Leslie Velazquez

Loan Officer

NMLS: 977603

Recent Articles

Feb
28
2020
Yes! Buying A Home With Low Credit Is Possible!
If you have bad credit, it may seem like buying a house is out of reach --or at least a couple of years away. But, in reality, struggling credit may not be as much of a roadblock as you may think!  If you have less than ideal credit and have the goal of buying a home in 2020, then this article...
Feb
20
2020
Can I Defer a Mortgage Payment?
Deferring a mortgage payment means that you are postponing or skipping a mortgage payment until a later date. Those that are going through a temporary financial hardship look for ways to pause payments briefly while they get their finances in order.  The financial hardship could...
Feb
14
2020
The Surprising Tax Savings Of Being a Homeowner
Tax season isn’t always met with positivity. But when you’re a homeowner, you tend to view tax season differently. That’s because of the tax benefits of being a homeowner. With tax season soon upon us, we wanted to share some of the lesser-known tax benefits of owning a...
Feb
06
2020
Home Shoppers - This Is How To Choose Your Ideal Neighborhood
Choosing your neighborhood should be considered just as carefully as the home when you're in the market to purchase a house. Just like moving in with a roommate, communities have habits and personalities --some of which may not be the right fit for you and your family. For example, some...
Jan
29
2020
Can you back out of a home purchase offer after it's accepted?
Although we don't see this too often, backing out of a home purchase deal that is possible in some instances. However, it's not without consequences. This article gives you a general idea of what to expect should you cancel your home purchase agreement after it's accepted. However, it...
Jan
23
2020
Breaking Down Mortgage Closing Costs
Whether you are buying a home or are refinancing, there are fees required to finalize the loan. We lump all these together and call them closing costs. With refinance loans, the closing costs are a bit less because certain elements are missing (such as title fees, home appraisal fees, and...
Jan
15
2020
The Ultimate Home Shopping Guide for First-Time Homebuyers
Are you buying a house for the first time? Not knowing what to expect can make things unnecessarily overwhelming and daunting. To help reduce the stress of the unknown, we've broken down the timeline to buying a home in this step-by-step guide. Keep in mind that this is just a general...
Jan
10
2020
What to Expect When Buying a Foreclosed Home
Foreclosed homes are some of the best home purchase deals you can find but that doesn’t mean that you should through caution to the wind when considering purchasing a foreclosed home.    In fact, some foreclosed homes can end up costing you more money (or headaches)...
Jan
03
2020
2020 Real Estate Trends: Is It a Good Time To Buy or Sell?
Some of the first things we look at when determining a favorable seller’s and buyer’s market are employment, income, and consumer confidence levels. Those 3 points combined with current rates and loan programs give us an excellent sense of how big the opportunity is for...
Dec
26
2019
Saving For A Downpayment: Where To Keep Your Nest Egg
Saving for a downpayment is one of the first steps to buying a home --apart from getting pre-qualified for a mortgage. Starting your savings also requires quite a bit of commitment. It takes discipline to forgo that weekend getaway with friends or reduce everyday purchases like your usual...
Dec
18
2019
What Are Mortgage Points and Are They Worth It?
Mortgage points, sometimes called discount points, are fees that you pay in exchange for a lower interest rate. The common reason that people "buy down the rate" is that the lower interest rate may lower their monthly mortgage payment. Calculating the cost of a point is fairly simple. One...
Dec
11
2019
Is It The Right Time To Get a Home Loan? Find Out Now!
The question of when it’s the right time to buy a home has been asked by countless. And the answer to that largely depends on what one means by “the right time.” When is it the right time to buy according to the market? When is it the right time to buy according to your...
Dec
04
2019
Are FHA Loans a Good Idea? What You Need To Know
If you have a low credit score or minimal downpayment, you may have heard that a government loan is a good option. But how true is that? Here’s what you need to know about FHA loans and whether it’s the right option for you. Get The Facts About FHA Loans As mentioned above, FHA...
Nov
27
2019
Thanksgiving Holiday Safety Tips -Please Share!
Thanksgiving is just about here and we want to wish you a happy and safe holiday weekend. With that in mind, we wanted to share some safety tips. As it turns out Thanksgiving is the peak of home fires.  Because we care about you and your family, please take a few minutes to read over the...
Nov
20
2019
The Advantages of a Large Down Payment
Most of the time, the goal is to put as little down as possible on a home, but paying more money upfront has its advantages. Here are just a few of them for you to consider. Pay Less Interest Putting a large down payment can save you thousands of dollars of accrued interest over the loan term....
Nov
13
2019
Don't Miss Out! Avoid These Mistakes When Bidding on a Home
The only thing worse than not getting the home you wanted is not getting it because of an avoidable mistake. While working with a real estate agent certainly helps -- and we recommend it -- buying decisions are ultimately in your hands, so you want to be as prepared as possible. Do you know...
Nov
06
2019
Purchasing a Home Closer to Work: Is It Right For You?
Moving closer to work sounds reasonable but is it actually worth it? That’s what we want to help you answer with this article. If any of the points below sound like you, then buying a home closer to work may be the best move you could make. Ready to buy your next home (or first home!)...
Oct
30
2019
How Identity Theft Affects Your Home Loan Approval
It makes everyone cringe at the mere possibility of it -- identity theft. Unfortunately, about 1 in 15 Americans are victims of it. And the way most find out that it's happened to them is when their credit is pulled, and they notice something suspicious. Indeed, identity theft can even...
Oct
23
2019
Mortgage Co-Borrower: Is It Right For You?
Having a co-borrower is a huge deal. And just like any other investment, you’ll want to be absolutely clear about what it entails before committing. Bookmark this blog post for referencing the basics of co-borrowing and contact us for an obligation-free mortgage consultation...
Oct
16
2019
The Ultimate Guide to Closing Costs
Just like when you purchase a car, the listed price of the home does not include the additional fees. Essentially, the "sticker price" is not the out-the-door price. For home purchases, these additional fees are lumped together and called "closing costs." Here are the fees you can expect...