decatur: Don’t lose another bid! - 01/30/18 10:39 AM
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On Q Financial, Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS 5645. On Q Financial's On Time Close Guarantee Program has restrictions and requirements. Not all loan programs apply. The 15-day closing guarantee offer expires on 2/28/18. Payment for missing closings will be paid … (2 comments)

decatur: Fannie Mae Eliminates 3% Down Mortgages - 01/12/14 03:45 AM
In November 2013, Fannie Mae increased the minimum required down payment from 3% to at least 5% down on Primary Residences.  This change was due in part to Qualified Mortgage and Ability to Repay regulations that went into effect on January 10, 2014.
 
The 5% minimum down payment requirement applies both to HomePath® and regular Conventional mortgages.  HomeStyle® Renovation mortgages already required a 5% minimum down payment.
 
 
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decatur: FHA 90 Day Flip Rule Extended Until December 31, 2014 - 01/11/14 09:05 AM
As a reminder, HUD has announced that the 90 Day Flip Waiver for FHA mortgages has been extended once again. On January 15, 2009, HUD announced a waiver to its restriction of a borrower being able to obtain FHA financing on a property that had been acquired by the seller in the 90 days preceding the sales contract date.
 
The initial Flip Waiver took effect on February 1, 2010. The expiration date of the initial Flip Waiver was set as 12 months from its start date. That originally had the waiver set to expire on January 31, 2011.  Prior to the … (1 comments)

decatur: Refinance Today… Even If You Are Underwater on Your Georgia Mortgage! - 07/10/12 12:09 PM
If you are underwater on your Georgia mortgage, owing more on your loan balance than your home is worth right now; you may be able to refinance to a lower interest rate under the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). Refinancing now, while rates are at historic lows, may save you money each month on your mortgage payment! Loan-to-value ratios have recently been eliminated, meaning that it doesn’t matter how underwater you are on your mortgage!
 
To qualify for a Georgia HARP 2.0 refinance, borrowers must meet the following criteria:
The mortgage must have been owned or guaranteed … (1 comments)

decatur: Refinance Today… Even If You Are Underwater on Your Alabama Mortgage! - 07/10/12 11:57 AM
If you are underwater on your Alabama mortgage, owing more on your loan balance than your home is worth right now; you may be able to refinance to a lower interest rate under the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). Refinancing now, while rates are at historic lows, may save you money each month on your mortgage payment! Loan-to-value ratios have recently been eliminated, meaning that it doesn’t matter how underwater you are on your mortgage!
 
To qualify for an Alabama HARP 2.0 refinance, borrowers must meet the following criteria:
The mortgage must have been owned or guaranteed by … (0 comments)

decatur: What Information Your Short Sale Approval Letter Must Contain - 06/13/12 10:44 AM
If you you are purchasing a short sale, there are certain items that the seller’s short sale letter(s) must contain. 
 
Short Sale Approval Letter Requirements
 
·         Name/address of seller’s mortgage company
·         Name, contact phone#, and job title for the seller’s lender representative
·         Property address
·         Sales price
·         Seller contribution amount toward closing costs/pre-paids
·         Borrower’s name(s)
·         Expiration date of approval letter
 
 
If your short sale approval letter does not contain all of the above information, you may have a challenge with your mortgage approval. 
 
 
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decatur: FHA’s Energy Efficient Mortgage Program - 03/24/12 10:19 AM
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decatur: HUD Expands Identity of Interest Definition for FHA Mortgages - 03/06/12 12:57 AM
For all FHA mortgages, HUD recently revised its Family Member definition for Identity of Interest.   The definition of a family member, for purposes of Identity of Interest transactions has been expanded to include:  
·     Brother, stepbrother
·     Sister, stepsister
·     Uncle
·     Aunt
 
These changes are in addition to the previous definitions including:
 
·     Child, parent or grandparent 
·     Spouse
·     Legally adopted son or daughter, including a child who is placed with the borrower by an authorized agency for legal adoption
·     Foster child
 
An identity of interest transaction is a … (2 comments)

decatur: 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)

decatur: HUD Extends FHA 90 Day Flip Waiver Until December 31, 2012 - 12/26/11 02:53 PM

As anticipated, HUD has announced that the 90 Day Flip Waiver for FHA mortgages has been extended once again.  On January 15, 2009, HUD announced a waiver to its restriction of a borrower being able to obtain FHA financing on a property that had been acquired by the seller in the 90 days preceding the sales contract date. 
The inital waiver took effect on February 1, 2010.  The expiration date of the waiver was set as 12 months from its starting date.  That originally had waiver set to expire on January 31, 2011.  HUD issued an extension through December 31, 2011.
The 2nd extension is now … (12 comments)

decatur: HVCC and It's Influence on Today's Appraisal Standards - 09/04/11 06:59 AM
The Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) was implemented in May 1, 2009 by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  It was designed as an attempt to improve the independence of appraisers.  It contained provisions that prohibit lenders and third parties from influencing appraisals to arrive at a certain value.  
According to NAR, the HVCC establishes standards on solicitation, selection, compensation, conflicts of interest and appraiser independence. Mortgage brokers and real estate agents are prohibited from selecting appraisers. Lenders are permitted to use “in house” staff appraisers to conduct appraisals. However, the loan production staff is prohibited from:
1) Selecting, retaining, recommending, or influencing the … (8 comments)

decatur: FHA 203(k) Maximum Loan Amount - 08/30/11 02:33 PM
The FHA 203(k) maximum loan amount is the lesser of:
Purchase price (or “as is” value for refinances) plus rehabilitation costs OR
110% of “After Improved” valueTIMES The LTV factor (96.5% for a purchase) or less the allowable down payment ($100) for a HUD REO Property NOT TO EXCEED
Maximum county loan limit for the local area  
 
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decatur: Flood Insurance Changes Ahead for Metro Atlanta - 08/21/11 03:47 PM
Flood insurance changes are coming to metro Atlanta counties.  In the wake of severe flooding in the last few years, area flood maps may be re-drawn.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is presently working closely with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess possible changes to the area's flood maps. 
The agencies are currently evaluating a 107 mile area surrounding the Upper Chattahoochee River Basin.  Affected areas include Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that DeKalb County alone could be adding almost 550 acres to the 100 year floodplain. 
In September 2009, many areas of metro Atlanta experienced … (7 comments)

decatur: Why Do Lenders Prefer a Short Sale Over a Foreclosure??? - 08/13/11 03:25 PM
Why do lenders prefer a short sale over a foreclosure is a common question asked by buyers and sellers.  The reason all comes down to money.  Any home owner that does a short sale or has a property go into foreclosure ends up costing their mortgage company a lot of money.  When a seller does a short sale, it ends up costing the lender about 20-30% less than if they have to foreclosure. 
Maintaining a foreclosed property is an expensive understanding for a mortgage company.  The legal fees associated with a foreclosure can be costly for the lender.  They also have … (15 comments)

decatur: What Is A Short Sale? - 08/13/11 12:54 PM
A home sale is classified as a "Short Sale" whenever it is sold for less than the amount owned on the mortgage and the mortgage lender accepts less than the full amount due on the outstanding balance.  The seller must meet several criteria in order to qualify for a short sale?  Some of those include:
The seller must owe more on the home that its current value The seller must prove that the home cannot be sold for enough to satisfy the current outstanding mortgage(s) owed The seller must demonstrate that they are suffering from a financial hardship which leaves the … (3 comments)

decatur: Completed HAFA Short Sales Pass 10,000 Closings - 08/13/11 12:04 PM
According to a recent article from HousingWire, completed HAFA Short Sales have now surpassed 10,000 closings.  Since the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) program was launched in April 2010, mortgage servicers have now completed 10,438 HAFA short sales through the end of June 2011. 
JPMorgan Chase tops the HAFA closed volume list.  The lender has now completed almost 3,600 approved HAFA short sales through the program. In June 2011 alone, nearly 1,000 were completed.
Wells Fargo comes in second place in completed HAFA short sales.  They have completed over 3,100 HAFA transactions.  Of those completed, nearly 700 were done in June 2011 alone.
Bank … (6 comments)

decatur: GA Dream Debt to Income Ratio Limitations - 08/06/11 10:59 AM
For buyers using the GA Dream Down Payment Assistance program, there are a variety of underwriting guidelines that the borrower must meet.  Two of those are credit score and debt to income ratio (DTI).  Like every mortgage loan program, GA Dream has a minimum credit score for each borrower.  They also have a maximum debt to income ratio based on the borrower's credit score.
For all Georgia Dream Loans, the Borrower must meet the following requirements:
Middle FICO Score of 640 or more has a maximum 40/45 DTI 
Middle FICO Score of 620-639 has a maximum 35/35 DTI
 
 
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decatur: 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)

decatur: New, Lower FHA Loan Limits for DeKalb County, GA - Effective October 1, 2011 - 07/10/11 11:04 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 DeKalb County, GA (as … (0 comments)

decatur: How Do Delinquent Homeowners Association (HOA) Dues Affect FHA Mortgages? - 07/03/11 08:22 AM
How Do Delinquent Homeowners Association (HOA) Dues Affect FHA Mortgages?
As part of the FHA condo project approval process, various aspect of the Home Owner's Association must be evaluated.  One such aspect is the delinquency rate of the current owners.  FHA guidelines require that no more than 15% of the total units can be in arrears on their condominium association fee payments.  Arrears is defined as more than 30 days past due.  This does not include late fees or other administrative expenses. The 15% includes all units (occupied, investor, bank-owned, vacant).
Should the delinquency percentage exceed 15%, exception requests may only be considered on a … (18 comments)

 
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