Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

 

Happy Thanksgiving…

This year has seen significant growth here at STC Loans. Although this is traditionally the time of year when people pause and give thanks, please know that we give thanks every single day for the privilege to be of service to each one of you.

As you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, we thank you for your continued support throughout the year and your friend and family referrals.

From all of us at STC Loans, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

For a stress-free Thanksgiving feast together, please have a look at these tips:

1. Start a new tradition

While many families go around the table sharing what they are thankful for, take it one step further by using a white tablecloth and passing out Sharpie markers.  All guests write down what they are thankful for that year, sign and date it.  Use the same tablecloth each year as a timeline for your family and friends.

 

2.  Ask for help

Don’t do it all yourself!  Encourage guests to bring a dish and/or help with meal prep and cleanup.  Most people will be happy to assist, and it’s a great time for informal conversation.

 

3.  Don’t talk politics!

Use the family meal time to reconnect with one another’s lives.  Talk about sports, school, work – but steer clear of controversial topics, especially politics.  You can even make a family pact to agree to disagree ahead of time.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Mario 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.

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

 

 

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.

Friday the 13th History

Friday the 13th History

reprinted from History.com

The History of Friday the 13th

Long considered a harbinger of bad luck, Friday the 13th has inspired a late 19th-century secret society, an early 20th-century novel, and a horror film franchise.   Additionally, it has inspired not one, but two unwieldy terms—paraskavedekatriaphobia and friggatriskaidekaphobia—that describe fear of this supposedly unlucky day.

Just like walking under a ladder, crossing paths with a black cat or breaking a mirror, many people hold fast to the belief that Friday the 13th brings bad luck. Though it’s uncertain exactly when this particular tradition began, negative superstitions have swirled around the number 13 for centuries.

While Western cultures have historically associated the number 12 with completeness (there are 12 days of Christmas, 12 months and zodiac signs, 12 labors of Hercules, 12 gods of Olympus and 12 tribes of Israel, just to name a few examples), its successor 13 has a long history as a sign of bad luck.

The ancient Code of Hammurabi, for example, reportedly omitted a 13th law from its list of legal rules. Though this was probably a clerical error, superstitious people sometimes point to this as proof of 13’s longstanding negative associations.

Fear of the number 13 has even earned a psychological term: triskaidekaphobia.

According to biblical tradition, 13 guests attended the Last Supper, held on Maundy Thursday, including Jesus and his 12 apostles (one of whom, Judas, betrayed him). The next day, of course, was Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

The seating arrangement at the Last Supper is believed to have given rise to a longstanding Christian superstition that having 13 guests at a table was a bad omen—specifically, that it was courting death.

Though Friday’s negative associations are weaker, some have suggested they also have roots in Christian tradition: Just as Jesus was crucified on a Friday, Friday was also said to be the day Eve gave Adam the fateful apple from the Tree of Knowledge, as well as the day Cain killed his brother, Abel.

An important milestone in the history of the Friday the 13th legend in particular (not just the number 13) occurred in 1907, with the publication of the novel Friday, the Thirteenth written by Thomas William Lawson.

The book told the story of a New York City stockbroker who plays on superstitions about the date to create chaos on Wall Street, and make a killing on the market.

The horror movie Friday the 13th, released in 1980, introduced the world to a hockey mask-wearing killer named Jason, and is perhaps the best-known example of the famous superstition in pop culture history. The movie spawned multiple sequels, as well as comic books, novellas, video games, related merchandise and countless terrifying Halloween costumes.

In more recent times, a number of traumatic events have occurred on Friday the 13th, including the German bombing of Buckingham Palace (September 1940); the murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York (March 1964); a cyclone that killed more than 300,000 people in Bangladesh (November 1970); the disappearance of a Chilean Air Force plane in the Andes (October 1972); the death of rapper Tupac Shakur (September 1996) and the crash of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy, which killed 30 people (January 2012).

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

Don’t let Friday the 13th scare you.  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 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!

 

 

The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys

from Curbed Miami

Florida Keys to Reopen October 1

The Florida Keys will reopen to tourists starting October 1. This is about three weeks earlier than expected, according to the Miami Herald.

Large chunks of the popular vacation destination were decimated by Hurricane Irma. Moreover, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reported that 25 percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed. 65 percent sustained major damage.

“We know we have a long way to go before the Keys fully recover,” added Monroe County Mayor George Neugent in a statement. “But because tourism is our top economic engine and many of our residents’ livelihoods depend on it, we also know we need to begin asking visitors to return.”

Bridges are open for travel.  Hospitals have reopened.  The Key West airport resumed commercial service. Additionally, power has been restored in roughly 99.8 percent of the state, according to FPL.

The wildly popular Fantasy Fest, a Key West staple, remains scheduled for October 20-29.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Despite the threat of the occasional hurricane, it’s never been a better time to invest in property 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!

 

Hurricane Irma donations

Hurricane Irma donations

 

At a Time of Need…

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma has devastated the Florida Keys up along the west coast of Florida.  Never has the great state of Florida and Floridians experienced such a time.  For such a time as this, at a time of need as this, is when we all have to pull together and help our fellow man.

As is typical with hurricanes, they take twists and turns, develop and travel in different directions until they finally hit their entrance point.  Hurricane Irma was no exception and followed this very track.  Initially, it was supposed to impact Miami as a Category 5.  Instead, it took as last minute turn to the west, impacting the Florida Keys beyond recognition, along with devastating the once beautiful coastal communities along the west coast of the state.

Strock & Tanner Mortgage/STC Loans is collecting canned goods and water for the displaced citizens of the Florida Keys. Between now and September 22nd, you may drop off whatever you can to help offset their losses. STC Loans is located at 8900 SW 117 Ave Suite C101. We feel so truly blessed to have seen the reaction of our fellow Miamians contributing to this effort.   They are dropping off different types of foods they fortunately did not need during #hurricaneirma.

At this time of need, for such a time of this, please consider contributing whatever you can to help thousands who have lost everything.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Despite the threat of the occasional hurricane, it’s never been a better time to invest in property 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 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!

 

Back to school

Back to school

Back to School Traffic Safety Tips

It’s that time of year again, back to school. As we’re all in the process of making sure we buy the correct school supplies for our kids, selecting uniforms, adhering to teacher requirements, and overall making sure all is in order, there’s one more very important aspect to keep in mind. Back to school traffic safety tips are key to ensuring the safety of everyone on the road during daily drop-offs and pickups.

Here are some back to school traffic safety tips to consider:

  • Watch school zone speed limits: 15 MPH is the limit, folks. Stay at this level or face getting a traffic ticket.
  • School Buses: flashing red lights on a school bus mean you can’t pass on either side of the bus. You must STOP. Bus drivers have a way to report your license plate to authorities so just stop.
  • Crosswalks: whether or not a crosswalk has a cross guard, obey school crosswalks. If you were to hit a pedestrian, stronger penalties than a mere traffic ticket will apply.
  • Drop off and Pick up locations at schools: use the school’s designated drop off and pick up areas in order to ensure the maximum safety for everyone.

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

Back to school season is a great time to buy your family a new home. 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!

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!

 

 

Real Estate Slump

Real Estate slump

What Summer Slump?

Real estate in South Florida fluctuates depending on the season. While summer is considered to be slow due to the weather here in Miami, there’s no summer slump here.  We’re as busy as ever in the ReMaxx/Quintero Team.  There’s no real estate slump in our office.

There are key factors to consider whether you are looking to buy or rent a house. The first and most important one is location.  As the saying goes, “location, location, location”.  We cannot stress enough how important it is to find a location convenient for you, where real estate will continue to appreciate.  Whether the purchasing process takes one day or one year, it makes a difference knowing that you will be comfortable in the house of your dreams.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

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 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!