I find the mortgage industry to be both challenging and exciting as the rules and trends are constantly changing. While most mortgage consultants focus on price and a promise of good service, I believe we need to go further. Price and service mean nothing if you are not trustworthy and competent. Through living up to those four criteria, I can rely on referrals for the majority of my business. Things have changed a lot in the industry since I started in 1995 – we did not even have computers! My clients range from CEOs of large companies to first-time homebuyers looking for someone to help guide them through the process. Maintaining the personal aspect of business is important, so I work with my clients to build a relationship that is life-long and is not based on a single transaction, by tailoring financing to their specific needs. If you have any questions I always welcome your calls and emails. In the world of call waiting and online lending, it is nice to have an immediate voice to talk to. My team and I look forward to working with you. My goal when meeting any new client is to be the last mortgage consultant they work with. I want to be your lender for life!
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One of the biggest perceived obstacles to homeownership today is the mortgage down payment.
According to the National Association of Realtors, 80% of home buyers think they need 10% or more down to buy a home – and that is simply not the case! (NAR, 2017) There are many programs out there that range from ZERO to 3% down, here are some of the options available to both first-time and repeat buyers:
USDA HOME LOAN / RURAL DEVELOPMENT – ZERO DOWN PAYMENT
Anyone looking outside of the metro should consider this loan. With ZERO money down, low rates, and no mortgage insurance, the affordability of a USDA loan is almost unmatched in the mortgage market. Home buyers must make 115% or less than the area’s median income. Example: If the median income is $50,000 per year you can make up to $60,500. To see if an area you’re interested in is eligible click here.
VA HOME LOAN – ZERO DOWN PAYMENT
This is a ZERO down mortgage option for home buyers with current or former military service. It is often the top choice for those eligible because it offers 100% financing and does not require great credit. With no monthly mortgage insurance, and low rates, this is often the best loan option for members of the military and National Guard.
FHA HOME LOAN – 3.5% DOWN PAYMENT
About 40% of home buyers under 40 use FHA loans. This loan is best for those who don’t want to put a lot down, but still want great rates and flexible credit requirements. The down payment required is 3.5% AND 100% of the down payment can be a “gift” from family or friends.
HOMEREADY HOME LOAN – 1-3% DOWN PAYMENT
This loan considers the income of everyone living in the house as part of the qualification process – this includes people who rent from you, parents, or children. For eligible buyers, it could be possible to get into the home you have your eye on for as little as a 1% – 3% down payment.
Although lower down payments generally have restrictions of some kind (like mortgage insurance or location-based eligibility), it is still reassuring to realize that you have options other than a conventional loan. Even if you don’t qualify for 100% financing or don’t have enough for 3.5% down, down payment assistance is also available. If you want more information or would like to see if you qualify for any of the loans mentioned above, get started today! If you are not already connected with a Marketplace Loan Officer, we will put someone in touch who can help you understand and weigh your options.
Source: “NAR 2017 – Research and Statistics.”, The National Association of Realtors, 7 June 2018, www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics.
On Wednesday, June 13th, new income limits went into effect for USDA loans in Minnesota. These household income limits vary by region and help determine eligibility for rural development home loans. There are many benefits to USDA loans, the most notable being that they don’t require a down payment. You also may be surprised to discover where they are available.
To learn more about the new limits in your area and what they mean for home buyers, contact a Marketplace Home Mortgage Loan Officer today.
*Data for 1-4 person households
Right now, everywhere you turn there are multiple offers over list price. It is crucial the Buyer, Mortgage Lender, and Realtor® understand the area and how to conduct multiple offers to WIN. Here are a few misconceptions many people believe are true when understanding how to win an offer: READ MORE