Gerald’s Article Insights: How Cash Income Can Cost You When Applying for a Mortgage

In addition to bank account cash deposits, you must be careful about all your credit card purchase activity for the few months before you close on your mortgage.  A big purchase like a car for example, may affect your debt-to-income ratio which could derail a mortgage approval.  As a precaution and part of your mortgage planning, I suggest you ask your mortgage broker or banker exactly what activities may spoil your mortgage confirmation; avoid all those activities until your mortgage is approved AND funded! -Gerald Click here for the original article!

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Gerald’s Article Insights: Real Estate Matters | “Why You Need a Home Inspection Contingency”

You should always have a home inspection contingency in a real estate contract you sign to protect yourself from unforeseen problems with a property like termites, a leaky underground oil tank or major structural defects. In a hot real estate market where there is lots of competition between buyers, people often get frustrated are often tempted to cut corners just to win a bid and make a home purchase–this is a huge mistake that may come back to haunt you later. You have the most control in a transaction when you buy, if you waive the inspection contingency in real estate contract you sign, you may end up stuck purchasing a property with major problems that make the property uninhabitable […]

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Real Estate Expert Gerald Lucas Featured on NBC as Guest on America’s PremierExperts

Gerald Lucas was recently seen on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX network affiliates around the country as an expert guest on the TV show, America’s PremierExperts® Jersey City, NJ – October 11, 2013 – Gerald Lucas, Managing Director of Performance Property, LLC., was recently featured on the hit TV show “America’s PremierExperts®” which aired on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX network affiliates around the country. “America’s PremierExperts®” host Nick Nanton interviews the best business, marketing and financial minds from around the world.  In the interview, Gerald described how he accidentally began his career as a real estate investor and how he has shared his knowledge and many years of experience with hundreds of his students throughout the United States and […]

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Short Sales: How Long Should My Hardship Letter Be?

By Gerald Lucas Before a homeowner sits down to write the hardship letter for their short sale application, they often ask me how long the letter should be. There are two schools of thought on how long a hardship letter should be. One school contends that a hardship letter should be as short as possible. The other school of thought is that a hardship letter should be lengthy, comprehensive and very detailed. The second school encourages property owners to go into great detail about their personal history with their property, the circumstances that contributed to their financial problems as well as the steps that they have taken to deal with those problems.

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