John Shaw

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John Shaw has 22 years of mortgage lending experience, specialize in assisting first time home buyers and is the co-founder of Guaranteed Rate, Inc. – the fastest growing mortgage company in America. John is personally licensed to provide mortgage lending services in IL, CA and CO.

Expert Articles by John Shaw

Home Mortgages

Guide for first time homebuyers on securing a mortgage

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Home Mortgages

Guide for first time homebuyers on securing a mortgage
How to get a mortgage to buy or refinance your home
Guide to obtaining a mortgage in the new lending world
Secure a mortgage and proper financing for your vacation property
Successfully secure a loan for your home renovation project
A reverse mortgage is a great way for homeowners to convert equity
Choose between a 5/1 ARM or 30 year fixed rate mortgage
Which loan is best for you? A jumbo or conventional mortgage
Expert advice on buying or not buying points for a home mortgage
Expert advice on securing the best rate for your home mortgage
Rebuild your credit and secure a mortgage after a short sale
Veterans should use the VA Loan Program when buying a house
Determine how much you can afford to borrow for a home mortgage
Advice for successfully securing a home mortgage when self employed
How to successfully get a mortgage for your investment property
Learn when to lock your fixed rate loan to get the best rate
How to get a mortgage for a home with less than 20% down payment

Buying Real Estate

Buying homes as short sales and foreclosures can be very rewarding
Guide to buying a co-op in NYC
How to find and buy a house on a river
How to find and buy a lake house
How to find and buy a mini or hobby farm
How to successfully buy multi-residential investment properties
Smart steps to successfully buy real estate in Baltimore, MD
The right way to buy a home
How to make the right offer on your dream home
Advice on buying land for investment, development or build a home
Advice on buying a fly-fishing ranch in the Rockies
Choose and buy a vacation home with confidence using a realtor
Expert advice for the first time homebuyer on buying the dream house
Hire a qualified home inspector to help reduce risk when buying a home
Buying a foreclosure can be a great investment if your informed
Expert advice on buying a condo as a good investment
Get the best deal by knowing what to offer when buying a home
Buying a home in a hot market and how to win a bidding war
How to build your dream home from the ground up
How to win over the co-op board when buying a home in NYC
Advice on buying a townhouse and real estate in NYC
Advice for first time home buyers on buying a co-op in NYC
What to consider when buying a home as a fixer-upper
What price you can expect to pay for a single family home in NYC
Advice for buying a home in NYC when you have a young family
Buy a home in downtown Manhattan to get access to the best views
You can buy a home in New York City with a $1 million budget
Investing in commercial real estate is a great opportunity for anyone
Use the internet and social media to help you find the perfect house
Buying a home in an HOA neighborhood can be a great move

Home Improvement

How to choose a contractor for your home
Expert advice on painting the exterior of your home
Save money, live green with these eco-friendly bathroom upgrades
Build a low maintenance and durable composite deck for your home
Regular maintenance of plumbing can save on costly repairs later
Expert advice on protecting your home from rats and rodents
Expert advice on preparing for a stress-free home renovation
Advice on hiring an interior designer that reflects your lifestyle
Reduce weeds on your property to help create a healthy lawn
Prepare your lawn for winter and prevent snow mold
Advice on budget friendly renovations to create a beautiful home
Eliminate the chance of mice and rodents entering your home
How to prevent and remove an ant infestation in your home
Prevent cockroach infestation and protect your family's health
Advice for growing and maintaining the perfect lawn
Improve your home's energy efficiency and save money
Advice for organizing your home, belongings and important documents
Advice on choosing the paint colors for the rooms in your home
Prevent and control ant infestations in and around your home
Warm weather brings termites - How to prevent and stop an infestation
How to detect and remove asbestos in your home or business
Spring cleaning reduces dust and allergens and improves your health
Growing a successful fruit garden requires planning and preparation
How to start your first vegetable garden and grow your own vegetables
DIY advice for decluttering and spring cleaning your home
Finishing a basement starts with preparation and careful planning
Choose the right location for a garden and plant seeds correctly
Creating your first garden will take work and constant attention
What you should check before hiring a painter for your home
Remodel your kitchen to be functional, efficient, and stylish
How to check references when hiring a contractor for your home
How to avoid home improvement and renovation scams
How to successfully plant and grow an organic vegetable garden
How to build a beautiful fire pit in your backyard for family fun
Advice for the amateur gardener on how to develop a green thumb
Advice for installing a home irrigation or sprinkler system
What to know before you hire a landscaper for your home

Caring for Aging Parents

Advice for elderly families in transition
Help your elderly parent maintain independence with good communication
Get help caring for an elderly parent with this expert advice
Get long-term care that is the right fit for your elderly parent
Discussing difficult life issues with aging family members
Managing the stress often associated with family caregiving
Minimize the holiday blues for seniors suffering from depression
Talk openly by starting a care conversation with aging parents
Preserve the dignity of your elderly parents by caring for their needs
Navigating the challenges of becoming a caregiver to aging parents
Advice for seniors moving to a smaller home or retirement community
Advice for managing the depression of your aging loved ones
How to best approach your parent on moving into a nursing home
How to find a good home care agency and stay in your home
Loved ones can help seniors though the progression of Alzheimer's
How to ensure the safety of your aging parents behind the wheel
Maximize rewards and minimize stress when caring for aging parents
How to help and support your aging parents as they grow older
Advice on what to do when an aging loved one wants to hasten death
Pay careful attention to your elderly parent's hospitalization
Adult children can help their aging parents manage hearing loss

Divorce and Separation Law

The right way to separate
What to do when "I do" turns into “I don’t”- A Divorce Guide
Legal guidance for co-parenting a pet with your ex
How to choose the right divorce attorney for your divorce
Negotiating alimony during a divorce
A parenting plan means more than trading weekends with your ex
Divorcing and divorced dads succeed when they put the interests of the children first
Fathers will win child custody battles if the children are the priority in everyday life
Take precautions to ensure a quick and fair high net-worth divorce
These child support basics will benefit you and your children
Men will prosper in a divorce by focusing on these practical solutions
Be realistic, reasonable and communicate for a successful divorce
Find hidden assets that your spouse has not declared during divorce
Divorce mediators help you settle differences and save money
Mediation can help you get what you want in divorce and save money
Know the difference between custody and shared parenting in divorce
Parents considering divorce must protect themselves and kids
A collaborative divorce avoids a court battle and reduces costs
Choose the right divorce attorney to protect you and your family
How to get an annulment when there is misrepresentation or fraud
How to ensure your ex-spouse complies with the court's orders

Financing Education

The EFC and how it affects your financial aid
Apply for scholarships the right way to get more money for college
Teach your college student how to budget for financial independence
How to save money for college and retirement at the same time
College students: manage your spending to help you save money
Make the most of federal student loans to pay for college
Should you use student loans to pay for your college education?
A 529 plan for your child is a smart way to save money for college
Students must learn how to budget to control college costs
Apply for financial aid and get a job to pay your college tuition

Finance for Couples

Debt, savings, and spending basics for the newly engaged
Newly married couples should plan their finances together
Discussing a prenup can help you both plan your financial future
Prepare for your first baby with a solid financial plan
Spend time on your family's financial plan to ensure a secure future
Advice on how to agree on budgeting and finances with your spouse
Marriages succeed when you're open and honest about finances
Professional advice on financial planning for newlyweds
Advice on how to deal with your shopaholic spouse
How to prepare yourself financially for a new baby
When having a baby you must assess and adjust your finances
Having a baby is a milestone requiring financial planning
A prenup or postnup agreement can be really good for a marriage
Discuss money and budgeting before buying the engagement ring
Money management advice for couples who are financial opposites
Talk about money and personal finance in a serious relationship
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