The Benefits of Getting a Pre-Approval

The Benefits of Getting a Pre-Approval

Faster closing times, stronger purchasing power, and  greater loan flexibility are just a few of the ways getting pre-approved puts you at an advantage prior to ever even looking at a home. Often times when home buyers decide they’re ready to buy, the first person they contact is a Realtor. However, not only does speaking with a Lender prior to looking at houses give you and your Realtor a better idea of what you can actually afford, you also put yourself ahead of ...

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6 Steps to Obtaining a Pre-Approval

6 Steps to Obtaining a Pre-Approval

Being proactive in the home buying process can be the difference between your offer on a home being accepted or declined. By contacting a loan officer prior to looking for a home, you’ve not only educated yourself on what you can afford, but you’ve positioned yourself to make a stronger offer on a house. We’ve mentioned before the various types of approvals. And we’ve discussed how becoming a

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Pre-Approved? You May Need a Second Opinion

Pre-Approved? You May Need a Second Opinion

Have you already been pre-approved for a mortgage?  If I were, you, I’d call for a “second opinion.”

If you have already been pre-approved or pre-qualified for a mortgage on your next home, are you absolutely sure you are getting the best deal?

I’m not talking about interest rate either.

I’m talking about the structure of the deal itself.  Donald Trump, in his book called “The Art of the Deal,” ...

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Loan Approval vs. Loan Pre-Approval

Now that you have created your list of amenities you want in your new home, are you ready to start searching?  Well, not quite. You will need to know what price range you can afford. There are two ways to go about this: You can either get pre-qualified, or pre-approved for a mortgage. Whichever you choose, you will need to contact a dependable mortgage company. At Family Mortgage of Georgia, we offer fast, FREE pre-approvals.

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Common Loan Qualification Mistakes

Common Loan Qualification Mistakes

Once your loan package has been sent to the lender, there are a number of things you should avoid doing that will change your financial picture. Remember, the lender is looking for stability and consistency. If you want the best interest rate, keep that in mind. Here are a few things to consider:

Large Deposits

The lender is looking to see what your source of down payment is.
Your lender will most likely ask you to ...

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Fixed Rate Loans Vs. Adjustable Rate Loans

Fixed Rate Loans

These loans are fixed for either a 10, 15, 20, 30 or now even 40 year period. They are amortized over the period of time you select, so the shorter the period the larger the monthly payment will be. Also, the shorter the time period you select the more significant the interest savings will be over the term of the loan. But one note of caution is that you should make sure that you ...

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Interest Only Loans

Interest Only Loans

With an Interest-Only loan, home buyers are able to choose their monthly payment and can do one of a few things: They can qualify for a more home, keep more of their cash in reserve or to save for retirement, pay down high-interest debt, or make home improvements.

Interest-Only loans offer you:

  • Possibility for lower monthly payments: for the first 10 years of the mortgage you can choose to pay interest only – plus any portion of the principal that you would ...
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Income and Assets | What You Need to Know

Can I Use All of My Income?

There are very specific guidelines that must be followed in determining what income is allowable in qualifying for a home loan. For example there are a few situations that prevent you from utilizing your income.

The first is if you have been self-employed for less than two years. Generally speaking you must be able to document that your business has been established for at least two years and have ...

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Debt to Income Ratios

Home Mortgage QualificationThere are two ratios that a lender will be interested in; 1) your housing ratio, also known as your “front end ratio,” and 2) your debt-to-income ratio, also known as your “back end ratio.”

The housing ratio is your gross monthly income (your income before taxes are deducted) divided by your total housing payment. Your total housing payment ...

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Automated Underwriting and The Home Mortgage Process

automated underwritingIf you have relatively good credit, today’s automated underwriting systems provide a list of only the documentation that is necessary to satisfy the lender. The way it works is that once the lender has your application and has pulled your credit, the file is uploaded to one of three locations, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or possibly directly ...

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