When you sell your home, you may see some tax benefits and consequences depending on your situation. For some, sellers may see tax breaks, and for others, they may have to pay more taxes. Here are some common tax benefits and consequences of selling your home: [Read more…]
As a loan officer, you will get clients who are looking into buying a home, be it their first or second, and find that financing isn’t available to them. Therefore, it’s up to you to help them find viable alternatives. For a potential home buyer, a wrap around loan offers a way to get into a home when traditional financing is unavailable. [Read more…]
When it comes to buying a home, it’s sometimes best to leave your spouse off of the loan so you are able to obtain a home. Depending on your state, a non-purchasing spouse could have a huge influence on your ability to qualify for a home mortgage, regardless of if their name is on the home or not. [Read more…]
Boosting your credit score can sometimes be no easy feat. If you find that your credit score is poor, don’t panic. With the right methods and a little patience, there are ways to make your score better.
Get a Secured Credit Card
Sometimes, you need money for a short term emergency, but don’t want to resort to pay day loans or a credit card. Or perhaps you need to build up your credit history so you can get a Kansas City home loan. You can easily take out a loan by borrowing against any certificates of deposit (CDs) you may have. But before you do, there are a few things you should know: [Read more…]
A transfer on death account (TOD) is an investment account that is designed to make the transfer of an account to a designated beneficiary easier. Transfer on death accounts helps those who want to avoid going through probate.
What is Probate?
Believe it or not, there are restrictions on certain cash deposits and it is regulated by your bank and the U.S. government. As a consumer and homebuyer, it’s important to be aware of cash transaction reporting guidelines.
The Bank Secrecy Act
The Bank Secrecy Act sets the guidelines for banks and businesses to report large currency transactions. The purpose of the act is to prevent tax evasion and money laundering by individuals using cash deposits to cover up the illegal source of their “earnings.” [Read more…]
Whether you’re purchasing your first home or your second, lenders will look at your income to determine if you can afford a Kansas City home loan. Namely, they will analyze your gross income, or the income you make before taxes and deductions are made. As a home owner, here is what gross income means for you: [Read more…]