Archive for the ‘Purchase Loan’ Category

  • 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

  • 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

  • Customer Experience vs. Customer Service In The Mortgage Industry

    Aug 14, 17 • Huggy • Home Buyers, Purchase Loan, RefinancingNo CommentsRead More »
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    by Craig Anderson | 03 Aug 2017 | Customer experience vs. customer service in the mortgage industry Customer experience is a term that shows up everywhere in today’s business marketing.  It’s a “must have,” “the single most important factor” and “if you don’t master it, you’re dead.”  Most experts agree, customer experience is the most important differentiator a company can possess to gain a competitive advantage. But, does anyone really even know the difference between customer experience and customer service?  As long as the customer is happy we should be good, right?  And, don’t most companies have a designated customer service department to handle their customer issues, complaints and general inquiries? Defining the differences Customer service can simply be defined as, “what’s my business doing to help solve my customers’ issues,” while customer experience can be defined as, “how is my customer feeling or what are they thinking every single time they interact with my business?” Now, let’s put these into perspective with the mortgage industry. Rocket Mortgage is often thought to be one of the first in the industry to implement a customer experience program. When they introduced their ‘push button mortgage’ concept, they focused on technology to simplify the mortgage application user experience. Instead of the applicant having to manually type in all of their employment and banking information, the system would retrieve the information and auto-fill the application form

  • 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

  • Is Renting Really Cheaper Than Owning a Home?

    by Anna Sobrevinas | 04 May 2017 | MPA Mortgage Professional America | www.mpamag.com The responsibility of owning a home can be intimidating for people who’ve only rented in the past, but new data from Zillow suggests renting can actually cost more. Zillow’s analysis found out that sans increasing monthly housing costs, a typical renter can buy a home almost 50% more expensive than the median valued home and still get to keep the same amount of monthly housing budget. The median US home value is $196,500, while the median rent in the country is $1,416 per month – an amount enough to pay for monthly housing expenses needed to own a $289,505 home. “The decision between buying and renting is a financial trade-off between saving more each month on a mortgage payment versus spending more on rent but taking advantage of the location and lifestyle amenities urban renting often offers,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Recent slowdowns in rent growth may take some of the edge off for renters saving to become homeowners. This is good news, since saving a down payment, qualifying for a loan and finding a home available at a manageable price remain hurdles for millions of aspiring buyers.” Renters in Cleveland can afford a $174,194 home while retaining monthly housing costs, which is representative of more than 80% of homes on the market now,

  • Have Student Loans? The Rules Have Changed

    I may have just missed the student loan debt explosion when I graduated with my undergrad degree in 1998.  While college was expensive to attend twenty years ago, we were all borrowing money to get an education, it was nothing compared to the amounts borrowed during the college financing boom of the last fifteen years. Nowadays young people are in record amounts of debt the moment they are handed a diploma which means starting off their earliest earning years with essentially a thirty year mortgage to pay back.  College ain’t what it used to be and many times all this borrowed money is for a degree that yields earning power guaranteed to tie up their income for the better part of their career. The student loan income-based repayment plans have been a help to many people.  These plans allow monthly payments to be calculated based upon a person’s income which give people a fighting chance to start paying back their loans and be able to eat as well.   This is a big deal for those just starting out but there are at least two challenges tied to this calculation.   First, the debt will take that much longer to pay off and second when you go to apply for a mortgage the bank approving your application will hit the person for up to 1% of the balance of the

  • 40-Year Fixed & Interest Only

    Yes, you read that right.  We have loan terms fixed for 40 years and the first 10 years can be interest only.  And here is best part:  The range of loan amount is $100k to $2.5 million. While our residential lending world looks to find it’s footing in this new market place lending volume is down and banks are looking to expand lending guidelines to appeal to a wider variety of consumer.  For those of you who recall what the lending world looked like ten years ago this may feel nostalgic and for those of you new to the home buyer market this may be your big opportunity. As with every loan program the devil is in the details and I think this is where this program shines because the barrier to entry is very reasonable.  For example, do you have a bankruptcy on your record?  It it’s been 2 years since the discharge date you are eligible for this loan.  Do you have a 600+ Fico score?  You are eligible.  Even the reserve requirement and debt-to-income ratio are better than most lending programs out there and they even allow non-occupant co-borrowers.     Basically, the only thing keeping you from qualifying for this loan is not taking action.  Want to spend a few minutes of your time finding out what your purchase power looks like using this incredible opportunity

  • Beware of Poor Home Flips! Lurking in the Kitchen

    Beware of Poor Home Flips!  Lurking in the Kitchen

  • House Flipping…The Good vs. The Bad!

    House Flipping…The Good vs. The Bad!  

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