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October 2017

Found 5 blog entries for October 2017.


Written by Robert H. Ruth

Remember when you were a kid, and you got a really bad cold or the flu?  You couldn’t go outside and play with your friends, because if you got sweaty from running around the symptoms could linger, or worse, you might relapse. And then when you did feel better, and were allowed to go outside again, your mom made you wear a coat or a sweater, even though it was warm outside. The reason was that your mom believed you were in a somewhat weaker state and might catch a cold again if you got a chill. So she made you bundle up as a way to protect you from getting sick again. 

I shared this with you because when I first began my career, I wanted to learn how to do VA Loans, and in order to learn the program I sought out the

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Written by Tim Bray


I get it..Your Aunt Jenny, Cousin Uma or Brother Sam just received their real estate license and you feel compelled to utilize their services in order to keep the peace within your family tree which happens to be shaped like a wreath.  STOP BEING A PLEASER as it is you who will be adversely affected by the negative outcome of utilizing an agent who is not at the top of his/her game.  Next Step…

You just located a Superstar Agent or team of agents but they are located over 30 miles away from you.

 15 Years ago I would have recommended that you utilize the services of a location specific agent as they really had their finger on the pulse of print advertising. Today print advertising is simply a tool for agents to market

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Written by Robert H. Ruth

Last week, in part 1 of this topic, I explained that the purpose of PMI is to offset the additional risk faced by the lender in giving a loan to a borrower when they purchase a property with less than 20% down.

In that post, I explained the basics of Borrower Paid Mortgage Insurance (BPMI), which is the most widely used type of Private Mortgage Insurance.

  • My comparison showed that the expense of PMI is completely driven by the amount of down payment a borrower can make and their credit score. 
  • I also explained that a borrower would pay the PMI until they reach a 20% equity position based upon the initial amortization schedule of their loan or,
  • The BPMI will terminate automatically when the loan gets to 78%
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Written by Robert H. Ruth

Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is required whenever the borrower’s down payment is less than 20% of the home’s value. This insurance protects the lender in the event the borrower fails to pay the mortgage and defaults on the loan.

  • The industry belief is that a borrower who has more equity invested in their home would be less likely to default on their mortgage since doing so would mean they would lose their equity in the event of a foreclosure. 
  • So the lending industry views a borrower with 20% or more equity as a lower risk than a borrower with less than 20% equity.
  • However, the reality is that there are many borrowers who manage their finances well and have not been able to accumulate the savings for
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By Tim Bray


Free Advertising for the Agent

Every "For Sale" sign advertises the agent's company and the agent. Many signs contain the agent's Web site and cell phone number. Some even sport a large color photograph of the real estate agent.

Think of it like a giant billboard for the agent.

If the home is located on a major thoroughfare, all the better. Probably thousands of drivers pass the sign each day and will see that agent's name. And after the sign post is in the ground, it's not costing that agent one thin dime to leave it there.

Agents Find Buyers Through Listings

  • Sign Calls
    If a buyer wants to find out the price of a home,
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