Quite often it doesn’t make much sense to have a professional handle your taxes. There are many reasons why it makes more sense to do your taxes online yourself.
It all boils down to cost. When you consider the fees charged by professionals versus the small fees to file your taxes online, its a no-brainer. During the 2018 tax season, the average fee by a pro for a federal and state return using the standard deduction was $175.00.
Filing the same return using itemized deductions, the total fee was $275.00. Say you had a side gig and had to file a Schedule C, the total fees would be in the area of $450.00 and up. In some areas of the country where the cost of living may be higher, your total fees went well View full post…
Posted: December 18, 2018 Under: Income Tax By: Gust Lenglet
If you’re a military veteran, you’ll be glad to know that the Department of Veterans Affairs has a program to help you buy a home. This program, known as VA loans, makes it much easier for a veteran to get a VA mortgage through a private lender. The VA does not make loans directly and instead, guarantees home loans for veterans.
One advantage of a VA loan is that a down payment isn’t always necessary. Other advantages are that mortgage insurance is not required, plus there is no VA requirement of a minimum credit score.
VA loans are available to active duty military personnel and also military veterans, who generally find that they can qualify for a VA loan easier than a conventional mortgage, especially View full post…
Posted: November 14, 2018 Under: Mortgages By: Gust Lenglet
4 Things You Can Do To Learn How To Get Your Finances in Order
Are you familiar with financial phrases like credit score, retirement savings, debt retirement, or account balances? If so, that’s great, you’re well on your way to learn how to get your finances in order.
If these phrases tend to cause a bit of anxiety, you’re not alone. About 75 % of the current millennial generation feel as you do, according to the National Endowment for Financial Education. This organization was founded in 1972 and is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation with its primary purpose being to help Americans improve the quality of their lives by educating them with basic programs that teach one to make sound financial decisions.
What is a mortgage preapproval and why would I want to get one? Short of a formal loan commitment, there are two types of letters that a lender will issue to help a house hunter in the purchase of a home.
A prequalification letter is one that is issued by a lender after reviewing certain financial information submitted by the buyer. This letter is rather broad and gives an estimate of the amount of a mortgage that the buyer may qualify for.
A preapproval letter is one that is issued by a lender after reviewing and verifying all of the financial documents that are required View full post…
Posted: October 30, 2018 Under: Mortgages By: Gust Lenglet
How To Know If a Mortgage Refinance Is Your Best Option?
When interest rates are low, applications for a mortgage refinance are a major portion of the total of all mortgage applications. This is due because when mortgage interest rates fall, many borrowers see an opportunity to restructure their debt hoping to get a more favorable rate or term.
Simply having a drop in mortgage interest rates doesn’t mean that its the right thing to do for everyone. We all have different situations and lifestyles and everyone doesn’t fit into the “average” cookie cutter mold. Because of this, the following 9 points may help you if you are considering refinancing your mortgage.
The equity in your home
Equity is one of the first items that a refinance lender will look at. If it’s not there within the banks’ guidelines, most conventional lenders will decline your request. During the last recession, many homeowners were underwater, some very deep.
The value of homes has been rising as of late and the number of underwater loans has dropped. This varies from state to state and is determined by a number of factors. If your home has little equity, a conventional lender probably View full post…
Posted: October 14, 2018 Under: Mortgages By: Gust Lenglet
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