John Capozzi- “Dig where the gold is unless you just want some exercise.” “Location, location, location,” experts say is the most important real estate facet.  If you are a homeowner, a home seller, or a homebuyer, the timing element determines the amount of gold you mine from your home or your financing. “Is there still gold in them there hills?”  Watch out for the effects of inflation.   Inflation is pushing onto the scene, and inflation is the archenemy of low interest rates.  This week the Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, announced that the Fed would continue keeping their rate low, even in the face of rising inflation. The Fed vowed they would continue to buy mortgage-backed securities to keep mortgage rates affordable.  However, the bond markets have been running against the Fed's efforts like a game of chicken.  “Is there gold in them there hills?”  When it comes to your…
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
The mortgage and real estate industries are bound by a series of rules, regulations, laws, and hopefully by ethics. While there has always been a few that have avoided or just plain disregarded the rules, most of those in the professions of mortgage and real estate have paid attention to the rules and were likely held to task when they didn’t. The mortgage meltdown led to a huge collapse in the markets worldwide. Most responsible for the violation of trust placed with them have never been held accountable for their actions and some that were, didn’t suffer more than pennies on the dollar for their crimes, forget going to prison for a long time. Today we are facing larger and more overt violations of rules and regulations than we saw prior to the mortgage meltdown and nobody seems to care! Major companies openly violate norms that have been well established…
Posted On Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00 Written by
A bit about Jo:  “Whatever YOUR personal priorities are, my job is to help you get the mortgage terms that will give you bragging rights when you talk about it and help you score on hitting your goals.” As a mortgage loan officer, my job is to help you get to the benefits you want from your financing terms. What is most important to you? I can help you find the financing terms that will help you get to what you want.  What is your comfort level on a house payment? How much are you comfortable paying down,? What type of financing do you need to get the house you want to buy or refinance? Different clients have different priorities in life—some are buying their first home with very little down payment funds. Some are recovering from medical challenges, divorces or preparing to send children to college and some are…
Posted On Thursday, 11 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Change can be difficult, but it can also be an opportunity. New changes to the loan application form and the challenges that go with it are an issue for a large number of reasons. While any change in the mortgage industry is an issue, most recently TRID, you can always find a path forward. I follow a few loan originator forums and often contribute when I think I have something significant to offer. Today I just want to point out that the change is here and we all have to live with it until the next change comes along. Complaining about the changes will not resolve the issue. Complaining on how much harder it is to do your job with the new application will fall like a brick. Whining about how it is harder to use your LOS and some of the supporting loan software you may have is a…
Posted On Monday, 08 March 2021 00:00 Written by
The fall in bond prices and the rise in rates continue. Awareness of things we control and those we don’t are now significant. Seeing the opportunity of the situation is critical! We don’t control rates, but do control the process we provide and the value that process brings to those we serve! NOBODY in this market has the best price; that left a few weeks ago, now all we have is our commitment to our process and the benefits our process provides! In a rising rate environment, the ability to be correct, quick, and close in 30 days or less is the VALUE, because the cost of money rises over TIME Your fully documented pre-approval and the ability for your buyers to present an offer that will close in 30 days or less can now be worth more than a higher offer to a seller facing the cost of higher…
Posted On Monday, 01 March 2021 00:00 Written by
We have seen a real jolt to the bond market and pricing is trying to find a new level. This happens from time to time and those of us who have been at this for a while are prepared for the questions and reactions of our clients, prospects, and referral partners. A few simple things to remember:  • You don’t control the rate markets! If a client wasn’t locked on their loan, or were “waiting” for the “bottom”, that was a risk they took, not you. Don’t feel guilty unless you lied!• Do the math! Take a few minutes and share the actual costs in monthly payment in a move of .25% . Sometimes rates are an emotional hurdle until they see the actual dollars.• Share offsets and strategies. Maybe we borrow less money to keep the payment where they are comfortable or maybe we buy down the rate?• Remember that car…
Posted On Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00 Written by
In 2018 I traveled the country sharing with real estate agents and mortgage professionals my concerns of pending troubles approaching our industries. I tried to share and warn people about the growing trend of buying leads and building teams of people to call and message those leads one after another in hopes of securing and potential transaction. This process was only further complicated by trainers and coaches in both professions sharing the belief that buy purchasing and chasing leads, and by building large groups of people dependent on those leads for their income, that the very skills needed to be self-reliant was in jeopardy.  The matter only gets more complicated when those leads are largely purchased from companies who are not just in the lead selling business, but in the business of taking over the real estate and mortgage business. I also warned those people that once real estate agents,…
Posted On Monday, 15 February 2021 00:00 Written by
Associate Broker & Team Lead Agent, Brooke Sines has been in the business of working with people all of her life!  Brooke has been told over and over by her clients that it’s her dedication to personalized service that sets her apart from the rest. She is an expert in her field and a great communicator that treats every client as her #1 priority! Her clients say that they can tell she loves her job, and it shows in everything she does. She runs a real estate team with RE/MAX in West Michigan and Charlotte, NC.  Full time/hands on Mom- of one very talented daughter and adorable son – and a fierce competitor in the best way possible.
Posted On Thursday, 11 February 2021 00:00 Written by
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