So, regardless all of the jibber-jabber out of Washington lending is continuing to tighten. I figured I would write just a general overview of some of the significant changes or non-changes here in my blog in case any of these issues may affect you.
First Time Home Buyers: Most of the news for you is good. So much is aimed at finding you and inspiring you to help get the economy moving again, that your business is still in demand. The current change is that banks are looking for a little more investment on your part to ensure that they are making a good investment with you. This doesn't necessarily mean a down payment, but do expect to be accountable for past credit discretions and to able to show paperwork on where you are getting the money to pay for your appraisal, down payment, or other requirements. This can still be a gift from family, but expect to show proof of where you are getting it. More emphasis if being put on the 620 FICO phenomenon on a daily basis. Those borrowers over 620 will succeed on those under will continue to face more and more hardships as time passes. Open new credit...first and foremost. Always continue to strive to a higher FICO by managing current credit properly and you will be fine.
Buying a Home when you already own one: This is where some of the more significant changes have been made over the last year. If you want to move into a new home as your Primary Residence and already own a home, you will come into a lot of restriction. Even if you have a good reason- such as job transfer, more space, or just want better home at a better price. The banks see you as a huge risk of buying a new home and letting the other home go into foreclosure...and rightfully so. This doesn't mean that it can't be done; you will just need to meet the extra requirements. You will need to be able to afford to make the payment on both houses and the rest of your bills within the normal guidelines of 41% of your gross income. You will also need to have 6-12 months of both payments in savings (this can include 401k accounts too, so if you have one that hasn't been raided by AIG or Countrywide you are in a decent position to obtain financing).
Buying and Investment Property: Ah the Catch 22. Affordable prices driving investors to the market and tightening credit restriction driving them away. Well, let's face it, if you do not have some cash to work with you are not in a position to invest anyways. The good news is that prices have gotten so low that putting 25% down on a $30,000 property only means about $10,000 out of pocket including closing costs. If you have taken care of your credit over the years you can borrow most of that from sources outside of the mortgage and still leverage the majority of your investment as long as you can show your invest as liquid for two months prior to the purchase- meaning you can get a loan but have to deposit the cash for a few weeks before you find your property. I understand that Michigan is a down economy but I can't express to you how much I hate seeing Californians being the ones gobbling up our properties when buying the home next door is so much better of an investment for our own neighbors that have the means. Maybe it's time to weigh how much you are losing in your 401k or stock investments against how much risk you are willing to take...think about it people, you are losing cash hand over fist where it is now.
Buying a Second Home: Well, chances are if you are buying a Vacation Home, you have the resources to do so. You will certainly find that it takes a little extra down payment now, but any changes will not be significant enough to dissuade you.
Overall: Things are continuing to tighten, and they will follow this trend for a while. Don't believe everything you hear on CNN, it will not serve you well. Most serious buyers will not feel the crunch anymore than has been happening over the last two years, but those that are getting into the market with timid steps will not succeed. You need to have money down, proof of your benefactors, and as always a steady income. Borrowers that do have the means to repay will continue to qualify.
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