Mortgage Loan News
Don't "Fall" Behind on These Deadlines
This year, colder temperatures aren't the only thing fall is going to bring. There are several important deadlines you need to be aware of, especially if you're thinking of buying or refinancing a home. Here's a summary of what you need to know.
Expiring September 30, 2011: Super Conforming Mortgage Loan Limits
When the economic crisis began a few years ago, the government temporarily increased loan limits in high cost areas across the country because many lenders would have refused to make those loans without the government covering the risk of default. But now these loan limits are due to expire, and this is a big deal because mortgage rates are typically much lower when they are supplied through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
If you are looking to finance a large loan through the government, it's important to act quickly. Get in now or you could be paying higher rates.
That's because when these loans are no longer allowed under Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, they will be considered non conforming (Jumbo) loans, and these usually have a much higher rate because they will be backed by private investors and not Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
In similar fashion, the FHA loan limits that were increased in 2008 due to the economic downturn are also scheduled to revert back to lower loan limits (those determined under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008) for loans insured by FHA on or after October 1, 2011. According to a brief released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in May, this means that "FHA loan limits would likely decline in 669 of the 3,334 counties or county equivalents that are eligible for FHA insurance." If you are planning to finance a large loan through FHA, contact me to see if this upcoming drop in loan limits could impact you.
Expiring October 31, 2011: Home Path Buyer Incentive Offer
Fannie Mae recently extended its HomePath Buyer Incentive Offer, in which buyers may be eligible to receive up to 3.5% in closing cost assistance, through October 31, 2011. To qualify, your initial offer must have been submitted on or after June 14, 2011 and you must close by October 31, 2011. In addition, buyers and/or selling agents must request the incentive upon submission of the initial offer in order to be eligible, and only buyers purchasing a HomePath property as their primary residence qualify.
It's important to note that offers submitted after September 15, 2011 may be difficult to close by the October 31, 2011 deadline.
If you think any of these deadlines could impact you, give me a call or send me an email. I'm happy to answer any questions you have.
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