Mark Stafford - Loan Officer / Academy Mortgage

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It’s all about service at Academy Mortgage, and our company has been meeting the needs of homebuyers across the United States since 1988. I joined Academy because of its strong reputation for integrity-based mortgage lending, its unwavering commitment to responsible lending practices, and for its broad portfolio of mortgage solutions and tools. Since joining Academy, I have helped many individuals and families attain the dream of homeownership. Whether you want to buy a new home or refinance an existing mortgage, I will provide a customized solution for you at competitive rates. No brokering, no middleman, no hassle, no surprises. Academy is a direct lender, which means that my Branch and Regional Offices are equipped to complete the entire loan process in-house—all loan processing, underwriting, closings, and funding are handled locally. As a result, we have a proven track record of closing loans as quickly and efficiently as possible. I will be in control of your loan file from start to finish, and I will be up-to-date on the status of your loan at all times. I understand the importance of maintaining continuous communication throughout the loan process and commit to providing you accurate, timely, and honest mortgage advice. I invite you to put us to the test. Let me show you how simple and easy securing a mortgage can be.

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If you're thinking of listing your house for sale, it may make sense to beat the spring rush of inventory that'll hit the market in a couple months! It is common knowledge that a great number of homes sell during the spring-buying season. For that reason, many homeowners hold off on putting their homes on the market until then. The question is whether or not that will be a good strategy this year.

Tax changes a ‘headwind’ for housing, Goldman says

"The Republican tax bill will crimp home-price gains by making it less advantageous to itemize taxes" analysts at Goldman Sachs said Wednesday. By making it less economical to itemize housing-related expenses like mortgage interest and state and local taxes, the new tax law may take a bite out of more-expensive housing markets.

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If your plans for 2018 include purchasing your dream home, start your search for a local real estate partner who can help you make the most powerful and confident decisions for you and your family.

#realestate #buyers The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers in which they surveyed recent home buyers and sellers about their experiences. An entire section of the profile is dedicated to buyers’ experiences with their real estate agents.

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#realestate #buyers First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Infographics, Move-Up Buyers, Pricing Home Prices Up 6.54% Across the Country! [INFOGRAPHIC] 1.0Kshares 777 84 0 5 156 Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the�...

The 50 best places to work in 2018, according to employees

We are thrilled to announce that Academy Mortgage has been honored with a Glassdoor Employee’s Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2018. Academy ranks #18 on the list of large companies, which includes household names like Facebook, Bain & Company, In-N-Out Burger, and Google. Furthermore, Academy Mortgage is the only home loan lender on the list of 100. Our overall rating is 4.5 out of 5, with more than 350 reviews. Employees rated their companies on Glassdoor. These are the 50 employers with the most satisfied workers.

Holiday Gift Etiquette for Homeowners, Renters, and Landlords

Heed these guidelines so you don't get pegged a Scrooge. It's gift-giving season! If you own a home or rent, you may be wondering what the etiquette experts say about gifting all the extra people in your life.

Who's affected by the mortgage changes in the House tax bill

Here's information about the mortgage changes in the House tax bill and how it affects you. The Republican tax bill proposes capping the mortgage interest deduction at $500,000. That's bad news for these home buyers.

Mortgage company redefines ‘company culture’

MPA reports on what makes Academy stand out from the pack. One industry leader explains its dedication to unique company culture that focuses on giving back to its employees as well as communities

[11/08/17]   Real estate markets ebb and flow just like the seasons. The spring market starts hopping when the sun comes out, flowers bloom and winter is over. Conversely, fall signals the beginning of a slower market, which could be good for buyers.

Why Sell Now Instead of Later? The Buyers are Out Now

Waiting until the spring to list your house for sale made sense in the past. This year is different. The best deal is probably available right now.
#realestate #sellers Each year, most homeowners wait until the spring to sell their houses because they believe that they can get a better deal during the normal spring buyer’s market. However, recently released data suggests that a seller’s best deal may be available right now.

3 smart solutions for a low credit score | Mortgage News - Academy Mortgage Corporation

Having a higher credit score can open the door to your dream home! Here are 3 smart solutions to help boost your score. When it's time to buy a home, one of the first things you'll likely look into is your credit score. This three-digit number gives lenders a hint as to how likely you are to pay your bills completely and on time.

Don't believe these 3 credit score myths | Mortgage News - Academy Mortgage Corporation

Not only are many consumers unaware of what their credit score is or how to find out, but many hold false notions about what the score means. Checking your credit score is generally a good idea before taking out any new credit, like a residential mortgage, auto loan or new credit card. But, according to a survey from MoneyTips, 14% of Americans have never pulled their credit reports, and nearly half haven't looked up their three-digit sco...

12 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Home For Fall

Want that fall look but not sure how? Here are a few tips to help you out! Get your home ready for cooler weather while it's still nice outside.

Quiz: Can You Guess the Price of These Homes?

Think you've got what it takes to be an appraiser? Take this fun test, and test out your appraiser skills. How strong is your real estate game? See if you can place a price tag on these eight homes without knowing where they are.

27 Stats That Sum Up the American Housing Market

Today’s housing market is TOUGH for renters, buyers, sellers, and homeowners alike. The latest survey from Zillow attempts to examine how Americans think about real estate in today’s world. You may be surprised with the findings. We surveyed 13,000 people to find out how Americans think about finding, renting, buying, selling, and making a home—including their biggest challenges.

4 Ways to Cozy Up Your Kitchen for Fall - Zillow Porchlight

HAPPY FALL FRIDAY! Make the most of the Fall season and add a little flair to your kitchen with these tips! Grab your hearty soup recipes, decorative pie plates, and favorite cookbooks. Fall is here, and with just a little effort you can get your kitchen ready to make the most of it.

6 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without an Agent

You won't want to do this alone. This is likely the biggest financial decision of your entire life, and you need a Realtor® if you want to do it right. Here's why.

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