Are you a “Boomerang Buyer” – 6 things you need to know!


A “boomerang buyer” is a prior homeowner who had a foreclosure during the mortgage meltdown.

If this is you, 2015 is your year!

Most likely that foreclosure or short sale happened in 2008 and with the 7 year conventional waiting requirement, you will be eligible for a new conventional loan in 2015!

Here are a few things that will be helpful as you begin your new home qualifying process:

  1. Start early!  Having all of your “ducks in a row” will help when you begin the process anew.  EVERYTHING you encountered when you purchased your home “last time” is COMPLETELY different now so starting early and being prepared is critical.
  2. Required waiting periods: Remember, in order to qualify for a new conventional mortgage, you need to have been out of foreclosure a minimum of 7 years.  This is 7 years from the date the home transferred ownership out of your name.
  3. A down payment required this time! There are new 3% and 5% conventional down payment options even on conventional financing.  These options are limited to borrowers with higher credit scores.   Having your credit report clean and ready is crucial to your ability to qualify for these programs.  FHA is always an option in the event you are unable to qualify for a conventional loan.
  4. Check your credit: You can obtain a FREE copy of your credit report annually at www.annualcreditreport.com – this is will allow you to take an initial peek into your credit, what is reporting, how is it reporting and is there anything you need to clear up?
  5. If you had a VA loan that resulted in a foreclosure you may not have your full entitlement remaining for your new purchase.  Reach out to your lender to obtain your Certificate of Eligibility. This will show what if any, balance will not be restored.
  6. Get pre-approved.  The purchase contract is now contingent on your pre-approval.  You will need this form to enter into a contract.  You can get pre-approved easily and in most cases the same day.  Best place to start?  You can easily apply online at www.fcfs.net

We are here to help each step of the way.  No question is a silly question.  The more questions the more prepared.

Get started today!

Having a dream is good, OWNING one is better!

Leslie Nilsen

First Class Financial Services

www.fcfs.net

mortgagedr@fcfs.net

602.294.9288

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Save the Date – 8/1/2015 New TRID rules in affect!


 

TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule is coming August 1, 2015.  

 

There is much talk in our industry about how transactions will be impacted with this new disclosure rule.   Rest assured First Class Financial Services is on top of these changes and working to create a smooth transition for all of us.   

Over the coming weeks, I will periodically be posting the details in a simply way for you to understand.  I also have an amazing tool in the works to help you with contract deadlines and selecting the closing date.  

I will be blogging soon with our first of several posts explaining the changes and what First Class Financial is doing to support you and your clients.

Feel free to reach out at any point if you have ANY questions!

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Is It Time to Make Your Move? The cost of waiting! Part 1


Available inventory is VANISHING!

Detecting signs of VANISHING Shadow Inventory

Check out this chart! —> Buyer Purchasing Power 

The percentage of shadow inventory is down 78% in Arizona!

What is Shadow Inventory: A looming mass of delinquent and foreclosed-upon homes that threatened to destabilize the market.

In April 2014, Corelogic released its most recent figures on Shadow Inventory.

  • The national residential shadow inventory declined 23% year over year this past January.
  • The inventory has experienced double digit year over year declines for each of the past 16 consecutive months.
  • The shadow inventory from Jan 2013- Jan 2014 has decreased an average monthly rate of over 41000 properties, according to CoreLogic.

Why the decline?

  • Healthy housing market.
  • Prices have been going up at a steady pace, positive home equity, simple increase in home value over the last few years.
  • An abundance of short sales or modifications.
  • Reducing inventory=less opportunity= higher prices= QUESTION? Why wait?

Is it time to make your move? What are you waiting for?  

Apply today! www.fcfs.net 

First Class Financial Services

Leslie Nilsen                                                    

602.294.9288   http://www.fcfs.net

     MB#0902810 / NMLS # 162494

What is the difference between a DISCOUNT POINT and an ORIGINATION FEE?


What is the difference between a “discount point” and an “origination fee”?

Many buyers get confused with the differences, benefits or costs associated with “discount points” versus “origination fees”.  Let’s break them down:

A “Discount Point” is 1% of your loan amount and is actually “prepaid interest” to buy DOWN your interest rate.  The more “discount points” you pay, the lower your interest rate. HOWEVER, remember these are PREPAID so they are paid at closing.  This can be costly and is it “cost effective”? It depends. First, do you have the money? And Secondly,  how long you plan to stay in that mortgage.  If the discount points cost you, for example, $6000

($300,000 mortgage x 2 points = $6000)

and it reduces your monthly payment by @$90/ month, $6000/$90 = 66 months or 5.5 years! Do you plan to stay in that mortgage for at least 5.5 years? If so, discount point(s)  MAY be worth considering.  You will just need to be prepared to shell out an additional $6K in addition to your closing costs at closing.  Remember to speak with your tax accountant as these points should be tax deductible in the year you pay them.

An “Origination fee” does NOT related to rate at all. This is the fee to “originate” your mortgage.  Again, it does NOT have ANYTHING to do with interest rate.  It is a FEE associated with acquisition.  You typically can either choose to pay the origination fee OR choose a higher interest rate and the lender will pay it on your behalf.  Again, the pros and cons depend on many factors. It is important to discuss all of your options with your mortgage lender.

NOTE: Be sure to review your Good Faith Estimate which covers all of the closing costs associated with your mortgage.  This will detail the “discount point(s)” if you choose to buy down your rate, the “origination fee”, if you choose that option, and your interest rate that is reflective of those choices.

Ready? You can easily apply online at www.fcfs.net

Questions? Call us! 602.294.9288

or email at mortgagedr@fcfs.net

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Having a dream is good, Owning one is better!

Leslie Nilsen

Owner/Broker

First Class Financial Services, proudly Arizona mortgage lending since 1999.

602.294.9288(O)

602.294.9830(F)

http://www.fcfs.net

MB#0902810

NMLS #162494

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The down low on using GIFT funds for down payment…


Many types of mortgage financing allow for GIFT FUNDS to be used towards down payment.  The basics?
* Gift funds need to come from a blood relative (“donor”)

* The “donor” needs to be willing to provide the “source” of the funds.  This can be a bit tricky as many times the relative does NOT want to provide bank statements or asset statements to show where the money came from.  There is no way around this so prepare for it from the beginning.

* The “donor’s” bank statement can not show any LARGE deposits into it in the statement period.  The reason for this is the underwriter wants to see that the “gift funds’ are not borrowed funds requiring a repayment.

* The “donor” will sign a gift letter stating they are gifting the funds from Account “X” and that the funds do not have to be repaid.

* Those funds should then be wired directly to the escrow company handling the transaction.  This helps to avoid having to “paper trail” the funds through the borrowers account and again to escrow.  If the “donor” sends the funds directly to the escrow company it eliminates this step.

Remember, on FHA loans, 100% of the down payment AND closing costs can be gifted.

Be sure to check on the specific type of CONVENTIONAL loan you are qualified for as to the allowable “gift funds” per your program.

Ready to get started?  You can apply ONLINE conveniently at www.fcfs.net

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 602.294.9288

or E-mail:  mortgagedr@fcfs.net

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Having a dream is good, Owning one is better!

Leslie Nilsen

Owner/Broker

First Class Financial Services, proudly Arizona mortgage lending since 1999.

602.294.9288(O)

602.294.9830(F)

www.fcfs.net

MB#0902810

NMLS #162494

AZDFI Loan Officer # LO-0911453

 

 

 

5 quick and easy helpers for FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS?


1. GIFTS… remember, depending on the type of loan you qualify for, GIFT FUNDS can be used towards your down payment!  Not only relatives but think WEDDING GIFT? Yes.  Wedding Gift.  Wedding accounts are a huge source of down payment- you can advise you are “registered” with a “HOME FUND” account and your donors can deposit your wedding gift into your “Home Fund” what better way to buy your new home and celebrate your new life together?  There are caveats to this account so call me I can walk you through it and/or any other gift contributions.

2. EDUCATION.. first time homebuyers are more educated then they have ever been.  This is a great start to home ownership! We have access to HUNDREDS of educational links! Just ask!

3.  MINIMAL DOWN PAYMENT OPTIONS?  Conventional loan options with 3% down payment or FHA options with 3.5% down payment OR are you a VETERAN?  Veteran options with 0% down!

4. PREAPPROVAL! Get preapproved PRIOR to shopping.  It makes the whole process much easier.  You do not find a dream home you cannot afford!

5.  LOAN OPTIONS? What are you options? Terms? Rate? Down payment? Mortgage Insurance? Max purchase price? Closing costs? Know before you shop.

6. READY TO GET STARTED? Apply online! www.fcfs.net TODAY!

Questions? Call us! 602.294.9288

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Did you know?


Did you know?

Did you know that when Congress created the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in 1934, the housing industry was severely weakened:
* Two million construction workers had lost their jobs

* Many homebuyers were unable to meet the terms of their mortgage.

* Mortgage loan terms were limited to 50% down payment (WHAT?) with repayment terms of 3-5 years and ended with a balloon payment!

* America was primarily a nation of renters.  Only four in ten thousand households owned homes! 40%!

FHA – insured mortgages provided the homebuyer with an AMORITIZED LOAN, one in which the monthly payment consisted of an interest payment and principal reduction payment.  At the end of the term of the loan, the balance would be PAID. In FULL. No balloon!   These loans worked well due to a  stable economy that created little upward or downward movement in the interest rates of the mortgage market.

By comparison, FHA today, allows for 3.5% down payment (not 50%!) and 30 year terms/ adjustable rate terms, lower credit score qualifying.   64.8% of Americans are homeowners in 2014 (US Census report 7/14)

It is easier than you think to qualify for a new home loan- apply today! www.fcfs.net 

HUD HISTORICAL BACKGROUND – www.hud.gov/offices/adm/admguide/history.cfm

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