Drinking and driving

Drinking and driving

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Safety Precautions

 

Drinking and Driving – A Bad Mix

While St. Patrick’s Day always conjures up images of festive parades along with bar-hopping and beer drinking parties, unfortunately, many forego the safety precautions associated with the same. It’s great to have holidays and reasons to enjoy the festivities. But, it’s equally as important to remember to practice caution and take safety measures while enjoying your activities. Why not be proactive with some St. Patrick’s Day safety precautions?  In other words, avoid drinking and driving.

One alcoholic drink too many could have serious consequences to your life and the life of others. Is it really worth it? Isn’t it easier to hand the keys off to someone else and have them be your designated driver?

If you’re looking for some good and safe fun events to attend this St. Patrick’s Day, have a look here at the Miami New Times keeping you up to date with South Florida’s best activities.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan or even 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 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.

A Sign of Maturity

A Sign of Maturity

Championship Behavior

Have you ever been in an unfair situation you didn’t like, and didn’t know what to do about it? A good example is when your boss calls you on the carpet for some sort of behavior.  When you try to explain, your boss isn’t interested. Now what do you do? You simmer and stew, right?  A sign of maturity or lack thereof, is what follows.

A Sign of Maturity

Life is full of unfair situations like this. In my opinion, a measure of maturity is how you choose to handle these situations. One method I use to push through life’s unfairness is called Championship Behavior. It’s a concept that has gotten me through many tight spots and funks, spurring me to positive action instead of putting me into a negative cycle of reaction.

Champions push through difficult circumstances to succeed. We can all use that same championship behavior to push through difficult circumstances in our daily lives, whenever a situation seems unfair or challenging. For a teenager, that might be when a friend spreads a bad rumor. To an adult, that might be when a boss calls you out unfairly. For a person walking down the street, that might be getting splashed by a passing car.

Championship Behavior is not about reacting quickly. It’s about reacting correctly. It’s about deciding how to handle challenging situations rather than simmering and stewing. It’s more about the decision than the action. How do you get your boss will hear you? How do you best handle school bullying? What can and can’t be done about a problem you have no control over? Often Championship Behavior takes time to figure out, but once you know what you need to do, you have a greater sense of calm and control.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan or even 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 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.

Among Miami's Top Realtors

Among Miami’s Top Realtors

 

Among Miami’s Top Realtors, Working for You

I spent the last week at the International ReMaxx conference at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As being among an elite group of Miami’s Top Realtors, I work for you.  This past week was no exception in engaging with the global elite of one of the top real estate firms to better improve my services for you.

From motivational speakers to taking digital classes, aimed to enhance all I can offer to you, my valued client, I remain true to my commitment to help you in all your real estate needs.  Inasmuch, I can also help with reverse mortgages and all types of mortgage lending, from conventional to FHA to jumbo and even VA loans.  We are your one-stop destination for all things real-estate related in the entire state of Florida.

To learn more on how I can enhance your overall real estate experience, please visit my website at www.stcloans.com.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan or even 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 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.

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's Animal Lover Realtor

Miami’s Animal Lover Realtor

 

Healthy Pets Save Money

We love our pets, but they can be expensive to care for, especially as they age.  Because of this, you never want to have to choose between your pet and your bank balance.  Since I have the opportunity to meet many pets on a regular basis, when I visit my clients’ homes, they just call me, “Miami’s Animal Lover Realtor”.  So, consider these simple tips for saving money while keeping Fido or Fluffy healthy and happy:

  • Get regular checkups. The money you spend on vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and routine medical care will pay off in preventing more expensive illnesses later.
  • Groom at home. Lots of grooming – brushing, washing, clipping claws – can be done on your own. Also learn to do the unpleasant tasks of cleaning ears and anal glands.
  • Get annual dental care. Talk to your vet about keeping your pet’s teeth clean and preventing infections. Dental problems are one of the leading causes of dog or cat health problems as they age.
  • Consider pet insurance. Shop around for some insurance to cover medical care in the event of an emergency.

Miami’s Animal Lover Realtor

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.

Generous Miami Realtor and Mortgage Consultant

Charitable Miami Realtor and Mortgage Consultant

Charitable Miami Realtor and Mortgage Consultant…

As the saying goes, “Tis better to give than to receive”.  This saying can not be more true than at the end of the year.   Often at this time, both young and old alike, across the USA are left without the ability to experience the true blessings of the season.

Not the case for “DeNito’s Ride for Kids.”

Anthony DeNito of DeNito’s Ride for Kids “donates specially designed bikes for kids with lower levels of mental or physical abilities to offer safe, stable and stylish choices, providing them a new form of mobility, exercise, therapy but most importantly, the joy of cycling.”  Indeed, even a child with a severe debilitating disability who would in any other case, be unable to experience the joy, pleasure and physical benefit of riding a bike, can now experience just that.

Through the company’s mission statement:   “To focus directly on kids that are unable to ride bikes due to mental or physical disabilities.  We are working with a manufacturer in the USA to offer safe, stable and stylish choices for kids with lower levels of ability, providing them a new form of mobility, exercise, therapy and most importantly, the joy of cycling.”

Anthony DeNito makes the dreams of both parents and children with challenging physical disabilities.

Make Your Contribution Today

Are you looking for a charity to donate to this holiday season?  Because of all the benefits, please consider DeNitos Ride for Kids, helping physically challenged children experience the joy of riding a bike.  Learn more here.

The Charitable Team at Strock and Tanner Mortgage

Miami realtor and mortgage consultant, Mario Quintero of STC Loans, presented Anthony DeNito of Denito’s Ride for Kids with a generous donation for the charity towards the design and development of a new bicycle for a physically challenged child.

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. 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 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.

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The Miami realtor plays a critical role in the real estate transaction.

Many home buyers and sellers are not aware of the true value that the realtor provides during the course of a real estate transaction.  Many people, in fact, are not cognizant of the expertise, professional knowledge, and just plain hard work that go into bringing about a successful real estate transaction.

A multitude of important services and steps required in a real estate transaction are carried out by the realtor of the brokerage staff.  Most of these step have traditionally been viewed simply as part of a realtor’s professional responsibilities to the client.  But, without them, the transaction could be placed in jeopardy.

Depending on the transaction, some of these services and steps may take minutes, hours or even days to complete, while some may not be needed.

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 with permission, with thanks, from the Orlando Regional Realtor Association.