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5 Reasons Homeownership Makes ‘Cents’

The American Dream of homeownership is alive and well. Recent reports show that the US homeownership rate has rebounded from recent lows and is headed in the right direction. The personal reasons to own differ for each buyer, but there are many basic similarities.

Today we want to talk about the top 5 financial reasons you should own your own home.

  1. Homeownership is a form of forced savings – Paying your mortgage each month allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life for renovations, to pay off high-interest credit card debt, or even send a child to college. As a renter, you guarantee that your landlord is the person with that equity.
  2. Homeownership provides tax savings – One way to save on taxes is to own your own home. You may be able to deduct your mortgage interest, property taxes, and profits from selling your home, but make sure to always check with your accountant first to find out which tax advantages apply to you in your area.
  3. Homeownership allows you to lock in your monthly housing cost – When you purchase your home with a fixed-rate mortgage, you lock in your monthly housing cost for the next 5, 15, or 30 years. Interest rates have remained around 4% all year, marking some of the lowest rates in history. The value of your home will continue to rise with inflation, but your monthly costs will not.
  4. Buying a home is cheaper than renting – According to the latest report from Trulia, it is now 37.4% less expensive to buy a home of your own than to rent in the US. That number varies throughout the country but ranges from 6% cheaper in San Jose, CA to 57% cheaper in Detroit, MI.
  5. No other investment lets you live inside of it – You can choose to invest your money in gold or the stock market, but you will still need somewhere to live. In a home that you own, you can wake up every morning knowing that your investment is gaining value while providing you a safe place to live.

Bottom Line

Before you sign another lease, perhaps you should sit with a real estate professional in your area to better understand all your options.

 

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Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

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Mortgage Money More Available Than Ever!

Mortgage credit availability was up in September, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).
The trade group’s Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) rose by 0.7 percent to 181.4 in September. All four component indices were up: The Conforming MCAI and the Conventional MCAI both recorded 1.5 percent upswings, followed by the Jumbo MCAI with a 1.4 percent increase and the Government MCAI inching up by 0.2 percent. September marked the fourth consecutive month that mortgage credit availability was on the rise.
“Mortgage credit availability increased in September due to continuing updates to conforming loan programs as well as agency jumbo programs that have been phased in over the last few months,” said MBA Vice President of Research and Economics Lynn Fisher. “For the year to date, the supply of credit has increased only modestly in the non-jumbo space while it has expanded significantly among jumbo programs.”  Link to Original Article

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Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

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Home prices still rising, bad news for first-timers

Home prices were up again in July but the continued rise in values is further impacting potential first-time buyers.

The newly-released S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPIs show a rise of 5.9% year-over-year for the nationwide index covering all nine census areas, up from 5.8% in June; a 5.2% rise for the 10-city composite (up from 4.9%); and a 5.8% rise for the 20-city composite (up from 5.6%).

“While the gains in home prices in recent months have been in the Pacific Northwest, the leadership continues to shift among regions and cities across the country. Dallas and Denver are also experiencing rapid price growth. Las Vegas, one of the hardest hit cities in the housing collapse, saw the third fastest increase in the year through July 2017,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Meanwhile, first-time buyers are being increasingly priced-out of the housing market.

Unsustainable price gains for entry-level homes are exacerbating affordability for potential new entrants to the market, according to Nationwide’s Health of Housing Markets report.

“The U.S. housing market is, overall, healthy and maintains a positive outlook,” said David Berson, Nationwide senior vice president and chief economist. “However, we can’t ignore that price gains are weighing on affordability, and it’s worth keeping an eye on how the price environment will impact those looking to purchase a home for the first time.”

The lowest-tier homes have seen an escalation in average price of 56% in the last five years while the top tier has gained just 33%. Gaps like this were also seen in the period 1987-2005 followed by a slowdown, but Berson is not concerned about a repeat.

“The lending environment today is very different than in both those times. Lenders are more cautious today, likely because they have changed lending practices since the housing market crash. Consumers are in more solid financial standing today, too, as they are less levered overall.”

While affordability is a growing concern, Berson says that demand is not being weakened but that inventory continues to be a challenge for the housing market.

by Steve Randall       27 Sep 2017  MPA Mortgage Professional America
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Richardson, TX 75081

My Branch Closes FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana

Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

J. Scott Harris is a Nationally Recognized Mortgage & Social Media Authority.

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JUMBO LOANS – TINY DOWN PAYMENTS

How do you buy More of a home with LESS of a down payment?
 
We offer :
 
95% CLTV loans to $625,000 Purchase Price
90% Jumbo loans to $944,000 Purchase Price
90% CLTV loans to $1,666,666 Purchase Price
91% VA Jumbo Loans to $650,000 Purchase Price
85% VA Jumbo Loans to $1000,000 Purchase Price
 
In some case, your current home does NOT have to close simultaneously if it is on the market or under contract.
 
Get Pre-Approved and negotiate with the confidence and the negotiating power as if you are “Cash Buyer” with our Letter of Commitment.
 

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885 E Collins Blvd Ste 110
Richardson, TX 75081

My Branch Closes FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana

Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

J. Scott Harris is a Nationally Recognized Mortgage & Social Media Authority.

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TOP 4 REASONS FOR BUYING VS. RENTING A HOME

Although interest rates have increased, they are still at historic lows. Homeowners that purchased years ago with 6% and even 9% interest rates are thrilled to refinance during this time. With rents continuing to increase, there’s no denying that now is a great time to purchase a home. Here are four reasons why it makes more financial sense to buy a home.

1) Homeownership Builds Wealth Over Time
Most of us were taught growing up that owning a home is financially savvy. Although that confidence was shaken during the economical turbulence of recent years, real estate is still proving to be a great long-term investment.

2) You Build Equity Every Month
Your equity in your home is the amount of money you can sell it for minus what you still owe on it. Every month when you make a mortgage payment, a portion of what you pay reduces the amount you owe. That reduction of your mortgage every month increases your equity.

3) A Mortgage is Like a Forced Savings Plan
Paying your mortgage every month and reducing the amount of your principal is like having a forced savings plan. Each month, you are building up more valuable equity in your home.

4) In the Long Term, Buying is Cheaper than Renting
It’s easy to just renew your lease and continue renting when you consider the costs of purchasing a home. You might think, “It’s not worth the stress and depleting my savings account… I’ll just keep renting.”  However, as the interest portion of your mortgage payment decreases each year, you’re building equity and paying off more and more of your principal balance. Why continue to pay your landlord when you can be building wealth for yourself?!

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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!

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Richardson, TX 75081

My Branch Closes FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana

Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

J. Scott Harris is a Nationally Recognized Mortgage & Social Media Authority.

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Home Buying Myths Slayed

Some Highlights:

  • Interest rates are still below historic numbers.
  • 88% of property managers raised their rent in the last 12 months!
  • The credit score requirements for mortgage approval continue to fall.

We APPROVE FHA & VA Loans at 580+

 

 

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885 E Collins Blvd Ste 110
Richardson, TX 75081

My Branch Closes FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana

Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

J. Scott Harris is a Nationally Recognized Mortgage & Social Media Authority.

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If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program .

Learn more to see whether you might qualify.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

If you want to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness now or in the future, complete and submit the Employment Certification form as soon as possible. Too many borrowers wait to submit this important form until they have been in repayment for several years, at which point they learn that they have not been making qualifying payments. In order to ensure you’re on track to receive forgiveness, you should continue to submit this form both annually and every time you switch employers.

What is qualifying employment?
What is considered full-time employment?
Which types of federal student loans qualify for PSLF?
What is a qualifying monthly payment?
What is a qualifying repayment plan?
How do I apply for PSLF?
Where do I send my Employment Certification form?
Where can I see how many qualifying payments I’ve made?
Who at my employer can certify my employment?
Will I automatically receive PSLF after I’ve made 120 qualifying monthly payments?

 

Student Debt load is becoming a HUGE impediment to new home ownership.

The Federal Student Aid website is the best place to learn about ways to consolidate or resolve your student loans.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/

 

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J. SCOTT HARRIS | BRANCH MANAGER
NMLS ID# 375517 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
(M) 214.435.8825 | (F) 866.343.3688
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885 E Collins Blvd Ste 110
Richardson, TX 75081

My Branch Closes FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana

Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

J. Scott Harris is a Nationally Recognized Mortgage & Social Media Authority.

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1 in 3 Make Offers on Homes Sight Unseen?

One in Three Recent Homebuyers Made an Offer Sight-Unseen—Up from Nearly One in Five a Year Ago.

 

Watch this short video from my friends Frank & Brian.

Written by Rachel Musiker on June 28, 2017

Click here for the full article.

 

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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Click Here to start your quick Free Credit Analysis & Pre-Qualify Now!

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J. SCOTT HARRIS | BRANCH MANAGER
NMLS ID# 375517 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
(M) 214.435.8825 | (F) 866.343.3688
jharris@goldfinancial.com  www.goldfinancial.com  | Pre-Qualify Now

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885 E Collins Blvd Ste 110
Richardson, TX 75081

My Branch Closes FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana

Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

J. Scott Harris is a Nationally Recognized Mortgage & Social Media Authority.

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New Cash-Out Refinance Loan for 580+ Credit Scores – Has the Bank Declined Your Equity Refi?

Rising Property Values are helping most everyone.

But, some homeowners have been caught in a Catch-22.  Low Credit Scores can be caused by having a lot of maxed out high interest rate revolving credit card accounts.

Most lenders require 680+ Credit Scores to Approve Cash-Out/Home Equity Loans.   But, Our Portfolio Cash-Out will allow for 580+ Credit Scores.

Here is a real life example:

Our client has almost $40,000 in revolving and installment debt that is depressing their credit score.  The combined monthly payment for all these accounts is over $1650 per month.

We can Approve their 80% LTV Cash Out loan and give them $50,000 to pay off all this debt as have some money in savings for emergencies.

Their mortgage payment only increases around $350 per month.

That is an immediate saving of $1,300 per month and will make a tremendous difference for their family.

If you are in a similar situation, or know someone who is, Please contact us for some debt relief!

 

 

Even if another Bank or Lender has said “NO,”
We will work with you until we can say “YES.”


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J. SCOTT HARRIS | BRANCH MANAGER
NMLS ID# 375517 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
(M) 214.435.8825 | (F) 866.343.3688
jharris@goldfinancial.com  www.goldfinancial.com  | Pre-Qualify Now

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885 E Collins Blvd Ste 110
Richardson, TX 75081

My Branch Closes FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana

Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

J. Scott Harris is a Nationally Recognized Mortgage & Social Media Authority.

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The Importance of Home Equity in Retirement Planning – REFI to a 15 year loan NOW

We often discuss the difference in family wealth between homeowner households and renter households. Much of that difference is the result of the equity buildup that homeowners experience over the time that they own their home. In a report recently released by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), they reveal how valuable equity can be in retirement planning.

Craig Copeland, Senior Research Associate at EBRI, recently authored a report, Importance of Individual Account Retirement Plans and Home Equity in Family Total Wealth, in which he reveals:

“Individual account retirement plan assets, plus home equity, represent almost all of what families have to use for retirement expenses outside of Social Security and traditional pensions. Those families without individual account assets typically have very low overall assets, so they have almost nothing to draw from for retirement expenses.”

The report echoed the findings of a working paper, Home Equity Patterns among Older American Households, authored by Barbara Butrica and Stipica Mudrazija of Urban Institute. Fannie Mae highlighted these findings for their blog The Home Story this past winter, quoting Butrica and Mudrazija:

 “For most adults near traditional retirement age, a home is their most valuable asset — dwarfing retirement accounts, other financial assets, and other nonfinancial assets. Although relatively few retirees tap into their home equity, having it provides financial security… In fact, many retirement security experts argue that the conventional three-legged stool of retirement resources — Social Security, pensions, and savings — is incomplete because it ignores the home.”

USAToday interviewed two area experts to comment on the EBRI report. Randy Bruns, a private wealth adviser with HighPoint Planning Partners, agreed with the findings:

“Social Security and home equity are major pieces of the retirement puzzle.”

Wade Pfau, Professor of Retirement Income at The American College of Financial Services and author of Reverse Mortgages: How to use Reverse Mortgages to Secure Your Retirement, said having the equity without a plan to use it won’t help:

“Home equity is a very important asset for American retirees, and so it is important to think about how to make best use of home equity in retirement planning.”

Bottom Line

Whether you use the equity in your home through a reverse mortgage or by selling and downsizing to a less expensive home, it should be a crucial piece of your retirement planning.

 

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!

The KEYS to your new home are within reach!
Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems,
Call us 2nd to SOLVE them!

Click Here to start your quick Free Credit Analysis & Pre-Qualify Now!

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J. SCOTT HARRIS | BRANCH MANAGER
NMLS ID# 375517 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
(M) 214.435.8825 | (F) 866.343.3688
jharris@goldfinancial.com  www.goldfinancial.com  | Pre-Qualify Now

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885 E Collins Blvd Ste 110
Richardson, TX 75081

My Branch Closes FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana

Gold Financial Services is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

J. Scott Harris is a Nationally Recognized Mortgage & Social Media Authority.

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