Father's Day in Miami

Father’s Day in Miami

excerpts from the Miami News

Father’s Day in Miami

Father’s Day is approaching, Miami. Have you thought about how you’ll treat that special man in your life, the one who helped calm a lifetime of temper tantrums? Instead of taking the easy route — buying him a gift card from Home Depot and a case a beer — why not spend some quality time with Dad? Tell him how much you appreciate the lifetime of love he’s given you, because raising a kid ain’t easy. Have a look at these five Father’s Day weekend activities in Miami.

3 Great Father’s Day Weekend Activities in Miami

1. Father’s Day Superdad Spectacular at CityPlace Doral. Head to Doral for an afternoon with the family from 1 to 4 p.m for a chance to meet some superheroes and princesses. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at CityPlace Doral, 8300 NW 36th St., Doral; cityplacedoral.com. Admission is free.

2. Sip. Swim. Soccer at 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop. Bring dad to the 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop, dubbed by New Times’ as one of Miami’s best pool-party spots, and catch the Brazil and Switzerland World Cup soccer game.  This event is 21+. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 17 at 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1000; 1hotels.com/south-beach. Admission is free.

3. Cars & Cigars. This Sunday, treat your car-loving dad to an afternoon of admiring classic sets of wheels, hand-rolled cigars, and cold beer in the Miami heat. Celebrate Father’s Day at a family-friendly celebration featuring live music, crafts for the kids, and more in Coconut Grove. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at the Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Miami; 305-442-6866; floridastateparks.org. Admission is $2, free for children under six.

Father's Day in Miami

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I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. I hope you all have a happy and safe Father’s Day weekend in Miami.  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.

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Home Bidding Wars

Home Bidding Wars

 

courtesy of CNBC – Diana Olick

Homebuyers are stretching their budgets and mortgage limits to win bidding wars

  • More buyers are stretching their budgets, putting less money down or using adjustable rate loans that offer lower rates.
  • Buyers today need to be not just pre-approved for a mortgage but have a mortgage commitment.
  • Borrowers have more options for low-downpayment loans, options that were not available as recently as just a few years ago.

Buyers today not only need to be preapproved for a mortgage, but they must also have a mortgage commitment. Home prices are hitting new highs and the gains are growing, just as mortgage interest rates are turning higher again. All of that has more buyers stretching their budgets, putting less down or using adjustable rate loans, or ARMs, that offer lower rates.

They are actually feeling emboldened to do so, thanks to the rise in the stock market and the improving economy.

Borrowers also have more options for low down payment loans, options that were not available as recently as just a few years ago. Fannie Mae reintroduced a 3 percent down payment loan that it had discontinued during the recession, and some private lenders are venturing back into subprime, although they’re calling them “nonprime” loans. These are mortgages to borrowers with lower credit scores.

Higher debt-to-income ratios

After holding steady for two years, the share of conventional loans backed by Fannie Mae with down payments of less than 10 percent rose from 12 percent to 14 percent in 2017. The expectation is that it will be even higher this year.

Banks are also willing to take on more risk in the jumbo loan space. They hold these loans on their balance sheets.

Why Work with Mario Quintero?

Are you having difficulty finding a property?  Are you stuck in a bidding war?   We have helped many repeat clients purchase similar properties and either keep them for themselves or use as an investment. Mario has been in the real estate mortgage business since 2002. Mario’s experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and improve competitive real estate mortgage interest rates .

Mario gets your deal done. Let Mario 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.

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

 

from History.com and Wikipedia.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, a horror film franchise and 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.

Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky?

The superstition surrounding this day may have arisen in the Middle Ages, “originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper and crucifixion” in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.[3][4]While there is evidence of both Friday[5] and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two items being referred to as especially unlucky in conjunction before the 19th century.[

Why Work with Mario Quintero?

What could be worse on a Friday the 13th than to find you dream home and not be pre-approved for it!  Need help financing a property?  Are you having difficulty finding a property?  Are you in the market to purchase or refinance?  We have helped many repeat clients both purchase and refinance their homes.  Mario has been in the real estate mortgage business since 2002. Mario’s experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and improve competitive real estate mortgage interest rates .

Mario gets your deal done. Let Mario 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.

 

Home buying in Miami

Home buying in Miami

 

Home buying market so brutal, some home buyers make offer sight unseen

from CNBC

This spring home-buying season should be a coming-out party for Millennials, many of whom are finally ready to make a purchase after hunkering down for years in their parents’ basements or expensive apartments.

The only problem: Much of the food at the party is gone, and what’s left is priced like caviar.

Although solid job and income growth is emboldening many prospective home buyers, record low housing supplies are driving up prices and curbing sales, especially for Millennials looking to buy starter homes.

 “For home buyers, this is shaping up to be one of the most difficult years in recent memory,” says Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist of Veritas Urbis Economics, which studies the housing market.

For sellers, it will be a standout spring that brings big profits, unless those sellers themselves are looking to buy a larger home in the same metro area. “It’s going to have the feel of a hot market,” marked by multiple offers and bidding wars, says Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Why? Too many buyers chasing too few homes. In February, there was a 3.4-month supply of existing homes nationally, the lowest on record for that month and substantially below a balanced six-month inventory.  And,  the number of starter homes is down 14.2% in the first quarter from a year ago, according to real estate research firm Trulia.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero?

Are you having difficulty finding a property?  Are you in the market to purchase or refinance?  Don’t buy your most valuable asset site unseen. We have helped many repeat clients purchase similar properties and either keep them for themselves or use as an investment. Mario has been in the real estate mortgage business since 2002. Mario’s experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and improve competitive real estate mortgage interest rates .

Mario gets your deal done. Let Mario 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.

 

 

Home sales increasing

Home sales increasing

courtesy of CNBC

What slow down?

Home sales rebounded more strongly than expected in February, and the National Association of Realtors says they could have been even higher if there were more homes for sale.  It appears that nationwide, home sales are increasing.

A critical shortage of listings is the No. 1 obstacle, especially in higher price ranges — not rising mortgage rates or new tax laws that reduce certain homeowner deductions.  Sales at the lowest end of the market, however, homes priced under $100,000, were down 16.5 percent compared with a year ago.

Realtors polled for the monthly survey said they are hearing very few concerns from buyers about rising mortgage rates or the new tax laws, even fewer concerns than in December, when the tax laws were in final debate. That is not the case for potential sellers.

Mortgage rates are not historically high today, but they are about half a percentage point higher since the start of this year and are clearly on an upward trajectory.

 

The number of homes for sale did increase slightly in February, which always happens as the busy spring market approaches, but supply is still down more than 8 percent from a year ago; supply is up on the high end and far lower on the low end of the market. Homebuilders continue to build higher-end homes as well, because rising costs for land, labor and materials have shrunk their margins for entry-level homes.

Shortage on the lower end is likely why first-time homebuyers pulled back in February. There had been a surge in this cohort last year, but clearly affordability and supply is weighing more heavily on them now.

Why Work with Mario Quintero?

Are you in the market to purchase or refinance?  We have helped many repeat clients purchase similar properties and either keep them for themselves or use as an investment. Mario has been in the real estate mortgage business since 2002. Mario’s experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and improve competitive real estate mortgage interest rates .

Mario gets your deal done. Let Mario 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 Real Estate

Miami Real Estate

courtesy of World Property Journal

Miami Real Estate Market is 4th Largest in the US

Miami ranks 4th in the nation in total home value. According to Zillow, the total value of all homes in the United States in early January 2018 is now $31.8 trillion after gaining $2 trillion in 2017.  The cumulative value of the U.S. housing market grew at its fastest annual pace – 6.5 percent – in four years. Moreover, the value of all U.S. homes rose 8 percent annually in the early stages of the housing recovery in 2013.

Fast FAQs:

  • Total U.S. housing market gained $2 trillion in value in 2017.
  • The value of all U.S. homes grew 6.5 percent in 2017, the fastest pace in four years.
  • Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco are the most valuable housing markets, each worth more than $1 trillion.

For many households, a home is the single largest source of wealth, but the collapse of the housing market and the ensuing Great Recession demonstrated the importance of housing to the U.S. economy as well. The housing market has gained $9 trillion since the lowest levels of the recession.

 

A Record Year

The value gained in 2017 alone is equivalent to more than the valuation of two companies the size of Apple. Over the past year, the U.S. housing market has gained $1.95 trillion, while Apple recently hit a market value of $900 billion, the first U.S. company to do so.

This was a record year for home values as the national housing stock reached record heights in 2017,” said Zillow® Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. “Strong demand from buyers and the ongoing inventory shortage keep pushing values higher, especially in some of the nation’s booming coastal markets. Renters spent more than ever on rent this year, but the amount they spent grew at the slowest pace in recent years as more renters transitioned into homeownership and new rental supply slowed rent growth across the country. Despite recent changes to federal tax laws that have historically made homeownership financially attractive, the long-term dynamics pushing up home values and rents are unlikely to change significantly in 2018.”

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Why Work with Mario Quintero

Do you doubt what our good friends at CNBC are predicting?  Home prices are set to rise in Miami and across the entire USA.  Are you in the market looking to buy, sell, rent or lease a property? Mario Quintero 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.

Home Prices in Miami

Home Prices in Miami

Home Prices Are Set to Soar in 2018

courtesy of Diana Olick, CNBC

The temperature may be frigid across much of the nation, yet home prices are sizzling and sellers are in the hot seat.  Home prices in Miami will also continue to rise.  Will you be ready and buy prior to this increase or will you be left behind?

Sales prices jumped 7 percent annually in November, according to a new report from CoreLogic.

That is the third straight month at that pace, far higher than the price gains in the first half of 2017. Low supply and high demand are fueling the spurt and neither of those is expected to ease up anytime soon.

Supply is actually falling even more now, and a strengthening economy is pushing demand. This will have potential buyers out early this year, trying to get a jump on the spring market.

“Rising home prices are good news for home sellers, but add to the challenges that home buyers face,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic, in the report. Nothaft said the limited supply is the worst at the lower end, and will hit the growing number of first-time buyers hardest.

Without a significant jump in home construction, prices will remain high and likely move higher. Mortgage rates could also move slightly higher, and new tax policy limiting mortgage and property tax deductions, is hitting homeowners in some states hard.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Do you doubt what our good friends at CNBC are predicting?  Home prices are set to rise in Miami and across the entire USA.  Are you in the market looking to buy, sell, rent or lease a property? Mario Quintero 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.

 

Art Basel Miami

Art Basel Miami

reprinted from timeout.com

Heading to Miami’s Art Basel this Weekend?

Some 268 of America’s top galleries and art museums will be showing us what they’ve got at annual contemporary art bonanza, Art Basel Miami Beach 2017. Since its launch in 2002, Art Basel has become North America’s premier art fair. Because of this, expect amazing contemporary paintings, films and videos, sculptures, drawings, photography, digital art and installations from more than 4,000 artists. You might even see them if you can tear yourself away from the parties and buzzing rooftop bars. Take a road trip or book your flight and use our guide for all your art, event, party, eating, drinking and hotel needs.

What is Art Basel Miami Beach?

First staged in 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach is an annual art show held at Miami Beach. Art Basel Miami stages three major fairs each year. These are held in Hong Kong, Basel and Miami Beach. Art Basel focuses on modern and contemporary art. It puts more than 250 galleries and 4,000 artists from across the globe in front of the art world’s top curators, museums and collectors. Hence, the weekend of Art Basel has become a major draw for Miami.  as it showcases major events held in conjunction with the show.  As an added bonus, have fun celebrity-spotting.

When is Art Basel Miami?

Art Basel Miami Beach is held December 7, 2017, through December 10, 2017.

Where is Art Basel Miami Beach held?

Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 is at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Drive.  Check out a floorplan of the Convention Center to see who’s showing and where. Other works, film screenings and performances take place close by at Collins Park and SoundScape Park.

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Art adds great value to your home.  Mario’s wife, Claudia Quintero, has a keen eye for art and home design.  Moreover, 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.

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!

 

Celebrate Labor Day

Celebrate Labor Day

 

Labor Day History

Reprinted from Forbes

So why do we celebrate Labor Day?  Happy Labor Day, for those of you in the United States of America!  While having a day off of work to celebrate the end of summer is always a treat, you might be surprised at the real reasons we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of September each year. The Labor Day holiday was actually created out of the labor movement in the late 19th century. The Industrial Revolution was at its height in the late 1800s. According to History.com, during this time, “the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living.” And even though many states prohibited it, children as young as five or six were often forced to worked in mills, factories and mines.

Because of the long hours, unsafe and unsanitary working conditions, and poor treatment by management, labor unions organized and workers began holding strikes and protest rallies.

 

Over time, more and more states created the Labor Day holiday. Then, on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday of September a legal holiday, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Celebrate Labor Day

So as you relax on your day off today (possibly with a cold beer in your hands), don’t forget to take a moment of silence to thank the hardworking men and women from the late 1800s for their efforts to create the much-improved working conditions we now enjoy.

~ Lisa Quastauthor of award-winning book, YOUR CAREER, YOUR WAY!.  Join me on Twitter @careerwomaninc

Get in Touch with Mario, Your Miami Realtor

Labor kicks off the Fall home buying season.  Because of this, it’s a great time to invest in property in South Florida. 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!