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Miami Home Sales are off the charts, too!  Are you still on the fence about buying that next Miami property?  What are you waiting for?  Miami home sales continue to outperform the rest of the country.

Pending home sales hit second highest point in decade in the USA!   Pending home sales increased in July led by high gains in the West, which hit its highest month in more than three years. There is, however, still room for more growth. There’s little doubt there’d be more sales activity right now if there were more affordable listings on the market.

Pending home sales increased in July up to the highest reading in over a decade, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors.  And Miami home sales, though not leading the pack this month, have certainly continued to outperform the national average.

While the West led the way with its increase in pending home sales, the Midwest was the only area to see a decrease in contract activity, according to the report. “The index in the West last month was the highest in over three years largely because of stronger labor market conditions,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said.

“If homebuilding increases in the region to tame price growth and alleviate the ongoing affordability concerns, the healthy rate of job gains should support more sales,” Yun said.

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 1.3% to 111.3 in July, representing the second highest point this year. It is up from a downwardly revised 109.9 in June, and up 1.4% from last year’s 109.8.

An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2001, the first year to be analyzed. Coincidentally, 2001 was the first of four consecutive record years for existing-home sales.

“Amidst tight inventory conditions that have lingered the entire summer, contract activity last month was able to pick up at least modestly in a majority of areas,” Yun said. “More home shoppers having success is good news for the housing market heading into the fall, but buyers still have few choices and little time before deciding to make an offer on a home available for sale.”

“There’s little doubt there’d be more sales activity right now if there were more affordable listings on the market,” he said.

Residential construction data shows that the size and costs of new homes moved downward over the past year, the report said. This is an early indication that homebuilders are beginning to shift away from building larger, more expensive homes in order to focus on properties in the middle and lower price ranges.

“Realtors in several high-cost areas have been saying for quite a while that there is robust demand for single-family starter homes and townhomes at an affordable price point for young buyers,” Yun said. “The homeownership rate won’t move up from its over 50-year low without a meaningful boost from first-time buyers, whose participation has yet to noticeably increase so far this year despite mortgage rates near all-time lows.”

In fact, homebuilder confidence increased in August as new construction and new home sales increase, according to the Housing Market Index by the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo.

According to the latest estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new home sales soared in July.

“Single-family starts are still growing at double-digit rates,” Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin said in response to the new home sales report. “Supply-constrained homebuyers should rest assured that relief is on the way.”

Are you interested in learning more about Miami home sales? I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

Reprinted from Kelsey Ramírez, Housing Wire, August 31, 2016

 

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A Great Time to Refinance…

Just yesterday the Fed announced they may very well still raise interest rates in one or both of their remaining meetings this year.

What does this tell us?   Historically, it’s the absolute best time to refinance your home.  Never in history have interest rates been this low and attractive.  Think what you can do with the money you would be saving?  At the end of the day, you could practice good ol’ American consumerism by injecting your savings back into the economy.  It’s what Americans are known to do…

At Strock and Tanner Mortgage, we specialize in all types of home loans, mortgages, refinances and reverse mortgages.   We have experience in all ends of the real estate market, from realtors, to loan officers, to in-house servicing.  We can handle all your home purchase and financing needs.

If you’re in the market to purchase a new home, refinance and existing property, obtain a reverse mortgage on the equity in your home, your seniors parents home, or a friend or family member, call us at Strock and Tanner Mortgage to help you convert your dreams into reality.

Want to see stories of satisfied clients?  Have a look at our album of successful closings here.  It’s our business to make your real estate goals into reality.  We are licensed in the entire state of Florida and can help you regardless of your location.  Join thousands of satisfied clients.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Strock and Tanner Loans specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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There are many uses for a reverse mortgage. Most people are under the belief that reverse mortgages are only to be used by seniors who need income in retirement. While this is the prevailing concept behind a reverse mortgage, it’s by far the only use for the same.

Several sites throughout the internet will detail for you the many creative ways a senior citizen may use a reverse mortgage.   If you have a look at the following piece by reversemortgage.org, you’ll see 25 uses for a reverse mortgage, including paying off your existing mortgage, cover monthly expenses, covering health insurance, paying for long-term care, subsidizing your retirement, among many others.

This infographic courtesy of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association provides a visual look to how these 25 uses are applied as well.

According to Mortgage 101, the most common uses for a reverse mortgage are buying the second home of your dreams, college expenses for a child or grandchild and life insurance in order to leave a sizable inheritance to your heirs.

Just this week at Strock and Tanner Mortgage, we closed on a reverse mortgage for a client who is using the funds to subsidize not only her retirement income, but to actually launch her retirement dream business.   Yes, this lady has a fantastic business idea for which you needed funding. What better way to fund this idea than to tap the equity with the money she’s paid into her home over a lifetime?

Are you or your senior parent interested in a reverse mortgage for any of the reasons listed above?

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Strock and Tanner Loans  specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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Reverse mortgages are used today as a financial vehicle for many seniors in retirement. In the past, this was frowned upon, as a reverse mortgages was considered an insecure, unstable financial instrument. Today, however, this instrument has become very popular to helping seniors be more comfortable financially in retirement.

Many options are available with reverse mortgages today. There is the traditional reverse mortgage, where seniors may use the equity built in their homes as a vehicle to finance their retirement. There’s the HECM Reverse Mortgage, which is a vehicle used where seniors are allowed to take the equity in their homes and purchase another property with the proceeds.   In other words, it’s a reverse mortgage for purchase. There’s a jumbo reverse mortgage where your property is above the $417,000 conventional level, classifying as a traditional jumbo property.

All above-mentioned vehicles, are strategic tools seniors may use in retirement in order to be able to finance their retirement. No risk is attached to a reverse mortgage. A retired individual, and their spouse, may live comfortably in their home while accessing the equity in their homes while in retirement.

Regardless of which type of reverse mortgage is chosen, certain conditions remain the same with which the retiree has to comply. Among these, of primary importance is that the retiree applicant be 62 years of age.

If you are interested in a reverse mortgage for yourself or your elderly parent, have a look at our online brochure here, where you can learn more about the facts surrounding reverse mortgages.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Strock and Tanner Loans  specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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Just this past week, Mario Quintero and STC Loans helped a Senior couple from the Carolinas use the equity in their home to purchase a second property in Miami via a Home Equity Converson Mortgage (HECM).

 A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage for purchase (HECM), allows seniors to buy a new primary residence and obtain a Reverse Mortgage in one transaction. All HECM borrowers must be placed on the sales contract and each of these persons must also be an eligible HECM borrower (age 62 or older).

It is important to note some of the guidelines that may affect the process of acquiring a Reverse Mortgage HECM for purchase. Reverse Mortgage HECM purchase transactions are not accepted for 2-4 unit properties and a HECM purchase transaction may not occur within 12 months of a short sale or Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure. In a HECM for purchase transaction, the seller is responsible for all repair costs (property condition must meet the FHA’s minimum health and safety requirements). In order to close the HECM for purchase, the borrower must provide proof of funds required for the transaction to occur. A list of the documentation required to obtain this proof may be provided upon request. The buyer, or borrower, is expected to move into the property with 60 days of closing. The buyer is also expected, according to FHA guidelines, to retain the property (not resell) for at least 90 days.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

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We now have a new conventional loan program up to $417,000 featuring a 1 % down payment! To qualify you need a 700+ FICO credit score, Maximum debt to income ratio of 43%.
Great low rates, and is available with no monthly Mortgage Insurance. Call me for details.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

While we all hope to be healthy well into our golden years in retirements, statistics indicate at least 70% of Americans 65 and older will require some form of long term care or disability insurance. As we all know, these costs can be high and literally break the bank for many seniors adding undue stress to themselves and their families.  Let us be your Miami reverse mortgage contact.

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 9.52.02 AMWouldn’t it make sense then, to plan for the unexpected?

Most people want to stay in their homes as long as possible and in their communities, with familiar surroundings. Preparing for the future with in-home care is the most viable option. Not only do we become accustomed to our neighbors and community, we want to stay close to what we know and feel comfortable with.

As we all know, health care costs are just continuing to increase. So, what options are available to seniors that will help allow finance these inevitable costs?

A Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), known more commonly as a reverse mortgage, is a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loan.  A reverse mortgage allows seniors 62 and older to tap a portion of their home’s equity to obtain funds without having to make monthly mortgage payments.  If you have an existing mortgage, then the balance would need to be paid off using the proceeds from the reverse mortgage.  The borrower continues to own the house, and maintains title for the life of the loan. The home can also be sold at any time.  The loan typically becomes due when the borrower moves out of the house as their primary residence or passes away.  Learn more about a reverse mortgage here, on our website.

Why not consider this option for either yourself or someone you know?

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.  Call me today at 305-598-1600.

Aging Americans will need all of the financial help they can muster and reverse mortgages could be a vital resource for many, especially when considering that over the next 20 years, nearly 40% of adults age 62 and older will have financial assets of $25,000 or less; and 20% of those age 62 and older will have $5,000 or less, according to the Task Force.

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These statistics present a “stark reality” of what the future holds for millions of seniors, said Vin Weber, former U.S. representative and Task Force co-chair.

“Seniors’ inadequate savings, their long-term care needs, and the costs of home modifications, call for new strategies to address the home and health needs of individuals as they age,” Weber said in a written statement.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage.  Call me today at 305-598-1600.

One of the key elements of my listing marketing plan is to have a full appraisal done on the property. This process gives my clients more confidence in the pricing of their home.

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In addition when we go into contract and the buyers schedule there appraisal for the loan they are securing I attend the actual appraisal that is being done. At the time of appraisal realtors are permitted
to hand the appraiser comps they feel that should be considered in the process. At this time I hand the appraiser the original appraisal that was conducted which contain the actual comps for the area. I find this practice to be very effective and the appraiser is actually getting a second professional opinion in completing the final report.

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami, Florida home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. We help you secure conventional, jumbo, FHA and foreign national mortgage loans. We can also help your elderly parents secure a comfortable retirement with a reverse mortgage. Call me today at 305-598-1600.

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 3.36.21 PMWhile markets fluctuate regularly, are you going to let a potential market fluctuation keep you from buying your dream home or other investment property?

Or are you going to let a potential market fluctuation lead you to sell your family’s home in order to benefit before a possible downturn?

Of course not.

Markets go up; markets come down. We’ve seen plenty of cycles time and time again and we’ll see many more as time progresses.

Consider these opportunities to grow both your investment portfolio and other assets. In market downturns, the best thing to do is to wait and observe. A great buying opportunity is just around the corner.

Take a look at the South Florida real estate market, for example. The market begin to change later in 2007, prior to the stock market crash of late 2008/early 2009. What ensued was one of the best buying opportunities ever to be capitalized upon later in 2010 and 2011. Properties were purchased at nearly half of what these are today available for on the market.

Tap into a home equity line of credit to purchase that investment property you’ve been eyeing.

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

Want to learn more? Call me today at 305-598-1600.