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  • Don’t Fit In The Conventional Lending Box? We Got You Covered

    LendEDU published a financial report back in October of this year showing the national average credit score is 682. This is a solid score in the mortgage lending world but generally considered a “fair” credit score by the credit bureaus. It also means the average American might have a tough time qualifying for a decent mortgage rate. With 50% of people below a 680 credit score it means there are many who don’t qualify for conventional financing and the government loan options, which are typically only for owner occupied homes, can’t help them.  These people typically fall into three categories.  They are someone who has experienced a derogatory credit event like a bankruptcy or foreclosure, a self employed borrower that has too many write offs thereby killing their qualifying income, or they are a real estate investor and/or foreign national unable to purchase their next property due to conventional ownership limits. If you happen to fall into the middle ground between conventional and hard money lending it can feel like you have very few options.  The good news is that there are many new lenders who recognize this need and specialize in helping just this type of borrower through offering Non-Qualified mortgage loans.   To find out more about how this may help you find just the right type of financing for your next purchase click here and send me a message

  • No money down to buy your home!

    Want to know if you can put no money down to buy your home? While also learning a few fun facts about San Diego? Of course you do! When you think of San Diego, what comes to mind? Beaches and sunny 75 degrees all year round. While that is true, San Diego county also has 6,687 farms, more than any other county in the United States. 68% of those are between 1-9 acres and though the median size farm is just 4 acres, our county’s farmers rank number one in both California and the nation in the production value of nursery, floriculture and avocados. We are also rank as the second highest county with women who are the principal operator of the farm and number 3 in producing honey! Agriculture here covers 303,889 acres and is a key contributor to San Diego’s economy, along with defense, manufacturing, tourism and biotechnology. Our varied topography creates a wide fluctuation of microclimates that allows for nearly 30 different types of vegetation communities. This diversity allows for San Diego to grow over 200 different agricultural commodities from strawberries along the coast, apples in the mountain areas, to palm trees in the desert. *This information was made available by the County of San Diego, Department of Weights and Measures in their 2016 Annual Crop Report. With all that space we have in San Diego there are a

  • Homebuyers: Get Creative With Your Offers

    Reality check #1:  For most of us the road to home ownership starts with a personal budget and is followed by a conversation about what home loan options are available.  That conversation will determine a buyer’s purchase power which means to look at homes for sale before digging into the numbers is the very definition of putting the cart before the horse. While this advice is nothing new and most people do go about it in the right order what they find when they are ready to start looking at the available inventory is Reality check #2:  There aren’t many homes for sale in their price range and the competition for what is available is fierce. If you are a first-time homebuyer with a low down payment this can seem like a mountain too high to climb and leads many to assume it’s not possible.  The good news is that you are not alone and there are some great strategies that I see working every day to get our clients’ offers accepted. Here are a few of the basics every homebuyer should consider.  Getting your loan pre-approval is very important and a prerequisite at this point.  Meaning, any serious seller will not even consider an offer from a buyer who hasn’t done their due diligence to get their financial ducks in a row.  Buyers can also increase their ernest money

  • The BEST WAY to access your Home Equity is

    The BEST WAY to access your Home Equity is

  • Looming Threat Posed by Air Conditioning Units

    There is a significant, Looming Threat Posed by Air Conditioning Units to home buyers, home sellers and any homeowner that owns an older central A/C unit.  And this threat can mean a BIG hit to your pocketbook! For more information, please call or email me, I am happy to help: Craig Sutliff, Real Estate Consultant & Mortgage Planner The GreenHouse Group Cell: 619-857-4954 Email:  Craig@GreenMeansGrow.com BRE Lic# 01735288 NMLS ID

  • How to Beat the Jumbo Loan

    How to Beat the Jumbo Loan

    Why 2 loans can be better than 1: As housing prices continue to rise, so do loan amounts.  You may know that each county has something called a County Loan Limit (You can click here to see them).  But did you know once you go over those limits your loan is considered to be Non-Conforming, or “Jumbo”?  So what?  Well, once you’re in that category many things can change.  Here are just a few: Higher Credit requirements Larger down payment requirements Property restricitons Borrower restrictions Higher Rates So you can see that it would be valuable to avoid these issues.  Let’s talk about How to Beat the Jumbo Loan. One of the most effective ways to do this is with a 2-loan combo.  To do this, we do a first loan up to the highest amount possible, while maintaining the best parameters.  That might mean considering things like loan amount, Loan-To-Value ratio, etc.  Then we add a 2nd loan that makes up for the difference. For example: Purchase Price = 850k 1st loan of 600k 2nd loan of 165k This gives us the best rates and terms on the first loan, and as a bonus, allows us only 10% down payment!  Using this method could save you hundreds of dollars a month, and 10’s of thousands over the life of the loan. So why doesn’t everyone do this?  Good questions

  • New Guidelines = You Qualify for More Home

    New Guidelines = You Qualify for More Home

    Have you been pre-approved but not for enough to buy the home you want?  Well, new guidelines recently released mean you may qualify for a bigger loan than before. Of course, this isn’t’ appropriate for everyone.  But if you have been in a situation where you were hoping for just a little bit more purchase power, you might be in luck.  Recent changes are now letting borrowers qualify for larger loans (relative t their income) than before.  They’re doing this by expanding something called the DTI cap.  That’s basically the relationship between your income and your debts.  Standard expectations were previously set at 45% for conforming loans.  But they’re now pushing that upto 50%.  For example, depending on your income, that could be an increase of 50k or more! Two things to consider You still need to be comfortable with your payment.  So doing the math and affordability calculations with me is critical. Getting a FULL pre-approval (like we do here at the GHG) is vital to making this work. If you’d like to learn more about expanding your purchase power simply click here and shoot me an email.  Or you can call me directly for a quick chat. Jeremy Beck 858-863-0262 Co-Founder / Mortgage Planner

  • HELOC alternative – No Payments for 30yrs

    Jul 11, 17 • J.Beckistan • Loan Programs, RefinancingNo CommentsRead More »
    HELOC alternative – No Payments for 30yrs

    Alternatives to HELOCs and Reverse Mortgages.  What if I told you that you could borrow money, and not have any payments due for 30yrs?  Too good to be true right? Well maybe not! We now have new loan program allows home owners to use the equity in their home, get cash in hand, and not owe any payments.  This is not a new program, but it hasn’t been available to most people for a very long time.  Basically it works like this –  The lender writes you a check based on the equity you have in your home.  Then you do not need to pay it back until you want to, or you sell your home.  In exchange the lender shares in the increase (or decrease!) in your home value.  If your home goes down in value, you could end up owing no more than the cash you were given.  If it goes up, you would pay only a portion of that increase, relative to the amount you borrowed. They also take into consideration improvements you make to the property.  In other words, if you add a bedroom to your home, that increase in value is excluded from your repayment calculation. In a way, you can think of this as the reverse, of a reverse mortgage. It’s no doubt that you have many questions about this.  Just like a

  • Assets Can Be Used For Qualifying Income

    Much of the housing news reported focuses on inventory and credit guidelines.  In case you haven’t noticed housing inventory is low and credit guidelines are tight.  These two headlines show up all the time and for good reason.  In many markets they are both true. With interest rates still low and home prices rising in a majority of markets many homeowners appear to be hanging on to their homes.  This could be to try and time the sale of their home to coincide with a market peak or they realize that if they do sell their home for top dollar they will be turning around to buy in a market with scarce homes available and paying top dollar as well. The gap between income and home affordability can be a hard one to bridge and for many potential home buyers it is out of reach due to increasing prices and a tight credit market. One story I don’t see reported much is that lending volume is down considerably in 2017 and lenders are looking for ways to increase loan applications while not taking on too much risk.  That line is not an easy one to draw so instead of re-writing guidelines or coming up with something altogether new lenders will typically enhance an existing guideline to cast a wider net in an effort to capture more potential borrowers. Whenever

  • Student Loan Refinance with No Penalty

    Jun 13, 17 • J.Beckistan • Loan Programs, RefinancingNo CommentsRead More »
    Student Loan Refinance with No Penalty

    There’s a brand new loan out there that let’s you payoff your student loans without the typical penalties! Well, to explain the benefits of this loan we first need a little background.  Normally, when you refinance to take $ out of your home to payoff anything other than your current mortgage it’s called a Cash-Out Refinance.  It’s a perfectly acceptable, common, and even strategically sound way to lower your monthly expenses.  BUT, a Cash-Out refi can come with some additional costs in your rate, and limit how much you can borrow. Our new loan now allows you payoff Student Loans thru a refinance with NO Cash penalties!  This can be a huge savings.  For example you could see rates .375 lower (or more!) on this program.  On a $450,000 loan a .375% reduction in rate saves $100/mo.  If you add in the potential savings of you already get from rolling in your student loans – the monthly reduction in obligations can be huge. Of course, as with any loan, it’s very important to do some strategic comparisons to make sure it’s the right move.  Restructuring debt can be a tricky process and you want to work with someone you trust to give you good advice.  If you’d like to learn more about this program, or know someone that would, click here to shoot me a quick email – or just

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