Your mortgage and the new tax bill
One of the big conversation pieces floating around our office for the last week or so is what happens with your mortgage and the new tax bill when it finally gets the big OK.
In my professional opinion, now could be a great opportunity to save Continue reading
Protecting Your Information
Most of us live very blindly and the trust we put in others, is beyond measure. My grandfather had a saying, “If you cannot see who you are dealing with, who are you going to see if you have a problem with the item you’re purchasing or the service you are be receiving.”
I hear it all the time from the millennial’s Continue reading
We Already Signed these
It’s a very common statement made by people going through the mortgage loan process. When making or filling out your loan application you will most likely be signing some releases and / or initial disclosures. Some of these you may sign again within the next couple of days, as a full loan disclosure package will be sent to you.
Many circumstances may change throughout the loan process regardless of Continue reading
I have cash, it’s my money, I earned it what’s your problem? Why can’t I use it for my down payment or closing cost?
This is actually a very common issue, question and concern for both the consumer and loan originator. I estimate this happens in one out of every seven transactions which experiences a cash issue.
Loan originator: Asking an applicant for a mortgage loan; What are you using for funds for your down payment and closing cost?
Applicant: I have cash. Continue reading
Low Down Payments and Grant Programs
There are many programs out there for the first-time home buyer. Each state may have their own programs and grants. Within each state, some counties may have different types of programs however the availability of funds may be limited either annually or by quarter. Home buyer’s general have to take credit counselling courses. These courses may different per county and Continue reading
Almost everyone has rented a home at some point in their life. Most people have no choice but to have to rent once they have finished school. Commonly debts are high and income is low. Most younger people are focused on just finding a good job and haven’t even thought of putting together a finance plan.
Whatever type a plan you put together, whether it’s a Continue reading
Be Grateful for Those Who Served
I know for most people it’s hard to imagine the feeling that an eighteen-year-old man or women may have, on that first moment that the strong, angry looking man – wearing a large brimmed hat – yells at them to get off the bus and to stand on a set of yellow painted foot prints on the pavement in Paris Island, South Carolina.
Why in the world would someone ever want to put themselves in this position? What has happened in that little space between someone’s ears Continue reading
What Are You Waiting For?
In 2006 – 2007 we saw the highest housing prices and sales on record. Why with today’s housing prices – still on average less than 65% of those homes values – and with today interest rates more than 2% less than during that time frame are most still not buying in today’s market.
Really – What Are You Waiting For?
Has our attitude towards home ownership diminished? Continue reading
I Want the Best Rate
“I want the best rate!” Sure I hear that all the time. This is likely the second most asked question after “how much do I qualify for “. The best rate request is most always answered by, “Sure we can give you the best rate, just Continue reading
I have often written about the different parts of the mortgage loan process and the components that are needed for a full approval. Yet, it’s been a while since I can remember focusing on just income. So, let’s all take a peek into the basics of qualifying income—Including you well-educated higher income earners, Continue reading