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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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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!
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NMLS ID# 375517 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
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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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Q&A – Is it possible to get a va home loan with a 617 mid score in Oklahoma

You bet, we approve VA loans starting at 580.  I have noticed many of the local banks and lenders require a score of 640 or more.
I would be excited for the chance to help another Veteran become a homeowner!

 

 

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 | DIVISION VICE PRESIDENT & 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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Can I get a VA loan with husband who has good credit but I have charge offs with 0 balance?

Your Answer

USAA is a great insurance and investments company, but I have closed many VA loans after they declined them.  Zero balance charge-offs will not hurt, but they may cause your score to be lower than the required 580.  If he can qualify and doesn’t need your income, you can be a Non-Purchasing Spouse and still be qualified.

 
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 | DIVISION VICE PRESIDENT & 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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Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying?

 

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!

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J. SCOTT HARRIS | DIVISION VICE PRESIDENT & 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 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.
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 | DIVISION VICE PRESIDENT & 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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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.

 

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 & Loan App Now!

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J. SCOTT HARRIS | DIVISION VICE PRESIDENT & 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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Misconceptions on Student Loan repayments are hurting home buyers while qualifying… We have some Solutions…

FHA, VA & FNMA have all changed policies regarding student loan repayments and for some with large amounts of educational debt, it has limited or made it impossible for them to qualify to purchase a home.

We have identified a few solutions to help these buyers that may have been flatly rejected by other lenders or banks.  Give us a call and we can help!

 

MGIC Mortgage Insurance recently published this great article —

Why It’s Okay to Have Student Loan Debt

Why It’s Okay to Have Student Loan Debt

Click Here to read the rest of the Article

 

 

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 & Loan App Now!

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J. SCOTT HARRIS | DIVISION VICE PRESIDENT & 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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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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Rents Skyrocket at Highest Rate in almost a Decade

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The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was released by the Labor Department last week. An analysis by Market Watch revealed the cost of rent was 3.8% higher than a year ago for the second straight month in June. That’s the strongest yearly price gain since 2007. This coincides with a report released earlier this month in which AxioMetrics announced that rents are continuing to increase in 2016. The report revealed:

  • There was a 3.7% increase in effective rents in the second quarter of 2016 as compared to the same period last year.
  • That the effective rent growth this quarter compared to last quarter was 2.3%.
  • Annual effective rent growth was positive in 49 of the top 50 markets, based on number of units. Only Houston was negative, at -1.4%, as the fallout from energy-industry job losses and excess construction continues.

Here is a graph to illustrate the rate of increase over the last several years:

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Bottom Line

With rents continuing to rise and mortgage interest rates still at historic lows, meet with a local real estate professional who can help determine if you could turn your monthly rental cost into a home of your own.

 

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.
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 Credit & 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 & Loan App Now!

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J. SCOTT HARRIS | VICE PRESIDENT & BRANCH MANAGER
& MORTGAGE MIRACLE WORKER

NMLS # 375517  | (M) 214.435.8825 | (F) 866.343.3688
jharris@goldfinancial.com  www.goldfinancial.com  |  Pre-Qualify Now
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Closing FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana
Gold Financial Services, Inc. is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender

 

 

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.

 

Buying a home is now easier than it has been in years.
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J. SCOTT HARRIS | VICE PRESIDENT & BRANCH MANAGER
& MORTGAGE MIRACLE WORKER

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

 

 

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


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

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J. SCOTT HARRIS | VICE PRESIDENT & BRANCH MANAGER
& MORTGAGE MIRACLE WORKER

NMLS # 375517  | (M) 214.435.8825 | (F) 866.343.3688
jharris@goldfinancial.com  www.goldfinancial.com  |  Apply Now
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885 E Collins Blvd Ste 110
Richardson, TX 75081

Closing FHA / VA & USDA Loans at 580+ in Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana
Gold Financial Services, Inc. is a Division of Amcap Mortgage, Ltd. NMLS #129122. Equal Housing Lender