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The Hidden Truths Within Bankruptcy Filings We've arrived at an unique point in the world of home buying and financing. It comes on the heels of several years of financial hardships, unprecedented foreclosures, and job losses. These challenges faced have often lead to the filing o...
School is in Session! The Benefits of Conventional Lending vs FHA Mortgage Insurance is required on loans where a 20% down payment is not available from the Buyer/Borrower. Since most all Conventional Loans in the traditional marketplace require a minimum of 5% down, (Note: I sai...
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BEAUTIFUL CONDO READY FOR A NEW HOMEOWNER! 3 BEDROOMS, HUGE LUXURY MASTER BATH AND A LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET. 1ST FLOOR OFFICE (COULD BE BEDROOM, PLAYROOM, DINING ROOM). NEW HARDWOOD FLOORING ENTIRE FIRST FLOOR, STAIRS AND UPSTAIRS HALLWAY. ALL APPLIANCES STAY. BEAUTIFUL WATER VIEW IN BACK...
I Received a New Property Assessment. What Do I Do? As a Chicago-area Mortgage Lender, I've always been asked a lot of questions regarding Taxes and Property Assessments. Property Taxes, and subsequently monthly tax escrow contributions, play a very important role in loan approvals/de...
Don't Assume You Know the Outcome of a Mortgage Consultation You've Never Had As often happens, another's writings motivate me to write a post of my own. That was the case with a post written by fellow-lender (CT) and ActiveRain member, Joe Petrowsky. Joe's recent post entitled, "Go...
"To Condo or Not to Condo" That Should Be the Question ... As a Chicago-area Mortgage Lender, I never try to influence a Buyer as to the type of property they should or should not buy. That's their personal choice ... and not my place. But as their Mortgage Lender and Advisor, I DO...
The Many Ways Poor Credit Scores Cost You A large percentage of the potential home-buyers I speak to have a basic knowledge of how credit scores influence the interest rate received when they finance their home purchase. Most understand the basic principal: The higher their credit score...
Waiting Periods and Extenuating Circumstances After a Short Sale, Foreclosure, Bankruptcy I wrote recently about Fannie Mae's announcement regarding the extension of the waiting period for those Buyers hoping to become Homeowners once again after having experienced a Short Sales (Pre-Fo...
Here's this week's news, info, and timely articles I thought you'd find of interest and benefit. Should you have specific topics or questions you'd like covered or addressed in future blasts, please let me know. Your suggestions and input are always appreciated ... Mobile Apps are availab...
Coulda ... Woulda... Shoulda! That's What You're Going to Say, if You Don't Buy Now! Missed Opportunities! Regrets! Lost Potential! Coulda ... Woulda ... Shoulda! That's what you're going to be hearing yourself say ... if you don't buy a home whil...
My Wide & Vast Mortgage Background Sets Me Apart & Provides Value-Added Benefits to Borrowers I've been reading many of the post submissions to the "What Sets You Apart: Your Value Added Benefit? An ActiveRain Contest" over the last few days. It's obvious that ActiveRain has many tale...
How to Avoid Unwelcome Surprises When Buying a Chicago-Area Condominium or Townhome One issue that has cropped-up often throughout the time I've been a Mortgage Lender (and continues to do so routinely) surrounds the question ... Is the property I'm purchasing really a Condominium .....
FHA Announces New Blueprint for Home Buying Success: "Homeowners Armed with Knowledge" It probably comes to you as no surprise ... Hopeful home buyers are struggling to save the funds and down payments needed to purchase homes. Many are also finding that securing their mortgage...
How to Dispute Credit Report Errors While in the Mortgage Process Veterans of the Mortgage Industry can remember a time when clients suffering errors or inaccuracies within their Credit Report, were typically advised to "dispute" those errors ... But because of recent changes that ...
AFTER Your Mortgage Closing: Keeping the Lines of Communication Flowing This post, although specifically aimed at my mortgage clients, contains a message that can pertain to other service provider's customers too ... The topic? Communication! Specifically, the lines of ...
"Because" ... The Mortgage Underwriter is Requesting it! As parents, we often find ourselves trying to explain things or reason with our children. And when we do, it's almost inevitable that we hear a "Why?" after each attempt. I know each of my boys did this. Sometimes relentle...
Creating a Paper Trail to Document Funds for Your Mortgage Closing It used to be years ago, that couples .. husbands, wives, and even the kids, kept their financial accounts together in one bank, one savings account, and typically just one checking account. I know my parents and my w...
Buying Homes Owned by Banks and Government Agencies: What Benefits Might Exist Property Sellers are often showing up on real estate contracts these days as Entities or Companies, not as human beings. Government Agencies including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD, VA, and banks are as ...
Taking the Mystery Out of Credit Scores Were you recently denied approval on a loan application? Do you suffer from lower Credit Scores? Did you receive an Interest Rate higher than someone else with higher Credit Scores? If so, there's a chance one of the following issues was ...
In Today's Real Estate Appraisals: Info is King, Data is Available In this automated day and age, a huge amount of real estate sales data is readily available to professionals ... With a few clicks and the entry of a few parameters, a Real Estate Appraiser can create an instant...