VA Loan for Veterans

VA Loan for Veterans

A VA Loan for Veterans

What is a VA Loan for Veterans?

Are you a veteran who has served in the United States armed forces in either a time of peace or war?  You quality for a VA loan for veterans.

According to Wikipedia, “A VA loan for veterans is a mortgage loan in the United States guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The loan may be issued by qualified lenders.

The VA loan for veterans offers long-term financing to eligible American veterans or their surviving spouses (provided they do not remarry).  The basic intention of the VA loan for veterans is to supply home financing to eligible veterans in areas where private financing is not generally  available.   Additionally, it helps veterans purchase properties with no down payment.

 

How does a VA Loan for Veterans Work?

The VA loan allows veterans 103.3 percent financing without private mortgage insurance or a 20 percent second mortgage.  It also allows for up  to $6,000 for energy efficient improvements. A VA funding fee of 0 to 3.3% of the loan amount is paid to the VA.  Additionally, this fee may be financed. In a purchase, veterans may borrow up to 103.3% of the sales price or reasonable value of the home, whichever is less. Since there is no monthly PMI, more of the mortgage payment goes directly towards qualifying for the loan amount. Consequently, this allows you a larger loan amount with the same payment.

In a refinance, where a new VA loan is created, you may borrow up to 100% of the value, as long as allowed by your state’s laws. In a refinance where the loan is a VA loan refinancing to VA loan (IRRRL Refinance), the veteran may borrow up to 100.5% of the total loan amount. The additional .5% is the funding fee for an VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance.

VA loans allow veterans to qualify for loan amounts larger than traditional Fannie Mae of conforming loans. VA will insure a mortgage where the monthly payment of the loan is up to 41% of the gross monthly income vs. 28% for a conforming loan assuming the veteran has no monthly bills.

The maximum VA loan guarantee varies by county.  The maximum VA loan amount with no down payment is usually $417,000.  However, depending upon where you live, this amount may rise to as much as $1,094,625 in certain specified “high-cost counties”.”

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Are you a veteran looking to both purchase and secure mortgage financing?  Buying a home isn’t just a matter of finding the right house. Negotiating and reaching a workable price level work hand in hand. You must secure mortgage financing to purchase your dream home. Because of this, as a trusted Miami realtor and efficient Miami mortgage broker, Mario will help your dream home become a reality.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, gets your deal done. Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker. Don’t attempt to negotiate on the purchase of your home on your own. Mario helps you reach the best price through his extensive negotiating skills.

 

Get in Touch with Mario

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. Let me help you secure you VA loan for veterans,  conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. Furthermore, we can help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

Miami Conventional Loan

Miami Conventional Loan

A Miami Conventional Loan

Like when shopping for your dream home can be a bit overwhelming and challenging,  you can say the same when entering into the financing of your new home.  Many homeowners become overwhelmed when faced with having to secure financing for their new home purchase. Add to this,  contractual time limits causing you to secure your financing quickly.  In most cases, the type of loan you’ll need to secure is a Miami conventional loan.

According to wikipedia, “In the United States, a conventional mortgage home loan is a home mortgage loan that conforms to GSE (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) guidelines.  The most well-known guideline is the size of the loan, which as of 2013 was generally limited to $417,000 for single family homes in the continental US. Other guidelines include borrower’s loan-to-value ratio (i.e. the size of down payment), debt-to-income ratio, credit score and history, documentation requirements, etc.”

Eligibility

In order to qualify for a conventional loan, borrowers must typically meet three minimum requirements:

Down Payment

The standard down payment for a Miami conventional loan is anywhere between 5% and 25% of a home’s value depending on the borrower’s credit and financial condition.  For example, if the property you are trying to secure costs $100,000, the lender may want you to place a 20% or $20,000 down payment.  Buyers with stronger credit are usually able to place as little as 5% down in order to secure their home’s financing.

Income

Lenders want to make certain your debt-to-income ratio, or the percentage of monthly income you spend on debt payments, including mortgages, student loans, auto loans, minimum credit card payments and child support, will leave you at a comfortable level, not overextending yourself.

Credit/FICO Score

Your credit score also plays an important role as you qualify for a conventional loan.  Lenders vary on the minimum FICO credit score requirement.  This is not standard in the industry.  However, remember, the higher your credit score, the better the terms you will receive on your Miami conventional loan.  In this case, too, the stronger your initial down payment, the better your lending terms will be.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Buying a home isn’t just a matter of finding the right house.  Negotiating and reaching a workable price level work hand in hand. You must secure mortgage financing to purchase your dream home. Because of this, as a trusted Miami realtor and efficient Miami mortgage broker, Mario will help your dream home become a reality.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, gets your deal done. Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker. Don’t attempt to negotiate on the purchase of your home on your own. Mario helps you reach the best price through his extensive negotiating skills.

Get in Touch with Mario

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

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

Miami jumbo mortgage loan

Miami jumbo mortgage loan

Miami Jumbo Mortgage Loan

The Miami jumbo mortgage loan is financial instrument widely used throughout South Florida real estate.  According to Bankrate.com, “a jumbo mortgage is a home loan for an amount that exceeds conforming loan limits established by regulation. The jumbo loan limit is $417,000 in most of the United States. The limit on jumbo loans is $625,500 in the highest-cost areas.”  Any mortgage higher than $417,000 is a jumbo mortgage loan.

The Miami real estate market has many homes which would qualify for the jumbo loan rate.  In fact, most of South Florida, from Palm Beach to the Keys would have many homes qualifying for such rates.   Because of this, there may blenders willing to offer Miami jumbo mortgages.  However, you will find the qualification requirements for such loans continue to remain quite strong,  following the 2008 financial crisis.

 

Qualification rules

Prevailing interest rates have decreased dramatically since the 2008 financial crisis.  Although it may be less expensive for you to get a jumbo loan today, the requirements remain strict.  Jumbo mortgage borrowers aren’t necessarily wealthy individuals.  Borrowers are actually from middle, dual-income homes. Some buyers are even first-time borrowers.   As a good quality Miami jumbo mortgage borrower, you will not only have very good credit, but sufficient income, assets and not too much debt.

Most lenders require you to have good credit along with the other attributes mentioned above.  Additionally, lenders require a minimum 20% down payment.  The debt-to-earnings ratio plays an important role in the loan qualification process.  Your debt-to-income ratio compares your monthly debt obligations to your pretax income.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Buying a home isn’t just a matter of finding the right house, negotiating on it and reaching a workable price level. You must secure mortgage financing to purchase your dream home.  Because of this, as a trusted Miami realtor and efficient Miami mortgage broker, Mario will help your dream home become a reality.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, gets your deal done. Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker. Don’t attempt to negotiate on the purchase of your home on your own. Mario helps you reach the best price through his extensive negotiating skills.

Get in Touch with Mario

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

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

 

 

Miami Realtor

Miami Realtor

 

 

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Your Miami Realtor

While buying your home can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling moments of your life, things can, and often do go wrong.  When buying the home of your dreams in Miami, you need a trusted Miami realtor who will help you navigate the process.

 

88 Turbulences Which Can Go Wrong During Your Real Estate Transaction

There are 88 turbulences which can take place when buying your home. We’ve included the PDF for this document here, so that you may become familiar with all that could possibly go wrong.

Aside from having a trusted Miami realtor at your side, a reputable and efficient Miami mortgage broker is also essential. Buying a home isn’t just a matter of finding the right house, negotiating on it and reaching a price level which will work for you and the seller. You also need to be able to secure mortgage financing.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, will get your deal done.  Let Mario be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.  Don’t attempt to negotiate on the purchase of your home on your own. Mario will help you reach the best price through his extensive negotiating skills.

Though interest rates are low, securing financing in today’s post-2008 financial crisis is very challenging. Don’t allow the “88 Things That Might Go Wrong During Your Transaction” happen to you. Allow Mario’s knowledge, experience and negotiating skills to work on your behalf.

 

Get in Touch with Me

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

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

 

HELOC Loans

HELOC Loans

 

 

Reprinted from Reverse Mortgage Daily written by Jason Oliva

HELOC Loans

Do you have a HELOC loan on your property?  A large number of U.S. homeowners will be affected by a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) reset over the next few years. Additionally,  many borrowers are either unprepared or unaware of the financial repercussions awaiting them, a recent study indicates.

Of more than 800 polled homeowners holding HELOCs, 43% will be affected by a reset in the coming years.  This information stems from the TD Bank HELOC Reset Measure released this week. And as HELOC borrowers reach their end of draw periods, 23% of survey respondents said they do not have financial plans in place to handle a reset.

 

DANGERS

Feeding into this unpreparedness were misconceptions borrowers hold regarding HELOC repayment. Only 19% of respondents to the TD Bank survey understand that a HELOC reset will increase their monthly payments.  Meanwhile, 34% said they believe their monthly payment will be reduced when their HELOC resets.

Additionally, TD Bank found that one third of borrowers who opened HELOCs prior to 2011 are unaware of their draw period expiration date described in the HELOC contract.  This number rises among Baby Boomers to 42%.

Meanwhile, 53% of respondents who opened HELOCs between 2005 and 2008 don’t know the impact the reset will have on their monthly payments.

HOW A HELOC WORKS

Many HELOC loans allow borrowers to draw for 10 years and make interest-only payments, said Mike Kinane, senior vice president in TD Bank’s Home Equity division.

“When this draw period ends, you are required to pay principal and interest.  This may possibly increase your monthly payments,” Kinane said. “It’s important you plan ahead and review your contract to determine the best course of action based on your current and future financial situations.”

However, the vast majority of respondents (60%) who do not have a plan for their HELOC resets indicated they will not seek guidance from their lenders.

WHAT TO DO

“If you do not have a financial plan for the end of your draw period you should contact your lender as early as possible,” Kinane said. “A responsive lender will offer multiple ways for you to pay down your line of credit.”

But for borrowers who are prepared to face HELOC resets, more than one-quarter of respondents said they plan to refinance their HELOC into another loan.  And almost 70% of those borrowers plan to approach their current lenders.

For those borrowers considering a refi, using a HELOC for emergency funds was most important to them (35%).  Home renovation followed (27%) and travel (26%).

With home values soaring during the housing boom, homeowners sought HELOCs as a means for tapping into their home equity.  Moreover, HELOC loan funds are typically  used to finance a variety of expenses.  Home renovations, medical bills, even help with debt consolidation are among the top uses.

In the TD Bank survey, the top three reasons homeowners opened a HELOC were to renovate a home (38%), consolidate debt (24%) and purchase a new vehicle (20%).

“HELOCs can be a smart and flexible way for you to tap money when needed.  Most uses are for home renovations, debt considation, education, or deal with unexpected expenses,” Kinane said. “It’s a wise idea to consult with your banker, and take advantage of the benefits that HELOCs can offer.”

If you are 62 and over, you may be able to remedy this situation with a reverse mortgage on your home.  Once you have this, the reverse mortgage will pay off your HELOC.

Get in Touch with Me

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

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

A Reverse Mortgage Home Purchase

A Reverse Mortgage Home Purchase

 

What is a Reverse Mortgage Home Purchase

Many older homeowner’s have taken advantage of reverse mortgages as it has allowed them to refinance their existing mortgage or increase their cash flow and remain in their home, mortgage free.  Many retirees don’t realize, however,  they also have the opportunity to purchase a new home with the HECM reverse mortgage purchase program.  Often, people use this tool to buy a home they couldn’t otherwise afford while still eliminating mortgage payments. Utilizing this tool, you can realize the benefits of a reverse mortgage with no monthly mortgage payments.   And, you can move to a new home all in a single transaction.

Requirements

To qualify for a reverse mortgage home purchase, you must be at least 62 years old.  If you have a younger spouse, you can take advantage of the new non-borrowing spouse rules for the FHA Insured HECM Reverse Mortgage. The down payment is higher than traditional mortgages because you don’t have to make mortgage payments.  Because of this, the equity in your home is used to pay the loan back after you leave the home permanently.

Since you make no payments while you live in your home, you must have equity from the onset. The younger you are, the more money you need to contribute because of your longer life expectancy. The income qualification is lower than traditional mortgages because there are no mortgage payments added to your debt ratio. With new guidelines in place, you must show a good payment history for past housing and debt expenses.

Eligible Properties

Eligible properties are single family residences, new construction where certificate of occupancy has been issued, HUD approved condos and townhouses. Down payment sources include cash from savings and investments, gifts from family members or proceeds from the sale of an existing home or asset. Funds that are borrowed such as seller financing or credit cards are not allowed as a funding source, nor would a subordinate lien be allowed. Closing costs must be paid by the buyer.  Seller concessions are not allowed. Once appraised and inspected, if repairs are necessary,  the seller must complete these prior to closing.

Most people want to live in nicer homes, at any time of their lives.   Why not do so through this instrument allowing you that ability?

Get in Touch with Me

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

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

 

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

 

Preparing in advance is ideal.  However, what better time to reinforce and share hurricane preparedness tips than right as one is about to strike?  If there can be a positive about an imminent hurricane strike, having plenty of time to prepare for one is a hurricane’s benefit as opposed to other natural disasters.

Another positive about a hurricane is that Floridians have much experience with these.  Floridians have been hit by hurricanes regularly throughout the years. Hurricane season extends between June 1st and November 1st.  As we speak, Florida is about to be impacted by the first major hurricane in over a decade.  Traveling as a Category 4, Hurricane Matthew bears great strength, also extending over 500 miles wide.

Moreover, the following two websites provide the latest details on final check list preparations. Both NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the National Hurricane Center offer useful tips to guide you with hurricane preparations.   You may access this website here.

The U.S. government also provides excellent resources on how you may prepare your home in the event of a hurricane. You may access this website on hurricane readiness and preparedness here.  

While much of the information on these two sites are the same,  have a look at the most important factors to keep handy below:

Tips:

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

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

The Condo Reverse Mortgage

The Condo Reverse Mortgage

The Condo Reverse Mortgage

Do you own a condo?  Are you over 62?  Soon, you may be able to qualify for a condo reverse mortgage, if the FHA proposed rules become enacted.

“In response to changing conditions in the condominium market, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today proposed new rules that would allow individual condo units to become eligible for FHA financing, including Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs), an agency spokesman confirmed to RMD,”  according to Reverse Mortgage Daily.

The agency further went on to state, “FHA’s intent is to modify its condominium rules to ensure financial soundness and project viability, but in a manner that is more flexible where possible and responsive to the market.”

Further excerpts from Reverse Mortgage Daily:

FHA currently requires that approved condos have a minimum of 50% of the units occupied by owners. Through this proposed rule, FHA is specifically inviting comments on this issue and is proposing to establish an allowable range between 25-75%.

“While having too few owner-occupants can detract from the viability of a project, requiring too many can harm its marketability,” FHA stated in the release. “The range allows FHA to choose a specific percentage that is responsive to future market changes.”

 

An individual unit may be eligible for single-unit approval if it meets a variety of criteria, including that the condo is not a manufactured home and is located within a project that has at least five dwelling units.

Projects approved under this rule are fully completed.

The proposal is the latest move by FHA regarding its condo financing policies.

 

Get in Touch with Me

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

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

Miami Reverse Mortgage

Miami Reverse Mortgage

 

What is a Miami Reverse Mortgage?

Do you know how a Miami reverse mortgage works?.  You may or you may not.

Are you over 62 years old?  Interested in eliminating your monthly mortgage payments?  Looking for income for life?

A Miami reverse mortgage loan is available to seniors who are above 62 years old. One function of the Miami reverse mortgage is designed to help seniors eliminate their monthly mortgage (in the event they still have one).  There must be enough equity in the property to qualify. The Miami reverse mortgage allows seniors above 62 to transform a part of their home equity into immediate cash.  This eliminates the need to sell your home.  It also eliminates your need to refinance.

Moreover, a reverse mortgage loan allows you to access your accumulated home equity.  Through this financial instrument,  you don’t have to make payments on the reverse mortgage.  Because of this, payments are deferred until you pass away or you vacate your property.  This is an amazing opportunity for you, as a senior citizen. Why? Because you are not required to make a mortgage payment.  You don’t have to pay any interest.  Still, you must continue to have homeowner’s insurance. And, you must pay the yearly property taxes due on your home.

 

What Mario Quintero Can Do For You?

If you are still confused about what a Miami reverse mortgage loan is, contact me here.  Call me at 305-598-1600.   I’ve helped thousands, like you,  secure financing through mortgage loans since 2002.

 

Get in Touch with Me

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. Let me help you secure a conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loan.  Furthermore, I can help your senior parents secure a comfortable retirement through a reverse mortgage.

Florida Reverse Mortgage

Florida Reverse Mortgage

 

The Florida Reverse Mortgage

 

The Florida reverse mortgage is the answer to senior citizens’ financial needs.

How a Florida Reverse Mortgage Works

What exactly is a Florida Reverse Mortgage and why it is beneficial to seniors?

The Florida reverse mortgage program is available to home owners who are 62 years and older.  Consequently, this mortgage makes it possible to convert a part of the equity of the senior’s home into tax-free cash flow. This program was offered so that seniors have the opportunity to tap their home equity without needing to sell their homes or refinance, hence, getting a new mortgage.

Because of its benefits, rather than making regular monthly payments to a loan provider,  such as a mortgage company, the Florida reverse mortgage pays the senior homeowner.  Regardless of this, you must still pay your home’s real estate taxes and insurance.

Strock & Tanner Mortgage Will Help you

STC Loans is a well known company based in Miami, Florida, offering the Florida reverse mortgage to senior citizens within the entire state.

How do we help you?  STC Loans takes pride in having developed a reputation for being the Florida mortgage company which takes care of its clients as we work for you, our customer.  Because of this,  seniors achieve the best quality of life throughout their years of retirement.  Strock & Tanner Mortgage is one of the leaders in the Florida reverse mortgage market.

Through a team of the knowledgeable and experienced advisors in the Florida reverse mortgage market, we have the ability to simplify the process, as we close most reverse mortgages in not more than a month.

Get in Touch with Us

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

Call me today at 305-598-1600.