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 …

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). …

Homebuyers: Thinking About A Lowball Offer? Think Again.

 If you are under the impression that the Minnesota real estate market is still a buyer’s market, it may be time to put away the bell bottom hip huggers and burn the flower power polyester pullover.  Okay, that may be dating back a bit too far but you get my point.  Let’s time warp to 2013. Long gone are the days of putting in a lowball offer and hope it sticks.  It won’t and it doesn’t anymore.  I know, I know…your friends, family and colleagues who purchased homes just a few years ago still boast that they got their home …

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 …

The Breaking Mortgage Industry

This excerpt from the Twin Cities Real Estate Radio Show covers the pressures that are bringing the mortgage industry to its knees. 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. …

The Home Buyers Scouting Report® Mobile App is Here!

The Home Buyers Scouting Report® is now mobile. From the browser on your mobile phone, if you type in www.homescouting.com, you’ll see that your scouting report is now mobile friendly. From an iPhone, Android or Blackberry you should bookmark the page and add a bookmark icon to one of your home screens. You can also get the apps from the Apple Store or Google Play: For tutorials on the mobile Home Scouting app, click here. If you need mortgage calculators on the go, pull up http://calculators.charlesdailey.com/ in your mobile browser and bookmark it .  Should you want rate quotes on …

How to Get Your Offer Accepted in Multiple Offer Situtuations

This radio show explains the difficulties of getting your offer accepted in multiple offer or competitive situations and how to overcome them. < 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, ...

The Cost of Waiting to Buy a Home in fall of 2013 vs. Now

With all of the recent strength in the Twin Cities housing market and Minnesota’s relatively low unemployment rate one might be confused about why we’re experiencing all-time lows (ours are even lower) in mortgage rates since typically the beginning of a recovery is followed by higher interest rates. But the truth is that the Minnesota story is not the national or global story. Events on the national and international stage have caused the Federal Reserve and global bond markets to drive US mortgage rates down. This too will end and will carry a cost to those contemplating a mortgage. First, …

Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Zillow, Trulia and Yahoo Real Estate to Find Homes for Sale

If you live in MN and you want to use one of these sites to find your next home, you should know that approximately 20% of the homes for sale are not being shown to you.  Because these sites are riddled with data inaccuracies, Edina Realty decided to pull their listings from these third party aggregators. This is a growing trend nationally on the part of real estate brokerages to ensure that their listings are handled in accordance with their code of ethics and respective state laws. Personally, I’m a big fan of this decision and hope that many more …

Minnesota Mortgage Refinance and Purchase Mortgage Calculators

You are in your jammies, its 1:00 AM and visions of new homes are dancing in your head.  How much is this going to cost?  What interest rate will you get?  Who are you gonna call?  No need, my friend…the internet has got you covered! Information is GOLDEN.  And if you are like most, you are a do-it-yourself-er (DIY).  You want and expect information at your fingertips until you reach a certain point in the home buying process. I GET THAT. Most people prefer to browse and learn online before shopping with the aid of a real estate or lending …

Understanding Your Mortgage Costs and Fees on Minnesota Loans

Mortgage fees can be difficult to understand.  Often times fees exist for things that don’t match what they are named, sometimes they are omitted or expectations can be mismanaged.  A lack of clarity, omissions and mismanaged expectations will always lead to a poor experience and worse yet, a loan that is inferior to what you could have had.  It’s important to make sure that they are clearly understood, presented accurately and can be relied upon throughout your transaction.  This video does not seek to interpret how other companies represent their closing costs.  It has been prepared for you, iLoan’s customer …

Can I Buy a Home While I’m Getting Divorced in Minnesota?

It has been widely and wrongly asserted that someone who is getting divorced in Minnesota cannot purchase a home prior to finalizing a divorce decree and at the same time prevent their soon to be ex-spouse from being entitled to marital property rights in the newly purchased home.  This used to be a serious problem that made the already long and painful process of getting divorced in Minnesota even longer and more painful yet.  In 2004, the Minnesota legislature put this recurring issue to rest. In 2004, the MN legislature enacted MS 507.03 PURHCASE-MONEY MORTGAGE; NONJOINDER OF SPOUSE.  Amongst other …

What’s the difference between pursuing bank-owned properties vs. short sale properties?

Understanding the differences between these two forms of distressed sales is critical to writing winning offers and paving the road to a successful closing. Perhaps more importantly, understanding their differences will mean that you’ll get the best deal possible on your purchase. A bank-owned property (often referred to as a “foreclosure” or “REO”) is a home which has been taken by the bank. In this case, the foreclosure process has concluded and the property is now owned “free and clear” by the lender. Making an offer on a on a bank-owned property is relatively simple in that response times are …

Contract for Deed (CD) – Preparing for a Real Mortgage

I’m going to explore with you some ideas on how to structure a contract for deed when buying a home so that when it comes times to ditch the CFD and refinance into a regular mortgage you can choose your path.  First thing you should consider is an attorney to assist in writing up the CFD.  For those of you that don’t believe “if there is a will — there is an attorney”, then try this for some tips on protecting yourself when writing up the CFD. Most people that are buying using a CFD have either have damaged credit …

Mortgages for Saint Paul, Minnesota Community Land Trusts (CLT) Housing

Community land trusts are created to preserve long-term affordable housing by purchasing homes in their communities, then leasing the land using a long-term ground lease to low-income and moderate-income families at affordable monthly ground rents. Community Land Trusts (CLT) have had a foothold in the Twin Cities for decades. More broadly, the leasehold form of home ownership is more common in Minnesota than many would think. It is a market that Realtors would do well to be skilled in. More especially, it is a market that is crying out for more readily available, quality financing through Fannie Mae. For the …

Two Thirds of Minnesotans Will be Affected by Flooding in 2011 – Act Now!

If homeowners don’t act in ways not common in the past, many will stand to lose a fortune due to flooding in Minnesota in 2011.  It’s likely that sandbagging won’t do it this time and we need to start thinking about flood insurance and in some cases act quickly on flood insurance.  According to expert guests on a Minnesota Public Radio show two days ago, two thirds of Minnesotans will be affected directly or indirectly by flooding this year.  If someone thinks their house won’t be affected, they can at least count on traffic being a mess. Just try and …

Minnesota Home Prices Headed for a Double Dip? – Don’t Believe the Hype

If you’ve been watching the evening news or reading what’s been coming off the press, you might be thinking that the sky is about to fall on Minnesota home prices. You’ll hear a lot of doom and gloom and a lot about the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. I assure you that the media will not do an adequate job of explaining what this does and more importantly does not mean to you as a Minnesotan. Since the great recession hit, metropolitan areas have increased in home values 3 percent from their lows. There were 5 major metropolitan areas that bucked …

Does Your Loan Officer Wear Lime Green Polka Dotted Underwear?

Okay, perhaps that’s a little TOO much information!  Perhaps you really don’t need to know what splash of color your loan officer is bestowing on his or her bloomers on any given day. But what you SHOULD know is who your loan officer IS. Let’s see….scum bucket, slime ball, scammer, fraud frog…any of these ring a bell?  They do to a whole lot of people, as our industry has been historically speckled with less than scrupulous loan officers committing fraud and scamming the innocent.  Unfortunately, those LO endearments have, in many cases, been very well founded.  (And how embarrassing that …

So You Want Constantly Updated Lists of Foreclosed Properties?

You’re smart enough to get pre-approved early and you know you need to know the market well in advance of buying your home.  You want to get a good deal and to that end, you want to buy a foreclosed home but where can you get the best and most current lists of foreclosures?  There’s a solution for you. You’ll need a lot of tools to begin this process on your own but when it comes to searching for real estate online, I invite you to check out the Home Buyers Scouting Report® (HBSR) from Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc. …