The Perfect Gift for Mom…

What’s the best advice Mom ever gave you?  Whatever it was, I bet it saved you much trouble and heartache.  On this Mother’s Day, we celebrate our moms.

So have you picked out a special gift already?  Or are you like the many who scramble at the last minute to get that perfect gift for mom?  Ideas for gifts could range from flowers, to jewelry, to a handmade card, a gift card, taking mom out to eat, spending time with mom.  Or, if you’re like some pro-athletes, you could even buy mom a mansion!

Did you know?

In today’s day and age, believe it or not, according to Jessica Lautz, the managing director of the National Association of Realtors in this recent publication,  “Single mothers outnumber single fathers, and they might be more likely to seek out stability through real estate.”  While this may be shocking to you, it’s a well-known fact women are the decision makers when buying homes.  If married, husbands usually want to please their wives and let them not only pick out the best home for their family, but even let them decorate and furnish the same as their tastes choose.

Personally, I could not agree more.  I let my wife, Claudia, take care of all out home’s decorating details.  And I must say, she does a wonderful job at this.

So, once again, on this Mother’s Day, thank you to all the moms who work tirelessly to make every detail perfect for their families.

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. 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.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Your Life Vision

Your Life Vision

 

Hone Your Life Vision

Just like businesses are guided by a vision, your life can also benefit from having a vision.  Your life vision is a description of your idealized lifestyle and outcomes.  Vision is often based on living according to your highest values and principles.

When honing your life vision, here are things to keep in mind:

  • Your vision shouldn’t be about “shoulds”.  Your vision is based on what you want to achieve.
  • A vision includes identifying your highest values.
  • Focus your vision on a higher sense of what you’d like out of life based on your values. Don’t worry about specific details.
  • Keep your vision distinct from your goals.  A goal has a time-bound and measurable outcome.  A vision is the broad sense of direction you want your goals to take you.
  • Keep your vision fresh.  If you’re feeling bored, re-evaluate your life vision.

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.

 

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Cinco de Mayo

5 de Mayo in Miami

5 de Mayo in Miami offers visual images of much fun and celebration. Who doesn’t enjoy going out for drinks on a festive holiday together with friends?  This year, 5 de Mayo falls on a Friday night.  Talk about the most fun of weekly happy hours!

While all of this is good and true, it’s important to also keep safety in mind.  Driving under the influence claims the lives of hundreds of people each year in Florida.

In 2014, in Florida alone, there were 31,783 arrests for driving under the influence, 797 deaths associated to DUI’s, 27% of all traffic accidents. In fact, DUI’s represent one of the leading causes of motor vehicle deaths every year. Is a 5 de Mayo DUI worth it?  Ruining your life dreams for an extra sip of that drink is not worth it, trust me…

 

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. Let’s find your dream home!

Miami Home Closing

Miami Home Closing

 

Miami Home Closing Celebration

The Mario Quintero team at Re/Maxx held a Miami home closing celebration this morning for our Re/Maxx buyers Julio & Meylin. STC Mortgage took of the financing. As you can imagine, the family is very happy with their new home purchase. A very special thanks goes out to our team members. Laura Menendez, senior loan processor/originator, handled all the financing details.  Jackie Velazquez, Re/Maxx transaction coordinator arranged for everything to fall into place.   And the entire team at C and C Title Agency achieved a smooth, hassle-free closing.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Just as I helped Julio and Meylin find their perfect and get the most competitive interest rate for their home purchase, I can help you, too.  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!

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.

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.

texting and driving

Texting and Driving

Keeping You Safe Driving as We Find Your Dream Home

 

Texting and Driving – Not A Good Mix

Save a life – Don’t Text and Drive! We’re sure you’ve heard announcements like this for years. But do people heed the warnings? No. Thousands of accidents take place each year due to texting and driving. While we know it’s challenging to not be connected constantly in this digital age, the life you save could be your own.

Senate Bill 144, aims to change the current texting and driving law in Florida. Should it pass, the law gives an “authorization to law enforcement officers to stop motor vehicles and issue citations to persons who are texting while driving.” This thereby deletes the prior provision requiring allowing citations to be issued as a secondary action.

Mario Quintero and STC Loans helps you find your dream home and finance it, too.  But, we also care about your well-being.  Whether you live in a  big city like Miami, or smaller suburbs, safety on the road is paramount.

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.

Miami home inspections

Miami home inspections

 

Miami Home Inspections

 

One of the new services we are offering under our marketing & listing plan is to pay in advance for Miami home inspections.  This can be referred to as a pre-listing home inspection.  This will be at our expense.   We will review this inspection together with the seller.  In this way, we may take care of many of the small items that can surface as a surprise thereby, reducing the potential for additional price negotiations.

 

A Pre-listing Home Inspection

Here are a few examples of what happened in our most pre-listing home inspection.   This Miami home inspection concluded the following items had issues: termite infestation, grounding of the pool pump,  minor cracks in the cement around the pool deck, adjustments to the electrical panel, a loose connection on the washing machine drain, peeled paint in 2 bathroom, and changing of the ceiling lamps.  The seller chose to give a credit for the termite issue.  The seller corrected the grounding of the pool pump, the minor cracks in the cement around the pool deck,  the adjustments to the electrical panel, the washing machine drain, the peeled paint in the two bathroom walls and changed the ceiling lamps.

The latter changes were critical, since the potential could be financing with FHA or VA.  All of those issues would have delayed the financing process.  Additionally, they really had to be corrected anyway.

As you can see, the seller had their pre-listing home inspection.  The seller is now able to take care of  many of the corrections  and therefore, eliminate potential problems when the future buyer has completed their home inspection.

Our seller was very happy with the results of this pre-listing home inspection.  Moreover, the seller was impressed with our expertise.  We are now ready to sell the home.

 

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.

 

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.