The other lender had a lower rate

April 10, 2014

Those are the words I have heard my whole career in this mortgage industry. They are words sent to me saying they have gone with the other lender. But the irony is, most times the other lender does not have a lower rate but a more recent estimate. See the image below – it shows the Bond market activity for the last quarter – and since historically mortgage rates move with the bond market – you can see that almost each day the mortgage rates have moved – up and down.

I guess the only way for me to not hear those words again is to “stalk” the customer but as most of you know – that is very far from my approach now. Thoughts on this topic, do you want a stalker lender?

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Luxury home or private island?

March 31, 2014

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It’s D Magazine’s real estate version of Would You Rather: Check out these Dallas area homes with values comparable to a South Pacific island, a private jet, and absurdly expensive luxury car. Which would you choose?


Twitter Recap: Paddy Dash, Southwest Flight Crew and IKEA Frisco

November 22, 2013

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Here’s what you may have missed on Twitter:

It’s time to think about the 2014 Paddy Dash! Did you know sponsorship opportunities are available for as low as $100?

If you want to make your Southwest flight crew happy, you might reconsider the roller bag.

Should you refinance your home loan? This will help you decide.

How to determine the health of the local economy? Go to IKEA! Lots of happy buyers at IKEA in Frisco. And it is IKEA Frisco – not Dallas.

Do you know the seven questions you must ask your lender? I’ve got ’em right here.

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)  saw a bit of a drop in their November report. They say Congress and uncertainty held consumers back.

This New York Post article revealed that the Jobs Report released right before the 2012 election was manipulated with encouragement by Census bosses! The report impacted stock and bond markets as well as our views of how the current administration was performing.

Just had to share my favorite GEICO commercial on Wednesday! Guess what day it is!!

Are you on Twitter? Follow me at @FriscoMortgage and join the conversation!


Twitter Recap: Trick-or-Treat, the Spider Queen, Frisco Family Services and Dirk Nowitzki

November 2, 2013

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Here’s what you may have missed on Twitter last week:

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) said they will leave the loan limits alone for Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac and revisit in mid 2014.

Do you know the seven most important questions to ask your lender? Here they are!

Looks like a great time was had by all the trick-or-treaters who stopped by the Forest Park Medical Center in Frisco!

Have you stopped by the Frisco Heritage Museum lately? Cowboy Day is over, but you can see Wars in the Pacific through November 10th.

The August Case-Shiller Home Price Index (tracks closing prices 20 major cities) was up 1.3% and home prices up 12.8% for the year! Is this the time to list your home? Maybe now is the time to put your home on the market? Call a Realtor and see what your home might sell at with this increase!!

CNN Money shared an article in which we learned that drivers with poor credit pay as much as 91% more than people with top credit scores. Bad credit can almost double your car insurance premiums! Check out GetTheFicoFacts.com for more information.

Wondering what the Market does? U.S. adds 130,000 private-sector jobs October – the lowest monthly gain since April according to payroll processor ADP.

Listening to the Mark Cuban segment on 1310 The TicketCan’t get enough of this guy! Love how he handles himself on Shark Tank!!!

Did you hear about the “Spider Queen” in Lewisville? She has about 1700 tarantulas and plans to release them into the wild. Freaks me out!!

Guess what day it is!! That’s right, it’s Dirk Day! This Game Day ad for the Mavs cracks me up!

John Classe reminded us of the importance of protection from identity theft. I think at some point everyone will hire a protection service – what do you think?

Met with the guys at 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House to discuss a partnership for a event. Seriously great food!!

Frisco Family Services thanked the community for the recent influx of food pantry donations. Demand will increase through holiday season, so keep them in mind when you’re out grocery shopping!

Nothing like a Frisco Chamber of Commerce Get on Track networking meeting on Halloween!

The good folks at Meridian Offices came to work as Duck Dynasty on Halloween.

Twitter is on the verge of going public. NYSE is busy making sure IPO goes off without a hitch. Will you buy?

Are you on Twitter? Follow me at @FriscoMortgage and join the conversation!


Twitter Recap: September Jobs Report, Favre Chicken Commercial and Halloween in Frisco!

October 25, 2013

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Here’s what you may have missed on Twitter:

Google shares topped $1000 for the first time. I’m probably not alone in wishing I would have bought early!

Did you see the pictures of the October After Hours event posted by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce? Congrats again to Jeff and Dana Cheney of The Cheney Group on your 10 years as members!

What did you think about the John Randle / Favre Chicken commercial. Funny? Weird? Both?

This is perfect patio season! Be sure to head over to Randy’s Steakhouse to enjoy a wonderful meal on their backyard patio.

Have you visited the Frisco Heritage Museum? It’s a popular wedding spot too!

Thanks to the good folks at the Samaritan Inn in McKinney to serve Collin County’s homeless!

Pat Fallon held a Town Hall Meeting at Griffin Middle School – did you attend?

US News published 7 Reasons to Buy a House Before 2014 – I agree with all of them except #4.

Thanks to Centennial Medical Center for sponsoring the Frisco Fire Safety Town Trick-or-Treat. Take the family and enjoy some fun, safe Halloween fun this evening!

Had an amazing time service as a Watch DOGG at my kids’ school! Highly recommend the experience.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Frisco will host its ninth annual Gifts of Grace Market on November 3, 8, 9 and 10.  Gifts of Grace supports artisans, farmers and craftsmen around the globe by helping to provide a sustainable living, enabling these individuals to build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. All proceeds go directly back to these artisans and to missions and outreach organizations worldwide.

The September Jobs Report showed fewer new jobs created than expected, yet the unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 to 7.2% as more people gave up the job search. And the Labor Force Participation Rate is lowest it has been in 35 years – this is not a good sign for our economic recovery. The good news: lower mortgage interest rates to come.

Are you carving pumpkins this year? Shaddock Homes shared these amazing Jack o Lantern pics.

Always appreciate Mayor Maso’s involvement with the Frisco ISD kids!

Be sure to watch Shark Tank this evening – McKinney’s Jason Adams and his wife Amanda are pitching “Elephant Chat”, the new communication tool for couples they developed. Good luck to ’em!

The 2014 Tour de France route was released – wonder what creator Henri Desgrange would think of it?

The Gary Burns Fun Run is tomorrow morning – be aware of road closures around Toyota Stadium.

Calling all artists! Arts in the Square returns in collaboration with Frisco ISD. Apply by January 24, 2014 to participate in the evening in March 2014.

Are you on Twitter? Follow me at @FriscoMortgage and join the conversation!


Twitter Recap: Inc 5000 Conference, Rocky Horror Picture Show and the end of the Government Shutdown!

October 18, 2013

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Here’s what you may have missed on Twitter last week:

The Frisco EDC had a booth at the Inc 5000 Conference in Washington D.C. last weekend, where they discussed the benefits of doing business in Frisco, Texas. Proud to have Mayor Maso represent our city!

I was amazed to learn that the iconic Bernard Schwartz house (or Still Bend), which was commissioned by Life Magazine in 1938 is available as a vacation rental? It’s one of the few  Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes that allows overnight guests. Thanks, Bryan Smith Homes for sharing.

The Apple store in the Stonebriar Centre gets busy early!

Thanks, Kansas Gameday, for sharing the link to the online GameTracker. Follow along the games you’re unable to watch live!

Looking for some new running gear as the seasons change? Luke’s Locker always has great picks.

This Bob Hope quote explains our banking system: “A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” Thanks, Jessica Brasher for posting!

K. Hovnanian DFW shared a Time Magazine article, “5 Tips for Getting a Mortgage in Today’s Housing Market”. Tip #6? Use FriscoMortgageGuy.com, of course!

Did you discover any leaks during last week’s rainy days? Total Roofing is here to help.

Frisco ISD presented attendance zone changes to accommodate the opening of the district’s 7th high school, Independence High.

Columbus Day was October 14th – did anyone else honor the occasion in the same manner that Will Ferrell did, by refusing to ask for directions?

Lone Star Custom Trim posted a picture of their stunning lighted crown molding – incredible!

Drug Crafters opened in Frisco Square’s Forest Park Medical Center. Thanks, John Classe and Frisco Square for filling me in on what they do!

Great lunch at Three Squares in Frisco Square – have you eaten there yet? Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner (get it? three square meals?). You will not be disappointed!

How long has it been since you’ve been to the Rocky Horror Picture Show? It’s that time of year again – you can catch a late night screening at the McKinney Performing Arts Center tonight!

Ah, the end of the Government Shutdown! Sure, we can celebrate a little, but let’s not forgot we just raised out debt limit when maybe we should have adjusted our spending…

Frisco-OnLine.com reminded everyone about the Frisco Humane Society’s Barktoberfest. It’s free, so grab your kids and your dogs and head out to Frisco Commons Park tomorrow (Saturday, October 19th) from noon to 4:00!

Skate the Square is returning to Frisco Square  for the holidays! Come out and enjoy the outdoor ice skating rink starting November 29th.

The Frisco Chamber‘s Business After Hours was hosted by 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House. Like they said, “Great food, over 40 beers on tap and TVs everywhere!” It was a perfect venue to recognize Jeff and Dana Cheney for their 10 years of Chamber membership!

Are you on Twitter? Follow me at @FriscoMortgage and join the conversation!


Twitter Recap: Frisco ISD, Government Shutdown, Brazos Power Lines and Running Shoes

October 11, 2013

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Here’s what you may have missed on Twitter:

Did you know that our very own Frisco ISD was ranked among the top ten Best Places to work in DFW by the Dallas Business Journal? Congratulations again, FISD! Seemed like a good opportunity to thank Mayor Maso for his continued support and involvement with our schools. If you ever want to know what our Mayor’s up to, find him on Twitter!

Plenty of talk about the Government shutdown since the beginning of the month. First my boys wanted to clarify the implications for mortgage loans and interest rates, and then my girls jumped in share the new guidelines that my bank has put in place to facilitate the loan closing process during the shutdown.

I was sad to learn of Tom Clancy’s death – the Twittersphere is still talking about it. #RIPTomClancy

Did you see my ad in the Community Impact Newspaper? Go find your paper and check out page 7 – you’ll see me and Kelly Decker smiling back at you!

More Brazos Power Line news and events – good to see the HOAs and homeowners working together.

I hope if you bought new running shoes last weekend that you saw this tweet first and enjoyed your $20 discount! My friends at Optimal Run are an excellent  resource for quality gear and great information.

Want the real scoop on the debt limit? I shared a video that clearly explains – and just might make you laugh.

Do you ever listen to “Focus on Frisco” on KRLD News Radio 1080? Check out past shows on the Frisco EDC website.

Congrats again to Pizzeria Testa in Frisco Square! They celebrated their one year anniversary on October 9th.

And did you hear? First time jobless claims jumped 66,000 to 374,000 – biggest one week increase since Superstorm Sandy.

Are you on Twitter? Follow me at @FriscoMortgage and join the conversation!