Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

 

Preparing in advance is ideal.  However, what better time to reinforce and share hurricane preparedness tips than right as one is about to strike?  If there can be a positive about an imminent hurricane strike, having plenty of time to prepare for one is a hurricane’s benefit as opposed to other natural disasters.

Another positive about a hurricane is that Floridians have much experience with these.  Floridians have been hit by hurricanes regularly throughout the years. Hurricane season extends between June 1st and November 1st.  As we speak, Florida is about to be impacted by the first major hurricane in over a decade.  Traveling as a Category 4, Hurricane Matthew bears great strength, also extending over 500 miles wide.

Moreover, the following two websites provide the latest details on final check list preparations. Both NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the National Hurricane Center offer useful tips to guide you with hurricane preparations.   You may access this website here.

The U.S. government also provides excellent resources on how you may prepare your home in the event of a hurricane. You may access this website on hurricane readiness and preparedness here.  

While much of the information on these two sites are the same,  have a look at the most important factors to keep handy below:

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Miami Reverse Mortgage

Miami Reverse Mortgage

 

What is a Miami Reverse Mortgage?

Do you know how a Miami reverse mortgage works?.  You may or you may not.

Are you over 62 years old?  Interested in eliminating your monthly mortgage payments?  Looking for income for life?

A Miami reverse mortgage loan is available to seniors who are above 62 years old. One function of the Miami reverse mortgage is designed to help seniors eliminate their monthly mortgage (in the event they still have one).  There must be enough equity in the property to qualify. The Miami reverse mortgage allows seniors above 62 to transform a part of their home equity into immediate cash.  This eliminates the need to sell your home.  It also eliminates your need to refinance.

Moreover, a reverse mortgage loan allows you to access your accumulated home equity.  Through this financial instrument,  you don’t have to make payments on the reverse mortgage.  Because of this, payments are deferred until you pass away or you vacate your property.  This is an amazing opportunity for you, as a senior citizen. Why? Because you are not required to make a mortgage payment.  You don’t have to pay any interest.  Still, you must continue to have homeowner’s insurance. And, you must pay the yearly property taxes due on your home.

 

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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 loan.  Furthermore, I can help your senior parents secure a comfortable retirement through a reverse mortgage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Miami real estate continues to boom…

As per the most recent Marketwatch of just yesterday, there is “no better time in history to invest in real estate.”

There is much talk out there of the market correcting, but though interest rates continue to fluctuate, international events continuing to occur, such as Brexit, the stock market fluctuating, along with many other factors, clearly, real estate not only continues to boom but more importantly, continues to be one of the historically safest investments, with substantial gains over time.

As per the Marketwatch piece, “And given that so many traditional asset classes are facing headwinds, it’s worth taking a serious look at real estate both as a way to find new opportunities and to hedge your bets in a challenging market.” Ultimately, given the volatility in other traditional investments, real estate not only provides a safer haven, but may also provide a steady income in the long-term.

Again, per Marketwatch, “Yes, a rental property isn’t exactly a conventional income investment … but 10-year Treasurys yield less than 1.6% annually and investment-grade corporates aren’t much better. And sure, house flipping is risky and isn’t for everyone, but the same is true for small-cap biotech stocks and emerging-market equities.”

So many investors are looking to vary and diversify their assets accordingly in order to not be fully committed to one particular investment. Moreover, the steady income from a rental property is a welcome addition to anyone’s bottom line.

Are you looking into purchasing an investment property for rental income? This is one of the services we provide our clients at Strock and Tanner Mortgage.

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

 

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It’s been a month since the Brexit vote and, as we reported initially, Miami home loan interest rates have continued to decline.

Just this week we reported how we now have a new conventional home loan interest product with 1% down payment, up to $417,000 loan as long as your total debt service ratio is no more than 46% and your FICO credit score is over 700.

These numbers are unheard of post the Great Financial Recession of 2009. If you have not yet acted, NOW is the time to purchase or refinance your home in order to lock-in these low rates before they increase.

As you very well, the Fed’s actions are unpredictable from meeting to meeting, so home interest rates could very well rise at any time without prior notice.

The Miami housing market continues to sizzle despite other major metropolitan home areas nationwide showing signs of slowing. We are not only fueled by locals interested in buying, selling and refinancing, but we have a large tourist population making Miami a second home. Our international foreign buyer base is also strong seeking a secure harbor to park their capital given uncertainty in other global markets.

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

 

 

 

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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.

The Fed decided to keep interest rates low this week. While the economy has improved, the two most recent job reports indicate somewhat of a stagnation in growth. So, rather than “rocking the boat”, so to speak, Fed Chief Janet Yellen, along with the other Fed governors voted to maintain rates as is.

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Clearly, this is a great move for the real estate market nationwide, but even more so here in South Florida, where “Paradise”, as many like to refer to Miami and its surrounding communities, continue to welcome tourists, visitors, businesses and new residents almost daily.

Already the hub for business activity to Latin America, Miami is poised to become the same for the European Community. Many continue to seek the strength and safety of the USA. Miami is a natural fit for so many reasons.

How about you? Are you considering making Miami your home for a new location? Are you looking for a Miami realtor who can also help you obtain financing for your home or commercial space?

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

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

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

Of course not.

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

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

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

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

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

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

With regards to selling, you (the seller), are in control of your home’s destiny. You have all the power to determine whether or not your house will sell quickly or if it will stay on the market for a longer period of time.  In addition to choosing the correct realtor to represent and market your property, the next most important decision you will make is whether or not to price your home properly (and in-line with the comparables) or list it too high, and have the property linger on the market for a longer time.

If you price your home properly, you will benefit from a quick sale and turn around.  If you choose to ask more than the current value vis a vis the market, your house will suffer from a “reputation.”  Why risk that?

My name is Mario Quintero, “Your Realtor for Life.”  With access to the most sophisticated programs, I’ve helped thousands of homeowners just like you properly price their properties for a quick sale, in line with the surrounding market, while maximizing the value of their property.

Don’t chance having your home sit on the market longer than necessary.  Call me today at 305-598-1600 for a proper assessment.

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