Preparing for Back to School During Pandemic

This year, back to school will look incredibly different with the uncertainties of COVID creating many what-ifs and maybes for the start of 2020 school year. Will your children be going back in-person, with or without masks, virtual or even a hybrid of both?

There’s no question it’s stressful planning for so many unknowns. So, here are a few ways to help you and your family proactively prepare for “back to school” – whatever that may look like this year for your children.

Preparing for Back to School – Remote Learning

  • Create a designated work-space in your home to help your little learners focus. Check out these awesome ideas for inspiration
  • Make sure that all computers and programs are up to date and your Wi-Fi is working properly, providing the speed necessary to accommodate virtual learning
  • Keep all necessary log-in information/assignment lists/etc. somewhere easily accessible
  • Set and communicate a schedule with your children and stick to it. Try to keep school hours as normal as your own schedule allows
  • Reduce distractions, but also remember that just like you, kids need breaks! Figure out a healthy balance
  • Don’t teach – help! Remember that you don’t necessarily need to become the teacher, but the helper with learning, communicating and ensuring assignments are being completed
  • Reach out to your children’s teachers if you have questions about expectations, processes or school work to better assure your kids stay on track
  • Stay positive and flexible. This is a tough time for everyone and having a good attitude for your children is more important than ever

Preparing for Back to School – In Classroom Learning

  • Do daily COVID checks before sending your child to school. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above, keep them home
  • Contact the school to discuss safety protocols and who you should check in with if your child has symptoms
  • Talk to the teachers about what safety measures are being taken in the classroom and what the learning will look like during this time
  • Talk to your kids about safety protocols and send them to school prepared. Pack their bag with hand sanitizer, face coverings, their own designated water bottles, etc.
  • Practice daily routines for after school such as washing hands, sanitizing and washing face coverings when they return home
  • Plan transportation ahead of time. Will your child be taking the bus? Carpooling? Or will you be driving them? Take necessary safety measures for your specific situation
  • Plan for the unexpected. Whether that be school closings, reopening, or the possibility of one of your children becoming infected, make a plan as to how you and your family will respond

Preparing for Back to School – A Hybrid Model

  • Use the tips above for both remote and in classroom learning to assist you in planning for in-person versus remote learning days

Finally, be patient and flexible.

As schools continue to create safe and effective learning environments during the pandemic, things may change in their teaching delivery models. It’s key to be ready for both because things may change quickly based on local situations. Most importantly, focus on your own children to ensure their experience is as calm, safe and effective as can be. For more on planning for in-school learning, click here for a full checklist from the CDC

Introducing – Inlanta’s New Hybrid Virtual Closings

We’ve Gone Virtual!

As your trusted mortgage advisors, our team is working hard to meet your needs and assist you through the mortgage process safely and successfully during these complicated times.

With all of us practicing social distancing, and many of us experiencing the state-mandated shut-down of many businesses, we want to assure you that Inlanta Mortgage remains fully operational and working on your loans – even virtually.

How it Works

Our hybrid eClosing allows for most documents to be signed electronically, making closings faster and more efficient, while minimizing in-person meetings. Here’s how it works:

  • All non-critical, non-notarized closing “eDocuments” are housed in our secure “eSign Room” allowing easy access for borrowers and other key parties to view prior to closing
  • eDocuments are assigned so that each signer only sees the documents they are required to sign, review or acknowledge
  • eDocuments are then automatically available in the eSign Room beginning at midnight of the closing date
  • In-person closings only include those limited number of documents that require notarization with original or “wet” signatures, making those appointments go faster and require less paper

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding our safety protocols or our new eClosings, we are always available via phone, email, text, chat or whatever channel you prefer. Our underwriters, loan processors and closers also work remotely to make sure your deal gets done.

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

5 Summer Safety Tips for You and Your Family

5 Summer Safety Tips for You and Your Family

Summer is here! With the season of sun and fun comes new hazards to be aware of.

Here are some of our top tips to keep you and your family safe these next few months

  1. Stay Safe in the Sun – The sun may be shining but it’s also strong! Be sure that you and your kiddos wear lots of sunscreen, stay hydrated and get some shade throughout the day.  
  2. Stay Cool by the Pool – When it comes to pool safety, supervision is key. Always ensure an adult is present when the pool is in use and keep chemicals out of harm’s way.
  3. Practice Good Fire Protocol – Always be cautious when it comes to fire and use the proper protocol when grilling, handling fireworks or building campfires.
  4. Play with Peace of Mind – Do a safety check of your sidewalk, decks, outdoor play-sets and play areas to ensure your children can play safely this summer.
  5. Keep your Home Secure – With the warmer weather typically comes an unfortunate uptick in crime during the summer months. Ensure your home is safe and secure to avoid a break-in/safety issue.

For more summer safety tips, please visit https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/summer-safety-tips.html today.

We hope you have an amazing summer with your family and friends! If there’s anything we can do for you this season regarding your home financing situation, please feel free to contact your local Inlanta loan officer. Stay safe!

All About VA Loans

As we celebrate our nation during July, we’re reminded that we live in The Land of the Free because of The Brave Who Served and Sacrificed for us.

To our veterans and active military personnel, we tip our hats to you, and to your sacrifices that make our freedom possible. We are committed to making your dream of homeownership possible with our VA mortgage loan options.

What is a VA loan?

A VA (Veterans Affairs) mortgage loan is designed specifically for service members, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses, offering excellent benefits that allow eligible VA borrowers to purchase a home with:

  • No money down
  • No PMI* (primary mortgage insurance) required
  • More flexible credit guidelines

What Can You Do with a VA Loan?

A VA loan is similar to any other conventional loan, allowing you to:

  • Purchase a home or condo
  • Build a new home
  • Refinance your current home
  • Make improvements on your current home, such as adding energy efficient features

Who is Eligible^?

In order to be eligible for a VA mortgage loan, veterans and surviving spouses must meet requirements based on available entitlement and years of service. To learn more about our VA mortgage loans, contact your local Inlanta loan officer today.

Finally, to all of those who proudly serve or have served in our US military, we thank you for your service!

*PMI is typically required when purchasing a home with a down payment under 20%, and the payment is added to your monthly mortgage payment.

Inlanta Mortgage Named Top Mortgage Employer

We are excited to announce that Inlanta Mortgage has officially been named a 2020 Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional!

We love what we do and want to thank each and every member of #TeamInlanta for their hard work in operating with one unified corporate goal – to create a great consumer experience every day. #TopMortgageEmployer

Inlanta Mortgage is always looking for qualified, motivated mortgage professionals to join our team. If you’re interested in career opportunities with Inlanta, click here to view our current employment opportunities.