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Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step

April 18, 2018

We are definitely in a buyers market in southwest Florida at the moment.  There is plenty of inventory on the market no matter what your price range.  Before we start looking, make sure that you know how much you qualify to borrow on a mortgage.  There is nothing so disappointing as finding the perfect home […]

Why Is There So Much Paperwork Required to Get a Mortgage?

March 28, 2018

Buyers are always asking me why the mortgage process is so difficult now.  I think this article explains the two main reasons very well and clearly.  Just be thankful when you get all the paperwork done and close on your home your interest rate will be in the 4% range instead of 12 -18% as […]

First Whole Foods, Now IKEA: What Latest Amazon News Means for Homeowners

March 21, 2018

Amazon the new IKEA of the furniture industry?  Sounds like a possibility based on this article I found recently.  They have already purchased Whole Foods and is selling Kindles, Echos and Fires at those stores, now they are entering the furniture market.  It will be interesting to watch this company and see where they go […]

3 Tips for Making Your Dream Home a Reality

March 16, 2018

Here are some tips for saving for your new home.  None of us like to save, especially me!, but perhaps there are some ideas here that will make sense to you and you can put your money away for that new home.  Remember though you don’t need a lot of down payment if you have […]

Top 4 Home Renovations for Maximum ROI

March 14, 2018

Many of my customers want to update or renovate their homes when they purchase them.  Everyone has their own idea of what they like and what works for them.  Recently I came across this article about the value of home renovations for maximum return.  Of course, updated kitchens and bathrooms are always good sellers but […]

FICO® Scores on Approved Home Loans Drop Again

March 9, 2018

Worried about your FICO score and how it can effect your ability to get a mortgage?  Most recent borrowers had an average score of 684 and put 4% down.  That makes it sound easy!  It is hard work to get and mortgage and go through the process but the end result is worth everything you […]

Multigenerational Households May Be the Answer to Price Increases

March 7, 2018

Live with your parents again?  You may think this sounds like the worse nightmare you could imagine but there are definitely benefits for some families.  Child care is very expensive and you really don’t know who you are leaving your children with, live in parents can take of the child care while you earn the […]

Collier to Consider Parking Garage at Clam Pass Park to Improve Beach Access

March 5, 2018

This has become a very controversial issue since I posted this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago.  Of course, the people against it don’t want changes made because the beach will become more crowded if more people have access to it.  In Southwest Florida we are selling sunshine and beaches and our visitors should […]