What Does Renewing Your Tabs in MN Have to Do With Buying a Home

If you’re like most people this year, then auto tabs have nothing to do with buying a home but if you’re planning on buying a home in MN, then the state’s new requirement that you show proof of insurance to renew your tabs gives you an excuse to talk to your insurance agent on upcoming insurance savings on your home.  We’ve discussed saving money on utilities but homeowner’s insurance is an overlooked element of saving money on your monthly mortgage payment. Each person’s situation is unique but here’s a sample of some things you can learn about on your call: …

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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 …

How Underwriters View Owner Occupied Vs. Non-Owner Occupied Transactions

There are many times when a homebuyer truly intends to occupy a home as a primary residence only to be told by a mortgage underwriter and subsequently their loan officer that their claim of having the intention to occupy a property as a primary residence was not adequately credible. This often happens when a property purchase is being made while another property is being retained. The consequence of a decision on the part of the underwriter to not agree with a homebuyer’s intent to occupy a property as a primary residence can lead to larger down payment requirements and inferior …

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 …

Your Monthly Housing Payment Beyond Principal Interest Taxes and Insurance: Utilities

Nobody wants to be house poor.  Therefore, understanding what your mortgage payment will be when buying a house is only part of what should be considered when contemplating one’s housing costs.  Getting quotes on phone service, security systems, internet and cable are easy enough but utilities like heating and cooling costs can be a little trickier.   Taking these costs into consideration is important though because miscalculation can lead to unexpected payment shock.  Should that payment shock occur, it’s often too late to do much about it so it’s necessary to be proactive. Some of the required seller disclosure items are …