Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Guide to Using Gift Funds for a Down Payment (Episode 92)

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I'm going to the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors (GMAR) Brewer game outing today, so it feels like Christmas in May at the Rates in Motion studio. Since I'm feeling festive, not only am I going to talk abou...

Cash Out vs Rate and Term Refinance Mortgages (Episode 82)

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Yesterday, I talked about trying to refinance and sell your home at the same time. There are significant differences between "rate and term" and "cash out" refinances. It can be confusing. For instance, you can get ...

Learn About Your Loan Officer @AJBombers Style (Episode 93)

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One of the friends of the show, Andrew Syiek, recommended that we check out AJ Bombers. They're doing some amazing things with using social media to connect with their customers using tools like Twitter. The A...

Top 3 Things to Consider When Buying a Foreclosure (Episode 83)

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Today I had Matthew Coates, an All Star Realtor from Phoenix, on the show to talk about what he's seeing out there with foreclosures. He shared his top 3 things to watch out for when buying a foreclosed home. Check ...

Top 5 Things That Will Delay Your Closing (Episode 94)

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Some of the most common questions I get each week are related to "how long does a mortgage take to close?" To help out, I did a little survey and came up with average times and the top 5 ways to delay your loan from c...

Dude, where is my escrow? (Episode 84)

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Ever wonder what happened to all that money you had in your mortgage escrow account when you sold or refinanced your home? It won't reduce your mortgage payoff It won't be given to you at closing It may cause p...

Memorial Day Tribute (Episode 95)

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Happy Friday! We're heading into the Memorial Day weekend and not only is this the unofficial start of summer, but it's also a great opportunity to remember those who have died serving their country. Their sacrifice i...

Borrow From Your 401(k) to Pay off Debt? (Episode 85)

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I've heard of robbing Peter to pay Paul, but what about robbing your 401(k) account (taking a loan) to pay off debt that is hurting your "Debt to Income" (DTI) ratio? Check it out in today's Friday the 13th video: ...

3 Reasons to Get a “Cash In” Mortgage

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I hope you enjoyed your weekend! I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get back on the horse. Rates are flat again today. Mortgage Bonds are up slightly due to some weak economic data that came out this morning. H...

Behind the Scenes of Rates in Motion (Episode 86)

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Mike is busy giving a talk to Realtors today, but we know you rely on the daily rate updates. The State Troopers won't let Mike shoot an episode in his truck again, so Mike's partners in crime (Aaron and Tony) had to ...

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