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Getting Pre-Approved Should Always Be Your First Step

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often need to stand out. One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing if your dream home is within your reach.

Freddie Mac lays out the advantages of pre-approval in the ‘My Home’ section of their website:

“It’s highly recommended that you work with your lender to get pre-approved before you begin house hunting. Pre-approval will tell you how much home you can afford and can help you move faster, and with greater confidence, in competitive markets.”

One of the many advantages of working with a local real estate professional is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process. Once you have selected a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with important information regarding “your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.”

Freddie Mac describes the ‘4 Cs’ that help determine the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and it often helps speed up the process once your offer has been accepted.

Bottom Line

Many potential home buyers overestimate the down payment and credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage today. If you are ready and willing to buy, you may be pleasantly surprised at your ability to do so.


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Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress!

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8105 Rasor Blvd #140 Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
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Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 Years

f you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in an area that better suits your current family needs, great news was just revealed.

Last week, Trulia posted a blog, Not Your Father’s Housing Market, which examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research revealed that:

“Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they’ve been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price. In 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price.

Despite relatively stagnant incomes, affordability has grown due to the sharp drop in mortgage rates over the last 30 years – from a high of over 16% in the 1980s to under 4% by 2016.

Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only Miami became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. Meanwhile, 22 metros have flipped from being unaffordable to becoming affordable in that same time frame.”

Here is a graph showing the Affordability Index compared to the 40-year average:

The graph shows that housing affordability is better now than at any other time in the last forty years, except during the housing crash last decade.

(Remember that during the crash you could purchase distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales – at 20-50% discounts.)

There is no doubt that with home prices and mortgage rates on the rise, the affordability index will continue to fall. That is why if you are thinking of moving up, you probably shouldn’t wait.

Bottom Line

If you have held off on moving up to your family’s dream home because you were hoping to time the market, that time has come.


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YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS. Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress! Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems, Call us 2nd to SOLVE them!

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J. Scott Harris
Branch Manager
6900 Dallas Parkway #610 Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
NMLS# 375517 | Company NMLS # 3274
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You Can Save for a Down Payment Faster Than You Think!

Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long it would take to save for a down payment in each state.

Using data from the United States Census Bureau and Zillow, we determined how long it would take, nationwide, for a first-time buyer to save enough money for a down payment on their dream home. There is a long-standing ‘rule’ that a household should not pay more than 28% of their income on their monthly housing expense.

By determining the percentage of income spent renting in each state, and the amount needed for a 10% down payment, we were able to establish how long (in years) it would take for an average resident to save enough money to buy a home of their own.

According to the data, residents in Ohio can save for a down payment the quickest in just under 3 years (2.44). Below is a map that was created using the data for each state:

What if you only needed to save 3%?

What if you were able to take advantage of one of Freddie Mac’s or Fannie Mae’s 3%-down programs? Suddenly, saving for a down payment no longer takes 5 or 10 years, but becomes possible in a year or two in many states as shown on the map below.

Bottom Line

Whether you have just begun to save for a down payment, or have been saving for years, you may be closer to your dream home than you think! Meet with a local real estate professional who can help you evaluate your ability to buy today.

BONUS – If you have 680 FICO and make less that $73,400 per year – 1% Down + 2% Guild Grant = BEST WAY TO BUY A HOME.

 

YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS. Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress! Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems, Call us 2nd to SOLVE them!

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J. Scott Harris NMLS # 375517 & Jani Mansour NMLS # 877007
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J. Scott Harris
Branch Manager
6900 Dallas Parkway #610 Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
NMLS# 375517 | Company NMLS # 3274
Equal Housing Lender
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Is Now a Good Time to Rent?

People often ask if now is a good time to buy a home, but nobody ever asks when it’s a good time to rent. Regardless, we want to make certain that everyone understands that today is NOT a good time to rent.

The Census Bureau recently released their 2017 fourth quarter median rent numbers. Here is a graph showing rent increases from 1988 until today:

As you can see, rents have steadily increased and are showing no signs of slowing down. If you are faced with making the decision of whether or not you should renew your lease, you might be pleasantly surprised at your ability to buy a home of your own instead.

Bottom Line

One way to protect yourself from rising rents is to lock in your housing expense by buying a home. If you are ready and willing to buy, meet with a local real estate professional who can help determine if you are able to today!
YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS.

Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress!


Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems,
Call us 2nd to SOLVE them!

Bottom Line

YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS. Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress! Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems, Call us 2nd to SOLVE them!

Click Here to start your quick Free Credit Analysis & Loan App Now!

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J. Scott Harris NMLS # 375517 & Jani Mansour NMLS # 877007
www.MortgageXperts.com
 

J. Scott Harris
Branch Manager

8105 Rasor Blvd #140 Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
NMLS# 375517 | Company NMLS # 3274
Equal Housing Lender
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Your Opportunity to Achieve the American Dream Keeps Getting Better!

Forbes.com recently released the latest results of their American Dream Index, in which they measure “the prosperity of the middle class, and…examine which states best support the American Dream.”

The monthly index measures several different economic factors, including goods-producing employment, personal and commercial bankruptcies, building permits, startup activity, unemployment insurance claims, labor force participation, and layoffs.

The national index score was rounded out to 100.0 in January as a baseline for comparison and it rose the fourth straight month in a row to 101.8.

Alaska, coming in at 89.4, represented the lowest score on the index due in part to the recent collapse in oil prices. In contrast, Wyoming came in with the highest score at 115.1. The full results can be seen in the map below.

Forbes Senior Editor Kurt Badenhausen explained why many states saw a boost in the index last month:

“The American Dream Index rose for the fourth straight month to 101.8 propelled by gains in goods-producing jobs and building permits, as well as declines in unemployment claims and mass layoffs.

Goods-producing jobs (manufacturing, mining, construction and agriculture) were up for the ninth straight month in May…Building permits rose for the fourth straight month compared to the prior year.”

Bottom Line

The American Dream, for many, includes being able to own a home of one’s own. With the economy improving in many areas of the country, that dream can finally become a reality.

 

YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS.

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J. Scott Harris
Branch Manager
6900 Dallas Parkway #610
Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
NMLS# 375517 | Company NMLS # 3274
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Singles Are Falling for Their Dream Home First 


YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS.

Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress!


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NMLS # 375517 – NMLS # 877007
www.MortgageXperts.com

J. Scott Harris
Branch Manager
6900 Dallas Parkway #610
Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
NMLS# 375517 | Company NMLS # 3274
Equal Housing Lender
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Number of Buyers Putting Down Less Than 10% Hits 7-Year High

According to Black Knight Financial Service’s Mortgage Monitor Report, 1.5 million Americans have purchased a home with down payments under than 10% over the last 12 months. This is great news for buyers as this marks a 7-year high.

Many mortgage programs offered by agencies like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae allow buyers to put down as low as 3% to purchase their dream homes. The strength of the housing market has aided buyers who used low-down-payment programs to buy. As a recent CNBC article points out,

“Defaults on recent low down payment loans, so far, are slow, but that is as much a factor of the good credit quality as it is the strength of the housing market. Home prices are rising incredibly fast, meaning those borrowers are gaining equity in their homes quickly.”

Low down payments aren’t just great for first-time homebuyers. These programs have allowed homeowners who want to capitalize on the equity they have in their homes to use the profit from their sale to pay off high-interest credit cards, fund education or even start a business.

According to a new Census Report, the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs , home equity was used to start 7.3% of all businesses in the United States, which equates to over 284,000! The industries that saw the most growth from home equity are accommodation & food services, manufacturing and, retail trade.

Bottom Line

Gone are the days of ‘20% down or no mortgage.’ What could you build with the equity in your house? Meet with a real estate professional who can evaluate your ability to achieve your dreams today!
YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS.

Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress!


Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems,
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Click Here to start your quick Free Credit Analysis & Loan App Now!

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J. Scott Harris & Jani Mansour
NMLS # 375517 – NMLS # 877007
www.MortgageXperts.com

J. Scott Harris
Branch Manager
6900 Dallas Parkway #610
Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
NMLS# 375517 | Company NMLS # 3274
Equal Housing Lender
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The Cost of Renting vs. Buying a Home


YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS.

Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress!


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NMLS # 375517 – NMLS # 877007
www.MortgageXperts.com

J. Scott Harris
Branch Manager
6900 Dallas Parkway #610
Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
NMLS# 375517 | Company NMLS # 3274
Equal Housing Lender
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61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%

According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Realtors Confidence Index, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% from October 2016 through November 2017.

Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and have disqualified themselves without even trying. The median down payment for all buyers in 2017 was just 10% and that percentage drops to 6% for first-time buyers.

Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas’ recent comments shed light on why buyer demand has remained strong,

“Looking into 2018, rent is expected to continue gaining. More widespread rent growth could mean home buying demands stay high, as renters who can afford it move away from the unpredictability of rising rents toward the relative stability of a monthly mortgage payment instead.”

It’s no surprise that with rents rising, more and more first-time buyers are taking advantage of low-down-payment mortgage options to secure their monthly housing costs and finally attain their dream homes.

Bottom Line

If you are one of the many first-time buyers who is not sure if you would qualify for a low-down payment mortgage, consult a local real estate professional who can set you on your path to homeownership!
YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS.

Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress!


Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems,
Call us 2nd to SOLVE them!

Click Here to start your quick Free Credit Analysis & Loan App Now!

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J. Scott Harris & Jani Mansour
NMLS # 375517 – NMLS # 877007
www.MortgageXperts.com

J. Scott Harris
Branch Manager
6900 Dallas Parkway #610
Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
NMLS# 375517 | Company NMLS # 3274
Equal Housing Lender
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Ranked #1 Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Primary Mortgage Originations – J.D. Power

 

2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers

Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” which revealed that “eighty percent of consumers either are unaware of how much lenders require for a down payment or believe all lenders require a down payment above 5 percent.”

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

Buyers often overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the same report:

Consumers are often unaware of the option to take out low-down-payment mortgages. Only 19% of consumers believe lenders would make loans with a down payment of 5% or less… While 15% believe lenders require a 20% down payment, and 30% believe lenders expect a 20% down payment.”

These numbers do not differ much between non-owners and homeowners; 39% of non-owners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment and 30% of homeowners believe they need more than 20% for a down payment.

While many believe that they need at least 20% down to buy their dream home, they do not realize that programs are available that allow them to put down as little as 3%. Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner than they ever imagined with programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

Myth #2: “I Need a 780 FICO® Score or Higher to Buy”

Similar to the down payment, many either don’t know or are misinformed about what FICO® score is necessary to qualify.

Many Americans believe a ‘good’ credit score is 780 or higher.

To help debunk this myth, let’s take a look at Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans.

As you can see in the chart above, 53.5% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.

Bottom Line

Whether buying your first home or moving up to your dream home, knowing your options will make the mortgage process easier. Your dream home may already be within your reach.
YOU CAN BUY A HOME, CALL US AND TAKE THE RIGHT STEPS.

Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,” we will work with you until we can say “YES.” If you have already started in our Qualification Coaching Program, call us, so we can check your progress!


Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems,
Call us 2nd to SOLVE them!

Click Here to start your quick Free Credit Analysis & Loan App Now!

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J. Scott Harris & Jani Mansour
NMLS # 375517 – NMLS # 877007
www.MortgageXperts.com

J. Scott Harris
Branch Manager
6900 Dallas Parkway #610
Plano, TX 75024
M: 214-435-8825 | F: 972-696-7810
NMLS# 375517 | Company NMLS # 3274
Equal Housing Lender
Apply Online
Guild Mortgage Company Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Find us on LinkedIn Follow us on Instagram
Ranked #1 Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Primary Mortgage Originations – J.D. Power