Category Archives: Finance & Credit Issues

The Power of Interest

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If you listen to the news even once in awhile, you’ve probably heard a commentator make reference to interest rates… and how they are helping to stimulate the economy. If the whole topic about interest rates makes you yawn, wake up!!  You … Continue reading

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USDA-RD Financing for All of Slidell

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USDA Rural Development Expands Eligible Areas In Louisiana For Rural Housing Programs Alexandria, La., April 29, 2014 – Due to the recent passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, Louisiana has proposed that the communities of Sulphur, New Iberia, Houma, and … Continue reading

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Who is a Likely Buyer for a ‘Bond for Deed’?


. . . an important question if you are the seller So many people with poor credit want to know if they can do a Bond for Deed. The short answer? NO ….at least not with my sellers. Although I am an advocate for … Continue reading

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Improve Credit Scores with NO MORE Late Payments

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If you earn enough to pay your bills, but are always just a day ot two late, this small adjustment to your bill paying methods could save you lots of money and add an add’l 50 points to your credit score. … Continue reading

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Free Money for First Time Homebuyers

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Yes!   . . . And it’s called a ‘Soft Second’ A ‘soft second’ is money provided only to first time homebuyers. The program will provide up to 20% for a down payment (limited to $30,000 and a $200,000 home price … Continue reading

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Free Credit Scores

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… and Credit Reports Quite often people may know their credit isn’t ‘stellar’, but when thinking about buying a home, they would like to know ahead of time just how bad (or good) it is. . . and often to their surprise, they … Continue reading

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FHA Loans


What is an FHA loan? The word ‘loan’ is a bit of a misnomer, since Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are not loans at all. What the FHA does is insure loans so that lenders can offer mortgage assistance to … Continue reading

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401K Funds Used for a Down Payment


Reprint from The Mortgage Professors Website, April 19, 2004, Revised November 28, 2006, October 2, 2007, Reviewed April 10, 2011 —  © 2011 Mortgage Professor The cost of using funds in a 401K as down payment should be compared with … Continue reading

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Pre-QUALIFICATION or Pre-APPROVAL?


What’s the difference??? There are three types of home-sales that require you to be Pre-Approved. REO’s (home foreclosures) Short Sales (sale price is lower than the sellers mortgage payout) ‘Relos’ (homes being sold by a seller’s relocation company) Add to that, ordinary … Continue reading

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Loan Pre-Approval – Who needs it?

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“If I’m not buying a repo or a ‘short sale’, why do I have to be pre-approved?”  The answer to this will quickly become obvious once you understand what it means to be a seller in today’s market. In fact, … Continue reading

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Repos, Short Sales, and Pre-Approval… What Every Buyer Needs to Know

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OK….this is it. 2012.  The year everyone says we will see more repos and ‘short sales’ than in 2010 or 2011. As bad as that sounds, it’s a huge opportunity for buyers. Unfortunately there are so many buyers who are … Continue reading

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Mortgage Choices: FHA 203k? …or HomePath Loan?

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In this market, agents are quite often asked which is better… An FHA 203k or a Fannie Mae Homepath loan? The following is a reprint from a blog by Justin McHood who works for Academy Mortgage and is based in … Continue reading

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No Money Down Financing?

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Yes!  . . . and it is not a gimmick nor is it VA. It is a little known federal program called USDA Rural Development. Unlike most loans, a USDA-RD loan is unique in that the property itself is the … Continue reading

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‘Bond for Deed’ – A Type of Owner Finance

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What is a Bond for Deed? A Bond for Deed is actually a Deed in Trust and is used as a type of owner financing. It is in fact, an interim finance program whereby the deed is held in trust by a bonded … Continue reading

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Can’t Afford Your Mortgage? Read on. . .

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Have you recently suffered a major financial loss and can no longer afford your house note? Have you already missed one or more payments and the mortgage company is stressing you out with harassing phone calls and letters? Do you … Continue reading

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What is a Short Sale?

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A ‘short sale’ occurs anytime the net proceeds from a sale of a home are less than the amount needed to pay out the mortgage and any other liens that might be against a property. What You Need to Know … Continue reading

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Rehab a Home with HUD’s 203k Loan

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The following is a reprint courtesy of HUD.Cov, US Dept of Housing and Urban Development The Section 203(k) loan program is HUD’s primary program for the rehabilitation and repair of single family properties. As such, it is an important tool … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Credit Repair

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Have you had a bankruptcy in the past? Had debts that went to ‘Collection” and were written off? Do you think because bill collectors don’t call anymore, it’s all forgotten? Wrong!!  Not only is it not ‘forgotten’, you have to … Continue reading

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203k Specialist

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I am proud to announce I have been awarded the real estate industrys prestigious 203k Specialist certification. By this certification, I am a member of, a nationwide organization of real estate, lending, and home improvement professionals working in partnership with Lowes, … Continue reading

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