Time to Review Pre-qual vs Preapproval
Today both consumers and Realtors are looking for some type of qualification prior to entering into a contract. Most Realtors require their buyer to be at least prequalified prior to showing them homes. Otherwise they feel the potentional buyer may just be wasting their time. Savvy buyers on the other hand really want to know their limits prior to shopping for a home. To a buyer there is nothing worst then looking at homes they cannot afford or would not qualify for. It sets unreal expectations and sets the stage for disappointment down the road.
Many Realtors and Buyers misuse and/or misunderstand the differences between the terms pre-qualification and preapproval. I have written about this before but Continue reading
New Changes in the Rules, May 2018
The 115th Congress (2017-2018) passed S. 2155, The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, which includes several critical regulatory provisions. Although most provisions are welcomed by most some leave others with different concerns such as Continue reading
Credit Pulls and Credit Alerts
Timing a credit pull can sometimes be the hardest thing we have to ‘guestimate’ when to do. Allow me to explain. For a proper prequalification, a credit pull is essential. Before we do this, we always ask the borrower what they think their credit is or what they think their credit is like. Believe it or not over 85% of people are Continue reading
Don’t be shocked
Some new changes are coming on April 16th 2018. The credit reporting bureaus will no longer be reporting federal and state tax liens and judgements.
What does that mean to the consumer?
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