Manna Program

I just received this email from Manna and it is a very good offer for anyone needing this assistance.

MANNA is currently looking for applications for its new project “Children First: Safety Initiative.” The program will involve having MANNA staff and volunteers child proofing the homes of expecting mothers, households with babies, or households with small children. The program will be free of charge to all households who participate, but there are restrictions. Qualified households must:

1.  Live in D.C.

2.  Be expecting a child or have a child of seven years or younger

3.  Be willing/able to be there for the project to occur (a one hour appointment) during the scheduled availability period.

4.  Fill out the application and liability waiver.

 

The project will provide all materials and the assistance (volunteers) to install and set up the materials for child proofing for free to all program participants. We are currently seeking those interested in participating on Wednesday, May 16th between the hours of 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

 

To qualify, you must fill out the application and waiver below. Note: All fields must be completed for submission.

Application and Waiver

We are accepting applications for Wednesday, 5/16/2018 until Monday, 5/14/2018 on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

 

3rd annual Manna homeownership fair

Check out the Homeownership Town Hall and Housing Fair on Saturday, April 21st. Learn about purchasing a home, the DC tax breaks given to homeowners and the great down payment assistance program  (aka Free money) we have in DC.  There is free childcare provided and Manna is a great organization advocating for and coaching first-time homebuyers to purchase in the District.

 

http://www.mannadc.org/homebuyers-fair/

Been so long……….

Hello! It has been so long since i have posted here and that’s never good. I became distracted (with life and love and children) and disheartened (with my love of real estate) and contemplated whether to give up. Recently though, I figured out that this blog is needed and how I can be of help as well as how it can help me to teach and reach many not clear, muddy and confused in all of this process with buying, refinancing and general closing. So, I am back to answer questions, offer my insight and place my “two cents” in the cyber stratosphere. 

This is what can wrong…

I stumbled across this YouTube video that Angie’s List posted. While  I don’t personally subscribed to Angie’s List, it is a true and horrifying story of what can happen even when you do your due diligence (the work) and have a home inspection.

I should know. I was in a similar predicament and thankfully I didn’t have to take it as far removing the drywall and correcting everything. I am still having issues with my home, albeit not as serious, but still a nuisance. To think I work in the industry and see it everyday, I had a home inspection, a final walk through, assurances from the seller that the contractor had a license and competent and I still fell victim. My biggest mistake was not holding an escrow at the time of closing because it seemed it was corrected and “I didn’t want to cause any problems”.

My two cents to offer on this subject are: make sure you work with a knowledgeable agent skilled in your area of purchasing or can turn to someone who is, get a home inspection and attend it and ask questions, check online or in your Permitting Department for your area to see if the remodel was done with permits and up to code. Also, make sure to follow your intuition and if it doesn’t look right or make sense, don’t believe it and check it out for yourself.

In some upcoming post, I will be going over what makes a good agent and why you should have one, as well as the need for a home inspector and your need to choose it instead of seller or realtor.

Stay Tuned!

NOTE: This is just a disclaimer. I am not affiliated with Angie’s List nor do I subscribe to her services. I just like her YouTube channel and ran across this video. 

Buying your first home alone-after a divorce/breakup

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“Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”.

I had someone ask for a family member how they can buy a home. The person buying supposedly has a great credit score, works and makes enough to buy the home they are seeking. They were denied a home loan from a lender that I had never heard of but with all listed they should have been approved. I asked the person was this the buyer’s first home or an investment property and that is when I was informed that the buyer was married!

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Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

She still owned a home together with her husband even though they plan on never getting back together. I let the person asking know that is the reasoning behind her denial. She owns a home already and until she removes her name from that house, she will not be able to buy a home as her “principal residence”. Why, you ask? The answer is this-she already has an interest in a property and until she gets rid of that interest, she can buy another home but only as a second home or as an investment with higher interest rates. I advised her to check with an attorney but that it will take either a legal separation or divorce, make hubby refinance and pay her share of the equity out to her for this to be right. Then she is also removed from the loan on the property and no longer responsible for the debt.

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Image courtesy of renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

That can then give her the keys to her own home.

Tax Time Cometh….

This post is for the First time Homeowner.

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You will still feel in a daze and confused as to what just took place.”I just bought a house and I owe on it for 30 years. I JUST BOUGHT A HOUSE, arghh!”

You will still have items coming in the mail or should (if you changed your mailing address). We will go over one of these documents you will receive around tax time (right now) from each of your lenders that you paid any points and interest to. It is the 1098 mortgage interest form.

At beginning of next year after purchasing your home, you will receive a 1098 tax form showing the amount of Points and Mortgage Interest paid during closing (of $600 or more). Save this form and place it with your W-2 and any 1099 forms you receive.

1098

Also shown on your Settlement Statement (aka HUD or HUD-1) or as I like to call it “your big receipt”. You can verify the numbers with your HUD since they are listed there as well.

This form comes in handy if you itemized your deductions on your tax return. If not, still take this form with you to the Tax Preparer office. You might have other items you can use to deduct and still itemize.

Being able to use the form 1098 can save you a lot of money and cause a refund at tax time or lighten load paid to Uncle Sam.

Also, every year for as long as you have the loan, you should receive a 1098 form if you paid mortgage interest (including points) of $600 or more .

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NOTE: I am NOT a Tax Advisor or CPA and I advise you to speak with one to gather whether it will benefit you personally to itemize or take a standard deduction. All information is just to be helpful =:)

REIMAGINE MLK in CONGRESS HEIGHTS

A great event is taking place Saturday, February 8 between 1pm and 4pm. We can actually see what Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Congress Heights, SE, Washington DC would look like if we revitalized the area and brought retail and eateries to the neighborhood. This great event is named “Reimagine MLK”. I live in Congress Heights SE and I for one among many would love to have the same atmosphere as Columbia Heights or Navy Yard/Ballpark.