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Arizona mortgage refinance? Can I still qualify if I am under water?


Can I still qualify to refinance my Arizona mortgage if I am under water?

Remember, the Obama administration has recommended to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allow eligible borrowers to refinance up to 100% of their property value through the HomeStability refinance option.

Most homeowners who are under water are because they have a 1st AND 2nd mortgage.  The home stability option will ONLY allow you to refinance the first mortgage balance.  For example, the house value is $200K.  The first mortgage balance is $200K.  The second mortgage balance is $50K.  Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will allow you to refinance the $200K balance (if eligible) under the home stability option and not be required to carry new private mortgage insurance! This is huge! It is still here AND it won’t be around forever!

In order to determine initial eligibility, the borrower needs to reference BOTH of these websites:

Fannie Mae:

http://www.fanniemae.com/loanlookup/

Freddie Mac: 

https://ww3.freddiemac.com/corporate/

The borrower enters their home mortgage information into both sites.  The site will return an answer as to whether Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac “owns” the mortgage. Based on that information we can determine the specifics as to the eligiblility to refinance under this option.  Once this option is gone, borrowers will not be able to refinance unless they have 20% equity in their homes.  This is an opportunity we cannot pass up!

There are ALOT of caveats to this loan so be sure to contact me if you have questions!

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

 

Investment properties are HOT but how many can you mortgage?


Investment properties are HOT right now but how many can you mortgage?

It is important to cover this at application time as many investors assume with good credit and the minimum down payment requirement they can mortgage as many as they would like. This can vary DRAMATICALLY between lenders and needs to be prior approved before the investor starts shopping!

Each lender makes a distinction as to what underwriting guidelines they are going to follow. Most lenders have “overlays” over the top of the traditional Fannie Mae/ Freddie Mac guidelines.
Fannie Mae’s standard guideline is that one borrower cannot have more than 10 financed properties including any financed primary residence.

Many lenders have an “overlay” restricting that to 4 financed properties including any financed primary residence.

Many lenders restrict the number the borrower can already have financed with them as well.

Freddie Mac has a maximum financed properties of 4 including any financed primary residence.

As an agent, be sure you ASK your loan officer what the restriction is for the number of mortgage properties. Many loan officers are not even aware of this restriction and again will only approve the borrower on credit/down payment merit.

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

 

More AZ First Time Home Buyer Tips (really tips for ANY buyer!)


In Arizona, as in most places, if you are a first time home buyer, you can be overwhelmed with the process of purchasing a home.

Here is a bit more guidance:

First, when your realtor says “Location.Location.Location.” Just trust them. It is critically important. The bottom line is, you can change virtually anything about a house, you cannot change where it is located. Again, just trust us on this one. Clients like to convince themselves into things. This one cannot be compromised.

Second, USE your realtor. Remember, your BUYER agent is paid by the seller so there is NO reason not to use a realtor and use them to your advantage. They have done this “home buying” thing before. They know what, when, who, where and how to look for real estate…. and how much! The “how much” is the biggest thing on everyone’s minds these days…”how much” is not everything though… You realtor can walk you through all sides of it.

Third, get pre-approved. I know. I’m beating a dead horse here but full disclosure, it will not be the last time I bring it up. Use the mortgage calcuator at http://fcfs.net/loancenter-calculators-monpmt.aspx – this will help you get an idea of your potential monthly payment. Get your head around what you are comfortable with AND what is realistic. Fourth, after you have your monthly payment from using the calculator- don’t forget to add in your property taxes (go estimate is .78% of your purchase price is ANNUAL taxes – divide that by 12 to get your MONTHLY taxes) and go to http://www.iii.org/media/facts/statsbyissue/homeowners/  to get stats on average home owners insurance rates. You can use a factor of .35% (same way as above) to get an estimated amount as well. These will be added into your monthly payment so you want to be prepared for your FULL payment not just principal and interest.

NOTE: Don’t forget about potential home owner association fees!

Fifth, not sure? You may want to see the comparison of what is costing you to rent versus the benefit of home ownership- try out this handy tool to see the true impact – http://fcfs.net/loancenter-calculators-rentvsown.aspx  – I can save you some time and just tell you that the value of home ownership will substantially outway renting (in this current Arizona market) but sometimes seeing it is believing it. Remember, these are just items to give you some direction. Your loan officer and your realtor will walk you through all of these steps. The more you know before you start the better educated you will be during the process!

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 Question of the Day: How long do I need to be out of an Arizona bankruptcy, short sale or foreclosure to be eligible to mortgage a new home?


AZ mortgage Question of the Day:

How long do I need to be out of an Arizona bankruptcy, short sale or foreclosure to be eligible to mortgage a new home?

Here is a generic guideline – keep in mind that many lenders have additional requirements depending on their own guidelines:

Bankruptcy:

Chapter 7:

FHA – 2 years with re-established credit / 1 year if bankruptcy was from extenuating circumstances and have shown substantial ability to manage new affairs since. A minimum 640 score.

CONVENTIONAL – 4 years and a minimum 680 credit score.

Chapter 13:

FHA – 1 year has elapsed since filing, all payments have been made to the trustee on time and ONLY with trustee prior approval.

CONVENTIONAL – 4 years and a minimum of a 680 score. All payments have been made to the trustee on time and ONLY with trustee prior approval.

Foreclosure:

FHA – * 3 years has elapsed from the finalized date of the foreclosure.

CONVENTIONAL –

* 3 years if borrower can prove extenuating circumstances. Additional occupancy, credit score and down payment requirements.

* 7 years if financial mis-management. Additional occupancy, credit score and down payment requirements.

Short Sale:

FHA * 3 years has elapsed from the finalized date of the short sale.

CONVENTIONAL – * 4 years – Additional occupany, credit score and down payment requirements.

One additional note to consider: Many lenders will NOT follow these guidelines if they had their own prior loan included in the bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale so keep this in mind when applying. All of this information is in a generic sense and can only be guaranteed with an approval directly from your lender. This is another reason that applying and getting loan approved BEFORE you start home shopping is so important.

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

5 tips for First Time Home Buyers!


First, Congratulations on wanting to buy your first new home! NOW, is definately the time! This is not only an exciting time but a stressful one as well. Here are some tips to help you through the process:

1. Ask questions. Ask questions of everyone you can find. I mean EVERYONE! Chances are, they asked or experienced the same question at some point in their own lives. No question is a stupid question.

2. The first question to ask is: “Can you give me a referral to a good mortgage loan officer?” Your GOOD loan officer is going to be as valuable to you as your physician. Once you choose one, apply for your new home mortgage:

* How much do you WANT to spend?

* How much do you QUALIFY for? (these could be two radically different numbers)

* How much money will you need for your down payment?

* What, if any, issues will you need to deal with in order to qualify?

* What is the current interest rate and how much tolerance do you have for interest rate movement?

3. Once you have your qualified magic purchase price number, you need a GOOD realtor. Again, ask your sphere for a realtor referral. Interview them like they are applying for a job with you. They are! The will be “working” for you until you find your new home. You need to like them! They need to be clear about your needs/wants, available to take you out looking on your schedule and be someone you want to spend time with.

4. Start shopping! Hit the streets. What do you find? Does your price point accomodate your needs? Stay in contact with your loan officer. Do you need to tweak your pre-qualification in order to make the homes you are seeing work with your budget? What are mortgage interest rates doing?

5. Make an reasonable/realistic offer! It is a buyer’s market! You are in the driver’s seat here but be realistic. Listen to your realtor. Use their advice and make a reasonable offer!

Watch for future blogs to elaborate on each of these items. Again, buying a home can be in the top 5 most stressful things you will do in your lifetime. If you fill your sphere with knowledgeable and helpful professionals you can take a tremendous amount of stress out of the equation.

Having a dream is good, owning one is better!

Leslie Pelletiere, Owner/Broker

Proudly mortgage lending in Arizona since 1999!

First Class Financial Services

602.294.9288                    www.fcfs.net                           mortgagedr@fcfs.net

NMLS#162476 / MB#0902810

“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

Thank you to all of you tenacious realtors!


Here are some highlights from the recent member survey from NAR:

(read the full article here  —>) 

 http://rismedia.com/2011-05-18/nar-member-survey-shows-focus-on-training-commitment-to-profession/

These were among the ones that surprised me:

  • The typical NAR member has 12 years of experience; nine out of 10 say they are certain they will remain in the business.

 

  • NAR members in the business for two years or less earned a median of $8,900, while those in the business for 16 years or more earned $47,100. Sixteen percent earned a six-figure income, reflecting the entrepreneurial aspect of REALTOR® businesses.

 

  • Fourteen percent of REALTORS® work fewer than 20 hours per week, 30 percent work 20 to 39 hours per week, 41 percent work 40 to 59 hours and 15 percent work 60 hours per week or more.

 

  •  Half of the respondents use social or professional networking sites and 10 percent have a blog.

So basically the key to a successful realtor is committment, training and putting in the hours… WOW! Who knew?

I am also surprised that only half use social media and only 10% have a blog… something to think about… could that be a niche that you are fully missing out on?

Again, THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU TENACIOUS REALTORS.  I love you!

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

To Condo or not to Condo?


Ugh. Condo’s.  I don’t want to be a big downer on condo’s but… here it comes.  Specifically to Arizona, condo’s are increasingly more and more difficult to lend on.  There are several reasons for this but primarily the lenders make a distinction between whether the condominium project is warrantable or non-warrantable.  Simply put, lendable or not?  

Conventionally the project needs to meet a miriad of restrictions:  (this is the short list.. there are more)

* 70% of the units need to be owned and occupied as primary residences.

* The HOA cannot be in any litigation with the homeowners.

* One owner cannot own more than 10% of the units.

* The HOA cannot have more than 15% delinquency.

* The HOA has to be turned over to the owners.

* In a new construction project, 90% of the units have to be delivered.

* The HOA has to carry a minimum of a $1million dollar liability home owners insurance policy and carry an employee dishonesty rider (Many other insurance requirements but this tends to be a big one)

For FHA, the project needs to have received its NEW FHA approval (all FHA approved condo projects needed to get reapproved in 2010)

Given the above restrictions, you can see why I would be a big downer on condos.  With the amount of default we have seen in the state of Arizona, most projects have a higher than 30% investor occupancy.  Many investors have gone in and bought several units and made the projects ineligible OR the current owner is in default/ delinquent on HOA dues. 

I understand the draw to the condo projects as there are many that are priced too low to pass up.  Ask the right questions initially in order to determine if it is eligible for lending.  On a conventional loan, the HOA MUST complete a “Condo Questionaire”.  Most HOA’s do not hand complete them any longer.  They are typically done through HOA Questionaire Services for a fee.

My last question? How difficult will it be to re-sell given the difficulty today?

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

YAY! Lender LOWERS FHA credit score requirement to 580!


I ask you… IF you can get a mortgage with:

1. A 580 credit score

2. Your grandmother can gift you the 3.5% down payment

3. The seller can pay ALL your closing costs

4. (You can have ZERO contribution of your own money)

5. You do not need reserves to qualify.

6. You can get an interest rate below 5%

7. You have more inventory to choose from than eggs at an easter egg hunt.

8. You can have a new mortgage payment less than you are paying in rent.

9. You LOVE your realtor.

10. You LOVE your loan officer.

11. You HATE your roommate.

What is everyone waiting for?

Spread the word. Life is good. We need to take advantage of it!

Having a dream is good, owning one is better!

Leslie Pelletiere, Owner/Broker

First Class Financial Services, proudly mortgage lending since 1999.

602.294.9288(p)               mortgagedr@fcfs.net                www.fcfs.net

MB#0902810/ NMLS#162494