Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. …

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So Why Do Mortgage Rates Change So Much?

Have you ever called a mortgage company and received a quote and then called back the next day and the same rate was no longer available?? Mortgage companies, Banks and Credit Unions are subject to potential daily and even hourly shifts in the market. Interest rates fluctuate on the simple principal of supply and demand.    …

The True Meaning of National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day started in 1938  as a fund raiser for Chicago's Salvation Army. Their goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army "Lassies" of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers in the First World War. Soon after the US entrance into World War I …

Don’t lose that bid!!

In the housing market, the best deal doesn’t always come with the lowest price. Price vs. Payments - If you're financing your purchase, you'll probably never come close to paying the actual price. You're making a comparatively small down payment and then paying interest on the loan until you refinance or sell. Yes, you will have …

The Dreaded Blank Page

Having your bank account statements in order and avoiding the deposit traps will help assure a smooth mortgage application and approval process. Follow these simple steps and remember, if you have a question, just ask me!! Document the source and purpose of deposits not clearly identifiable as being from your employer. If a deposit does …

You don’t have to worry about Owner Occupancy Rate!

Are you Buying or Selling a Condominium?  Worried that you don't meet the old rule of 50% owner occupancy rate?  Worry no longer!! As long as you purchasing your new condo with the intent to occupy this condo as your Primary Residence, Fannie Mae no longer requires a specific occupancy rate in order to obtain …

Still Writing Checks to the Landlord?

Home loan payments are now often less than rent payments! If you don’t intend to stay in your home long, need extra mobility or are unsure about your employment prospects, renting probably makes good sense for you. But if you're planning to stick around, owning may prove to be more rewarding. Here are five good …

Using Gift Funds for your Mortgage?

Getting Gift Funds for the purchase of your new home?  Whether the funds are for the down payment, reserves or even closing costs, here is what you need to know. The "Donor" of the gift must be a family member, fiancé or domestic partner. They must prove they have the ability to provide you with …

A Commitment Letter to shop for a home

As you know, lending guidelines are like the weather in New England. Wait 5 minutes and they could change! With that introduction, why would you bring your clients out to see homes without having a full commitment letter from the Lender? Not a Pre-Approval... Not a Pre-Qualification letter, but a full commitment letter from US …

Why it is so important to get Pre-Approved!

It's always been a good idea to get pre-approved for your mortgage loan, but lately, it's become even more important. Why should I be pre-approved for a mortgage loan? In recent years, mortgage guidelines have been tightened. Documentation requirements have been expanded and followed more closely. A pre-approval gets you through the process and uncovers …