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Tuesday, 08 November 2016

Christmas Village
The Fairgrounds Nashville, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville

November 11-13
Friday: 9 a.m. 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. 6 p.m.

Benefits the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center

Three days. 260 vendors. 30,000 shoppers. For more than 50 years, this mega shopping event provides shoppers with ample gift ideas just in time for Christmas.


Holidays in the Hill
Homestead Manor Barn, 4863 Columbia Pike, Thompsons Station

November 13
Saturday 11 a.m. 4 p.m.

$5 suggested donation
Benefits EPIC Girl, Inc. for at-risk girls

Female artisans and boutique owners are given a chance to display their goods as you shop in a fun environment!


Made South
The Factory in Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin

November 18-19
Friday: 12 a.m. 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. 6 p.m.

$15 in advance; $19 at the door

Shop 130 skilled southern makers and artisans as you eat, drink, listen to live music, and mingle!


Centennial Holiday Craft Show
Centennial High School, 5050 Mallory Lane, Franklin

November 19-20
Saturday:  9 a.m. 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. 4 p.m.

$4 for 1-day pass; $5 for a weekend pass
Benefits Centennial student programs

Come check out 195 artisans from 12 states in one location for a weekend of fun shopping, snacks, and door prizes!


Hollyday Marketplace
Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 West Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro

December 2-3
Friday: Preview Party 6 p.m. 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. 5 p.m.

Benefits the charities of the Junior League of Murfreesboro

With about 80 vendors, enjoy shopping, an optional preview party, and breakfast and pics with Santa!


Posted on 11/08/2016 12:15 AM by Jarod
Monday, 31 October 2016

Today I've asked Todd Wiggins of First Community Mortgage to address the special circumstances that self-employed borrowers should consider as they begin the process of getting qualified for a mortgage loan.

Homebuyers requiring financing are asked to provide extensive documentation regarding their employment, income, and assets. Ever since the "Mortgage Meltdown" occurred from 2007-2009, the mortgage industry has been looking at these documents more thoroughly and critically. A loan officer today will often compare his or her job to that of a private detective.

In most cases, a homebuyer's income and assets are easily calculated and documented, however self-employed borrowers are faced with additional scrutiny that can often result in a lower "qualifying income" than these borrowers might expect.

The sub-prime mortgage era presented alternatives for self-employed buyers. There were "Stated Income," "No-Doc," "No Income-No Asset" and other variations that allowed buyers to avoid the more strict conventional underwriting guidelines that applied to self-employed borrowers. We're just now starting to see some alternatives returning to the market, but today borrowers are asked to put down more money and pay a higher rate whereas in the sub-prime era there was very little premium added for these special loan products.

Borrowers are considered self-employed if they own 25% or more interest in a business or if they are 1099 employees who file a Schedule C. Self-employed borrowers are required to have a minimum of two years consecutive self-employment in the same business and geographic area. 

Typically, two years of income tax returns are required for analysis, however automated underwriting findings may allow for review of just one year's returns. 

Business income is averaged over a two-year period using Federal Tax Returns. In the case of declining income, significant compensating factors must exist to consider the income in the qualifying ratios. A significant decline in income is not acceptable, even if the current income and debt ratios meet agency guidelines.

The type of business (sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation) determines how the income is calculated. The qualifying income will be much closer to the Net Income than it will be to the gross earnings, in most instances. This is where self-employed buyers can find themselves with less buying power than expected.

The one "tip" I could offer self-employed borrowers is that they should be conscious of the impact aggressive business deductions and tax write-offs can have on their qualifying income when it comes time to buy. While that may result in higher income taxes, it could also result in qualifying for their dream home.

And, of course, it is always best to get pre-qualified with a reputable lender before beginning your home search.


I'd be happy to help you with your mortgage needs.

Todd Wiggins
First Community Mortgage
750 Old Hickory Blvd, Bldg One, Ste 262
Brentwood, TN 37027
615-554-1983 mobile
615-938-7499 direct
615-620-4705 main
615-620-4706 fax<>


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Posted on 10/31/2016 2:21 PM by Jarod
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