Calculating Loan-to-Value (LTV)

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Understanding the definition of Loan-to-Value (LTV), and how it impacts a mortgage approval, will help you determine what type of loan amount and program you may qualify for. Since the LTV Ratio is a major component of getting approved for a new mortgage, it’s a good idea to learn the simple math of calculating the […]

What’s The Difference Between A Primary Residence, Second Home and Investment Property?

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

When applying for a mortgage, a borrower’s “Occupancy Type” is a major factor in the amount of down payment required, loan program available and mortgage interest rate. Whether you are purchasing, doing a rate/term refinance or taking equity out of your property through a cash out refinance, occupancy type is always considered by the underwriter. […]

Why Do I Need Mortgage Insurance?

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Mortgage Insurance, sometimes referred to as Private Mortgage Insurance, is required by lenders on conventional home loans if the borrower is financing more than 80% Loan-To-Value. According to Wikipedia: Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is insurance payable to a lender or trustee for a pool of securities that may be required when taking out a mortgage […]

Why Do I Need To Pay A VA Funding Fee?

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

The VA Funding Fee is an essential component of the VA home loan program, and is a requirement of any Veteran taking advantage of this zero down payment government loan program. This fee ranges from 1.25% to 3.3% of the loan amount, depending upon the circumstances. On a $150,000 loan that’s an additional $1,875 to […]

Important Factors To Consider When Getting Financing On A Foreclosure, Short Sale or New Construction

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Short sales, foreclosures and new construction homes all have caveats that need to be considered when pursuing financing. If the guidelines and potential pitfalls are not properly understood, you could face delays in closing or potentially even a denied loan. Short Sales & Foreclosures – Short sales and foreclosures are everywhere. They often represent great […]