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What is the best mortgage program for me?

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When shopping for a mortgage, it can be confusing at times, depending on where you get your information.  You should not always base your information on such terms as Expert, Mortgage Expert, FHA Expert, etc, etc.  Just because someone says they are an Expert doesn't always mean that they are an expert.  There are so many variables to what mortgages are good for a borrower.

How does a borrower determine what is good for them?  What things should be important? Make sure ....

  --  you understand your finances first, that you are not forcing yourself into the mortgage payment. Have a comfortable mortgage payment in mind.

  --  you have some cash reserves after you would go to settlement on your new home. In my opinion, you should always have some type of cushion for many reasons.

  --  you have goals for the near future and distant future, prior to speaking to a loan officer. Such goals as having kids, schools, saving money, career changes, etc, etc.

 

 

 

Before you shop for a home, know what you can qualify for. Shopping for a mortgage first can be so critical.

 

 

Basic types of mortgage programs

 

Important Basic Info - If you typically have a credit score of 680 or less and less than 10% down, you are usually better off with a FHA loan. Not unless you fit some of the requirements of the other loans mentioned below. Here is a good example of this :  A real comparison with 20% down - FHA loans vs Conventional loans  (series of down payments)

Conventional Loans - You need a 620 or higher credit score with typically 5% or more down. Important reminder : You still need to be approved by the PMI companies and not just your lender. (Private Mortgage Insurance)

FHA Loans -  Buyers & Sellers, don't always listen to your realtor if they talk negative about FHA mortgages.  There are so many good qualities when it comes to FHA loans as opposed to the other types of mortgages out there.  Less money down, flexible credit requirements, lower credit scores with less pricing adjustments, etc, etc. One Important Factor : You can still do a manual underwrite on this type of loan.  If the lender thinks it is a make sense deal with good compensating factors, then they can put their stamp of approval on this type of loan.

VA Loans - 100% loan program with no monthly mortgage insurance.  Important factor : No matter what part of the service, even if in the guard or reserves, as long as you served 3 months in a combat zone, you can be eligible for the VA loan now.

USDA Loans - 100% loan program with no monthly mortgage insurance.  This program is area restrictive and has income restrictions.  How do you find out if your property qualifies?  Property Qualifications  Important Reminder : As of now, funding for  USDA loans are becoming very low. Please read this announcement.  Important USDA funding information.  For more basic information on USDA loans, please read :  USDA loans

Stated Loans - This type of loan still requires a job, but you just state your income. Word to the wise though - Your income is still suppose to make sense in regards to the job that you have. This loan is more so for those self-employed or who have hard to improve income.  And these types of loans usually require higher credit scores and a higher down payment of 25% or more.

No Doc Loans - This is the no questions asked loan.  You don't need tp put down any job or income or to verify assets. Important Key Reminder :  You usually need credit scores of 680 + and with at least 30% or more down.

 

 

 

Summary :  It's very important to speak to a very qualified loan officer and not someone that just sounds nice and or offers you the best rate. Sorry, but anyone can do this. Some important mortgage shopping tips so you aren't caught with your pants down.  Mortgage Shopping Tips

 

Important Reminder : Your loan officer should be interviewing you in detail. These are some important questions that they should be asking you.  Jeff Belonger’s top ten questions when qualifying a borrower.

And be careful of what mortgage programs that some loan officers recommend. Sometimes they just give you the program that best suits the loan officer and not the borrower, because it's easier for the loan officer.  Sorry, but this is a reality and I have seen it happen.

 

 

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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Jeff - this is a great overview for buyers. I find that many, especailyl new  ones, don't have a very good sense of the programs that are out there and which ones make the most sense for them adn their personal financial situation.

Of course with the regulations and requirements changing it makes it difficult, too.

Jeff

March 28, 2010 09:57 AM #2
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Bridget Cella
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I didn't realize No Doc's still existed!  I have some buyers who may need one!  Are there age limits on the 30 year loans?

March 28, 2010 10:02 AM #3
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Jeff

Thanks for sharing the information.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

March 28, 2010 10:46 AM #4
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STEVE.... .  yes, many borrowers are all over the map and I blame this sometimes on the lending industry.  Even realtors that I know value your loan officer just because they give the best rate and close the loan.  But if on the wrong program, can that cost the borrower thousands of dollars?  You bet it can....  so in that case, is that best rate the best?  Not always..thanks for your feedback.

JEFF.... .  thanks for the kind words...  and as I mentioned to Steve above, I blame a lot of this on the loan officers that are out there.  Sometimes they just tell the borrower or give tjem what they ask for, without even previewing that borrower's options.  And in several cases, it's done because the loan officer was doing what was easiest for them and not the borrower.  thanks

BRIDGET.... .  yes, these have existed....  just that the requirements are stricter. You asked.. are there age requirements?  Do you mean on how old you have to be?  The answer would be no... the major requirements on a loan like this is their credit score and the down payment.  Call me some time or e-mail me.  thanks

LOU....  . my pleasure and thanks for the warm wishes.

 

March 28, 2010 11:15 AM #5
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Jeff, I know you see me on your dashboard, so am saying HI.

Just like Attorneys, they don't all practise every type of law, so best to work with a Real Estate Attorney when you need to review.

March 28, 2010 11:51 AM #6
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Gabe Sanders
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As always, Jeff, great information.  Something the home buying public needs to know.

March 29, 2010 06:17 AM #7
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Al Raymondi
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Jeff, Thanks for this excellent summary.  Well done.

March 29, 2010 11:10 AM #8
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Jeff,

Great summary outline. This allows Borrowers to become familiar with the reemergence of some loan products that have been scarce for sometime.

Steve

March 29, 2010 11:59 PM #9
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Jeff if you ever have some time, I'd love to pick your brain on a couple idea's?

 

thanks

April 02, 2010 12:21 AM #10
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MISSY.... .  I actually don't see you on my dashboard because I have hardly been on AR in the last 3 weeks.  Just busy and burnt out on blogging and commenting. Trying to get back into it... but thanks for the hello... I will come over and visit.  And good point about Attorneys.  The same could go with loan officers... but I do pride myself on knowing most loan types and being able to handle them.  I could honestly say that I know about 95% of all loan programs very well. In any case, thanks for stopping by.

GABE...  my pleasure and thanks...

AL aka Ocean View Realty... .  thanks for the polite compliment.

STEVE & JOEL.... . yes, this should allow some borrowers to be aware of some programs that some loan officers might not bring up to the borrower. I am working with a buyer now, doing a USDA loan, and their realtor said they would be better off with a FHA mortgage. And even went as far to tell them that their loan officer said the same thing.  YET... this loan officer never even spoke to these borrowers. OMG... it's bad enough that a realtor would say this, but a loan officer?  It tells me that the loan officer doesn't feel comfortable with USDA loans or just makes bad assumptions.

TRAVIS.... . you can call me any time or e-mail me.  It would not be a problem at all.  thanks

 

April 09, 2010 07:57 AM #11
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Chris Olsen
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Hi Jeff -- Great advice as usual, especially in regards to FHA.  My buyers have used this many times over the past several years, to great success, for both the buyer and seller.  Closed a FHA 203K loan recently which is a lifeline for many buyers, minimizes their cash outlays, reduces their resale risk by buying foreclosures where the "to be" condition is far superior to competition, etc.  I have encountered resistance among old-time agents who aren't in the know on today's FHA.

April 11, 2010 05:02 PM #12
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Jeff, you always seem to have a great reserve of knowledge when it comes to loans. I would think that is the reason for your success. Good luck and thanks for always being willing to share.

April 27, 2010 08:01 AM #13
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Anne Thai

Hello Jeff,

Excellent resource and information from you. I have a question regarding FHA loan and I hope that you can give me an answer on this. I have a potential buyer who has co-signed for her daughter back in 2004 to purchase a home, the mortgage payments been made by the daughter and they can provide copy of the cancel checks.

Will this mortgage payment count against my buyer debt's ratio? most of the lender I have spoke to said no, but there is one federal savings said yes. Please advise.

Thanks!

Anne

 

 

July 11, 2010 11:53 AM #14
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ANNE...   thanks for the compliment.  Here is the answer to your question.

Canceled checks and no lates takes it out of the debt ratio - one caveat: the checks "need" to have been made payable to the mortgage servicer.  If the checks are made out to the person, you sometimes can get around this.

Question...  what state is this potenial borrower buying in?  thanks

 

July 11, 2010 06:07 PM #15
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Anne

The property is in Woodbridge, VA.

Thanks!

Anne

 

July 12, 2010 01:51 PM #16
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Anne.. my pleasure... if you need any help with that borrower, please let me know.  thanks, jeff

 

July 12, 2010 01:53 PM #17
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Jeff

How can I get some more information on no doc loans. Credit score is around 800. Are these available for investment properties also?

Thanks

Aman

July 12, 2010 08:07 PM #18
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Aman...  in what state?  because I keep in touch with many lenders nationally and not all loan officers can do these in some states...  thanks

 

July 12, 2010 08:27 PM #19
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Jeff

Mainly Northern Virginia and Maryland.

 

Thanks

Aman

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Jeff great information. I have bookmarked and reblogged to share the article with other readers.

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