Miami home loan applications

Miami home loan applications

courtesy of CNBC

Home Loan Applications Are On the Rise

Homebuyers and homeowners saw a rip in the ever-rising interest rate continuum last week and jumped right in.  Miami home loan applications are on the rise.

Interest rates fell last week to the lowest level since November, and the seasonally adjusted mortgage volume jumped accordingly, up 7.1 percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Still, volume was 16 percent lower than the same week a year ago, when rates were lower.

The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances of $424,100 or less decreased to 4.14 percent, from 4.17 percent, with points increasing to 0.34 from 0.32, including the origination fee, for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans. As a reference point, mortgage rates jumped from 3.77 percent to 4.16 percent in the two weeks following the election of Donald Trump last November.

Loan applications to purchase a home jumped 10 percent from the previous week, seasonally adjusted, and now stand 5.5 percent higher than one year ago. Purchase volume has been decidedly weak this spring, as home prices overheat due to the tight supply of homes for sale.

The refinance market got a little boost from low rates as well last week, increasing 3 percent. Refinances are extremely rate-sensitive, and rates were below 4 percent last year. Refinance volume remains 34 percent lower than one year ago.

Miami Home Loan Mortgage Applications

Miami is no different. We’re seeing unprecedented sales in the Miami housing market.  Despite the increase in housing prices, the Miami housing market remains one of the hottest in the country.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Have you locked in your home loan application yet?  What are you waiting for?   I help people reach their goals. 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,

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, 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!

Buy vs. Rent in Miami

Buy vs. Rent in Miami

 

Reposted from CNBC

It’s cheaper to buy a home than rent, but only if you can find one.

Home prices continue to rise at a fast clip, faster than incomes and faster than new employment, but it is still cheaper to own a home than to rent.   There are crazy few affordable homes for sale.  So, should you buy vs. rent in Miami?

The supply of listings in April fell 9 percent compared with a year ago, and, in turn, the number of days it took to sell the average home dropped to just 29, the lowest since the National Association of Realtors began tracking that in 2011. There was a big increase in the number of listings that came on the market this spring, but they were swept up so quickly that supplies were still lower.

“The two biggest phrases in the realtor comments this month were ‘low inventory’ and ‘multiple offers.'”

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 buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, or sell your home, 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,

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, 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!

 

No PMI Loans

No PMI Loans

From Realtor.com

Avoiding PMI Without the 20% Down Payment

No PMI Loans

Did you know you don’t have to put 20% down to avoid PMI, or private mortgage insurance?  Indeed, you may qualify for no PMI loans, without the 20% down payment.

What is a Conventional loan without PMI?

When you fall short of a 20-percent down payment on a conventional mortgage loant, you must pay for private mortgage insurance, or PMI. Although you can’t avoid the coverage which protects your lender in case you default, you can prevent monthly payments. Some conventional lenders offer alternative methods of paying PMI premiums to help keep your monthly payments low. You may also eventually qualify to cancel PMI, with your lender’s permission.

Conventional loans offer better interest rates and repayment terms in comparison to government-backed loans. Conventional financing requires good credit and a healthy debt-to-income load. If you lack this criteria, which is set by Fannie Mae, you can turn to financing backed by the Federal Housing Administration or the Department of Veterans Affairs, provided you are an eligible veteran. You can also opt for a conventional loan with PMI. Typically, you pay the annual PMI premium in monthly installments, along with the mortgage payment.

You can forgo monthly PMI installments by increasing your conventional loan’s interest rate. Known as lender-paid PMI, the lender covers the PMI premium for you and passes the cost onto you by increasing your interest rate. Your rate generally increases by three-quarters of a percentage point to a full percent, according to Realtor.com. Because you keep the increased interest rate for the duration of your loan, you can ultimately end up paying more over the life of your loan with lender-paid PMI.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

I help people reach their goals. Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, or sell your home, 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,

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, 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.

Miami realtor

Miami realtor

You Get Out What You Put In

Every so often I get stuck in neutral. I coast along, doing things the same old way I’ve always done them. Then I notice something falling off…the quality of a relationship, the amount of business I’m doing, my health, and so on.

When that happens, I’m reminded of a little story I once read, that I’d like to share with you. It’s from motivational speaker Zig Ziglar who’s telling a story about his friend, Walter Hailey.

The story goes that although Hailey became a star salesman in later life, his early career as an insurance salesman was rough. He endured frustration, anxiety, slammed doors, low sales figures, and uncertainty about his future.

One day he grew so discouraged that he went to his boss and told him he was going to quit. His boss’s response? “You can’t.”

Hailey repeated that he was quitting. The manager repeated, “You can’t.”

Angry now, Hailey shouted, “Yes, I can!”

His manager replied, “Walter, you can’t get out of the insurance business because you have never really gotten into the insurance business.”

The words hit Hailey like a ton of bricks. For the first time in his life he realized that you can’t get something out of an endeavor if you never put anything into it. Or as Ziglar says, “There are many people who ‘join’ a sales organization, but never get into the business of selling.”

I’ve taken this to heart, and apply it everywhere in my life with wonderful results, not just in my business. Whenever I’m starting to get results I don’t like, I take it as a sign that I’m losing my focus. It’s a sign to start paying more attention!

Why Work with Mario Quintero

I help people reach their goals. Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, or sell your home, 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,

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, 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.

Forgotten Passwords

Forgotten Passwords

Forgotten Passwords

Several years ago, a young man named Maruicio Estrella had one of those inspirational moments that makes so much sense in hindsight.

Due to a recent divorce in his life, he found himself in an angry depression. The final straw seemed to be one day when he walked into his office and was faced with a “Your Password Has Expired” message on his computer.

Remembering that a former boss had combined to-do lists with passwords, he had a sudden insight. He would use a password to change his life.

He came up with the password Forgive@h3r. The constant reminder over the next 30 days as he typed in his password every morning seeped into his subconscious. It had a healing effect on him.

At the end of 30 days, he changed his password to Quit@smoking4ever. According to Estrella, he quit smoking overnight.

Here are some other passwords he has used since, and his results:

  • Save4trip@thailand. I went 3 months later.
  • Sleep@before12. It worked. Got lots of sleep.
  • No@drinking2months. It worked, felt great!
  • Eat2times@day. Never worked, still overweight.
  • Get@c4t! It worked…we have a cat.
  • Facetime2mom@sunday. It worked. I talk with my mom every week.

What kinds of goals can you put into your passwords, and possibly into your life?

Why Work with Mario Quintero

I help people reach their goals.  Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan, purchase an investment property, or sell your home, 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,

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.

 

Easter and Passover in Miami

Easter and Passover in Miami

 

Easter and Passover in Miami

This week in Miami brings us spring break for public and most private schools. Additionally, this is a week where high holidays are celebrated for both the Jewish and Christian faiths. Easter and Passover celebrations symbolize the most solemn of religious occasions. Both usually tend to fall around the same time of the year in springtime.

Have a look at high holiday activities around Miami for your family for both Passover and Easter.

Springtime is a time of renewal and refreshing, both spiritual and physical. We put the winter behind us and concentrate on ending the kids’ school year and getting ready for summer.

It’s also a time when many homes go on the market. Most properties are either bought our sold during the springtime.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Whether you want to buy for the first time, refinance your existing loan,  purchase an investment property,  or sell your home, 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.

Buy don't rent

Buy don’t rent

The Power of Words and Buying vs. Renting

Sometimes people say things to you at just the right time, and they change your life forever. Perhaps it was a coincidence, perhaps it was part of a mysterious master plan. Perhaps everyone you meet in life, you meet for a reason. You learn something from that person, and sometimes the lesson is quite stark. Here’s an example of what I mean:

I was 13 years old, trying to convince my 8-year-old brother to skateboard down a small hill. It was taking quite a while as my brother was really nervous about it.

We were at a big, public park, and nearby there was an old woman who looked about 75 years old. She was sitting on a bench watching us.  My brother was practically crying and I was embarrassed that he was being such a wimp.

He kept saying, “I might crash. I’m afraid!”  I was really putting the pressure on when the old woman got up and walked over to us. I thought she was going to tell me to lay off.

Instead, she raised her fist defiantly at my brother and said, “So be afraid! And then do it anyway!” He swallowed and took off. He did fine.

I have never forgotten that moment. It was a revelation that it’s not about being unafraid. It’s about being afraid and doing it anyway.

Can you remember a moment like this, when your perspective changed all at once because of something someone said to you?  I can tell you that your perspective will change when you become a homeowner, too.  Buy don’t rent.  Experience the pride of ownership in a home.

Buy Don’t Rent

Sometimes first time buyers are afraid to buy a house.  I experience it all the time.  But you know what?  It’s better to buy and own than to rent and give your money to someone else.  Pay yourself first.  Buy don’t rent.

 

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.

Miami Buying vs. Renting

Miami Buying vs. Renting

 

Miami Renters are Becoming Miami Buyers

(reprinted from CBS News)

After years of price hikes, it appears South Florida’s rental market is entering a new era of decline.  Due to a number of issues, including thousands of new rentals opening in Downtown Miami, the market is dropping. It means good deals for renters, tough times for landlords – and it’s a bizarre turn of events for Miami Beach.  It appears Miami renters are becoming Miami buyers.

In 2012 the average rent was $2,225. Every year it has risen roughly a hundred dollars. But in late 2016, the rental market suddenly becoming flat.

Why so many rentals? During the recession, banks wouldn’t finance condos. Rentals on the other hand were a gold mine. Developers went where the financing was.

Remember all those people who were foreclosed on during the recession and became renters? The restriction for them to get another home loan, roughly 5 to 7 years, is ending.

With this rental market changing, it’s important for renters to consider using a realtor to haggle price. Typically you only see what landlords are asking for in rent. Realtors have access to data that shows what renters are actually paying. It can knock your rent down by as much as $6,000 a year!

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Interested in investing in your future and making a Miami home your permanent residence?  Whether you want to switch from renting to buying 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.

 

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.

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time

 

Reprinted from Cleveland Clinic

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12, so set your clocks ahead one hour.

The good news is you’ll get an extra hour of daylight. The bad news is you’ll also lose an hour of sleep. Unless you are in Arizona or choose to ignore clocks, you have no choice but to adjust.

 

Facts About Daylight Saving Time

Here are five facts,  And a bonus: it’s Daylight Saving, not Savings.

1. This is the 101st anniversary — sort of.

Daylight Saving Time started in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Canada, to squeeze in an extra hour of daylight. It spread to certain cities in Canada, then to Germany, which in 1916 was the first nation to adopt the idea. The thinking: In wartime, better use of natural light among civilians would save coal for more important uses. England and France joined in that year, too.

The United States followed in 1918, though over the years it tinkered with the idea – repealing it, re-instituting it during energy crises, changing the dates and sowing consternation. If you accept 1916 as the real start, because that’s when entire nations began using Daylight Saving Time, this year marks the 100th anniversary. (Yeah, we quibble with that too, but you’ll see it mentioned in some accounts.)

2. Thank Dubya.

Daylight Saving Time in the United States was extended by four weeks in 2007 – starting on the second Sunday of March and going to the first Sunday of November – as a result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed by President George W. Bush. The intent was to save energy, and the sporting goods and convenience store industries liked it, saying more daylight would be good for business.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and orthodox rabbis did not, saying children would have to walk to school or wait for buses in the dark. In fairness, this was a minor part of the bill, which was supported by Ohio’s two U.S. senators at the time, Republicans Mike DeWine and George Voinovich. Opposing it were then-Reps. Sherrod Brown, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur, all Democrats. They said the bill favored the oil and gas industries too heavily.

3. This is not for the dogs.

Most babies and dogs can’t read clocks. They know when it’s time to wake up, and time to eat, partly because they are creatures of habit and partly because of their internal clocks. Then along comes Sunday and the clock skips ahead – except no one told them.

Experts give the same advice to parents as to dog owners: Make small adjustment over several days. Start waking up 15 minutes early (sorry, since we’re telling you this only two days in advance). Adjust your lights to better match the coming waking-hour (or sleep-time) light.

As Parents magazine says: Take baby steps.

Adjustments for pets may be easier if they are used to waiting for their owners and following their commands. But pet owners still may have certain habits to contend with. Julia Szabo, a pet journalist, gave this advice on the Dogster.com website a couple years ago, and it still applies: Carve out “a few extra minutes in your morning this week to take your pup for an additional outing, just in case it didn’t get around to doing number two. If that still isn’t forthcoming, don’t be surprised if you’re met with a little accident when you return home (and do be nice about it — it’s not the dog’s fault that the clock got reset).”

4. Arizona is full of rebels.

Arizona doesn’t participate in Daylight Saving Time, except for the portion in the Navajo Nation. Why not?

The Arizona Republic, the newspaper in Phoenix, said it perfectly: “The short answer: The last thing Arizona needs to save is daylight. On a July day when the high is 114 degrees, do you really want the sun hanging around until 8:40 p.m.?”

5. So much for energy savings.

With more time for outdoor activity, we use less energy in our homes – or do we?

A study in California reached a similar conclusion. But rather than consider a single state, the U.S. Department of Energy looked at electricity usage nationwide, examining data from 67 utilities. The department considered electricity consumption in industry as well as homes. This led to the conclusion that the four-week extension of Daylight Saving Time from the 2005 legislation shaved 0.5 percent off the nation’s energy usage, according to Scientific American. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s enough to power 100,000 households for a year. The federal government uses that study to make its point today.

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.