If you’re a real estate agent, loan officer, or work in sales in any capacity, then prospecting is a way of life. Cold calling, door knocking, social media posts, email newsletters, mailing postcards, prospecting phone calls, and even open houses are the tools of the trade. In fact, you probably spend the lion’s share of your ...Continue Reading →
I came across a statistic the other day that gave me pause and made me reflect upon what so many people are doing wrong when it comes to their finances.
According to recent surveys, about 50% of Americans die completely broke.
Even worse, most people pass away not only with a net worth of zero but addled with significant debt. In many cases, that debt obligation is then ...Continue Reading →
If you’ve bought ot sold a home or even refinanced your mortgage, you’ve surely encountered the term “appraisal.” But what is it? An appraisal is just an informed evaluation from a professional appraiser. It attempts to define the market value, which is used by banks, lenders, and buyers and sellers.
It comes after a thorough and detailed inspection of the property in question, at which point ...Continue Reading →
If you’re thinking of buying a home for the first time, or maybe haven’t owned since the real estate collapse starting in 2008, you may be wondering what credit score you need to get a mortgage.
In fact, before the housing market crashed, it was far easier for the average person to get a loan since credit standards were very low (or nonexistent!) and the subprime ...Continue Reading →
According to new data from the American Psychological Association and other studies, money is the leading cause of stress for Americans.
In fact, 76 percent of Americans report that financial worries stress them out the most, above even work (70 percent), angst about the economy (65 percent), family responsibilities (47 percent) and personal health concerns (46 percent).
1 in ...Continue Reading →
For millions of first-time homebuyers and other homeowners, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), is the best resource they’ll ever find. Originated back in 1934, the FHA is a government agency that facilitates access to home ownership for more Americans. They do that in an ingenious way, since the FHA doesn’t actually lend their own money ...Continue Reading →
Amid our current rosy good news of stock market surges and economic growth, there sits an extremely prickly thorn: high credit card debt. In fact, the levels of U.S. consumer credit cards and other personal debt have reached levels not seen since the debt parade stopped in 2008 with the U.S. financial collapse.
In fact, as of 2016, our collective consumer credit card debt climbed to $927.1 billion, ...Continue Reading →
There are many reasons why a record number of consumers are getting shut out of traditional lending, unable to get a mortgage, auto loan, or even a single credit card. In fact, millions of Americans suffered significant damage to their credit scores through the Great Recession, leaving them with foreclosures, bankruptcies, and a whole lot ...Continue Reading →
Anyone who’s in the mortgage business knows that the halcyon days of an easy refi boom driven by historically low rates is probably over, which means that credit score will be more important than ever in getting a borrower approved for the right loan product. But even if you pull their credit and they fall ...Continue Reading →
Approving mortgages is all about assessing risk, as underwriters scrutinize every detail and shred of data in hopes of accurately predicting if a potential borrower will pay their mortgage on time every month – or default.
That’s good news for consumers that are good stewards of their financial affairs since keeping a great credit score, a low debt load, and plenty of assets will help them get approved for the best low-rate mortgage loan when it comes time to refinance or ...Continue Reading →