“Being challenged in life is inevitable; being defeated is optional.” Roger Crawford Values are high, and rates are lower than they have been in a few weeks. Pressure builds to  buy your first home or sell the one you have  in order to buy your next one.  Finding and financing your next home seems to run smoothly until you run up on some challenges.   How do you conquer challenges and move to your celebration day? Here are the four common barriers homebuyers face when buying their home. Lack of funds to close. When the bank account is short on funds, it is time to pull out the treasure map.  Can you borrow against your 401k retirement fund?  Do you have a cash value on a life insurance policy?  Gifts from family members are helpful. Look into local down payment assistance programs. Ask about getting a loan secured on a…
Posted On Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00 Written by
Sometimes people allow fear to prevent reality in their lives. Sometimes people allow fear to paralyze them into inaction. I have always found it that if you look into the actual fear and find out why you are afraid, you sometimes see there is nothing to be afraid of. We have seen a number of people creating a new dialog of fear around the potential of 2.7 million homes entering foreclosure due to the expiration of forbearance. The fear has even grabbed the government because they have chosen to kick the reality of expiring forbearance down the road another six months because they don’t have a simple answer to the question, “what happens”. Well, let’s do some math. NAR says we would have an even more robust purchase market if we had more homes in inventory. They say they would like about 5 or 6 months of homes to create…
Posted On Monday, 12 April 2021 00:00 Written by
“Life holds a special magic for those who dare to dream.” Anonymous This week homeowners and homebuyers saw home values continue to rise, and the mortgage rates dipped down for the first time since January. The seemingly unattainable dream of renovating your home to be your castle or restructuring your debt so you can retire suddenly became possible like the wave of a magical wand.  Mortgage rates dipped about 5% this week for the first time since January 2021.  Home values increased 15.6% year-over-year.  The mortgage that the aspiring homebuyer could not afford last week suddenly became affordable this week The Collinger’s dream of getting their children through college, and retiring within the next ten years seemed impossible.  This week, their home hit the highest value they had ever seen. At the same time, mortgage rates dipped back down from their recent climb.   Restructuring the other debt with a…
Posted On Monday, 12 April 2021 00:00 Written by
“I watch other teams and ask myself, ‘What makes them win? Luck? Scheme? I’m constantly thinking of how to be better.” NIT Champion University of Memphis basketball coach Penny Hardaway The spring market in 2021 is running hot right out of the gate.  Inventory of homes available are fewer and mortgage rates are still a little lower than the beginning of April last year. It's a terrific market for home sellers because of the ease of selling higher. It is an excellent win for homebuyers because they can lock into a fixed-rate mortgage rate that keeps their payment affordable.  If you are a homebuyer in this market, get teamed up with a very reputable realtor and mortgage lender.   With some persistent grind and savvy strategy from you and your realtor-lender team, you can win in this market.  University of Memphis Tigers basketball coach Penny Hardaway said in an interview…
Posted On Monday, 05 April 2021 00:00 Written by
Consumers have choices, so how do you stand out as the logical choice in your market? As always, differentiation often wins the day. My friend and longtime real estate expert Steve Harney would always say, “10% different is 100% better!” Since Steve helped build a hugely successful real estate company and then founded the highly regarded “Keeping Current Matters” platform for real estate professionals, I think he was on to something!  So how do we create that 10% difference? How do we win more opportunities for ourselves, our clients, and our referral partners? I think in today’s market we can do this by helping set the stage for our clients and referral partners, as well as improving the quality of the experience for everyone by doing a great job upfront. When a prospect calls, do we remember to ask them how they came to call us and to take a…
Posted On Monday, 29 March 2021 00:00 Written by
“It’s simple arithmetic: Your income can grow only to the extent that you do.” T Harv Eker The pandemic year of 2020 caused some business people to prosper, and others have had to struggle to survive.  As a mortgage officer, I have heard customer stories as they describe their trek to keep home and business lights burning.  Mortgage rates are low and expected to stay relatively low through the year. However, the price of those rates has been rising over the last couple of months by about a half-point since January 2021.  Business owners and workers who have experienced a gap in income during the lockdown period last year have been trying to recover as the marketplace opens again. For these beleaguered borrowers, we, as lenders, need to spend some time finding ways to get them enough income to qualify for the home loan they need to move forward with…
Posted On Monday, 29 March 2021 00:00 Written by
 A bit about Summer:  Summer Goralik is a Real Estate Compliance Consultant and licensed California Real Estate Broker (#02022805). Summer offers real estate brokers a variety of consulting services including assistance with California Department of Real Estate (DRE) audit preparation, mock audits, advertising review, and training. She helps licensees evaluate their regulatory compliance and correct any non-compliant activities. Summer has an extensive background in real estate which includes private sector, regulatory and law enforcement experience. Most recently, she worked for the Orange County District Attorney's Office as a Civilian Economic Crimes Investigator in their Real Estate Fraud Unit. Prior to that, Summer worked for the DRE for six years as an Investigator. Among many achievements, she wrote several articles for DRE, four of which were co-authored with former Commissioner Wayne Bell. Before she embarked on her career in government and law enforcement, Summer also worked in the escrow industry for nearly…
Posted On Thursday, 25 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Strong buyer activity and the rate at which listed properties are flying off the market make it important to recognize opportunities when others miss them. Right now a real untapped market for opportunities is investors! Let’s take a look at a few reasons investors are now great targets: • COVID 19 has allowed people not to be evicted for non-payment of rent. No rent, no cash flow!• Colleges and Universities are limited or empty, leaving student housing units to remain vacant. No rent, no cash flow!• Property values in many areas have risen significantly in the past few years, making properties far more valuable than thought.• Potential changes in investment property financing may make it less attractive to continue purchasing investment properties and creating the possibility for the search for other investments.• Potential changes to the tax code may also make it less attractive to hold investment property long term…
Posted On Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Words from a basketball coach- “Shooting means every time you catch the ball, your eyes go to the rim. By looking at the rim from any position, allows you to see everything that happens on the floor.” When you are positioning yourself to score on your real estate or mortgage deal, you need to have your eyes on what you want to accomplish.  It might be buying a home in a particular neighborhood.  You may want to reduce your overall monthly debt by refinancing a mortgage. Knowing your comfort level on move-in costs and monthly payments helps you keep your view of the playing field in perspective.  We have experienced the lowest rates we have ever seen several weeks ago.  February 2021 saw the price on rates start an upward climb due to the fear of inflation, actions, and comments by the Federal Reserve. Even though mortgage rates are not…
Posted On Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00 Written by
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