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AnnieMac is USDA's Lender of the Year

In a letter congratulating AnnieMac Home Mortgage for winning the USDA Rural Development Lender of the Year Award for Fiscal Year 2017, USDA Housing Programs Director Michael Matthews states: “Your commitment has made our program grow and become very successful, and your contributions to the industry are much appreciated.” VP of Collateral Valuation Wes Costello said AnnieMac has funded $14 million in USDA loans during the last fiscal year, which was the most in the lending industry by a wide margin. But Wes said the dollar volume tells only a fraction of the story. “Part of what they took into account is engagement with the USDA and commitment to serving people in rural communities,” Wes said..

Posted in Articles on Apr 4, 2018

Four reasons to consider a reverse mortgage when you retire

Are you wondering how you’re going to come up with enough money to retire, especially considering the potential for major spending shocks such as nursing-home care? If you’re a homeowner, taking a line of credit via a reverse mortgage just might be the answer, according to a new book by retirement-income researcher Wade Pfau. In “The Retirement Researcher’s Guide to Reverse Mortgages,” Pfau offers a detailed analysis of the pros and cons of using these products as part of a comprehensive plan for generating income in retirement. (His book and this article focus on the reverse-mortgage program managed by the Housing and Urban Development Department; the loans are known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, or HECMs.).

Posted in Articles on Oct 4, 2017

Making the Most of an Open House Visit

Here are some best practices for buyers at all ends of the home-buying spectrum. Open houses are the gold standard in real estate. They’ve been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come. The average buyer attends three open houses, according to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, a survey of more than 13,000 homeowners, sellers, buyers, and renters. Seventy-one percent of all buyers attend at least open house, and first-time buyers are even more likely to go (77 percent attend one open house or more)..

Posted in Articles on Oct 4, 2017

What Does It Mean And Should You Make an Offer?

Remember the big red “Pending” sticker you used to see across “For Sale” yard signs? Before the Internet and online listings, that sign was the consumer’s only indication that a home had a deal. Today’s consumers discover the words “contingent” or “pending” online, and they don’t always know what it means. Many buyers assume that “sale pending” means the property is no longer available. But that’s not always the case..

Posted in Articles on Oct 4, 2017

7 Things Buyers Do That Real Estate Agents Hate

Buying a house is a process. One where you’ll spend a lot of quality time with your Realtor®. One where you might even drive him or her a little … nuts. No, we’re not talking about that time you called after 10 p.m. because you saw a house online and had to see it immediately (though, hey, you might want to ease up on that, too). We’re talking about the stuff you do that actually sabotages your chances of getting the right house, at the right price—or getting a house at all..

Posted in Articles on Aug 22, 2017

If You Can Afford to Spend It, You Can Afford to Save It

I hope you’re doing well! I have been a reader since at least 2010 (WHOA where does time go?). I started out adulthood with a pretty rotten relationship with money. I came from a lower middle class family and never really learned at all how to handle money. At 17, I was the first person in my family to go to college, and was highly encouraged by friends, family, and even my school’s financial aid office to finance my education with loans. Fast forward a few years, and I had $70,000+ in student loans and a bunch of credit card debt, which I ended up paying off through a probably shady consolidation agreement..

Posted in Articles on Apr 7, 2017

6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your House Comfortable (Inside and Out)

We all know that energy efficient technologies and greener routines are the future. Not necessarily because we prefer them or because they’re more convenient, but because the health of our world demands it. Yet, one of the reasons why homeowners often struggle to adopt eco-friendly changes is a lack of understanding. We don’t spend enough time talking about the many different perks of ‘going green.’ Instead of focusing on the differences, we should be focusing on how great it is that we can still do all of the things that we want to while using marginally less energy. The reality is that sustainability can be really exciting if you get passionate about improving your world..

Posted in Articles on Apr 6, 2017

How to Choose a Home Fire Extinguisher

Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher that’s kept readily at hand. And yet many homeowners either (A.) know they don’t have a fire extinguisher and don’t think it’s a problem (I’m embarrassed to admit I was in this category until I started researching this post), or (B.) own a fire extinguisher (or several) but have no idea how to operate it or even if it would still work in case of a fire. Here’s what you should know about fire extinguishers to help keep your home and family safe..

Posted in Articles on Apr 4, 2017

How to Cut Glass Tile

Glass tiles are still enjoying their day in the sun as homeowners continue to incorporate these trendy tiles into their home renovation projects. With their easy-to-clean, glossy surface, durability, and versatility, glass tiles provide an attractive option for backsplashes, shower walls, and bathroom accents. What’s more, glass tiles have a clear or jewel-toned hue that radiates light, producing a shimmering effect you won’t find in ceramic tiles. Installing glass tiles is a DIY-friendly project that requires little in the way of grunt work..

Posted in Articles on Apr 3, 2017

ANNIEMAC A "TOP WORKPLACE" FIVE YEARS RUNNING

For the fifth year in a row, AnnieMac Home Mortgage has won a 2017 Top Workplaces award from Philly.com. The award recognizes 125 Philadelphia-area companies based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey. The award is not a popularity contest, according to Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, the research firm that conducted the surveys. Nor is it all about fancy perks and benefits. “To be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health,” Claffey said. “And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day — the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.”.

Posted in Articles on Mar 29, 2017

Simple D.I.Y. Concrete Hearth Over Tile

Every home has its quirks, and the older the home, the more quirks you're likely to find. But the quirks come along with charm, so there's a trade-off there — and our guest today lives in a century-old farmhouse that has plenty of quirks (like a funky tile hearth installed by a previous owner) that she and her family are working hard to change into more modern and beautiful charm, like this gorgeous DIY concrete hearth. But this corner wasn't so gorgeous to begin with — see how Sarah and her hubby transformed it below and get inspired with these other beautiful fireplace makeovers..

Posted in Articles on Mar 27, 2017

Market Update From Our CEO 3.27.17

Daily Quote:“Sorry losers and haters but my I.Q. is one of the highest and you all know.

Posted in Articles on Mar 27, 2017

3 Lifestyle Habits That Make You Worse at Managing

We often think about money management as something that happens separately from everything else in our lives, but nothing really exists in a vacuum. The truth is that our lifestyle habits can have a tremendous impact on the way we manage money. Live right and we will make the right choices. Live on the edge and our finances will suffer too. Here are three lifestyle habits that can make us worse at taking care of our financial resources:.

Posted in Articles on Mar 21, 2017

Market Update from Our CEO - 03.16.17

The Fed raised rates yesterday and reiterated their desire to increase the Fed Funds target an additional two times this year if economic activity continues at its current pace. I know…old news and something you’re already aware of. But what you might not be aware of, and what’s critically important to interest rates from now until the Fed’s next meeting in June, are the following 4 items and please pay close attention to #4:.

Posted in Articles on Mar 16, 2017

10 Ways to Save Money on Vet Care

Veterinarians charge a surprisingly broad array of prices for the same services, even in the same location. The fee for spaying or neutering a pet, for example, might range from less than $100 through a low-cost program to nearly $1,000 at a private clinic. Before settling on a vet, make calls and ask plenty of questions regarding prices for a variety of services..

Posted in Articles on Mar 13, 2017