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Working with Realtors; Does Experience Matter?

Working with Realtors; Why Experience Matters

I’ve been a mortgage loan officer since 1998. During that time I have helped literally thousands of families to purchase and finance their homes. During that period I have also worked with hundreds of real estate brokers. One thing that has remained constant is that not all real estate agents are equal. While they all have a license, hopefully so do all motorists on the road,  yet on any given commute we can clearly see the difference in motorists. Unfortunately it’s not that easy to gauge the skills and ability of a real estate broker.

What is a CLUE Report and how could it impact my mortgage?

What Is A CLUE Report?

Most of us are familiar with CarFax.  We see the commercials all the time with the Fox puppet following the prospective car buyer around warning the buyer not to purchase the car before purchasing a detailed report on the vehicle.  Believe it or not, there is a similar system that insurance carriers use for buildings, homes and the people that insure them.

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What is Single Interest Insurance? {Force Placed Insurance}

Single Interest Insurance is an Insurance policy for lenders or lessors to protect their security interest in stated property (e.g. cars and homes) in the event of customer default. These polciies are also known by the more common term: Force Placed Insurance. Continue reading What is Single Interest Insurance? {Force Placed Insurance}

HUD Predicts Some Rents increased by as much as 25% in Raleigh – Cary MSA 2013

English: Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, 12 ...
English: Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, 12 October 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HUD has just published the 2013 Area Median Income limits and the 2013 Fair Market Rents for use in Raleigh – Cary MSA. You may be asking yourself “why should I care about HUD Median Income Limits”?  If your plans to move to Raleigh or Cary include buying, selling or simply renting a home (and by “home” I also mean an apartment) in the Raleigh – Cary Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) this should be very important to you. That is why I’m filing this post under the category of “SAQ” or what I like to call “Should Ask Questions”. Continue reading HUD Predicts Some Rents increased by as much as 25% in Raleigh – Cary MSA 2013

What Gives My Mortgage Company the Right to Hold My Insurance Claim Check?

The Escrow Department will likely be the same department that will cash and hold your insurance claims check. Don’t be surprised if your bank/lender actually place a hold on the check for up to five business days due to the protential for fraud given the number of mass losses that have occurred recently.

What is a Mortgage or Deed of Trust?

To understand what is a mortgage is you first have to understand the etymology {history}  of the word mortgage.

It is said that the first mortgage ever recorded dates to 1190 in England. Common English Law provided protections to the grantee (lender) of that mortgage loan and these protections granted the lender in the borrowers property.

At that time most pledges or loans were what was known as “Living Pledges”  which were just that pledges of possessions while one was living until the debt was paid. Continue reading What is a Mortgage or Deed of Trust?

What is Title Insurance For?

What is Title Insurance For?

Why do I Need Title Insurance?

To some degree most of us have at least a basic understanding why we own and keep insurance on our auto, life and home.

When it comes to Title Insurance which might be the most important of types of insurance we will buy we tend to know very little. This is likely because most of us will only ever encounter it two or three times in our lives when we buy our dream home. Continue reading What is Title Insurance For?

When Should I Get A Survey?

Property Boundaries


Fences should not be considered an indication of property boundaries. Legal property boundaries are demarcated by surveyor pins or stakes. These are typically 1/2″ to 3/4″ round iron pipes flush or buried slightly below land surface. Newer pins might have yellow or orange caps that indicate the surveyor’s license number. Continue reading When Should I Get A Survey?