My credit score is what?!?!

The creator of one of the most widely used and influential credit scores, FICO, said that the latest version of its score would no longer weigh medical debts — which account for about half of all unpaid collections on consumers’ credit reports — as heavily as it did in previous iterations. The newer FICO scores, available this fall, will also ignore any overdue payments that have already been made. Previously, the scores factored paid and unpaid collections equally, though it ignored amounts under $100. FICO credit scores, which have become consumers’ financial passport to just about everything from rental apartments to most loans such as mortgages, are based on the information in an individual’s credit reports, which are generated by the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. The scores are based on a 300- to 850-point scale. Because of the new scoring model, individuals with a median score of 711 — and an otherwise clean credit history, except for unpaid medical debts — may see their FICO score rise by 25 points. As a result, many consumers may qualify for more attractive interest rates on various loans, potentially resulting in thousands of dollars in savings. “It probably doesn’t mean the difference between an approval and a denial, but it can mean the difference in a more advantageous rate,” said John Ulzheimer, a credit expert at Credit Sesame, a consumer credit website, and a former FICO employee. But consumers whose credit files are tarnished only by unpaid medical debts that went to collection agencies — but were ultimately settled or paid — are likely to see a much greater increase in their scores. “That is when you could expect to see your score go through the roof,” said Mr. Ulzheimer.  Source: NY Times — Not sure where your score puts you with regard to being eligible for a home purchase or refinance? A quick and simple analysis may let you know how to get in position to take advantage of these upcoming changes. Just contact me and I will help you get started.

When it comes to smart homes, consumers are more interested in their security features than the gadgets that control the homes’ appliances. New research by Icontrol Networks, a home technology company, shows that 90 percent of 932 respondents recently surveyed say that security is one of the most important reasons for using a smart-home system. In fact, 67 percent rank it the No.1 reason, and the majority of consumers say security is a must-have in any home automation, according to Icontrol’s 2014 State of the Smart Home Report. Fire and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as gas leak alarms, were listed as top security features, according to the survey. “For now, safety and security are driving initial mass market adoption,” says Jim Johnson, executive vice president of Icontrol Networks. “But the convenience associated with a connected home will likely play a greater role as consumers realize how much easier automation makes their lives.” Seventy-eight percent of respondents also ranked energy management as one of the top features that matter most to them in a smart home. HVAC heating and cooling management was cited as the most important feature in helping to reduce utility bills. Nearly 43 percent of respondents say they’d be interested in replacing their thermostat with a “smart thermostat,” one that automatically adjusts when the home is occupied. Source: Builder

International buyers continue to flock to the U.S. to purchase and invest in properties. Favorable exchange rates, affordable home prices, and rising affluence abroad is driving interest, according to the 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity conducted by the National Association of Realtors®. From April 2013 through March 2014, total international sales are estimated at $92.2 billion, a rise from $68.2 billion from the previous period, NAR reports. Twenty-eight percent of Realtors® reported working with international clients this year. “We live in an international marketplace; so while all real estate is local, that does not mean that all property buyers are,” says Steve Brown, NAR’s president. “Foreign buyers are being enticed to U.S. real estate because of what they recognize as attractive prices, economic stability, and an incredible opportunity for investment in their future.” International buyers are coming to the United States from all over the world, but the highest interest in U.S. property is being driven by Canada, China, Mexico, India, and the United Kingdom, which accounted for about 54 percent of all reported international transactions. Canadian residents continue to have the largest share of U.S. purchases, but dropped their share from 23 percent in 2013 to 19 percent in 2014. Buyers from China hold the lead in dollar volume, purchasing an estimated $22 billion with an average sale cost of $590,826, according to the NAR study. China was also the fastest-growing source of transactions, now accounting for 16 percent of all purchases, up 4 percent from last year. In 2014, nearly 60 percent of reported international transactions were all cash, compared to only one-third of domestic purchases. The survey also revealed that 42% of foreign buyers use their U.S. home as a primary residence. Source: NAR 

 

Information courtesy of Franklin American Mortgage

 

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15 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do

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15 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do15 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do
By Daniel Wallen

Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else put their faith in you? To walk with swagger and improve your self-confidence, watch out for these fifteen things highly confident people don’t do.

1. They don’t make excuses.

Highly confident people take ownership of their thoughts and actions. They don’t blame the traffic for being tardy for work; they were late. They don’t excuse their short-comings with excuses, such as “I don’t have the time” or “I’m just not good enough”; they make the time and they keep on improving until they are good enough.

2. They don’t avoid doing the scary thing.

Highly confident people don’t let fear dominate their lives. They know that the things they are afraid of doing are often the very same things that they need to do in order to evolve into the person they are meant to be.

3. They don’t live in a bubble of comfort.

Highly confident people avoid the comfort zone because they know this is a place where dreams die. They actively pursue a feeling of discomfort because they know stretching themselves is mandatory for their success.

4. They don’t put things off until next week.

Highly confident people know that a good plan executed today is better than a great plan executed someday. They don’t wait for the “right time” or the “right circumstances,” because they know these reactions are based on a fear of change. They take action here, now, today—because that’s where progress happens.

5. They don’t obsess over the opinions of others.

Highly confident people don’t get caught up in negative feedback. While they do care about the well-being of others and aim to make a positive impact in the world, they don’t get caught up in negative opinions that they can’t do anything about. They know that their true friends will accept them as they are, and they don’t concern themselves with the rest.

6. They don’t judge people.

Highly confident people have no tolerance for unnecessary, self-inflicted drama. They don’t feel the need to insult friends behind their backs, participate in gossip about fellow co-workers, or lash out at folks with different opinions. They are so comfortable in who they are that they feel no need to look down on other people.

7. They don’t let lack of resources stop them.

Highly confident people can make use of whatever resources they have, no matter how big or small. They know that all things are possible with creativity and a refusal to quit. They don’t agonize over setbacks, but rather focus on finding a solution.

8. They don’t make comparisons.

Highly confident people know that they are not competing with any other person. They compete with no other individual except the person they were yesterday. They know that every person is living a story so unique that drawing comparisons would be an absurd and simplistic exercise in futility.

9. They don’t find joy in people-pleasing.

Highly confident people have no interest in pleasing every person they meet. They are aware that not all people get along, and that’s just how life works. They focus on the quality of their relationships, instead of the quantity of them.

10. They don’t need constant reassurance.

Highly confident people aren’t in need of hand-holding. They know that life isn’t fair and things won’t always go their way. While they can’t control every event in their lives, they focus on their power to react in a positive way that moves them forward.

11. They don’t avoid life’s inconvenient truths.

Highly confident people confront life’s issues at the root before the disease can spread any farther. They know that problems left unaddressed have a way of multiplying as the days, weeks, and months go by. They would rather have an uncomfortable conversation with their partner today than sweep an inconvenient truth under the rug, putting trust at risk.

12. They don’t quit because of minor set-backs.

Highly confident people get back up every time they fall down. They know that failure is an unavoidable part of the growth process. They are like detectives, searching for clues that reveal why this approach didn’t work. After modifying their plan, they try again (but better this time).

13. They don’t require anyone’s permission to act.

Highly confident people take action without hesitation. Every day, they remind themselves, “If not me, who?”

14. They don’t limit themselves to a small toolbox.

Highly confident people don’t limit themselves to plan A. They make use of any and all weapons at their disposal, relentlessly testing the effectiveness of every approach until they identify the strategies that offer the most results for the least cost in time and effort.

15. They don’t blindly accept what they read as “truth” without thinking about it.

Highly confident people don’t accept articles on the Internet as truth just because some author “said so.” They look at every how-to article from the lens of their unique perspective. They maintain a healthy skepticism, making use of any material that is relevant to their lives and forgetting about the rest. While articles like this are a fun and interesting thought-exercise, highly confident people know that they are the only person with the power to decide what “confidence” means.

Daniel Wallen is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of the Wallen Way. He is a personal trainer, Lifehack contributor, and author of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Getting Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous. Click here to access his e-mail course, the Mind + Body Make-Over.

Did you know?

According to the 2013 annual report from the Wilson County, TN Joint Economic & Community Development Board (JECDB), presented by Executive Director, G.C. Hixson, here are a few stats we thought our readers might find interesting:

2,314 residential homes were sold in 2013 (increase of 18.7%)

$217,000 – Median Home price (increase of 14.2%)

74 Days – average days on the market

 

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What you need to know about Renters Insurance!

Renters Insurance
by Wes Dugan

One of the biggest misconceptions of most people who rent is that their landlord has insurance that covers everything. And that is simply not true.

Whether you are a college student looking for a place to rent, someone who just sold their home and decides to rent for a while, or whatever the case, you must have renters insurance to cover your personal possessions, furnishings, etc.

Renters insurance will also provide liability coverage. If someone gets hurt on your property, then you are protected. We live in a very litigious society, so it’s not worth the risk to not have this coverage.

Renters insurance can also help you pay for a place to stay in case you are displaced from your rental property by something like a tornado, or major repair. Keep in mind that most policies put strict limits on how long this can be used. So make sure you speak with your local insurance agent about this part of the policy.

You want to know the value of your property so you don’t get (and pay for) too much coverage. If you have hand me down furnishings, then you may get by with a policy that covers less than if you have new furniture you just purchased.

Most apartment complexes and other rental properties require that you have renters insurance before they will agree to rent to you. So this is something you need to have in place prior to renting any apartment or property.

The good news is the cost of the policies are minimal. Usually less than $15 a month gets you renters insurance that provides full coverage. Usually for less than $150 per year, you can cover all your belongings and protect yourself in case someone gets hurt while in your apartment, loft, or rental home. And if your apartment complex or landlord has certain safety features, such as sprinklers, alarms, etc., it could bring down the price of your policy.

So, don’t take any chances. Talk to your local insurance agent today to figure out what you need, as far as coverage, and make sure you are protected.

Article written by: Wes Dugan, Farm Bureau
214 Castle Heights Ave. N. Ste. A
Lebanon, TN 37087-3419
Phone: 615-453-9702
Fax: 615-453-9703

Flood Insurance Changes


Changes Take Place June 1, 2014

As of June 1, 2014, The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be implementing a number of changes in accordance with Section 100204 of

the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

1. CHANGE TO MAXIMUM COVERAGE LIMITS

The maximum limits of building coverage available for non-condominium residential buildings designed for use for five or more families (classified as Other Residential buildings by the NFIP) will be increased to match the limits of commercial and other non-residential properties insured under the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) General Property Form.

 

THIS IS AN INCREASE OF AVAILABLE BUILDING COVERAGE FROM $250,000

PER BUILDING TO $500,000.

 

2. REVISED PRIMARY RESIDENCE DEFINITION

Effective June 1, 2014, the NFIP will begin defining primary residence to be a building that will be lived in by the insured or the insured’s spouse for more than 50 percent of the 365 days following the policy effective date.

 

3. DEDUCTIBLE CHANGES

FEMA is revising the minimum deductibles for the NFIP. The changes to the minimum deductibles are available only for new business and renewal policies that are effective on or after June 1, 2014.

 

4. MAXIMUM COVERAGE AVAILABILITY

The total and aggregate liability for a non-residential building or non-condominium building designed for 5 or more families is $500,000 per structure to be paid to the building owner. The law also reiterates that the maximum coverage available for a residential 1-4 family building or condominium unit is $250,000 per policy.

 

There are nine total changes that will become effective June 1, 2014

*Information provided by Franklin Street Insurance

Real Estate Report March 2014

Wilson County Real Estate Report
March 2014

Spring is in the air and the Real Estate Market in Wilson County is in full bloom.

March real estate rebounded very well from our “freeze” in February. March ended with 174 residential single family home sales across the county, an improvement of 69 over the month before.

Mt Juliet dominated the market with 55% of the sales for the month with a total of 96. 6 of those sales were foreclosures/short sales while 31 were new construction. The median sales price in March in Mt Juliet of existing home sales is $225,900 with a median price p/sq foot of $105.55 and a median day on the market of 42. Homes are selling on average for 97% of sales price and have a median square footage of 2289. Of the 31 new home sales, 3 are in Del Webb and the rest are spread throughout Mt Juliet. The 28 new homes that sold out of Del Webb had a median sales price of $348,450 with a median price p/sq foot of $123.94 and a median square footage total of 2952.

Lebanon came in a strong second with 38% of the market share with 64 total sales in March. Of the 47 existing home sales, the median sales price was $164,500 with a median price p/sq foot of $90.06 and a median days on the market of 67. Homes in Lebanon are selling for an average of 97% of asking price and have a median square footage of 1959. New home construction is proving to be a strong factor in Lebanon as well. 17 new homes sold in Lebanon in March with a median sales price of $224,90, a median price p/sq foot of $111.25 and a median sq feet of 1947.

Watertown wrapped up March with 6 sales, none of which were new construction and 3 (50%) were foreclosures/short sales. The median sales price in March was $210,000 with a median price p/sq foot of $85.72. Homes in Watertown averaged selling for 94% of list price.

Old Hickory ended the month with 8 sales, 1 of which was new and no foreclosures/short sales. The median sales price in Old Hickory is $169,900 with a median price p/sq foot of $95.65 and a median days on the market of 82. The 1 new construction that sold in March sold for $466,000 with 3787 sq feet and had a lake view.

As the housing market in Wilson Co continues to in a seller’s market, we are experiencing a housing shortage as well as seeing multiple offers on the same homes become a common occurrence. Homes that are presented well and priced in the market are selling and selling quickly for the most part, some areas much quicker than others.

If seller’s are thinking of selling or buying, call your Realtor to see if now if the right time for you and your situation. Don’t miss out on this prime opportunity if you’re in the market!

Submitted by:
Amy Hamilton
2014 President
Eastern Middle TN Association of REALTORS

ATTENTION ALL SELLERS:

Has your home been for sale longer than 90 days? No showings? Well, today The G Team is bringing you the Top 5 Turn-Off’s for home buyers!!

1. Overpricing for the market. Remember your Realtor is going to give you the best advice on your markets current conditions, not your cousin’s sister in law’s husband twice removed that used to be a Realtor is Idaho in the 80’s. We PROMISE to give you the FACTS on our local real estate market!

2. Smells. No one wants to hear that their home is “smelly” but stink happens. Whether it’s from pets, smoke, water damage, or simply the lack of cleanliness smells happen to the best of us. No buyer wants to buy a home that smells. Our advice: identify the smell and remove the issue.

3. Clutter. When a buyer enters a prospective home you (the seller) want them to envision the home as their new home. If the first thing the buyer notices upon entering your home is stacks of papers and figurines full to the edges on all tables then the buyer’s attention goes to try to avoid knocking anything over instead of visually touring the home. Which brings us to furniture, too much furniture confuses the eye and makes it difficult for buyers to see the true sizes of a room.

4.Deferred maintenance. Just like people wear out, houses do too. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to maintain your home. Buyers want a well maintained home, not a money pit. We’ve all heard the horror stories!

5. Dated decor. Buyers are looking at your home instead of buying new construction because of two things: cost and location. They may love your neighborhood but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to sacrifice modern amenities. Examples of items that can ‘date’ your home: popcorn ceilings, wallpaper, pepto bismol pink bathrooms, colors from 70’s & 80’s (i.e. harvest gold, avocado, soft blues and mauves) are just a few examples.

Call your local real estate experts, The G Team for all of your real estate needs! We can evaluate your home before putting it on the market, help you with buying your first home or your dream home or even manage property for you! Call us today at 615-466-3030.

What do I need to do before listing my home?

Prepping Your Home for a Successful Sale


It may be a seller’s market again, but you still want to move your home quickly and get the best price for your property. Here are some tips that will make selling your home faster, less stressful, and more profitable.

1. Choose the right real estate agent. It’s important to hire a professional that knows just how to showcase your home to its best advantage. Get referrals from friends and family, and set up interviews with agents you think you can work best with. Be sure to ask about MLS listings, setting up mobile advertising, and open houses. You’ll be working closely with the agent and relying on them to help you set pricing and draw up your contract; don’t just take the first person that comes along.

The right agent will even be able to assist you with the other tips on this list. Remember, real estate agents are experts at buying and selling homes, and they are on your side: They want you to sell your home quickly and for a great price, because, after all, that is their business.

2. Create an amazing first impression. This means cleaning, clearing, and de-cluttering. Your home needs to be almost a blank canvas upon which the buyers can project themselves and their possessions. Strive to make your home look as much like a model home as you can. From the driveway to the basement, your property needs to be neat and tidy, personal items should be stowed away, rooms should be bright and cheerful, and you should do all you can to make each space look large and inviting.

3. Make some minor tweaks. If your home needs a little help to look its best, select quick and inexpensive updates that will give you the most bang for your buck. A coat of neutral paint, professionally cleaned carpets, and a new dishwasher or even new drawer pulls can make a huge difference to a buyer on the fence.

4. Get a home inspection. This one is a bit unusual, but it could save you some heartache in the end. Your buyers will almost certainly insist on an inspection, so instead of getting blindsided by dry rot in support-bearing beams or electricity that’s not up to code, you can know what’s coming, choose what you wish to address, and price accordingly.

While many factors are on the side of the seller in today’s market — including low inventories in many desirable neighborhoods and slowly rising mortgage interest rates — it’s still in your best interest to put some effort into getting your home into the best shape for showings that you possibly can.

ANGELAMARTIN

direct: (615) 485-8968
3310 West End Ave Suite 500
NMLS: 168542
Nashville, TN 37203

angela.martin@movementmortgage.com

US Home Prices Rise At Slower Pace In September

Channel 5 news posted this awesome article on the home prices in the united states. check it out! 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A measure of U.S. home prices rose only slightly in September from August, a sign that prices are leveling off after big gains earlier this year.

Real estate provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that home prices increased 0.2 percent in September from the previous month. That’s sharply lower than the 0.9 percent month-over-month gain in August and well below the 1.8 percent increase in July.

Prices still rose 12 percent in September compared with a year ago.

Higher mortgage rates and steady price increases began to slow home sales in September. As a result, price gains have cooled off.

Mortgage rates are still very low. And the average rate on a 30-year fixed loan has fallen to 4.1 percent in the past month, down from a two-year high of nearly 4.6 percent over the summer.

“This deceleration is natural and should help keep market fundamentals in balance over the longer-term,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic.

Many economists expect the housing recovery to continue, though with slower gains in sales. Still, the spike in rates over the summer has weighed on the market. A measure of signed contracts to buy homes fell 5.6 percent in September to the lowest level in nine months.

There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale. The sharp drop in September suggests final sales will decline in the coming months.

The annual price gains are widespread, according to CoreLogic. Prices rose in all 50 states and in all 100 of the largest U.S. metro areas.

Price jumped 25.3 percent in Nevada from a year earlier, the most in any state. California (22.5 percent), Arizona (14.6 percent), Georgia (14.4 percent) and Michigan (13.9 percent) reported the next highest gains.

Home prices are still about 17 percent below the peak reached in April 2006, according to CoreLogic.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Fall Home Maintenance List

Here’s your to-do list:
Drain underground sprinkler systems.

Have outdoor pools drained and professionally serviced.

Drain exterior water pipes and any pipes that run through unheated areas (such as a garage, crawl space or unheated porch). If draining these pipes isn’t possible, wrap them with foam insulation or heat tape.

Cover exposed spigots with foam covers. Or, if cosmetics and ease of removal don’t matter, wrap spigots in layers of newspaper, cover the newspaper with a plastic bag, and seal the whole affair with duct tape.

Drain and store garden hoses. Leave one hose and nozzle somewhere that’s easily accessible; you’ll need it for gutter cleaning and car washing.

Stay tuned for more home maintenance tips from the G Team!