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About Jim Quist


I’m Jim Quist, President and Founder of NewCastle Home Loans. I’ve been working in the mortgage business for more than 22 years. I started NewCastle Home Loans in 2003 in order to make getting home loans faster, cheaper, and completely interactive. With the old process, you dealt with dozens of different people and waited weeks through multiple approval stages. The process was inefficient and frustrating.

Our mortgage company uses a custom designed, online system to give you exact loan rates in seconds, get you approved in minutes, and let you know where your loan is at the every step of the way. Not only are our approval processes faster, but we also can close your loan in as little as 15 days. That’s 3x faster than other Chicago mortgage lenders.


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29 Sep 2022
| 11 min read

Should you pay mortgage discount points for a lower rate?

Paying discount points for a mortgage is an option that allows home buyers to spend more now to save later.

07 Sep 2022
| 15 min read

Prepaid Items & Mortgage Escrow Account, How Much Do They Cost?

Prepaid items are the homeowner’s insurance, mortgage interest, and property taxes that you pay when you buy a home.

04 Jul 2022
| 6 min read

How to get a mortgage working in the cannabis industry

As state after state moves toward the legalization of marijuana, cannabis professionals may find themselves in a tough spot when it's time to buy a home. Because marijuana is currently legalized at th...

12 Apr 2022
| 6 min read

FHA 203k Loan Calculator - What does a rehab loan cost?

It's a seller market. Homes are scarce, and prices are high. But sellers are likely to discount homes that need repairs since they're harder to sell. With the FHA 203k Loan, you can buy a run-down hou...

02 Apr 2022
| 13 min read

Can I get a mortgage if I owe federal tax debt to the IRS?

Owing federal tax debt makes it harder to get approved for a mortgage, but it’s not impossible to get a home loan with this debt factored in. With some careful planning, you can still get the loan you...

22 Mar 2022
| 12 min read

How future rental income can help you buy an investment property

As a homeowner, you already know that owning property is a stellar way to build wealth over time. But if you’re interested in expanding your homeownership with a rental property, we’ve got some helpfu...

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