The greatest fully authenticated age to which any human has ever lived is 122 years 164 days by Jeanne Louise Calment (France) and she has a great real estate story to share.
She was born on 21 February 1875, around 14 years before the Eiffel Tower was constructed (she saw it being built), and some 15 years before the advent of movies. The year after her birth, Tolstoy published Anna Karenina and Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. Jeanne Louise Calment lived a quiet life in France, but an unprecedentedly long one.
Her marriage to a wealthy distant cousin, Fernand Nicolas Calment, in 1896 meant that Jeanne didn’t have to work for a living. That may have played a part in her extraordinary longevity: she was free to swim, play tennis, cycle (she was still cycling until the age of 100) and roller skate, all of which promoted excellent good health. Inevitably, in due course, those around her passed away – including her husband (poisoned by some spoiled cherries, aged 73), her daughter Yvonne (who died from pneumonia in 1934) and even her grandson, Frédéric (who died in a car accident in 1963). But not Jeanne.
As she was without heirs, in 1965 a lawyer named André-François Raffray set up a “reverse mortgage” with Jeanne. According to this arrangement, he would pay her 2,500 francs every month until she died, whereupon he would inherit her apartment. It must have seemed like a good deal for Monseiur Raffray (then aged 47) – after all, Jeanne was 90 at the time. Incredibly, however, Jeanne outlived him. He died thirty years later at age 77 but his family continued the payments. By the time of Jeanne's death, they had paid Jeanne more than double the value of her apartment.
We posted this cute picture of the "Cat out of the bag" to grab your attention for 37 seconds to claim free money!
If you owned a property on January 1, 2021, I am talking to you!
You must apply for Property Exemption(s) before March 31, 2021.
If your home is owner-occupied, you automatically qualify for a Homestead exemption and assessment freeze. This is one of the few middle class tax exemptions left. For example, the standard tax on a 2 bedroom home may be about $2400/yr. With the Homestead Exemption it is closer to $1400/yr. In addition, there are several other exemptions for senior citizens, disabled people, widows of police, fire and military killed in action, etc. Go to your county website and make sure you file by March 31st. Links for several of the metro county webpages are on my webpage at https://newthresholdmortgagecorp.proiwebsites.com/NewThresholdAtlantaExpert
See the DeKalb list of all possible exemptions here: (https://dekalbtax.org/exemptions) Other than the Homestead Exemption, you have to apply in person for these others. The process is not difficult but it must be completed before March 31. Go get it Tiger!!
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DACA Status Recipients Eligible to Apply for FHA Insured Mortgages
Effective today, January 19, 2021, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is making FHA loans eligible to DACA individuals.
These individuals are classified under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program (DACA) with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) and are legally permitted to work in the U.S. Congratulations! Ready to own? Call me!
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Rates are incredibly low right now. If you have plans to stay in your home for the next three years, call me.
This is especially true if you have a VA loan.
That's my entire blog this week!
September 9, 2020
CoreLogic is predicting the serious delinquency rate will quadruple by the end of 2021. That pushes up to 3 million homeowners into serious delinquency absent any additional government programs or support. There’s been much said about what the forbearance to foreclosure pipeline might look like once the CAREs ACT forbearance program comes to an end. Much of the sentiment has been optimistic with economists pointing to the record amount of equity that homeowners have these days. Meaning that if homeowners get to the end of the line and find they still can't pay their mortgages, they always have the option to sell their homes. Also lending to that optimism is the fact that the forbearance uptake is on the decline. CoreLogic’s forecast puts some black clouds on that outlook. "Barring additional intervention from the federal and state governments, we are likely to see meaningful spikes in delinquencies over the short to medium term," said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic, in a press release.
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Ever heard the old rule of thumb that says you should only consider refinancing if the new interest rate will be at least one point below your present one? That may have been valid years ago, but with refinancing dropping in cost over the last few years, it's a good time to think about a new mortgage loan! A refinance can be worth its cost many times over, factoring in the advantages that may come, as well as a reduced interest rate.
You may be able to bring down your interest rate (sometimes substantially) and reduce your mortgage payment amount with a new mortgage. You may also have the option to "cash out" some of your equity, which you can use to take care of higher interest debts, make home improvements, or take a vacation. You might be able to refinance to a shorter-term mortgage, giving you the ability to build up your equity faster.
All these benefits do cost something, though. When you refinance, you are paying for many of the same things you paid for during your current mortgage loan. Included in the list will typically be an appraisal, underwriting fees, lender's title insurance, settlement costs, and other fees.
You might look into paying discount points to receive a lower interest rate. The money you'll save over the life of the mortgage might be substantial and any paid points can be deducted on your taxes. Please talk to a tax professional before acting.
Speaking of taxes, if your interest rate is reduced you will also be lowering the paid interest amount that you can deduct from your federal income taxes.. Call us at 678-467-2330 to help you do the math.
In the end, for most borrowers the total of up-front costs to refinance are quickly recouped in monthly savings. ll work with you to find out which mortgage program is perfect for you, looking at your cash on hand, the likelihood of selling your home in the next few years, and how refinancing will impact your taxes.
SKIPPING THE MORTGAGE PAYMENT March 28, 2020
Have you heard the news talk about skipping a mortgage payment? Or perhaps the news discussed forbearance options and delayed foreclosure or evictions? This is always the last resort because you signed a legal agreement to pay the mortgage payment if you want to keep the house. A home is not a right in this country.
Some borrowers will be tempted to skip payments whether they need to or not. Before you cancel that auto-draft, go to your lender‘s website which it has lots of options, mights and maybe’s. The note you signed with the attorney at the closing table has NO mights or maybes. Don’t be deceived. Those skipped payments are NOT forgiven but mIght or maybe delayed or restructured, resulting in a large lump sum or higher interest rate with a restructured mortgage payment months later.
If you have the financial resources, you should continue to make payments, as skipping payments will likely cause significantly more financial strain at a later date. If you really have no money and absolutely can not make your payment, don't just stop paying. Call your lender and discuss the options thoroughly so you understand the full consequences of your next step. The hold times and recordings may be long, but knowing their next step will be worth the wait.
UPDATE 4/30/2020- It seems the lenders and the government are working together to make reasonable adjustments to mortgage payment plans and provide solid information for those in need. The particulars are going to be unique with each lender and borrower, so please get the mortgage adjustments they offer in writing including whether they will be reporting these delayed payments to the credit bureau. If you have any problems where a lump sum payment for all the skipped payments is immediately requested after the relief, reach out to the CFPB for further assistance. The maximum relief which I have heard is 12 months of deferred payments, but your negotiations and personal circumstances will determine what is available to you. Be safe my friends!
Rates are hovering at 3.25%!
If you have a old mortgage and want cash out but still want your payment to go down, call me. I bet we can do that!
If you have a new mortgage, and your rate is over 4%, call me to check the numbers.
If you have a VA loan with a rate over 3.75%, we need to get you a streamline VA and drop that payment as well as skip a payment! I bet we can do that too!
If you were thinking about that second home or an income producing property in your portfolio, now is the time.
This is a fantastic time to get your real estate portfolio in order!
Add it to your list of things to do by calling me!!
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ACCESSING THE 401(K)
you race to the bank and cash-out your retirement to purchase your castle, take a few minutes to
assess the implications outlined below.
you can't take money from your 401(K) plan until you retire, leave the company
or become disabled, but many accounts permit certain “hardship withdrawals” when
there is an immediate financial need. While hardship withdrawals are allowed by
law, your employer is not required to provide them in your plan. Sometimes this
"hardship withdrawal" includes the purchase of a principal residence. If unsure
as to whether yours does, check with your employer’s human resources
drawback of liquidating in this manner is that the funds are immediately taxable
since they were saved tax free. Likely they would be taxed at your current tax
rate, but it could be higher if the fund liquidation puts your income into a
higher tax bracket. There is also a penalty, typically 10% of the funds
withdrawn. The exact amount of the penalty is spelled out in your
is borrowing against your 401(K). Often you can borrow as much as
50% of your account balance. You pay interest on the loan, and the interest is
credited back to your account. Sounds great, eh? The money you receive is not
taxable either (as long it is paid back), and there is no penalty. Most
plans offer anywhere from five to thirty years to pay the loan. In a perfect
world, it's a perfect plan!
you set this ball in motion, it is very difficult to stop so make sure you
lender has seen the account where you plan to deposit the funds BEFORE you do
it. A good broker has an eye for anything funky on a bank statement. Also,
keep a copy of ALL the paperwork. This includes applying for the liquidation,
any correspondence from the bank, any check or wire record, and the printout
from the bank showing the funds transferred into your bank account. Be in full
communication during the liquidation process so nothing gets in the way of
obtaining your new home.
BLUES AND GREENS
REFINANCE BLUES- adj- The feeling you have when you know you need to refinance, but you are dreading the cost and the process involved.
REFINANCE GREENS - adj - The color of your wallet and your friend's faces when they know you are done with your home refinance.
This year will be one to remember! Rates hit in the 3's again, and lenders have come a long way in driving down closing costs too! It is very exciting!!
We may be able to WAIVE the appraisal. Ask me to check your GA property for eligibility. That's nearly $500 in savings! "YES WE CAN!"
We have access to Simple Refinance Closings. Ask me to use my closer if you are open to the option of where you close for $500-700 in savings. "YES WE CAN!"
If you don't want to wait 5-7 days for someone to underwrite your file, so you need an extremely long lock and months to get this done, let me know. "YES WE CAN!"
Does this Blog look obnoxious? YES IT DOES! But so is refinancing so lets just get it done!!
Call me/ Text me / Email me if your ready to do a quick crunch of the numbers and get the savings started! 678-467-2330
(If you already know what you generally want, go ahead and text "showmethemoney" to 36260 :)
The more you follow the automated application process, the more the savings are passed on to YOU! Apply from your phone!
Title Insurance - Is
It Worth the Extra Expense?
Likely, the biggest investment you will make is purchasing a
home. In the State of Georgia, determining the rights and interests to
real property is the responsibility of the
closing attorney who represents the lender.
Let's start with the basics but HANG WITH ME! This gets
really interesting at the end, but I need to review the basics first.What is title insurance?
Title is the paperwork for the ownership of property. Names on
the title change as the property is sold. The title company hired by the
attorney searches the title (or ownership) history of the property. Through its
research, the title company can almost always identify any title problems and
clear up these problems before you close on the property; however, sometimes
they miss something in the chain of title and that is where insurance comes in
play. Sometimes the problems include:
· Defective title —
"Defective title" covers any number of problems with the title to
your home. It can even include a "contested title". Defects are rare,
but they can be very difficult to get rid of, making the property inaccessible,
unbuildable, or unsaleable. Any number of other complex problems define
· Contested title — This happens when
someone who owned or even lived in the home before you claims to still have
ownership. If this happens, the title insurance company will defend your title
and the process will cost you nothing.
REQUIRED: Lender’s title
The lender requires you get LENDER'S title insurance that
protects the mortgage balance.
OPTIONAL: Owner’s title insurance
The OWNER'S TITLE protects your interest in the property and it
can vary in protection and cost. Here is the interesting part for the financially-minded: Attorneys are legally obligated to quote
STANDARD TITLE INSURANCE pricing unless they have permission within their forms
to quote an ENHANCED TITLE INSURANCE.
So I’m guessing you know what form most likely is include in their
Here is the only significant between the
STANDARD TITLE INSURANCE covers the equity between the purchase price
and loan amount at the time of purchase.
ENHANCED TITLE INSURANCE covers the house’s appreciation over a period
of five(5) years up to 150% of face value.
The ENHANCED policy sounds really good until you read that
sentence again. Five(5) years, not 15 years or 30 years, or even 7 years
(the average length of home ownership), is what they are covering extra with a significant jump in price. ASK
and comparison check before you agree to your new policy. If the State requires
STANDARD TITLE INSURANCE be quoted, that might be reason to pipe up
with the questions and shop carefully.
**And here is my
CMA - I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. If you want more
information about title policies, search up
title insurance companies or get quotes for both policies yourself.
The holidays can put a dent in your savings especially if you're planning to buy a home, but there are several ways to cut costs so your finances aren't in the red by New Year's Day. Consider the following money saving tips:
Yes, you may feel a bit like a bit of a scrooge, but by keeping things low key, those friends and family might be thrilled to join in your summer cookout at your new home in 2019.
Although we'd like to believe the holidays bring out peace on earth and good will for all, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day tend to be a prime season for criminals. During this busy time of year, you can take some easy precautions to prevent becoming a victim of theft. Consider the following safety tips:
When holiday shopping this week:
During the holidays, many people can become distracted then vulnerable to theft. These easy steps can protect yourself and your home from potential crime and ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!!