Great Advice for Self-Employed Mortgage Shoppers

Ever since the knee jerk reaction to the crash of  Oh Eight, self-employed borrowers have often been intimidated away from  the mortgage application process. Despite self-employed (the “gig economy”) vocations growing as a market segment, Fear and trepidation have caused a significant 10 year drop off of self-employed applications for home loans.  Dodd-Frank, the 900…


Umbrella Insurance

Today’s blog is both a resignation to our recently shattered rainfall records and a shout out to a former Associate of our Firm who opened his own firm in Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, Virginia,  as an Estate Planning Specialist. John S. Burton, Esq., wrote the following pithy newsletter to educate consumers on the need for…


So You Think You are a Veteran of Many a Closing

Many experienced home buyers, sellers and investors are still surprised to learn of the new closing requirements concerning funding.   For years, the gold standard at closings was to bring funds by a “certified check”, “cashier’s check”, or other paper draft of a bank account.    Unfortunately, while these legitimate real estate moguls have been out there…


What does Terrorism have in common with a Survey?

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!!! Your realtor is in a unique position to help identify problems that call for further investigation.  Consider the surveyor to be like a good law enforcement officer.   Even your closing attorney can’t help unless the realtor alerts him to issues that presented themselves at home inspection, walk-thru, or when…