Top 5 Ways to Position Yourself if You Want to Buy a Home in 2019

Top 5 Ways to Position Yourself if You Want to Buy a Home in 2019

• Get a copy of your credit report through www.MyFico.com. This will give us your true mortgage scores without a hard inquiry on your credit. You can also get a free copy of your report through someone like www.freecreditreport.com but it won’t give you the scores we use. There are 48 different FICO scoring models but only one that mortgage lenders use. No surprise, that this model is more conservative than most.

• Through an educational process, we can assist with ...

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Qualifying for a Mortgage on a Condo

Qualifying for a Mortgage on a Condo

When you apply for a mortgage on a condominium there are a whole host of additional considerations the lender must analyze. I like to think of it as two separate approval processes, the approval of your own personal loan and a secondary approval for the condominium complex itself. They take place at the exact same time but go down to separate paths. Since the approval process for the loan itself is no different than that of ...

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Paying Cash for a Home? Beware of the 90 Day Rule

Paying Cash for a Home? Beware of the 90 Day Rule

With inventory levels low in this competitive housing environment, some people are opting to make cash offers on homes to make their purchase agreement look more attractive to potential sellers. While this may help you get your offer accepted, there is a large pitfall you must understand. The IRS gives you a 90-day window to put a mortgage on a property to gain the benefits associated with this loan being considered “acquisition indebtedness”.

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SO, YOU NEED A MORTGAGE:

SO, YOU NEED A MORTGAGE:

IS YOUR BANK THE BEST PLACE TO GO? – Part 1

You’ve decided to make a move and buy a new home, what’s next? The first step should be to obtain a Pre-Approval Letter. It may seem like the logical step is to call your bank. They have your banking accounts and since the Bank has your financial information, the process will be easier. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. In fact, it is typically a much ...

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Having Trouble Getting Your Offer Accepted?

Having Trouble Getting Your Offer Accepted?

It’s no secret, it is a competitive market out there if you are a buyer. Whether you are purchasing a home and have the cash on hand for the down payment or you need to sell your existing home first to use the equity from that property for the down payment on the new home, there are challenges. The key to success is preparation. We have gone out of our way to create tools for you ...

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Top Reasons a House is More Than an Investment

Top Reasons a House is More Than an Investment

Purchasing a home can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful transactions folks will ever be a part of. Outside of the obvious reasons for owing a home (shelter from the elements, more space for a growing family, shortened commute to work/school/family, etc.) using your home for its investment aspects is especially attractive given current rates and market conditions. I would, however, argue that you should not just consider the investment, the pricing, or the timing of the ...

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Automated Underwriting and The Home Mortgage Process

If 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 to one of hundreds of lenders. “Fannie and Freddie” are quasi governmental agencies that set the guidelines that dictate whether a ...

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Home Down Payment Options

If you believe that you need a good chunk of change to purchase a home, your not alone. The vast majority of first time home buyers have little money to work with and consequently do not believe they are in a position to buy a home. Either that, or credit issues prevent you from investigating the possibilities. But times have changed.

A standard conventional loan will always require that the buyer contribute a ...

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Do I Need a Large Down Payment?

This is probably the biggest misconception. While it used to be true that you needed a large down payment, this is no longer the case. In the mortgage industry, there’s always a great new product just around the corner that benefits the consumer.  The latest of these to surface is the “zero down” mortgage. This mortgage seems to suit two decidedly different types of borrowers:

Let’s take a look at them individually:

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