refinance: It's 2018. Will I Lose My Tax Deduction if I Refi? - 12/31/17 07:02 AM
It's 2018.  Will I Lose My Tax Deduction if I Refi?
 
If you're asking this question, I'm going to go out on a limb and say you're experiencing some anxiety right about now.  But no matter how bad it gets, realize things could always be worse.  You could be the Internal Revenue Service and tasked on a couple weeks' notice with retooling your shop to both comprehend and implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  So whether you're a homeowner, a CPA, a Californian, an IRS employee or a blue state Democrat, let's wash down a couple of Xanax with a strong martini … (21 comments)

refinance: The Older I Get The More I Conform - 12/10/17 08:40 AM
The Older I Get The More I Conform
 
If you know me, you know that I don't like to stick to convention.  I was the teenager who skipped college, moved to Hollywood and played rock guitar.  In my 20's, I saved up vacation time not for sandy white beaches but instead for expeditions to the harsh mountain environs of the world's highest peaks.  In my 30's, I dove (literally) into the sport of triathlon --- an endeavor, to quote my Aunt Marge, that would be something she'd "rather die a thousand deaths" before contemplating.  When I come to the fork in the road where … (6 comments)

refinance: Gratitude, Like Revenge & Cranberry Sauce, Is a Dish Best Served Cold - 11/24/17 08:05 AM
Gratitude, Like Revenge & Cranberry Sauce, Is a Dish Best Served Cold
 
It's Black Friday weekend.  The perfect time to either cool it for a minute, sit back to reflect on Thanksgiving and all for which we're grateful OR to rush hotly into the consumer fray, trample your fellow man and take the win-at-all-costs fight to retail America.  This black and white contrast put into light the bright color of the year that is fast coming to a close and some of the very personal experiences I've shared with our clients, many of whom became homeowners for the first time in 2017.
 
Specifically, I reflected on how … (3 comments)

refinance: The Perfectly Smooth Blend of Customer Service - 11/05/17 01:36 PM
The Perfectly Smooth Blend of Customer Service
 
Some of my mornings get behind schedule more quickly than I'd like to admit.  There are days when the obligations of child care and my non-negotiable self-pact to exercise will have me in a mad scramble to get to the office before the stress load becomes difficult for my team to handle without my involvement.  On those days I will sometimes stop at my neighborhood Jamba Juice on the way down to the office. 
 
Now the Jamba staff would likely not confuse me for a "regular," but as you have probably experienced, even somewhat routine visits to a … (5 comments)

refinance: Don't Get Tricked by the 4506 - 10/24/17 08:54 PM
Don't Get Tricked by the 4506
 
What better time of year than Halloween to talk about being tricked?  One of the ways unsuspecting borrowers can fall prey to one of the worst tricks in the mortgage business is to run into issues with IRS Form 4506T.  This form, which can be found HERE, allows a third party, such as a mortgage lender, to request a transcript of your tax return. 
 
And request it we will!  Any time we have a "fully documented" loan, which is the vast majority of cases, we'll make sure that what the borrower shows us on his tax returns is the same … (19 comments)

refinance: Foreigners Have Been Waiting for a Loan Like This - 10/17/17 07:34 AM
Foreigners Have Been Waiting for a Loan Like This
 
California has both a dynamic and desirable real estate market and in the recent years we've seen an influx of foreign buyers.  Despite the headlines such as, "Chinese Billionaires Snapping Up San Francisco Real Estate with All Cash Offers 150% Over Asking...," I can attest that not every foreign buyer is able to purchase real estate with a Louis Vuitton suitcase bursting full of hard currency.  In fact, many of them seek mortgage financing for any number of valid reasons and when they do, we are often able to help.  
 
Foreign nationals are citizens … (4 comments)

refinance: Unlocking a HELOC Mystery - 09/26/17 06:58 AM
Unlocking a HELOC Mystery
 
If you could create a client-facing "tip sheet" for your business, a simple punch list of things to do and not-to-do, what would be on that list?  You know, the items that always seem to fly under the radar of public knowledge and wisdom, but the ones that frequently undermine the best-of-intentioned customers?  I'm sure all of us have this wealth of "insider knowledge" that we'd love to share with the public and, as a result, save them from the misery and inconvenience of being counted among the unfortunate and unsuspecting.
 
High on my list would be an explanation of … (3 comments)

refinance: What Happens When You Flip-Flop On Your Home's Listing? - 09/06/17 06:03 AM
What Happens When You Flip-Flop On Your Home's Listing?
 
Oh how we love to skewer our politicians for their changes of heart and mind:
 
"I was for the Iraq war before I was against it." 
 
Or:
 
"Read my lips.  No new taxes." 
 
Or, better still:
 
"You're going to have such great health care, at a fraction of the cost, and it will be so easy."
 
So once your raucous laughter dies down, let's think about what happens when a homeowner lists a house for sale, then, for whatever reason, changes his mind and takes the property "off the market?"  We'll assume this owner contemplates two scenarios from there:
 
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refinance: Stated Income: The Band That Is NOT Getting Back Together - 08/20/17 07:49 AM
Stated Income: The Band That Is NOT Getting Back Together
 
Not a week goes by that I don't get asked in some fashion, explicitly or implicitly, if stated income loans are coming back.  And at the risk of making this a record-short blog post (for me, anyway), let me cut right to the Blues-Brotheresque-police-car-smash-'em-up chase and tell you, "No, stated income loans are not coming back!" At least not in any conventional mortgage sense.  Here's why.
 
The not-so-new sheriffs in town are Chris Dodd and Barney Fife.  Er, I mean Barney Frank.  The law of the land is now the Dodd-Frank Wall Street … (2 comments)

refinance: For Your Eyes Only - 08/09/17 08:19 AM
For Your Eyes Only
 
You’ve decided to work with RPM Mortgage and you’re about to begin the loan process.  How can you be certain that the personal and confidential information you send to us --- the sensitive documents such as tax returns, paystubs and bank statements --- stays secure in transit and once at our bank?  In an age of identity theft, Wikileaks and headline-making data breaches, we are committed to the integrity of your data in the following ways:
 
Data Encryption
RPM encourages all of its clients to use our digital mortgage process and the secure upload portals and features it affords.  For … (5 comments)

refinance: "So Rob, How Do You Get Paid?" - 07/03/17 07:27 AM
"So Rob, How Do You Get Paid?"
 
Not all of my clients will come right out and ask this question.  But even where they don't ask I suspect that most of them think it.  Not only is it a fair question, it's a great one too.  One that I have no problem discussing and explaining.  Sure there are elements of our compensation that are highly technical --- the result of the byzantine regulation that keeps our industry in a chokehold ---- but I still think we can have an honest discussion about how I get paid and how, in turn, this relates to … (26 comments)

refinance: Unlocking the Rate Lock Mystery - 06/27/17 08:07 AM
Unlocking the Rate Lock Mystery
 
Everyone who has financed a home with a mortgage, either for a purchase or refinance, has probably struggled at some point during that transaction with the dilemma of locking or floating the interest rate.  This critical decision does one of two things:
 
Commits both the borrower and the lender to a specific interest rate for a set period of time.  This “for better/for worse” proposition means that if rates move up or down, the commitment cannot be broken.  This action is known as “locking” a rate. Leaves the interest rate open to future market fluctuation, again for … (27 comments)

refinance: Not Able to Refinance? Recast Your Loan in a New Light - 06/06/17 06:48 AM
Not Able to Refinance?  Recast Your Loan in a New Light
 
Over the last decade there have been many opportunities for homeowners to refinance their mortgages to lower rates and, by far, that is the "go to" solution when a borrower is looking to lower his or her payments.  This makes perfect sense.  Let's say the homeowner has mortgage at 4.000% and can get a 3.750%, no-cost refinance.  Lower rate, lower payments, no closing costs added to the balance...win/win/win.  
 
But what about instances where current rates may not be lower or there may not be as clear a case for refinancing?  How … (13 comments)

refinance: Can I Consolidate My Student Loans with My Mortgage? - 05/31/17 05:48 AM
Can I Consolidate My Student Loans with My Mortgage?
 
Let's face it, buying a home is hard enough.  But if you've been able to do so while still holding some of the debt accumulated during your college and post-graduate years, your life is about to get a little easier.
 
New cash-out refinance guidelines make it easier for homeowners with student loan debt to refinance and consolidate their educational loans along with their mortgage, so long as the following requirements are met:
 
At least one student loan must be paid off. Loan proceeds must be paid directly to the student loan servicer at closing. Only student … (4 comments)

refinance: What Can I Do to Make My Home Appraise Higher? - 05/24/17 06:06 AM
What Can I Do to Make My Home Appraise Higher?
 
Whether the purchase or refinance of a home, where mortgage financing is involved, you can be sure an appraisal be required in the vast majority of cases. With very few exceptions, homeowners or homebuyers seek to obtain the highest and most accurate appraised value of the property. So what steps can one take to assure that this value comes in? Here are a few tips from the experts:
 
Choose your lender very wisely. Why? Because since the implementation of the Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) in 2009, most of the mortgage industry … (36 comments)

refinance: Consolidation Refinances Reign Supreme - 04/18/17 07:18 AM
Consolidation Refinances Reign Supreme 
 
"Someday I'd really like to see these loans together."
 
No, that was never a hit song in the '60's but it is a situation that we encounter frequently in the world of loan origination.  It's a scenario that occurs where a homeowner has both a first and second mortgage and would like to consolidate the two into a single, usually fixed rate, loan.  We'll call this a consolidation refinance for now, and we'll distinguish it from a "debt consolidation" refinance for the purposes of this discussion because a debt consolidation refinance usually implies combining the existing mortgage balance with … (1 comments)

refinance: Your Mortgage on Steroids - 04/03/17 07:35 AM
Your Mortgage on Steroids
 
If you are self-employed and attempt to get a mortgage, you know it's tough to get a fair shake.  It seems like lenders never give the self employed the benefit of the doubt.  But what if you could have just ONE great year, instead of two, and then qualify for the loan you need?
 
With baseball season upon us, I thought it would be fun to look back to the illustrious "steroid era" of the late 1990's and early 2000's to show us exactly how we can "juice" your application and take advantage of some of the totally legal programs … (0 comments)

refinance: Finding Harmony in Unison - 03/15/17 09:42 PM
Finding Harmony in Unison
 
Ever since the woebegone days of Greenpoint Mortgage's 400+ page rate sheet (and those who remember are laughing right now...) we in the mortgage lending industry have become accustomed to recognizing that not every borrower and not every scenario will fit exactly in the credit box.  That's just been a reality of the post-Dodd-Frank era.  Lending solutions rarely "check all the boxes" and I hear myself reminding clients, not infrequently, to "not let the perfect be the enemy of the good."  
 
So you can imagine that when we start talking about jumbo loans and lower down payments AND … (3 comments)

refinance: Imagine All the Savings - 03/08/17 05:50 AM
Imagine All the Savings
 
In my life, I've originated a good number of 30-year fixed rate loans.  And to this day, "a 30" remains the most popular of all loans.  I would contend that it holds, and will continue to hold, this position not because most borrowers do a careful analysis of this mortgage's financial math and whether it aligns with their plans and needs, but because most homeowners simply do not want to contemplate any possibility of an adjustable rate mortgage at any time in their future.
 
But "life is what happens while you're busy making plans for other things" and life … (9 comments)

refinance: 5% Down Jumbo: Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle - 03/03/17 05:14 AM
5% Down Jumbo:  Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle
 
"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." ~Abraham Lincoln
 
Here in California, and especially the San Francisco Bay Area, we have proudly earned a strong reputation for being able to deliver jumbo mortgage options to those who are buying homes with less than a full 20% down payment.  The comments and testimonials are out there on Yelp, on LinkedIn, on Zillow.  Now I know there is still a camp out there that think this can't be done, so I just want to warn these folks … (1 comments)

 
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