A Year in Review: Top Ross Mortgage Blog Posts in 2016
As we bid farewell to 2016, we want to thank you, our loyal readers. We’re appreciative of your readership and support. We’ve posted a wealth of helpful content this year, including mortgage tips and advice, as well as company news showcasing our accomplishments and highlighting our outstanding employees. To recap this year’s top news, we curated a list of our most popular blog posts from 2016.
Mortgage Tips and Advice
- Why Is My Credit Score Different When a Lender Pulls It?
Credit scores can be confusing. In fact, ever since the notion of credit scores were created, there has been confusion about how those three little numbers are calculated, and what they mean. With all the free credit reports available to consumers, each with different scoring methodologies, it’s possible the credit report you pull may contain different numbers than the report your lender will use to determine your credit worthiness.
- Mortgage Pre-Approval Benefits [INFOGRAPHIC]
When it comes to buying a house, getting a letter of pre-approval is the first, and arguably most important, step. You’ll experience a smooth home buying experience from beginning to end with this powerful piece of paper in your hands. See the seven benefits of getting a mortgage pre-approval in our new infographic.
- Buy a Home With 3% Down Using the Fannie Mae HomeReady Program
If you’re house hunting and working with a tight budget, we have fantastic news for you. Earlier this year, Fannie Mae introduced HomeReady, a new affordable loan program geared toward homebuyers who qualify for a mortgage but may not have a large sum of funds to use for a down payment. Read more to learn everything you need to know about the Fannie Mae HomeReady loan program.
- How To Handle Surprise Appraisals
Congratulations! You made an offer on your dream home and it was accepted. In a perfect world, the house appraises at the offering price or higher than you offered, and you’ll move into your new space knowing you got a heck of a deal. Unfortunately, there are times when the appraisal may come in below the agreed upon sales price. It’s best to know what happens when an appraisal comes in short.
- Ross Mortgage Corporation Reopens Grand Rapids Office
In February, we announced the reopening of our branch in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As one of Michigan’s top mortgage lenders, we were thrilled to once again expand our presence in West Michigan and we look forward to providing more Michigan residents with tailored solutions to fit their unique mortgage needs.
- Ross Mortgage Corporation Relocates and Expands Brighton Branch
In July, we announced the relocation and expansion of our Brighton branch, underscoring our commitment to providing residents in surrounding communities with exceptional service.
- Ross Mortgage Corporation Opens New Rochester Office
In addition to expanding within the Grand Rapids and Brighton communities, we also announced the opening of the first Ross Mortgage Corporation office in Rochester, Michigan earlier this year. Read more to learn about this exciting expansion.
Top Talent at Ross Mortgage
- Perks of Working for Ross Mortgage: Honoring This Year’s President’s Club Members
We strongly believe in celebrating successes at every level, and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate this year’s President’s Club inductees on achieving their production goals and upholding our standard of operational excellence. In recognition of their hard work, we treated President’s Club members to an all-expense-paid trip to Cancun, Mexico—just one of the perks of working for Ross Mortgage.
- Matt Kooistra Shares What It Takes To Be a Top Loan Officer at Ross Mortgage
To help you learn more about the career opportunities available at Ross Mortgage, we’re featuring some of our talented team members. Meet Matt Kooistra, branch manager of our Grand Rapids, MI location.
- Careers at Ross Mortgage: Ericka Staton’s Journey from Administrative Assistant to Vice President of Marketing
Professional development and employee growth matter at Ross Mortgage. Since 1949, we’ve been committed to providing our employees with opportunity for growth, which is why Michigan’s top loan officers choose to work with us, and stay with us for decades. Ericka Staton, vice president of marketing and corporate communications at our headquarters in Troy, MI, has been with our company for 13 years. Learn more about Ericka’s experience and what she has done to propel her success over the years.