James Rodriguez

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How Much Can I Afford When Interest Rates Rise?

Did you know, that when mortgage rates rise by 1%, this affects your purchasing power by over 10%! Mortgage rates have run higher this month, climbing 0.750 percentage points or higher for a conventional loan, and even higher for FHA and VA mortgages. Not since 2009 have mortgage rates move ...
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Buying a Home? The COST Is More Important Than the PRICE

Interest rates are predicted to rise as the economy improves. If you or anyone you know is thinking about purchasing a home, it is important to understand what happens to you buyin ...


New Changes to FHA Streamlines

Great new for those wanting to refinance FHA mortgage loans! FHA Loans endorsed on or before May 31, 2009 will benefit because of lower interest rates, closing cost and reduced mortgage insurance premiums! ...

Four Possible Reasons To Refinance

A mortgage is generally the largest debt most homeowners have to manage.  It's a good idea to give your personal real estate finance portfolio a check-up at least once a year. Since there are many reasons ...


Buying a Home after a Short Sale or Foreclosure

The common question I get these days is, “what is the waiting period after a short sale?” First of all, it’s important to understand there isn’t any restriction on buyin ...

Buy At Foreclosure Auctions with 3.5% Down!

Looking for an easier way when buying at trustee sales in Maricopa County? Buyers agent will STILL get paid their commission too! We have a unique program that allows you to bu ...


Seven Things Your Agent Should Know About Your Mortgage Approval

While many experienced real estate agents have a general understanding of the mortgage approval process, there are a few important details that frequently get overlooked which may cause a purchase to be delayed or denied. New regulation, updated disclosures, appraisal guidelines, mortgage rate pric ...
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Do I Need To Sell My Home Before I Can Qualify For A New Mortgage On Another Property?

Although every situation is unique, it is not uncommon for homebuyers to qualify for a mortgage on a new home while still living in their primary residence. Perhaps you are outgrowing your current house, or have been forced to relocate due to a job ...
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What Do Appraisers Look For When Determining A Property's Value?

Most people are surprised to learn what appraisers actually look at when determining the value of a real estate property. A common misconception homeowners generally have is that the value of their home is determined after the appraiser has completed their physical property inspection. However, th ...
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Where Does My Earnest Money Go?

Hey, I gave my real estate agent a $5000 Earnest Money Deposit check... Where does that money go? A basic and very obvious question that most First-Time home Buyers ask once their purchase contract gets accepted. According to Wikipedia: Earnest Money - an earnest payment (sometimes called earnest money or simply earnest, or alternatively a good- ...
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Renting vs Buying A Home

Buying a home versus renting is a big decision that takes careful consideration. While there are several biased sources that can make arguments for or against owning a home, we've found that most home buyers base their ultimate decision on emotion. Yes, there are some tax advantages of owning real estate, as well as the potential to earn equity ...
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What Does Title Insurance Protect Me From?

By including title insurance when purchasing property, your title insurer takes on accountability for legal expenses to defend your property title, should it ever be challenged. Many different occurrences can come into play to warrant the need for title insurance. The title company responsible wi ...
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Understanding the FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP)

* Disclaimer – all information in this article is accurate as of the date this article was written * The FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium is an important part of every FHA loan. There are actually two types of Mortgage Insurance Premiums associated with FHA loans: 1.  Up Front Mortgage Insurance ...
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First-Time Home Buyer Credit Checklist

Getting a new mortgage for a First-Time Home Buyer can be a little overwhelming with all of the important details, guidelines and potential speed bumps. Since there are so many rules and steps to follow, here is a simple list of Do's and Don'ts to keep in mind throughout the mortgage approval proce ...
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