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home interest rates

What High Interest Rates?

There seems to be a lot of commotion about home interest rates rising in the USA banking environment these days.  So because we’ve gone from 3.75% to 4.75% in the course of two years people think the sky is falling.  Really?  You’ve got to be kidding.

Back when I bought my first house in the 80’s, the interest rate environment was a completely different scenario than the current one. I purchased my home at an 17.5% interest rate.  Now that was a high interest rate.   Even as not too long ago as the early to mid 2000’s interest rates were hovering around 8% reaching to 6% by 2008 just prior to the financial crisis.

Because the nation was faced with an almost depression-like scenario, our leaders acted quickly to stabilize financial markets.  It is because of this reason that interest rates went as low as they did, in order to avoid an entire financial collapse.

What’s the moral of the story?  Higher interest rates mean an improving economy.  This results in an all-around better economic scenario for everyone, not just a few.  Because things are better in the USA economy today, we can feel safe with a few basis points higher in interest rates.

And regardless, historically speaking, interest rates as this level are still low.  It continues to be a perfect environment to both buy and sell and maximize your money.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

I help people reach their goals. Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, or sell your home, 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,

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!

Miami Real Estate

Miami Real Estate

courtesy of World Property Journal

Miami Real Estate Market is 4th Largest in the US

Miami ranks 4th in the nation in total home value. According to Zillow, the total value of all homes in the United States in early January 2018 is now $31.8 trillion after gaining $2 trillion in 2017.  The cumulative value of the U.S. housing market grew at its fastest annual pace – 6.5 percent – in four years. Moreover, the value of all U.S. homes rose 8 percent annually in the early stages of the housing recovery in 2013.

Fast FAQs:

  • Total U.S. housing market gained $2 trillion in value in 2017.
  • The value of all U.S. homes grew 6.5 percent in 2017, the fastest pace in four years.
  • Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco are the most valuable housing markets, each worth more than $1 trillion.

For many households, a home is the single largest source of wealth, but the collapse of the housing market and the ensuing Great Recession demonstrated the importance of housing to the U.S. economy as well. The housing market has gained $9 trillion since the lowest levels of the recession.

 

A Record Year

The value gained in 2017 alone is equivalent to more than the valuation of two companies the size of Apple. Over the past year, the U.S. housing market has gained $1.95 trillion, while Apple recently hit a market value of $900 billion, the first U.S. company to do so.

This was a record year for home values as the national housing stock reached record heights in 2017,” said Zillow® Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. “Strong demand from buyers and the ongoing inventory shortage keep pushing values higher, especially in some of the nation’s booming coastal markets. Renters spent more than ever on rent this year, but the amount they spent grew at the slowest pace in recent years as more renters transitioned into homeownership and new rental supply slowed rent growth across the country. Despite recent changes to federal tax laws that have historically made homeownership financially attractive, the long-term dynamics pushing up home values and rents are unlikely to change significantly in 2018.”

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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.

Halloween safety tips

Halloween safety tips

 

Halloween is this coming Tuesday.  Are you prepared?

Here are some Halloween safety tips to keep in mind as you’re out trick or treating with your kids.  Make sure to follow these to ensure a safe holiday.

reprinted from Improvements.com

10 Trick or Treat Safety Tips:

  1. Go During Safe Trick Or Treat Times
    You don’t have to wait until it is pitch-black outside to go trick-or-treating. A good trick or treat time is right after an early dinner and just before dusk when you can keep better track of your children and you are able to see the others that you encounter on the street. Besides, if you are the first person there, you will have the best selection of candy!
  2. Steer Clear Of Masks
    While masks are a fun part of many costumes, do your best to recreate the mask with face paint. Having a mask on can sometimes impair the vision of the child wearing it.
  3. Be Visible
    If your kids will comply, choose costumes that are brightly colored so that they are easier to see in the dark. If they really want a dark costume, apply some reflective strips to their costume. You could also have them wear glow necklaces or carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  4. Never Go Alone
    It is important that your children have an adult chaperon at all times while trick or treating. You should also discreetly add some emergency identification information such as the child’s name, address & phone number to their costume or on a bracelet in case your child happens to get separated from the group.
  5. Walking Tips
    Be sure that your children understand simple traffic rules, such as stopping and looking both ways before crossing the street, and staying in a crosswalk if one is available. If you have to cross at a light, make sure you have the proper “walk” signal before you proceed. Inform your children that they should never assume that they have the right away when crossing the street, especially at night on Halloween.
  6. Knock On Doors That You Know
    Encourage your children to only trick-or-treat at homes where they know the inhabitants. If they know everyone on the street, except for one house, they could ask the neighbors about that one house. If a home is dark or has no Halloween decorations, that is typically a good sign that they are not up for trick-or-treaters.
  7. Don’t Go Inside
    Trick-or-treaters always seem to run across a house or two where someone invites them to “come in”. Remind your little ones that they should never go inside anybody’s home while trick-or-treating. They can easily get the candy they seek from the porch or if the homeowner is persistent, inform them to simply turn and walk away.
  8. Stay On Track
    It might be tempting to take a short cut through an alley or cut through someone’s yard, but that can sometimes pose a danger. Stay on streets and in neighborhoods that are well lit and where there are plenty of people around.
  9. Say No!
    If you’re children are old enough to trick or treat in a group without you, be sure and designate a time for their return. Teach your children that if a stranger offers to give them a ride or take them to a Halloween Party, they should say “no”.
  10. Taste-Testing Patience   Trick or treating is for gathering candy, not eating it as they receive it. Pack a goody bag with some of your own Halloween candy so your kids have something to snack on if they just can’t wait until they get home.

 

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.

 

 

Miami Fall Activities

Miami Fall Activities

Miami Fall Activities

It’s officially the fall season in Miami.  And while it may still be hot, it’s less hot and less humid.  Like many others, you’re probably looking for ideas of things to do during the fall.  Below, we offer a link to Miami fall activities around town.

The fall edition of places to visit across Miami features a few additional outdoor offerings as our stifling summer temperatures begin to dissipate, paving way for the most spectacular “winter” in the country.

The following 26 locations chosen by Curbed editors feature the city’s most iconic buildings, parks, public art, events and more for you to visit. Did we look past your favorite Miami gem?

To access Curbed Miami’s List of the top 26 locations to visit in Miami during the fall months, have a look at this link here.

Additionally, tomorrow is the first Saturday of the month.  If you’re looking for something fun and free to do with your family this weekend, why not visit The Gold Coast Railroad Museum?  It’s is FREE the first Saturday of every month. Why not check it out?

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Interest rates continue to be at historically low levels.  Fall is a great time to buy a house in South Florida.  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 your 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 Solar Eclipse

Miami Solar Eclipse

 

Miami Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017 — Great American Eclipse (Total Solar Eclipse)

 

A Few Reasons Why This Eclipse is Significant

1. 1st Total Solar Eclipse in 38 Years…

…for those in contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). The last time anyone in mainland US saw a total eclipse of the Sun was on February 26, 1979. If you live in the US and miss this event, you’ll have to wait 7 more years, until April 8, 2024, to see a total solar eclipse from a location in the contiguous United States.

2. Most North Americans Will Be Able To See Totality…

…if they are willing to drive that is. The total eclipse will only be visible along the Moon’s central shadow, which at its widest will be about 115 kilometers (71.5 miles), according to some sources. Its path will span from the country’s West Coast to the East Coast. The rest of North America, as well as Central America and northern parts of South America, will experience a partial solar eclipse. NASA has estimated that a majority of the American population lives less than a 2-day drive away from the path of totality.

3. A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

While total solar eclipses are not rare—they occur twice every 3 years on average and can be seen from some part of the Earth—a total eclipse of the Sun that can be seen from the American West Coast to the American East Coast occurs less frequently. In fact, the last time a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast was almost 100 years ago, on June 8, 1918!

What makes this eclipse extra special is that it is the first time since the total solar eclipse of January 11, 1880 that a total solar eclipse will occur exclusively over the continental United States—no other country will see totality, though many countries will see a partial eclipse of the Sun.

Because of these reasons, the eclipse is also being called the Great American Eclipse.

4. Parts of 14 American States Will Go Dark…

…for the 2 minutes of totality. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon will be the first location on continental US soil to see totality. The partial phase of the eclipse will begin here at 9:04 am local time. Lincoln City, Oregon will also be one of the first locations in the country to experience totality.

Oregonians will also be the first to see totality as the Moon’s shadow moves east at an average speed of about 3600 km/h (2237 mph). After Oregon, the eclipse will move through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. Montana and Iowa are the only states where the path of totality will pass through unpopulated areas. People in Charleston, South Carolina will be some of the last people in the US to see totality.

Nashville, Tennessee is one of the few large cities in the United States to fall completely within the eclipse’s path of totality. Interestingly, only some parts of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri will be able to see a total solar eclipse.

5. Totality Will Be Spectacular

Totality in a solar eclipse begins and ends with a diamond ring.

If you are lucky enough to be in the path of totality, you are in for an astronomical treat, weather permitting, of course. When the eclipse begins, at 1st contact, it will appear as if the Moon is taking a bite out of the Sun. As the eclipse progresses, the sky will get darker, the temperature will drop, and if you pay attention, animals and birds will become quieter.

At 2nd contact, which is when totality begins, Baily’s Beads become visible. As the Moon completely covers the Sun’s surface, the diamond ring can be seen. You might also see pink spots called prominences near the diamond. These spots are caused by gases on the Sun’s surface.

Totality is the only time when one can see the corona, the Sun’s atmosphere. At 3rd contact, Baily’s Beads will once again become visible and a second diamond ring may appear.

6. Stars During the Daytime

As the sky turns dark, planets and stars hidden in the sky by the Sun’s bright light will reappear. Look for Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus during totality.

7. You Will Need Eye Protection

Do not look directly at the Sun, before, during or after the eclipse without any protective eyewear.

Looking at the Sun with your naked eyes is highly dangerous and can even cause blindness. The safest way to see a solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or use a pinhole projector you can easily make yourself.

Did You Know? This is the First Total Solar Eclipse in USA Since 1979

This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918.
Eclipse calculations usually accurate to a few seconds.

Next Total Solar Eclipse will be on Jul 2, 2019.

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. I’ll be out showing property to customers on Monday.  Let me be your Miami home consultant. STC Loans 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Hurricane Season

Miami Hurricane Season

 

From CNBC June 1, 2017

 

Miami Hurricane Season

You — and your home — are in for a tough Miami hurricane season. Scientists expect 11 to 17 named storms in 2017, and as many as 9 may be hurricanes.

It’s looking like a busy season for hurricanes — and homeowners. Prime time for these big storms along the Atlantic coast kicks off on June 1 and runs until Nov. 30.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are forecasting “an above normal” hurricane season with as many as 11 to 17 named storms this year. Of those, 5 to 9 could become hurricanes. Four of these may become major hurricanes with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

 

Hurricane Sandy, which bashed the East Coast in October 2012, resulted in $18.8 billion in estimated insured losses, according to Verisk Analytics’ Property Claim Services.

Check these items in your existing policy to get a sense of how well you’re covered in the event of a storm:

Homeowners insurance limits

Your homeowners coverage isn’t bulletproof if a tropical storm or hurricane strikes your home.

For instance, your policy may have a hurricane deductible, making you responsible for the equivalent of 1 percent to 5 percent of your home’s insured value.

Whether this deductible is applied will be based on your policy’s terms and your state’s insurance laws.  Hurricane deductibles are in effect in 19 states and the District of Columbia, according to the Insurance Information Institute.  These are Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Aim to have at least the amount you’d need to meet your deductible either in cash or in a home equity line that you arrange ahead of time.

Flood insurance

Your homeowner’s coverage likely won’t cover any damage related to flooding, so you’ll need to buy this coverage through either the National Flood Insurance Program or the private market.  A 2016 poll from the Insurance Information Institute showed that 12 percent of American homeowners had a flood insurance policy.

Keep in mind that this isn’t a cure-all: Under the program, coverage on the structure of your home is limited to $250,000, and your contents are protected up to $100,000.

Here’s your checklist

Know your deductible: Understand the amount you’ll need to pay out of pocket before your coverage kicks in. See how your hurricane deductible compares to your standard deductible.

Review your policy’s details: Examine your homeowner’s policy and see if your insurer will reimburse you for a hotel stay or rental home if you’re displaced from your dwelling. Check the limits: These can be a per diem or a flat dollar amount.

Top up your insurance shortfalls now: If you haven’t bought flood coverage, and you live near water, you’re taking a big risk. Consider excess flood coverage if your home’s value exceeds the $250,000 maximum covered by the National Flood Insurance Program.

Don’t forget personal items: Think about adding endorsements to your homeowner’s coverage so that you can replace valuables

Consider improvements to protect your home: Check valves can protect your home from sewage and drainage backflow. Roof clamps and window shutters can limit your wind damage in the event of a storm.  “Once you’ve let the wind in through a broken window, the likelihood is that you’ll lose the roof and home.”

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

I’m Mario Quintero of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, your mortgage & realtor for life.  I’ve lived in South Florida long enough to know the dangers hurricanes can pose to your home.  Let me help you weather storms with appropriate checklists.  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..

 

benefits of a reverse mortgage

benefits of a reverse mortgage

 

Benefits of a Reverse Mortgage

There’s a certain misconception about reverse mortgages. Many believe reverse mortgages are financial tools only those with debt or final distress take. This is untrue.  A reverse mortgage is a financial instrument you may use in addition to other financial instruments when you are about to enter into retirement. The reality is that many Americans are unprepared for retirement.  However, there are many benefits of a reverse mortgage.

A Few Key Benefits of a Reverse Mortgage:

  • BeIt gives you access to cash.
  • It extends the life of other retirement savings by not having to tap into those
  • Financial counseling is required to ascertain they qualify for the product.

According to Bankrate, “The reverse mortgage is probably one of the most misunderstood programs out there.  But, when most people who don’t understand how it works learn about it, the most common thing they say is, ‘Why doesn’t everybody get one?'”

Why Work with Mario Quintero of STC Loans

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.

Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.  Let me be your realtor for life.

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.

What's Your Value

What’s Your Value

The Value of You

I love this story, because it reminds me not to compare myself with others, but to value myself by my own standard.  So, what’s your value?

A popular speaker started off a seminar by holding up a $20 note. A crowd of 200 had gathered to hear him speak. He asked, “Who would like this $20?”

200 hands went up.

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the money up into a wad.

He then asked, “Who still wants it?”

All 200 hands were still raised.

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” Then he dropped the $20 note on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.

He picked it up, and showed it to the crowd. The money was now crumpled and dirty.

“Now who still wants it?”

All the hands still went up.

“My friends, I have just showed you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. We feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, your value is what it was before that thing happened to you. Circumstances make you look a bit different on the surface, but you are as valuable as ever. Don’t ever forget

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

I help people reach their goals. Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, or sell your home, TODAY is your moment. 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.