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A Jumbo Rumor That Can Cost You Plenty

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Miami Jumbo Mortgage SecretIf you are a savvy  luxury home buyer looking to take advantage of historically low interest rates and the dramatic price reductions in the high end market dont’ be mislead by the rumor on the street that Jumbo financing is not available.  Several time in the past few weeks I have had knowledgeable real estate professionals call me to ask if it was true that Jumbo financing was no longer available…..nothing could be further from the truth.


The fact is that many mortgage brokers and some lenders no longer have the ability to offering Jumbo loans.  However, those lenders that have the financial strength and know how remain committed to the Miami Jumbo mortgage and luxury home markets. 

But who can qualify? 

This yet another topic that has fallen victim to the Medias’ seeming inability to report facts in favor of reporting misinformation and rumor in an effort to sensationalize all aspects of real estate. 

The fact is that underwriting guidelines of today are very similar to those of the late 1990’s and are in no way unreasonable or unmanageable.  Down payment requirements, documentation standards, allowable property types and residency status appear to be those areas which cause many potential luxury home buyers, luxury home owners and Realtors that service this segment of the market the greatest concern.  Knowing the region specific guidelines for the Miami mortgage market is half the battle. 

The Facts 

If you are buying or refinancing a luxury home and utilizing a Jumbo mortgage which in Miami and most of Florida would be any loan amount above  $417,000 then there are just three primary items to keep in mind. 

  1. You will need to make a minimum of a 30% down payment or have 30% equity in your home in the case of a refinance.
  2. You will need to be able to fully document your income and liquid assets to be used for the purchase or refinance.
  3. Your median credit score will need to be greater than 700. 

The Wells Fargo / HomeServices joint venture provides us with the ability to provide some of the most advantageous Jumbo financing available today.  With interest rates starting in the low 5% range, we offer fixed rate and adjustable rate programs as well as interest only payment features if desired. 

As a Private Mortgage Banker my focus is exclusively on the luxury market and providing jumbo financing solutions to luxury home buyers.  If you have questions regarding the jumbo mortgage market please leave a comment or simply give me a call at 305.960.2671. 

James R. Venney

Private Mortgage Banker

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Charles Fischer
Housing Market Realty - Merritt Island, FL
Professional Real Estate Services


good to see this is still (again) an option.  there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Feb 11, 2009 10:02 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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