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Northridge, CA, United States
We are a full service mortgage brokerage with experience in the areas of mortgage lending, real estate and business. Our company has established relationships with many mortgage investors and banks to provide the best programs for your individual circumstances. We specialize in Conventional, Goverment, Investment, and Reverse Mortgage. We are experts regarding any FHA or VA (veteran) questions you may have. Post any questions or feel free to call our office 818-773-0033. If our clients don't fit into one of the many loan programs offered we promise to help them overcome the roadblocks that can stop them from securing a loan. When purchasing we suggest always getting a pre-approval early on to have ease of mind knowing what amount you will qualify for and make the loan process as smooth as possible.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tax Credit Extension for Service Members

The $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers and the $6,500 tax credit for repeat home buyers have expired. However, service members who were on official extended duty outside of the United States for at least 90 days between Jan.1, 2009 and May 1, 2010, may qualify for a one-year extension.

For home purchases where a binding sales contract was signed by April 30, 2010, otherwise qualified buyers now have until September 30, 2010 to complete the purchase. Congress has extended the closing date to provide buyers who had binding sales contracts in place by April 30, 2010, additional time to complete their purchases.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

How your credit score is calculated and tips to help keep it in good standing

A recent report by FICO shows more than 25% of Americans have a credit score lower than 599. With a credit score that low, it makes it very difficult to take advantage of the current record-low interest rates. Below are the main factors, and the percentage of importance of each, that are used to determine your credit score.

1. Payment history = 35% – The most important thing is to pay your bills on time.

2. Amounts owed = 30% – This is the amount of money you owe versus the amount of credit you have available to you. A 20% debt-to-credit limit ratio is optimal.

3. Credit history = 15% – It’s better to keep old credit accounts than to close them.

4. New credit = 10% – Don’t apply for new credit without a good reason.

5. Credit mix = 10% – Try having a good mix of credit, such as credit cards, retail accounts, mortgage, installment loans, and consumer finance accounts.