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Your Tax Refund = Your Down Payment on a New Home

This time of year, many people eagerly check their mailboxes looking for their tax return check from the IRS. But, what do most people plan to do with the money? GO Banking Rates recently surveyed Americans and asked the question – “What do you plan on doing with your tax refund?” The results of the survey were interesting. Here is what they plan to do with their money:

  • 41% – Put it into savings
  • 38% – Pay off debt
  • 11% – Go on a vacation
  • 5% – Make a major purchase (car, home, etc.)
  • 5% – Splurge on a purchase

Upon seeing the research, The National Association of Realtors (NAR) wondered if this could help with a constant challenge cited by many people who wish to purchase a home – saving for the down payment. In a recent post in NAR’s Economists’ Outlook Blog, they explained:

“With a sizable tax refund, the average American would have a decent down payment depending on which region or market you live in.”

They went on to add:

“[A]pproximately 5 percent of all respondents indicated they would make a major purchase which does not seem like a lot. However, there is a bigger group 41 percent who see saving the tax return is best and that group could be potential homebuyers if they are not already.”

In other words, putting that money toward purchasing a home is a form of savings.

Bottom Line

When one considers that first-time home buyers in 2016 had an average down payment of 6%, a decent tax return could go a long way toward the necessary funds needed for a down payment on a house. Or perhaps, the down payment needed by a son or daughter to make their homeownership dream a reality. How are you going to spend your refund?

 

 
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Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying?

 

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The Impact of Homeownership on Educational Achievement

The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled ‘Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans:

“Owning a home embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is the aspiration of most American households. Homeownership allows households to accumulate wealth and social status, and is the basis for a number of positive social, economic, family and civic outcomes.”

Today, we want to cover the section of the report that quoted several studies concentrating on the impact homeownership has on educational achievement. Here are some of the major findings on this issue revealed in the report:

  • The decision to stay in school by teenage students is higher for those raised by home-owning parents compared to those in renter households.
  • Parental homeownership in low-income neighborhoods has a positive impact on high school graduation.
  • Though homeownership raises educational outcomes for children, neighborhood stability may have further enhanced the positive outcome.
  • Children of homeowners tend to have higher levels of achievement in math and reading and fewer behavioral problems.
  • Educational opportunities are more prevalent in neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership and community involvement.
  • The average child of homeowners is significantly more likely to achieve a higher level of education and, thereby, a higher level of earnings.

Bottom Line

People often talk about the financial benefits of homeownership. As we can see, there are also social benefits of owning your own home.
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Have You Saved Enough for Closing Costs?

There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have dispelled this myth by showing that many loan programs allow you to put down as little as 3% (or 0% with a VA loan). If you have saved up your down payment and are ready to start your home search, one other piece of the puzzle is to make sure that you have saved enough for your closing costs. Freddie Mac defines closing costs as:

“Closing costs, also called settlement fees, will need to be paid when you obtain a mortgage. These are fees charged by people representing your purchase, including your lender, real estate agent, and other third parties involved in the transaction. Closing costs are typically between 2 and 5% of your purchase price.”

We’ve recently heard from many first-time homebuyers that they wished that someone had let them know that closing costs could be so high. If you think about it, with a low down payment program, your closing costs could equal the amount that you saved for your down payment. Here is a list of just some of the fees/costs that may be included in your closing costs, depending on where the home you wish to purchase is located:

  • Government recording costs
  • Appraisal fees
  • Credit report fees
  • Lender origination fees
  • Title services (insurance, search fees)
  • Tax service fees
  • Survey fees
  • Attorney fees
  • Underwriting fees

Is there any way to avoid paying closing costs?

Work with your lender and real estate agent to see if there are any ways to decrease or defer your closing costs. There are no-closing mortgages available, but they end up costing you more in the end with a higher interest rate, or by wrapping the closing costs into the total cost of the mortgage (meaning you’ll end up paying interest on your closing costs). Home buyers can also negotiate with the seller over who pays these fees. Sometimes the seller will agree to assume the buyer’s closing fees to get the deal finalized, which is known in the industry as ‘seller’s concession.’

(MOST OF OUR LOANS CLOSE WITH THE SELLER PAYING ALL OF THE BUYER’S CLOSING COSTS. – JSH)

 

Bottom Line

Speak with your lender and agent early and often to determine how much you’ll be responsible for at closing. Finding out you’ll need to come up with thousands of dollars right before closing is not a surprise anyone is ever looking forward to.

 

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

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A Zero-Down Mortgage still possible in most areas of the US

Yahoo Finance – Michele Lerner

The zero-down mortgage is still alive in the form of the USDA home loan.

People buy houses without down payments or mortgage insurance under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development housing program. The catch? The property must be in a designated rural area. The surprise? Some eligible properties are in places that most people would not consider rural.

Eligibility for a USDA home loan

“The terms of eligibility for a USDA loan are twofold, because not only does the borrower need to qualify, but so does the property,” says Tommy Xintaris, formerly a senior mortgage banker with Envoy Mortgage in Houston, which lends throughout Texas. “It’s a small box that borrowers have to fit into, but it’s a great program if they do.”

First, the property must be eligible by being in a designated rural area. The USDA site lists counties designated rural. But some properties are eligible for USDA loans in counties that are not designated rural, Xintaris says. Eligible homes can be found on the outskirts of Austin, for example.

“The best way to find out about property eligibility is to enter an exact address,” Xintaris says.

After the home’s location is deemed eligible, the borrower must meet income and credit standards.

“Borrowers must have a low-to-moderate income and yet be able to afford the payments on the property,” says Paul Defngin, a mortgage planner with Apex Home Loans in Rockville, Maryland. “USDA has established income limits. Borrowers can enter their ZIP code, income and number of members of the household and will know immediately if they qualify for the program.”

To check on income limitations by county, go to the USDA income eligibility site.

Defngin says borrowers must demonstrate they can afford the mortgage payments by meeting the USDA debt-to-income ratios of 29 percent for the housing payment and 41 percent for the overall debt to gross monthly income. In special cases for borrowers with higher credit scores, those debt-to-income ratios can be exceeded.

Additional USDA loan rules

The borrower pays an upfront guarantee fee of 1 percent of the loan amount, which most opt to roll into the loan. There is an annual fee, paid in equal monthly installments, of 0.35 percent of the loan amount. Under some first-time buyer programs, borrowers can have their closing costs paid.

USDA loans are not available to investors. The home must be the borrowers’ primary residence. Most construction types are eligible, including manufactured and modular homes, as long as they meet condition standards.

Nick Serrano, sales manager for Greater Nevada Mortgage Services in Carson City, says the program is for people who do not currently own homes.

“The program isn’t limited to first-time buyers, but if someone owns a house and wants to buy another with this loan they have to sell it first and pay off the mortgage in full,” Serrano says.

Unlike most low or no-down-payment loans, Defngin points out, USDA loans do not require mortgage insurance.

Lenders qualify borrowers based on their credit score and their debt-to-income ratios. USDA does not set a minimum credit score, and lender minimums vary. Xintaris says Envoy Mortgage requires a minimum score of 600, while Serrano says Greater Nevada Mortgage Services requires 620 and Defngin says Apex Home Loans requires a 640 credit score.

Advantages of USDA program

USDA home loans are not subprime. Serrano says, “A lot of people are frightened by the idea of zero percent financing, but this loan is very different from subprime loans. First, the loans are guaranteed by the government. Also, the loans are stable, 30-year fixed-rate products and borrowers must fully document everything and qualify for the loan.”

Serrano also says, “USDA loans used to be the best-kept secret, but now this loan program has momentum.”

 

 

Buying a home is now easier than it has been in years.

Call us to get on a path to mortgage and credit qualification that will quickly lead to your new home.

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Great News from USDA! Upfront and Annual Fees are going down for Rural Home loans

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USDA’s Upfront and Annual Fees are SIGNIFICANTLY Smaller…

On October 1, 2016, the first day of Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), both the upfront guarantee fee and annual fee (collectively the “fee schedule”) for purchase and refinance loans will decrease.

We are reducing the upfront guarantee fee from 2.75% to 1%, and the annual fee from .5% to .35%.

In real money terms, this is $3,500 Upfront & $58.33 per month on a $200,000 Home Purchase.

 

To be eligible for the program, properties must be outside the major metropolitan areas and income requirements b

Click here to go to the USDA Income & Property Eligibility site

USDA Income Limit Chart (Example – A family of 4 can make no more than $82,450 for eligible homes outside the DFW area)

These sites are confusing, please call me at 214 435 8825 to walk you through the site and your eligibility.

 

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Buying a home is now easier than it has been in years.

Call us to get on a path to mortgage and credit qualification that will quickly lead to your new home.

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Big Banks Have Nearly Abandoned the FHA Market

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By  National Mortgage News

Big banks have drastically reduced their share of the Federal Housing Administration market, a massive shift that has big implications, according to new analysis by the American Enterprise Institute.

Large banks — which had a 60% share of FHA refinancings in late 2013 — had a 6% share as of May 31, according to Stephen Oliner, a resident scholar at AEI. Nonbank lenders currently originate 90% of FHA-insured refinancings, according to new data released by the group.

Large banks also had a 65% share of the FHA purchase market in 2012, which is now down to 20%, according to AEI.

“The shift away from large banks to nonbanks has been truly massive,” Oliner said.

The recent drop in interest rates is expected to spur another surge in refinancings due to Britain’s unexpected decision to leave the European Union.

But the large banks have decided that refinancing FHA loans is “not a good business” due to the regulatory environment and litigation risk, Oliner said.

“They are getting out,” he said, noting that many FHA lenders have been sued under the False Claims Act and had to pay huge fines to the Justice Department.

Banks also don’t get Community Reinvestment Act credit for refinancings. “So this is pretty much a lose-lose business for them,” Oliner said.

 

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Buying a home in the country just got easier! USDA relaxes credit requirements

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February 12, 2016

Credit Validation Requirement – Important Update

Effective immediately, an applicant’s credit score may be validated with at least two eligible trade lines instead of three trade lines as previously required.  Such trade lines consist of credit accounts (revolving, installment, etc.) with at least twelve months of repayment history reported on the credit report.  Corresponding revisions to the 3555 Handbook will be posted on the USDA Rural Development’s Regulation and Guidance website on March 9, 2016.

 

At least one applicant whose income or assets are used for qualification must have a valid credit report score or have at least two historical trade line references that have existed for at least 12 months to establish a credit reputation.

 

For applicants without an established credit history and unable to establish the required number of eligible trade lines to validate the credit score, alternative methods may be used to evidence an applicant’s willingness to pay, such as a non-traditional mortgage credit report or multiple independent verifications of trade references per 7 CFR 3555, Section 3555.151 (i)(6).

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Be VERY careful when asked to Co-Sign

 

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Co-Signing Student Loans, Car Payments or Credit Cards for your children or family could be the worst decision of your life.

It seems fairly innocuous; a friend or family member wants you to co-sign on a loan because they don’t qualify. They assure that they’ll make the payments; they’re quite convincing and very appreciative. You don’t want to disappoint them and after all, it’s not like it’s going to cost you anything…is it?

Think of it this way. They couldn’t get a loan unless you co-sign for them. If they don’t make the payments, the lender is going to look to you to repay the loan plus late and collection fees. The lender may be able to sue you, file a lien on your home or garnish your wages.

And it’s not just money that you could be losing, it could be your credit too. Co-signing a loan is a contingent liability that could affect your debt-to-income ratio and limit your ability to borrow or the amount you can borrow.  Unless you can provide 12 months cancelled checks showing them, not you made the payments from a bank account that does not have your name on it, that payment is counted in your qualifying ratios.

Many creditors do not notify the co-signer the payments are running late until they are in default and it’s too late.  You credit score can drop 100 points or more.

Co-signing is an obligation to repay the debt if the other signer is unable. You could be out the money and unable to recoup the loss because you don’t have control of the asset. The impact on your credit could take years to recover.

Before you obligate yourself, consider all of the ramifications involved in co-signing a loan for someone.

Betty Beas – The Cost of Co-Signing – 10/5/2015 – Original Article  (JSH Edited / Added)

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USDA Eligibility Areas & Income to remain the same…. for now.

 

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Origination Updates

From the National Office in Washington DC

Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program

January 9, 2014

 

Status Update on Proposed Changes to Eligibility Areas Based on 2010 Census Data

 

As January 15, 2014 approaches, many are wondering whether Rural Development will be implementing the Future Eligibility maps based on the 2010 Census data.   At present, the eligible areas remain unchanged and we continue in a “holding pattern” until either an appropriations bill or a continuing resolution is passed.  Notification will be sent pertaining to changes to this status.
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