Blog Category: mortgage guidelines

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Are Well And Septic Inspections Needed To Get A Mortgage?

Well and septic inspections may indeed be required to get mortgage approval. But it depends on the type of mortgage you are seeking.

A conventional mortgage through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac typically do not require  well and septic inspections. I say “typically” not required because there may be an instance where they are required. Read More

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What Can Stop You from Buying a House? Common Obstacles and How to Overcome Them

You have a down payment saved up, a good credit score, and a low debt to income ratio; it is time to buy your dream home. However, something prevents you from buying the home. What can stop you from buying a house? In this article, we will explore some common obstacles and how you can overcome them.

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Newly revised mortgage guidelines for self-employed people due to the Covid-19 pandemic:  There are temporary requirements for assessing income derived from self-employment.  The additional due diligence is due to the disruption from the pandemic.  Mortgage lenders now need to consider if and how a business has been impacted and the likelihood of income continuance.

There is additional income documentation required and you may need an audited Profit & Loss statement with supporting documentation for the Profit & Loss statement.  The continuity and stability of income is what will be considered. Read More

Self-Employed Mortgage Borrowers Need 1 Or 2 Years Of Tax Returns?

Self-Employed Mortgage Borrowers Need 1 Or 2 Years Of Tax Returns?


I constantly get questions about whether or not someone who is self-employed needs a minimum of two years of tax returns, or if they can get away with one year of them, when qualifying for a mortgage. I thought I would answer this question and put it to rest. Please realize guidelines can change in the future. As of the date of this blog, the hyperlinks below are guidelines related to the history that self-employed people need, and the number of years of tax returns they need to document their income. Read More

Do You Have Your Own Cash Saved For A Down Payment?

There is a requirement on Conventional loans to have a certain amount of your down payment come from your own hard earned savings. Not only do you need a certain minimum down payment for different types of Conventional loans, but you also need to make sure a certain amount comes from your own money, and not a gift, or borrowed funds, unless they are secured against an asset, like real estate or a stock account.

On a Conforming loan, which are loans that go up to $417,000, the minimum down payment is 5% down. Read More

You Have Full Access

If you have a joint bank account with another person, and that person is not going to be on a mortgage loan application with you, you will need something called a full access letter from the other person.

This would verify to the underwriter that you have access to use that money for settlement, if needed.

I have seen the need for a full access letter in the following scenarios:

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Getting A Mortgage? Freeze, Don’t Move!

I have had far too many transactions blow up completely or get delayed because the client makes a financial move that they should not during the transaction. Mortgage borrowers should keep all finances static for the two months prior to buying, as well as during the transaction. Consult your loan officer before ANY financial changes. Do not take a new job, do not transfer money around, do not sell your vintage guitar collection Read More