The American Express Payment Problem

The American Express Payment Problem

Part of the mortgage qualification process includes what is called your debt to income ratio (DTI). This your gross monthly income divided by the lump sum total of your proposed housing payment and any other monthly obligations that show up on your credit report. This would include car payments, student loan payments (this links to our other post on these payments), and minimum payments on any revolving charge cards. These are typically a very small percentage of the ...

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Credit Scores – Don’t Sweat the Small Dips

Credit Scores – Don’t Sweat the Small Dips

We assist people with understanding and improving their credit scores with great regularity. One of the questions that comes up frequently is why credit scores go up and down so frequently? Credit Scores are made up of five main components.

The first is making your payments on time (35% of your score). If you make, even one late payment in the very recent past, your score will drop dramatically. The second component is called your utilization ratio (30% ...

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7 Strategic Moves as You Prepare to Apply for a Mortgage

7 Strategic Moves as You Prepare to Apply for a Mortgage
  1. Rent Before You Buy – It is always a good idea to get a year or so under your belt as a tenant so you can understand some of the challenges that come with homeownership. Put yourself in the shoes of your landlord. Lenders like to see a track record of making housing payments prior to application and to get you used to making a house payment prior to owning.

  2. Check Your Credit Report & Scores – ...

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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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Credit Repair Companies

Credit Repair Companies

If you have had credit challenges in the past, beware of unscrupulous companies that promise they can solve all your problems. Far too many take advantage of you. They typically will charge you an upfront setup fee and then a monthly charge for as long as you remain a client. Most of them just take the “shotgun” approach and dispute every negative item on your report, every month. The credit reporting agency is then required to ...

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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 2

Last time, we presented a few things to consider if you are thinking about financing for your new home. Specifically, should you use a local bank or a Mortgage Banker? 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. ...

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The Only Constant is Change…

The Only Constant is Change…

…and as witnessed over the past 20 years, nowhere is it more evident than in the mortgage industry. Much of it, as with any business, occurs because of the rapid and ever evolving technological advances making the process easier and more efficient.

Enter Government Regulation
But, as rapidly as it happens, the most change we’ve seen in the past years has come from government regulation. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, and looking back at the events leading ...

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Divorce & Support Payments…

Divorce & Support Payments…

…When Can You Use it to Qualify for a Mortgage?

As you contemplate and work through a divorce, one of the most important factors to consider is your housing needs in the future. Will you stay in the home that your living in or sell the house and move somewhere else? We can’t overstate the importance of getting with a mortgage professional as you begin to negotiate your marital settlement agreement. There are very specific guidelines revolving around ...

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Why to Sell This Spring: 5 Reasons

Why to Sell This Spring:  5 Reasons

Traditional wisdom indicates that certain times of the year are better than others for selling your home. Historically, Spring is one of those times. Below are 5 reasons for why selling during Spring makes sense.

1. Strong Demand
According to the March 2018 Buyer Traffic Report (National Association of Realtors), buyer demand has remained strong throughout most of the country since May of 2016. This indicates that buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase and are ...

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