Looks like we’re moving – again. Just this morning my human said: “Hey Pearly, think it’s time we owned our own place, don’t you? “ Not that I mind, it’s getting pretty boring looking at these apartment walls and that roommate definitely needs an upgrade. I’d been expecting this; she’s been surfing real estate sites on the Net so I’ve been boning up on the whole human house – buying routine anyway. (Although I love my human, let’s face it, she sometimes doesn’t do her research as well as she could.) That’s one of the advantages of being a Goldfish, you have a lot of time to think while you swim those circles.
If you don’t have anything to say; don’t say anything!
This might seem like weird advice. It stems back to the old saying my mother used to say all the time “If you can’t say something nice; don’t say anything at all.”
Let me start by saying that I am thankful that you and your loved ones safe and sound. I’m sorry to hear that things for your home did not turn out quite as well. Hopefully the damage was minimal and you will be back in the swing of things very soon. And, in many cases, that means getting your insurance check endorsed by the mortgage company.
One thing I have been reminded from going through Hurricane Matthew (yes, my home was hit too. I am writing this as much for myself as for you), is most people are good. Neighbors are checking on each other’s homes. They are sharing information. Neighbors are safeguarding each other and their communities. They are banding together to clean up and share supplies. Neighbors are helping each other.
Yes, most people are good. This includes your mortgage company and your insurance company. They want your home to be safe, secure and returned to normal as quickly and conveniently as possible.
While this post is specifically written for the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, many of the tips will apply after any natural disaster and will also apply anytime that you have to get an insurance check processed by your mortgage company. So here we go…it’s all about getting your insurance check endorsed by the mortgage company quickly.
Whether you’re buying your dream home or refinancing your existing home, deciding on the right loan product is a crucial decision. It is an important step in laying the foundation for your family’s financial future.
There are a lot of loan choices. The one that was right for your friend or family member may or may not be right for you. It truly depends on your situation and your financial goals.
I am not suggesting that mortgages are a commodity like fries and a milkshake. I am not even suggesting that you should eat French fries for lunch. In fact, should you decide to skip out on your normal grilled chicken and spinach salad and splurge on French fries for lunch you probably don’t think that all fries are the same. I know I don’t think they are all the same. I prefer skinny French fries that are very crispy, but not burnt. And there is a hole in the wall in Auburn, AL that makes the best vanilla milk shakes on the planet. Enough about that before I have to run an extra three miles today.
Mortgages are exactly like those fries and shakes; there is one that is just right for you.
The answer to this question largely depends on you. Just how much of a gambler are you? Do you like to go to Vegas and bet the house on the single roll of the dice or does putting a dollar into the slot machine make you break out in hives? The answer to this question could very well tell you whether to lock or float your mortgage interest rate.