Archive for the ‘Refinancing’ Category

  • Trump’s Overhaul of Dodd-Frank – How it Changes Your Mortgage

    Feb 6, 17 • J.Beckistan • Home Buyers, Loan Programs, Purchase Loan, RefinancingNo CommentsRead More »
    Trump’s Overhaul of Dodd-Frank – How it Changes Your Mortgage

    You’ve probably heard that President Trump presently signed an executive order allowing Dodd-Frank to be changed.  The promise thus far is that his administration has plans to “cut a lot out of Dodd-Frank”.  So at this point you may be asking yourself –  ” What the heck is Dodd-Frank?!”  Well, essentially Dodd-Frank was a reform act set into place after the big mortgage meltdown.  It was designed to place more control on big banks, increase accountability, and increase transparency.  On the mortgage side of thing, it can be argued as to whether or not that was accomplished.  What is true, is that it created a number of extra waiting period requirements, disclosures, and good deal more paperwork.  It also put a lager burden of proof on borrowers when in comes to proving their ability to repay their loan. Ya, but so What?  Good question…  It’s not clear yet what impact rolling back Dodd-Frank would have the way people get loans.  It might make it easier.  It might cause another period of turmoil while banks race to learn the new laws.  Or, maybe nothing will change at all. One thing I do know is how much I love the way we here at the GreenHouse Group can handle these situations.  We’ve been through many of these changes now in the life of our organization.  Experience shows that the way we do

  • Mortgage Credit Certificates = More Money In Your Pocket

    Blog Source: Down Payment Resource – downpaymentresource.com – February 2, 2017 While the total number of programs remained consistent, the HPI saw an increase in Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCCs) across the country, representing more than 8 percent of all programs. Between 2010 and 2015, state housing finance agencies increased MCC issuances to homebuyers by more than 400 percent, according to preliminary data from National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA). The MCC is a tax credit program that allows eligible homebuyers to claim a percentage of the mortgage interest they paid as a tax credit on their federal income tax return. The percentage of mortgage credit allowed varies depending on the state or local housing agency that issues the certificates, but the credit itself is capped at a maximum of $2,000 per year by the IRS. The buyer may continue to receive an annual tax credit for as long as they live in the home and retain the original mortgage. “The mortgage interest rate tax deduction has long been a core homebuyer benefit, but most homebuyers are unaware of Mortgage Credit Certificates. This credit directly impacts a homebuyer’s bottom line by reducing their annual tax bill,” said Chrane. “We see more lenders adding MCCs to their product offerings.” Qualifying homebuyers are permitted to use an MCC alongside another type of down payment assistance program, such as a grant or forgivable

  • Scariest Situations for Home Buyers & Sellers – Part 4

    Scariest Situations for Home Buyers & Sellers – Part 4 So, where are we?  We have an accepted offer, the home inspection went well, we successfully negotiated a Request for Repairs, the appraisal supported the purchase price, the buyer has removed all contingencies and now it is an unconditional offer.  The finish line is in sight.  But, there are still a few more “scary” steps ahead of you.  For one, the lender needs to get the final loan documents to the escrow company so the buyer can meet with a Notary to sign everything.  Now that part can be a little intimidating and nerve-racking for a buyer.  That is why it is very important for the loan officer to review the Estimated Settlement Statement or Loan Estimate with the buyer(s) BEFORE they sit down with the Notary.  This ensures a less-stressful, and less-scary, loan signing.  Next is for the buyers to conduct the Final Walkthrough of the home, contractually this is to be done 5 days before the close of escrow.  This is important to confirm that the home is in relatively the same condition as when the offer was accepted and no damage was done when the seller moved out.  Now the seller is also supposed to remove all personal items from the home, but often some things are left behind, like yard products (fertilizers, bug sprays, etc.)  And while the seller is required

  • Scariest situations for home buyers & sellers

    Scariest situations for home buyers & sellers. Contact me for more information, I am happy to help you buyer or sell real estate in San Diego. Craig Sutliff The GreenHouse Group Craig@GreenMeansGrow.com 619-857-

  • Mortgage Pre Qual vs. Pre Approval

    The Skinny on Pre Qualification Getting pre-qualified is the initial step in the mortgage process, and it’s generally fairly simple. You supply a bank or lender with your overall financial picture, including your debt, income and assets. After evaluating this information, a lender can give you an idea of the mortgage amount for which you qualify. Pre-qualification can be done over the phone or on the internet, and there is usually no cost involved. Loan pre-qualification does not include an analysis of your credit report or an in-depth look at your ability to purchase a home. The Skinny on Pre Approval Getting pre-approved is the next step, and it tends to be much more involved. You’ll complete an official mortgage application, then supply the lender with the necessary documentation to perform an extensive check on your financial background and current credit rating. (Typically at this stage, you will not have found a house yet, so any reference to “property” on the application will be left blank). From this, the lender can tell you the specific mortgage amount for which you are approved. You’ll also have a better idea of the interest rate you will be charged on the loan. With pre-approval, you will receive a conditional commitment in writing for an exact loan amount, allowing you to look for a home at or below that price level. Obviously, this puts you at an advantage when dealing with a

  • The Subprime Mortgage Meltdown….explained by stick figures!

    Much time has passed, and many people don’t really know how the whole Subprime Mortgage Meltdown happened.  People who have seen the recent movie, “The Big Short” have a much better idea, but for those who have not, take a look at this quick video and you will have a better understanding of just what happened. It is pretty funny, but has a few “bad” words in the text near the end, so for the easily offended…harden yourselves! Trust me, you will come out enlightened…..or something else. Cheers, Craig Sutliff Mortgage & Real Estate Consultant The GreenHouse Group. Cell:  619-857-4954 Email:  Craig@GreenMeansGrow.com

  • Waiting For Rates to Drop? Now’s the Time!

    Jul 11, 16 • Fat Ashton • RefinancingNo CommentsRead More »

    Waiting For Rates to Drop? Now’s the Time! Waiting for Mortgage Rates to drop before pursuing a refinance? Well wait no longer my good friend, now is the time to refi! After the whole Brexit event, rates on home loans dropped, and we’re still not seeing them fully recovered (A good little hack on motoring rates is cheeking in with the 10 year bond. Although it wont tell you what rates are, it will give you a good indication on how they are moving i.e. bond is up, rates are up; bond is down rates are down. Follow the link here to check out where the 10 year bond is at today). So if you were on the fence 6 months ago when rates were good, hop on off cause rates are great and the time is right! For more info on today’s low rates, email me at Scott@GreenMeansGrow.com

  • Brexit for Breakfast, yum!

    Brexit for Breakfast, yum! So what does England withdrawing from the European Union mean for the mortgage and real estate market? Well, as I’m sure you’re already aware, we have had a massive sell-off in the stock market.  The money that used to be invested in stocks, is now running to the safety of bonds.  With the increased demand for bonds the price of bonds increases which, consequently, pushes the interest rate, or yield, of those bonds down.   In turn, this translates into lower mortgage interest rates.  So if you are buying a home or refinancing your current mortgage right now, your timing could be no better.  Lower interest rates means lower payments and increased savings, something everyone loves!  Additionally on the real estate side, these lower interest rates will increase your purchasing power and will allow you afford a higher-priced home without an increase in your monthly payment!  The old adage that it only makes sense to refinance if you drop your interest rate by 1% made sense in the “old” days when most mortgage loans were around $100,000.  But, most people have mortgage loans ranging from $300,000 to $600,000 and even .500% drop in interest rates could save you tens of thousands of dollars.  So, for a free mortgage loan consultation to see if refinancing might make sense for you, or how much more purchasing power a lower rate will provide you, give me a call or shoot me an

  • 3 Ways To Access Your Home’s Equity

    Home equity has rebounded.  While the U.S. housing market hasn’t completed its rebound, most home values have been rising steadily.  That’s certainly good news for homeowners!  CoreLogic, a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government reports that 91.5% of all mortgaged properties in the U.S. are equity-positive. There are 3 ways to access your home’s equity that don’t involve selling your home.  The first is to do a cash-out refinance and the second and third come in the form of a home equity line of credit or a second mortgage.  All three options mean you are tapping into your home’s precious equity and doing so should only be after careful consideration.  We all remember the boom years of the last decade when we saw people harvesting large amounts of equity, some up to 100% of the value, only to find themselves and their home’s value under water a few short years later.  Nowadays lending guidelines are much more strict when it comes to accessing your home’s equity so there is protection in place that wasn’t there before.  To find out the advantages of a cash-out refinance or home equity line of credit while maintaining your, or even lowering your monthly payments, and preserving your home’s equity click here. By David Hughson (with thanks to John Robinson’s Inspection Group blog post dated 5/14/16) Mortgage

  • Rent Your Pad on AirBnB? 3 Things You Need to know Before You Refi

    May 2, 16 • Fat Ashton • RefinancingNo CommentsRead More »

    Rent Your Pad on AirBnB? 3 Things You Need to know Before You Refi 05/02/2016 Renting your house or condo out on AirBnB is a great way to bring in a little extra cash to help pay for the mortgage, but did you know there can be serious setbacks if your trying to refinance a property that you rent out on AirBnB? For more info on this, and the three things you need to know about AirBnB and your Pad before you refinance, email me at Scott@GreenMeansGrow.com

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