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      I'm not in a rush but when the time is right maybe 1 year or so would like to know best first actions, e.g. talk to mortgage broker for pre approval etc?
       
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      I have 1.25 acres the double wide is 20 years old in decent condition.  One question is move to nicer area, or  maybe buy new modular /double wide on the existing property ? My ego wants me to buy new place would like 5 acres and a dwelling.  
       
      I appreciate being able to post this y'all have been very helpful and it helps to get this in print instead of my brain.
       
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      I hope this is not going to affect me to much doing my refninancing, I was checking my fico.com account and I have a new collection! It turns out that it was a medical bill that I thought I had paid but there was a balance of $71, the collection agency is FIRST FEDERAL CREDIT CONTROL, I talked to someone in there and she said if I make payment they will request to delete it from the bureaus (which will take about 3 months). I asked her to put it in writing and she said the best they could do it put a line on the email
       
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      I am thinking (vacillating lol) about making NFCU my checking account for my wife and I.  I know they are *excellent* for credit, but how about for checking?
       
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      How is their customer service?  How is their security against hacks?  How is their willingness to solve problems?  What about their website uptime? (I have never noticed a downtime issue with their website, but maybe you have?)
       
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