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ATTN: Realtors! Protect Your Life! Ensure Your Buyers Are ACCURATELY Pre-Qualified!

 

 

This article’s title may be a bit flippant, but my message is quite serious!  Please read on…

In September 2014, Beverly Carter, an Arkansas realtor was kidnapped and murdered by a couple posing as home buyers.  Her kidnapers claimed they targeted Ms. Carter because she was successful (read “wealthy”) and because they . . . → Read More: ATTN: Realtors! Protect Your Life! Ensure Your Buyers Are ACCURATELY Pre-Qualified!

Don’t Be Fooled By Deceptive Press Coverage & Propaganda. The CFPB Is In Need of A Shakeup.

 

In recent weeks, there’s been considerable criticism from major news outlets over President Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as the new Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  After all, as Congressman from South Carolina and later OMB Director, Mulvaney was a strong critic of the CFPB since the agency has acted . . . → Read More: Don’t Be Fooled By Deceptive Press Coverage & Propaganda. The CFPB Is In Need of A Shakeup.

FICO or FAKO?? The Credit Score You’ve Obtained May Not Be So.

 

This article inspired and edited from a recently published article by Alan Hayon, Certified FICO Professional and President of Credit Advisory Group (CreditAdvisoryGroup.com) in Garden City, New York.

 

Many consumers preparing to purchase a home obtain credit scores from websites like Credit Karma or Credit.com to avoid surprises during the application process. . . . → Read More: FICO or FAKO?? The Credit Score You’ve Obtained May Not Be So.

The Equifax Security Breach – What You Need To Know

 

On July 29, 2017, Equifax, one of the three major US credit reporting agencies, discovered a major data breach of their servers.  This cyber hack impacted an estimated 143 million US consumers.  That’s roughly half of all American adults!  The information accessed by hackers includes names, addresses, social security numbers, birth dates, and . . . → Read More: The Equifax Security Breach – What You Need To Know

Even in the Digital World, Consumers Want A Trusted Mortgage Advisor.

 

 

The internet, smart phones, and social media have changed the way consumers shop and how businesses market to them.  And additional changes are inevitable as technology races ahead.  Yet, despite these technological advancements, the majority of consumers still want a trusted human advisor to arrange their mortgage.

 

A report (“Trust In . . . → Read More: Even in the Digital World, Consumers Want A Trusted Mortgage Advisor.

Changes to Credit Reporting May Help Your Scores!

 

Consumers who’ve had their credit scores hammered by tax liens, judgments, and inaccuracies, may now receive some relief.

 

From an agreement made between the three major credit reporting agencies (Trans Union, Equifax, and Experian, collectively referred to as “the CRA’s”) and 31 state attorneys general, the CRA’s launched the National Consumer Assistance . . . → Read More: Changes to Credit Reporting May Help Your Scores!

Down Payment Misconceptions Hinder Millennials From Owning a Home

 

 

 

Misconceptions about down payments continue to hinder millennials from owning a home.

 

Industry professionals at a recent Mortgage Bankers Conference cited the “20% Down Payment” misconception as “the greatest cause of confusion among first-time buyers.”  In fact, a study conducted by United Wholesale Mortgage and Michigan State University found that . . . → Read More: Down Payment Misconceptions Hinder Millennials From Owning a Home

ATTN Realtors: Your Company’s Marketing Service Agreement Puts YOU at Risk!

 

In 2015, I wrote and published an article warning Realtors against the dangers of entering into Marketing Services Agreements (MSA’s) with lenders, title companies, or other service providers covered by RESPA (The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act).  An MSA is a relationship between a real estate broker or developer and a title company . . . → Read More: ATTN Realtors: Your Company’s Marketing Service Agreement Puts YOU at Risk!

Dispelling Lending Myths

  Obstacles to home-ownership have reached such mythical proportions that many prospective home buyers believe it’s futile to even try!  Fortunately, many of these perceived obstacles have little or no basis in reality.

After hearing many of these misconceptions from home buyers and real estate professionals alike, let’s take a moment to dispel these . . . → Read More: Dispelling Lending Myths

When is the Best Time to Buy a Home?

 

With twenty-five years’ in the mortgage industry, I’ve pretty much seen it all.  I’ve seen buyer’s markets and seller’s markets.  I’ve seen rates way up and rates at all-time lows.  I’ve seen home values appreciate out of sight and home values spiral back to earth.  Through every market, prospective home buyers have asked, . . . → Read More: When is the Best Time to Buy a Home?