Mitten Realty Group

Scott Fader & Gary Brincat — Top Producers — Oakland 
(this was an article in the Real Producers of Oakland County, Michigan magazine)                                       

 

Committed to Clients, Agents and the Community

 

By Jane K. Asher, Ph.D.

 

For Scott Fader and Gary Brincat, real estate is more than a business opportunity that feeds their families: It’s a venture of love fueled by their passion for the industry and commitment to their clients, agents and the community. Through Mitten Realty Group, LLC, Co-Owners Scott and Gary have leveraged their combined 40 years of real estate experience in buying, renting, flipping and selling homes —  as well as their extensive training in contract negotiations — to build a thriving veteran-owned business and one of Michigan’s 2019 top-25 firms founded on the simple principle that there is always time to help someone else succeed.

 

“We don’t keep score, and we help each other whenever possible,” Gary said. “We answer our agents’ calls 24/7 and make sure that our agents have access to us, no matter what day or time — this allows them to have success with their buyers or sellers”

 

“We don’t just claim to provide training; we actually provide great individual and group training,” Scott said. “We also minimize monthly fees and costs.”

 

Another way that Scott and Gary distinguish their business and actualize their commitment to others is through their ongoing efforts to help veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders. As honorary members of the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association (DPLSA), Scott and Gary have sponsored the DPLSA Honors Ball — an event that recognizes fallen officers —  as well as golf outings to fundraise for Detroit police. Mitten Realty Group also partners with a local non-profit that fundraises for local and national charities through real estate, in addition to reducing commissions or returning 33% of their commissions back to first responders and military members following the purchase or sale of a home.

 

“Beyond being a veteran-owned business, what motivates us is that so many people put their lives on the line, sacrificing time, family and themselves for others. We like to make sure these people know they are appreciated,” said Scott.

 

Before becoming a REALTOR®, Scott worked with his father’s CPA firm, which handled accounting for investors and real estate agents. He then was presented with an investment opportunity and earned his real estate license in 2003. In 2008, when Scott was 35 years old, he took a hiatus from real estate to join the army where he was deployed to Afghanistan. He then went on to earn his broker’s license in 2018. 

 

Gary has spent 20 years buying, flipping and investing in real estate, and he also served as vice president of sales for a multinational marketing company and a multinational software company. Then about three years ago, Gary decided to leave the corporate world and become a REALTOR®, and that’s when he teamed up with Scott to build Mitten Realty Group.

 

Scott and Gary, both of whom were multi-million dollar producers in 2019 and are on track to increase production in 2020, are well versed in all aspects of the business, but Scott gravitates toward marketing and working with buyers while Gary enjoys working with sellers. Right now, they are focused on growing their team with individuals who share their passion for real estate and dedication to helping others, which they say can be challenging at times because they are looking to work with people who look beyond the profit. They shared that one of their goals is to create a “long-term culture and environment where people look forward to coming to work each day.” They are also grateful for all of their agents. “We are like a family,” Scott said. “Without our agents, we would not be growing as we are.”

 

When Scott isn’t with his work family, he enjoys spending time with Sara — his wife of 20 years — and their son Diego who they adopted from Guatemala in 2006. The Faders travel to Disney World several times a year, and Scott says they are “Disney addicts.” Scott, who regularly takes online classes for both business and personal growth, also says that he is “addicted to education” and loves reading and watching biographies.

 

Gary and his wife Romiana — who was born in Bulgaria — met in France and like to travel. They have two children and four grandchildren. Their daughter Nelly is a commercial property manager, and their son William, who is FAA licensed to fly drones,  is an agent and photographer at Mitten Realty Group. Gary is a 7th degree black belt and owns two martial arts schools. He also developed a two-credit hour continuing education real estate safety class, trains police in self-defense, and enjoys business, mystery and puzzle-solving books.

 

Scott and Gary agree that success is measured on an individual, team and company basis, and they both strive to succeed in all three areas. They also believe that success will come to those who work at it. “Putting in the time, working through the ups and the downs and being able to see mistakes as opportunities will lead you to the paths you want and the goals you seek,” Gary said. “We all run into issues with deals, clients, mortgage companies and title companies —there are a lot of moving parts — but we know each time we encounter an issue, we learn from it and are more likely to be prepared for the next transaction.”

 

For Gary, the most rewarding aspect of his business is helping someone achieve something they didn’t think was possible; for Scott, it’s helping veterans and first responders. Collectively, they care a great deal about their clients, agents and community. “Without our clients, agents and community, Mitten Realty Group would not be here,” they said. 

Contact Mitten Realty Group at 248-294-7850 or info@mittenrealtygroup.com

Pre-Qualification vs Pre-Approval

When you are selling your home For Sale by Owner or even with an agent, you need to understand what kind of approval or well, not approval is provided with the offer. Many people get pre-qualified and pre-approval mixed up and they are entirely different as to how secure they are with their financing. The mortgage industry continues to provide relaxed letters of qualification or approval for clients who may or may not be able to close on the house they choose.

We will look at qualifications and approvals a bit deeper.

Pre-Qualified

Getting pre-qualified involves supplying a bank or lender with their overall financial picture, including debt, income, and assets. The lender reviews everything and gives an estimate of how much the borrower can expect to receive. Pre-qualification can be done over the phone or online, and there is usually no cost involved.

Pre-qualification is quick, usually taking just one to three days to get a pre-qualification letter. Keep in mind that loan pre-qualification does not include an analysis of credit reports or an in-depth look at the borrower’s ability to purchase a home.

The pre-qualification has NOTHING reviewed in terms of documents – bank statements, W-2, 1099, tax returns, investment accounts or the credit. The potential borrower is verbally providing an idea of who they are credit wise and financially.

A pre-qualified buyer does not carry the same weight as a pre-approved buyer, who has been more thoroughly investigated. As a Realtor, I tend to stay away from pre-qualified letters for offers and request that the borrower go back and get pre-approved.

Pre-Approved

Getting pre-approved may take a few extra steps, but it is a better way to go to ensure a borrower can close a deal (or at least fairly good chance to close).

The borrower must complete an official mortgage application to get pre-approved, as well as supply the lender with all the necessary documentation to perform an extensive credit and financial background check. The lender will then offer pre-approval up to a specified amount.

Lenders will provide a conditional commitment in writing for an exact loan amount, allowing borrowers to look for homes at or below that price level.

This puts borrowers at an advantage when dealing with a seller because they are one step closer to getting an actual mortgage.

 

When a borrower provides the PRE-APPROVED letter from the lender, it gives the seller a warmer feeling that the deal will happen. As a Realtor I prefer a pre-approval with an offer over the pre-qualified letter.

 

Remember there are still conditions to be met on the mortgage side, even with a pre-approved letter. You should always call the lender and have a brief and to the point discussion about the pre-approval letter. Find out if there is anything major lacking from the file that could cause the loan to pause or be denied at later date – make sure they have reviewed credit, all documents and ask if they owe the lender anything.

 

DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS TO THE LENDER OR BUYERS AGENT. IT IS YOUR HOUSE THAT IS BEING SOLD.

 

This information comes from a Realtor and not a lender. This is just for informational purposes giving you a better understanding. We are not lenders or a mortgage company.

If you have a question about buying or selling your home, please reach out to Joseph Walter Realty at 248-294-7849 or via email at  info@josephwalterrealty.com 

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Joseph Walter Realty

Joseph Walter Realty is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

 

 

What is a Real Estate Appraisal? And more….

 

Real estate appraisal, property valuation or land valuation is the process of developing an opinion of value, for real property (usually market value). Real estate transactions often require appraisals because they occur infrequently and every property is unique (especially their condition, a key factor in valuation), unlike corporate stocks, which are traded daily and are identical. The location also plays a key role in valuation. However, since property cannot change location, it is often the upgrades or improvements to the home that can change its value. Appraisal reports form the basis for mortgage loans, settling estates and divorces, taxation, and so on. Sometimes an appraisal report is used to establish a sale price for a property.

If you have bought or sold real estate – your own personal residence, investment, or commercial property, you have probably dealt with the appraisal process. Besides the inspection, it is the part of the transaction that keeps you biting your nails. As the seller or selling agent, even with the most up to date information, appraisals can come in with unexpected values.

Sellers and listing agents should do their homework and have comps ready in case the appraisal comes back with a number that is lower than the list or sales price. You can submit these comps to the appraisal company to fight the appraisal. The more homework you must share, the better the chances you have to get them to adjust price. Although in the years I have been doing real estate, I have a better chance at winning the lottery, than getting them to adjust their report.

Buyers cannot chose the appraisal company or the appraiser they use (I will not say that this is 100% of the time, but in most cases where a loan is involved, the buyer will be hands off and should remain hands off). Buyers and their agents should also do their homework to make sure the offer they are submitting matches the value of homes in the area. Renegotiating the deal after the appraisal can be a struggle once the seller has a value from the offer in their head. Even through it was offered, the bank will not accept something lower and most of the time the buyer is not willing to come to the table with more money than the home is currently worth.

An appraisal is a safety net for the bank and the buyer. The bank needs to protect its loan with a piece of real estate at a specific loan to value.

 

If you have a question about buying or selling your home, please reach out to Joseph Walter Realty at 248-294-7849 or via email at  info@josephwalterrealty.com 

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Joseph Walter Realty

Joseph Walter Realty is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

 

What is a Quitclaim Deed?

A quitclaim deed is a legal instrument that is used to transfer interest in real property. The entity transferring its interest is called the grantor, and when the quitclaim deed is properly completed and executed, it transfers any interest the grantor has in the property to a recipient, called the grantee.

  • Typically used in a NON-traditional sale
    • Between family
    • Divorce
    • Into a trust

Simple way to transfer deed – no title search is done. Since there is no title search done, liens, taxes, open mortgages, and loans are not checked for. The verification of the grantor also is not checked to make sure they can convey the property.

Quitclaim deeds are also used to clear up matters when there may be an ownership issue or claim. The person with claim can sign a quitclaim deed over removing themselves.

Quitclaim deeds are not used for traditional real estate sales (especially with a lender involved), because the new owner receives no guarantees about the title and how valid it is.

Although we are not lawyers and would advise anyone using a quitclaim to seek advice, we do want to put a word of warning out there. Quitclaim deeds are used often in investment property sales and scams both. People use them to transfer property they do not own, or they know has other encumbrances. Therefore, working with a proper title company or lawyer when involving real estate is a good idea. Not transferring property correctly or verifying ownership and other information can be a costly mistake. More than what it would have costed to have a title search done and having insurance you are getting a solid transfer.

To transfer title by quitclaim, a quitclaim deed form must be in writing to be valid. This legal document includes a legal description of the property that is being deeded, the county it is located in, date of transfer, and the names of the grantor (person transferring the property) and grantee (person receiving the property). If a price has been paid for the transfer, that amount is included.

The grantor signs the document, and this signature is generally notarized. Witnesses may be required depending on the state. In some states the grantee also signs the deed. It is common to file the deed with the county clerk in the county where the property is located, but in some states, this is not required.

Quitclaim deeds are a part of the real estate world. Although they are not as secure as Warranty Deeds, they are used. If you need help preparing a Quitclaim deed or have questions about them, you can contact your local title company or real estate lawyer.

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate and would like to talk further about title company needs (Nationwide), please call Gary Brincat or Scott Fader at 248-617-0004 or email them at info@inkedtitle.com

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Inked Title, LLC

Inked Title is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers of real estate with Mitten Realty Group (www.MittenRealtyGroup.com or 248-294-7850) and owners of Inked Title. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate and title company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

Why Do I Need a Title Company?

A title company is more than just a place to close your property. They are the research company for the buyers, sellers or both in a transaction. We will talk about title companies in the general aspect, as each state can be a little different when it comes to how your property is closed and who is part of the process. You will want to call a local title company or real estate lawyer to find out how your state works. You can also call Inked Title, LLC at 248-617-0004 or e-mail them at info@inkedtitle.com and their staff can find out what the process for your state on real estate closings and title.

WHAT IS TITLE?

In property law, a title is a bundle of rights in a piece of property in which a party may own either a legal interest or equitable interest. The rights in the bundle may be separated and held by different parties. It may also refer to a formal document, such as a deed, that serves as evidence of ownership.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE OWNER IS THE OWNER?

To find out who owns the bundle of rights and ownership the title company will do a title search. A title search is an examination of public records to determine and confirm a property’s legal ownership and find out what claims or liens are on the property. A clean title is required for any real estate transaction to go through properly.

The way to look at title is like a credit report. The cleaner the better. If the credit report is bad or has bad information it can cause issues, just like clouded title. It is always a good idea to make sure when you sell or when you buy, the title to the property is ready to be conveyed.

As the title company is reviewing who owns the property, they will also be checking on the status of the property taxes, any special assessments attached to the property, any liens someone has placed on the property, outstanding mortgages, HOA liens or if there is an HOA, so that they can get a full idea of what will be required to be paid off in the closing and what information they may need to collect from the parties involved.

When research is complete, the title company provides a report called a “title abstract.” You should get a copy of this before you close on the home to review. This document is not your title insurance policy. That is a separate document you’ll get from your agent.

WHAT IS A TITLE INSURANCE POLICY?

Title insurance is a form of indemnity insurance that protects lenders and homebuyers from financial loss sustained from defects in a title to a property. The most common type of title insurance is lender’s title insurance, which the borrower purchases to protect the lender. The other type is owner’s title insurance, which is often paid for by the seller to protect the buyer’s equity in the property (Again, this differs state by state).

CLOSING:

Once all the title documents are set and the lender and title company have compared and approved all the numbers, the title company will help in the process of closing the home (once again, who closes and who is involved will vary from state to state). The closing will also vary on if the home is a cash deal or one with a lender involved. The closer will go through all the docs that they have prepared, and the lender has provided to give you a full understanding of what you are signing and why. They will also go back over the numbers within the documents to make sure they are the same as you have reviewed and approved with your lender.

The closing table is fun and stressful. You will want to review as much of the information before closing. Most title companies will provide a digital link to all the documents for review well enough in advance to review. ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT AT THE CLOSING!!!! Many people SIGN SIGN SIGN and then have questions after closing when it is too late. Take your time at the closing, get all your questions answered and leave excited, not worried.

FUNDING:

The title company also assists in the funding of the transaction. Money from the lender and the buyer are provided to the title company who verifies all the money and then disperses to all the parties who are due money – and there are many in a real estate deal.

 

A title company is a valuable resource. They are more than the people who sign documents. They are the companies that ensure your property is free to transfer and both the buyer and seller are secure of any issues with title through the insurance. 

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate and would like to talk further about title company needs, please call Gary Brincat or Scott Fader at 248-617-0004 or email them at info@inkedtitle.com

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Inked Title, LLC

Inked Title is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers of real estate with Mitten Realty Group (www.MittenRealtyGroup.com or 248-294-7850) and owners of Inked Title. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate and title company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

Preparing for Close Beyond the Paperwork

When you are getting ready to close on your home, there is more than just the paperwork and the signing. Selling your home has many moving pieces and many people focus on the end, which is normal, but WAIT…THERE IS MORE.

As you are getting closer to closing, there are several things you may want to get together for the new buyer.

  • Garage door remotes
  • Garage door keypad codes
    • If you have the instructions on how to change the code, this will save the buyer from going on YouTube and trying to figure it out
  • Front door or other door keypad codes
    • Homes are evolving into more technologically advanced places to live
  • Keys
    • You would think this would be normal, but many sellers leave the general front door keys, but have many other doors in the house that have key access.
      • Garage
      • Backdoor
      • Shed
      • Other outside building or second garage
      • Interior doors
    • Instruction manuals and warranties
      • If you have the booklets that came with the appliances, furnace, hot water tank, water softener, fireplace, pool, well, septic or other feature, place them in a drawer that would be easy to find – this helps a new buyer ease into the home faster
      • What is also helpful is if you have local repair people or maintenance people you used on these items, provide their names and numbers
    • Alexa, Google Home, or other internet home voice activated devices
      • Replace the light bulbs or provide the new buyer with the NAME of the device they will need to control the lights and other functions of the house
      • Voice activated devices have passwords and set up processes the new buyer may not be able to do until their internet or devices arrive – DO NOT LEAVE THEM IN THE DARK
    • Utility providers
      • Leave names and numbers of your utility providers
        • Gas
        • Electric
        • Cable
        • Internet
        • Garbage
      • Clean the home
        • Seems straight forward, but with moving and people coming in and out of the house, many people forget to leave the home clean for the buyers.
        • There are cleaning companies that you can hire that can come into an empty house and get it done quickly or within reasonable time to let your buyer come into a clean home
      • Maintain your yard
        • Much like the inside of the house, a maintained yard can also add to the welcome feel
        • If you have dogs, PICK UP THE POOP!!!!! Do not leave your dogs poop to be picked up by someone else

There are so many moving pieces when it comes to moving from your home. We hope it can be as enjoyable to you as it is to the new buyers. It can be a stressful time, but with the right organization and enough time (time can be the issue), your move out and the new buyers move it can be a memorable day.

If you have a question about buying or selling your home, please reach out to Joseph Walter Realty at 248-294-7849 or via email at info@josephwalterrealty.com

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Joseph Walter Realty

Joseph Walter Realty is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.