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Down Payment Assistance Programs Get First-Time Buyers In the Door

October 7, 2021

Mortgage Research Center

“For the first-time homebuyer, assistance programs can help buttress their existing funds so that they have the cash reserves necessary to ensure they can obtain the house they are interested in buying,” said Bill Packer, executive vice president and COO of American Financial Resources, a lender in Parsippany, New Jersey.

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Be The Boss You Always Wanted – By Laura Brandao

National Mortgage Professional

A trailblazer is a pioneer who is considered a first in their area of expertise. As leaders, they point the way, take the risks, and change the world. They have a vision for a different future, a faith that turns their dreams into reality and a determination that cuts through barriers and obstacles. I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Chrissy Brown…

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Mortgage Professional America

Many would likely agree that mortgage is a lucrative career. But as the adage goes, “money is a good servant, but a bad master”. That’s why Laura Brandao, president and partner of American Financial Resources and one of this year’s Housing Industry Icons, remains vigilant about keeping her why in focus. Our industry is not so much about what we do, but why we do it,” says Brandao.

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AFR Named a 5-Star Wholesale Lender

September 16, 2021

Mortgage Professional America

Who are the wholesale lenders that provided top-notch customer service, showcased great innovation in technology and software, and impressed originators with their breadth of product offerings and in a host of other areas amid challenging times? AFR has been named a 5-star wholesale lender!

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The Time to Teach Has Arrived – by Laura Brandao

September 9, 2021

Scotsman Guide

The pandemic has exposed the need for experienced, educated mortgage originators — as well as processors, underwriters and other operational team members — to handle the swell in business driven by the historically low interest rate environment.

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Laura Brandao to speak at HW Annual Sept. 27-28

September 7, 2021

HousingWire

One of the biggest challenges facing the mortgage industry is increasing homeownership in underserved communities. To discuss some of these challenges and potential solutions, HousingWire invited Laura Brandao, president and partner of American Financial Resources, to participate in the Expanding Homeownership panel at HW Annual on Sept. 27-28.

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Chattel manufactured homes found to refi far less often than mortgages

June 3, 2021

National Mortgage News

“Manufactured housing is becoming an increasingly viable option for middle-income families, due to the lack of affordable housing inventory,” writes Laura Brandao, president of mortgage lender American Financial Resources, in an email. “On any given day more than half of our pipeline is loans being processed for manufactured homes.” (Manufactured housing has been a specialty of AFR’s so its volume is particularly high.)

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AFR offers variety of VA loans

May 26, 2021

Rob Chrisman's Daily News & Commentary

In honor of Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day, AFR Wholesale would like to remind you of the wide variety of VA loans it offers, with amazing benefits! Backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA loans can provide up to 100% financing, low interest rates and fixed payments.

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AFR Reinstates Its Conventional OTC

April 23, 2021

National Mortgage Professional

Rounding out AFR’s comprehensive suite of OTC financing, Conventional OTC allows qualified home buyers to secure loans that combine the cost of home construction, lot purchase or land payoff, and permanent mortgage loan into a single closing, according to a press release.

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American Financial Resources brings back one-time close loans

Mortgage Professional America

American Financial Resources (AFR) has brought back its conventional one-time close (OTC) financing, which allows qualified borrowers to secure loans that combine the cost of home construction, lot purchase or land payoff, and permanent mortgage loan into a single closing.

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Manufactured homes get a boost as inventory crisis persists

March 24, 2021

National Mortgage News

AFR President Laura Brandao as quoted in this article, “At AFR, we’ve seen an increase of more than 10% in loan volume specifically for manufactured homes, year over year, for the last two years,” said President Laura Brandao in an email.

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