Archive for the ‘Purchase Loan’ Category

  • Online Credit Scores Vs. Lender Credit Scores

    I’ve never pulled someone’s credit for a mortgage application and heard them say the credit scores I got were higher than what they got online at one of those consumer credit sites like FreeCreditReport or Credit Karma. This is even true for those people who access their scores directly through the credit bureaus Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. The mortgage credit scoring model yields scores on average 40 points lower than online consumer sites.  Other loan and finance applications like car loans and credit cards are also typically lower. This means the scores on the consumer sites are basically worthless and all they do is inspire false confidence. You may ask how does this benefits anyone? It doesn’t but the consumer credit sites don’t claim they are giving out FICO scores which is what financial institutions use. What they give you are scores based upon their calculations. Even on the rare occasion they are using a FICO based scoring model there are over fifty FICO based scoring algorithms so it’s unlikely to be the one you’ll need in the future when applying for a loan. In my opinion the consumer or free credit report sites are the Zillow of the credit world. It’s fun to see what the numbers look like but it’s not to be taken too seriously.  What is one to do? The obvious answer is for anyone looking

  • Mortgage Rates Remain Low – Rents On The Rise

    With as little as 5% down their net mortgage payment would be $183/mo less than what they pay now in rent!

  • Mortgages Paid By Others

    Article originally posted on www.mpamag.com Fannie Mae has recently announced the changes related to Mortgages Paid by Others. When a person is obligated on a mortgage debt – but is not the party who is actually repaying the debt – the full monthly housing expense may be excluded from that person’s recurring monthly obligations when they go to buy their next home if: The party making the payments is obligated on the mortgage debt, There are no delinquencies in the most recent 12 months, and The borrower is not using rental income from the applicable property to qualify. In order to exclude the mortgage debt from the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio, the most recent 12 months’ cancelled checks (or bank statements) from the other party making the payments that document a 12 month payment history with no delinquent payments must be obtained. David Hughson Mortgage Broker 858-863-

  • Family Opportunity Mortgage

    Feb 2, 18 • Huggy • Home Buyers, Loan Programs, Purchase LoanNo CommentsRead More »

    Do you have a family member in need and want to help them buy a house?  If you have a disabled adult child or an elderly parent who can’t qualify for a mortgage on their own you have options!  With the Family Opportunity Mortgage, your can purchase another home without the conventional investment property requirements!  Here are some program highlights: Purchase a home for your family member as if you were purchasing an owner occupied home. This allows you to take advantage of the much more lenient owner occupied guidelines and avoid the much more strict investment property guidelines. 620 minimum credit score Can be used for a purchase or refinance   To find out if you qualify click here and type FOM in the subject line.   By David Hughson Mortgage Broker 858-863-

  • 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,

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