How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?

May 28th, 2020
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When you buy a new home, you need a mortgage to purchase it. And before you get a mortgage, you need to determine how much mortgage you qualify for. Different sources may qualify you for different mortgage amounts. And how much you qualify for does not necessarily equate to how much you can afford.

How much you can afford is based on your personal budget. When a mortgage lender tells you how much you can qualify for, that is the highest mortgage amount they’ll approve you for. But this may not be the mortgage size you end up closing on.  Read the rest of this entry »

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6 Tips on Choosing a Mortgage Lender or Broker

April 10th, 2020
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People spend a  lot of time looking for the perfect home. There are the countless hours spent poring over real estate listings, the weekend trips to open houses, and the days of driving with your realtor from showing to showing. However, choosing a mortgage lender or broker is often treated as an afterthought—many buyers simply go with their own bank or a broker/lender recommended by their realtor without researching competitive rates and looking for lenders who will also educate them.

This is a critical mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

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VA $0 Down Payment Loans To Infinity?!

March 29th, 2020
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Prior to 2020, veterans could borrow more than the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Loan Limits capped amount, but had to have a down payment of 25% of the difference between the maximum loan limit and the sales price. As of January 1, 2020, the VA has started to allow $0 down loans that exceed the county loan limits.

So now, if a veteran wants to buy a home for $1,000,000 with no money down, they can. $2,000,000? Sure thing. $3,000,000? No problem! However, there are rules and guidelines that come with this new change. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buying A Home Non-Contingent On The Sale of My Current Home

February 15th, 2020
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I often get asked to get a potential buyer pre-approved to buy a new home, without the mortgage being contingent on the sale of the current home that they own. While this is possible, it is difficult.

 

GETTING THE CASH FOR THE DOWN PAYMENT ON YOUR NEXT HOUSE

First, you have to have the cash for the down payment and closing costs for the new home without the benefit of the sale of the current home. Then you would have to be able to qualify to carry the debt of both mortgages at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Qualifying For A Mortgage With Rental Income

December 2nd, 2019
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I have clients who are buying a rental property or who are buying a primary residence and already own rental property and think they need to provide a copy of a current lease for the rental property as part of the loan application. But, that is not always the case.

 

The borrower may be able to document rental income by providing tax returns, rather than leases.  In either a purchase or refinance the borrower should have a history of renting property.  If the request is for a refinance, the borrower needs to have owned the property long enough to qualify for this option, typically a 2 year history is needed.

 

If the request is for a loan to purchase a new rental property, then having existing rental property with a 2 year track record income may allow them to use the tax return option.

If the borrower does not have a history of renting the subject property or if the borrower’s tax returns do not reflect the accurate income or expenses, then a mortgage lender may require one of two things: Read the rest of this entry »

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Jumbo Mortgage Loans

July 14th, 2019
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Jumbo mortgage loans are usually confusing to the average mortgage consumer. No one seems to know what defines a Jumbo mortgage loan, and no one realizes that there can be different underwriting guidelines for Jumbo mortgage loans than for non-Jumbo (also called Conforming) mortgage loans.

Jumbo loan amounts may vary county by county.

It is first important to know that there can be three different loan amount categories. There are:

  • Conforming loans, which in 2019 go up to $484,350
  • Conforming “High Balance” loans, which can go from $484,351, to as high as $726,525 if you are in a high cost area.
  • Jumbo loans (also called Non-Conforming loans) are loans higher than the county Conforming loan limit.

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Mortgage Paperwork Is Getting Easier

May 22nd, 2019
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Here at Capital Bank Home Loans we have a new dynamic loan application that we use. Being dynamic means that it can potentially verify your assets and income during the application process, allowing you to avoid having to upload any documents. And of course we all love to avoid paperwork!

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When Is A Mortgage Approval An Approval?

March 24th, 2019
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When is an approval really an approval? When is an approval only a conditional approval? Below are the different levels of “loan approval” you can get for a mortgage:

1. Pre-Qualification:

This is done before you make an offer on a home. This is only a loan officer analysis, and supporting financial documents are not required. This is a review of the applicant’s income and debts using standard methods of determining housing and debt ratios to indicate the maximum loan amount for which an applicant would qualify, subject to the satisfactory appraisal, further verifications of income, employment and credit history.  This is the lowest form of analysis you can have done.

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Automated Underwriting Versus Human Underwriting

August 5th, 2018
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When you’re ready to buy a new home, one of the first things you have to do is take steps to get your financing in place. Mortgage approval is based in part on an automated underwriting process. Unless you plan to pay in cash, you need to secure a mortgage loan. It is beneficial to get a pre-approval letter from a mortgage lender before you even make an offer. Having your loan pre-approved can show a seller you are a serious buyer with adequate funds. You can also reduce the risk of the contract falling through.

Lenders typically use one of two underwriting processes for mortgage loans: automated and manual. Understanding the basics of how these types of loan approval work can give you confidence when applying for your mortgage.  Read the rest of this entry »

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