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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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16 Jan 2023
| 22 min read

2 to 4 Unit Home | How to buy a multi-unit property

Multi-family, 2 to 4 unit homes are affordable and surprisingly easy to buy.

14 Jan 2023
| 15 min read

Mortgage Insurance | How much is PMI?

The cost of private mortgage insurance (PMI) varies depending on several factors, including the lender. Some lenders charge more than others for the same PMI. In this article, I'll explain why. Then, ...

09 Jan 2023
| 13 min read

VA loan | VA cash-out refinance

The VA cash-out refinance loan gives veterans access to 100% of their home equity.  With this mortgage program, you can replace your current conventional or VA loan with a new VA loan and turn your ho...

07 Jan 2023
| 12 min read

VA loan | What is the credit score? [580]

This article outlines VA loan requirements for credit score, bankruptcy, short sale, judgment, and foreclosure.

06 Jan 2023
| 14 min read

VA loan | What is the VA funding fee for 2023?

The VA funding fee is a one-time charge that most military veterans, service members, and survivors pay to use a VA loan to finance the purchase or refinance of a home.  The VA funding fee is a percen...

04 Jan 2023
| 20 min read

Down Payment | How much for a down payment on a house?

If you're thinking about buying a home, you should know you have choices regarding a down payment. The popular belief is that homebuyers need 20% of the property's purchase price. But instead, the min...

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