Real Estate Agent with The Residential Group

Are you aware that Self-Help does residential loans? Until recently I thought they were only accepting applications for small business loans.

This may be helpful information for your clients who have "less than perfect" credit. Self-Help still has guidelines, but they may be less stringent that conventional lenders.

The information contained hereafter was obtained from the Self-Help website.

Self-Help Programs

Portfolio Loans

For homebuyers whose financing needs can't be met by other lenders, or homeowners needing to refinance, portfolio loans offer a flexible and fair alternative. Compared to other sub-prime loans within the industry, Self-Help portfolio loans provide reasonable interest rates with extremely low fees and without private mortgage insurance. Based on employment and credit stability, clients may qualify for 90%, 97% and even 100% financing. These loans offer flexibility around such issues as debt-to-income ratios, delinquencies on credit, lack of credit history, and outstanding collections. These loans work well in conjunction with local second mortgage programs. Down payment assistance is sometimes available.

Specialty Loans

North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

First-Time Homebuyer Program

Low and moderate-income prospective homebuyers with a stable credit history will benefit from the below-market fixed rates on these conventional and government loans.

USDA Loans

Qualifying low and moderate-income rural homebuyers may benefit from this 100%-plus
loan-to-value (LTV) option, and still get a low interest rate.

Manufactured Homes

Purchase and refinance loans for existing doublewide homes built after 1994.  Financing up to 95% of the home's value.

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Comments (3)

Greg Wilson
1st Cornerstone Realty - Schaumburg, IL

Hello Lisa.  Thanks for the information.  I had no idea Self-Help provided residential loans.  Now I do.

Dec 14, 2008 06:02 AM
Clark Cook

Lisa, I enjoy reading your posts. I must say for a newbie you are getting off to a great start. I admire your spirit and willingness to jump right in and share information that is relevant. Keep up the good work.

Dec 14, 2008 11:55 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

The flashing background on your blog is a bit problematic on a big IMac - clever but hard to read the blog in the middle.

Dec 17, 2008 04:56 AM