Four Possible Reasons To Refinance

A mortgage is generally the largest debt most homeowners have to manage.  It's a good idea to give your personal real estate finance portfolio a check-up at least once a year. Since there are many reasons a ho ...

How Much Can I Afford?

How much mortgage money can I qualify to borrow? This is typically the number one question mortgage professionals are asked by new clients. Of critical importance when considering mortgage financing: There is sometimes a difference between what a client ***can*** borrow and what they ***should*** borrow. In other words, what makes for a comfortable long-term mortgage payment? The Quick Answer: If we're simply considering the financial math, lenders will calculate your Debt-to-I ... Read More...

8 Questions Your Lender Should Answer About Mortgage Rates

Simply checking online for today's posted rate may not lead to your expected outcome due to the many factors that can cause each individual rate and closing cost scenario to fluctuate. We can preach communication ...


Government Shutdown Causing Interest Rates to Go Up or Down?

Interestingly enough, mortgage interest rates have continued their downward trend this past week, especially the past few days.  This is basically a flight to quality event due to the Stock Market selling off.  It could reverse itself in two weeks as we get closer to the biggest issue, possible de ...
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Be a Power Agent in 2013

I want you to make more money than ever before this year!  We all know that we should have an annual business plan written and ready for implementation by the end of December.   Just in case you forgot - procrastinated - or did not have a good format, I have attached a copy of "Be a Power Agent in 2013" for you to use.  Let me know if you f ...
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Any Real Estate Benefits from Fiscal Cliff Deal ?

For the most part the Fiscal Cliff solution passed last night by Congress patched a few important issues and then punted the incredibly important long term issues two months down the road. The Real Estate community did benefit from the bill's final passage in three important areas as follows: 1. ...
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Seven Things Your Agent Should Know About Your Mortgage Approval

While many experienced real estate agents have a general understanding of the mortgage approval process, there are a few important details that frequently get overlooked which may cause a purchase to be delayed or denied. New regulation, updated disclosures, appraisal guidelines, mortgage rate pr ...
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Do I Need To Sell My Home Before I Can Qualify For A New Mortgage On Another Property?

Although every situation is unique, it is not uncommon for homebuyers to qualify for a mortgage on a new home while still living in their primary residence. Perhaps you are outgrowing your current house, or have been forced to relocate due to a job ...
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What Do Appraisers Look For When Determining A Property's Value?

Most people are surprised to learn what appraisers actually look at when determining the value of a real estate property. A common misconception homeowners generally have is that the value of their home is determined after the appraiser has completed their physical property inspection. However, th ...
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Where Does My Earnest Money Go?

Hey, I gave my real estate agent a $5000 Earnest Money Deposit check... Where does that money go? A basic and very obvious question that most First-Time home Buyers ask once their purchase contract gets accepted. According to Wikipedia: Earnest Money - an earnest payment (sometimes called earnest money or simply earnest, or alternatively a good- ...
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Renting vs Buying A Home

Buying a home versus renting is a big decision that takes careful consideration. While there are several biased sources that can make arguments for or against owning a home, we've found that most home buyers base their ultimate decision on emotion. Yes, there are some tax advantages of owning real estate, as well as the potential to earn equity ...
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What Does Title Insurance Protect Me From?

By including title insurance when purchasing property, your title insurer takes on accountability for legal expenses to defend your property title, should it ever be challenged. Many different occurrences can come into play to warrant the need for title insurance. The title company responsible wi ...
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Understanding the FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP)

* Disclaimer – all information in this article is accurate as of the date this article was written * The FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium is an important part of every FHA loan. There are actually two types of Mortgage Insurance Premiums associated with FHA loans: 1.  Up Front Mortgage Insurance ...
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First-Time Home Buyer Credit Checklist

Getting a new mortgage for a First-Time Home Buyer can be a little overwhelming with all of the important details, guidelines and potential speed bumps. Since there are so many rules and steps to follow, here is a simple list of Do's and Don'ts to keep in mind throughout the mortgage approval proce ...
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Should I Refinance or Get a HELOC For Home Improvements?

For homeowners interested in making some property improvements without tapping into their savings or investment accounts, the two main options are to either take out a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), or do a cash-out refinance. According To Wikipedia: A home equity line of credit is a loan in ...
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Calculating The Net Benefit Of A Refinance Transaction

Calculating the net benefit of refinancing can be a challenging task if you do not understand what to calculate. We are going to focus on the net benefits of refinancing from the standpoint of lowering your interest rate. Although there are several reasons to refinance, lowering your mortgage rate ...
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Understanding the Difference Between an Appraisal vs Neighborhood Listing Prices

Why is there such a difference between what my appraised value is and the price similar homes are selling for on my street? It’s a great question, and you don’t have to be a mortgage professional or a real estate agent to understand the answer. ...
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Making Sure Your Cash-To-Close Comes From The Proper Source

Providing proper asset documentation and the actual source of the funds is a critical element of the loan closing process. There's nothing worse in a real estate purchase than making it all the way through the hoops and hurdles just to have a loan denied after the final documents have been signed d ...
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Talk the Talk – Know the Mortgage Lingo at Closing

What the heck are they talking about? Many borrowers go through the closing process in a haze, nodding, smiling, and signing through a bunch of noise that sounds like Greek. Even though you may have put your trust in your real estate and mortgage team, it helps to understand some of the terminol ...
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