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If "Plan A" Doesn't Work When You Apply for Mortgage ...

If "Plan A" Doesn't Work  When You Apply for Mortgage ...

One of the social media sites I find most helpful (and enjoyable) is Pinterest.  And I don't mean just business-wise either ...  

Need ideas for your home?  Want to know how to repair something?  Ideas for your landscaping, gardening?  Love history?  Travel?  Fashion?  Looking for a new recipe?  

You can search almost any topic on Pinterest and find a large array of "pins", info, tips, advice, pictures and more to look at and consider.  I can't tell you the number of helpful and informative things my wife and I've found there.  (Or how many great new meals and desserts I've enjoyed.)  

So it wasn't unusual that a pin caught my attention when I visited Pinterest today.  The pin/meme read:




When I read it, I immediately thought of a young couple I'm presently working with.  When in need of a Will County - Chicagoland Mortgage Originator, they'd googled and found me.
That was back in Mar…

2017 "Manhattan Irish Fest" - March 3rd & 4th

2017 "Manhattan Irish Fest" - March 3rd & 4th

Manhattan, IL is my hometown.  It's located smack in the heart of Will County, IL.  It's a town proud of its history, its present and future ... and deep Irish roots ...
Residents will proudly tell you that Manhattan is the home of the "Manhattan Irish Fest", an acclaimed festival that's been running since 1995. 
This annual Fest is being held this year on March 3rd and 4th, 2017.
Like the previous year, this year's Fest is once again being held in the parking lot located just north of Manhattan Fire Station 81.
The list of activities available are long and varied.  There's something planned for young and old alike on each day of the Fest.  
Some of this year's activities are: Manhattan Historical Society Museum DisplayFriday, March 3rd: 5 pm - 9 pm  Saturday, March 4th: 10 am - 5 pm 255 S State Street Displays contributed by prominent Manhattan area families Music:Friday, March 3rd, 5 pm to 11 pm: Ent…

Tax Time: What it Means if You're a Homeowner

Tax Time: What it Means if You're a Homeowner

It's tax time ... 

And that means it's time for you to gather all of those envelopes recently mailed to your home marked "Tax Documents Enclosed" and file your taxes for the year. 

If you became a new homeowner during the previous year ...

Your real estate professional and lender probably told you at the time of purchase that homeownership comes with tax benefits.  Well, now's the time to flex those tax benefit muscles.

If you closed your loan via my mortgage services during the previous year, you should have received a copy/CD of your Mortgage Closing Disclosure at the end of January.  Much of the information you'll need to prepare your taxes and maximize your tax benefits is available on that Disclosure.

Whether preparing and filing your own tax returns ... or paying to have them prepared for you by a professional tax preparer, it's wise to fully-educate yourself to the tax deductions available to you before y…