I cried at my mortgage closing over something as simple as homeowners insurance. Granted, purchasing a home is one of the most important financial decisions you can make, so you gotta understand how it could provoke some anxiety, especially if you don’t know what to...
Cheap, easy Thanksgiving decor ideas that actually look good are hard to come by. That’s why this super cute idea for Tasty Turkey Table Toppers is perfect for you. You can make dozens of them for about $10. The original idea came from my mom’s swim aerobics...
You won’t officially be a homeowner for another 30 days, give or take, so hold your horses. Because guess what? Your lender will check your credit again just before your closing date, prior to granting you the funds. Your lender might also need additional information...
5 tasks new homeowners should know how to do? That’s it? Well, no. There are actually a lot more. But I thought I’d start with the basics. I’ve learned the hard way that pretending something will never happen doesn’t actually prevent said thing...
So you’ve broken up with your apartment, saved up for a down payment, found your perfect home (with or without the help of a real estate agent) and are finally moving into your first home. The only thing left to decide is which new couch will adorn your living room....
Home-buying journey under their belts, Kat and Jake saw a successful end to a jam-packed year for the two of them. And even with new jobs and a wedding to plan, the time was right to purchase a house. “I wanted our own home because the rent was going up and stuff was...
The down payment should be your first order of business, after you determine what price range to look in. Then you can figure how much money you’ll need to come up with in order to get a mortgage. Let’s break it down. Determining the down payment The rule of...
When you start thinking about your loan closing date, your heart begins to beat a bit faster. You realize you’re making the most important financial decision of your life! (So far, anyway.) As a first-time homebuyer, you may be wondering what you can expect at your...
Is it cheaper to rent than to buy a home? According to Trulia’s Rent vs. Buy Report in October 2015, buying a home is 23% cheaper than renting — in most places. (If you live in Honolulu, Hawaii, or San Jose, Cal., stay on good terms with your landlord.) Determining...
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As with so many other good dreams, that’s pretty much how people become homeowners. That’s what we’re here for, to walk with you through the maze, regardless of where you are.
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Who we are
HomeDiggidy is brought to you by the Millennial staff of writers and designers at MGIC (although we do allow a few Baby Boomers and GenXers to contribute now and then). We created this website because we know that buying a home for the first time can be a scary process. Our research- and experience-driven original content offers peer insights on everything from the advantages of low-down-payment mortgage loans to the importance of maintaining a good credit score. Our company has been involved in the mortgage process for more than 60 years now — so we’re in a great position to guide you.
Shelley Sines is the editor of HomeDiggidy. She’s also a Libra and Milwaukee native who has worked at MGIC since graduating from college in 2007. She and her husband are proud, exhausted parents of 2 adorable and unruly toddlers. Besides spending time with her family, she loves being outdoors, eating guacamole and watching football. Other stuff she likes (in no particular order): turtles, dictionaries, yoga, curry, Harry Potter, olive oil, peonies, camping, wine, graph paper.
Emily Whaling has an eye for color (pink, in particular), shape and space. Good thing because she is our website’s graphic designer. She came to MGIC in 2005 with a hatbox for a portfolio; we glommed on to her and haven’t let her go.
Robin Wetherbee has been writing for MGIC about mortgage insurance and homeownership since 1989. She and her handsome husband reside in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. They share their freshly empty nest, which she calls her “Miracle on 34th Street” house (if you’ve seen the 1947 movie, you’ll know exactly what she means) with their big-old black cat, Max Rayfield Gilhooly.
Zak Stoiber is a marketing specialist at MGIC, writing being his specialty, and an avid reader of books, some of which do not contain pictures. He currently resides in an apartment with his two roommates and is an aspiring homeowner, though he refuses to move out until he has enough material for his autobiographical urban rom-com.
Gretchen has spent about 20 years in marketing, with 11 of those being at MGIC. She lives in Milwaukee’s hipster Bay View neighborhood in a 1919 home with her 2 kitties, Sylver (a sweet fluff-bucket) and Henry (another obnoxious red-head ). Gretchen enjoys playing music, photography, garlic, history, volunteering, speaking Spanish, sarcasm, killing zombies and faking it on the accordion.
Gunnar Raasch is a recent college graduate with almost no experience in or knowledge of the housing market. His internship at MGIC, however, has surrounded him with a wealth of incredibly knowledgeable co-workers who are helpful in showing him the ropes. He’s also a slightly below average hockey defenseman and a slightly above average Tetris player who moved back in with his parents. Though he plans on renting for the next few years, he hopes to be as prepared as possible when he one day enters the realm of home-buying.
Tracy Weckwerth is a Digital Marketing professional at MGIC and is new to the mortgage industry. With a background in writing, editing and communications, she prides herself in having a thirst for news. Growing up in the suburbs of Milwaukee has given her an appreciation for the Midwest and four seasons. She is a big music fan and frequent visitor of concerts around the country – especially the West coast. Blink-182, Boston Terriers and Blue Pens are just some of her favorite things. Also you never know what random fun facts she’ll throw at you.
Laura Kapp is the creative director of the writing and design team at MGIC. Her messy desk proves the saying, “Creative minds are rarely tidy.” She lives in a late- Fifties ranch-style home with her husband, Andy, and their 2 dogs: Molly and Dublin. A cat, Gracie, allows them all to live with her (on most days).
Margaret Crowley is our website’s Big Head, in addition to manager of MGIC’s marketing and customer experience. She was just 22 with twins when she bought her first house. After a long stint of living in the burbs, she recently became a resident of Milwaukee’s Lower East Side with the purchase of a 140-year-old Victorian, complete with its own ghost whose moans resemble that of a tall, hirsute biped in a movie whose name rhymes with “car wars.” (Her husband says it’s the furnace turning off, but Margaret knows better.)