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By Karen Schimpf
(Commercial Capital Ltd.)
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$1,167,500 Cash out apartment loan….Where? California Type? This loan was denied by one of the major FNMA lenders due to the property condition but we were able to get him approved AND closed at up to 75% Cash out and he got a rate in the 4’s fixed for 10 years with a 30 year amortization.  Again...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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When you're going through the mortgage process there's a few things you need to do, but we get asked a lot: When Can I Buy a New Truck?  We understand that you really want that new truck to help you move the stuff from your old house or apartment into your new place, but there's a something you n...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 10
DU/Fannie Mae Changes...er...I mean, Game Changers       Attention!  Attention!  This one goes out to the "Getting a loan is nearly impossible these days" crowd.  Fannie Mae has recently taken a huge step to making things easier, helping to reduce barriers in home buying, and allowing us lenders ...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
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Trying to Underwrite Your Own Loan               I often have the pleasure of working with well-read, well-informed Borrowers.  Borrowers that have obviously done some homework prior to contacting me ...     Their comments and questions prove they're invested in themselves, their home buying, the...
By David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg
(US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
Comments 5
Today brings us some expected and previously called for good news (for long term rates that is)For some time I have been saying we are definitely better today than 5yrs ago but by no means ready to handle rate hikes. Unemployment, manufacturing, EU issues and the list goes on.Well today brought a...
By David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg
(US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
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This week is the likely retrace of much of the losses sustained recently. With Greece getting the big NO "its time to pay your bills or pay the consequences" the US bonds are looking much more favorable for both security and safety they provide. I do think the DOW is likely to take some hits this...
By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida)
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The lender may charge reasonable closing costs. However, these costs may not be included in the VA loan. Closing costs vary among lenders. The veteran borrower or the seller may pay the following closing costs or the closing costs may be shared: ·        VA appraisal·        Credit report·       ...
By Marti Steele Kilby, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA
(Steele Group Realty)
Comments 5
 According to Home.com’s April Local Market Index, 46% of the top U.S. markets have achieved full pricing recovery.  This would seem to indicate that short sales caused by negative equity are on the down-turn.  However, there are some new factors that might contribute to a large increase in the n...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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What is the 3.5% in an FHA home loan?  We get asked this a lot and so we sat down with a realtor that we work with regularly and had a quick discussion that can help you understand what that 3.5% really means.  The FHA home loan is a great mortgage and really can make it possible for first time h...
By Chris Goulart, California Hard Money Loans & Solutions
(All California Lending)
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A lot of our business is related to California hard money rehab loans or construction completion loans.  We have a number of programs for real estate investors who want to fix and flip or complete and sell projects.  We even have ground up products that can help finance anything from single spec ...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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All home loans are not created equal. Different loan programs have different risks and benefits. Knowing your options can help you choose the right Arizona home loans for your family.                   If you are in the market to purchase a home in Arizona, it is important to understand what Ari...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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From the word "mortgage" to the methods used by lenders to determine how much to loan, the home loan process can be confusing to first timers. In fact, one third of the respondents to a 2011 Wall Street Journal survey of homebuyers said that the most difficult part of buying a home was understand...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Mortgage Loan Programs for every buyer from low credit scores to recent BK discharge   Program Highlights  Credit scores starting at 580 Up to 80% LTV; up to 50% DTI Bank statement program for self-employed borrowers Loans up to $1 million Owner-occupied and second homes Non-warrantable condomini...
By Brett Sampson, Texas Lender
(Berkshire Lending, LLC)
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Did you realize that in the State of Texas you can’t get cash out of your home above 80% of its appraised value? In other words if your home was worth $100,000 – the most cash you could get out on a loan would be $80,000. This 80% rule is a Texas law for homeowners in Texas. …However, there is on...
By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida)
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VA Funding Fee The VA requires a funding fee or user's fee to help the government defray the cost of foreclosures. Currently the funding fee is 2.15% of the loan amount, with no down payment for first-time users.  Funding fee expenses may be added to the maximum loan amount and financed over the ...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Gene Mundt, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this competitiv...
By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida)
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The FHA insures mortgage loans to protect lenders in the event that borrowers default. The FHA is the largest government insurer of mortgages in the world. The cost of the mortgage insurance is passed on to the borrower.Borrowers pay an up-front mortgage insurance premium (UFMIP). The percentage ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 9
 "How long after myBankruptcy, Short Sale, or Foreclosure must I wait to buy another home?"    FHA, VA, and Conventional Loans ... The Waiting Periods          There is a phenomenon at play in the American Home Buying marketplace currently.  Former homeowners that suffered financial catastrophe d...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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Getting Ready to Apply for a Loan? Your credit score is just one of the factors your mortgage lender will use to determine whether you qualify for financing. The problem is, every lender uses different methods to determine your credit worthiness. So, in some cases, a minimum score is difficult t...
By Nevin Williams, Raleigh Mortgage Pro
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage Raleigh)
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Step 1: Contact the credit reporting company, in writing and explain to them what information you think is inaccurate on your credit report.  Include copies of any documents that back up your position.  Your letter should identify each item in your report that you dispute; state the facts and the...