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Showing posts with label loan officer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label loan officer. Show all posts

July 7, 2011

Mortgage Anyone? To Dream The Impossible Dream?

Hi Everyone,

   Welcome to another Sizzling Summer Friday!

   Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years (or you just don't follow the Real Estate Lending market, but if you didn't, I guess you wouldn't be reading this), you know that mortgages and lending has been tight and more stringent as opposed to the pre-housing bubble days.

   In a recent CNN Money article from Les Christie ("Secrets to getting a mortgage with so-so credit"), Christie concurs and says that, "Getting a mortgage can be tough these days -- even people with near-perfect credit have been rejected for loans". Christie points to a conference in which Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said lending standards for mortgages have tightened so considerably that "the bottom third of people who might have qualified for a prime mortgage in terms of, say, FICO scores a few years ago -- cannot qualify today."

   Is there money to lend? Christie quotes the acting commissioner for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Bob Ryan, who said that mortgage money "is flowing, it's stable, it's tightened from the boom years, but it's there.". "The belief is that you can't get a mortgage at all -- but you can," says Keith Gumbinger, of the mortgage information provider HSH Associates.".

   Christie writes about a loan officer who had a client with a 700 FICO a couple million dollars in assets, and he wanted to refinance. He was rejected! Apparently, his report showed an investment property he could not (housing bust), and had to do a short sale, and that blemish "resulted in an automatic rejection of his refinance application."

   So, are things really that bad?

   "Depends on who you ask", says Brian Willingham, a Loan Officer with FitzGerald Financial Group.

   "Lending has gotten a bad rap lately", adds Christopher A. Potter, a Loan Officer at GuardHill Financial.
   "Basically, these days you actually have to be able to afford what you want to buy (and disclose your true income on your tax returns).", says Willingham. Potter adds that now banks, "want to see that you can actually afford it. This is just common sense and will benefit all in the long run.". He also said that it's, "not that difficult assuming that you qualify.", and that people are so used to easy credit standards ("It used to be that all you needed was a pulse to get a loan.", adds Potter).

   Nicole Tucker, a Licensed Texas Real Estate Consultant, says that even though the requirements are tighter that several years ago, "it is not difficult to get a mortgage if a borrower has verifiable and steady employment and decent credit. You do not have to have stellar credit." Willingham continues this point, and agrees that for people with "sufficient, stable income it's a lot of paperwork but it's not "hard" to get a loan.", but adds that if your credit is "poor" and "you don't have a stable work history and stable income, it could be pretty difficult."

   So, on that note - less-than-stellar credit - is FHA still an option?

   In the article from Christie, he quotes Gumbinger as saying that "The FHA is just about as free and easy as it was in the go-go days,". Christie says that the standards are, "flexible and aimed at making mortgage borrowing easier, especially for working-class Americans.". Potter agrees, and says that the "FHA is extremely flexible with credit issues and there are plenty of lenders with "common sense underwriting". Melanie Roussell, a spokeswoman for the FHA, explained that "the agency is willing to overlook a blemish on a credit report -- even a big one -- if other factors are favorable", as written by Christie.

   Tips? Pointers?

   Paul McFadden of The Legacy Group, tells us that the most important thing is "to have all your documentation in order (income and asset information) along with a flexible attitude if letters of explanation need to be written." He summarizes the process as follows; "A borrower needs to work with a great team that would include a loan officer and possibly a realtor to make sure they are approved and their loan closes."

   Have you tried applying for a mortgage? Before or After the Housing Bubble? How was your experience?

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Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog: http://blogging.lease2buy.com
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TAGS: #mortgage #loan #credit #refinance #FHA #FICO #HUD #LoanOfficer #RealEstate

June 12, 2011

Caveats For First Time Homebuyers

Good Morning,

   Hope you had a nice weekend, and enthralled to have you back with me again today!

   "First Time Homebuyers can be the most fun to work with of any client.", says Realtor Dawn Ohnstad, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Burnet in Wayzata MN, who says that first time homebuyers are, "excited, they want to learn, they ask great questions and once they have selected an agent, they operate as a team member. It makes our job fun!". David Mawyer of the CSSNMawyer Realty Group, says that first time home buyers want to be, "treated with honesty and respect. Regardless of the down payment amount or the price of the home, they are making a significant investment and want to insure that it is a good one."

   This brings us to our topic, of course, which is regarding some Caveats, or tips/warnings, from some Real Estate Professionals.

   Kris Bickell of the Website of Housebuying-tips.com, says that the best advice for new homebuyers is to get, "a good realtor, good mortgage broker, and good home inspector.". Ohnstad suggests that one of the first things they should do is to identify an experienced, reputable loan officer who will, "take the time to meet with them face to face, educate them about their various loan product options and provide a letter of pre-approval." Mawyer also concurs that the it is very important to select the Right Realtor and Lender, who will, "put the buyer’s interest ahead of their own interest". Mawyer says that this will require some homework/research by the potential buyer (asking for references, ask questions about honesty, integrity, and consistency, etc.). He warns that buyers should look out for pressure, as this should be viewed as a “red flag”."

   Mawyer says that it is important to, "Be honest about your requirements", and to assess what is important in the decision (size of the home? location? features? price?), and adds that the buyer should feel free to ask questions.

   Bickell says that she had an unfortunate incident when buying her home since her Realtors ended up being "lazy", since they, "don't make nearly as much money from home buyers". Ohnstad says that it is important to caution them about going to open houses and talking with lots of listing agents. She says that if they happen to find the house that is right for them, "that listing agent will be doing all they can in the interest of the seller.", and says, "This happens quite often, and I wish I could let them all know, that we Realtors prefer to be brought into the equation to represent a buyer sooner, not later." Ohnstad adds that, "Our negotiation power on behalf of our buyer is diminished significantly when all the cards have already been shown to the other side. Any questions they may have, can be answered by their own Buyers' Representative and since the commission is already being paid by the seller, there is simply no down side to getting a pro on their team early." Ohnstad also cautions that First Time Buyers think that good Realtors who have been in the business a long time, "do not want to work on the small transactions.", but she says this is not true, and that, "A good agent wants to work with any qualified buyer who has been pre- approved by a lender and is ready to begin the process."

   When it comes to the home inspector, Bickell says that hers was, "referred by the Realtors, and really didn't do a good job.", but, "Not just because he was referred, but because he missed a lot.". Ultimately, Bickell says that they ended up having to sue him later because he missed a big electrical problem. Due to the issues she experienced during the process, Bickell started her website, "to share the lessons I learned the hard way."

   Onto another caveat; Mawyer suggest that you choose the right search engine, and says that, "If the first time buyer wants to find a home on the Internet, make sure that the search engine being used provides “real time” access to the live database", since, "finding homes that are no longer available for sale can be a major frustration for the first time home buyer." Seems like a great time to plug my website? (Yes - HomeRun Homes, the Classified Ads/Search Engine for Rent to Own Homes.

   These Pros have provided some fantastic tips. Is there anything that should be added to this? We would love to hear from you!

Have a Great Week, and Happy Rent-to-Owning !
Rob Eisenstein
HomeRun Homes Blog http://blogging.lease2buy.com
HomeRun Homes Website http://www.lease2buy.com

TAGS: #firsttimehomebuyer #realtor #mortgagebroker #openhouse #homeinspector