Drinking and driving

Drinking and driving

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Safety Precautions

 

Drinking and Driving – A Bad Mix

While St. Patrick’s Day always conjures up images of festive parades along with bar-hopping and beer drinking parties, unfortunately, many forego the safety precautions associated with the same. It’s great to have holidays and reasons to enjoy the festivities. But, it’s equally as important to remember to practice caution and take safety measures while enjoying your activities. Why not be proactive with some St. Patrick’s Day safety precautions?  In other words, avoid drinking and driving.

One alcoholic drink too many could have serious consequences to your life and the life of others. Is it really worth it? Isn’t it easier to hand the keys off to someone else and have them be your designated driver?

If you’re looking for some good and safe fun events to attend this St. Patrick’s Day, have a look here at the Miami New Times keeping you up to date with South Florida’s best activities.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan or even 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 reverse mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and supplement their retirement through a reverse mortgage.

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 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.

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time

 

Reprinted from Cleveland Clinic

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12, so set your clocks ahead one hour.

The good news is you’ll get an extra hour of daylight. The bad news is you’ll also lose an hour of sleep. Unless you are in Arizona or choose to ignore clocks, you have no choice but to adjust.

 

Facts About Daylight Saving Time

Here are five facts,  And a bonus: it’s Daylight Saving, not Savings.

1. This is the 101st anniversary — sort of.

Daylight Saving Time started in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada, to squeeze in an extra hour of daylight. It spread to certain cities in Canada, then to Germany, which in 1916 was the first nation to adopt the idea. The thinking: In wartime, better use of natural light among civilians would save coal for more important uses. England and France joined in that year, too.

The United States followed in 1918, though over the years it tinkered with the idea – repealing it, re-instituting it during energy crises, changing the dates and sowing consternation. If you accept 1916 as the real start, because that’s when entire nations began using Daylight Saving Time, this year marks the 100th anniversary. (Yeah, we quibble with that too, but you’ll see it mentioned in some accounts.)

2. Thank Dubya.

Daylight Saving Time in the United States was extended by four weeks in 2007 – starting on the second Sunday of March and going to the first Sunday of November – as a result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed by President George W. Bush. The intent was to save energy, and the sporting goods and convenience store industries liked it, saying more daylight would be good for business.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and orthodox rabbis did not, saying children would have to walk to school or wait for buses in the dark. In fairness, this was a minor part of the bill, which was supported by Ohio’s two U.S. senators at the time, Republicans Mike DeWine and George Voinovich. Opposing it were then-Reps. Sherrod Brown, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur, all Democrats. They said the bill favored the oil and gas industries too heavily.

3. This is not for the dogs.

Most babies and dogs can’t read clocks. They know when it’s time to wake up, and time to eat, partly because they are creatures of habit and partly because of their internal clocks. Then along comes Sunday and the clock skips ahead – except no one told them.

Experts give the same advice to parents as to dog owners: Make small adjustment over several days. Start waking up 15 minutes early (sorry, since we’re telling you this only two days in advance). Adjust your lights to better match the coming waking-hour (or sleep-time) light.

As Parents magazine says: Take baby steps.

Adjustments for pets may be easier if they are used to waiting for their owners and following their commands. But pet owners still may have certain habits to contend with. Julia Szabo, a pet journalist, gave this advice on the Dogster.com website a couple years ago, and it still applies: Carve out “a few extra minutes in your morning this week to take your pup for an additional outing, just in case it didn’t get around to doing number two. If that still isn’t forthcoming, don’t be surprised if you’re met with a little accident when you return home (and do be nice about it — it’s not the dog’s fault that the clock got reset).”

4. Arizona is full of rebels.

Arizona doesn’t participate in Daylight Saving Time, except for the portion in the Navajo Nation. Why not?

The Arizona Republic, the newspaper in Phoenix, said it perfectly: “The short answer: The last thing Arizona needs to save is daylight. On a July day when the high is 114 degrees, do you really want the sun hanging around until 8:40 p.m.?”

5. So much for energy savings.

With more time for outdoor activity, we use less energy in our homes – or do we?

A study in California reached a similar conclusion. But rather than consider a single state, the U.S. Department of Energy looked at electricity usage nationwide, examining data from 67 utilities. The department considered electricity consumption in industry as well as homes. This led to the conclusion that the four-week extension of Daylight Saving Time from the 2005 legislation shaved 0.5 percent off the nation’s energy usage, according to Scientific American. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s enough to power 100,000 households for a year. The federal government uses that study to make its point today.

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.

A Sign of Maturity

A Sign of Maturity

Championship Behavior

Have you ever been in an unfair situation you didn’t like, and didn’t know what to do about it? A good example is when your boss calls you on the carpet for some sort of behavior.  When you try to explain, your boss isn’t interested. Now what do you do? You simmer and stew, right?  A sign of maturity or lack thereof, is what follows.

A Sign of Maturity

Life is full of unfair situations like this. In my opinion, a measure of maturity is how you choose to handle these situations. One method I use to push through life’s unfairness is called Championship Behavior. It’s a concept that has gotten me through many tight spots and funks, spurring me to positive action instead of putting me into a negative cycle of reaction.

Champions push through difficult circumstances to succeed. We can all use that same championship behavior to push through difficult circumstances in our daily lives, whenever a situation seems unfair or challenging. For a teenager, that might be when a friend spreads a bad rumor. To an adult, that might be when a boss calls you out unfairly. For a person walking down the street, that might be getting splashed by a passing car.

Championship Behavior is not about reacting quickly. It’s about reacting correctly. It’s about deciding how to handle challenging situations rather than simmering and stewing. It’s more about the decision than the action. How do you get your boss will hear you? How do you best handle school bullying? What can and can’t be done about a problem you have no control over? Often Championship Behavior takes time to figure out, but once you know what you need to do, you have a greater sense of calm and control.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan or even 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 reverse mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and supplement their retirement through a reverse mortgage.

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 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.

Reverse Mortgage for New Home Purchase

Reverse Mortgage for New Home Purchase

 

Reprinted from Reverse Mortgage Daily

Reverse Mortgage for New Home Purchase…

 

Reverse mortgages have many different uses which can accommodate a variety of your personal needs.  However, one particular usage is often overlooked.  This is for you to be able to use a reverse mortgage for a new home purchase.

At the most basic level, the major benefit of this tool is that it allows homeowners age 62 and older the ability to obtain a reverse mortgage.  And, then buy a new home all within a single transaction. But there are also other benefits to this unique product which may not seem so obvious.

“In terms of coordinating the use of debt for housing, the ability to not make a monthly mortgage payment reduces your fixed costs. It also provides you potential relief for the need to spend down investments,” according to the experts.

The HECM for Purchase could also allow you the opportunity to downsize, or even upsize, into a new home during retirement.

If you downsize, experts note this tool could also free up more assets from the sale of the previous home, which could then be invested for future use.

If you’re upsizing, and you have the financial resources to manage this, experts advise this could allow for a more expensive home.  This is key particularly when you consider the potential difficulty of obtaining a traditional mortgage after retirement.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Is a reverse mortgage right for you?  Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the reverse mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and supplement their retirement through a reverse mortgage.

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 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.

 

Celebrate American Freedom

Celebrate American Freedom

Celebrate American Freedom

Our great country celebrates Presidents Day on February 20th.  Regardless of your political party, celebrate American freedom. The United States is the greatest nation on earth and setting aside a day to recognize American presidents makes us unique.  Many countries celebrate one past leader in particular.  However, the USA recognizes them all.

Polarity exists throughout history.  During George Washington’s era, many loyalists to the English crown existed who were opposed to President Washington.  And did you know, although he is today known as the greatest president ever in the history of the USA, half the  nation was against President Abraham Lincoln and actually wanted to secede from the Union.  Ultimately, as you know, his courage in enacting laws of freedom for all cost Abraham Lincoln his life just after his second term began.

In my birthplace of Cuba, today, citizens are fortunate to even have one home in their name.  To think this great land, the United States of America, allows you to have the privilege to work hard, save, invest and succeed, all the while, protecting your ability to own a home through our great and fair laws.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Are you ready to take advantage of the historically lowest mortgage interest rates ever witnessed in the USA?  Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan or even 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 reverse mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and supplement their retirement through a reverse mortgage.

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 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.

FHA loan

FHA Loan

Is an FHA loan right for you?

How do you know if an FHA loan is something for which you may qualify?  Less stringent lending standards and lower down-payment requirements make FHA loans popular with mortgage borrowers.

 

What is an FHA loan?

An FHA loan is a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Borrowers with FHA loans pay for mortgage insurance, which protects the lender from a loss if the borrower defaults on the loan.

 

What are the benefits to having an FHA loan?

Among other things, less than perfect credit is ok.  The minimum down payment is 3.5% of the purchase price of the home.  The closing costs may be partially covered by the seller, the builder or the lender, thereby easing the total amount for the buyers to bring to the closing table.   Additionally, buyers can borrow up to a certain amount for repairs. Moreover, in some instances, financial hardship assistance or relief is available to the buyer,  too.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Do you think you qualify for an FHA loan or know someone who may?  Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the reverse mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and supplement their retirement through a reverse mortgage.

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 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.

 

Baby Boomer or Millennial?

Baby Boomer or Millennial?

Baby Boomer or Millennial?

 

Are you a baby boomer or millennial?  This year there are more healthy and happy baby boomers over 65 than ever before. At the same time, there are more millennials than ever before, many of whom are well-educated, but paying the price in terms of high student debt.  Because of this, it keeps them living with their boomer parents longer.

Despite their financial and age differences, both these groups want the best for themselves and each other. For that reason, they appreciate the input of family and friends when choosing a product or service. Both prefer an enthusiastic introduction over the thought of working with the unknown.

It’s important you know I skillfully work with first-time home buyers, as well as folks who have bought and sold many homes. The next time you notice someone who would benefit from my help, call or text me immediately. I promise they’ll be delighted you introduced us.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Whether you are a baby boomer or millennial, there are options available to you in terms of real estate. Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the reverse mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and supplement their retirement through a reverse mortgage.

 

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 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 mortgage broker

Miami mortgage broker

 

Your Credit Score is Important

As a realtor and Miami mortgage broker, I help individuals and families find the perfect home.   I also help them secure mortgage financing.

Per Freddie Mac:

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you need to be aware of your credit score – one of the most important factors when qualifying for a loan. Generally speaking, a higher score can mean a better chance of getting approved for a loan and securing a lower interest rate.

 

What is Your Credit Report?

Your credit report is a record of money you’ve borrowed, your history of paying it back and how much open credit is available to you. Lenders rely heavily on the information in your credit report as it signifies your creditworthiness and the likelihood that you’ll repay your mortgage. Your credit score helps lenders decide how likely you are to repay your debts and plays a significant role when securing a mortgage. Scores range from 300 – 850 points and are based on:

The average credit score is 725. If your score is below 725, you can still get a loan, however you will not have as many options and your rate will be higher. If your score is in the low 600s, we encourage you to reach out to a Housing Counselor today to start rebuilding your credit.

Summing it up:

  • The best mortgage terms are given to those with the strongest credit.
  • You’ll damage your credit if you don’t pay your bills on time and/or keep high credit card balances.
  • You’ll have a hard time securing a loan if you have a credit score below 650.

 

Mario Quintero – Your Miami Mortgage Broker

Regardless of your credit history,  let me help you take a look at your options. I have been in the home mortgage loan business since 2002. Because of this, my experience is tested and true. I have helped thousands of clients like you with their conventional home loan needs.

Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker. It is my burning desire to build a business based on strong, lasting, lifelong relationships, one person at a time, through confidence and trust. I look forward to hearing from you and I can be contacted via email Mario@stcloans.com.

Get in Touch with Mario

I’m Mario Quintero of STC Loans, 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.

Reverse Mortgage Florida

Reverse Mortgage Florida

Reverse Mortgage Florida as a Retirement Tool

 

Will you have enough funds available when you retire?  Are you in your early 60’s and still carrying a mortgage on your home?  How will you meet your financial obligations when you earn less?  A reverse mortgage Florida may be your answer.

According to a recent study by Harvard, “One in five Americans will be older than age 65 within the next 20 years.” Wouldn’t you want to continue living in your home as long as possible?   Furthermore, “Homeowners comprise the majority of cost-burdened older households. The number of owners carrying mortgage debt into retirement has increased over the past 20 years.”

As a result,  “Since you own a home, your high housing costs might be met with prudent and early financial planning.”  This may include planning for a reverse mortgage Florida.

Get educated about your financial challenges. If you to choose to remain in your home, you must address your options.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Would you like to take advantage of the many reverse mortgage loan benefits available? Do you think you qualify for a reverse mortgage? Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the reverse mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and supplement their retirement through a reverse mortgage.

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 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's Animal Lover Realtor

Miami’s Animal Lover Realtor

 

Healthy Pets Save Money

We love our pets, but they can be expensive to care for, especially as they age.  Because of this, you never want to have to choose between your pet and your bank balance.  Since I have the opportunity to meet many pets on a regular basis, when I visit my clients’ homes, they just call me, “Miami’s Animal Lover Realtor”.  So, consider these simple tips for saving money while keeping Fido or Fluffy healthy and happy:

  • Get regular checkups. The money you spend on vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and routine medical care will pay off in preventing more expensive illnesses later.
  • Groom at home. Lots of grooming – brushing, washing, clipping claws – can be done on your own. Also learn to do the unpleasant tasks of cleaning ears and anal glands.
  • Get annual dental care. Talk to your vet about keeping your pet’s teeth clean and preventing infections. Dental problems are one of the leading causes of dog or cat health problems as they age.
  • Consider pet insurance. Shop around for some insurance to cover medical care in the event of an emergency.

Miami’s Animal Lover Realtor

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

Our valued customers, colleagues, and friends refer their family members, coworkers, neighbors and other people they know to us for advice on any aspect of mortgage financing. It is our burning desire to build a business based on strong, lasting, lifelong relationships, one person at a time, through confidence and trust. I look forward to hearing from you and I can be contacted via email.

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.