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ARCHIVED BLOG POSTS

2010 

"Why does a lender want to see my bank statements?"  Here are the reasons that lenders ask to see a borrower's bank statements: They need to verify that the money being used for the down payment and closing costs really belongs to the borrower.  If there are deposits that came from sources other ...
Posted over 3 years ago
Buyers often ask us if the earnest money check they write when they make an offer on a house is part of the down payment. The answer is YES.  The earnest money check is a good-faith deposit to demonstrate to the seller that the buyer is serious about the transaction.  If the transaction closes, t...
Posted over 3 years ago
I cringe when I read some posts on Active Rain because some of the advice is just plain wrong.  Making it worse is the almost universal agreement by the people who comment on the posts: "Great advice" is the usual comment.  Folks, check the facts before posting.  It seems that many of us are in s...
Posted over 3 years ago
Can all lenders sell purchase loans AND refinance loans?  That's a common question and the answer is YES.  Unless a lender only deals in a very small niche (fix and flip loans, hard money loans, etc.) they can sell loans for both purchase and refinance transactions. The underwriting guidelines ar...
Posted over 3 years ago
Now that the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the new finance reform law) has been passed by Congress, we're getting many questions about how this new law is going to affect the lending and real estate industries.  The specifics of the new law will only be known when the new Bureau...
Posted over 3 years ago
I just read a featured post of AR that says lenders are no longer allowed to issue pre-approvals.  Most people who commented believed this nonsense.  The truth is that pre-approvals are allowed.  Please refer to the RESPA FAQ's that are published by HUD.  Here is the link to the most current vers...
Posted over 3 years ago
Now that Fannie Mae "recommends" that all lenders pull a new credit report right before closing (meaning "do it or else we won't buy the loan"), there is much concern about whether the extra credit pull will lower a borrower's credit scores.   The short answer is NO, provided the report is "refre...
Posted almost 4 years ago
We've gotten a number of requests for information about HUD's $100 down deals in the past week, so here's a rundown of what you need to know: A HUD home is a house that used to have an FHA loan, but it went into foreclosure.  HUD now owns the property. HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Dev...
Posted almost 4 years ago
Fannie Mae appraisal rules are changing.  Here's what you need to know:  If an interior inspection is required, the following photographs must be included in the appraisal: Kitchen All bathrooms Main living area Examples of physical deterioration, if present Examples of recent updates, such as re...
Posted almost 4 years ago
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