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We're your local financial fitness experts and we're here to help you get all the information you need to make the right choices in your neck of the woods. On the Hometown Blog we feature members of our team of local home and finance professionals as they give you their insider knowledge on everything from homeownership tips to identity theft protection.

Still want to learn more? All of our featured profesionals are an extension of HomeStreet's Hometown Home Loan Program and are a great resource for all of your homeownership and financial questions. Call your local Hometown Hotline and let us help you get those wrinkles ironed out.


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Four Tips for Buying Your First Home

By Michael Rubbinaccio

For most people, buying a home will be the single biggest purchase they make. For a first-time homebuyer, the process can be confusing or intimidating. However, there are things first-time homebuyers can do before they start looking for their dream home that can provide confidence and ensure a smooth process...

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Winning Awards and Creating Opportunity: The Hometown Program

By Mack Wheeler

In October of 2015 the Hometown Home Loan Program won the American Bankers Association Community Commitment Award for affordable housing, celebrating over two decades of giving back to communities across the west coast. The Hometown Program has become a one-of-a-kind resource by focusing on helping potential homeowners answer one question: “where do you call home?”...

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Tips on Buying a Home When you Have Student Loan Debt

By Mack Wheeler

When thinking about buying a home, many people face one major obstacle. Jessica Santana, one of our Hometown Program Loan Officers, sees it all the time: “Often student loans are the significant hurdle.” Student loan debt may feel like one of the biggest barriers to homeownership, but it doesn’t always have to be. Jessica shared with us a few tips that can make securing a home loan seem more realistic, even with student loans looming over your finances...

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Four Easy to Miss Steps in the Homebuying Process

By Mack Wheeler and the Hometown Team

Anyone who has been through the homebuying process knows that there's quite a lot involved. It isn’t always a seamless process, but we’ve seen many successful homebuyers get through it without a hitch, and we’ve noticed that there are some very important steps that they all seem to hit along the way. In order to give you a leg up on the process, we’ve put together a short list of what we feel are the steps in the home buying process that you won’t want to miss...

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De-stress the Process of Selling a Home

By Mack Wheeler

Selling your home can seem like an overwhelming task. Whether or not you’ll have buyers lining up at the front door can depend on a variety of different factors and bringing them all together to present an attractive home can feel like a juggling act. Milan Vincic, one of our Hometown partnering real estate agents, reminded us that it doesn’t necessarily have to be so stressful by sharing with us a few key tips that can go a long way when you’re putting your home on the market....

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Credit Pitfalls that Might Just Surprise You

By Mack Wheeler

With the holiday madness now beginning to subside, it is time to put down the credit cards and assess the damage. Jessica Santana, one of our Seattle Hometown Program loan officers, sat down with me to talk about the most common credit-management mistakes that take place during the holiday season and what we can do to fix them here in the New Year. Some of these credit pitfalls might just surprise you...

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