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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.


Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems,
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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!

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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How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home in Your State?

It’s no mystery that cost of living varies drastically depending on where you live, so a new study by GOBankingRates set out to find out what minimum salary you would need to make in order to buy a median-priced home in each of the 50 states, and Washington, D.C.

States in the Midwest came out on top as most affordable, requiring the smallest salaries in order to buy a median-priced home. States with large metropolitan areas saw a bump in the average salary needed to buy with California, Washington, D.C., and Hawaii edging out all others with the highest salaries required.

Below is a map with the full results of the study:

GoBankingRates gave this advice to anyone considering a home purchase,

“Before you buy a home, it’s important to find out if you can afford the monthly mortgage payment. To do this, some financial experts recommend your housing costs — primarily your mortgage payments — shouldn’t consume more than 30 percent of your monthly income.”

As we recently reported, research from Zillow shows that historically, Americans had spent 21% of their income on owning a median-priced home. The latest data from the fourth quarter of 2017 shows that the percentage of income needed today is only 15.7%!

Bottom Line

If you are considering buying a home, whether it’s your first time or your fifth time, consult a local real estate professional who can help evaluate your ability to do so in today’s market!


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

 

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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Ranked #1 Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Primary Mortgage Originations – J.D. Power

 

Freddie Mac: Rising Mortgage Rates DO NOT Lead to Falling Home Prices

Recently, Freddie Mac published an Insight Report titled Nowhere to go but up? How increasing mortgage rates could affect housing. The report focused on the impact the projected rise in mortgage rates might have on the housing market this year.

Many believe that an increase in mortgage rates will cause a slowdown in purchases which would, in turn, lead to a fall in house values. Ultimately, however, prices are determined by supply and demand and while rising mortgage rates may slow demand, they also affect supply. From the report:

“For current homeowners, the decision to buy a new home is typically linked to their decision to sell their current home… Because of this link, the financing costs of the existing mortgage are part of the homeowner’s decision of whether and when to move.

Once financing costs for a new mortgage rise above the rate borrowers are paying for their current mortgage, borrowers would have to give up below-market financing to sell their home.

Instead, they may choose to delay both the sale of their existing home and the purchase of a new home to maintain the advantageous financing.”

The Freddie Mac report, in acknowledging this situation, concluded that prices are not adversely impacted by higher mortgage rates. They explained:

“While there is a drop in the demand for homes, there is an associated drop in the supply of homes from the link between the selling and buying decisions. As both supply and demand move together in this way they have offsetting effects on price—lower demand decreases price and lower supply increases price.

They went on to reveal that the Freddie Mac National House Price Index is…

“…unresponsive to movements in interest rates. In the current housing market, the driving force behind the increase in prices is a low supply of both new and existing homes combined with historically low rates. As mortgage rates increase, the demand for home purchases will likely remain strong relative to the constrained supply and continue to put upward pressure on home prices.”

The following graph, based on data from the report, reveals what happened to home prices the last six times mortgage rates rose by at least 1%.

Bottom Line

Whether you are a move-up buyer or first-time buyer, waiting to purchase your next home based on the belief that prices will fall because of rising mortgage rates makes no sense.


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

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
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

 

The Cost of Waiting to Buy a Home: Interest Rates Edition

Some Highlights:

  • Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019.
  • The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be.
  • Rates are still low right now. Don’t wait until rates hit 5% to start searching for your dream home!


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
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
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

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.


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

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
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

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!

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
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

 

Have Good Credit but having trouble saving for a down payment?

1% Down + 2% Gift from Guild = 3% Equity = THE BEST WAY TO BUY A HOME

Requirements: 680 Credit Score &

Income less than $73,400/ year for properties in the FNMA Home Ready census tracts capped at 100% of AMI,
OR,
No income Limit up to $453,100 loan amount in FNMA Home Ready census tracts that do not have income limits
(green shaded area in the map below)

Check a neighborhood or address to determine income and property eligibility.

Call or email me with ANY questions about this breakthrough new program.
We look forward to helping you purchase that new home,

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: 9726967810
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

It’s Tax Season… Use Your Refund to Jump Start Your Down Payment Savings!

According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $2,840 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $2,895, last year.

Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals; for anyone looking to buy a home in 2018, this can be a great jump start toward a down payment!

The map below shows the average tax refund Americans received last year by state. (The refunds received for the 2017 tax year should continue to reflect these numbers as the new tax code will go into effect for 2018 tax filings.)

 

Many first-time buyers believe that a 20% down payment is required to qualify for a mortgage. Programs from the Federal Housing Authority, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all allow for down payments as low as 3%, with Veterans Affairs Loans allowing many veterans to purchase a home with 0% down.

If you started your down payment savings with your tax refund check this year, how close would you be to a 3% down payment?

The map below shows what percentage of a 3% down payment is covered by the average tax refund by taking into account the median price of homes sold by state.

The darker the blue, the closer your tax refund gets you to homeownership! For those in Alabama looking to purchase their first homes, their tax refund could potentially get them 69% closer to that dream!

Bottom Line

Saving for a down payment can seem like a daunting task. But the more you know about what’s required, the more prepared you can be to make the best decision for you and your family! This tax season, your refund could be your key 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
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

 

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
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

  

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.

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