reo: FHA 203K Renovation Mortgage Program Overview/Updates - 02/13/11 05:31 AM
FHA Program Basics
Separate the Fact From the Fiction - The Real Story on FHA Seller Concession Limitations
FHA Minimum Down Payment Increases to 3.5% on Jan 1st
 


FHA 203K Guideline FAQ - Appraisals (Also see Property Conditions)
 

 



FHA 203K Guideline FAQ
 


FHA 203K Guideline FAQ - HUD Homes
Buy a HUD Home in Georgia for Only $100 Down
  


FHA 203K Guideline FAQ - Miscellaneous

 
 


FHA 203K Guideline FAQ - Property Condition
 
 



 
FHA Basic Guidelines
FHA … (0 comments)

reo: USDA Financing Mortgage Program Updates - 10/03/10 11:40 AM
USDA Program Basics







 

USDA Guideline FAQ - Appraisals (Also see Property Conditions)
 


USDA Guideline FAQ - Assets/Bank Accounts/GiftsSelf-Employed???? Acceptable Use of Business Funds for Closing
 



USDA Guideline FAQ - Credit









USDA FAQ - Income/EmploymentBusiness Expense Deductions vs Qualifying for a Mortgage


USDA Guideline FAQ - Loan Limits


USDA Guideline FAQ - Miscellaneous

USDA Announces 2011 Funding Availability  


USDA Guideline FAQ - Property Condition 


New Carpet or Carpet Allowance? 
Please check back for program updates … (1 comments)

reo: FHA Financing Mortgage Program Overview/Updates - 09/28/10 05:07 AM
 
FHA Program Basics
Separate the Fact From the Fiction - The Real Story on FHA Seller Concession Limitations
FHA Minimum Down Payment Increases to 3.5% on Jan 1st
 


FHA Guideline FAQ - Appraisals (Also see Property Conditions)
FHA Appraisal Transfer Changes Effective January 1, 2010
FHA Appraisal Validity Period Change Effective January 1, 2010
 


FHA Guideline FAQ - Assets/Bank Accounts/GiftsSelf-Employed???? Acceptable Use of Business Funds for Closing
 



FHA Guideline FAQ - Condominiums
Getting a Gift for Closing Funds??? - Know the FHA Rules

10 Questions You and Your Buyers Must … (0 comments)

reo: Buyer's Agents, Are You Tired of Unresponsive REO Listing Agents??? - 09/18/10 09:11 AM
Buyer's Agents, are you tired of REO Listing Agents not returning your phone calls and e-mails?????  If you are, then do you part to help out.  Learn more about REO's. 
REO Listing Agents get tons of phone calls on their listings.  In the first few days of a property being listed for sale or the days immediately after a price reduction, activity on the property is typically at its peak.  Just like you and I, they only have xxxx number of hours in the day.  Often times, they get more phone calls and emails that can realistically be responded to.  … (7 comments)

reo: Freddie Mac Adds First Look Initiative to It's HomeSteps REO Properties - 09/15/10 06:19 AM
The Freddie Mac First Look Initiative now gives home buyers 15 days of exclusive access to buy a HomeSteps property as their primary residence.  Freddie Mac announced today that it is expanding the Freddie Mac First Look Initiative on its HomeSteps listings.  The First Look Initiative goes into effect on September 17, 2010.  According to Chris Bowden, Vice President, HomeSteps,  "Expanding the Freddie Mac First Look Initiative emphasizes Freddie Mac's commitment to manage its REO inventory to help stabilize communities, foster affordable homeownership opportunities, and responsibly safeguard tax dollars." What is HomeSteps? HomeSteps is the national real estate sales unit of … (4 comments)

reo: Buy a HUD Home in Georgia for Only $100 Down - 07/11/10 08:26 AM
Buy a HUD Home in Georgia for   Only $100 Down
HUD is currently offering it's $100 Down Payment program on it's Georgia REO properties.  Don't miss out on this GREAT opportunity to purchase a home.  For a limited time, you can purchase a Georgia HUD Owned property using a FHA loan with only $100 down.  The $100 down is instead of the normal 3.5% down payment requirement that is typically required for an FHA loan.  This offer is valid for owner-occupants only.
HUD homes are currently available in nearly every GA county.  To start searching for a HUD home in Georgia, … (0 comments)

reo: Highest & Best - What Does This Mean???? - 06/18/10 01:38 PM
Highest & Best????

Have you lost out on a foreclosure purchase recently?  If so, chances are that you were asked to present your "Highest & Best offer."  When a property has mutilple offers, the REO seller will often request that buyers submit their final offer. 
Multiple offer situations can be common on newly listed properties and those with a recent price reduction.  A property typically has the most activity in the first 5-10 after it is listed or after it has had a price reduction.  When a buyer is deciding on their final offer, its very important to consider all of the … (2 comments)

reo: Purchasing a Condo Using HomePath Financing - 04/03/10 03:07 AM
Using the HomePath program to purchase a Fannie Mae REO has many advantages.  Once such advantage is a simplified procedure for purchasing a condo unit. 

There is no HOA condo questionnaire needed when purchasing a condo that is HomePath  eligible.  Since Fannie Mae initially approved the loan, they are willing to take on the risk of a new loan.  This enables Fannie Mae to move this non-performing asset off of their books.
Fannie Mae does require an HO-6 (walls-in) insurance coverage policy be in place.  While this can come from a master HOA policy, most buyers will find that the master HOA polices do not cover … (0 comments)

reo: Closing Cost Assistance & Appliance Incentive for Fannie Mae Homes - MUST CLOSE BY April 30, 2010 - 03/20/10 02:15 AM
ACT NOW......Time is running out for Fannie Mae's latest offer.  Buyers who qualify for this special offer must close by April 30th. 

Fannie Mae is currently offering a 3.5% incentive* for buyers who purchase and close on a Fannie Mae-owned home on or before April 30, 2010. Buyers purchasing properties listed at www.HomePath.com, that are closed within this period, may receive up to 3.5% of the final sales price for:
Closing costs The purchase of new Whirlpool® appliances by Fannie Mae A mix of closing costs and appliances, at the buyer's discretion, up to the maximum 3.5%. To be eligible for this incentive:
Property sales … (4 comments)

reo: Pre-Qualification Letters: How Valid is Mine? - 03/07/10 05:48 AM
Obtaining a Pre-Qualification letter should be a buyer's first step in the home buying process.  As a home buyer making one of the largest purchases of your life, you need to know the important facts and any potential obstacles....upfront.  The good and the bad needs to be discussed so that an appropriate course of action can be taken should there be issues that need to be addressed. 
 
The issuance of a Pre-Qualification letter should only occur after a review of the following:
Credit report Most recent pay stub Pension, Social Security, or Disability income documentation Last 2 years W-2's and Federal Income Tax returns Most … (4 comments)

reo: Closing Cost Assistance and Appliance Incentive for Fannie Mae Homes - 01/31/10 04:28 AM
Closing Cost Assistance and Appliance Incentive for Fannie Mae Homes
Fannie Mae is offering a 3.5% incentive* for buyers who purchase and close on a Fannie Mae-owned home between January 28 and April 30, 2010. Buyers purchasing properties listed at www.HomePath.com, that are closed within this period, may receive up to 3.5% of the final sales price for:
Closing costs The purchase of new Whirlpool® appliances by Fannie Mae A mix of closing costs and appliances, at the buyer's discretion, up to the maximum 3.5%. To be eligible for this incentive:
Offers must be accepted on or after January 28, 2010 Property sales … (2 comments)

reo: Fannie Mae First Look Initiative - The Owner Occupant Advantage - 01/30/10 10:27 AM
Buyers.....tired of submitting offer after offer after offer, only to lose out to a cash offers from investor buyers?  Well, relief is on the way for Fannie Mae REO properties.
"First Look is designed to provide owner occupants and buyers using public funds a "first look" at Fannie Mae homes. Under First Look, Fannie Mae will only consider offers from owner occupants and buyers using public funds during the first 15 days a property is listed in the local multiple listing service (MLS). If the property is still for sale on the 16th day, investor offers may be submitted and will … (7 comments)

reo: HomePath Financing for Fannie Mae REO's - 01/31/09 02:54 AM
Introducing Prospect Mortgage's newest REO program, HomePath® Mortgage.
Fannie Mae is now rolling out their new HomePath® program specifically for Fannie Mae REO properties.  Prospect Mortgage is pleased to be one of only a handful of lenders nationwide selected to participate in this special financing program. 
HomePath® Financing Highlights

This special financing is available exclusively on Fannie Mae homes with the HomePath logo
Search for Fannie Mae REO's at http://reosearch.fanniemae.com/reosearch/.
Call or e-mail for complete details.
(29 comments)

reo: FHA Minimum Down Payment Increase, As it Applies to 203K - 12/30/08 04:13 AM
Beginning Jan 1st, 2009, the minimum down payment on all FHA purchase transactions will increase from 3% to 3.5%.  As the mortgagee letter states, "limit the total FHA-insured first mortgage to 100 percent of the appraised value, and require the inclusion of the upfront mortgage insurance premium (UFMIP) within that limit."  This does not mean that FHA is 100% financing, but rather the 96.5% LTV + the Upfront MIP (normally 1.75%) must be less than 100%.  Since 203K will go to 110% of the appraised value, the 100% limit does not apply.
Specialty products with higher LTVs: Section 203(k), Section 203(h) for … (3 comments)

 
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