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Seller Paid Closing Costs – FHA Loans

FHA loans are a popular mortgage option among homebuyers, especially first-time purchasers and those with limited funds for a down payment.

See the video above for more….

One of the fantastic benefits of this program is that it allows the seller to contribute money toward the buyer’s closing costs. These are called “concessions” and they used to attract buyers and offers, making their property more attractive for purchases.

Under current HUD guidelines, sellers can pay money toward a homebuyer’s closing costs, when an FHA loan is being used. These seller contributions are typically limited to 6% of the purchase price.

You might wonder why any buyer would ask a home seller to pay a closing cost credit for the buyer.  The first thought that crosses a seller’s mind is “doesn’t the buyer have any money?” – and if the buyer doesn’t have any money, “why should the seller subsidize the buyer’s home purchase?”

However, it is common for sellers to pay a closing cost credit for some buyers in certain situations.

Here’s a brief look at the rules and requirements when a seller pays for some of or all of the buyer’s closing costs…

Seller Concessions and FHA Loans

Because this is a federal program, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets the rules for seller contributions toward closing costs for FHA loans. It is their Single Family Housing Policy Handbook (HUD Handbook 4000.1) that outlines the regulations for the FHA loan program.

Their handbook further states that “interested parties” (seller, builders, etc.) can contribute money “toward the Borrower’s origination fees, other closing costs and discount points.” These contributions are generally limited to 6% of the sales price.

Believe it or not, seller contributions that exceed 6% do not happen very often. In most cases, these contributions fall at or below the 6% cap.

How Does It Work?

The number one way many buyers get the sellers to pay a closing cost credit is by increasing the sales price to cover the additional expense. For example, let’s say the sales price is $200,000, and the buyers need 3 percent of the purchase price. If you were to divide the sales price by .965 (a 3.5% down payment), that would equal $207,254. If you take $207,245 X 3.5% and deduct it from the sales price, the seller is still netting that same $200,000.

The drawback to this approach is what happens if the home does not appraise by the buyer’s lender at $207,245? If there is no provision for this in the purchase contract, the seller could be stuck paying a credit from a lower sales price and netting much less than the seller anticipated.

The Down Payment Portion

Homebuyers who use an FHA loan to buy a house must make a down payment of at least 3.5% of the purchase price or appraised value.

The FHA handbook states that “Interested Party Contributions may not be used for the Borrower’s [down payment].”

This means that the seller cannot contribute money to the home buyer’s down payment, when an FHA is used to finance the purchase.

It’s the responsibility of the buyer to produce the entire down payment.

Offer a Trade Off for a Closing Cost Credit

Sellers will often agree to pay a closing cost credit if they get everything they want. Sellers want qualified buyers who will close escrow and not cause any problems during the escrow period.

In other words, offer to buy the home in its AS IS condition and assure the seller the buyer will take care of any home inspection issues after closing.

Too ​many sellers, it is worth it to give a little discount on the price upfront in return for assurance the escrow will close on time without hassles. Some sellers work a little flexibility into the sales price to begin with, so it’s not a hardship to offer a closing cost credit.

In Conclusion

It’s important to distinguish that HUD allows home sellers to contribute toward the buyer’s FHA closing costs — but they do not require it. Seller concessions and contributions are typically agreed upon during the negotiation process, prior to closing.

Generally speaking, sellers tend to be more willing to pay buyer closing costs in a slower real estate market, and less inclined to do so in a hot market with competing offers.

In fact, in a sluggish market you’ll often see real estate yard signs that say things like “seller pays closing costs.” This is an enticement to attract more offers, which might be necessary in a buyer’s market.

In an active and highly competitive housing market, however, this kind of offer is less common. That doesn’t mean buyers can’t ask for the seller to pay some or all of their closing costs. It just means that the current state of the market will affect their willingness to do so. So when it doubt, rely on your real estate agent’s advice.

Homeowners See Biggest Equity Increase in 4 Years – Another Great Reason to Buy or Refinance

Rising home prices might be a little frustrating for would-be buyers right now.

But let’s take a look what’s happening for those who already own a home to see the true benefits of ownership. Home equity increases are being seen throughout the country – and this bodes well for the economy – and those who purchase or refinance a home in the coming months.

According to new data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner saw their home equity jump by more than $15,000 last year alone – the biggest increase since 2013.

Aly Yale at The Mortgage Reports has put together a fantastic piece – see the entire article here.

It Pays to Own Your Home

According to CoreLogic’s recent Home Equity Report, American homeowners saw a 12 percent year-over-year jump in equity from 2016 to 2017. Though the average homeowner gained $15K in equity for the year, in some states, it rose as high as $44,000.

Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s chief economist, credits rising home prices for the uptick in equity.

“Home price growth has been the primary driver of home equity wealth creation,” Nothaft said. “The average growth in home equity was more than $15,000 during 2017, the most in four years.”

Though increased equity certainly spells good news for existing homeowners, it also bodes well for the country’s economy at large.

“Because wealth gains spur additional consumer purchases, the rise in home equity wealth during 2017 should add more than $50 billion to U.S. consumer spending over the next two to three years,” Nothaft said.

What This Means For Today’s Buyers

Owning a house provides the owner with a valuable asset and financial stability. By purchasing a home, you’ll have an asset that, in most cases, will appreciate in value over time. A $200,000 home today should see an increase in value to $250,000, $300,000, or more—depending on how long you plan to live there and market conditions.

This makes your home one of the best investments you can make and a way to establish a financial foundation for future generations (aka your kids).

A home can be the ultimate nest egg, providing you with a great investment for retirement. The longer you own your home, the more it should eventually be worth.

As you get older, you can sell the home and use the proceeds to purchase or rent something smaller. Another option: Rent out the house to maintain a steady income stream so you can travel or use for other recreational activities.

Why Now?

Despite rising home prices, American housing is actually quite affordable – and now is really a good time to make that purchase.

According to the latest Real House Price Index from First American Title, today’s home buyers have “historically high levels of house-purchasing power.”

And though real home prices increased 5 percent over the year, they’re still 37.7 percent below their 2006 peak. They’re also more than 16 percent below 2000’s numbers.

Because mortgage rates are lower than historical averages, home-buying power is up. Find out more regarding home affordability here….

The Refinance Market

As housing values across the country continue to steadily increase, homeowners now have access to a much larger source of equity.

With current mortgage rates low and home equity on the rise, many think it’s a perfect time to refinance your mortgage to save not only on your overall monthly payments, but your overall interest costs as well.

Since rising home values are returning lost equity to many homeowners, refinancing can make a good deal of sense with even a small difference in your interest rate. Homeowners now have options to do many things with the difference.

More home equity also means you won’t need to bring cash to the table to refinance. Furthermore, interest rates can be slightly lower when your loan-to-value ratio drops below 80 percent.  Find out more about the new refinance movement here…

It would be my privilege to help would-be-buyers or refinancers understand the current marketplace and the loan options that can help you own a part of the American dream!

A Baseball Must for Pitchers: Command and Establish The Fastball

When a pitcher has control that means he pitches in the strike zone.

But when a pitcher has command, that means he can hit spots within that strike zone.  And it’s the fastball that he must command, first and foremost.

Following his third spring training start, David Price said,

“It’s part of the process, continuing to go out there, command my fastball the way that I did today. If I can do that, it just opens up everything that I want to do with all my secondary stuff.”

“That’s always a big emphasis on me, just making sure I’m hitting spots with that fastball—two-seam, four-seam, both sides of the plate, moving it in, up, down.”

As a pitcher that throws a lot of fastballs, Price understands how difficult it is to hit.  He understands that fastballs in different locations thrown with a two-seam and four-seam variations can make life difficult for hitters.

The key is location.

For a great read on fastball command, read Doug Bernier’s article here….

Why The Fastball?

All great pitchers usually have something in common: a good fastball. Having command of your fastball should be the main focus of every pitcher at every level of the game, yet that’s too often not the case.  Too many pitchers (of all ages) tend to spend far too much time on learning how to throw secondary pitches, such as breaking balls.

The fastball is the singularly most important pitch.  If a pitcher has plus command of it, they can cause all sorts of havoc with a hitters mind with the location of that pitch.

Everything works well if you can establish the fastball and put it where you want it.

Having a great fastball means you can get out of most situations, (sometimes) even with a lack of feel for the pitch.  Those who understand this fact know what it’s like when you can’t get a good feel for your breaking ball on a particular day.  The curve ball is a “feel” pitch and can be difficult to throw for a strike at times, especially for younger players.

Having a great fastball also means you can then develop and utilize a secondary pitch with much more effectiveness – like a changeup to simply throw the hitter’s timing off.  This can be killer combination, as many times the hitter can’t recognize the difference out of the pitcher’s hand.

Deception & Perception

If you ever take the time to watch batting practice, you will see how many times hitters don’t square up the baseball.  The hitters know every pitch that is coming and the coach is trying to throw it where they can hit it hard, but still many hitters don’t hit the ball on the barrel of the bat.

Imagine how much harder it gets when they DON’T know what pitch is coming.

  • Inside/outside – After two inside fastballs, a 4-seamer on the outside corner tends to look further outside than normal… even though it is a strike.
  • Speed – The speed differs by 2-3 mph but that is just enough for my contact to be off the barrel if I am timed up for the two-seamer velocity.
  • Up / Down – Moving the ball up and down changes the eye level of the hitter and can produce swing and misses especially with two strikes.

A well located fastball is the most difficult pitch to hit consistently.  The hitter has less time to react, and the further the ball is away from the middle of the plate the more difficult it is for the hitter.

Learning from David Price

Pitchers and coaches might want to take a page out of David Price’s book and throw more fastballs.

As a pitcher, you know the hitter is thinking “once I have to compete against fastballs located for strikes on both sides of the plate and changing eye levels, the secondary stuff becomes much, much nastier to hit.”

As a hitter, when a pitcher establishes the location of his fastball and is not afraid to come after them, it makes hitting that much more difficult.

Adding Another Pitch to the Mix?

For those looking to “add another pitch”, you might want to reconsider, until you’re comfortable with fastball location.

Instead, evaluate what you’re currently throwing, and ask yourself these questions: “do I truly command these pitches?  Can I spot a fastball where I want, anytime I want, with movement?  Can I throw a four-seamer for a strike with my eyes closed?”

Only after you’ve honestly answered “yes” to all three, then consider adding another pitch to your repertoire.

Pitching to Contact

Many pitchers are afraid of “getting hit”, or they try to make the perfect pitch every time.  As a result, they end up throwing balls out of the strike zone,  walking hitters, or pitching from behind in counts.

Unless they throw 100+ miles per hour, they really, they’re trying to control the inevitable – that the batter is going to make contact. Interestingly, pitchers with great command like Greg Maddux or Tom Glavine want them to hit the baseball.  And they don’t worry if a hitter ends up reaching base.  Their attitude is, “That’s fine. I’ll get the next guy.”

In Conclusion

Let’s be clear, if you don’t have good command of your fastball, you are not a good pitcher.  That’s the reality. If you want to improve your game, improve your velocity or command, not add a new pitch to your arsenal.

Work on it.

That House Will Probably Cost More The Longer You Wait

Today’s potential home buyers have many questions about local real estate markets and how it relates to the purchase of a new home. The one I hear the most is:

‘Does it make sense to buy a house in now, or would it be better to wait until next year?’

Click on the video above to find out more,

Well, there are some things we just can’t predict with certainty, and that includes future housing costs….however,

most economists and forecasters agree that home values will likely continue to rise throughout 2018 and into 2019. Secondly, these same experts also predict that interest rates will continue to rise.

Houses Are INCREASING in Value and Are Getting More Expensive

As usual, it’s a story of supply and demand. There is a high level of demand for housing in cities across the country, but there’s not enough inventory to meet it. As a result, home buyers in who delay their purchases until 2019 will likely encounter higher housing costs.

According to Zillow, the real estate information company, the median home value for Arizona increased to over $233,000 – a year-over-year increase of 6.7%. In California, the median home value is over $465,000 – an increase of 8.8%. Looking forward, the company’s economists expect the median to rise by another nearly 5% over the next 12 months. This particular forecast projects into the first quarter of 2019.

Other forecasters have echoed this sentiment. There appears to be broad consensus that home values across the country will likely continue to rise over the coming months.

The Supply and Demand for Housing

It is the supply and demand imbalance that’s the primary factor in influencing home prices. So it’s vitally important for home buyers to understand these market conditions.

Most real estate markets, including California and Arizona are experiencing a supply shortage. Inventory is falling short of demand, and that puts upward pressure on home values.

Economists and housing analysts say that a balanced real estate market has somewhere around 5 to 6 months worth of supply. In both California and Arizona today, that figure is in the 2.5 to 3 month range. Clearly, these markets are much tighter than normal, from an inventory standpoint. This is true for other parts of the nation as well, where inventory levels are in the 4-month range.

Interest Rates

There has been a slow increase in interest rates since September of 2017 – and a quicker jump in the last few months.  Bond markets haven’t seen pressures like this in over 4 years – and things are trending higher.

Many investors believe inflation is bound to tick up if the labor market continues to improve, and some market indicators suggest inflation expectations have been climbing in recent months.

This is a general reflection better economic data, rising energy prices and the passage of sweeping tax cuts.  Many think could provide a further boost to the economy – giving consumers more money at their disposal.

If positive labor and economic news keep pouring out (as most analysts believe things will continue to improve), then the prospect of inflation will put pressure on bonds and interest rates.

The Federal Reserve has suggested that they will have 3 to 4 interest rate increases in 2018, and most experts see a .5% to 1% overall increase in mortgage rates this year.

In Conclusion

So, let’s take a look at our original question: Does it make sense to buy a home in 2018, or is it better to wait until 2019?

Current trends suggest that home buyers who delay their purchases until later this year or next will most likely encounter higher housing costs. All of these trends and forecasts make a good case for buying a home sooner rather than later. Please reach out to me for more, as it would be my privilege to help!

Housing Affordability Still High – Even With Increasing Prices

Despite rising home prices, American housing is actually quite affordable – and now is really a good time to make that purchase.

Housing affordability is measured by comparing household income relative to the income needed to purchase a home.

According to the latest Real House Price Index from First American Title, today’s home buyers have “historically high levels of house-purchasing power.”

Read the entire article from Amy Yale at the Mortgage Reports here.

Affordability crisis ‘over-stated’

According to Mark Fleming, First American’s chief economist, “talk of an affordability crisis is over-stated.” In fact, consumer house-buying power – how much home someone can buy based on average income, interest rate and home price – is actually up over the year.

Ms. Yale in her article notes that home-buying power rose by nearly a full percent from November 2016 to November 2017.

And though real home prices increased 5 percent over the year, they’re still 37.7 percent below their 2006 peak. They’re also more than 16 percent below 2000’s numbers.

Because mortgage rates are lower than historical averages, home-buying power is up, according to First American’s Fleming.

“In fact, consumer house-buying power is 2.3 times higher than it was in 2000, almost two decades ago,” he said. “It’s also only 2.9 percent below the peak in July 2016. Because the long-run trend in mortgage interest rates has been downward, from a peak of 18 percent in 1981, the housing market has benefited from consistently increasing house-buying power”

He continues, “Home buyers today have historically high levels of house-purchasing power, and that’s one important reason why, even as unadjusted house price growth exceeds household income growth, the talk of an affordability crisis is over-stated for now.”

The Solution

One of the great underlying opportunities today is that buying a home is considerably cheaper than renting. Renters interested in reducing expenses and collecting tax benefits should absolutely talk to a mortgage lender prior to signing that next rental contract.

Contact me for more information, as it would be my pleasure to help!

Pinch Hitting – A Different Mindset for Hitters

Everyday players can trust that they will see a good number of pitches over multiple at bats during a ballgame. They have standard routines and approach the game for the longer haul.

Pinch hitters, on the other hand, are often called on infrequently and need to be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Getting ready for a pinch at-bat is a complicated thing that can involve stretching, swinging, studying and reading a variety of cues about game situation – all in order to generate peak performance within a tiny window.

Source: Andrew Simon’s “The Post Game” article “How MLB’s Best Pinch-Hitters Prepare To Thrive In their Limited Opportunities”

The job is not an easy one. Pinch-hitters must ready themselves physically and mentally for an at-bat that could come at any moment — or never.  Not all hitters are capable of this – nor are many fully willing to embrace the role.

It takes a different mindset and approach all together. Pinch hitters are generally more aggressive at the plate, as they don’t have the time to see pitches and get behind in the count.

Many anticipate a particular pitch early in the at-bat…and when they get it, they swing with authority.

The key is to not get cheated as a pinch hitter!

However, before a pinch-hitter can worry about when to swing, he must get his body ready for the task. This means getting loose and limber, sometimes more than once during the course of the game. The player might stretch, run, ride a stationary bike, and take a good number of practice swings.

Some take time before and even during games to utilize the batting cages situated near the dugouts in many ballparks. They take cuts off a tee or tosses from a coach or teammate.  They spend time during this session visualizing the upcoming at-bat – “seeing” their success with the pitches that they expect.

The big takeaway here is that these MLB hitters know and embrace their roles – and take an aggressive mind set to each pinch-hit at-bat.

Younger players should do the same!

Tax Advantages of Home Ownership

Owning a home has become synonymous with building wealth.

For most Americans, it’s one of, if not the largest investment they will make over the course of their life. Many financial experts agree that it’s the single best way to grow your “nest egg” over time.

But building home equity is only part of the story. There are a number of tax benefits to home ownership and home purchasing.

Of course, please do contact your tax advisor or CPA to talk about the specifics of how the tax laws apply to you and your circumstances. Make sure you are eligible for these individual deductions!

Mortgage Interest

Home-owners are allowed to deduct the interest of your monthly mortgage payment. Best of all, it’s available for the entire term of the loan! There are new limits on the amount that can be deducted, but the average home owner will not even get near that number.

Home Office Deduction

If you work out of your house, your home office can provide additional tax deductions annually. Homeowners who have an office in their home are actually allowed to deduct the amount of monthly mortgage paid based on the square footage of that office. They can even expense a portion of the utility bills, including heat, electricity, and internet service.

Property Taxes

Part of being a homeowner means that you are subject to property taxes. Those are paid to the county, city and state – and are tax deductible. Again, new laws limit the amount that can be deducted, so contact your advisor for the specifics.

Moving Costs

If you are required to relocate for work, there are specific deductions available for expenses connected with moving your family, your things, and even your cars.

Discount Points

If you utilized “points” to lower the interest rate of your loan, you can actually deduct the cost of those fees the year you purchase the property. This happens quite often – say a borrower uses 1 point to lower their interest rate from 5% to 4.75%. This would lower their monthly payment over the life of the loan AND help you in the tax year you make that purchase.

Mortgage Interest Credit

If your income meets certain thresholds, you might be eligible for the mortgage interest tax credit. It’s there to make paying for your new home a bit easier – but you do have to have a mortgage credit certificate. Those can be provided by the state or local government agency.

There are other potential deductions for environmental and health related home improvements out there too, so make sure you contact your CPA or tax advisor to find out more!

The Mortgage Pre-Qualification Letter – Questions to Ask

Every real estate agent, at one time or another, has run into the situation where the buyer/borrower was issued some sort of pre-approval letter that didn’t hold water under further scrutiny.

How can an agent really test the validity of a borrower’s pre-approval?


What Are the Findings?

This really should be the number one question asked by agents, as this is where the rubber meets the road – and where the majority of lenders have not completed the task.

First, nearly all the residential loans being originated to Fannie Mae’s or Freddie Mac’s standards must pass automated underwriting through Desktop Underwriter (DU for short) or Loan Prospector (LP).

Each loan is carefully run through an automated underwriting system whether the borrower is looking for a conventional mortgage, FHA mortgage or even a jumbo mortgage. If their loan does not pass automated underwriting, it’s more than likely the potential borrower’s loan won’t move forward.

It’s absolutely critical in the information-gathering stage – that lenders run and then receive an automated underwriting approval to make sure their loan will get the green light.

Make sure you know the automated underwriting findings!

Is This a Pre-Approval or Pre-Qualification

The pre-approval process is not a 15-minute conversation.  If you supply me with all the documents necessary for a full document (full doc in industry jargon) review, I need time to read them, do the analysis, load the data into systems, and run the analyticd…more than 15 minutes.  Giving your lender time to process the information helps to secure a reliable pre-qualification.

If your borrower’s lender is offering you a super speedy pre-approval, you as the agent need to question the choice of your borrower’s loan officer.  Obvious mortgage killers, un-seasoned bankruptcy, late payments, etc, are the exception. Mortgage killers take only a minute or two to disqualify the credit approval.

A true pre-qualification, on the other hand, is where the lender has done the appropriate analysis of the potential borrower’s income, assets, and credit and has received either Fannie Mae’s or Freddie Mac’s underwriting authorization (more on that to follow).

What Documentation Did You Obtain?

This list may vary from borrower to borrower (as some might be self employed or others might be utilizing commissionable income), but here is a standard issue checklist:

Copies of Driver’s Licenses/Social Security Cards – copies of driver’s licenses are typically required for all buyers that are going to be on the loan – and social security card verifies your US identity. These are important documents for buyer verification and fraud detection.

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Mortgage Statement/Coupons For All Real Estate Loans – if your buyer currently owns a home, whether they plan on selling it to buy a step-up home or plan on renting it out to live in another home, they will need to show their lender exactly how much they are paying monthly for their current home.

Most Recent Bank Statements – mortgage lenders need to see the most recent bank statements (all pages, and all accounts) from any buyers going on the loan. We will examine the debits and credits thoroughly.

Pay Stubs/ W-2 Forms for the Past Two Years (or 1099) – the past 30-60 days of pay stubs are required to prove and document their income, as well as W-2 statements for the last 2 years.

Retirement/Investment Account Statements – if a borrower has a retirement or investment account, they should provide one or two monthly statements to the lender. Even if they don’t plan on using these funds to buy your home, it may help prove that they are qualified. In some cases, the underwriter will need to see that the borrower has a certain amount of money in reserves.

Tax Returns (1040) – the past two years of borrower tax returns shows the mortgage lender your income, employer, address, verify your social security number and more.

Profit and Loss Statements –  if the borrower is self-employed or owns their own business, he/she will need to show two years’ worth of profit and loss statements. The lender may request additional items such as business bank statements as well.

In Conclusion

Much time can be saved and grief avoided if true pre-qualifications were given the time and effort they truly require. Make sure the lenders you deal with follow this process thoroughly – and don’t hesitate to contact me, as it would be my privilege to help!

The New Tax Law: What Are The Changes for Home Owners?

The new tax bill signed passed by Congress in late December of 2017 makes some changes to the Internal Revenue Code.

Its design was to reduce overall tax rates for the majority of Americans – and makes changes to deductions for individuals and businesses.

Some of the tax law changes have already taken place and will continue through 2018.

You can find out more here from the Wall St. Journal.

Of course, please do contact your tax advisor or CPA to talk about the specifics of how the tax laws apply to you and your circumstances.

As a homeowner or potential home buyer, here are some highlights of the changes:

Mortgage Interest

If you purchased a house prior to December 16, 2017, you will be allowed an itemized deduction for the mortgage interest you pay up to $1 million.

For purchases after December 16, 2017, that amount has been lowered to $750,000.

Refinancing of mortgages that were acquired prior to December 16, 2017, can retain the deduction limits, but not beyond the original mortgage’s term and amount.

Second Homes

An itemized deduction can be made for both a principal and second residence mortgage up to a combined total of $750,000  (or up to $1 million if grandfathered prior to December 16, 2017).

So, the interest you pay on your loan for a second home, only if the above loan limits are exceeded, will not be deductible in 2018.

If, however, you rent your vacation home, you can write off the costs associated with that activity, which would include a portion of mortgage interest and property taxes.

Home-equity Debt

Interest paid on home-equity loans will no longer be deductible beginning in 2018.

Exception: interest may be deductible on home equity loans (or second mortgages) if the proceeds are used to acquire or substantially improve the residence and can be documented.

Exclusion of Gain on Sale of a Principal Residence

There are no changes to current tax law. Taxpayers will continue to be able to exclude up to $500,000 ($250,000 for single filers) from capital gains taxation when they sell their home, as long as they have lived there for two of the previous five years.

Property taxes

Property, state and local income taxes face a combined $10,000 deduction limit.

What does this mean for today’s buyers?

If you are thinking of purchasing a home today, you may be wondering what these tax law changes mean for your future purchasing plans. There are always multiple factors to consider when you are looking to make that decision.

Purchasing a home is still a fantastic investment opportunity and gives you the best chance of building long-term wealth.

It would be my pleasure to help you determine if now is the time to purchase. Do contact me for more information!

This information does not provide customized investment advice or offer legal, tax, regulatory or accounting guidance. Please contact your CPA or tax advisor for details and more information.

2018 Hitting Resolutions

One of my all-time favorite hitting instructors, Paul Petricca, has come up with a fantastic blog post for 2018.  It’s his “Hitting Resolutions” and I highly recommend that players read through them.

Notice that a fair amount of these “resolutions” are mental, yet they require concentration and practice, just like the physical skills of hitting.

Paul’s 2018 Resolutions – Make Them Yours

From controlling the batters box, to pitch recognition and selection, and becoming a “student of the game” are all things that are controlled between the ears, not with the hands or bat.

For the entire list, the link is here….2018 Hitting Resolutions – and Paul’s book, Hitting with Torque can be purchased here.

I’d highly recommend that you pick up a copy if you don’t already have one!

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