Paying Cash for a Home? Beware of the 90 Day Rule

Paying Cash for a Home? Beware of the 90 Day Rule

With inventory levels low in this competitive housing environment, some people are opting to make cash offers on homes to make their purchase agreement look more attractive to potential sellers. While this may help you get your offer accepted, there is a large pitfall you must understand. The IRS gives you a 90-day window to put a mortgage on a property to gain the benefits associated with this loan being considered “acquisition indebtedness”.

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SO, YOU NEED A MORTGAGE:

SO, YOU NEED A MORTGAGE:

IS YOUR BANK THE BEST PLACE TO GO? – Part 2

Last time, we presented a few things to consider if you are thinking about financing for your new home. Specifically, should you use a local bank or a Mortgage Banker? It may seem like the logical step is to call your bank. They have your banking accounts and since the Bank has your financial information, the process will be easier. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. ...

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The Only Constant is Change…

The Only Constant is Change…

…and as witnessed over the past 20 years, nowhere is it more evident than in the mortgage industry. Much of it, as with any business, occurs because of the rapid and ever evolving technological advances making the process easier and more efficient.

Enter Government Regulation
But, as rapidly as it happens, the most change we’ve seen in the past years has come from government regulation. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, and looking back at the events leading ...

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Divorce & Support Payments…

Divorce & Support Payments…

…When Can You Use it to Qualify for a Mortgage?

As you contemplate and work through a divorce, one of the most important factors to consider is your housing needs in the future. Will you stay in the home that your living in or sell the house and move somewhere else? We can’t overstate the importance of getting with a mortgage professional as you begin to negotiate your marital settlement agreement. There are very specific guidelines revolving around ...

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Having Trouble Getting Your Offer Accepted?

Having Trouble Getting Your Offer Accepted?

It’s no secret, it is a competitive market out there if you are a buyer. Whether you are purchasing a home and have the cash on hand for the down payment or you need to sell your existing home first to use the equity from that property for the down payment on the new home, there are challenges. The key to success is preparation. We have gone out of our way to create tools for you ...

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What to Offer on a Home?

What to Offer on a Home?

Purchasing a home can be the most major financial event in your life. Given that, you want to ensure you are doing everything you can to avoid overpaying for your dream home. It’s not that difficult, but unfortunately you do not have a long time to decide. What is the best price to offer that maximizes your value while, at the same time, makes a fair offer to the seller? If you are working with a local Real ...

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Market Insights –

…for 2018!

What does the New Year of 2018 have in store for the housing market?? Consider the following few things:

1.  Both home prices & values are expected to rise moderately. The Atlanta Metro area homes, in particular, are expected to have an increase of around 5%. Rental rates, finally, will not rise near as ...

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The Benefits of Getting a Pre-Approval

The Benefits of Getting a Pre-Approval

Faster closing times, stronger purchasing power, and  greater loan flexibility are just a few of the ways getting pre-approved puts you at an advantage prior to ever even looking at a home. Often times when home buyers decide they’re ready to buy, the first person they contact is a Realtor. However, not only does speaking with a Lender prior to looking at houses give you and your Realtor a better idea of what you can actually afford, you also put yourself ahead of ...

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6 Steps to Obtaining a Pre-Approval

6 Steps to Obtaining a Pre-Approval

Being proactive in the home buying process can be the difference between your offer on a home being accepted or declined. By contacting a loan officer prior to looking for a home, you’ve not only educated yourself on what you can afford, but you’ve positioned yourself to make a stronger offer on a house. We’ve mentioned before the various types of approvals. And we’ve discussed how becoming a

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Pre-Approved? You May Need a Second Opinion

Pre-Approved? You May Need a Second Opinion

Have you already been pre-approved for a mortgage?  If I were, you, I’d call for a “second opinion.”

If you have already been pre-approved or pre-qualified for a mortgage on your next home, are you absolutely sure you are getting the best deal?

I’m not talking about interest rate either.

I’m talking about the structure of the deal itself.  Donald Trump, in his book called “The Art of the Deal,” ...

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