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May 2012

Independent Foreclosure Review-PSA

May 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is important! If you had a loan in the foreclosure process in the past years-From 1/01/2009-12/31/2010, you MIGHT be eligible for a review and possible relief. Watch and share this video and link with



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Protect Yourself-Ideas for your home

May 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Home is a place you should feel safe and secure. Sometimes, we take it for granted and unfortunately, we do need to remain vigilant about things we do that could compromise our well-being. Here are a few tips you might want to consider.

1. Everyone loves an inviting home including burglars. Make sure it looks occupied and is difficult to break in.

  • Always lock outside doors and windows even if you’re gone only a short time.
  • Leave lights on when you leave. Consider timers to automatically control the lights.
  • Keep your garage door closed even when you are home; Don’t tempt thieves with what you have in your garage.
  • Suspend your mail and newspaper delivery when you’re out of town or get a neighbor to pick it up for you.

2. Posting that you’re out of town or away from home on social networks is like advertising your home is unprotected.

3. Equally dangerous could be allowing certain social network sites to track your location.

4. Don’t leave keys under doormats, in flowerpots or the plastic rocks; thieves know about those hiding places and even more than you can think.

5. Trim the shrubs from around your home; Don’t give criminals a place to hide.

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Pre-approval Gives Everyone Confidence

May 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The benefits of buyer’s pre-approval are without question; it is good for the buyers, the sellers and the agents. It saves time, money and removes the uncertainty of knowing whether the buyer is qualified. The direct benefits include:

  • Amount the buyer can borrow decreases as interest rates rise
  • Looking at “Right” homes – price, size, amenities, location
  • Find the best loan – rate, term, type
  • Uncover credit issues early – time to cure possible problems
  • Bargaining power – price, terms, & timing
  • Close quicker – verifications have been made

There a big difference in sitting down with a trusted mortgage professional compared to going through calculators on a website. The cost of being pre-approved is a bargain and generally, limited to the cost of the credit report.

Even if you have been pre-approved, a suggestion that can’t hurt but may help is to get a second opinion from a different lender. It will either verify that you have a good deal or you’ll discover that you can improve it. Either way, it works to your advantage. Contact me if you’d like a recommendation.
Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

Off-952-929-2577

Cell-612-386-7027

Fax-952-928-3799

Google Voice- 952-491-0884

john@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

Watch my Youtube video on how I sell a home:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz1zGDOXcoQ

RE/MAX real estate intro video athttp://youtu.be/EJE_s67xIWI

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Paul Harvey said this in 1965!!!!!!

May 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Be prepared to be blown away. Fast forward to today.



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May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever wonder what’s happening? Here are the statistics for our metro area. Homes are selling, prices are moving up, and there is a lack of inventory. If you are considering selling, now is the time to do it. If you looking to purchase, rates are again at a 50 yr low. Don’t wait-Look at doing something now.

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Just a thought-What loan term is right for YOU?

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether you’re refinancing your current home or buying a new one, something worth considering is a 15 year loan rather than a 30 year term. The payments will be a little higher but you’ll get a lower interest rate and you’ll build equity much faster.

Let’s look at an example of a $200,000 mortgage with the choice of a 30 year term with a 3.75% rate compared to a 15 year term with a 2.875% rate. The payments would be $442.94 higher on the shorter term but the equity would be considerably higher even after you adjust for the higher payments.


Another benefit is that the shorter term loan creates a forced savings situation where the savings on a longer term loan might end up being spent rather than being saved and invested. Contact me if you’d like to discuss your options further at 952-929-2577.



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It’s Worth Checking Out-Your Tax Assessed Valuation-Is It Accurate?

May 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible…for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.” Judge Learned Hand

This opinion refers to federal income tax but the logic and spirit can easily be applied to any tax including property tax. Most property tax is based on a valuation called an assessment placed on the property by a government taxing authority.

When property values rise due to appreciation, the assessments usually rise. However, when values decline as they have done in many areas in the past few years, the assessments should follow accordingly.

If you don’t believe your assessment reflects market value, put together proof to support your position. Recent comparable sales, similar in size, condition and location are very persuasive. Check to see if the square footage on the assessment is accurate. If the home is not in good condition, take pictures to show that.

As your real estate professional, I can supply the comparable sales, filing deadlines and other pertinent information needed to make a challenge. Lowering your assessment will result in lower property taxes and more money in your pocket.

Sincerely,

RE/MAX Results

John Mazzara

7300 France Ave S #410

Edina, MN 55435

Off-952-929-2577

Cell-612-386-7027

Fax-952-928-3799

Google Voice- 952-491-0884

john@johnmazzara.com

http://www.MinneapolisStPaulHomes.com

Watch my Youtube video on how I sell a home:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz1zGDOXcoQ

RE/MAX real estate intro video athttp://youtu.be/EJE_s67xIWI

NMLS # 332556



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