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If you are in the United States you should be aware of certain Travel Advisories which are given to citizens who choose to travel abroad. These advisories can affect you and may even change your travel plans. So before you go to the airport you should always check to see if your destination country is on the List of the United States Government Travel Advisories.

For more information: Check out the link below which will send you to the US Governments official website for the
latest information which includes the COVID-19 Virus travel restrictions.


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HOW TO PAY LESS FOR FLIGHTS


1. Buy your tickets online
Buying your tickets online will actually help you save more money than buying at the airport or at an agent. Services like Google Flights or others which can be found by a simple online search.

2. Join Frequent flyers
Frequent flyer programs have a lot of benefits and some can offer discounts on future tickets after building up miles, and others may even offer free flights!

3. Not All Sales are Lowest prices
Sometimes a flight ticket may be on sale, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is a bargain for you. Always keep this in mind because that sale could end up costing you more than other deals!

4. Check For Hidden Fees
Always check other fees for tickets that may not be listed at first sight of the price. Make sure to be aware of the price of the ticket at all times and this can be avoided. Many hidden fees are luggage or even meals.

5. Compare Ticket Prices
If you are shopping online, there are various sites you can use to compare prices for different venders of tickets.

6. Choose The Right airline
Make sure when traveling on a budget to go with the airline that is the most comfortable to your budget. Even though it may not be as popular as others, they all get you to your destination!

7. Select an  Off-Hours flight
When shopping for tickets, try to buy tickets that have flights early in the morning or late at night if you can. Sometimes these tickets can save you a bundle!

8. Buy tickets months In Advance
Try to plan your trips, if possible, months in advance to save a lot more in the long run. Sometimes, depending on where you travel, this little tip can end up saving you hundreds on your tickets.

9. Find Vacation Packages
When planning your vacations, try to purchase trip packages as they can end up saving you a ton of money in the long run. If you have the time, compare a package with the costs of buying everything separate.

10. Different Types Of Flights Help You Save
Sometimes it would be wiser if possible to purchase a flight that maybe has one stop before it reaches its final destination, instead of doing a non-stop flight. This can end up helping you save and you can even enjoy the different merchandise at the airport you stop at before your flight continues.





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  REFINANCING YOUR MORTGAGE
         CAN SAVE YOU MONEY


Interested in refinancing home mortgage loans but not sure it makes financial sense? Learn how to crunch the numbers and make an informed financial decision rather than playing an expensive guessing game with these simple steps.

A lower interest rate can save you money each month on your mortgage and can save you thousands over the life of the loan. Is it possible to lower your debt and reduce monthly payments by taking out a new loan? Surprisingly the answer is often "yes". Learn how to get a lower interest rate by refinancing without breaking the bank.

How Refinancing Works
Refinancing basically involves taking out a new loan which is used to pay off the prior mortgage. To put it another way, the new mortgage replaces the old one. This is especially helpful when interest rates have dropped since it allows homeowners to pay off older mortgages with a high interest rate in exchange for a new mortgage with a lower interest rate.

Getting a Lower Interest
To demonstrate how effective it is to lower your interest rate by refinancing, consider an example of a buyer who purchased a home for $210,000 in 2001. The original mortgage was $200,000 for a 30 year term with a fixed interest rate of 7 percent and monthly mortgage payment of $1330. Since the original down payment was only 5 percent or $10,000 plus closing costs, they also had to pay PMI or Private Mortgage Insurance of $125 per month.

Now that mortgage rates have dropped to 5 percent or even less, the homeowner is contemplating a refinance. The current balance on the home is $180,000 and the value of the home is appraised at $260,000. Since the home has 20 percent equity and the homeowner does not intend to take cash out at closing, they will automatically save $125 per month in PMI. By refinancing at a lower interest rate of 5 percent fixed for 30 years the new mortgage payment will be approximately $965 per month ...a savings of nearly $400 plus the PMI of $125 for a total monthly savings of over $500 per month. 

               
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          WHAT TO KNOW
  BEFORE YOU BUY A HOUSE



Most buyers conduct a lot of research online before ever stepping foot in a home. Buyers spend an average of 6 to 8 weeks, according to the National Association of REALTORS, trying to figure out where they want to live. But once the neighborhood is selected, most buyers end up buying a home after 2 or 3 home tours.

Figure out what you can afford before you look. Get pre-approved for a home loan before your home search so that you don’t waste time on those that you can’t afford. Scour your credit history and resolve any black marks before applying for a home loan.

Homes typically should cost about two and a half times your salary as a rule of thumb, although you also must consider your monthly expenses and what you want to save. Because you will be responsible for unforeseen repairs and property taxes, a healthy amount of savings can come in handy.

Beware of mortgage brokers who are a little too fast and loose with approving you. If you qualify, you may be able to make a down payment as low as 3 percent interest. Paying down “points” is good for those living in a home for three to five years, as it takes a dent out of the interest rate as you pay a portion of the interest at closing.


              
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
A JUMBO MORTGAGE



A residential mortgage that is larger than $650,000 is referred to as a super jumbo mortgage. It is greater than a jumbo mortgage, the term used to define loans above $417,000. These financial numbers are established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest secondary market lenders, and are based on the national averages for loan amounts, and these bottom line numbers change regularly. When it is necessary to acquire a loan at or above the jumbo and super jumbo levels, other agencies become involved to cover the full amount. This is necessary to cover residential loans that are in excess of one or two million.

Because risk to the lender increases as the mortgage amount increases, the interest rates for these mortgages is higher than with conventional loans. The rates are also affected by the property type and the mortgage amount.

Since the amount of a super jumbo loan is so great, the number of insurers and investors diminishes. This shrinking of available investors has led to increasing use of specialized lenders who concentrate in this field of investment with greater compensation demands beyond the capabilities of conventional lenders.

Insurers for jumbo and super jumbo mortgages are also fewer. As such, the rates tend to be higher. All of these increases are passed along to the borrower.

Finally, rates are higher because the pool of buyers for residential properties in this range is also smaller. More time and effort is necessary to sell and re-sell the property.

Super jumbo mortgages are usually short-term adjustable rate mortgages. Option ARM’s are also available as well as thirty-year fixed rate mortgages, though they are not as common. Hybrid variable rate mortgages can also be acquired with fixed rate payment intervals three to ten years.

Since traditional banks are not equipped for handling this kind of loan, mortgage lending companies handle the arranging of financing using a combination of investment banks and capital from private mortgage sources.

Jumbo and super jumbo interest rates can be as much as half a percentage point higher than a conventional loan. To avoid this penalty, many borrowers will work with lenders and take out two mortgages at the same, with each one covering part of the total loan amount. One will be designed to cover the larger part of the borrowed amount and is considered a first mortgage. The other is considered a second mortgage, and will cover the remainder of the amount.

A 30 year jumbo mortgage is exactly what its name implies, which is a very large amount of money borrowed for the term of 30 years. When you are taking out a jumbo mortgage you are borrowing more than the amount normally allowed by the GSE. The GSE, or Government Sponsored Enterprises, is responsible for maintaining housing loan availability for consumers. The GSE sets a cap on the amount for mortgages and anything over that is considered to be a jumbo mortgage.

Not all lenders offer jumbo mortgages but there are many out there that will. The process of getting a 30 year jumbo mortgage is essentially the same as it would be for a conventional mortgage. The lender is going to be checking your credit history and score as well as your employment history and current debt load. You will need a sizable down payment, as getting a jumbo mortgage without one is unheard of. There will also be fees associated with the 30 year jumbo mortgage that you must be prepared to pay up front at closing.

Because the cost of the home you are purchasing is so high, should you decide to sell you will find it’s not going to happen as quickly as a more modestly priced one might. For this reason you need to be very sure of your ability to pay this 30 year jumbo mortgage’s monthly payments so that you don’t default on your loan. Your lender of course will see at the start if you are able, but we can’t always control the unforeseen in the future. Though your income and ability to pay are fine now, you must consider that this is, after all over the term of 30 years.

If the home you want to buy is indeed over the cap of the GSE then you are looking at a 30 year jumbo mortgage. Time to look ahead at whether this is the direction in which you want to go and feel you are able to do so. If so, you need to do some preliminary planning. Speak with your loan officer about how much of a down payment will be required and what your closing costs will be. Remember, as you are planning ahead for a 30 year jumbo mortgage to also consider the costs of homeowner’s insurance and property taxes.

The 30 year fixed jumbo mortgage is an attractive loan option to some, but utterly unaffordable to others. The term “jumbo mortgage” has a meaning specific to an upper-limit that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest market lenders in the United States, are willing to purchase from the original lender on the secondary market.

The industry standards for conforming loans (those that adhere to the parameters as outlined by government-sponsored enterprises in the United States) are overshot in the case of a 30 year fixed jumbo mortgage, meaning that the maximum these secondary lenders will purchase has been exceeded.

To break down the definition of a 30 year fixed jumbo mortgage, you must understand two different concepts. The first is the concept of a 30 year fixed rate; the second, the idea of a jumbo mortgage.

For starters, the interest rate in a 30 year fixed plan is always the same, from the first to the last year of mortgage repayment. Unlike floating or variable mortgages, the amount of interest an individual or family is responsible for never changes.

A jumbo mortgage (or jumbo loan) is a mortgage that exceeds the $417,000 limit in most portions of the United States, although some high-cost areas in the continental states have a limit of $729,750.

When it is determined that an individual or family can afford the cost and interest payments of a larger mortgage, investment firms and banks will often allow them a jumbo mortgage. These mortgages generally have interest rates around 6.5%, although rates near 8% have not been uncommon and as of 2009, such rates have sunk well below the 5% mark.

When interest rates drop, insurance companies and banks are often more willing to lend the money toward such an investment. A 30 year fixed rate, as mentioned above, simply means that the interest rate paid during the term of the loan will not change. 30 year fixed rates protect buyers from rate fluctuations, and simplify the payment process.

Many people can benefit from a 30 year fixed rate mortgage, and jumbo mortgages are often more than affordable for families who know they will have the finances to purchase a home in the higher price range. A 30 year fixed jumbo mortgage is best suited to those who can afford the higher interest rate, and for those who plan on owning the home for an extended period of time.

When all is said and done, pursuing a jumbo mortgage is not a risk for many people, and indeed can result in a great purchase at an attractive price. The 30 year fixed jumbo mortgage is suited to the long term tastes of many looking to buy while rates are still low.




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