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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

 

 

 

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Arizona Mortgage Question of the Day: Can I qualify for an Arizona mortgage if I have co-signed on a loan for another person?


Arizona Mortgage Question of the Day:  Can I qualify for an Arizona mortgage if I have co-signed on a loan for another person?

Well, kind of. 

There is a NEW Arizona mortgage underwriting rule for this.  IF you are qualifying for an Arizona mortgage and you have co-signed (for example for your son to buy a car) BOTH you and your son need to be on the NOTE to repay.   Your son makes the payments on time each month (out of his OWN individual account) then he can provide cancelled checks to show HE makes the car payment.  By doing so, you can qualify for your Arizona mortgage without having that payment included in your debt.

IF, instead, you initiate the loan FOR HIM, you are on the ONLY borrower on the NOTE, then you have to qualify for your new Arizona mortgage WITH the car payment regardless of who makes the payment. 

It always angered me that my father would never co-sign on my behalf, to establish credit.  After what I have seen on individuals mortgage credit reports, I now understand his concern.  Although we all know, I would have made all of my payments diligently 🙂 …… the alternative possibilities are scary.

I would always discourage anyone from co-signing on behalf of another person, however, in certain circumstances it can not be avoided.  IF this is the case- just ensure you are BOTH on the NOTE.

Having a dream is good, owning one is better!

Leslie Nilsen

Owner/ Broker

First Class Financial Services

602.294.9288 (p)

mortgagedr@fcfs.net                   www.fcfs.net

 

AZ Mortgage Question of the Day: IF my ex-husband signs a quit claim deed, does that remove him from the mortgage liability?


AZ Mortgage Question of the Day:  IF my ex-husband signs a quit claim deed, does that remove him from the mortgage liability?

 

No.  The quit claim deed ONLY deeds the ASSET of the property to the remaining party.  It does not remove responsibility from the mortgage.  The mortgage would need to be refinanced with the remaining borrower qualifying to carry the mortgage alone.  Once the new mortgage is closed, the escrow company would take care of recording the new deed in the remaining party’s name.

IF the one borrower signs a Quit Claim deed but does not have the remaining borrower refinance, BOTH borrowers are still liable on the mortgage and it’s repayment requirements.  It also will remain on BOTH borrower’s credit reports. 

Many borrower’s make this mistake during a divorce.  Especially if they are trying to handle their divorce without an attorney.  It makes sense that if a borrower deeds the ASSET to the other party, that also transfers the mortgage liability, however this is not the case.  It is very important to handle this correctly during the proceedings as it can affect the leaving party in their ability to mortgage qualify down the road.  Providing the divorce decree and the quit claim deed will not suffice in removing the mortgage liability when qualifying.

Having a dream is good, owning one is better!

 

 

Leslie Pelletiere, Owner

First Class Financial Services, proudly mortgage lending since 1999!

602.294.9288(O)

602.294.9830(F)

www.fcfs.net

MB#0902810

NMLS #162494

AZDFI Loan Officer # LO-0911453

 

AZ Mortgage Rental Property Home Insurance Tips!


Arizona mortgage rental property home insurance tips:

First, THANK YOU to Loel Weatherly! My favorite American Family Insurance Agent!  He has provided me some important pointers when it comes to home insurance for those of us that call ourselves landlords. 

From Loel Weatherly, American Family Insurance Agency:  “… A couple of points come to mind immediately…

•1)      The proper policy form should be obtained once the property is rented out…typically called a “landlords” policy,  “rental dwelling protection” policy, or a BOP (Business Owners Policy).  The standard homeowner policy is not written or rated to provide coverage other than to the owner/occupant of the property.

•2)      As part of these types of policies there is generally coverage provided for “loss of rents” or “loss of income”  in the event that the property would be uninhabitable due to a covered loss.

•3)      Another crucial part of these types of policy forms is the Liability coverage to protect the property owner….typically a minimum of $300,000 per occurrence and in many cases can be increased to $1 Million in coverage for a slight additional premium charge.

•4)      Also, coverage for damage to the structure, walls and flooring as a result of a broken pipe either in the wall/ceiling or floor should be included. ”

Many times clients call me AFTER something has happened to ask how they should handle it.  I am new to this landlord gig so I want to make sure to pass on all that I get as I go through the process!

Again, thanks Loel!  You can reach Loel at American Family Insurance at 480.926.2766.

Having a dream is good, owning one is better!

 

Leslie Pelletiere, Owner

First Class Financial Services, proudly mortgage lending since 1999!

602.294.9288(O)

602.294.9830(F)

http://www.fcfs.net

MB#0902810

NMLS #162494

AZDFI Loan Officer # LO-0911453

AZ Mortgage Question of the Day: Can an investor buy a property from Fannie Mae and then sell it to a new buyer using HomePath financing?


AZ Mortgage Question of the Day: Can an investor buy a property from Fannie Mae and then sell it to a new buyer using HomePath financing?

Sorry. The answer is No.

Fannie Mae properties are offered with special financing called HomePath financing. This allows for a buyer to purchase the home directly from Fannie Mae and take advantage of the perks of the HomePath financing.

In this case the client was purchasing an investment property. On investment properties, HomePath allows for a minimum 10% down payment and NO monthly mortgage insurance requirement!

Most HomePath properties are designated that way due to condition issues. The HomePath financing does not require a property appraisal so any condition issues are not relevant to qualifying.

Fannie Mae also have a special incentive running now offering 3.5% closing costs assistance through 6/30/2011.

You can find out more about HomePath properties at www.homepath.com and about the special incentive at www.homepath.com/incentive/index.html

Having a dream is good, owning one is better!

Leslie Pelletiere, Owner/Broker

First Class Financial Services, proudly mortgage lending since 1999.

www.fcfs.net                          

 mortgagedr@fcfs.net                        

MB#0902810             NMLS#162494

 

FREE credit report!


Remember, the law states you can get a FREE copy of your credit report annually!

Through the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act) consumers are entitled to receive a copy of all three credit reports, annually, for free.

You need only go online to:

www.annualcreditreport.com

Enter your state of residence and follow the instructions to request a copy. IF the copy is requested online, you will have access to print it immediately from the site.

You can request a copy by phone at 1-877-322-8228 or in writing. If you request a credit report by mail, download the “request form” by going to www.annualcreditreport.com, print and complete the form and mail to:

Annual Credit Report Request Services

P O BOX 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

If you order by phone or mail it will take up to 15 days to process.

IF you find any errors or corrections, you can dispute any item found on your report by going to:
Equifax – www.investigate.equifax.com
Experian – www.experian.com
TransUnion – www.transunion.com

It is important to monitor your credit report annually and this is an easy way to do it for FREE! (as always, if it’s FREE, it’s for me!)

Having a dream is good, owning one is better!

 

 

Leslie Pelletiere, Owner

First Class Financial Services, proudly mortgage lending since 1999!

602.294.9288(O)

602.294.9830(F)

http://www.fcfs.net

MB#0902810

NMLS #162494

AZDFI Loan Officer # LO-0911453

“I can’t buy a new house, I understand it is much more difficult to qualify”


That statement is just simply not true!

I can’t tell you the last loan application that I took that a borrower did NOT qualify.  I’m sure there was one but it is definately not the norm. 

I dare you to ask 5 people today, “Could you qualify for a mortgage if you applied today?” If they say “No.” Ask “Why?” I guarantee they will say “I understand it is much more difficult to qualify” but they will not have specifics as to what they consider “more difficult”.  It appears that most are repeating what they hear in the media “Its more difficult to qualify”.  It’s just not true.

Here is what people think… AND the reality in BOLD.

* I need 20% down payment, that could be 10’s of thousands of dollars! ……….. FHA requires only 3.5% and that can be gifted from a blood relative.

* I don’t want an FHA loan but cannot get a conventional loan without 20% down payment……. Mortgage insurance companies are back in the game and allowing borrower and lender paid mortgage insurance up to 95% loan to value.

* My credit score is too low… FHA allows for a minimum of 580 credit score. Conventional loans allow for a minimum of 640 credit score.  The average American citizen has a 660 score. 

* I can’t qualify to afford the payment… Most borrowers are shocked that their monthly mortgage payment is LESS than they are paying in rent. 

* I don’t have enough credit… borrowers need only 4 open active tradelines on their credit report and enough history to meet the minimum credit score requirement.

* I’m on fixed income and cannot qualify for the monthly payment ….. FHA allows for up to a 50% debt to income ratio (this means if you make $2000 a month you can have $1000 go towards total debt)

* I do not have any down payment money… the USDA Rural Housing product allows for a 100% financing on eligible properties on borrowers who meet the income eligibility as well. 

I could go on and on.  You get the point.  Spread the word to your borrowers.  Most people don’t realize how easy it is to qualify and are waiting when they could be shopping! 

Please join my “Squash the Qualifying Rumor” campaign…….Pass it on!

Having a dream is good, owning one is better!

Leslie Pelletiere, Owner

First Class Financial Services, proudly mortgage lending since 1999!

602.294.9288(O)

602.294.9830(F)

http://www.fcfs.net

MB#0902810

NMLS #162494

AZDFI Loan Officer # LO-0911453