Are Zero-Down Mortgages a Thing of the Past?

Are Zero-Down Mortgages a Thing of the Past?

“So much has changed” “I miss miss the good old days” “Things aren’t what they used to be” These catch phrases apply to many situations… including mortgages. For those who haven’t gone through the home buying prices for many years, so much  has changed concerning income, assets and credit scoring. One of the things that hasn’t changed is most loan programs require a percentage down to purchase a home. But is there still a  zero-down product out there?  Yes! There are several ways to get a zero-down home loan. USDA Rural Housing programs, VA loans for veterans, and FHA mortgages combined with down payment assistance all achieve the zero-down objective. Here is a rundown of the USDA program and what is...

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Some Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

Some Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

Excited….. Overwhelmed…. These are two emotions often experienced when buying a home. Even more so if you are a first time home buyer. If you’ve already started the search process, make sure you’re not making some common mistakes. Your upcoming investment could end up being a bad decision if you overlook some important facts about home ownership and sign that contract before you’re really ready. Here are some key and common mistakes first time home buyers need to avoid:  Mistake #1 – Searching for the dream home before getting pre-qualified for a loan Save yourself the disappointment of not being able to afford the home of your dreams by getting pre-qualified for your loan before you start house hunting. Instead of...

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What May Stand Between You and Getting a Mortgage

What May Stand Between You and Getting a Mortgage

If you or someone you know has been in the housing market recently, it’s likely you’ve experienced or heard that the process of getting a mortgage can be tough. Since the housing bubble burst (due in large part to just about anyone with a pulse qualifying for loans), the process has become much stricter. There are several things that may stand between you and getting the mortgage you need to buy the house of your dreams. Following are 5 to consider: 1. More Cautious Lenders After endless foreclosures, a recession, and bailouts, the last thing the banks want to do is repeat what happened in the mid-2000’s. As a result, they’re opting on the side of caution when it comes to lending money these days. Today, you’ll discover that lending...

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Don’t Let BLACK FRIDAY Get in the Way of Buying a Home!

Don’t Let BLACK FRIDAY Get in the Way of Buying a Home!

Black Friday is nearly upon us. Newspaper inserts, emails and TV commercials abound with information about the “BEST DEALS EVER!”.  You get to the store before the sun even thinks about coming up only to find that you can get an even better deal if you open a line of credit! STOP RIGHT THERE. If you are in the process of buying a home, or considering doing so anytime soon, we urge you to stop and collect your thoughts for a moment. What the heck does Black Friday have to do with buying a home!? That additional percentage off for opening a line of credit could be a deal-breaker when it comes to purchasing a home. If you are in the midst of the mortgage process with a good lender, you already know that you should hold off on opening  new credit...

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What Exactly Is A Real Estate Appraisal?

Most people know that an appraisal is part of the home buying process.  Do you actually know what the appraisal consist of?  The official definition of an appraisal is “the process of valuing real property. The value usually sought is the property’s Market Value.  Appraisals are needed because real estate transactions occur very infrequently. Not only that, but every property is different from the next, a factor that doesn’t affect assets like corporate stock.  The appraiser usually provides a written report on this value to his or her client. These reports are used as the basis for mortgage loans, for settling estates and divorces, for tax matters, and so on. Sometimes the appraisal report is used by both parties to set the sale price of...

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Little to No Money Down Mortgages Are Still Available!

Little to No Money Down Mortgages Are Still Available!

There is so much talk these days concerning the added income, assets and higher credit score it takes to qualify for a mortgage. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood conceptions out there today suggests home buyers will need at least 20 percent down to qualify for a mortgage. That could not be further from the truth. The truth is, home loans are still available with little to no money down. There are several ways to get a little to no money down home loan. USDA Rural Housing programs, VA loans for veterans, and FHA mortgages are some of these programs Here is a rundown of the USDA program and what is required. USDA Rural Development Home Loans USDA loans are 100 percent zero-down mortgages designed to make it easier for people to buy homes in rural areas of the...

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