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    A recent fed decision to continue raising interest rates, coupled with strong economic growth, has led to a wave of people coming off the sidelines and entering the home purchase market. “We haven’t seen this kind of competition among home buyers​ ​in over 10 years!” What is this mean to you? When purchasing…

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE IN WASHINGTON, DC: MARK LIVINGSTONE After years in the industry and recognizing a need for an ethics-driven mortgage lender, Mark Livingstone started Cornerstone First Financial in 2001 out of his 1 bedroom condo in Bethesda. Cornerstone First Financial is unique due to their platform in radio and podcasts. Starting on radio…

Mark Livingstone on Twitter: “Great news for buyers and sellers! #RealEstate” In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts and appraisers are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 5% (or more) over the next twelve months. One major challenge in…

Mark Livingstone on Twitter: “At Cornerstone First Financial, we offer bank statement programs where we average together all the #mortgage applicant’s deposits over the last 12 or 24 (depending on credit score) months & use that as income in order to service the “gig” #economy #modernmortgages #housing” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are trying to make mortgages accessible…