Home Bidding Wars

Home Bidding Wars

 

courtesy of CNBC – Diana Olick

Homebuyers are stretching their budgets and mortgage limits to win bidding wars

  • More buyers are stretching their budgets, putting less money down or using adjustable rate loans that offer lower rates.
  • Buyers today need to be not just pre-approved for a mortgage but have a mortgage commitment.
  • Borrowers have more options for low-downpayment loans, options that were not available as recently as just a few years ago.

Buyers today not only need to be preapproved for a mortgage, but they must also have a mortgage commitment. Home prices are hitting new highs and the gains are growing, just as mortgage interest rates are turning higher again. All of that has more buyers stretching their budgets, putting less down or using adjustable rate loans, or ARMs, that offer lower rates.

They are actually feeling emboldened to do so, thanks to the rise in the stock market and the improving economy.

Borrowers also have more options for low down payment loans, options that were not available as recently as just a few years ago. Fannie Mae reintroduced a 3 percent down payment loan that it had discontinued during the recession, and some private lenders are venturing back into subprime, although they’re calling them “nonprime” loans. These are mortgages to borrowers with lower credit scores.

Higher debt-to-income ratios

After holding steady for two years, the share of conventional loans backed by Fannie Mae with down payments of less than 10 percent rose from 12 percent to 14 percent in 2017. The expectation is that it will be even higher this year.

Banks are also willing to take on more risk in the jumbo loan space. They hold these loans on their balance sheets.

Why Work with Mario Quintero?

Are you having difficulty finding a property?  Are you stuck in a bidding war?   We have helped many repeat clients purchase similar properties and either keep them for themselves or use as an investment. Mario has been in the real estate mortgage business since 2002. Mario’s experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and improve competitive real estate mortgage interest rates .

Mario gets your deal done. Let Mario be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

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.

Low Down Payment Closings

Low Down Payment Closings

In the last two weeks, STC Loans together with C and C Title Agency have been able to help two new families become first time buyers with low down payment closings.  We couldn’t be more thrilled for them.  Using our 5 % down conventional lender paid PMI, first time buyers Richard, Mickey and Nicole are well underway in early home ownership.  We extend a very special thanks to Laura M. Menendez, our senior loan processor and Carolyn Martinez of C and C Title Agency.

In 2017 conventional mortgage lenders introduced the 5% down loan and the lender pays for the PMI (private mortgage insurance) up front.  What a great program, facilitating the purchase of homes to first-time homebuyers.  In exchange for a slightly higher interest rate, young buyers can begin to experience the privilege of home ownership.

The monthly PMI is approximately half of what FHA loan pays.  The PMI will be reevaluated when the loan reaches 80% loan to value in order to be eliminated.  As opposed to FHA where the PMI is for the life of the loan.  The conventional lender paid PMI loan is for borrowers that have a minimum 640 FICO. The higher the FICO into the 700’s, the better the interest rate becomes.

This product is being used by many first-time home buyers because of the monthly savings on the PMI.  The product can be used up to the new conventional lending loan limits which have recently increased to 455,000.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Do you know any young people starting out who could benefit from this amazing program?  How many of us would not have liked this opportunity starting out?  Are you in the market looking to buy, sell, rent or lease a property? Mario Quintero has been in the mortgage business since 2002. Mario’s experience is tested and true. Mario has helped hundreds of families purchase their dream homes and secure competitive financing.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, gets your deal done. Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

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 VA, conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. Furthermore, we can help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.

Home Prices in Miami

Home Prices in Miami

Home Prices Are Set to Soar in 2018

courtesy of Diana Olick, CNBC

The temperature may be frigid across much of the nation, yet home prices are sizzling and sellers are in the hot seat.  Home prices in Miami will also continue to rise.  Will you be ready and buy prior to this increase or will you be left behind?

Sales prices jumped 7 percent annually in November, according to a new report from CoreLogic.

That is the third straight month at that pace, far higher than the price gains in the first half of 2017. Low supply and high demand are fueling the spurt and neither of those is expected to ease up anytime soon.

Supply is actually falling even more now, and a strengthening economy is pushing demand. This will have potential buyers out early this year, trying to get a jump on the spring market.

“Rising home prices are good news for home sellers, but add to the challenges that home buyers face,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic, in the report. Nothaft said the limited supply is the worst at the lower end, and will hit the growing number of first-time buyers hardest.

Without a significant jump in home construction, prices will remain high and likely move higher. Mortgage rates could also move slightly higher, and new tax policy limiting mortgage and property tax deductions, is hitting homeowners in some states hard.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Do you doubt what our good friends at CNBC are predicting?  Home prices are set to rise in Miami and across the entire USA.  Are you in the market looking to buy, sell, rent or lease a property? Mario Quintero has been in the mortgage business since 2002. Mario’s experience is tested and true. Mario has helped hundreds of families purchase their dream homes and secure competitive financing.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, gets your deal done. Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

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 VA, conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. Furthermore, we can help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.

 

 

 

VA Loan

VA Loan

 

Today and Everyday, Thank a United States Veteran

Every day, but especially on this Veteran’s Day, we take the time to thank veterans for their service to the United States.  It is because of their sacrifice that citizens like you and me enjoy the freedoms we experience daily.  Veterans may purchase their dream homes through the help of a VA Loan.

Thank you, United States veterans,  for your service!

How a VA Loan Works

A VA Loan is a mortgage loan issued by approved lenders and guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program was created in 1944 by the US government in order to help returning service members purchase homes without needing a down payment or excellent credit. The program has guaranteed millions of VA loans to help veterans, active duty military members and their families purchase homes or refinance their mortgages.

Now more than ever,  the VA Home Loan program is important to members of the armed services.  Due to the market housing collapse, in recent years, lenders nationwide have tightened their lending requirements.  Indeed, the VA Loan is a lifeline for military homebuyers.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Are you a United States veteran?  Have a look at your options for a VA loan with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the mortgage business since 2002. Mario’s experience is tested and true. Mario has helped hundreds of veterans purchase their dream homes with government VA loans.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, gets your deal done. Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

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 VA, 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.

 

To Buy or to Rent in Miami?

Buy or rent in Miami?

 

To Buy or To Rent in Miami?   That is the Question…

Real estate is tricky especially if you happen to be a picky person. This is proven to be true because picky people have all these ideas in their minds of what they want and hope they can match to their taste. Buying versus renting can be a strategy, depending upon your objectives.  So, the question remains, do you buy or rent in Miami?

As a homeowner, you need to think about how long you are anticipating on staying in the house.  Also, how much maintenance will the property require?. Renting a house is always a popular option because you are not stuck permanently. However,  the downside here is that you have monthly or recurring payments to follow with no vested ownership. On the other hand, buying a house is great, too, because if you have a family and are looking to settle down this is probably the better option for you.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Are you in the market for a property? Are you having trouble finding an affordable property? I help people reach their goals. Whether you want to sell or buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, TODAY is your moment. Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the Miami real estate and mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients reach their home ownership goals,

Because of this, let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

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. Let’s find your dream home!

 

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Slump

Real Estate slump

What Summer Slump?

Real estate in South Florida fluctuates depending on the season. While summer is considered to be slow due to the weather here in Miami, there’s no summer slump here.  We’re as busy as ever in the ReMaxx/Quintero Team.  There’s no real estate slump in our office.

There are key factors to consider whether you are looking to buy or rent a house. The first and most important one is location.  As the saying goes, “location, location, location”.  We cannot stress enough how important it is to find a location convenient for you, where real estate will continue to appreciate.  Whether the purchasing process takes one day or one year, it makes a difference knowing that you will be comfortable in the house of your dreams.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Are you in the market for a property? Are you having trouble finding an affordable property? I help people reach their goals. Whether you want to sell or buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, TODAY is your moment. Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the Miami real estate and mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients reach their home ownership goals,

Because of this, let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

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. Let’s find your dream home!

Mortgage strategies for the self-employed

Mortgage strategies for the self-employed

Mortgage Strategies for the Self-Employed

Do you remember the “no-doc” real estate financing loans pre-financial crisis? Are you among the ranks of self-employed, successful entrepreneurs in Miami wanting to either purchase another home? Or, do you wish to invest in additional real estate because you’d like to diversify your assets?   Unfortunately, however, you can’t because you have issues with the current financial environment vis a vis securing a reasonable interest rate with a reputable lender.   Because of this, what you need are mortgage strategies for the self-employed.

Does this sound about right to you?

Does this sound like your situation?

Well, the team at STC Loans can help you.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Are you a successful entrepreneur searching for financial strategies to help you secure additional property?  Are you in the market for a property?  I help people reach their goals. I’m in the business of helping people achieve their dreams.  In today’s challenging financing environment, the team at STC Loans employs diverse financial strategies to help you achieve your goals of acquiring additional real estate.

Whether you want to sell or buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, TODAY is your moment. Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the Miami real estate and mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients reach their home ownership goals,

Because of this, let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

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. Let’s find your dream home!

 

 

 

 

 

USA Real Estate Market

USA Real Estate Market

The USA Real Estate Market is Now More Valuable Than Ever

partial reprint from CNBC.com

A home is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.  And apparently, that tab just hit its highest level in history.  Without a doubt, the USA real estate market is more valuable than ever.

The median value of all homes in the United States in June surpassed $200,000. This is up 7 percent from a year ago, according to Zillow, a real estate listing company.

Valuing homes nationally is a tricky business because so many factors play into that value, including location, condition, lot size, aesthetics, and, yes, even Feng Shui. And there is no shortage of economists and data companies and real estate sale sites offering their perspective on current home values.

The National Association of Realtors has reported the median sale price of a U.S. home at well over $200,000 for more than a year, but that measure reflects only homes sold, not every house in every neighborhood that exists in America.

That sale price has shifted higher not just because of inherent home value but because of the mix of homes selling. Currently, more expensive homes are selling because there is a severe shortage of low-priced starter homes for sale. Higher volume on the pricier end shifts the median higher. If rental landlords suddenly dumped a few million low-priced homes on the market, and they sold fast, that median would shift lower immediately.

Estimating values is complicated, but the reason behind the rise in those values is simple: short supply. The inventory of homes for sale was down more than 11 percent in June, year over year, according to Zillow,

“The national housing market remains red hot and shows no signs of slowing.”

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Are you in the market for a property? Are you having trouble finding an affordable property? I help people reach their goals. Whether you want to sell or buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, TODAY is your moment. Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the Miami real estate and mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients reach their home ownership goals,

Because of this, let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

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. Let’s find your dream home!

 

Selling Real Estate in Miami

Selling Real Estate in Miami

 

Selling Your Home in Miami

Are you looking to sell your property? Selling a house is much more work than buying one. Just ask anyone who has done it. If you’ve never sold a home before, you may be surprised at how difficult the process can be. Whether it’s figuring out the correct listing price, navigating the different types of contracts,  it’s just not an easy process. Choosing the right realtor will make all the difference.  Because of this, you must choose a realtor who you trust. Ask their advice through each step of the process and leverage their experience. A good realtor will keep you focused and stick to those aspects which will help you sell your home faster and for top dollar.  And in a market as competitive as Miami, selling real estate in Miami can be challenging.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Are you in the market for a property? Are you having trouble finding an affordable property? I help people reach their goals. Whether you want to sell or buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, TODAY is your moment. Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the Miami real estate and mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients reach their home ownership goals,

Because of this, let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

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. Let’s find your dream home!

 

 

 

 

Miami home loan applications

Miami home loan applications

courtesy of CNBC

Home Loan Applications Are On the Rise

Homebuyers and homeowners saw a rip in the ever-rising interest rate continuum last week and jumped right in.  Miami home loan applications are on the rise.

Interest rates fell last week to the lowest level since November, and the seasonally adjusted mortgage volume jumped accordingly, up 7.1 percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Still, volume was 16 percent lower than the same week a year ago, when rates were lower.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances of $424,100 or less decreased to 4.14 percent, from 4.17 percent, with points increasing to 0.34 from 0.32, including the origination fee, for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans. As a reference point, mortgage rates jumped from 3.77 percent to 4.16 percent in the two weeks following the election of Donald Trump last November.

Loan applications to purchase a home jumped 10 percent from the previous week, seasonally adjusted, and now stand 5.5 percent higher than one year ago. Purchase volume has been decidedly weak this spring, as home prices overheat due to the tight supply of homes for sale.

The refinance market got a little boost from low rates as well last week, increasing 3 percent. Refinances are extremely rate-sensitive, and rates were below 4 percent last year. Refinance volume remains 34 percent lower than one year ago.

Miami Home Loan Mortgage Applications

Miami is no different. We’re seeing unprecedented sales in the Miami housing market.  Despite the increase in housing prices, the Miami housing market remains one of the hottest in the country.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Have you locked in your home loan application yet?  What are you waiting for?   I help people reach their goals. Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the Miami real estate and mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients reach their home ownership goals,

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, gets your deal done. Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

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. Let’s find your dream home!