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by JimmyD
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working with 2 mortgage lenders - problematic?
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: Working with 2 mortgage lenders - problematic?

Which lender is coordinating with the title company re: closing docs? At what point does the title company need to know which to deal with? They won't play the game of dealing with both. Excellent and timely question. The title company called a bit ago and said they completely understood the situat...
by JimmyD
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working with 2 mortgage lenders - problematic?
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: Working with 2 mortgage lenders - problematic?

Which lender is coordinating with the title company re: closing docs? At what point does the title company need to know which to deal with? They won't play the game of dealing with both. Excellent and timely question. The title company called a bit ago and said they completely understood the situat...
by JimmyD
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working with 2 mortgage lenders - problematic?
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Working with 2 mortgage lenders - problematic?

My wife and I are selling our current house in one week. We're under contract to close on a new house March 19th. Buyers are letting us stay in our current home until we move out, March 20th. Things were moving right along until we hit a wall with lender #1 about 10 days ago when they effectively st...
by JimmyD
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxSlayer and reporting Backdoor Roth IRA - UGH!
Replies: 11
Views: 449

Re: TaxSlayer and reporting Backdoor Roth IRA - UGH!

Jimmy, It doesn't address your issue but I just reported my back door Roth Ira's on FreeTaxUsa and had no software problems. Everything transferred to form 8606 and upon inspection it was correct. Even had the $1 in taxable income from the interest I earned before the conversion, as it should have....
by JimmyD
Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxSlayer and reporting Backdoor Roth IRA - UGH!
Replies: 11
Views: 449

Re: TaxSlayer and reporting Backdoor Roth IRA - UGH!

better luck in TaxSlayer I imagine that you have worked your way through the TaxSlayer documentation already but just incase, they have some guidance on reporting conversions: https://support.taxslayer.com/hc/en-us/articles/360046511472 Yes. Reviewed that documentation and filled out Form 8606 corr...
by JimmyD
Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxSlayer and reporting Backdoor Roth IRA - UGH!
Replies: 11
Views: 449

Re: TaxSlayer and reporting Backdoor Roth IRA - UGH!

Here is a link to a detailed explanation for TurboTax: https://thefinancebuff.com/how-to-report-backdoor-roth-in-turbotax.html Its clearly not TaxSlayer specific but perhaps the process is similar enough that you can find the corresponding pages in your program. Ha. I actually tried TurboTax first ...
by JimmyD
Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TaxSlayer and reporting Backdoor Roth IRA - UGH!
Replies: 11
Views: 449

TaxSlayer and reporting Backdoor Roth IRA - UGH!

Has anyone figured out how to correctly report their backdoor Roth IRA contributions in TaxSlayer yet? It doesn't look like they offer any real guidance anywhere on their site...and a thread here a few years back wasn't really helpful: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=242051 Can anyo...
by JimmyD
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need to lock 30 year mortgage NOW - where to start?
Replies: 26
Views: 1873

Re: Thoughts on Sebonic Financial for new Mortgage?

59Gibson wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:00 pm I used them about 4-5 years ago for purchase. They're legit. No issues, no games, LO/processor were responsive, and closed on time.
Good to hear - thank you!
by JimmyD
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need to lock 30 year mortgage NOW - where to start?
Replies: 26
Views: 1873

Re: Need to lock 30 year mortgage NOW - where to start?

LadyGeek wrote: Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:04 pm JimmyD - In order to give appropriate advice, it's best to keep all the information in one spot. I merged the update back into the original question.
Thanks!
by JimmyD
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need to lock 30 year mortgage NOW - where to start?
Replies: 26
Views: 1873

Thoughts on Sebonic Financial for new Mortgage?

[Thread merged into here, see below. --admin LadyGeek] Looking to use them for a new build scheduled to close in 60 days. 30 year fixed rate at 2.5% with only $3500 in fees seems too good to be true...and you know the old adage... So, would you trust them or pay more to work with a local or larger ...
by JimmyD
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need to lock 30 year mortgage NOW - where to start?
Replies: 26
Views: 1873

Re: Need to lock 30 year mortgage NOW - where to start?

Thanks for all the replies. Ended up getting a very good estimate from Sebonic - 2.5% 30 year for $3,100 in fees + taxes & escrow.

Fully expecting to lock with them this evening, assuming Better doesn't beat them out.
by JimmyD
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need to lock 30 year mortgage NOW - where to start?
Replies: 26
Views: 1873

Need to lock 30 year mortgage NOW - where to start?

I'm in need of a 30 year fixed mortgage and have applied to Ameris Bank and Better.com. Fico of 775. Better.com came back with INSANELY high closing costs. To get 3%, I'd be looking at over $12,000 in points alone. At 3.375%, I'm at $14,388 in total closing costs. Still seems really excessive to me ...
by JimmyD
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

Re: Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months

phxjcc wrote: Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:30 am Ummm, how are the underwriters going to appraise and subsequently approve the LTV on an unfinished house?

We are getting a pre-construction appraisal.
by JimmyD
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

Re: Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months

Can you afford an increase to 5%? If you have I have no problem affording it (but it will be painful), I'd take the risk. If a 5% mortgage is going to threaten your ability to remain solvent, then lock it in now. The banks know how to price their lock fees. They rarely lose on those. I'm skeptical ...
by JimmyD
Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

Re: Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months

Wait. You are building so there could be delays and that 6 months may actually be 8. I believe the rule of thumb I got was once the cabinets go in you're about 45 days from closing. At least that is what my builder said and it turned out to be pretty accurate. I was able to get a no cost 120 day ra...
by JimmyD
Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

Re: Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months

Shoot up by 5%, or increase to 5%? I know past doesn't equal future performance, but https://themortgagereports.com/61853/30-year-mortgage-rates-chart 2-3% increases in a year have happened before, but 5% in that short of a time frame would be indicative of other economic issues that may alter your...
by JimmyD
Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

Need a 30 year mortgage...in 6 months

Hi all, My wife and I are building a home and with my luck, it's pretty much a given that rates will shoot up to 5% this year. I'm told that a 6 month rate lock is available, but it's at a 1% loan cost. If you were in my shoes, would you: - Wait it out? - Pony up the cash to lock ASAP? - Something e...
by JimmyD
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 10% down at contract signing for new home?
Replies: 1
Views: 489

10% down at contract signing for new home?

Happy new year Bogleheads! My wife and I are very close to moving forward with a new home build, but the builder is insisting on a 10% construction deposit at contract signing. This equates to nearly $70k, most of which we'd have to get via a short term 401k loan which would be repaid in full upon o...
by JimmyD
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: High Income Earner But Nervous with Baby Coming! Advice Please!
Replies: 26
Views: 2372

Re: High Income Earner But Nervous with Baby Coming! Advice Please!

$340K/year of income AND a paid off million dollar home? I don't think you need to be here asking questions, you need to be here schooling us. I'd be willing to bet you're gonna be ok. We're sailing through raising a kid on much less. The difficult part is keeping up with his balls-to-the-wall 24/7 ...
by JimmyD
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car do Bogleheads like to drive?
Replies: 470
Views: 39239

Re: What kind of car do Bogleheads like to drive?

She drives a 2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited 2WD. I drive a 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-road Premium 4WD. I'm in the process of decking it out with all sorts of off road goodies. My son and I take it on an adventure of some sort nearly every weekend when the weather's nice. Obviously, not very Boglehead...
by JimmyD
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Want to make offer on house - how to tap equity?
Replies: 6
Views: 745

Re: Want to make offer on house - how to tap equity?

Another option I'm wondering about...a 401k loan. It goes against every fiber of my being to even consider a 401k loan, but this might be a circumstance in which it makes sense. Take out a $50K 401k loan, provide to builder with a contract, then repay in full 6 months later when we sell our current ...
by JimmyD
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Want to make offer on house - how to tap equity?
Replies: 6
Views: 745

Want to make offer on house - how to tap equity?

My wife and I just came across an opportunity to purchase a to-be-built home that we're very excited about. Well, we were excited until we learned that the builder requires 10% down (this is coming from the selling agent). That amount would be $60,000. I'm not comfortable with shelling out even half...
by JimmyD
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Case for NOT having paid off mortgage by retirement?
Replies: 27
Views: 2101

Re: Case for NOT having paid off mortgage by retirement?

All said and done, likely at the $600K mark. Could we afford it and still remain on track to retire at 60 (important to me) - yes, however we'd still have a mortgage balance. How much of a sin would this be? Which route would you go? In all honesty, we could stay in our current home and be fine, bu...
by JimmyD
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Case for NOT having paid off mortgage by retirement?
Replies: 27
Views: 2101

Case for NOT having paid off mortgage by retirement?

Hello Bogleheads, I'll attempt to keep this brief. My wife and I are considering moving to a larger home with more space both inside and out and into a neighborhood with amenities that we would use all the time - notably a pool. While we're content in our current home and are on track to have it pai...
by JimmyD
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Capital Issue - Cash Flow?
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Re: Personal Capital Issue - Cash Flow?

My main checking account hasn’t updated for almost 2 months. I’ve reported it several times and sent follow up emails to the tech support guy who emailed me. Still isn’t working. An inability to timely update the main checking account hub makes the program fairly useless. Oddly enough, I’ve been ru...
by JimmyD
Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal Capital Issue - Cash Flow?
Replies: 9
Views: 769

Personal Capital Issue - Cash Flow?

Just curious if anyone else has started noticing that Personal Capital has started to ignore all income marked as "Salary / Paycheck" from the "Cash Flow" feature? This appears to be happening for me on both the web and mobile apps and it gave me a mild heart attack and until I f...
by JimmyD
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you getting your s/o for the holidays?
Replies: 123
Views: 9245

Re: What are you getting your s/o for the holidays?

She's been wanting an Apple Watch for years. This will be the year.
by JimmyD
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Do you consolidate your accounts?
Replies: 29
Views: 2668

Re: Do you consolidate your accounts?

I recently did exactly that - switched everything we possibly could from Vanguard to Fidelity to have as much as possible in one place. Having gone through the experience, Fidelity just feels more modern and is more convenient for us, offering a fantastic 2% back credit card, a cash management accou...
by JimmyD
Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Freshwater fishing: your favorite how-to resource?
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: Freshwater fishing: your favorite how-to resource?

aluminum wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:53 pm Where in Georgia?
Just outside of Atlanta.
by JimmyD
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Freshwater fishing: your favorite how-to resource?
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: Freshwater fishing: your favorite how-to resource?

Look up the Georgia Game and Fish. If they are like my state, they produce a weekly report covering all state lakes with guide reports. Those reports include water levels, fish action and what lures/bait is working. Traditionally, in the south at least, young children have been introduced to fishin...
by JimmyD
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Freshwater fishing: your favorite how-to resource?
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: Freshwater fishing: your favorite how-to resource?

zimmer0 wrote: Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:29 am flukemaster on YouTube. He is local to you. Goes from beginners to advanced with a plethora of videos.
Awesome. I was about to give up on YouTube, but in watching his intro video, this looks like a really great resource. Thanks so much for the recommendation.
by JimmyD
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Freshwater fishing: your favorite how-to resource?
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Freshwater fishing: your favorite how-to resource?

My 6 year-old son has recently become fascinated with fishing. Growing up, I spent some time saltwater fishing in the summers in New Jersey and got pretty good at using saltwater tackle to catch flounder, but I have very limited freshwater tackle knowledge. I now live in Georgia, pretty close to som...
by JimmyD
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much money do you want to retire?
Replies: 1367
Views: 183975

Re: How much money do you want to retire?

$3.5M + a paid off home and we're good. On target to peace out from work at age 60 (earlier if there's an inheritance). Currently 38.
by JimmyD
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your net worth progression
Replies: 2475
Views: 563957

Re: Share your net worth progression

Age: 31: ($84,860)
Age: 32: $27,000
Age: 33: $139,818
Age: 34: $233,217
Age: 35: $358,344
Age: 36: $466,116
Age: 37: $639,736
Age: 38: ~$800,000

All numbers include $235K in student loan debt that's due to be forgiven, tax-free, in 2022.
by JimmyD
Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Are bonds worth investing in with fed rate of 0.25%?
Replies: 61
Views: 5082

Re: Are bonds worth investing in with fed rate of 0.25%?

Another question worth pondering: Maybe you're not saving enough? Why do you feel the need to take additional risk? If you're saving enough, keeping an age-appropriate allocation in bonds (or similar) shouldn't bother you because you're plowing more than enough into equities. Speaking for myself (an...
by JimmyD
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

FINALLY received our final closing disclosure from Watermark last night after 2 months of waiting and everything still looks good. 2.25% 15 year with about $900 in fees (on top of escrow) all said and done. Has a closing date of 9/25 listed, but we're going to be driving down to Sarasota, FL for vac...
by JimmyD
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

Finally heard back from Watermark last night after more than a month. They requested paychecks from my wife (again) and said that we're still moving forward, which surprised me, as I had mentally written them off and gave up on this refi. Supposedly updated loan documents are coming next, but I'm no...
by JimmyD
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

For those of you who have worked with WM, about how long did it take for your loan to go from the "Conditional Approval" state to closed? I've been conditionally approved for about a week and just wondering what the process/timeline might be from here. Thanks in advance! It's been 28 days...
by JimmyD
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

Did anyone close with Watermark? I have a refi going with someone else at 2.75% I got a LE from watermark for 2.5% and tried to match but it didn’t work. I’ve heard not so good things about Watermark and I don’t know if this 2.5% will actually close. Unfortunately the company with 2.75% is a couple...
by JimmyD
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

How have experiences been with Watermark? Yesterday I locked with LenderFi for no cost at 2.875% (I have a smaller loan) I applied with Watermark and have an email which details 2.625% with $500 out of pocket. Rep says another department does the loan estimates. I told them I want to move forward (...
by JimmyD
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

What site or service does everyone use to track daily rate fluctuations? I'd like to hold my loan officer accountable if rates keep heading lower.
by JimmyD
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

I also went through my closing docs and didn't see anything either. I remember them mentioning it verbally. Did you lock on a 30 year? If so, do you mind giving any details regarding rate, costs, etc.? Thanks. We're doing another 15 year at 2.25%. Still awaiting final numbers, but after escrow and ...
by JimmyD
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

First, thanks to all for their contributions to this board and this thread in particular. I refi'd with Lenderfi in March at 3% no cost 30 year. My 180 days from funding ends September 24. I applied with Better last week to be eligible for the AMEX credit. In the end, if I could get 2.75% like many...
by JimmyD
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

First, thanks to all for their contributions to this board and this thread in particular. I refi'd with Lenderfi in March at 3% no cost 30 year. My 180 days from funding ends September 24. I applied with Better last week to be eligible for the AMEX credit. In the end, if I could get 2.75% like many...
by JimmyD
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

Just heard back from WaterMark re: my float down request and was told that I already have the best rate available (2.25%).

We'll see what the coming days and weeks bring.
by JimmyD
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

Just asked Watermark if a float down is available on the 2.25% we recently locked. Will report back.
by JimmyD
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Still using total bond market?
Replies: 172
Views: 24009

Re: Still using total bond market?

Yep. Been maxing out two 401k contributions straight into Total Bond funds for a few months now due to the run up in equities.

As Taylor said, I'm not concerned about the yield or return. Its purpose is to serve as the low risk portion of our portfolio. It does that quite well.
by JimmyD
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 10047
Views: 708714

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

4th and Inches wrote: Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:20 pm What is everyone's experience with https://www.loancabin.com/? Do they offer credits with a higher rates that make them no cost? The rates I see have around $4k in closing costs.
Reached out to them a week ago and haven't heard a thing, so I've written them off.
by JimmyD
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are you adjusting your REIT Allocation?
Replies: 69
Views: 6617

Re: Are you adjusting your REIT Allocation?

We were at 10% REITs mostly through our investment in VGSLX. The fallout from the pandemic and the run from May-June of this year prompted me to exchange out of it in favor of VTSAX, but I didn't get a chance to completely eliminate it from our portfolio. I'm watching VNQ and if it continues to reco...
by JimmyD
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Fidelity Two-Factor Authentication & Personal Capital
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: Fidelity Two-Factor Authentication & Personal Capital

I haven't had any problems with it. I just logged into PC and it updated my Fid accounts without any issues and I use 2fa on them. Both companies use the bottom barrel of 2fa (SMS-based) which sucks but that's not the same thing they do between each other which does not require 2fa. Cool. I'll give...