Miami job loss preparation

Miami job loss preparation

Miami Job Loss Preparation

 

Are you prepared?

While it’s the beginning of a new year and we’re full of much hope and optimism, any of us could lose our jobs at any time for different reasons.  Are you prepared?

Here are 3 advice tips from financial experts:

  1. Have at least six months’ worth of living expenses on hand.
  2. In addition to your emergency fund, you should also have on hand an emergency credit card with the largest credit limit for which you can qualify.  Apply for this card before an emergency hits, as credit cards companies are more likely to grant you approval while you have a steady income. Save this card for unusual expenses that go above and beyond your six months of padding.
  3. As soon as you emergency hits, stay level-headed about finances.  Cancel unnecessary services, such as cable TV.  Consider trading in the car with a high payment.  Shop for less expensive food and drink.  Just by watching what you spend, you can save several hundreds of dollars per month.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

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.

 

Miami Jumbo Home Loans

Miami Jumbo Home Loans (image from CNN)

 

Origin of the term “jumbo mortgage”

According to Zillow, “Jumbo mortgages are also called non-conforming mortgages. These types of loans are made when you don’t “conform” to the requirements of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Fannie and Freddie provide stability and affordability to the mortgage market.  They do this by buying “conforming” mortgages from lenders.”  This provides liquidity to make more mortgages. Loans higher than these limits are called jumbo mortgages.

 

So what makes it a Jumbo Loan?

The current “conforming” loan limit for a single-family (primary or second) home in Miami is $417,000. This is set by Fannie Mae. When your mortgage goes beyond this level in Miami, it becomes a Miami Jumbo Home Loan.  Additionally, Jumbo Loans are available to you with both Adjustable and Fixed Rates.  Because of this, your interest rate will be slightly higher than conforming loans.

What makes it different than a conforming mortgage?

When you purchase a more expensive home, you incur more risk  . As a result, your property values are subject to greater fluctuations.  This will then require more conservative underwriting requirements.

Because of this higher risk, the average Jumbo Loan borrower has a better credit history.  They also have more stable income and higher reserves than a conforming buyer.  Higher reserves come in the form of more liquidity, assets and cash on hand.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Do you think you qualify for a Miami jumbo home loan? 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 Rates

Miami Jumbo Mortgage Rates

 

Miami Jumbo Mortgage Rates Increasing Soon

Miami jumbo mortgage rates may be increasing soon.  While interest rates are at historical low levels, according to a recent post in the Wall Street Journal,  “the mortgage market is changing fast.”  “In the two days following the election, the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate conforming mortgages spiked a quarter of a percentage point to 3.87%.”

 

Why Buy NOW

Depending on how far that runs, higher rates could arrest further gains in home prices. While prices have shot up in many U.S. housing markets over the past couple of years, superlow mortgage rates have kept higher prices within reach of many borrowers.

“The ultimate problem is the impact of rising rates on home values,” said Stu Feldstein, president at SMR Research Corp., a mortgage-research firm.  He said his firm expects that by the end of 2017 rising rates will have contributed to home values declining in about one-third of the U.S.

The most important key here is locking in the lowest possible Miami jumbo mortgage loan rate for your home today, before interest rates rise.  You can afford much more house with a lower interest rate.

Don’t wait, NOW is the time to buy!

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Think you qualify for a Miami jumbo home loan? Then shop for a jumbo mortgage with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. 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.

 

FHA Loan

FHA Loan

 

What is an FHA Loan?

 

An FHA loan is a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration.  Consequently, as a borrower with an FHA loan, you are required to pay for mortgage insurance.  Because of this, the lender is protected from a loss if you default on the loan.

 

Why You Would Get an FHA Loan

There are many reasons why you would be interested in an FHA Loan.  We’ll discuss the top reasons why people choose FHA loans in the next post covering FHA loans.  However, rest assured, because less rigorous lending standards and lower down-payment requirements are among these reasons, FHA loans are popular among mortgage borrowers.   Furthermore, FHA loans are offered at attractive interest rates and with less stringent and more flexible qualification requirements. The FHA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Would you like to take advantage and believe you qualify for an FHA loan? Take a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the home mortgage loan business since 2002. Because of this, his experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients like you with their conventional home loan needs.

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.

Conventional home loans

Conventional home loans

Conventional Home Loans

Despite talk of interest rates increasing, following the recent general election, there’s never been a better time to buy or refinance a home. We have access to all the best and most competitive programs available.  Because of this, we can offer you a selection of different conventional loan programs with the most favorable terms.

Per bankrate.com,  “A ‘conventional loan’ is any mortgage not guaranteed or insured by the federal government, but which is within the lending limits set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”  Most home loan borrowers in the USA fall within the criteria of needed a conventional mortgage loan.  This is the case whether it’s a home purchase or a refinancing option.

 

Conventional Loan Options

The following different options are available for conventional loans.  Depending upon your particular need, choose which one fits you best:
Fixed-rate loan: Your payment remains the same throughout the length of your loan. This is an excellent choice if you plan to live in the home for many more years.
Adjustable-rate loan: Your rate will adjust and your payments will fluctuate based on changes in the market. This is a good option if  you don’t plan to own the home for long.  It’s a good option to take advantage of lower interest rates in the first few years of your loan.
Interest-only loan: You only pay the interest on the principal balance of the loan for a certain period of time.  This is a good choice if you are looking for more flexibility.  Your initial payments will be lower the first few years of the loan.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Would you like to take advantage of the various conventional loan benefits available?  Take a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the home mortgage loan business since 2002. Because of this, his experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients like you with their conventional home loan needs.

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 Jumbo Home Loan

Miami Jumbo Home Loan

A Miami Jumbo Home Loan

Just as when you shop for your dream home can be a bit 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.

According to wikipedia, “In the United States,  A jumbo home loan 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.” Traditionally, the interest rates on jumbo mortgages are higher than for conforming mortgages. Most recently, however, jumbo loans carried lower interest rates than conforming loans.

Qualifying for a Jumbo Home Mortgage Loan

The underwriting process for jumbo mortgages is similar to that of a conforming mortgage, except that jumbo lenders sometimes require 2 appraisals instead of just 1.  Moreover, since they are often considered luxury properties and carry higher risks,  lenders prefer to have a higher down payment. Additionally,  lenders may require two appraisals on a jumbo mortgage loan.
In order to qualify for a jumbos home loan, borrowers must typically meet three minimum requirements:

Down Payment

Down payment requirements differ in many cases. Jumbo loans generally require higher down payments — depending on the lender, the minimum down payment could be 15%, 20% or 30% for home purchases.

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 jumbo home loan. Many lenders require a credit score of 700 or higher, a debt-to-income ratio of 43% or less, and 6 to 12 months’ worth of reserves.However, remember, the higher your credit score, the better the terms you will receive on your Miami jumbo loan. In this case, too, the stronger your initial down payment, the better your lending terms will be.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Think you qualify for a Miami jumbo home loan?  Then shop for a jumbo mortgage with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans.   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.

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.

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:

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.