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Welcome David Bengle

May 6
10:15
AM
Category | New Hires

Homestead Funding would like to welcome David Bengle to our Glens Falls, NY sales team.

David’s Loan Originator philosophy is that every borrower’s experience should be as thorough and seamless as possible. He prides himself on being able to deliver the absolute best service to each and every client. He does this by maintaining consistent and clear communication, being proactive, and providing his borrowers with information about the best loan products to fit their specific needs. David says, “what’s great about working for Homestead is that they offer so many different loan products, and the streamlined process makes the experience simple and enjoyable.”

What David loves most about being a loan originator is his interactions with his clients. Strong communication skills are imperative, and he enjoys getting to know his borrowers and building those relationships for years to come. 
 

David has nearly two decades of experience in the industry, so he’s seen it all, and he’s able to give his clients honest and accurate information. As a passionate family man, he knows how important buying a home is for your family, and he wants to make that experience as enjoyable as possible. 

If you’re looking for a loan originator who truly cares about the individuals and families he works for and has the knowledge to really help - then please give David a call!

To Learn more about David visit his webpage.

Welcome, David!


New Hires

Welcome Jessica Wojciechowicz

May 6
10:00
AM
Category | New Hires

Homestead Funding would like to welcome Jessica Wojciechowicz who recently joined our Lockport, NY sales team. Jessica has been a mortgage professional for over six years.

Over the course of her career, Jessica has learned that clients want a Loan Originator who is accessible, honest and offers all the available options for them to make an informed decision. She understand that every situation and every borrower is not the same.  Homestead Funding offers a wide variety of mortgage products, which allows her to provide you with efficient and competitive financing options.

Her commitment to you is superior customer service and honest answers to your mortgage questions.  She will guide you through every step of the mortgage process. Contact Jessica today to learn more about what she can do for you!

To Learn more about Jessica visit her webpage.

Welcome, Jessica!


Informational

There are few people you can learn better from than the ones who have been there/done that...

There are few people you can learn better from than those who have been there and done that. In her Forbes article outlining her first-time home buying experience, Julia Dellitt names a few things she did not expect during the process.

Dellitt and her family were living in an apartment, finally ready to make the big move. So, they did their homework — checking their credit, getting pre-approved for a loan, finding a Realtor they wanted to work with, and doing the rounds at open houses on weekends. On that first weekend, they made an offer, only to find the experience not quite as simple as it had looked on HGTV.

While they eventually found just the right house, here are a few things she says they learned. A big one was not even a consideration at the beginning of their house hunting expedition — transition. Because they were renters and started looking for a home about three months before the lease on their apartment ended, they assumed they’d have plenty of time to find something, and if that were not the case, they could rent month-to-month. Instead, the exact opposite happened. They ended up having to cover both their new mortgage and previous rent for a month. According to many real estate experts, this is something home buyers see as a worst-case scenario, so they don’t plan for it. Having some extra contingency funds for expenses that are more than anticipated (movers, closing costs, extra taxes, etc.) helps you avoid unnecessary financial headaches on top of such a significant investment.

It’s easy to chuckle at picky home shoppers when watching real estate reality TV shows, but when you see properties in real life, you can surprise yourself — becoming one of the very people you criticize when watching those shows. Dellitt advises would-be home buyers to stop sweating about the small stuff that can be easily fixed like ugly wallpaper, old vinyl floors or melamine counter tops, reassuring them that so much can be changed or fixed along the way.

Another thing rookie home buyers tend not to focus on is how their wish list may be unrealistic within their own budget. If you want an attached garage, a fenced-in backyard, and a downtown location, there is a point at which you may find those three things are incompatible. In the end, Dellitt and her family found a home in a quiet cul-de-sac with everything they wanted, but it was about ten minutes from the downtown area — not their original plan.

Her final warnings involve how unexpected paperwork can show up in your mailbox a while after your move — things like a request for a title abstract, or perhaps supplemental property tax bills, etc. And then there was the inspection that had been performed. She speaks of deferred maintenance items she knows she and her husband will no doubt have to address in the future — some small fixes and others will take a bit of budgeting. For the items that needed immediate attention, they negotiated with the seller and got bids from contractors.

Is the drama worth it? “Despite almost losing our home of choice, I’m so glad we stuck to our guns,” says Dellitt. She encourages first-time buyers to ask questions, even if they sound like dumb ones. Don’t get hung up on how much you don’t know. “These feelings popped up big-time during the house-hunting process, especially when I blasted our Realtor with ten questions a day via text and email. But you know what? Good real estate agents want you to feel equipped and informed...”

Source: Forbes, TBWS

 


Informational

Pea Pappardelle Pasta is a healthy spring time dish for you and your family to enjoy. This dish has a delicious flavor and makes for a nice and light lunch. 

Indredients:

  • 8 oz dried uncooked egg pappardelle pasta
  • 6 oz fresh sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup shelled green peas
  • ¾ cup pea shoots
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon rind
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2½ oz ricotta salata
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

     Serving Size: 4

     Step 1:

Fill a large pot with water. Set stove to high and bring water to a boil. Add the snap peas to the pot and cook until they are a bright green (about 1 minute). Fill a bowl with ice water and put in the snap peas. Let them sit. With the remaining boiled water, cook pasta for 4 minutes or until al dente. Add the green peas for the last 30 seconds. Drain and cool for 5 minutes. Drain the snap peas and cut them in half diagonally.

Step 2:

In a separate large bowl, combine the lemon rind, juice, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and olive oil. Stir mixture with a metal whisk.

Step 3:

Add pasta, pea shoots, and snap peas to the mixture. Toss to coat.  Plate the pasta and top with the cheese and basil.

 

Buon appetito!


Informational

Recipe for Happiness

Jan 25
10:48
AM
Category | Informational

We at Homestead Funding Corp. are wishing you a heart-warming Valentines's Day! Below is a recipe to get you and everyone around you feeling happy and healthy.

Ingredients:

  • (2) Heaping cups of patience
  • (1) Heartful of Love
  • A dash of laughter
  • 1 Headful of understanding

Directions:
Sprinkle generously with kindness. Add plenty of faith and mix well. Spread over a period of a lifetime and serve to everyone you meet.

 


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