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Considering a Home Loan?

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By Lisa Harrison Rivas

If you’re thinking of buying a home soon, now is a good time to get your financial house in order.  But where do you start?

Understanding what is required to obtain a mortgage can be confusing and overwhelming, especially with so much information available on the internet.

Maurice Matthews, a loan officer with Gold Financial Services at 2822 N. Loop 1604 in San Antonio, suggests prospective homebuyers sit down with a lender before house hunting.

Matthews, who has been a loan officer for 14 years, discussed his job and what people should know about the mortgage process.

Q: When people find out you’re a loan officer, what are some of the first things they ask?

A: The first thing they ask is what is the interest rate. And the interest rate is determined by a lot of different things. A lot of times, people just don’t understand the depth of what the interest rate is determined by. It’s determined by the credit score and the loan amount size. People also ask what their payment might be.

Q: Do you specialize in a certain type of loan?

A: Being prior military (Air Force), I specialize in VA loans. I can do all loans, but I guess I’m sort of partial to military loans. This is a military town. I love my veterans. The VA is probably the best loan out there because it requires no down payment and there is no mortgage insurance on the loan.

Q: What should people know before applying for a home loan?

A: Before you have your Realtor run you around, you need to know where you stand with your credit score and with your debt ratio.  You need to know if you qualify, if you’re a qualified buyer, that’s what a Realtor wants.

Q: How long does it generally take for an applicant to find out how much he or she is qualified for?

A: I can tell them the same day. Once I see where their income is, I can have a really good idea of if they’re qualified or not.

Q: Which type of home loan do most people get?

A: In San Antonio, most of them are VA. But people are hedging toward FHA loans. An FHA loan allows them to get a bit more buying power as compared to a conventional loan. FHA allows them to put 3.5 percent down and the debt to income ratios are not as stringent which again allows people to have more buying power. (FHA guidelines recently changed allowing some applicants to borrow more.)

Q: What do you consider a low credit score?

A: The low on the FHA is about 580. Now if you do what we call a non-qualified loan, which is anything outside of your standard loans such as FHA, VA or USDA, lenders can go a little bit lower than a 580 credit score. But with that there are a few more hurdles that borrowers might have to climb. They might have to put more money down. It’s a case by case basis.

Q: What are some of the financial mistakes prospective homebuyers make during the loan process?

A: Going out shopping. I tell clients not to spend or look at anything until you close.

Q: Can you share an unusual scenario you’ve come across in your career as a loan officer?

A: Man, I’ve seen it all. But when it’s all said and done my objective is to help people. For some it might be immediately, some a year from now. My goal is to help in every single scenario, regardless of what it is.

Lisa Harrison Rivas is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Don Johnson, Realtors. Contact Lisa at 210-380-9006 or lhrivas@realsa.com

Maurice Matthews is a loan officer with Gold Financial Services, a full-service mortgage banker. He can be reached at 210-366-1070 or mmatthews@goldfinancial.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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American Tax Geeks is Giving $112 Million to African Americans to Start Thousands of Franchises

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Nationwide — American Tax Geeks is known as the franchise company that pays all of the startup costs for it’s franchise owners. But now they’re specifically giving $112 million to African Americans to start an American Tax Geeks franchise. They pay your startup costs, provide employee training, and much much more. Their popular franchise model of paying for the startup costs of their franchise owners has allowed them to become the fastest growing franchise ever, with 10,000 locations for next tax season.

According to Derrick Smith, Director of Operations, “We have received a tremendous amount of applicants that want to become American Tax Geeks franchise owners, but we want to see more diversity with our franchise owners. We have apportioned specific amounts of resources for all minority franchise applicants and specifically we want at least 20 percent of our franchise locations to be owned by African Americans. We have allocated $112 million that will go towards paying for all of the startup costs of thousands of new African American franchise owners across the country. We pay several thousands in startup costs for each franchise owner. I encourage any African American that is an aspiring business owner to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to become an American Tax Geeks franchise owner with absolutely no upfront startup costs.”

Furthermore, in addition to paying all of your startup costs, right now they’re also waiving their $40,000 initial franchise fee. With annual gross income for franchise owners being around $200K, it’s truly one of the best franchises opportunities ever.

And tax preparation is an industry that’s truly always in demand. The latest fiscal year count available from the IRS shows that more than 83 million taxpayers paid someone to prepare their federal tax return. American Tax Geeks franchise owners don’t need any prior tax experience because the actual tax work is performed by their employees and managers.

American Tax Geeks provides their franchise owners with a store location, employee training, marketing support, and everything that they need to get started and succeed without spending one penny. This is truly how more franchise companies need to operate.

To learn more about becoming an American Tax Geeks franchise owner, go to www.AmericanTaxGeeks.com right now, before it’s too late.

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Nationwide — Rosa Parks, known as the Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, is being honored with a Barbie doll that resembles her. Children can now play with a toy that will truly  inspire them, but the doll is also expected to be popular with collectors.

Mattel, the makers of Barbie, is recognizing the achievements of many historical women including Rosa Parks who “made the world better for future generations of girls.”

“By celebrating their achievements with dolls made in their likeness, we hope girls will be inspired to pursue their dreams,” a spokesperson for Mattel told CNN.

The Barbie doll will feature Parks’ authentic clothing and accessories as well as educational material about her contributions to society.

The launch of the new dolls comes as part of the brand’s Inspiring Women Series which aims to honor historical role models who paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger.

Moreover, Mattel stated that research found that girls from the age of 5 are more likely than boys to experience the “Dream Gap” wherein they could feel like their own gender isn’t smart and competent enough. To address that, showing girls more role models and telling their stories could be beneficial.

Other women who are part of the new collection are Katherine Johnson, Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, and Sally Ride.

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