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.

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.

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.

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 Realtor

Miami Realtor

 

 

88-turbulences-flyer

Your Miami Realtor

While buying your home can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling moments of your life, things can, and often do go wrong.  When buying the home of your dreams in Miami, you need a trusted Miami realtor who will help you navigate the process.

 

88 Turbulences Which Can Go Wrong During Your Real Estate Transaction

There are 88 turbulences which can take place when buying your home. We’ve included the PDF for this document here, so that you may become familiar with all that could possibly go wrong.

Aside from having a trusted Miami realtor at your side, a reputable and efficient Miami mortgage broker is also essential. Buying a home isn’t just a matter of finding the right house, negotiating on it and reaching a price level which will work for you and the seller. You also need to be able to secure mortgage financing.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, will get your deal done.  Let Mario 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 will help you reach the best price through his extensive negotiating skills.

Though interest rates are low, securing financing in today’s post-2008 financial crisis is very challenging. Don’t allow the “88 Things That Might Go Wrong During Your Transaction” happen to you. Allow Mario’s knowledge, experience and negotiating skills to work on your behalf.

 

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.

 

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.