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Happy Friday, everyone! I took advantage of the holiday weekend and had an incredible trip to Boston. Being up north at the start of the fall is one of my favorite times of year, and I'm glad I could take it all in. I went to Ramsay's Kitchen in Boston, which is owned by, you guessed it, Gordon Ramsay! This is a casually refined kitchen that welcomes every guest to experience Chef Ramsay's culinary journey around the world.

I started things off with the 90 Degrees in the Shade cocktail: tequila, pineapple, and a spicy rim. I also ordered this at the end of the meal, and the difference here is I had two different bartenders make the drink. The first drink, honestly, was a 3. It didn't taste great, and the presentation could have been better. The 2nd round, made by a different bartender, was a 9. It's crazy to get the same drink yet have them be completely different. I went with the King Crab Rolls for the appetizer, which was so good. They were so good it was surprising, and this would be a great specialty roll at any high-end sushi restaurant in the country. The star of my experience was quickly the Beet Salad, which was served over horseradish sauce. I could order this salad as an appetizer, main course, and dessert – it's that good! This was the best salad that I've had in all of 2022, and it's worth checking out Ramsay's Kitchen just for this meal, even if you have to suffer through the inconsistent drinks.

This place has a great atmosphere, is super clean, and has delicious food. A couple of things they could improve on is how quickly they get the food out. I waited for about 40 minutes, and I don't think it takes that long to prepare a salad, especially a salad with no meat! But let's be real, this is Gordon Ramsay's restaurant, and it's pricey, which means they need to be held to a higher standard. Overall, I had a good experience and would rate it a 7.2, but he may want to bring back his Kitchen Nightmares show so they can improve on a few aspects. I would still highly recommend this place, and of course, try that beet salad!

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In this week's newsletter, we are going to discuss DSCR loans. A DSCR loan compares an investment property's cash flow to the monthly payments, not the investor's income. This quicker and more flexible process helps full-time investors, self-employed buyers, or anyone with complicated tax returns. Today, we are going to focus on three critical aspects of a DSCR loan:

  1. Lower Interest Rates
  2. HELOC vs. Refinancing
  3. The Pros of a HELOC

1. Low Interest Rates

A HELOC is a smart option if you need funds for home improvements or to consolidate debt with high-interest rates. With your home as collateral for the loan, you usually get a lower interest rate than you would with an unsecured loan such as a credit card. A HELOC also offers the most flexibility when it comes to borrowing money. It allows you to borrow small amounts when needed, avoiding unnecessary debt. With HELOC, you'll never have to pay any interest until you use the funds, apart from a small annual fee.


2. HELOC vs. Refinancing 

You can take advantage of your home equity with both HELOCs and refinancing. The main difference is that HELOCs act as a second mortgage, while a refinance involves taking out a larger mortgage than the outstanding balance of your existing mortgage. You can cash out the remaining balance after you pay off the existing loan.

But HELOC is the right choice if you want easy access to your funds when financing a project. Unlike finance, HELOC offers you a tax deduction with minimal closing costs. When doing a cash-out refinance, you should consider the high closing costs, which can account for 2% to 5% of the loan amount, not just the cash-out portion. As a result of the new loan, your current mortgage balance will increase. 


3. The Pros of a HELOC

One pro of a HELOC is the interest may be tax deductible. Using home HELOCs for home improvements still allows you to deduct the interest. In particular, the tax deduction for home equity products is limited to those used to purchase, renovate or build with the loan's proceeds. But a deduction is only allowed up to a certain amount determined by the total interest paid on both mortgages. Although your home guarantees the loan, HELOCs aren't limited to home improvements. You can use the funds for many purposes, including buying rental properties, paying bills, and repaying high-interest debts. But it's advisable to use HELOC to finance projects with long-term value. 


A HELOC is a great tool that you can use to borrow money when you need it. There are no restrictions on how to use the funds, and it's a great way to eliminate debt, renovate your home, or pay for a divorce. HELOC is a wise choice if you own a home with enough equity and have the discipline to repay the loan. Talk to your lender today to learn more about HELOC and how you can apply for it.

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