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Length of Self-Employment Mortgage Guidelines

With employers getting more and more creative in the way they hire, more and more would be homeowners with stable income find them self asking, “How long do I need to be 1099’d to get a mortgage or how long do I need to be self-employed to get a mortgage.”  The guidelines for this were static for a long time and then loosened during the 2000’s.  Since the Great Recession, they tightened and have finally normalized to something predictable (and rational I might add). While there are emerging subprime lenders that will allow bank statements as an alternative form of …

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Near Deal to Bring Back 3% Down Financing

The Wall Street Journal published that a deal between the FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is much closer to becoming real than had been anticipated. Nobody knows the exact timing of the implementation of the deal but there are two significant parts that will benefit the consumer. The first element has to do with making it crystal clear to lenders what is expected of them when delivering loans to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac or getting them insured by HUD. This clarity will mean that lenders won’t be afraid of loan risk nearly to the extent that they now …

Today’s Rate vs. Today’s Rates – Mortgage as a Second Language

The mortgage industry is almost cruelly filled with nearly impossible jargon.  Most of it is inconsequential from the consumer’s perspective and only serves to make communication easier for industry insiders.  However, when it comes to the concept of choosing an interest rate from your lender par rate, buy ups, buy downs, discount points and lender credits are a must know. Definitions: Today’s Rate – “Today’s Rate” is a myth perpetrated as a reality.  It is something the mortgage lending industry came up with because it’s an intellectually condescending industry that doesn’t believe that its clients can do math or understand …

The iLoan Lock and Shop Program

Many buyers are concerned about rising mortgage rates and the implications on their plan to buy a home or sell their home and then buy another home.  The frequent question is, “Can I lock in my interest rate before I find my home?”  Typically one can’t do this until they have a fully executed purchase agreement and this amplifies a homebuyer’s fear prior to going under contract to buy their dream house.  Now, with the iLoan Lock-N-Shop program, this fear can be put to rest. Here’s an outline of how it works: The lock may be for 60 or 75 …

Down Payment Assistance Programs in MN

Deb Muelken (NMLS ID 364933) of iLoan (NMLS ID 4474) outlines the various options for down payment assistance to use with mortgages in Minnesota on the Twin Cities Real Estate Radio Show.  For more information on how these programs might be of help to you, contact Deb at 651.353.8531 or by emailing her at deb@iloanhomemortgage.com! Trouble listening?  Click Here

Fannie Mae Increases Down Payments on MyCommunity® and Standard Loans

In another backward-thinking move, Fannie Mae has very subtly announced that they will be increasing their down payment requirements by decreasing their maximum Loan to Value Ratios for MyCommunity® mortgages and for standard mortgages on 1-unit primary residences effective on or after the weekend of November 16, 2013.  The previous allowed down payments were at 3% based on a Loan to Value Ratio (LTV) of 97%. The difference between 95% LTV and 97% LTV financing may sound slight but on a macroeconomic level, it’s huge.  It will postpone purchases for multitudes of buyers; particularly first time homebuyers who might find …

Planning Your Home Purchase With a Mortgage Recast

Often times, seemingly in a fantasyland, home buyers might want to buy their new home first non-contingent on a home sale and sell their retained home shortly after moving into their new one without a financial inconvenience.  They might want to do this to get a better price due to negotiating from a position of strength or it might simply be a matter of logistical convenience.  Whatever the reason, the difficulty arises when they want to use the equity from the home that they’d be selling to achieve a lower payment on their mortgage for their new home.  Most would …

Tell a Veteran to Miss a Payment to Qualify for a Short Sale and You May be Up Against the CFPB

Statistically, over half of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) complaints to the Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) have to do with mortgages.  Of these, 58 percent of them had to do with loan modification, mortgage collection practices or foreclosure . . . and yes . . . short sales would fall under this category.  While this is a broad range of complaints, I’d like to focus on servicemembers with Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders and how they relate to short sales. For Realtors processing short sales on behalf of servicemembers, they’ll want to know that the CFPB is …

The Only 10 Reasons a Lender Needs Tax Returns for a Fannie Mae Mortgage

Giving a pound of flesh in income and asset documentation has become the norm but it’s likely that unjustified lender paranoia has led them to ask for a bit too much of their clients.  My recent rant on this issue concerned verifying large, non-payroll deposits but now my rage has turned to the simple request of tax returns.  I’m not talking about FHA loans, VA loans, RD loans or Freddie Mac loans (although if you’re curious about Freddie, see attached), because if you’re looking for one of these, you’re going to be asked for a lot of paperwork.  I’m just …

Different Mortgage Types and What They Mean to Buyers and Sellers in a Competitive Market

This podcast outlines the differences between Minnesota mortgage pre-approvals and how they affect purchase transactions.  Homebuyers and home sellers can learn the risks and benefits of each different type and how they relate to their transaction.  This is essential information for understanding the implications of your choice on loan type for your purchase in a seller’s market.  If you’re a seller, it’s essential for understanding the risks and advantages of accepting an offer that comes with one type of mortgage financing vs. another. Charles Dailey – Branch Manager, Loan Officer, Certified Military Housing Specialist – CA DOC, MN DOC & …

A Permanent Extension of the Private Mortgage Insurance Deduction?

The tax deduction on private mortgage insurance has been bounced around like hot potato ever since 2007. The problem with the lack of predictability in tax deductibility of mortgage insurance is that when people are make decision on which of the four types of mortgage insurance they want on their loan, it’s typically with long term considerations in mind.  This lack of certainty has turned some mortgage insurance decisions into guesswork.  To date, the tax code has provided no long term predictability to aid the consumer in this important and difficult decision. With the help of Senators Debbie Stabenow and Mike …

If You’re Going to Claim to “Owner Occupy” Your Home, You Better Mean It

More and more, people are finding that their intent to occupy a home when getting a mortgage may not mean what they think it means.  More and more, loan officers are also finding out that it may not mean what they think it means.  One of the Mortgage Loan Officer national testing questions asked what intent to occupy meant and the correct answer, for testing purposes, was that the buyer would have to move in within 60 days.  Now, both on refinances and on purchases, it’s becoming important to know how long one will be staying there as well. While …

Fannie Mae Requirements for Investor and Second Home Borrowers with Five to Ten Financed Properties

Most lenders will restrict the number of properties an investor can finance to a total of four properties.  This restriction was recently loosened to allow for up to ten financed properties.  There are unique restrictions regarding credit score, Loan to Value (or LTV) and reserve requirements that make getting them funded very difficult. Here are a couple of bullet point guidelines you’ll need to be aware of: No foreclosures in the preceding 7 years No late mortgage payments within the last 12 months 6 months of mortgage payments in need to be in reserves for each other second home or …

Gaining an Edge With the Best Homebuyer Education

This episode of the Twin Cities Real Estate Radio Show covers comprehensive homebuyer education and wraps it up in a bow called DoorSteps. Charles Dailey – Branch Manager, Loan Officer, Certified Military Housing Specialist – CA DOC, MN DOC & WI DFI The Home Buyers Scouting Report® is provided directly to the buyer by HBM II, a licensed national real estate brokerage service company, not to or through a lender. The FREE home finding service is provided directly to prospective homebuyers by HBM II and its real estate brokers, as part of their ordinary real estate brokerage services. HBM II, …

New Minnesota Housing Mortgage Loan Programs – not just for First Time Homebuyers!

Through the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MFHA), the State of Minnesota offers eligible homebuyers loans with subsidized interest rates and mortgage insurance for low-to-moderate income homebuyers, that is correct, it is not just for first time homebuyers anymore! Start Up is the new Minnesota Housing statewide mortgage loan program for low-to-moderate income first-time homebuyers.  Click here for detailed information on Start Up (first-time homebuyer loan program). Step Up is a new Minnesota Housing loan program for non-first-time homebuyers to purchase or refinance a home.  The program offers affordable fixed-rate loans and access to down payment and closing cost loan options …

iLoan Puts its Money Where its Mouth is for Veterans Using VA Loans

For a long time, we’ve been trying to figure out what we can do for our VA clients besides being highly trained, offering superior interest rates, and providing high-touch service.  We had talked about doing something more for some time now and finally thought we should get off our laurels and get ‘er done. For any military veteran or Foreign Service worker who chooses to do his or her Veteran’s Administration insured mortgage with iLoan, there will be no cost for the appraisal.  This is a value of between four hundred and five hundred fifty dollars which; a minor sacrifice …

Developing a Lease-to-Own Market

A lease-to-own (LTO) transaction is one in which a potential home buyer occupies the home as a tenant but has an option to purchase it within a specified period at a specified price. In exchange, the potential buyer pays a non-refundable option fee upfront plus a monthly rent. In a recent article, I noted the intense interest in LTO deals today by wannabe home buyers who can’t qualify for the mortgage they need to make a purchase now. Despite the large demand, not many LTO deals are being done. They are very complicated and most potential buyers and sellers don’t …

Buying a Home & Getting a Mortgage with a H-1B Visa

These days, any time a lender sees a square peg and a round hole, they tend to run for the hills.  In the case of homebuyers seeking a mortgage with H1B visa status, too often this is the case.  If they’d patiently take the “outside in method” of loan structuring (start with Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, then check mortgage insurance guidelines and then reference the lenders underwriting guideline overlays), they’d find that these waters are not that hard to navigate and that round hole isn’t as round as it may appear. An H1B visa is a work permit issued by a …

Fannie Mae Tightens Condo Mortgage Underwriting. . . . Again!

Many would say that perhaps Fannie Mae should have become tighter on their guidelines for condos back in 2008 and now that they’re seeing recovery, start to loosen up (kind of like the private mortgage insurance companies did).  The opposite is happening as clearly Fannie Mae wants to limit their exposure to condos in their portfolio.  Periodically, changes are made to Fannie’s underwriting guidelines and their automated underwriting software.  Some are small and some are large and impactful.  Condo buyers beware as they snuck this one in (effective October 20th): “A limited project review will no longer be permitted on …

New Rules: If You Want an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) You Better Have Cash

Rest assured, if homebuyers or Realtors think they may have a good idea for a low down payment purchase loan program, they needn’t bother thinking since Fannie Mae has decided to make that executive decision on their behalf.  As of October 20th, the new choice will be between a fixed rate mortgage, fixed rate mortgage or fixed rate mortgage.  What’s best for the homeowner has now been mandated by Fannie Mae. The maximum Loan to Value for ARM’s (Adjustable Rate Mortgages) is being dropped from 97% to 90% for all purchases and no cash out refinances (seriously, this is not …