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Miami real estate continues to boom…

As per the most recent Marketwatch of just yesterday, there is “no better time in history to invest in real estate.”

There is much talk out there of the market correcting, but though interest rates continue to fluctuate, international events continuing to occur, such as Brexit, the stock market fluctuating, along with many other factors, clearly, real estate not only continues to boom but more importantly, continues to be one of the historically safest investments, with substantial gains over time.

As per the Marketwatch piece, “And given that so many traditional asset classes are facing headwinds, it’s worth taking a serious look at real estate both as a way to find new opportunities and to hedge your bets in a challenging market.” Ultimately, given the volatility in other traditional investments, real estate not only provides a safer haven, but may also provide a steady income in the long-term.

Again, per Marketwatch, “Yes, a rental property isn’t exactly a conventional income investment … but 10-year Treasurys yield less than 1.6% annually and investment-grade corporates aren’t much better. And sure, house flipping is risky and isn’t for everyone, but the same is true for small-cap biotech stocks and emerging-market equities.”

So many investors are looking to vary and diversify their assets accordingly in order to not be fully committed to one particular investment. Moreover, the steady income from a rental property is a welcome addition to anyone’s bottom line.

Are you looking into purchasing an investment property for rental income? This is one of the services we provide our clients at Strock and Tanner Mortgage.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

 

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A Great Time to Refinance…

Just yesterday the Fed announced they may very well still raise interest rates in one or both of their remaining meetings this year.

What does this tell us?   Historically, it’s the absolute best time to refinance your home.  Never in history have interest rates been this low and attractive.  Think what you can do with the money you would be saving?  At the end of the day, you could practice good ol’ American consumerism by injecting your savings back into the economy.  It’s what Americans are known to do…

At Strock and Tanner Mortgage, we specialize in all types of home loans, mortgages, refinances and reverse mortgages.   We have experience in all ends of the real estate market, from realtors, to loan officers, to in-house servicing.  We can handle all your home purchase and financing needs.

If you’re in the market to purchase a new home, refinance and existing property, obtain a reverse mortgage on the equity in your home, your seniors parents home, or a friend or family member, call us at Strock and Tanner Mortgage to help you convert your dreams into reality.

Want to see stories of satisfied clients?  Have a look at our album of successful closings here.  It’s our business to make your real estate goals into reality.  We are licensed in the entire state of Florida and can help you regardless of your location.  Join thousands of satisfied clients.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Strock and Tanner Loans specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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There are many uses for a reverse mortgage. Most people are under the belief that reverse mortgages are only to be used by seniors who need income in retirement. While this is the prevailing concept behind a reverse mortgage, it’s by far the only use for the same.

Several sites throughout the internet will detail for you the many creative ways a senior citizen may use a reverse mortgage.   If you have a look at the following piece by reversemortgage.org, you’ll see 25 uses for a reverse mortgage, including paying off your existing mortgage, cover monthly expenses, covering health insurance, paying for long-term care, subsidizing your retirement, among many others.

This infographic courtesy of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association provides a visual look to how these 25 uses are applied as well.

According to Mortgage 101, the most common uses for a reverse mortgage are buying the second home of your dreams, college expenses for a child or grandchild and life insurance in order to leave a sizable inheritance to your heirs.

Just this week at Strock and Tanner Mortgage, we closed on a reverse mortgage for a client who is using the funds to subsidize not only her retirement income, but to actually launch her retirement dream business.   Yes, this lady has a fantastic business idea for which you needed funding. What better way to fund this idea than to tap the equity with the money she’s paid into her home over a lifetime?

Are you or your senior parent interested in a reverse mortgage for any of the reasons listed above?

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Strock and Tanner Loans  specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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Reverse mortgages are used today as a financial vehicle for many seniors in retirement. In the past, this was frowned upon, as a reverse mortgages was considered an insecure, unstable financial instrument. Today, however, this instrument has become very popular to helping seniors be more comfortable financially in retirement.

Many options are available with reverse mortgages today. There is the traditional reverse mortgage, where seniors may use the equity built in their homes as a vehicle to finance their retirement. There’s the HECM Reverse Mortgage, which is a vehicle used where seniors are allowed to take the equity in their homes and purchase another property with the proceeds.   In other words, it’s a reverse mortgage for purchase. There’s a jumbo reverse mortgage where your property is above the $417,000 conventional level, classifying as a traditional jumbo property.

All above-mentioned vehicles, are strategic tools seniors may use in retirement in order to be able to finance their retirement. No risk is attached to a reverse mortgage. A retired individual, and their spouse, may live comfortably in their home while accessing the equity in their homes while in retirement.

Regardless of which type of reverse mortgage is chosen, certain conditions remain the same with which the retiree has to comply. Among these, of primary importance is that the retiree applicant be 62 years of age.

If you are interested in a reverse mortgage for yourself or your elderly parent, have a look at our online brochure here, where you can learn more about the facts surrounding reverse mortgages.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Strock and Tanner Loans  specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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Just this past week, Mario Quintero and STC Loans helped a Senior couple from the Carolinas use the equity in their home to purchase a second property in Miami via a Home Equity Converson Mortgage (HECM).

 A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage for purchase (HECM), allows seniors to buy a new primary residence and obtain a Reverse Mortgage in one transaction. All HECM borrowers must be placed on the sales contract and each of these persons must also be an eligible HECM borrower (age 62 or older).

It is important to note some of the guidelines that may affect the process of acquiring a Reverse Mortgage HECM for purchase. Reverse Mortgage HECM purchase transactions are not accepted for 2-4 unit properties and a HECM purchase transaction may not occur within 12 months of a short sale or Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure. In a HECM for purchase transaction, the seller is responsible for all repair costs (property condition must meet the FHA’s minimum health and safety requirements). In order to close the HECM for purchase, the borrower must provide proof of funds required for the transaction to occur. A list of the documentation required to obtain this proof may be provided upon request. The buyer, or borrower, is expected to move into the property with 60 days of closing. The buyer is also expected, according to FHA guidelines, to retain the property (not resell) for at least 90 days.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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It’s been a month since the Brexit vote and, as we reported initially, Miami home loan interest rates have continued to decline.

Just this week we reported how we now have a new conventional home loan interest product with 1% down payment, up to $417,000 loan as long as your total debt service ratio is no more than 46% and your FICO credit score is over 700.

These numbers are unheard of post the Great Financial Recession of 2009. If you have not yet acted, NOW is the time to purchase or refinance your home in order to lock-in these low rates before they increase.

As you very well, the Fed’s actions are unpredictable from meeting to meeting, so home interest rates could very well rise at any time without prior notice.

The Miami housing market continues to sizzle despite other major metropolitan home areas nationwide showing signs of slowing. We are not only fueled by locals interested in buying, selling and refinancing, but we have a large tourist population making Miami a second home. Our international foreign buyer base is also strong seeking a secure harbor to park their capital given uncertainty in other global markets.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.  Call me today at 305-598-1600.

 

 

 

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We now have a new conventional loan program up to $417,000 featuring a 1 % down payment! To qualify you need a 700+ FICO credit score, Maximum debt to income ratio of 43%.
Great low rates, and is available with no monthly Mortgage Insurance. Call me for details.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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The Miami realtor plays a critical role in the real estate transaction.

Many home buyers and sellers are not aware of the true value that the realtor provides during the course of a real estate transaction.  Many people, in fact, are not cognizant of the expertise, professional knowledge, and just plain hard work that go into bringing about a successful real estate transaction.

A multitude of important services and steps required in a real estate transaction are carried out by the realtor of the brokerage staff.  Most of these step have traditionally been viewed simply as part of a realtor’s professional responsibilities to the client.  But, without them, the transaction could be placed in jeopardy.

Depending on the transaction, some of these services and steps may take minutes, hours or even days to complete, while some may not be needed.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

Reprinted with permission, with thanks, from the Orlando Regional Realtor Association.

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Foreign Buyers Continue to Flock to South Florida…

According to a recent article by Diana Olick of CNBC news, “As for U.S. destinations, five states accounted for half of foreign buyer purchases: Florida, (22 percent), California (15 percent), Texas (10 percent), Arizona and New York (each at 4 percent).”

Though real estate seems to have slowed in some markets, Florida continues to be a very popular market for both domestic and foreign buyers willing to park their money in “safer” investments. The fact remains, Florida is a “paradise” of sorts. Thousands flock here from throughout the world due to our warmer climates, proximity to amazing world-class beaches, a no-tax state, along with Miami being the long-time gateway to Latin America, soon becoming the same for Western Europe.

Florida is the place to be.

Are you a foreign buyer thinking of purchasing real estate in Florida?

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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Interest rates reach all-time lows…

As we learned with the Brexit vote of a week ago, global events have a huge impact on domestic events here at home, including interest rates. In this case, the Brexit vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has caused US interest rates to reach an all-time low.

Not only did the Dow Jones Industrial Average and other indices drop dramatically for several days in a row, all the financial commotion overseas really has created the perfect opportunity to take advantage of not only lower stock prices, but to purchase or refinance your home.

Opportunities like this do not come by often. Time after time again, after financial turmoil over the decades, the best opportunities arise in moments of fear. Why not let someone else’s fear become your financial opportunity? Those who have taken advantage of such opportunities in the past, have benefitted from great growth and rewards going forward in to the future.

Want to take advantage of a real estate opportunity here in South Florida?

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.