John Hodges | Mortgage Banker | Condo King

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John functions as the public persona of Choice Finance® within the business and John Hodges, Choice Finance®government communities of the greater capital area.  He is the engaged, visible business and civic partner that Choice Finance® prides itself on being and serves in a number of capacities within professional and grass roots organizations throughout D.C., MD and VA.  Also known as the Condo King, John is very knowledgeable with condo financing in Maryland, Virginia, D.C., and Florida.

When John first started his career with Choice Finance® as a loan officer, he brought over a decade of team building, marketing and large-scope project management skills.  It is these skills that ultimately landed him in his current position and are the vanguard for growth going forward.  John attended the University of Maryland at College Park and currently resides in Clarksburg, MD with his wife Jennifer. 

John looks forward to working with you, and finding you the loan program with the lowest rate that also meets your specific needs.

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Women's Council of REALTORS® 
2006 Maryland State Chapter AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR, JOHN HODGES



- Approved, not pre-qualified
- "So what's your rate?"
- Tax facts every investor should know
- Employee education program

John highly recommends:

Kathi Kershaw, RealtorChuck Kershaw, Realtor

Kathi and Chuck Kershaw of Long & Foster- King Farm, Rockville, Gaithersburg MD Agents


Ruby Brooks, Realtor Ruby Brooks of Long and Foster. 
Washington D.C. real estate, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Columbia Maryland. 


Homer Edwards, of BCE Home Inspection

Alternative minimum tax in '08


Employee Education Program, offered by John Hodges

Partner with a qualified Financial Advisor and Mortgage professional, and educate your employees. You will benefit more quickly and profoundly than you could ever imagine.

According to an internal survey data from KPMG, offering financial education is “cheaper than matching contributions, and , in some cases it seems to be more effective at increasing both participation and contributions.

What can you do and how does it affect your bottom line? Education... A basic financial education to include money management, good debt vs. bad debt, credit, housing and taxes can put your employees on the road to financial recovery and position you as an exceptional employer who strives to meet and exceed the needs of your workers. The positives:

According to a survey conducted by the Cambridge Human Resources Group, the financial illiteracy of workers "is considered the most critical unaddressed work-place issue of our time."

  1. According to Dr. Tom Garman of Virginia Tech, 25-30% of workers report high work stress, and among the five major risk stressors (relationships, work, health, crime/violence, and personal finance), personal finance is rated by workers as the number one source of stress.
  2. U.S. Industries lose nearly $300 billion a year- or $7500 per worker- in employee absenteeism, diminished productivity, employee turnover and direct medical, legal and insurance fees related to workplace stress, according to the American Institute of Stress.
  3. Regardless of income, 70% of employees are living paycheck to paycheck
  4. Half of workers who do NOT contribute to their pension plans fail to because they have credit and money management issues.
  5. 25%- Number of participants in a 2003 survey that reported have no retirement account whatsoever.
  6. Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who reported high levels of stress. –Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  7. 60% of employees lack adequate cash reserves to live longer than 2 months if employment ends

John Hodges- Financial Wellness program

A poll of workers conducted early in 2006 by EAP provider ComPsych revealed that “52% of employees felt they were worse off financially in 2005 than they were in 2004, with 28% believing they were one setback away from financial disaster.

"So, what's your rate?"

My standard response to this query is, “What do you want it to be.” This is one instance where an “educated consumer” is NOT your best customer. In recent years, it seems everyone has purchased a primary residence, second home or investment property, refinanced or done a home equity loan for capital improvements in lieu of moving. The results… an entire society of folks who are convinced they are Mortgage Professionals.

What should you be asking? For starters, let’s consider YOUR situation and how you are representing it to your lender.

Did you know that if you are a disciplined homeowner, you can actually pay off an interest only loan more quickly than a fully amortized one making the exact same payments? Ask a Mortgage Professional how!

Something we haven’t even discussed that is the most basic thing you need to consider is, “What can you afford?” With the high cost of real estate, it is important that the client gets into a mortgage payment that they feel they can afford. There are a tremendous amount of variables involved. It is also an emotional decision and one that should not be relegated to “what is your best rate?” If you are dealing with a true professional, they will want to talk to you about all of the things I have listed above and many that I haven’t.

I really do understand the feeling one has with regards to protecting yourself and your best interests. We are ALL consumers and all have to deal with salespeople, commissioned employees and counselors/advisors at some point. My point is that you need to think this through, be open to suggestions and advice from true professionals and make an educated decision taking into consideration ALL of the factors that will affect you now and in years to come.

For what it’s worth, those of us (like Choice Finance®) that are career Mortgage Professionals, enjoy and thrive on the education portion of the mortgage process. It is what we do. We are not “new to the game” and have built our client base through competent, sound advice. We will focus on exploration of your specific facts and a commit our highest level cf customer service.

Quick Tax Facts for Realtors and Investors

Rental Real Estate losses are not deductible for individuals with adjusted gross incomes over $150,000. Phase out begins at $100,000 of adjusted gross income and becomes entirely non deductible at $150,000. Disallowed losses are carried forward indefinitely until the property is sold. Like kind exchange will not bring losses “off the shelf”. Overall limitation of $25,000 of rental real estate losses in any year. (Does not apply to Realtors)

Depreciation for residential real property is computed over 27.5 years (straight line) and depreciation on commercial real property is computed over 39 years (straight line).

Deferred like kind exchanges (Starker Exchanges) deadlines. Must identify new exchange property within 30 days of settlement of the old property and settle on new property within 180 days of settlement of old property. Qualified third party intermediary must be used. Remember, language expressing intent to conduct like kind exchange must be in contract for sale of old property. Reverse Starker’s (whereby new property is acquired before old property is given up) do not have specific time limits, provided that a third party intermediary is used.

Investors who buy and “flip” properties may run into tax trouble if they do too many in any given year. The Internal Revenue Code contains a nasty little provision known as “dealer status”. Any individual who flips too many houses in one year could be deemed a dealer and not be eligible for capital gains rates or like kind exchanges. The profits are taxed as ordinary, earned income. This means that the profits are subject to self employment tax as well as ordinary income tax. There is no specific number mentioned in the code but it is a subjective test based on the number of transactions and the amount of rehab or fixing up involvement of the properties.

Capital gains rate is normally 15%, less for low income individuals.

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