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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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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.

 

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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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Buying a Home is More Affordable Than Renting in 66% of US Counties

 

According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ 2017 Rental Affordability Report, buying a home is more affordable than renting in 354 of the 540 U.S. counties they analyzed. The report found that “making monthly house payments on a median-priced home — including mortgage, property taxes and insurance — is more affordable than the fair market rent on a three-bedroom property in 354 of the 540 counties analyzed in the report (66 percent).”

For the report, ATTOM Data Solutions compared recently released fair market rent data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development with reported income amounts from the Department of Labor and Statistics to determine the percentage of income that a family would have to spend on their monthly housing cost (rent or mortgage payments).

Rents have been surging faster than home prices in about 37% of the markets measured. Daren Blomquist, Senior Vice President of ATTOM Data Solutions warns that rising interest rates could be the tipping point of affordability:

“While buying continues to be more affordable than renting in the majority of U.S. markets, that equation could change quickly if mortgage rates keep rising in 2017. In that scenario, renters who have not yet made the leap to homeownership will find it even more difficult to make that leap this year.”

Bottom Line

Rents will continue to rise and mortgage interest rates are still at historic lows. Before you sign or renew your next lease, meet with a local professional who can help you determine if you are able to buy a home of your own and lock in your monthly housing expense.

 
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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.

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

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Texas, Oklahoma & Louisiana

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

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Myths About Mortgages That May Be Holding Back Buyers

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Fannie Mae’s “What do consumers know about the Mortgage Qualification Criteria?” Study revealed that Americans are misinformed about what is required to qualify for a mortgage when purchasing a home.

Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment”

Fannie Mae’s survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 76% of Americans either don’t know (40%) or are misinformed (36%) about the minimum down payment required. Many believe that they need at least 20% down to buy their dream home. New programs actually let buyers put down as little as 3%. Below are the results of a Digital Risk survey of Millennials who recently purchased a home.

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As you can see, 64.2% were able to purchase their home by putting down less than 20%, with 43.8% putting down less than 10%!

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

The survey revealed that 59% of Americans either don’t know (54%) or are misinformed (5%) 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 the latest Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report, which focuses on recently closed (approved) loans. As you can see below, 54.1% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.

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Bottom Line

Whether buying your first home or moving up to your dream home, knowing your options will definitely make the mortgage process easier. Your dream home may already be within your reach.

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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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There are 7 1/2 Obstacles to Home Ownership. Which one is holding you back?

7.5 Obstacles to Home Ownership

We can help you solve all of them.

 

 

 

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 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,
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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

 

 

Home Sales Accelerate During The “Dog Days of Summer”

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Some Highlights:

  • Existing home sales have accelerated to the highest pace since February 2007 at an annual pace of 5.57 million.
  • Inventory of homes for sale remains below the historically normal 6-month mark at a 4.6-month supply, down 5.8% year-over-year.
  • Median home sales prices rose to $247,700, 4.8% higher than a year ago and replaced the previous peak in May of $238,900.

 

 

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!


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& 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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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

 

 

Home Ownership is the #1 Way to Build Family Wealth

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As the economy continues to improve, more and more Americans are seeing their personal financial situations also improving. Instead of just getting by, many are now beginning to save and find other ways to build their net worth. One way to dramatically increase their family wealth is through the acquisition of real estate.

For example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home in January. What will that home be worth five years down the road? Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists every quarter. They ask them to project how residential prices will appreciate over the next five years. According to their latest survey, here is how much value that $250,000 house will gain in the coming years.

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Over a five-year period, that homeowner can build their home equity to over $40,000. And, in many cases, home equity is large portion of a family’s overall net worth.

Bottom Line

If you are looking to better your family’s long-term financial situation, buying your dream home might be a great option.

 

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.”


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

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

 

 

Memorial Day Special for All Our HEROES

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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

 

 

We can now Approve loans based on a new salary or new job BEFORE it happens!

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Conventional loan rule changes have been tough on “Projected Income.”
Closings had to be delayed until a borrower received their 1st pay stub with the new raise, or AFTER they started a new job and received the 1st pay stub.

Teachers have especially had trouble buying a new home during summertime if they happen to be changing jobs and moving to a new school district.

FHA allows “projected income” from a raise or new job to a maximum of 30 days before the effective date.

But, now we can approve and close a Teacher’s or Relocating Executive’s home loan up to 90 days prior to the effective date of their raise or start date of employment.

Specific requirements must be met, such as written verification of the salary increase and the effective date of the increase.  For a new job, the employment offer must be non-contingent, and the fully executed offer letter and borrower’s acceptance must be included in our file.

REALTORS – This program will make summer’s closings much easier!

 

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.”


Call us 1st to AVOID mortgage problems,
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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
LinkedIn  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  JSH BLOG – News & Articles
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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