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Recently we hosted a webinar on the topic of Building Wealth In Your 20’s & 30’s. In the third and final section of the webinar we covered building equity, tax savings and some very important closing thoughts.

For more resources and tips on how to build wealth, please contact us.

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Recently we hosted a webinar on the topic of Building Wealth In Your 20’s & 30’s. In the second section of the webinar we covered saving for retirement, the importance of life insurance and the different types of investments.

For more resources and tips on how to build wealth, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Recently we hosted a webinar on the topic of Building Wealth In Your 20’s & 30’s. In the first section of the webinar we covered the importance of creating a budget for yourself and family, establishing personal finance goals and how to figure out, and improve on your credit.

For more resources and tips on how to build wealth, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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There are some key differences between a short sale and a foreclosure in today’s real estate market. Although the economy is on the up and up, many people are still faced with this decision and we hope this video clarifies some of the differences to help you make an informed decision.

5 comparison criteria:

  1. Ability to obtain a mortgage in the future
  2. Effect on credit score and credit history
  3. Possible effects on security clearances
  4. Current and future employment
  5. Deficiency judgement

Short Sales impact you less severely than foreclosures!

If You have further questions on the process or would like to schedule a free, no obligation consultation, contact us at Contact@MadrellCo.com.

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Today we sat down and talked with Anastasia Tacewicz from GMH Mortgage Services on a couple different topics. One such topic had to do with different strategies one can implement to improve their current credit score or simply establish credit without much of a history. If you have done any sort of credit research, you know that there is a ton of different information out there regarding this topic. It almost seems like everyone has a different perspective on how to best handle your credit so it’s great to hear one from a mortgage professional.



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Debt Buster Tip: Attacking your Credit Card

Never assume that you can’t improve the terms of your credit card payments. Many people are unaware of the power they possess inside of them! Our job is to tell you…you can do it… we have…we’ve suggested it to others…they have and they’ve seen results. Here are 2 tips to help you start chipping away at your credit card debt. 

Get Your Interest as Low as Possible

If you have a solid track record of paying on time and your card is not close to the limit, renegotiate the interest rates on your cards. Tell the companies that you’ve been a valued customer for X years and you have never missed a payment. You would like to see if they can give you a better interest rate on your card for being a valued member.

I promise you it works! It may not work overtime, but I’ve done it and other clients have done it and it works. The trick is not to bother them. Call once every 6-12 months to request a better interest rate.  Usually they decrease your interest rate by 1/2-1 percent. Although this amount does not sound like a lot…you are starting the process of saving more money.

Side tip: If you are given a decrease, calculate your payments based on the higher interest rates and pay that amount… you will be lowering your balance and climbing up the ladder toward financial freedom.

Pay off Debt from Highest Interest Rate to Lowest

There are different strategies to paying down debt. Some need small victories to motivate them to larger victories. This would be, for example, paying off the credit card with the smallest balance first. Once this card is paid off, you feel accomplished and energized to move on to the next. While I like this method, and use it depending on my mood, I think the best strategy is to pay the highest interest card first.   This is the mathematically correct way of doing things. You may end up spending thousands of more dollars in interest because while you paid off your $1000 card at 10% interest, you still have a $5,000 card with a 15% interest accruing over time. Interest is pretty much you giving away your hard earned money. Go with the mathematically correct way! Do not go with your emotions. Paying off small debts may feel nice but it’s a superficial feeling. Superficial feelings get people in trouble. Trust math. It has no emotions.

Financial Freedom requires determination and strategy. Pick which works best for your discipline level and for your wallet.

Our goal is to help our clients, improve their credit worthiness in preparation for a home purchase. For more information, please contact us and schedule your free no obligation consultation.

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Via our FREE Financial Literacy seminars and our partners, we educate members of the community on strategies to improving their credit score in preparation for the biggest purchase one can make…. buying a home!

One question we get asked a lot is whether they should pay off their collections. You have the option to pay off your collection or settle the debt for a lesser amount with the lender but there is one step before handing over your debit card. In order to truly impact your credit score, the creditor needs to REMOVE or DELETE the collection from your credit report. If you pay in full or settle, the negative activity still remains on your credit report. You need to request IN WRITING that your creditor delete the collection from your report. Do not issue a pay in full or settlement amount until you receive a response IN WRITING that they have agreed to or rejected your request. 

After 7 years, the collection item is no longer visible but if you are planning to purchase a home or a car within 6 years… it may be worth it to have those negative items removed from your record. 

I strongly recommend people monitor their credit report monthly. CreditKarma is FREE and sends you alerts when there are changes to your report. Although it does not utilize the FICO score which is utilized by the credit bureaus, it helps you MONITOR your financial report card so to speak. You want to know if you are on track or what items to address because they are setting you back.

 

For more strategies to help you get on track to purchase a home in 1-2 years, please contact us for a free no obligation consultation.

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Start Building Credit While You Are Young

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At The Mandrell Company, we are firm believers in educating our clients so they make wise financial decisions. These decisions go beyond purchasing a home but truly building a foundation on how to grow wealth. We found this infographic (source: MGIC Connects) and wanted to share this statistic that over 74% of college students do not know their credit score. Again, this is something that is not taught in school but we should all review our credit report at least Bi-Annually. Credit Karma is a free service, and although it does not provide your FICO score, it can be a great tool to monitor your credit so you have an idea of where you stand. 

Credit impacts your purchasing power and unknown to many, it can also affect your hiring status for a new job. You may be wondering why… well… some careers that require you to work with money or others’ finances want to ensure you are also financially responsible. Their goal is to limit their liability so it makes sense to hire a candidate with a strong history of being financially responsible.

Are you a Greater Boston college student interested in building credit and truly paving the way for when you enter the real world? The world of “adulting” with rental applications, car loan application and mortgages, can be stressful but we would love to point you in the right direction to increase your chance of success.

Please contact me to schedule FREE seminars on your campus. 

I look forward to speaking with you!

Denisha

Denisha@MandrellCo.com  |   617-982-3337

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How Bad Credit Is Costing You $100’s of Thousands

This chart blew my mind when I first came across it. Everyone talks about the importance of having good credit but to be able to see it charted out makes you really take a hard look at your financial picture. (See Chart Below)

“The Cost of Bad Credit” simply shows why a good credit score is crucial to your wallet even when talking about the difference of 100 points. Think about this. If you have a 620 credit score and take out a 20,000 car loan at a 9% rate of interest, you are essentially paying $2300 more (over a typical 5 year loan period) than the individual with a 720+ score. That’s number isn’t that crazy but what this chart doesn’t consider is how many vehicles a person will own during their life span. Most Americans keep their vehicles for 5-6 years before looking for something new.  If you start driving at the age of 16 and continue buying cars until you reach the age of 80 (and drive until 86), you may end up owning 12 vehicles during your life time. If you were at a loss of $2300 for each of those 12 purchases, your bad credit will have cost you a total of $27,600!!

Quick Summary:

For having fair credit (a 620 score) you pay $2300 more in interest for the same car purchase as someone with a 720+.

$2300 * 12 vehicles purchases during your life = $27,600 you paid more than the person with good credit. If you really want to get geeky about it, you can assume that the person with good credit reinvested their $27,600 in savings over the years and created an even wider wealth gap!

If losing 27,600 isn’t enough to make you straighten out your credit, than consider that I ran these numbers with a 620 score.  Think about the wealth gap being created for the person with a score of 580 or below. And if you want to buy a home at some point you could be talking about 100’s of thousands of dollars you’re losing by not keeping your credit top notch.

If you’d like to learn more about improving your credit score and other personal finance topics, consider taking a FREE wealth building course offered through Roxbury Community College. You can view schedules and RSVP at http://www.UrbanMoneyMatters.com

 

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Building Credit For Home Ownership

Due to the consistent rise in Hyde Park home values and subsequent rental costs, many people are starting to look more seriously at home ownership before they are priced out of their community. Understanding how credit plays a role in your ability to purchase a home is critical. If you do not have credit, then understanding how to build credit with a credit card can really be life changing. It’s an easy way to change your financial future.

You ideally want a card that reports to all 3 credit bureaus and you want to PAY IN FULL each month. If you are unable to do so, do not carry a balance greater than 10% of your card’s limit. The best way to accomplish this is live within your means: DO NOT BUY MORE THAN YOU CAN AFFORD. IF YOU CANNOT PAY OFF THE DEBT IN FULL, YOU CANNOT AFFORD THE PURCHASE! Paying off the card automatically each month is easy, with automated payment options and flexibility in selecting your due date, you should be able to pay in full each month or carry a minimal balance. You are not jumping through silly hoops trying to ‘hack’ the FICO system simply charge what you can pay for and go about your life.

Example: I charge my groceries to my credit card and when I get home, I pay off the bill. This allows my behavior to be reported to the credit bureaus (they hold the key to your financial future if you operate in the realm of credit). You want all 3 bureaus looking at your good credit habits (experian, transunion and equifax). By showing them your good habits, you will increase your credit score in a hurry.

There are 5 factors that go into a FICO score. The biggest 2 are payment history (35%) and amounts owed (30%). As you can see, it’s more important to pay on time than it is to owe a lot of money. Never take out debt to raise your credit score. That’s not a wise choice. That’s like spending money in hopes you can save money by getting a lower interest rate. Does. Not. Make. Sense. Go for the 35% and pay off your card each month. Being in good standing with your debt is the largest factor in your credit score.

At The Mandrell Company, we try to teach strong financial habits to increase home ownership in communities across Greater Boston. We specialize in teaching clients how to build wealth through real estate, and to get started, you need a good track record of strong financial decisions. To attend one of our free seminars, please register at Urban Money Matters or contact us directly at contact@mandrellco.com.

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Credit affects all major financial decisions that involve someone lending you money/credit. It should be no surprise that your credit score will also affect your mortgage rate. Your credit scores affect the kinds of mortgages you can be approved for, how much you can borrow, the mortgage rates you’ll pay and even how much you’ll pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). It’s not impossible to buy a home with damaged credit; it’s just much more expensive.
Credit scores are instrumental in applying and being approved for a mortgage. When it comes to FHA financing at least, you will be required to have a credit score of at least 580 in order to be eligible for a loan. The higher your credit score is beyond that, the better the terms will be. With a 580 credit score you also qualify for the low 3.5% down. If your credit score is below 580, you can still qualify for an FHA loan but you will need a 10% down payment. The drawback to a 580 is that your interest rate will not be at the national average, it will most likely be slightly higher. Consult your mortgage lender for more information. (We work with several lenders who work hard to get you the best rate, to be connected to one of them, please click here)
This is why it’s so important to understand your credit score in the months before you apply for a mortgage. If you do have impaired credit history, you’ll want to work to improve your credit scores before you even apply. And if you already have good credit, you’ll want to keep it as high as possible by avoiding taking on other new debt.
We host seminars throughout the year regarding improving credit and have affiliations with credit repair companies.
For more information, feel free to contact us.

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What Credit Score Do I Need To Purchase A Home?

Are you thinking it’s time to purchase a home but not sure you’re credit score meets minimum requirements? In a video interview, Chris Graves of Sierra Pacific Mortgage, talks about credit scores and exactly what’s needed to make sure your mortgage application gets approved. If you have any additional questions, or would like to get yourself pre-approved for a mortgage, complete the form below and your information will be sent directly to Chris’s inbox.

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Purchase A $350,000 Home With An FHA Loan & Down Payment Of Only $12,250

Have you considered buying a home but can’t afford a 20% down payment on the mortgage? You’re not alone! Many home buyers (especially in New England) cannot afford to shell out $40,000 – $80,000 just to get into your average Boston home. Fortunately there’s another option. FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans are extremely popular mortgage programs because of their lower down payment requirements and less stringent lending guidelines. With this mortgage program, home buyers can obtain a home mortgage with as little as 3.5% of of the purchase price. For your average Massachusetts home (approximately $350,000) that roughly $12,250…a much more affordable and achievable number.  FHA borrowers can use their own savings to make the down payment, but other allowed sources of cash include a gift from a family member or a grant from the government. Another benefit to the FHA program is that is allows individuals with less than perfect credit to obtain a loan. Borrowers need a credit score of just 580 or higher to meet requirements.

Note: An FHA loan may also used to purchase a 2-4 four family home. Many individuals purchase their 1st investments property with FHA or similar “owner occupied” home loan. FHA does require that an individual move into the property for a specific period of time but does not require the borrower to remain in the property for the life of the loan. Talk to your local real estate agent and mortgage broker about whether or not this program is good tool for your purchasing needs.

The FHA allows home sellers, builders and lenders to pay some of the borrower’s closing costs, such as an appraisal, credit report or title expenses. Because the FHA is not a lender, but rather an insurer, borrowers need to get their loan through an FHA-approved lender (as opposed to directly from the FHA). Not all FHA-approved lenders offer the same interest rate and costs — even on the same FHA loan.

The FHA has a special loan product for borrowers who need extra cash to make repairs to their homes. The chief advantage of this type of loan, called a 203(k), is that the loan amount is based not on the current appraised value of the home but on the projected value after the repairs are completed. A so-called “streamlined” 203(k) allows the borrower to finance up to $35,000 in nonstructural repairs, such as painting and replacing cabinets or fixtures.

For more information about FHA loans to get yourself pre-approved for a mortgage, please give us a call at 617-297-8641. We can connect you with one of our local mortgage specialist and get you on your way to home ownership.

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Do you have an upcoming or existing vacancy in one of your rental units? Follow these 3 “must do” task to ensure you land a great new tenant.

1. Do your due diligence – Do you fully understand your local rental market? What are your fellow landlords charging for rental units similar to yours? Are you below market value on your rents and leaving money on the table? These are the question you’ll want to answer as soon as you’re informed you’ll have a vacant rental unit. You’ll want to make sure your asking rent is close to market value for the unit. You’ll also want to make sure the tenants quality of living meets whats called for in the neighborhood. For example, if you have a perfectly priced rental unit but all of the apartment features are outdated (and all other available units are updated), you’ll have a difficult time renting that apartment. You can easily find out what going on in your neighborhood by acting as a prospective tenant and searching through current rental listings in your neighborhood. You can also call your local real estate agent to receive a free rental market analysis.

2. Background, Credit check, Employment verification – Many small landlords select tenants with “their gut feelings”. While you should definitely trust your gut, I would suggest also doing a background check for any applicant over the age a 18. This is the very best way to truly know who’s living in your rental. I would also conduct a credit check to verify that they’re financially trustworthy. The last bit of information is probably the easiest to do and the most important. Verify the status of your potential tenants employment and their ability to pay. During the application process you should have asked for pay stubs and for the tenants employer information. Call the employers HR department and tell the representative you’re calling to verify employment for a rental application on the said tenant. Download to packet below to determine whether the your prospective tenants income should qualify for your rental unit.

What Can I Afford To Pay For Rent

3. Take a holding deposit – Okay. You’ve done your due diligence and found a great tenant. They are ready to move in a few weeks, but the lease has not yet been signed. Make sure you receive a “holding deposit” from your new tenants. A holding deposit acts as insurance for you. It insure that your prospective tenants plan to move in and not continue searching for another apartment. Let’s say for example you’ve stopped marketing the apartment because you’ve found the perfect tenant. The plan is for them to move into the property in 3 weeks and you’ll draft up the lease in the process and give them a call when it’s ready. 1 week before move in you call them for the signing and they’ve informed you they’ve already found another apartment. You have nothing from them and you’ve also wasted 2 weeks of marketing while you had the apartment off the market. The easiest way to combat this scenario is to get a deposit. Download the packet below for a sample holding deposit form.

Holding Deposit Agreement

Do you need help finding new tenants? We can help you fill your vacancy at NO COST to you. We conduct a background checks, credit checks, employments/income verification and draft all lease paperwork for you.  Contact us for details. 617-297-8641 or Contact@Mandrellco.com

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Are you looking to buy a home in the near future? Has less then perfect credit stopped you from buying a home in the past? Home ownership is a huge part of the American dream and no one should be denied access. Here are 6 steps to improving your credit so you too, can achieve the American dream.

1. Pay down your credit cards to below 40%.

Ideally 30% but let’s start small and work our way up. It can be overwhelming if you have 5 credit cards that are all near their limit. Here are a couple strategies you could employ.  A. Pay off/down the highest interest card first. The money you save on interest payments will go toward paying off your next card on the list. B. Pay off/down the credit card with the smallest limit. Paying off something quickly gives you motivation to move on to the next. You feel motivated after paying down a $500 credit card in 2 months compared to paying $500 off a $5,000 credit card because you still see a high balance.

2. Slow down on opening new accounts

Each new account places an inquiry on your credit report, which decreases your credit score. When creditors see these inquiries, it decreases your chances of being approved. Also, new credit means less credit history, which is frowned upon. Side note: Choose cards with rewards so you earn while you spend.

3. Add someone’s credit history to your profile

If you have a family member that has good credit and good credit history, consider asking them to add you to their oldest credit card and preferably the one with the best credit history attached to it. While you will not adopt their credit score, you will obtain their history, so if they have owned the card for 10 years, you now have that 10-year history on your credit report. We DO NOT recommend you having access to their credit however. No matter how good your intentions, you never want to jeopardize someone’s credit for your own gain. They can give you their history without giving you access to their credit.

4. Get a secured line of credit

If you were unable to add someone’s credit history to your profile, your next best option is to open a secured line of credit. Essentially, you would put money on a card (like a debit card) and whatever amount you deposit, becomes your new credit limit. For example, you deposit $500 on your secured credit card, you now have a $500 credit limit on your card. If you decide to increase it to $1000, you pay the $1000 upfront and you can borrow against it up to $1000. The benefit is that if you decide to close the account, your money is refunded. Also, secured credit cards report to the credit bureaus unlike a debit card or some other services out there. Do your research and ask questions. See which card is best suited for your needs. The most important thing is to make sure they report to all 3 credit bureaus to help you establish credit.

5. Diversify your credit profile

You do not want all your credit to be of the same type. The goal is to have a diverse portfolio such as credit cards, car loan, mortgage, etc. Creditors want to see that you are responsible over a variety of credit types.

6. Get your credit limit increased with current lenders

I do this every year. If you have a great track record of always paying on time, you can ask your credit card company to increase your limit. Most allow you to do this on the website and it is instant. This serves 2 purposes: A. It increases your credit iimit and the % of credit owed. For example $400 on a $500 limit is 80% utilization, however, $400 on a $1000 limit is only 40% utilization. Do you see how this can improve your credit score without you doing anything more than making a phone call? This is not something you do monthly but rather on a yearly basis because some companies will pull your credit to make the decision which could hurt you in the short term but will be beneficial in the long. B. It gives you greater access to funds. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you have an extra $1000 of available credit in case of emergencies?

Would you like to learn more about how to improve your credit? Sign up for FREE course – “How To Achieve An 800+ Credit Score & Never Be Denied For Anything“. You can find details on this course with the following link. http://www.meetup.com/Urban-Money-Matters/

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Is your New Years resolution to get yourself more involved in the Boston real estate scene? Here are a few great events to get you headed in the right path.

Mutlifamily Investments 101 – Investing & Home Buying Seminar

Thursday, January 22, 2015  – 6:00 PM to

 This is a great event for first time landlords or if you’re thinking about getting into the business. The seminar will run you through all the basics of investing in Boston real estate including evaluating cash flow numbers and multifamily techniques. You can find further details and RSVP with the following link. http://www.meetup.com/Networth-Investors/events/219497293/

How To Get An 800+ Credit Score & Never Be Denied For Anything

Saturday, January 24, 2015  –  to

Are you or someone you know looking to buy a home or invest but a less than perfect credit score holding you back? This is the meeting for you! Learn the ins and outs of your personal credit and how to effectively increase your score!  For location and to RSVP click the attached link. http://www.meetup.com/Urban-Money-Matters/events/219296945/

Home Flippers Financing Summit

Saturday, January 31, 2015  –  9 to 5

Are you looking to flip houses in Mass but not sure how to get the financing? Have you heard about investors flipping property using private financing or “other peoples money”? Come learn how they’re doing from real Boston investors. This seminar will teach you how to find and recruit private money investors to fund your flips!  Seating is limited!
Purchase your tickets with the following link. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-flipping-finance-summit-tickets-14920536727?aff=WillieMandrell

 

 

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As an investor trying to build a significant portfolio of rental properties, it’s in your best interest to have a good relationship with small local banks within the areas you plan to invest.  The local credit unions or savings and loan will provide several distinct advantages over larger commercial institutions (like Bank of America).  When you’re in the in the market to purchase additional units or to refinance some of the units you own, these local banks will be your best resource for those funds.  The following are 3 advantages of using your local lender for your financing needs.

  1. Quick Loan Decisions: Your local bank is often going to make decisions at a quicker pace than the larger commercial bank. Loan officers are often on the spot and decisions need to be checked by less people as it moves up the change of command. The banks appraisers are also typically local and will be able to put a value on the property mush sooner.
  2. Local Banks Know the Market: Being local means they institutions have an intimate knowledge of the local real estate market. They understand the trends in particular neighborhoods and can better evaluate particular loans that hit their desk. If you’re investing in a hot spot of the city and values are quickly trending upward, the local credit union is more likely to be aware of this trend and make the loan more comfortably.
  3. Adjustments to Lending Criteria:  Here is where your relationship with the banks really comes into play. The typical commercial lender has a minimum credit score, maximum loan to value ratio and other guideline that they need you to fit… and if you don’t you don’t get the loan. Your local savings banks will also have guidelines for lending but will allow for some wiggle room based on the applicant’s history and reputation. If you’ve had a long standing account history with the bank and have done what you say in the past this will mean something here. For example, if you’re trying to purchase a new rental unit and don’t have the full 20% down payment (commonly required for investment purchase), you’re more than likely able to negotiate this requirement than you are with a large commercial bank. If you can show that you have a long standing history of re-payment and have completed several other projects, your savings bank will usually bend for you.
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