alabama: Prospect Mortgage Exclusive - Alabama HomePath Program 11-20 Financed - 09/15/12 02:47 AM
A brand new Fannie Mae HomePath® opportunity is now available to Alabama investors.  The Fannie Mae HomePath® loan program has now been expanded to allow up to a total of 20 financed properties (including those currently being financed) under an exclusive Prospect Mortgage loan program.  No other lender in the country can offer this special financing to AL buyers.
 
 
Only Prospect Mortgage gives you the opportunity to capitalize on both the below-market prices of foreclosures owned by Fannie Mae and the ability to carry financing on up to 20 investment properties for each investor. Most loan programs allow only four to … (0 comments)

alabama: FHA’s Energy Efficient Mortgage Program - 03/24/12 10:19 AM
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alabama: REBuildUSA Partners With Lowe's for FHA 203K Renovation Mortgages - 01/25/12 12:11 PM
REBuildUSA has partnered with Lowe's Home Improvement Stores to assit home buyers and home owners.  An FHA 203K loan allows you to purchase or refinance and renovate a home in one easy loan. Your loan is based on the after-improved value – what the house will be worth once the renovations are complete.
 
 
 
There are no costs to you to enjoy the convenience and time saving benefits of REbuildUSA™. As your 203K Renovation Lending Specialist, I will help you understand all the features of the loanI look forward to answering your questions about the loan program and guiding … (1 comments)

alabama: Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Announce 2012 Conforming Loan Limits for Georgia - 11/25/11 03:42 AM
Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Announce 2012 - Conforming Loan Limits for Georgia
 
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced 2012 conforming loan limits.  The agency base conforming and high-cost area loan limits will remain at the existing 2011 levels through December 31, 2012.  The only county to see an increase is Fairfield County, Connecticut.
 
The base conforming loan limit remain at its current level ($417,000 for 1-unit properties in the contiguous United States). Some high-cost areas of the country can exceed the $417,000 limit though.  For those areas, the current maximum high-cost limit is $625,500 for a 1-unit single-family property in the … (2 comments)

alabama: Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Announce 2012 Conforming Loan Limits for Alabama - 11/23/11 09:16 AM
Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Announce 2012 - Conforming Loan Limits for Alabama
 
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced 2012 conforming loan limits.  The agency base conforming and high-cost area loan limits will remain at the existing 2011 levels through December 31, 2012.  The only county to see an increase is Fairfield County, Connecticut.
 
The base conforming loan limit remain at its current level ($417,000 for 1-unit properties in the contiguous United States). Some high-cost areas of the country can exceed the $417,000 limit though.  For those areas, the current maximum high-cost limit is $625,500 for a 1-unit single-family property in the … (2 comments)

alabama: Bank of America to Exit Retail Mortgage Lending in Six States - 10/07/11 05:33 AM
Yesterday, Bank of America, the 3rd largest retail mortgage lender in the country, announced its decision to exit retail mortgage lending in six states.  Citing low mortgage volume, Bank of America will exit retail mortgage lending in the six states of Alabama, Alaska, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
National Mortgage News confirmed the announcement with a Bank of America representative.  The bank said that it will continue to serve customers in those six states with its online and telesales divisions.   
Bank of America's retail exit comes only days after the company announced that it will soon close its correspondent mortgage lending division.  The company ranks as the 2nd … (11 comments)

alabama: Can I Purchase After a Short Sale in Alabama? - 08/06/11 06:11 AM
Can I purchase after a short sale in Alabama? 
That is a common question on the minds of many Alabama sellers in today’s market.  The answer is, possibly.  In December 2009, HUD announced guidelines under which a seller who has completed a short sale can buy a new home utilizing FHA financing. 
Short Sales
According to FHA underwriting guideline, borrowers are not eligible for a new FHA loan if
·         They pursued a short sale on their principal residence simply to take advantage of declining market conditions, and  purchase, at  a reduced price, a similar or superior property … (1 comments)

alabama: New, Lower FHA Loan Limits for Baldwin County, AL - Effective October 2011 - 07/10/11 08:02 AM
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 raised the maximum conforming loan limit in the contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to as high as $729,750.  Of course, most counties across the country saw much lower loan limits. 
Conforming loan limits, which had been raised for many high-cost areas throughout the country to a maximum of $729,750, are expected to expire September 30, 2011. After this deadline, high-balance loans will once again be classified as "jumbo" and carry a higher interest rate.
Once the maximum loan limits are lowered, the new FHA loan limit for Baldwin County, AL … (0 comments)

alabama: HomePath Renovation Financing For Alabama Fannie Mae REO's - 05/14/11 05:47 AM
HomePath Renovating Financing is Here!!!!
Prospect Mortgage is now one of the few lenders across the country to offer the HomePath Renovation financing option for Fanne Mae REO properties in Alabama.  HomePath mortgages are only available for select Fannie Mae REO properties.  Eligible HomePath properties can be found at www.HomePath.com. 
Maximum LTV:
Primary Residence - 1-4 units - Max 97% LTV Second Home - 1 unit - Max 85% LTV Investment Property - 1 unit - Max 85% LTV Investment Property - 2-4 units - Max 75% LTV Eligible Proeprty Types:
SFR (Single Family Residence) - Attached and Detached Townhome Condo 2-4 … (4 comments)

alabama: Credit Tip #1 - Paying Off Collection Accounts and Charge Offs - 03/11/11 02:17 PM
Think twice before you pay off collections accounts or charge offs.
For someone wanting to pay off collection accounts, it is suggested that you do it as part of the loan approval process.  Paying off a collection account can actually bring an old account to a current derogatory status.  That may in fact lower your credit score instead of raising it.
If you are not planning on purchasing for several months or longer, then paying off a collection account may actually help you.  There are some creditors who will continue to report the account as delinquency each month that the debt goes unpaid.  Paying off … (11 comments)

alabama: Can I Finance Mortgage Payments Into My FHA 203K Mortgage? - 03/10/11 01:46 PM
The answer to this question is yes.   With a Consultant FHA 203K Renovation mortgage, HUD allows for up to 6 months of PITI to be financed into your new FHA 203K mortgage.  This allows borrowers the ability to more easily maintain two homes for a brief period of time. 
The maximum number of months depends on how long the HUD Consultant indicates that the property will be uninhabitable due to the renovations.  This means that the number will vary between 1-6 months depending upon the complexity of the project.
For minor to light renovations, you might expect 1-2 months to be escrowed.  If the … (2 comments)

alabama: HUD Temporary Flipping Waiver Extended Until December 31, 2011 for FHA Mortgages - 03/10/11 01:05 PM
HUD has announced that its temporary waiver of the 90-day flipping restriction is now in effect until December 31, 2011.  There are no changes to the Flip Waiver that was previously issued. 
The Flip Waiver is still subject to certain conditions.  In order to be eligible for FHA financing, the mortgages must meet these conditions to take advantage of the waiver.  The complete text of the waiver extension, including conditions the waiver is limited to, is available on the HUD website.
Some of the Flip-Waiver provisions include:
1. The amount of the Rehab/Repair may not be added as part of the Seller's acquisition costs.2. 2nd … (2 comments)

alabama: Freddie Mac Reduces Maximum Loan to Value - 03/05/11 02:36 PM
On March 1, 2011, Freddie Mac announced that it will be lowering its maximum loan to value.  The reduction will be effective with all Freddie Mac conventional mortgages with a settlement date on or after June 1, 2011. 
Maximum financing requirement lowered to 95% LTV/TLTV/HTLTV Only exception will be Relief Refinance Mortgages Home Possible Mortgages will also be reduced to 95% The change will not be overly impactful as mortgage insurance over 95% LTV is still difficult to obtain for conventional mortgages. 
 
 
 
 
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alabama: Does Your Alabama 203K Lender Have an In-house Draw Department???? - 03/05/11 01:08 PM
Does your 203K lender have an in-house Draw Department????
This is one very important question that most Alabama buyers and real estate agents fail to ask when comparing mortgage companies that offer FHA 203K Renovation mortgage program.  There are many mortgage companies who do "offer" FHA 203K mortgages.  Most often, they only offer the Streamline version of the program.  Very few also offer the Consultant version of the program.  Surprisingly, even less of them actually have an in-house draw department.  In fact, there are only a handful of 203K lenders with an in-house draw department.
Why is this important, you might ask????
It is very … (0 comments)

alabama: HUD Announces Changes to FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums - Effective April 18, 2011 - 02/14/11 01:29 PM
On February 14, 2011, HUD announced that it will adjust its FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums effective April 18, 2011.  This change is outlined in HUD Mortgage Letter 11-10.  It will increase monthly premiums by 25 basis points on that day. 

In order to obtain the lower MI premium, the FHA Case number must be assigned on or before April 17, 2011.  Since that date is a Sunday, the last business day will April 15, 2011......Tax Day.  Coincidence maybe????
These changes all take effect just 6 months after HUD's last mortgage insurance premium change.  The Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premiums will remain unchanged at this … (8 comments)

alabama: When Can I Get My Draw on My FHA 203K Consultant Mortgage? - 02/13/11 03:22 PM
When can I get my draw funds disbursed on my FHA 203K Consultant mortgage?  This is one very critical question that most borrowers fail to think about and ask upfront. 
When doing an FHA 203K Consultant Renovation mortgage, one very important aspect that many fail to consider is the draw process.  Once you have closed on your FHA 203K mortgage, your draw funds will need to be disbursed so that your contractor can be paid.  The Consultant 203K program does not allow for any of the renovation costs to be paid out up front prior to the work being completed. 
How the mortgage company handles that … (7 comments)

alabama: When Can I Get My Draw on My FHA 203K Streamline Mortgage? - 02/13/11 03:05 PM
When can I get my draw funds disbursed on my FHA 203K Streamline mortgage?  This is one very critical question that most borrowers fail to think about and ask upfront. 
When doing an FHA 203K Streamline Renovation mortgage, one very important aspect that many fail to consider is the draw process.  Once you have closed on your FHA 203K mortgage, your draw funds will need to be disbursed so that your contractor can be paid.  The Streamline 203K program allows for up to 50% of the renovation costs to be paid out up front prior to the work being completed. 
How the mortgage company … (2 comments)

alabama: FHA 203K Renovation Mortgage Flow - 02/13/11 05:27 AM
FHA 203K Renovation Mortgage Flow

When using an FHA 203K Renovation mortgage to purchase a home, there is a flow that needs to be followed.  When the proper course is followed, the FHA 203K approval process goes much smoother.
 

For all of your FHA 203K financing needs, call (404) 591-2453.
 
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alabama: Why Do I Need a Letter of Explanation? - 02/11/11 02:56 PM

In today's ever changing lending environment, there are still underwriting requirements that many borrowers do not understand the need for.  Letters of explanation have become much more commonplace in today's mortgage approval process in the last 3 years.  A letter of explanation can be required to explain a variety of issues. 
Some of the most common needs for a letter of explanation are:
Credit inquiries Derogatory items or late payments on credit report Previous bankruptcy Previous foreclosure Job gap Living rent free Motivation to purchase a new home when current home has not been sold Large deposits These letters give the … (0 comments)

alabama: Can I Write a Personal Check at Closing? - 02/11/11 02:40 PM
Can I write a personal check at closing?
The usual answer to this question is no.  Most closing attorneys/title companies can/will only accept a personal check for a few hundred dollars.  The typical maximum is around $500 or $1,000.  Funds for a real estate closing typically need to be in the form of a certified or cashier's check or wired to the closing attorney's escrow account. 
Sometimes, the closing agent for foreclosure properties will be located out of state.  In this situation, a wire will be required.  The use of a check in this case will cause a delay in the funding of the transaction.
Knowing … (2 comments)

 
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