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Thanksgiving is a time for reflection. What ... Who .. are you thankful for? I know that I'm thankful for my family. This Thanksgiving I'll look around the dinner table and be lucky enough to see my Mother, healthy and still enjoying life. I'll also see my wife, our 2 sons, 2 wonderful d...
Why Bank Statements and Verification of Funds Are So Important to Mortgage Underwriters One topic ... one direction provided during the Mortgage Process that seems to baffle and frustrate my prospective home buyers during their Mortgage Process, surrounds the sourcing and documenting of D...
Entering or Currently Navigating the Mortgage Process? Don't Even THINK About it! Follow the warnings found on my Flyer below If hoping to Buy, Build, or Refinance a Home in the greater Chicagoland area, please contact me! I'll put my 37 years of mortgage experience and expertise...
Think You Can't Buy a Home in Chicagoland? 10 Facts That May Change Your Mind I've found that Home Buyers looking to be Pre-Qualified for a home loan purchase are sometimes quite surprised by their ability to successfully get a Loan Approval without having PERFECT credit. To add t...
Did you have snow at your house this last weekend? Don't know about you, but I'm not ready for it, at least mentally. But yet, clocks were turned back, we ushered in the month of November, and dragged our winter coats out of the closet over the last week. So ready or not, here comes winte...
How to Make Your First Mortgage Payment Inside Mortgage Finance News reported on October 28, 2014 ... "Total mortgage-related complaints filed by borrowers with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fell again in the third quarter of 2014 – the fifth drop in the last six ...
Fewer Condominium Associations FHA Eligible Recently, an agent that is a referral partner of mine contacted me regarding a listing of his that was a Condominium. He had received an offer on the listing and the offer called for FHA financing. This agent posed a question to me. ...
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...
Below you'll find this week's news and info I thought you'd find of interest and use. Please remember to keep your questions and suggestions for future email blasts coming! I love hearing from you and your input is always greatly appreciated! 12 things you absolutely must do...
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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...
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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...