Buy property in Miami

Buy Property in Miami

Reprinted from Realtor Magazine

Yes, It’s Still More Affordable to Buy Than Rent

 

Buy Property in Miami

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
In about two-thirds of the country – or 66 percent of the largest U.S. counties – it’s more affordable to buy a home than to rent one, according to a report by ATTOM Data Solutions.

They compared the monthly rents of three-bedroom apartments to monthly payments on median-priced homes (including the mortgages, property taxes, and insurance) across 540 counties.

Read more: Housing Markets Move More Into Buy Zone
“It feels like buying a home is getting tougher and tougher from an affordability standpoint,” says Daren Blomquist, ATTOM’s senior vice president. “But the low interest rates have really helped.”

Mortgage rates, however, are expected to rise in the near future. That could dampen the affordability prospects in the future.

“Even a fairly slight increase in mortgage rates could flip the equation and make it more affordable to rent than to buy,” Blomquist says.

According to the report, rents have been surging faster than home prices in about 27 percent of the markets measured.

Buy Property in Miami

In the country’s most populated counties, the following places topped the list as most affordable to buy than rent: Cook County (Chicago), Ill.; Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona, Miami-Dade County, Fla.; San Bernardino County, Cal. in inland Southern California; Clark County (Las Vegas), Nev.; Tarrant County, Texas in the Dallas metro area; Wayne County (Detroit), Mich.; Broward County, Fla. in the Miami metro area; Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas; and Philadelphia County, Pa.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

NOW is the time to buy in Miami-Dade County, as per the above piece by Realtor Magazine. 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'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.

VA Loans for Veterans Living in Florida

VA Loans for Veterans Living in Florida

VA Loans for Veterans Living in Florida

Being a US veteran has its benefits.  After all, this country owes veterans a debt of gratitude.  Therefore, the least we can do, among other things, is offer advantageous benefits to veterans such as competitive VA loans for veterans living in Florida.

Says Allison A. Hickey, VA’s Undersecretary for Benefits: “This vital program offers veterans, service members and their families the keys to homeownership and is truly a testament to our nation’s commitment to enhancing the lives of those who served our country.”

Here is a listing of  just a few of the benefits offered to veterans through VA loans for veterans living in Florida:

 

  • low interest rates than those of conventional loans (call our office at 305-598-1600 for current levels)
  • no down payment needed (if the purchase price doesn’t exceed the appraised value)
  • No private mortgage insurance required on loans of more than 80% of a home’s appraised value (which can often save borrowers $100 to $200 a month)
  • Limits on closing costs
  • No minimum credit score required
  • No prepayment penalty for eliminating your mortgage ahead of schedule

 

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.

 

New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

 

New Year’s Resolutions

It’s still early on in the year.  How are your new year’s resolutions coming along?  Most Americans make these resolutions hoping to bring about significant change in their lifestyles.  But usually, by the 3rd or 4th week of January, they’ve forgotten about them and return to their regular habits.  They fail to recognize the power such changes in habits will make in their lives.

Adults who change their lifestyles can decrease their chances of developing heart disease later in life, according to a study conducted by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Researchers collected data on lifestyle habits of approximately 5,000 participants between the ages of 18 and 30, then analyzed the status of their health 20 years later.

They found that 25 percent of participants who had adopted at least one healthy habit (maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, exercising etc.) had cut their risk of developing heart disease.  The 40 percent who had dropped one or more healthy practices had actually increased their chances of cardiac problems.

The takeaway:  Dropping unhealthy habits at any age can have a positive effect on your heart health.  So don’t assume you can’t help yourself just because you’ve pursued the wrong patch up until now.

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 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.