Quarantine Wins

While we’re all familiar with the ways the COVID-19 shutdown has been a necessary inconvenience, we wanted to take some time to focus on all the positive things that have come out of being quarantined since mid-March. As a staff, we found new,...

Mortgage Refinancing & Home Buying in the Current Market

Mortgage rates are at historical lows. Accordingly, mortgage refinances are expected to reach record levels and support the U.S. economy as household budgets improve. But rates are not the only thing you need to think about when considering refinancing or buying a home....

Safety in Our Office & Reopening Plans

We are all looking forward to when things become more “normal” and we can be back in the office and have in-person meetings. While the transition to working remotely has been smooth, some things are more easily done in the office. We also...

Team Member Spotlight: Julie Picariello

For this quarter, we’re spotlighting Client Care Specialist, Julie Picariello, who just recently celebrated 25 years with Marshall Financial. Outside the Office During quarantine, Julie kept busy by enjoying British crime shows on Netflix and reading books by John Grisham, James Patterson, and...

COVID-19 Impact on Mortgage Holders

If, as a result of the current national emergency, you are experiencing a financial hardship that is negatively impacting your ability to make on-time mortgage payments, the CARES act allows you to request a forbearance from your mortgage company.  A forbearance is simply...

Understanding Unemployment Benefits During COVID-19

Has your employment or income been impacted by COVID-19? If so, there are new unemployment benefits that you may be able to take advantage of even if you’re self-employed, have been furloughed, or experienced a reduction in hours. There are now 3 types...

The CARES Act and Your Retirement Accounts

If you or your family have been impacted by the Coronavirus, you may be able to take advantage of tax favored access to your retirement accounts.  To be eligible, you must have been impacted by the virus and, in an employer-based retirement account,...

COVID-19 Healthcare Coverage

Maintaining healthcare coverage is as important as ever as we face the threats of COVID-19.  AHIP, the national association whose members include most healthcare insurance providers, has provided Congress with a multi-pronged recommendation to provide assistance to help consumers maintain coverage. It is...

COVID-19 and Student Loans

Millions of student loan borrowers are feeling a positive impact from the recent CARES Act legislation. Starting at the end of March, all federal loan programs were automatically placed in an administrative forbearance. This period will extend through September 30, 2020.   During forbearance,...

Ten Ideas to Keep Yourself Busy While Social Distancing

With schools closed, sporting events cancelled, and restaurants limited to takeout-only, social distancing means being mainly confined to the house or apartment. Even if you’re working from home, you’re bound to have more free time on your hands. So, we’ve compiled a list...