Don’t Make Me Guess
Well it’s out, the new loan application, and it’s been in use for over a month now. It’s pretty crazy if you think about it, why do we need all this information anyway? In its simplest form it’s designed to make sure you’re not mistreated. A way for the government to monitor how loan originators, banks and lenders treat people who apply for a loan whether they are approved or not. What fees one is charged or the rates you may be offered. Yes, I am going to tackle this big thing that most are afraid to even mention.
There is a particular ‘part I’ would to talk about today, it’s Section 7 Continue reading
Many people often do not understand the impacts of Associations. So here I will briefly summarize a few different types and how the will impact your purchasing power or debt to income ratios.
First let’s address the “Community Associations”. These types of associations are not “Homeowners Associations” (HOA). Continue reading
Is it the lender or me that is causing the issues? Well there are many different types of lenders, banks and mortgage brokerages. Each one has a different type of niche or type of borrower/ loan they prefer to work with and, yet some are just plan cookie cutter (generic). Probably it is a little of both!
What is hard for many people to understand is that its just as much about the lender as it is about the buyer. A buyer with an 800 plus credit score, who is a W2 employee and applying for a loan amount over $250,000 can pretty much pick who ever they would like to work with and really shop out the best rate.
A self-employed individual with two or more companies and multiple properties with a loan amount under $250,000 and a credit score in the 600’s is not likely going to have an easy time shopping rates and would rather spend more time searching for someone to get their loan done on time. This type of buyer is Continue reading
Your mortgage and the new tax bill
One of the big conversation pieces floating around our office for the last week or so is what happens with your mortgage and the new tax bill when it finally gets the big OK.
In my professional opinion, now could be a great opportunity to save Continue reading
Protecting Your Information
Most of us live very blindly and the trust we put in others, is beyond measure. My grandfather had a saying, “If you cannot see who you are dealing with, who are you going to see if you have a problem with the item you’re purchasing or the service you are be receiving.”
I hear it all the time from the millennial’s Continue reading
We Already Signed these
It’s a very common statement made by people going through the mortgage loan process. When making or filling out your loan application you will most likely be signing some releases and / or initial disclosures. Some of these you may sign again within the next couple of days, as a full loan disclosure package will be sent to you.
Many circumstances may change throughout the loan process regardless of Continue reading
I have cash, it’s my money, I earned it what’s your problem? Why can’t I use it for my down payment or closing cost?
This is actually a very common issue, question and concern for both the consumer and loan originator. I estimate this happens in one out of every seven transactions which experiences a cash issue.
Loan originator: Asking an applicant for a mortgage loan; What are you using for funds for your down payment and closing cost?
Applicant: I have cash. Continue reading
Low Down Payments and Grant Programs
There are many programs out there for the first-time home buyer. Each state may have their own programs and grants. Within each state, some counties may have different types of programs however the availability of funds may be limited either annually or by quarter. Home buyer’s general have to take credit counselling courses. These courses may different per county and Continue reading
I Want the Best Rate
“I want the best rate!” Sure I hear that all the time. This is likely the second most asked question after “how much do I qualify for “. The best rate request is most always answered by, “Sure we can give you the best rate, just Continue reading
I have often written about the different parts of the mortgage loan process and the components that are needed for a full approval. Yet, it’s been a while since I can remember focusing on just income. So, let’s all take a peek into the basics of qualifying income—Including you well-educated higher income earners, Continue reading