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The state of the real estate market over the past six or seven years has made terms like “short sale” as ubiquitous as “down payment” when it comes to home mortgage loans and how they are structured for today’s borrowers. New rules and regulations have given rise to fresh designations like “Certi...
10/29/2012
As a Florida mortgage banker closing deals in the midst of the 2012 hurricane season, I need to call attention to what I call the “no spin zone”. This infamous storm grid should be on a home buyer’s radar because it packs the punch that will swiftly delay a scheduled closing. Particularly importa...
10/08/2012
With people living longer in general, there are fortunately some opportunities for family members to assist one another in certain potentially dependent situations. This is not a widely-publicized program, but it can be a life saver and offer some tremendous opportunities. Fannie Mae allows a rel...
07/03/2012
It’s déjà vu all over again at least twice a day when you live in the house that FHA built. In my opinion, that’s because there’s typically such a good deal of commotion about FHA rules that the commotion tends to distort the reality. Case in point of course is the deal with seller-paid contribut...
02/14/2012
My most recent need to “WTF?” something was in response to an absurd left hook leveled at Americans by our governing body and its cracker jack cast of elected officials. First of all, thanks for passing the Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011; you guys rock the Congressional floor! But after the con...
02/07/2012
If Extreme Couponing can be a reality show, just think what some down payment assistance can do for your real reality. Both Pasco and Pinellas counties in Florida have revamped their programs and have rolled out some really impressive down payment assistance from their respective counties. Pasco ...
01/26/2012
In a perfect world I would tower over most at an imposing height of 6’5”. In that same perfect world potential home buyers wouldn’t have to contend with credit disputes. Lately I’ve seen a lot of hiccups in mortgage processing with Fannie, Freddie and FHA due to judgments and liens and even minor...
01/19/2012
Despite the veritable murkiness of the rules regulating the mortgage industry, every week I get asked the same questions from Realtors about down payments. So every week these questions just reinforce the fact that there’s still confusion and that the mindset that “FHA is the only way” still exis...
01/11/2012
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Well I got my Christmas gift early and it came from Mozy.com.  Everyone knows how I love me some technology, especially when one acts as a defense against the frailties of another! There’s no functioning without technology, but there are ways to arm yourself against these necessary evils. What ha...
01/05/2012
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Despite my sometimes caustic commentaries on regulations that don’t always provide what I would consider the most ideal solutions to fix real world problems in the mortgage industry, I will say that we have weeded out a bunch of the “in it for a buck” crowd. The alleged mortgage brokers and vario...
11/02/2011
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