Miami Home Sales

Miami Home Sales

What Sales Slump?

Courtesy of Reuters

U.S. home resales rose more than expected in March to the highest level in more than a decade, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced on Friday.  Miami home sales remain strong.

Existing home sales climbed 4.4 percent for the month, while economists were expecting a smaller increase of 2.5 percent, according to Thomson Reuters consensus estimates.

While the number of homes on the market rose 5.8 percent to 1.83 million units last month, housing inventory was down 6.6 percent from one year ago, implying that demand is outweighing supply.
Properties typically remained on the market for 34 days in March, compared to 45 days in February, the NAR added.

“The early returns so far this spring buying season look very promising as a rising number of households dipped their toes into the market and were successfully able to close on a home last month,” Lawrence Yun, a chief economist for the industry group, said in a statement. “Sales will go up as long as inventory does.”

U.S. home resales fell more than expected in February amid a shortage of houses on the market, which pushed prices up and sidelined potential buyers.

The NAR’s existing home sales data measures sales and prices of existing single-family homes for the nation overall.  These figures also include condos and co-ops.

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.

FHA loan

FHA Loan

Is an FHA loan right for you?

How do you know if an FHA loan is something for which you may qualify?  Less stringent lending standards and lower down-payment requirements make FHA loans popular with mortgage borrowers.

 

What is an FHA loan?

An FHA loan is a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Borrowers with FHA loans pay for mortgage insurance, which protects the lender from a loss if the borrower defaults on the loan.

 

What are the benefits to having an FHA loan?

Among other things, less than perfect credit is ok.  The minimum down payment is 3.5% of the purchase price of the home.  The closing costs may be partially covered by the seller, the builder or the lender, thereby easing the total amount for the buyers to bring to the closing table.   Additionally, buyers can borrow up to a certain amount for repairs. Moreover, in some instances, financial hardship assistance or relief is available to the buyer,  too.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Do you think you qualify for an FHA loan or know someone who may?  Have a look at your options with the help of Mario Quintero of STC Loans. Mario has been in the reverse mortgage business since 2002. His experience is tested and true. Mario has helped thousands of clients secure and supplement their retirement through a reverse mortgage.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, gets your deal done. Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.

 

Get in Touch with Mario

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

Call me today at 305-598-1600 or contact me here.

 

Miami Conventional Loan

Miami Conventional Loan

A Miami Conventional Loan

Like when shopping for your dream home can be a bit overwhelming and challenging,  you can say the same when entering into the financing of your new home.  Many homeowners become overwhelmed when faced with having to secure financing for their new home purchase. Add to this,  contractual time limits causing you to secure your financing quickly.  In most cases, the type of loan you’ll need to secure is a Miami conventional loan.

According to wikipedia, “In the United States, a conventional mortgage home loan is a home mortgage loan that conforms to GSE (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) guidelines.  The most well-known guideline is the size of the loan, which as of 2013 was generally limited to $417,000 for single family homes in the continental US. Other guidelines include borrower’s loan-to-value ratio (i.e. the size of down payment), debt-to-income ratio, credit score and history, documentation requirements, etc.”

Eligibility

In order to qualify for a conventional loan, borrowers must typically meet three minimum requirements:

Down Payment

The standard down payment for a Miami conventional loan is anywhere between 5% and 25% of a home’s value depending on the borrower’s credit and financial condition.  For example, if the property you are trying to secure costs $100,000, the lender may want you to place a 20% or $20,000 down payment.  Buyers with stronger credit are usually able to place as little as 5% down in order to secure their home’s financing.

Income

Lenders want to make certain your debt-to-income ratio, or the percentage of monthly income you spend on debt payments, including mortgages, student loans, auto loans, minimum credit card payments and child support, will leave you at a comfortable level, not overextending yourself.

Credit/FICO Score

Your credit score also plays an important role as you qualify for a conventional loan.  Lenders vary on the minimum FICO credit score requirement.  This is not standard in the industry.  However, remember, the higher your credit score, the better the terms you will receive on your Miami conventional loan.  In this case, too, the stronger your initial down payment, the better your lending terms will be.

 

Why Work with Mario Quintero

Buying a home isn’t just a matter of finding the right house.  Negotiating and reaching a workable price level work hand in hand. You must secure mortgage financing to purchase your dream home. Because of this, as a trusted Miami realtor and efficient Miami mortgage broker, Mario will help your dream home become a reality.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, gets your deal done. Let me be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker. Don’t attempt to negotiate on the purchase of your home on your own. Mario helps you reach the best price through his extensive negotiating skills.

Get in Touch with Mario

I’m Mario Quintero, your mortgage & realtor for life. Let me be your Miami home consultant. Our office specializes in both residential and commercial real estate and financing programs. Let me help you secure 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

 

 

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Your Miami Realtor

While buying your home can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling moments of your life, things can, and often do go wrong.  When buying the home of your dreams in Miami, you need a trusted Miami realtor who will help you navigate the process.

 

88 Turbulences Which Can Go Wrong During Your Real Estate Transaction

There are 88 turbulences which can take place when buying your home. We’ve included the PDF for this document here, so that you may become familiar with all that could possibly go wrong.

Aside from having a trusted Miami realtor at your side, a reputable and efficient Miami mortgage broker is also essential. Buying a home isn’t just a matter of finding the right house, negotiating on it and reaching a price level which will work for you and the seller. You also need to be able to secure mortgage financing.

Mario Quintero, principal of Strock and Tanner Mortgage, will get your deal done.  Let Mario be both your trusted Miami realtor and Miami mortgage broker.  Don’t attempt to negotiate on the purchase of your home on your own. Mario will help you reach the best price through his extensive negotiating skills.

Though interest rates are low, securing financing in today’s post-2008 financial crisis is very challenging. Don’t allow the “88 Things That Might Go Wrong During Your Transaction” happen to you. Allow Mario’s knowledge, experience and negotiating skills to work on your behalf.

 

Get in Touch with Me

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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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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Foreign Buyers Continue to Flock to South Florida…

According to a recent article by Diana Olick of CNBC news, “As for U.S. destinations, five states accounted for half of foreign buyer purchases: Florida, (22 percent), California (15 percent), Texas (10 percent), Arizona and New York (each at 4 percent).”

Though real estate seems to have slowed in some markets, Florida continues to be a very popular market for both domestic and foreign buyers willing to park their money in “safer” investments. The fact remains, Florida is a “paradise” of sorts. Thousands flock here from throughout the world due to our warmer climates, proximity to amazing world-class beaches, a no-tax state, along with Miami being the long-time gateway to Latin America, soon becoming the same for Western Europe.

Florida is the place to be.

Are you a foreign buyer thinking of purchasing real estate in Florida?

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.

One of the key elements of my listing marketing plan is to have a full appraisal done on the property. This process gives my clients more confidence in the pricing of their home.

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In addition when we go into contract and the buyers schedule there appraisal for the loan they are securing I attend the actual appraisal that is being done. At the time of appraisal realtors are permitted
to hand the appraiser comps they feel that should be considered in the process. At this time I hand the appraiser the original appraisal that was conducted which contain the actual comps for the area. I find this practice to be very effective and the appraiser is actually getting a second professional opinion in completing the final report.

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.

Retirees have the opportunity to use a reverse mortgage on their home for many financial challenges facing seniors today. Many well known sites such as Money Magazine, The Huffington Post, CNBC and CNN Financial news have all tooted the many benefits reverse mortgages afford to Seniors.

Let’s discuss a couple of the more prescient ones within the next few posts.

 

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Healthcare Expenses

Say for instance there is for a lump sum to pay in anticipated or unanticipated healthcare expenses. It is well known healthcare expenses pose a challenge for many Seniors.  As a Senior, you’ve hard your entire life. Upon retirement, though many of your expenses may lower, other expenses arise, such as health care costs. Why fret or worry? Safely tap the equity in your home, which you’ve worked hard to pay all your life, so that you may have that safety net to cushion you when unexpected costs arise.

You will not have to repay the monies taken for the reverse mortgage against your home until the time of your death. You will receive a lump sum payment from the reverse mortgage financing institution and neither you nor your heirs will be required to repay these monies until the time of your death.

Is this not something to allow you to breathe a sigh of relief?

Contact Mario Quintero of Strock and Tanner Loans, your Reverse Mortgage Specialist at 305-598-1600 for additional information along with a complementary consultation. He will explain all the benefits available to you with a reverse mortgage.

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In case you’re wondering, the current economic scenario does not bode well for an increase in interest rates.

Toward the end of 2015, Federal Reserve President Janet Yellen presided over the first rate increase since the Great Recession began.  Bank stocks, along with financials in general, rallied, in hopes interest rates would finally recover, leading to an environment where rates could be increased.

Since the new year, 2016, the exact opposite has instead taken place.  Financial stocks have plummeted, now that it’s clear rates cannot continue to rise due to a jittery economic outlook.

Stay tuned. Given it’s also an election year, rates are bound to stay right here where they are.  Of course, this helps housing.

I’m Mario Quintero, your Miami residential home mortgage specialist.  I deal in all types of mortgage loans, including reverse mortgages, jumbo, conventional, FHA and foreign national.

Call me today so I may help you secure the best interest for your new purchase or refinance.