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My $1,000,000.00 Reward

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In a competitive real estate and mortgage marketplace such as the one we are in, agents are clamoring over one another to attract clients. When one gets a ready, willing and able candidate – you jump through hoops to make sure they don’t slip away. A few weeks ago, my experience led me in the exact opposite direction that...

Dilemma: Buy or Sell First?

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Just when you think you have everything figured out about real estate, you start pondering which comes first, the buying or the selling phase when purchasing another home?

Certainly when first-time homeowners take the plunge, and assuming they are moving from a rental, the lease will have a specific termination date affording the purchasers a clear expectation to asses an advantageous time to search, purchase and close on their new home. Enough time should be allocated to search for homes and become familiar with the market and what is available in a given price category when making the final decision about a purchase. Be aware that typically, closings can take place after 60-90 days...

Mortgage Rates vs Published Rates

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Each week the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (more commonly knowns as “Freddie Mac”) publishes a mortgage interest rate analysis known as The Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (“PMMS”). According to Freddie Mac, since its inception in April 1971, their survey has evolved into the foremost reliable, representative source of national mortgage rate movements. The interest rate data and commentary is commonly relied upon by the mortgage industry as well as the media in gauging market conditions and evaluating mortgage loan selections.

The Analysis

Currently, about 125-150 lenders are surveyed each week including – thrifts, credit unions, commercial banks and...

How Not to Be Loan Stranded

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You find a home, get excited, apply for a mortgage. Everything looks great and then uh oh,

you get a call saying that your approval is contingent upon you supplying a new piece of documentation that you had no idea was needed and may not be able to supply.

There is nothing more frustrating to newbie borrowers than hearing that they were pre-approved for a purchase mortgage, only to find out at the last minute that they never really qualified for their proposed financing.

Last minute financing issues can be awful. Renters who already gave their landlord notice may find themselves without a place to live. Families moving across the country may end up living in a motel.


Jason Berg of FM Home Loans Lends a Helping Hand

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Purchasing a new home can be one of the most exciting yet worrisome experiences of one’s life. Jason Berg, Vice President and Branch Manager of FM Home Loans in Teaneck, is committed to ensuring the best experience possible for each of his clients. Opened in 2013, FM Home Loans specializes in lending for the purchasing or refinancing of residential properties. Located in the heart of Teaneck on Cedar Lane, FM Home Loans is rapidly expanding and currently undergoing renovation to accommodate its growing staff.

Originally from Belle Harbor, New York, Berg attended Queens College from which he graduated in 2000 with a degree in Economics. He began his career in risk arbitrage trading...
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