FHA loan

FHA Loan

Is an FHA loan right for you?

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

 

What is an FHA loan?

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

 

What are the benefits to having an FHA loan?

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

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

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

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

 

Get in Touch with Mario

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. Let me help you secure a conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. Furthermore, we can help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

 

Miami mortgage broker

Miami mortgage broker

 

Your Credit Score is Important

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

Per Freddie Mac:

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

 

What is Your Credit Report?

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

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

Summing it up:

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

 

Mario Quintero – Your Miami Mortgage Broker

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

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

Get in Touch with Mario

I’m Mario Quintero of STC Loans, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. Let me help you secure a conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. Furthermore, we can help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

Miami real estate consultant

Miami real estate consultant

Strength Through Adversity

 

As you embrace the start of the New Year, it’s important to give yourself room to grow. It’s also important to remember that growth is not always easy or obvious. I’m reminded of the following story, a valuable metaphor for embracing adversity:

A man found the cocoon of a butterfly. A small opening appeared. The man sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no farther.  The man decided to help, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

 

What Happened Next?

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that at any moment the wings would expand and the body would contract to the proper proportion.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around. It never was able to fly.  In his kindness and haste, the man had not understood something. A restricting cocoon and the struggle for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need to become stronger in character and determination. If nature allowed us to go through life without any obstacles, we would not learn how to be resilient and powerful. We might never fly!

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.

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.

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.