Entries by Sophia Peterson

Guild Employee Spotlight – Jasmyn Jefferson    

Guild Tacoma Branch spotlights one employee every month to talk about their position, passions, and hobbies. This month’s spotlight employee is Jasmyn Jefferson. Guild Employee Spotlight – Jasmyn Jefferson Interviewer: What is your position? Jasmyn Jefferson: I am a loan officer assistant for John Cassels team at Guild Mortgage Tacoma. I: When did you start […]

What a Drop In Interest Rate Means For You

The Federal Reserve’s signal that it doesn’t plan to raise interest rates for the rest of the year is quickly sending mortgage rates lower. Swings in mortgage rates frequently make or break your home buying options. When rates rise, it can squeeze your home budget to its limits, narrowing your home buying selection. But when […]

Questions You Should Ask About the VA Loan Process

As everyone who has ever worn the uniform knows, military service comes with real challenges and sacrifices, both for service members and their families. It also comes with some unique rewards, and the ability to qualify for a VA loan when you’re buying a home is one of the most valuable benefits you’ve earned through […]

Getting to Know the VA Home Loan

In surveys of military personnel – active duty, reserve component, and veterans – the VA loan program consistently ranks as one of the most valued benefits of military service. Most service members have heard of a VA home loan, but usually don’t learn much about them until they are actually thinking about buying a home. […]

Reasons Buying is Better Than Renting for Service Members

In today’s market, service members have more reasons than ever to consider home ownership. From the low interest rates, flexible VA Loan guidelines, and rising rents, buying a home is a better option. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons buying is better than renting for service members. Reasons Buying is Better Than Renting for […]

How to Minimize the Stress of a PCS

Moving around is a reality of being in the military, as you already know. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders have a way of reminding you that moving trucks and house-hunting are almost as much a part of your service life as your ID cards and uniform. Moving can be stressful, but at the same […]

Veteran Home Buying Options

If you’ve decided you want to buy a home rather than renting or signing up for quarters on your military installation, the next important step is to determine which type of loan is the right one for you. As an active duty service member or veteran, you have more options when it comes to shopping […]

The Military History of the Seattle-Tacoma Area

Welcome to the Seattle-Tacoma area! The Pacific Northwest is an incredible place to call home and we have a long history of living and working with the U.S. military as neighbors and community partners. This region has hosted military installations for more than a century now. Service members of every branch, along with personnel of […]

Tacoma Area Highlights

Every branch of the military has its own list of places where almost no one wants to be stationed – people aren’t usually lining up to go to Minot AFB, North Dakota, or Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert, after all. Receiving PCS orders to an installation in the Tacoma area, however, is like winning […]

Home Ownership and the Military Service Member

As a military service member, you have several options when it comes to finding housing at your new assignment. You can apply for government quarters on base, or you can rent, or you can buy a home. Each option has its benefits, but which one is right for you? Home Ownership and the Military Service […]