mind. Here are the guidelines a Wisconsin Home Inspector must follow.

You can purchase a home warranty for your investment to protect you.

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Special Programs

Please check back as new programs are being added frequently

NeighborhoodLIFT is coming to Milwaukee

Wells Fargo Bank, the City of Milwaukee and Select Milwaukee announced that NeighborhoodLIFT is coming to Milwaukee. NeighborhoodLIFT is a national program from Wells Fargo Bank, and NeighborWorks® America. NeighborhoodLIFT Milwaukee provides eligible home buyes with $15,000 to use towards down payment and closing costs on qualified homes.

Learn more about NeighborhoodLIFT Milwaukee on Select Milwaukee's website

Journal Sentinel Article



WHEDA Loans can offer advantages for Buyers.


Rehab a Home w/HUD's 203(k)

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), administers various single family mortgage insurance programs. These programs operate through FHA-approved lending institutions which submit applications to have the property appraised and have the buyer's credit approved. These lenders fund the mortgage loans which the Department insures. HUD does not make direct loans to help people buy homes.

The Section 203(k) program is the Department's primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single family properties. As such, it is an important tool for community and neighborhood revitalization and for expanding homeownership opportunities. Since these are the primary goals of HUD, the Department believes that Section 203(k) is an important program and we intend to continue to strongly support the program and the lenders that participate in it.

Many lenders have successfully used the Section 203(k) program in partnership with state and local housing agencies and nonprofit organizations to rehabilitate properties. These lenders, along with state and local government agencies, have found ways to combine Section 203(k) with other financial resources, such as HUD's HOME, HOPE, and Community Development Block Grant Programs, to assist borrowers. Several state housing finance agencies have designed programs, specifically for use with Section 203(k) and some lenders have also used the expertise of local housing agencies and nonprofit organizations to help manage the rehabilitation processing.

The Department also believes that the Section 203(k) program is an excellent means for lenders to demonstrate their commitment to lending in lower income communities and to help meet their responsibilities under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). HUD is committed to increasing homeownership opportunities for families in these communities and Section 203(k) is an excellent product for use with CRA-type lending programs.

If you have questions about the 203(k) program or are interested in getting a 203(k) insured mortgage loan, we suggest that you get in touch with an FHA-approved lender in your area or the Homeownership Center in your area.

Does your home need energy or major repairs? There are some programs that may help you.

HUD Energy Efficient Mortgage

Wells Fargo “Purchase and Remodel” Programs

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FHA logo See what FHA Financing Programs are available, and how to get started!

FHA Condo Financing Rule Changes

Fannie Mae®

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Fannie Mae® Homepath Financing


HRI Logo  Housing Resources Programs


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Homepath Ready Buyer  


Home Buyer Assistance Programs - HUD Guide



Downpayment Assistance Programs - Wisconsin


City of Milwaukee NIDC Housing Programs


A helpful list of home maintenance items for Homeowners.

Anderson Home Inspection, LLC - Home Maintenance Checklist


HMS Home Warranty Brochure


AHS Home Warranty


This information contained on this Website is not intended as legal advice, and for specific legal questions you should contact a Real Estate Attorney. You have the option to have your own legal representative attend your Real Estate Closing at your own cost.

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Check my "Buying" page for updates often for new financing programs and tax credits available.

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