Buying While Selling

Buying your new home while selling your old home can seem daunting if not impossible. It is difficult to feel in control with so many factors at play. But there are really only three scenarios: You sell your old home before you buy your new home; You buy your new home and sell your old simultaneously (same day closings); You buy your new home before you sell your old home. Few people choose to sell their old home before purchasing the next for fear of homelessness. Moving your belongings into storage and finding temporary living accommodations is not for everyone. But it does …

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 …

A Deeper Examination of Schools Near Your Next Minnesota Home

We highly value the feedback we get on how we can improve your home search tool, the Home Scouting Report®.  Over time, your recommendations have led to many additions (all available by clicking on our ugly mugs after you’ve logged in).  Now, we’ve added another interactive research tool; The Minnesota Report Card from the Minnesota Department of Education. While you’ve always been able to get basic school information via the Map View of your Home Scouting Report® but with this new tool, you’ll have access to these additional resources: My School – Demographics, trend data, graduation rates, contact information and …

Long Term Mortgage Rate Forecast Going Into Winter Market

As the winter weather hits or threatens to hit, many people who have actively or passively been searching for a home ask, “Should I just postpone the idea until spring?”  There are many reasons to either wait or hasten the purchase of a home.  If you happened to be considering mortgage rates as one variable in your decision, we thought that we’d share the one reliable forecasting model that we follow for long term mortgage rate forecasts: Mortgage Rate Forecast for 30 Year Conventional Loan 30 Year Conventional Mortgage Rate. Percent Per Year Average of Month. Month Date Forecast Value …

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 …

How to Improve Your Credit Prior to Buying a Home

iLoan recommends iQualifier as a powerful credit analytics tool to show you the way. If you’re looking to pre-qualify for a home and want a lower rate or better loan program, iLoan recommends iQualifier to enable you to analyze your credit history with the same tools that lenders and credit agencies use. Additionally, it takes you beyond that analysis demonstrating how different financial decisions may affect your credit in the months ahead. iQualifier can help you: • Better understand your credit standing • Improve your financial decision making • Achieve your financial goals (& target credit score) • Save money …

Top Three Reasons to Feel Good About Buying a Home in the Twin Cities

It doesn’t happen very often where, in a compact period of time, I see a wealth of reliable data released that shed such sunny light on the decision to buy a home in the Twin Cities but lately that has been the case.  If you’ve been contemplating such a decision, here are 3 great reasons to feel good about your decision and its timing in ascending order. Reason 3: CNBC Ranks Minnesota as a Top State for Business. CNBC’s announcement may seem boring, and it definitely is, but from the perspective of a homebuyer or homeowner, it’s critical.  This is …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The FHA 1 Year Waiting Period After Short Sale, Bankruptcy or Foreclosure – Back to Work

Where was this three years ago?  Better late than never I suppose.  FHA is now insuring loans to homebuyers who have experienced an Economic Event (Short Sale, Bankruptcy, Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure or Foreclosure) in the past and can document that (1) their certain credit impairments were the result of a Loss of Employment or a significant loss of Household Income beyond the borrower’s control, (2) the homebuyer has demonstrated full Recovery from the event and, (3) the homebuyer has completed housing counseling. FYI, in the event of a short sale, this is for buyers who DID have late …

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 …

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 & …

You’re A First Time Homebuyer? So What!

I know, my headline may be a little offensive to some, but I had to get your attention. This is going to be well worth your 4 minutes to learn a few things about first time homebuyers and first time homebuyer programs. I’m sure you have heard of Toys R Us and Babies R Us, right? Ever heard of Entitlements R Us? Nope.  It doesn’t exist.  And I’m going to break the notion that just because you are a first time homebuyer, that you are entitled to those programs or any down payment assistance. (besides, entitlements are only for the government). …

Dual Agency in Minnesota

Reblogged: Deanna Wyman There is a commonly held belief that every Realtor’s dream is to handle both sides of a transaction-a practice known as dual agency. An unfortunate number of people are under the impression that this practice is a great idea. Well, I’m here to tell you that dual agency isn’t actually worthy of its reputation. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs. Even if it means turning down a potential business, I’ll refer a client to another agent in order to best represent the client I’m already working with. Think about it, the listing agent …

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 …

When it Comes to Your Credit Report, Be Yourself.

It’s important in life and in mortgage lending that you be yourself.  Accordingly, when your loan officer is presenting you and your loan application to an underwriter, you do everything you can to be as accurate and honest as possible.  You take a detailed loan application and cough up unending amounts of documentation so, . . you’re good right?  Actually, there’s a 25% chance that’s not quite right. One in four consumers found an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a study by the Federal Trade Commission.  Five percent found errors that could lead …

Buy a Home Now vs. Wait – Who Needs a Forecast for that?

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, Inc. works cooperatively with other real estate agents across the United States in attempting to find ready, willing and able buyers for homes …