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Financing for the Future

In today’s tumultuous real estate market, it can be difficult to determine when, where, and in what to invest. Though it’s almost cliché, it is nevertheless true to say that investing in a quality property or home is always a wise choice. A home is an asset that can be rented, lived in, sold or passed along to family.

That being said, the process cannot begin without first securing funding for such an investment. There are many lenders to choose from, but customers should weigh their options to select the lending institution that best suits their needs. After that, a buyer only needs to focus on construction and maintenance, but most importantly, securing a property that can be both a winning investment and a dream home!

When it comes to securing the finances to acquire a new home, or to lower payments on an existing home loan, a buyers’ options can seem somewhat limited in today’s marketplace. An informed buyer must select someone like Assurance Financial Group, LLC to ensure great rates and personalized customer care.

As buyers return to our market, focus has returned to investing in a home. AFG specializes in just that, home loans with great rates for first time buyers. Along with excellent refinancing and debt consolidation services, AFG is committed to offering low rates and exceptional customer service.

AFG works through over two dozen lending institutions to make sure customers have a wide array of lending options. Each customer can choose the loan that best suits their financial goals in order to maximize investment and minimize financial burden.

AFG has eight offices throughout the South, with Louisiana offices located in Metairie, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Bossier City, Opelousas, West Monroe and Lafayette. This consortium assures volume pricing and product availability.

For more information contact the Metairie office, 3421 N. Causeway Blvd.,  Suite 603, call (504) 840-7626 or visit www.afgloans.com. The Metairie office is owned and operated by Todd Murphy.

Peeples Financial Service, Inc. (1100 4th St., Gretna) has been providing quality financial service for over half a decade.

From first time buyers to people working with government assistance, Peeples Financial Services is committed to getting each customer into the home of their dreams. The company works to tailor a financial plan best suited for each individual’s financial goals, whether it be choosing the best loan option or learning about government programs and how they might apply (especially those employed as emergency responders  and first-time home buyers).

Additionally, a small, dedicated staff ensures clear communication and customer focus without the red tape of a larger corporation.

To find out how to plan for your financial future, call (504) 368-2886 or toll free at (866) 454-4770. Peeples Financial also has a very informative website,  www.gopeeples.com, which has loads of information on loans, rates and market news –  customers can even utilize loan and mortgage rate calculators and apply for financial services online!

For over 70 years, Guaranty Savings Bank has been a leading specialist in mortgage lending. With a main office located at 3798 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie, and five additional locations in southeast Louisiana, Guaranty Savings Bank provides quality service, flexible guidelines and a hassle-free process to ensure each customer can achieve their personal financial goals.

Vice President of Mortgage Lending Marcia Leone speculates that demand for refinancing will increase as rates go down. Leone also says Federal Housing Authority loans will increase in popularity because FHA loans don’t incur credit score-based rate adjustments, whereas Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (both Government Sponsored Entities) will adjust rates based on credit.

Guaranty Savings Bank can help customers acquire renovation and repair loans for existing structures and first-time construction loans for new structures. GSB helps customers lower down-payments, lock in better rates and help clients become homeowners.

To learn more about how to get the most out of your mortgage, visit Marcia Leone’s Guaranty Savings Bank web site, www.loansbymarcialeone.com, or call (504) 883-5539.

Titan Homes – Homes by Stephen Fleishmann has been serving the greater New Orleans area for two generations. As a local leader in the custom home building market, Titan Homes is where many families have turned to have their dream home built. Titan has worked with many of New Orleans’ finest architects and welcomes working with yours. Feel free to visit Titan’s web site and have a look at some of their most recent work.

From the start of construction to the day you move in, you can be assured that you are getting exactly what you want in your new home. Titan Homes uses the best local subcontractors and vendors to build your home. The end result is a beautiful, energy-efficient home your family will enjoy for years.

Titan Homes takes pride in their availability and communication with home owners throughout the building process. This open line of communication is beneficial to all parties and is just one of the many attributes that makes the Titan home building process enjoyable. Talk to some of their past or present customers – they can be a great resource when deciding if Titan Homes is right for you.

Be sure and ask Titan Homes about their Cost-Plus contracts, a simple way to work within your home building budget. Titan Homes is going to be available long after your newly constructed home is complete, and will be there for you if you ever need them again.  Please visit their web site, www.titanhomes.org, or call (504) 455-5411 for an appointment.

NOLA Lending Group, LLC has grown to one of the largest privately held mortgage companies in Louisiana in just a few short years. They attribute this to their focus on customer service and dedication to providing the best possible experience during what has come to be known as a stress-filled life event – a home loan closing.
NOLA Lending Group provides fast, stress-free financing by not being beholden to any outside companies to delay the home loan process or the closing. All home loans are processed and funded in-house. Complete control over your loan, affords the ability to have your loan approved within two hours and closed within a few days. In some instances, with complete documentation in-hand, your loan can be closed within 24 hours. Loan officers walk you through each step of the process and attend each and every closing.

Much of the company’s success is due to referrals from satisfied clients. A track record of quality service and solid business relationships has led NOLA Lending Group to be one of the foremost lenders in the region. With a main office in Mandeville, NOLA Lending Group has an office in Metairie, New Orleans, Slidell and Baton Rouge and services loans throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
NOLA Lending Group also has an informative website, www.nolalending.com, which features a helpful mortgage calculator, answers to frequently asked questions, and their “QuickApp” online application. For additional information, customers can toll free (866) 872-5399.

As one of New Orleans’ premier real estate agencies, Trinity Realty is dedicated to matching each buyer with the home of their dreams, and ensuring each seller a fair price and expedited process.

As a locally owned and operated business, Trinity Realty understands New Orleans, from the unique sales market to the vast architectural traditions embraced throughout the city. Trinity uses their insider’s knowledge to keep buyers informed of the hottest properties with up-to-date market information. For those relocating to New Orleans, Trinity Realty has important information about area schools, real estate tax, even weather.

Buyers are not the only ones who will appreciate the array of special amenities offered by Trinity Realty; sellers too will reap the benefits of this company’s excellent client service and market experience. One such benefit is home design consultation. Sellers can opt to have a one-hour consultation session with a designer to help present the home at its most attractive, ensuring a quick and successful sale.

For more information on Trinity Realty and their services, contact Vanessa Burst at (504) 488-4008, or visit the Trinity website, www.TrinityNewOrleans.com.

Additionally, as a Lakeview-based business, Trinity Realty is committed to the local community; for example, Trinity is working to collect a Master List of individuals waiting to sell their Lakeview property to the La. Road Home, and would consider selling to buyers purchasing those properties with grant benefits and covenants. If you are a buyer or seller interested in being added to this list, please send all inquiries to MasterList@TrinityNewOrleans.com. •

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