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The 8 Most Critical Words  “Do the Most Important Thing At Every Moment” My dad taught me this and it has made a world of difference.  Most of us spend a lot of time doing the things that are easiest, but least productive.  We learn to work smarter and not harder partly by following this saying. ...
08/12/2014
Boundaries or Business…Can they exist together?   I recently realized how much of a slave I had become to my email and my phone.  I hated that I felt controlled to check my email immediately upon waking up and at every other waking minute of the day. My wife would constantly get on me about being...
08/10/2014
  The BENEFITS of HOMEOWNERSHIP vs. RENTING   THE FOLLOWING CAN BE ELIGIBLE FOR TAX DEDUCTION*: Your property taxes. Don’t forget to include any taxes you may have reimbursed the seller for.  These are taxes the seller had already paid before you took ownership. You won’t get a 1098 report listin...
07/02/2014
 HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE GREAT BENEFITS OF THE VA LOAN?   They're almost too good to be true... which is why this is my favorite loan option! The VA Loan program is the best home loan program on the market for veterans and their families. These flexible, easy to get, government-backed loans come...
06/24/2014
Have you found that “almost perfect” home in the right location that is selling at a reduced price because it needs a little rehab work or would you like to complete remodeling projects in your current home?   A Rehab Loan may be your answer to turning that “fixer-upper” into your dream home!   T...
06/22/2014
The one game in life you have to play... The Credit Score Game Whether we want it or not, we all have a number slapped next to our name called our "Credit Score".  It can help us or hinder us based on how high or low it is. (If you follow my blog, you might remember that I previously wrote about ...
06/19/2014
GETTING RID OF PMI...One way to put more money back into your wallet! What is PMI/MIP and why should you get rid of it?PMI/MIP is “Private Mortgage Insurance” or as I like to refer to it, “a necessary evil to put less money down on a home”. Take a look at two standard loan types below that requir...
06/18/2014
        Picking the right bank is like picking out a restaurant.   If every time you decided where to eat you had one objective- the cheapest meal possible, then you would always end up at McDonald's Dollar Menu.  Which we all agree is not the case for anyone.Yet, when deciding a bank, many are t...
06/09/2014
Get a good CRM (Contact Management System) and Increase Your Business In December of 2013 I began researching a CRM.  My assistant was so diligent and thorough. She found one called "Mortgage Planner CRM". I'm telling you, this was the best investment I've made in the past few years in my busines...
06/05/2014
      Anyone Seeing Appraisals Coming In Short On Purchases More Than Ever?In the last 2 months, I have seen 4 homes appraise for less than the purchase price. 3 of them were over $20,000 short and 1 over $40,000 short.  At the same time, I have seen a few appraisals value the home a couple thous...
06/04/2014
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