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Retro-Microphone

Kevin Rhea – Host

Since starting my career with Mortgage Investors Group I have become a husband and a father. My beautiful wife Pam and I have a daughter, Olivia, and a son Patrick. I started my career with MIG as a Loan Officer Assistant in 2001 and became a Loan Officer beginning in 2003. I excelled in my first year, closing more loans in Tennessee than any other rookie. My accomplishments as a rookie have been recognized by the Knoxville Mortgage Bankers Association (KMBA), and Mortgage Originator Magazine. In 2011, I was promoted into management at MIG as Vice President, Director of Business Development. This is a very exciting move for me and I have hit the ground running. We have developed a new social media strategy, a new radio campaign and many other very exciting things!

My faith and my family are the most important things in my life.

Kevin as a child:

“…for the last time, I don’t know if mortgages rates had gone up! Now, may I continue?”
Email: Kevin@KevinRhea.com | Web : www.KevinRhea.com

Kevin is available to talk to your organization , club or your child’s birthday party.

Mark Griffith- Co-Host:

Mark has been a part of the Mortgage Investors Group management team for over 18 years. He opened the Oak Ridge office for MIG in 1994 and has assembled one of the most productive sales and support teams in the business. The Oak Ridge office has produced, on the average, over 80 million dollars of loans per year for the last 15 years. Two of his Loan officers have earned repeated Top Producer Awards recognitions in the Knoxville and surrounding markets as well as Top National Honors. The Oak Ridge office has been #1 Lender in Anderson County for several years.
Mark got into the Real Estate business in 1983 and became a Mortgage Loan Officer in 1985. From interest rates in the teens to the market collapse of 2008, Mark has experienced a wide range of market and guideline fluctuations that make him one of the top managers in his field.

Mark gladly joined The Housing Hour, as C0-Host, in December of 2011; his main role is programming/website content/scheduling and community service initiative.

You can reach Mark with your questions at: Mark.Griffith@migonline.com
Mark is available to talk to your organization or club.
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Do Quotient by Terry Adams

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Do Quotient by Terry Adams

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Do Quotient by Terry Adams

The Housing Hour is honored to have Terry Adams and Phillis Burnett of  Adams Law Firm and Admiral Title as our show  sponsor but we are extremely  proud to announce Terry’s recent article in Cityview Magazine and soon to be new book: Do Quotient.

“Today is a big day for us. After more than 7 years of research we have officially announced the Do Quotient to the world in this months Cityview magazine. There will be much more to come, including a book this year of the same title. We believe that this added value approach to counseling clients is the future of practicing law & will provide a framework for success in business & life.”  Terry Adams

Listen to our interview with Terry as he talks about his career, interests and Do Quotient!

Solar Power had record year!

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Over 3.3 gigawatts of solar power were installed last year!

Check our interview with ARiES Energy’s  Harvey Abouelata President/CEO:

Solar Power had record year with over 3.3 gigawatts of solar power  installed last year, according to a report Thursday from the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group. That’s enough to power about 500,000 homes, and it was a 76% increase from 2011.

The industry credited the jump to the declining price of solar panels, stable tax incentives and better financing options.

“We’ve brought more new solar online in 2012 than in the three prior years combined,” SEIA head Rhone Resch said in a statement. “And every one of these panels was bolted down by a member of the U.S. workforce.”

The industry estimates it now employs 119,000 people in the United States — a 13% jump over last year. It’s expecting another record year for solar installations in 2013.

Related: SolarCity CEO talks the future of solar power

The price of solar panels has declined 60% since the beginning of 2011, according to SEIA. Lower prices for silicon — a main ingredient in the panels — and massive investments in manufacturing capacity, especially by the Chinese, have helped push down prices.

These price declines have squeezed profit margins for solar panel makers. Several have filed for bankruptcy over the past couple of years, including Solyndra, Abound, Evergreen and Q-Cells.

Analysts expect more bankruptcies in the years ahead, as prices continue to fall and smaller, less efficient companies get pushed out. The situation is sometimes compared to the dawn of the auto age, when there used to be dozens of carmakers before consolidation led to just the Big Three.

But falling prices are clearly a boon for consumers and companies that specialize in the sales and instillation of solar panels, such as Solar City (SCTY), Sunrun and a host of others.

While solar power still represents a small fraction of the nation’s overall electricity generation — under 1% in 2012, according to the engineering and consulting firm Black & Veatch, it’s expected to grow substantially over the next couple of decades.

The cost of solar power is competitive with other energy sources in some U.S. markets, such as California and New Jersey, where subsidies are generous and the price of electricity is high. But if you exclude the big subsides and mandates the industry enjoys, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says the cost for new solar electricity nationwide is still more than twice that of the nation’s cheapest power source — CNN

Boomerang Buyers….eh, what?

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Boomerang The housing bust of 2007 has caused one big mess in our country but during this crisis, maybe as a way to help  understand or explain it, media outlets and others have created  new terms to describe market conditions.  Terms like, Zombie foreclosures, Zombie subdivisions, robo-signers, and now the Wall Street Journal has started a new category: Boomerang Buyers.

Boomerang Buyers are former home owners who lost their home during the housing crisis but now are possibly eligible to re-enter the home buying market. Estimates range around 800,000 buyers are now eligible for FHA financing. This number is up from approximately 285,000 in 2011 and is estimated to raise to 1.5 million in 2014.

So exactly what is required of the Boomerang buyer  to be eligible for mortgage financing after a foreclosure?

The answer depends on the type of mortgage you’re applying for along with many other important factors(like credit and credit scores to name only two) but one of the 1st requirements are time frames. Conforming loan requirements like FNMA/FreddieMac require a combination of a certain number of years and specific percentage down payment. Government loans vary too, VA minimum requirement is 2 years while FHA is 3 years. But time frames and down payment requirements are only the start. There are many other factors that must be considered and its important to note there are always exceptions to these rules.

Here’s the bottom line, if you were financially effected during the housing crisis, you still may be eligible for home financing. The best way to find out is to contact one of our MIG Loan officers and start the discussion and the qualification process.

Who knows, you may be a potential boomerang buyer and didn’t even know it!

Air Date 3-9-13: Home Ownership Matters: The Why!

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We Continue with our Home Ownership Matters Series!

 Dr. Kim Manturuk is the Senior Research Associate in Financial Services at the Center for Community Capital, a research institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Home ownership matters and Dr. Manturuk research focuses on  the social and financial impacts of home-ownership in urban neighborhoods.  Her recent research has appeared in Socio-Economics, Social Service Review, Social Science Research, and the Journal of Urban Affairs.  She received her PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Our topics include :

  • Social Benefits Home Ownership vs Renting
  • Civil Engagement because of Home Ownership
  • Mental Health Benefit of Home Ownership!

Dr. Manturuk’s research and testimony  has been called in front of the House of Representatives as a source for future policy making for our nations housing crisis. Also, most national housing agency, like Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac use her research to help craft agency goals. The National Realtor Association use her research as well!

Everyone quotes her….The Housing Hour has her…this Saturday!

Plus her research can also be found in the latest book click on photo to order yours today!

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Spring into Action and Prepare

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Mortgage Investors GroupWhen preparing to buy a home there are many things to consider.  Most of the time, compiling documentation for your lender is not at the top of the list.  This could be a very important step to the overall success of your home-buying experience.

Please read on.

If you haven’t done so already – please begin compiling documentation we’re going to need once you’ve found your dream home. For a specific list of what we will contact one of our loan officers today!

Partial List of Starter Documents:

  • Copies of last two years tax returns and W-2′s
  • Copies of two most recent paycheck stubs (or easy, quick access to future pay stubs)
  • Copies of bank and brokerage statements for the last two months

Why Bother Digging Up Documents Now – I Haven’t Even Found My Home Yet?
Because, in the mortgage business Time Equals Money. I’ll explain what I mean below.

What Does It Mean To “Lock” Your Loan?

When it’s officially “go time”, you are going to “lock” your loan program with the lender. In turn, the lender is setting aside the funds allocated to your home mortgage. Lenders take these “loan locks” very seriously – as it helps us manage supply and demand.

Generally speaking – the shorter a time period you lock up a lender’s funds, the more preferential the pricing that lender will offer in return. This is huge.

What Do I Mean By the Statement Above?
Typically lenders offer “lock periods” of 30, 60 or sometimes even 90 days. By locking your loan, you benefit from knowing that if mortgage rates rise in the future, your terms will remain unchanged by the lender. As a result of this commitment the lender makes to you, they provide financial incentive for you to choose a shorter lock period than a long lock period. Does this make sense so far? If you are interested in learning more about how Time Equals Money in the mortgage business, contact us today!

So, Is My Ultimate Point In All This?

It is difficult to know if it is going to be prudent to choose a short, medium or long “lock period”. However, if we ultimately determine that a short lock period is best for your situation – it will be critical that we don’t lose even a single day while the clock is running.

By getting your mortgage ducks in a row now, we will be in optimal shape for a smooth and cost-saving mortgage process later.

While some lenders take 60-90 to close your loan, MIG will get it done on your schedule and close on time, every time.

Air Date 03-02-13: Three from MIG!

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Meet Three New Faces to MIG!

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1st Segment:

HH3Taylor Hays
Taylor.Hays@migonline.com
Office 865-671-8910
Fax 865-671-0774
10118 Parkside Drive,
Suite 100,
Knoxville, TN 37922

Apply Online

NMLS Unique Identifier
# 922459
TN Lic. # 113544

Message from Talyor:
Mortgage Investors Group is Tennessee’s leading independent mortgage lender. By choosing from our large selection of loan programs including Conventional, FHA, THDA, VA, Construction/Permanent, Interest Only, Fixed and Adjustable Rate Mortgages, you can be certain that you will receive the mortgage program that best fits your individual situation. We have in-house technology systems and experienced staff to simplify the mortgage loan process, thus saving time and money for borrowers. In fact at Mortgage Investors Group, we guarantee that your rate and our fees will not change from lock-in to closing, or we will pay the difference. We specialize in providing convenience, ease, and experience along with low mortgage loan rates.

“My team’s commitment to providing superior customer service has afforded us a quality reputation in the community. I look forward to assisting you with any of your current or future mortgage loan needs. As I work primarily by referral, I encourage you to tell family, friends, and colleagues about Mortgage Investors Group and me.”

2nd Segment:

HH1Robert Carter
Robert.Carter@migonline.com
Office 865-691-8910
Fax 865-691-7714
8320 East Walker Springs Lane, Suite 200,
Knoxville, TN 37923
Apply Online
NMLS Unique Identifier
# 898005
TN Lic. # 113697

Message From Robert:

Working for Tennessee’s Leading Independent Lender allows me the tools that the competition simply does not have. That is why shortly after Mortgage Investors Group financed my home, I joined the team as an employee. I understand that purchasing your home is likely the largest purchase you will make in your lifetime, and I take the responsibility of guiding my clients through the process seriously.

It is my job to find the best loan product for each client’s individual needs and explain every step required to get you into your new property so that you can continue living your life. I would be honored to show you why the Carter Team is such a powerhouse in the mortgage lending business. Our closing process is a well-oiled efficient machine that works for you. Unlike other Loan Officers at other companies that can be hard to get in touch with, and forget about the client after the closing, my team is here for you when you need us and understand that you will have questions after you move in. Come Close with Carter, and see why previous clients say such great things about us!

3rd Segment:

HH2Ron Daughtrey
Ron.Daughtrey@migonline.com
Office 865-691-8910
Cell 865-209-3883
Fax 865-691-7714
8320 East Walker Springs Lane, Suite 200,
Knoxville,TN 37923
Apply Online
NMLS Unique Identifier
# 113067
TN Lic. # 88274

Message from Ron:

Mortgage Investors Group, founded by loan officers, is Tennessee’s leading independent mortgage lender. Whether you’re buying a home or refinancing your current one, I am committed to helping you find the mortgage program that best fits your individual situation.

MIG offers competitive loan rates and a large selection of loan programs, including Conventional, FHA, THDA, VA and USDA. We use on-site Underwriting, Processing and Appraisal services and in-house technology to ensure a swift and professional lending experience.

As a licensed Loan Officer, I have the expertise to advise you through the process, answer any questions you may have and help you close on time. You can rest assured that you will receive superior customer service when you work with MIG. That’s how we’ve become leaders in the local mortgage lending market.

I look forward to assisting you with your current or future mortgage loan needs. I hope to hear from you soon.

USDA Offers 100% Loans

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USDA 100% LOANSFor home buyers today, there are two mortgage programs which offer 100% financing. The first is the VA loan from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s available to most active military personnel and veterans nationwide.

The other program is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee Program.

Sometimes called a “Rural Housing Loan” or a “Section 502” loan, today’s USDA financing isn’t just for farms. Because of the way the USDA defines “rural”, there are plenty of exurban and suburban neighborhoods nationwide in which USDA loans can be used.

Home buyers who buy a home in a qualified USDA area, and who meet USDA income eligibility requirements, can take advantage of the USDA’s low interest rate, no downpayment mortgage program.

Click here to apply today!

What Are The Benefits Of A USDA Home Loan?

USDA mortgages are structured just like conventional ones via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Where they differ, though, is with respect to downpayment requirements and mortgage insurance.

Unlike conventional loans, USDA mortgages have no down payment requirement, which allows a home buyer to finance a home for 100 percent of its purchase price. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will assess a two percent mortgage insurance fee to all loans, and the cost may to be added to the loan size at the time of closing, as can the costs of eligible home repairs and improvements.  The monthly mi factor is significantly less than the FHA loan.

This loan can also be used with THDA.

How Do I Qualify For A USDA Home Loan?

Similar to FHA home loans, rural housing loans aren’t made by the USDA. Rather, the USDA insures mortgage lenders making USDA Section 502 loans against loss. The program is meant to spur homeownership in rural and underdeveloped areas.

In order to qualify for a USDA home loan, home buyers must meet two requirements.

First, the buyer must buy a home in a USDA-eligible area. In general, USDA property eligibility is governed by census tract density. However, the term “rural” leaves room for interpretation, opening Section 502 mortgages to buyers in unexpected parts of the country.

A buyer’s second USDA eligibility requirement is that household income may not exceed 115% of the area’s median income. A mortgage lender can tell you whether your income meets program requirements, if you’re unsure how to check.

Click here to confirm your USDA eligibility

There are other USDA qualifying criteria, too, including :

  • The subject property must be a primary residence
  • The buyer must be at least two years seasoned from a bankruptcy discharge
  • The buyer must have decent credit
  • The buyer must meet a qualifying ratio of 29 percent for housing costs; and 41 percent for total debt
  • The buyer may not own another home within commuting distance of the subject property

HOW MUCH CAN I GET APPROVED FOR?

For today’s home buyers, mortgage rates remain low and USDA home loan guidelines remain loose. The program is designed for leniency so long as the buyers meets the USDA’s property and income eligibility requirements.

Note, however, that the USDA changes its “rural areas” fairly regularly and an expanding town is apt to lose its rural loan eligibility with the next census tract update, planned for late-March 2013. Homes which are USDA-eligible today may not be USDA-eligible in April.

Get help with your rural home loan and determine your personal eligibility.

Source The Mortgage Report

The Housing Hour 07.14.12 (Saturday’s 2p-3p, 100.3 WNOX)

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Our guest today was Doug Lawyer, Vice President of Economic Development  with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. Doug will be discussing Innovation Valley, a regional economic development initiative centered on a 25-mile Technology Corridor with world-class resources in science, technology, and business.
Our Good Will section features Legacy Parks Foundation— Chad Youngblood joins our show to talk about how the organization works to assure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come. Also check out their newest website for all the parks and trails! Outdoor Knoxville!!