Tuesday, August 31, 2010

We Did it Again!

The numbers don't lie... Allen Tate Company out performed all other real estate companies in the Triad in the first half of 2010! There are lots of ways to interpret that statement, but we are proud to report that we closed more transactions than any other company from Jan 1, 2010 to June 30, 2010. To ask the proverbial question... do you want your home LISTED or do you want it SOLD?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Why Being a Mom Makes Me a Better Realtor

As I sit here watching my daughter blissfully nap in her swing and await the arrival of my husband and son home from a long day, I can't help but think about how being a mom has changed me. I knew it would change how I planned my daily life and how I spent my money, but I didn't realize that it would change the fundamental ways in which I look at everything, even my job. I have always worked with clients with concerns regarding neighborhoods, schools, etc. Those two things, among others, are important factors for home buyers with children. I have always understood that. I used to get that a certain school was important, or a neighborhood pool, for example, but now I GET IT. The welfare of your children colors every decision you make, from deciding where to eat supper to where to buy a home. We no longer come first, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Being a mom has made me more compassionate, empathetic, and patient (life was simpler when I didn't care so much!), and hopefully my clients will see that I really do GET IT now.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mortgage Loan Application aka I'm Back!!!

You have probably noticed it's been a while since my last post -- 4 weeks in fact! -- but I am back now after basking in the bliss of having a beautiful new baby. Just let me know if you want to see pictures!

Anyway, I am working with several first time buyers or folks who haven't purchased in many years right now, and I often get asked what a lender will need for that first appointment regarding the oh-so-important loan application. Because being expedient in applying and getting the necessary documents together is part of a purchase agreement, it helps to know what to expect up front. The following is a comprehensive list of what most lenders will need:

-- Residence addresses for 2 years
-- Last 2 years of paystubs, W2s, tax returns, etc.
-- Names and addresses of all employers for last 2 years
-- Last 3 months bank statements for all savings & checking accounts
-- Addresses of all real estate owned with lender info, mortgage balance, monthly payment, etc.
-- A check to pay for your credit report and appraisal
-- Copy of purchase contract
-- Copy of divorce decree if applicable
-- Copy of bankruptcy papers if applicable
-- Certificate of eligibiltiy if VA

As always, I am here to help. Call, text, email, or tweet me today!