Down Payment: Where Are The Funds Coming From?

                  One of the issues we see arise during the loan process happen while verifying down payment.  Down payment funds may come from several sources, and all of them have their own unique documentation requirements.  If the underwriter is unable to easily see where the money came from it can cause a huge headache for everybody, including you. Luckily, there are things you can do to help ensure that this part of the process is as smooth as possible.  When reviewing the bank/investment account from which the Down Payment will be coming from, the underwriter is looking over the most current 60 days in the transaction history.  Any deposits into the account, besides payroll direct deposits, will need to be explained. This makes the easiest way to avoid frustration is to have your down payment funds already in a separate account with…

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What Is the Mortgage Appraisal Process?

                    Today, we are going to talk about appraisals and the mortgage appraisal process. When you go to get a mortgage, lenders approve YOU, and your specific financial situation. A lender will begin by looking at your credit, your income and your debts, the sources of your income, and the specific property you are buying or refinancing. The lender will check that the cost of the home is where you need it to be from a financial standpoint, and that it comes in at the right value by doing an appraisal. Finding an Appraiser When doing an appraisal, a qualified appraiser is brought in to appraise the value of the home. Previously, we could pick the appraisers that we brought in to do the appraisal that knew the area well. However, today there is more of a blind system: appraisers are…

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Are You Thinking About Buying a Chicago Area Home in 2017?

                    With 2016 behind us, and the beginning of 2017 underway, many folks take a step back and look at their New Year’s resolutions and what they would like to accomplish in the coming year. While reflecting on their aspirations for the year, many renters and first-time buyers have the goal of purchasing a new home in 2017. If buying a home is one of your New Year’s resolutions, take some time to figure out and assess where you are now, and where you need to be in order to buy a home. Doing an assessment with a qualified mortgage loan officer will help you determine where you are at financially, and things you can to do to help you prepare to buy a home. Examining Your Savings, Debt and Credit An important aspect of your financial picture is your amount…

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Simple Guide to the 203k Renovation Loan

If you’re out looking for a home, you’ve probably noticed that inventories are tight: there are not as many homes available as you would like, and the homes in good locations at the right price will go fast, often with multiple offers. Similarly, there are many homes that sit on the market for a long time due to their condition: perhaps due to the home not being updated in many years, or due to a physical problem with the home that needs to be fixed before occupancy. In these cases, a simple fix for this problem is the renovation loan. Buying the Ugly Duckling Sometimes, it makes sense to buy what many would call the ‘ugly duckling’ – a home that needs some updating or several repairs. An updated home in a good location will often be very expensive, and a discounted ‘ugly duckling’ home can be a better financial…

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Renovation Loans: Pre-Approval Process

  Today we will talk about getting pre-approved, or pre-qualified for a renovation loan. Whether you’re consciously deciding whether to buy a home that needs renovation, it makes sense to select a lender that specializes in renovation loans. Buyers often will find a home that is in the right location and looks great but needs some work, or may not be approved without doing some work to the home. In other cases, buyers will often get a home appraisal that reveals work needs to be done to the home, and they will not be approved unless that work is done. Catch 22 Sometimes buyers are not aware of work needing to be done to a home until an appraisal is done, in which case they may need extra cash for repairs and will not be approved for their loan without doing some work being done to the home. If buyers do…

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Renovation Loans: How Long to Close

How long does it take to close on a renovation loan? Many folks have heard horror stories on renovation loans, which often times can take 90 or 120 days to close. Realtors often discourage the use of renovation loans because they never close. However, renovation loans can close quickly when set up appropriately. Two main factors influence the amount of time renovation loans will take to close: making sure the loan officer gives good advice on an appropriate time schedule, and you doing your homework. When doing a renovation loan, you will go and find a property and get a contract on the home, and then determine what work needs to be done to the home. Once under contract, your list of repairs and upgrades needs to be priced out, which involves getting quotes from good contractors that will do the work. Coming up with a list of what work…

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How To Get A VA Loan for 0% Down?

                    We will discuss VA Loans, which are 0% down loans for qualified military veterans. If you are a qualified military veteran, or an active duty Servicemember of the military, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides home loans with special benefits to help you become a homeowner. Special Benefits One of the best perks of being an active member or veteran of the military is the VA Loan, which requires you put down as little as 0% down for a down payment, without the requirement of mortgage insurance. Conventional mortgages require minimum down payment, where buyers have to pay a percentage of the home purchase price up front when buying a home. Other programs such as FHA loans reduce the down payment required, often lowering the minimum down payment to a lower percentage than conventional mortgages. Most loans under…

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How Much of A Home Can I Afford?

                    One of the first steps in purchasing a home is considering how much of a home you can afford to buy. Before you start searching for homes on the Internet or with the help of a realtor, you should have a good idea of what kind of mortgage you can qualify for, and what size payment you can comfortably afford. To help figure this out, you can start by talking to a qualified loan officer. Questions to Consider To start the process, we often ask about your goals, and try to assess your financial picture to help determine what you can afford. For example, we may discuss your work history, your employment income, any debt you may have, and your credit score. This conversation will help determine what you may qualify for, and the best options for your unique situation….

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How Much Cash Do I Need to Buy a Home?

                  One of the most frequent questions from home buyers is asking how much cash they need to buy a home. Answering this question can be complex, as buyers need to determine how much they can afford for a monthly payment, based on their finances, as well as how much savings they need for their down payment and closing costs. Down Payment and Closing Costs When purchasing a home, buyers need to factor in the closing costs and the costs to set up the escrows and other things that are required to buy a home. Typically the largest up-front cost is the down payment, which varies depending on the mortgage used to purchase the home. Some mortgages like FHA loans require a smaller down payment, which can often be as low as 3.5% of the price of the home. For example, when…

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How Soon Can I Buy a House After a Foreclosure?

In my last article, we discussed how soon you can buy a home after a bankruptcy or short sale, and the standard time frames in which you must wait before re-applying for a home loan. Today we will go over deed-in-lieu of foreclosure and foreclosures, and your waiting periods in their wake. Buying After Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure A Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure may happen when a homeowner realizes they aren’t financially stable enough to keep their house, and subsequently offers to deed their property to the lender. If the lender accepts, they in return forgive the homeowner’s debt and waive the right to pursue them for further payments. This situation is rare, but not unheard of. If you find yourself in this way, and would like to apply for a conventional home loan, you will need to wait four to seven years depending on your specific case. You may find…

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