Hurricane Season begins Today. Are You Prepared

Florida officials believe they are as ready as possible, in terms of storm preparation and the financial strength of the insurance industry, for the next hurricane that crashes into any part of the Sunshine State’s shoreline. Forecast tracking has improved, and even the use of social media – the state directs people to its “Get…

Identity Theft: Protect Your Financial Future

The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that over 16 million people experienced identity theft in 2012, that’s over 5% of the total U.S. population! This means that you or someone you know may have been victimized by some form of identity theft in the past or will likely experience some form of this crime in…

Tips for increasing a home’s property value

SAN FRANCISCO – April 2, 2015 – With the spring selling season in full swing, now is the time for clients to improve their home and make it more appealing to potential buyers, even if they don’t plan to put it on the market right away. Where to start? Peter Chovanes, a Realtor® with Van Guard…

Don’t Miss These Home Tax Deductions

Owning a home can pay off at tax time.   Take advantage of these homeownership-related tax deductions and strategies to lower your tax bill: Mortgage Interest Deduction  One of the neatest deductions itemizing homeowners can take advantage of is the mortgage interest deduction, which you claim on Schedule A. To get the mortgage interest deduction, your mortgage must…

FHA is exploring alternative credit scoring models

WASHINGTON – April 2, 2015 – A diverse group of housing industry stakeholders participated in a credit access symposium today to discuss how alternative credit scoring models could expand access to mortgage credit for responsible borrowers who may have thin credit histories or extenuating circumstances like medical debts. The event, co-hosted by the National Association…