VA $0 Down Payment Loans To Infinity?!

March 29th, 2020
house and calculator

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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Did The Coronavirus Make Mortgage Rates Go Down? Did the Federal Reserve Just Cut Mortgage Rates To 0%?

March 20th, 2020
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Mortgage rates did indeed go down after the Coronavirus spread and financial markets started to panic. But the Coronavirus and mortgage rates aren’t directly connected.

 

People considering a refinance continue to contact me for low rates, but now that rates have spiked it may no longer makes sense.

 

The recent mortgage rate reductions we saw may be gone for a period of time, but the rate changes are not as drastic as the media made it sound. Read the rest of this entry »

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Owner’s vs. Lender’s Title Insurance: What You Need To Know

February 27th, 2020
Title insurance

Shopping for a home means coming to understand a world of legalities designed to help protect the process of property transactions in the United States. That means learning about the various stages of investigation needed to transfer ownership with confidence. Home inspections, appraisals, title searches, and other steps inform buyers and sellers of possible complications with the sale. When it comes to navigating these requirements, homeowners need to understand their obligations and the mechanisms built to protect them, such as owner’s title insurance. 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
keys to a new house

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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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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Why get a home inspection and who pays for it?

February 6th, 2019
home inspector

A home inspection protects the buyer. It’s meant to uncover potentially serious issues with the home so that you understand what you’re buying.

In a competitive market, some buyers walk through the home with an inspector before making an offer on the home. This gives them the confidence to formally waive the inspection contingency when they make their offer, possibly putting their offer in a stronger position to be accepted.  However, a home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights and minimize unpleasant surprises or unexpected difficulties. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Being an Authorized User on a Credit Card can Help or Hurt You

October 1st, 2018
How being an authorized user can help or hurt you

For most people, your ability to get approved for a mortgage, and the terms you’re offered, depends on your credit report and your history of managing debt responsibly.

Under some circumstances, your credit score can be affected by loans you’re not even responsible for paying.  Read the rest of this entry »

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