FHA vs. Fannie Flex 97 for Low Down Payment Buyers

For those of you who are such industry dinosaurs that you remember how to do a FLEX 97 loan with Lender Paid Mortgage Insurance (LPMI), you’re in luck because, aside from 95% conventional with single premium financed mortgage insurance (SPMI), the time has come where this is the best high loan-to-value product for purchases. Soon, allowable seller concessions for FHA loans will be lowered from six percent to either four or three percent. When that happens, there will nearly no instance where FHA is superior to this loan product choice.  Take a 200000 dollar purchase for a buyer with a …

Make That Foreclosed Home your Dream Home with an FHA 203k Loan.

You have spent the last 3 months dreaming of buying your new home.  You have been saving for a year for the down payment and you are ready.  You have your dream home in your mind.  You want that 2 story, 3 bedrooms/ 2 bathrooms home that fits the needs of your family.  You want that nice yard for the kids so they can play.  You start working with a Realtor to help you find this new home and you consult with an experienced loan officer to see what you can afford. You are excited because this is going to …

It’s High Noon on Shadow Inventory as Banks Halt Foreclosures

So Ally’s GMAC, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase are halting foreclosures in 23 states. More importantly, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have stepped in to outline correct foreclosure processes and are demanding lenders adhere to them. What’s more, many more lenders are sure to follow the big 3’s changes. That’s great but what does it mean for us?

Home Values…You Got It, Your Home Is NOT Worth What You Thought.

I’m certainly not an appraiser or an expert on home values, but being in the biz as long as I have, I do have a fairly good understanding of appraised home values and the ever restrictive lending requirements behind it. For many who have had an appraisal done in the past year or so, may be able to attest to this blog’s title.  The appraisal was done and you were shocked that the value came in so low. “But I just spent $25,000 for this beautiful landscaping!” In this day and age, that is called over-improved.  You just spent a lot of money that did …

Unsolicited Advice for a Loan Officer’s Evolution – Learn to Underwrite

Since mid 2007, the mortgage originator as we know it has ceased to be. The requirements for technical knowledge, industry awareness and precision have skyrocketed to the extent that a modern day loan originator is more of an “Under-iginator.”He/she must be 50% loan officer, 15% customer service/sales rep, 5% appraisal reviewer and 30% underwriter to have any business talking to a customer about a mortgage. As well, the role of a processor has too changed. Some repetition-based duties have been replaced with technological automation. While those responsibilities have gone to the wayside, the secondary mortgage market has forced the job …

Buying a Home after a Short Sale – Don’t Believe the Naysayers

I’ve written on this subject before but I want to be more thorough this time. There have been too many articles put out lately that discourage people from contemplating a home purchase after doing a short sale. These articles express cynicism about home sellers’ financial habits and cynicism from Realtors as well. Most Realtors doing short sales know how to cover the bases for their client to make sure they’re in a good position to buy a home down the road. Further, in my area (Saint Paul, MN), nearly 1 in 10 homeowners in the twin cities are upside down on their …

Monthly Private Mortgage Insurance – It Doesn’t Make Any Sense. . .

Few know that there are more than 22 different types of private mortgage insurance that can be used what a homebuyer puts less than 20% down on a conventional loan.  Most assume they’ll be saddled with monthly mortgage insurance which, more often than not, makes the least mathematical sense.  A different application of private mortgage insurance to a conventional loan can reduce monthly payments, add tax advantages, increasing a homebuyer’s purchasing power and save many thousands of dollars. As though there isn’t already enough to know, real estate professionals need to know the differences between the mortgage insurance providers (i.e. …

Upside Down on Your Home? – Here’s Your Playbook

In my home state of Minnesota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul have nearly 39 percent of homeowners under water. I’ve had the question, “I’m upside down on my home, what are my options?” so many times that I wanted to prepare a menu of options for people to reference. This article briefly outlines 9 potential solutions that may serve you well. The target audience here is not necessarily someone who’s in default on their loan but simply one who owes more than the home is worth. All too often, when one is upside down on their home and/or struggling with their …

Are Realtors Ready for the New Self-Employed Borrower Guidelines?

For all loans this year where the borrower has ANY kind of self employed income feature, they will have extra steps to go through after 2010. This means that even if they have a very passive (anything more than 5% or total income; positive or negative) business or a rental property or anything like that, they’ll be put through the Spanish Inquisition of income documentation. What’s more important as a Realtor, is that you’re working with a loan officer that is very proficient in tax transcript analysis and knows how to prepare an accurate Self Employed Income Analysis quickly (an …

So Banks Think There’s No Such Thing as “Too Big to Fail” – The Audacity of Dopes

On Friday the 13th, the Chairman and CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase decided to weigh in on whether a bank could be too big to fail. I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat wondering which side of this argument he’d be on. I know I’ve been breathlessly waiting for one of the titans of Wall Street to tell me what the best way to regulate their businesses would be. Thank heavens I finally know what to think! Before we evaluate the points, let’s consider the timing and the source. This op ed wasn’t benevolently shared with us in …