Real Estate Agents: How the government shut down will affect your business

With: John Meussner, Loan Officer & Mortgage Coach @ Mason-McDuffie Mortgage So it’s been a day and the government is still shut down.  What exactly does that mean?  I’ll spare the humor and all the things I’d like to say – basically it means that some services are available, and others aren’t.      While many […]

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Top 5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Realtor

Today’s Guest Blogging topic is: How to hire the best Realtor for your needs With: Jessica Wallace, REALTOR @ COLDWELL BANKER Working with the right Realtor makes a huge difference in your success in home buying or home selling.  The ‘right’ Realtor will be different for each person as well depending on personalities and goals.  […]

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Insights on How the New Tax Bill may Impact You

Even though we are not tax professionals, we wanted to give you some general insights regarding how the new tax bill* may impact you starting this year. If you have a large first mortgage loan amount, you will be grandfathered in to the interest deduction up to $1,000,000 of your loan as long as it […]

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All About Private Money

Education & Value is what our blog is about. Yapping about ONLY mortgage related business is boring and not what we strive for as a company. This is why we bring in guest bloggers to talk about all areas of business. Today’s topic is: Private Money aka Hard Money Lending With: Mark Van Dellen, Senior […]

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Can a Non-Citizen Get a Mortgage?

If you’re wondering if a non-citizen can get a mortgage in the US, the short answer is yes.  The longer answer is also yes…but with a few additional details and restrictions. Straight from the Fannie Mae selling guide (the book that lenders use to determine eligibility for conventional loans):   “Fannie Mae purchases and securitizes […]

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5 Ways Your Lender Can Help You Get the House

In today’s competitive housing market where many areas nationwide are seeing a far-leaning seller’s market with limited inventory, it’s important for buyers to put their very best foot forward and have all their t’s crossed and i’s dotted before they find “the one”. Most buyers don’t consider just how much their mortgage lender can help them land […]

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Buying a Home? Make Sure Your Finances Are in Order First

Below is a guest blog post by Janet Elliot of RE/MAX Purchasing a new home is part of the American Dream, just as much as graduating high school and college, getting married, and having children. It’s also the hardest part of the dream to achieve; you need patience, resilience, thick skin, and great financial planning. The latter is the […]

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HOLY TRID! New Regulations for the Mortgage Industry Start Today!

Today marks the 1st day of new federally mandated regulations known as “TRID” (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has introduced these new regulations as part of their “Know Before You Owe” initiative. New forms are part of TRID whose purpose is to help make it easier for borrowers to understand complex […]

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Benefits of a Homestyle Renovation Loan

According to Fannie Mae, the “HomeStyle Renovation mortgage permits borrowers to include financing for home improvements in a purchase or re-finance transaction of an existing home”. The HomeStyle Renovation Loan gives borrowers a convenient option to pay for renovations. Additionally, this loan provides an alternative to a second mortgage, home equity line of credit or other type […]

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