Do I Need To Sell My Home Before I Can Qualify For A New Mortgage On Another Property?

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Although every situation is unique, it is not uncommon for homebuyers to qualify for a mortgage on a new home while still living in their primary residence. Perhaps you are outgrowing your current house, or have been forced to relocate due to a job transfer?  Regardless of the motivation for keeping one property while purchasing […]

8 Questions Your Lender Should Answer About Mortgage Rates

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Simply checking online for today’s posted rate may not lead to your expected outcome due to the many factors that can cause each individual rate and closing cost scenario to fluctuate. We can preach communication, service and education all day long, but it’s our ultimate goal to earn your trust so that you can be […]

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 […]

How Much Can I Afford?

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

How much mortgage money can I qualify to borrow? This is typically the number one question mortgage professionals are asked by new clients. Of critical importance when considering mortgage financing: There is sometimes a difference between what a client ***can*** borrow and what they ***should*** borrow. In other words, what makes for a comfortable long-term […]

How Are Mortgage Rates Determined?

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Many people believe that interest rates are simply set by lenders, but the reality is that mortgage rates are largely determined by what is known as the Secondary Market. The secondary market is comprised of investors who buy the loans made by banks, brokers, lenders, etc. and then either hold them for their earnings, or […]

Who Owns My Home If I Have A Mortgage?

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Many borrowers believe that when they purchase a property by obtaining mortgage financing, they also own their home. Technically speaking, full ownership on a property only happens once the mortgage loan amount has been paid in full. To break this down in more detail, there are a few components of a mortgage: A Promissory Note is […]

HOA Hurdles to be Aware of When Looking at New Properties

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

A Home Owner Association (HOA) can have a huge impact on your life when you buy a home in a PUD (Planned Unit Development) or Condominium Project. According to Wikipedia: A homeowners’ association (abbrev. HOA) is an organization created by a real estate developer for the purpose of developing, managing and selling a development of […]

Top 8 Things To Ask Your Lender During The Application Process

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Knowing what questions to ask your lender during or before the loan application process is essential for making your mortgage approval process as smooth as possible. Many borrowers fail to ask the right questions during the mortgage pre-qualification process and end up getting frustrated or hurt because their expectations were not met. Here are the […]

How Do Mortgage Companies Value A Property That Has Not Been Built Yet?

January 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

It’s obviously easier to picture the process of estimating value on an existing property in a neighborhood that has a history of home sales, but the task of determining the value on new construction projects does pose some challenges. Appraisals on homes that haven’t been built yet generally require the contractor and home buyer to […]

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 […]

Next Page »