Allen McLain, Home Loans

I am a VP of Mortgage Lending at Finance of America, specializing in purchase and refinance home loans throughout Southern CA..

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2020 is shaping up to be a great year for the housing market, but how will it compare to 2019?

Pssst...a vacation home can cure those winter blues:

Another year has come and gone, which means it's time to review your finances:

Your fireplace: Everything you need to stay warm, cozy and safe this winter

Planning on spending your weekend warm and cozy in front of a fire? Here’s what to check before lighting that 🔥 To stay cozy and safe this winter season, we cover everything you need to know to maintain your home’s warming hearth.

Happy New Year!

Thanks to all my customers and business partners who made 2019 a great year! Looking forward to an even better 2020.

Despite sales prices continuing to rise, pending home sales keep increasing. Can we expect more of the same in 2020?

Financial to-do list for the New Year

If buying a home in 2020 is a #NewYearsResolution this is what you need to consider. Because a little tidying up in that department can be well worth your while, here are a few tips to consider before the clock strikes midnight on December 31.

All the best to you and your family this holiday season!

Guaranteed Rate Affinity

When Jude, a father of six, was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma, his first concern was his family’s well-being. Unable to work throughout his aggressive treatments, he worried how they would get by without his income.

The Guaranteed Rate Foundation exists to help people in crisis, like Jude, who was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma. A father of six, Jude's first concern was his family’s well-being. Unable to work throughout his aggressive treatments, he worried how they would get by without his income. We were happy to step in and lend a hand.

Median existing-home sales increased compared to last year and 2020 is shaping up to be a year to remember in the homebuying industry.

It's amazing to see how the mortgage industry has changed in 10 years. Will these trends continue into 2020?

Choose how you’d decorate your fireplace mantle this holiday season. 🔥 ❄️ 🎄 ☃️ #WhichOneWednesday

Guaranteed Rate Affinity

So proud to be a part of a company that cares about the communities we serve.

For the first time in our history, the Guaranteed Rate Foundation granted over $1 million in a single year. We're proud to be able to lend a hand to those in crisis.

Winterizing your home: 5 things to check

Take it from Ty Pennington, these five tips will help prep your home for the cold winter season. What goes around comes around, and before you know it, winter will be barreling toward us once again. It’s not something to dread if you love skiing…and if you’ve planned ahead by preparing your home for the colder, harsher weather that’s on the way.

Why winter can be the right time to buy

Don't get left out in the cold. Cozy up to the idea of buying a home this winter. There are plenty of delightful advantages to finding that dream home – even if the weather outside might be a bit frightful. Check out our four reasons why you should start house hunting during the winter season.

Guaranteed Rate Organization of Women - GROW

Don’t let your resolutions slip through the cracks next year:

Reset your storyline and make the most out of 2020 at tomorrow's webinar with Commander-in-She:

Annual Mortgage Review

As your life changes, your mortgage should change with you.

Find out more:

I’m so proud to be a part of a company that supports those in crisis. This all started with our Chairman, Victor, helping an employee whose house burned down. Look where we are now!

From $25,000 given to one family in 2012 to almost one million donated this year alone, the Guaranteed Rate Foundation's commitment to those in crisis has never been stronger.

5 easy ways to deck your home for the holidays

Don't be a Grinch this holiday season, deck the halls like a pro with these easy tips. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than making your home warm and inviting. Luckily, you can liven up every inch of your home without breaking the bank or putting in a ton of time.

Help the Guaranteed Rate Foundation reach their goal of donating $1MM by the end of 2019. If you know someone in need, please submit their name: #GivingAwayTuesday

Our twist on this global day of giving? We're not asking for money--we're asking for help to give it away. Refer the Guaranteed Rate Foundation to someone in need and help reach their goal of granting $1 million in assistance in 2019. #givingawaytuesday

Which refi is right for you?

On the couch, in your PJs, with hot chocolate. That's the best way to shop the best tech deals this #CyberMonday

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“It’s not just about getting out, it’s about how can I sustain our lives going forward.”

Big news heading into 2020:

Pending home sales decline 1.7 percent

Mortgage rates remain low, so what's slowing down homebuying? After two months of consecutive increases, October brought a slight decline in pending home sales—falling 1.7 percent to 106.7. While year-over-year contract signings increased by 4.4 percent.

Qualify for a mortgage

Mortgage first-timer? Here are some tips on what to prepare for.

October existing-home sales up 1.9 percent

Home purchases are back on the rise after a sluggish September. Will economists remain optimistic going forward? After September’s decline, October’s 1.9 percent increase in existing-home sales brought a welcome recovery.

Guaranteed Rate Foundation

Wow, just in time for Thanksgiving. Talk about fighting for your family.

“I looked at her and I [said], ‘I promise you, if you fight I fight. And I’m not going to quit fighting.’”

Popcorn machine not included. Comment below. #WhichOneWednesday

Help the Guaranteed Rate Foundation beat their goal of donating $1M in 2019. If you know someone in need, please submit their name: #GivingAwayTuesday

#GivingAwayTuesday is on December 3rd and we think it’s the perfect time to reach our goal of granting $1 million in donations throughout 2019. Help us get there by connecting us to someone in need or connecting us to a non-profit in your community.

Fixed vs. ARM

Fixed vs ARM options? (SWIPE THRU) for the pros and cons of each.

Get your home holiday ready

Good atmosphere is just as important as a good turkey. Whether it’s your first or fifteenth time hosting Thanksgiving, preparing your home for guests can be stressful. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at these quick, easy and inexpensive ways to cozy up all areas of your home.

Closing My Mortgage Loan

Imagine that feeling you'll have as soon as you own your home. All you have to do is get through the final step of the mortgage process; the closing. Closing processes vary slightly depending on the type of transaction, as well as local, state and municipal laws. While the differences might be subtle, it’s always good to know what steps to take when preparing to close.

Veterans Day

This #VeteransDay I’d like to thank all the men and women who’ve served our country. 🇺🇸

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