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If YOU are a Renter, but Don’t Want to Be …

If YOU are a Renter, but Don’t Want to Be … 
     Day after day, messages via social media and news media constantly show-up regarding the Rent VS Buy debate …

An article I ran across in Forbes today is a prime example.  It offered some rather startling facts regarding the current cost of renting (6/2015).

The headline read … “A Record Number of Americans are Spending More than 30% of Their Income on Rent”.

     Here are 2 statistics from that article that caught my eye: 

     1.  One in five renting households making $45,000-$75,000 a year are spending more than 30% of their income on rent. 

and … 
 
     2.  Meanwhile, it’s good to be a homeowner. The number of households paying more than 30% of their income on housing has declined for three straight years to 39.6 million, or just a quarter of homeowners.
 
     Add the following info and stat from the “How America Views Homeownership” survey into the debate:  
 
  • People who currently rent show a desire to buy homes, with only one in 10 saying they prefer renting over owning    
     So why are so many of today’s Renters not asking questions, seeking guidance, inquiring about home buying, or taking action to buy?
     That’s a question that haunts me as a Chicagoland Mortgage Lender …
     But maybe the survey offers insight:
  • Attitudes about homeownership are positive, but consumers’ misperceptions about credit score, down payment and income requirements persist    
     I can’t address or clear-up every misperception out there with just one post.  So my objective today is simpler:
 
     I want to convince those presently renting … but hoping to buy a home … to contact me or pick-up their phones and call me (or their own local Mortgage Lender).  To get FACTS …
 
     If you’re a Renter and fit any of the following categories:
  • You hope to buy a home, now or at some point in the future
  • You were a homeowner in the past and hope to become a homeowner again
  • You have not had your Credit Scores run by a Mortgage Lender  (Scores/Reports offered by others, such as Car Dealers, Credit Card Companies, online sources can be vastly different from those utilized by Mortgage Lenders)
  • You know your Credit Scores and need help/guidance in improving them
  • You’re tired of renting
  • You have questions regarding what homebuying possibilities and options exist for you
  • A cost comparison/financial analysis would benefit you
  • More …
     
     Make that call or contact:  You may be one of those currently renting that thinks or assumes (incorrectly) they can’t buy a home … but actually can.  I see it often.
     Please note:  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with renting or not wanting to be a homeowner.  That’s not the intent of my message.
     But there IS something amiss, if:  You WANT and HOPE to buy a home … yet pass on your dream of homeownership because of misperceptions, preconceptions, or inaccurate info.
    If that describes you:  I urge you to have a conversation with me soon.
     That conversation holds the key to gaining the facts and answers you need to make sound decisions about buying and renting.
 
     The info/answers gained from your conversation will:
  • Be based on YOUR finances
  • Be based on YOUR Credit Scores
  • Be based on YOUR needs
  • Provide valuable info that can serve as YOUR personal roadmap moving forward
     The info provided will be based on FACTS.  Facts as they pertain to YOU.  Not myths or stories.
     If you’re a Renter, but don’t want to be:  Get facts now … 
     If in need of mortgage answers … or if you’re hoping to Buy or Refinance in Chicagoland, Illinois, or Wisconsin … contact me today!  I’ll put my 37 years of mortgage experience and expertise hard to work on your behalf.
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Disputing Disputed Accounts

Disputing Disputed Accounts

     Have you reviewed your Credit Report and Credit Scores recently?  If not, I urge you to do so.  For a number of reasons.

But if you have:  I applaud you. Did you find a debt, account, or error there though? After finding it, did you contact a Creditor, a major Credit Bureau, or take action to “dispute” the account?

If you’re planning on borrowing money SOON …  I’d advise against disputing an account or error that’s appearing on your Credit Report …

     Mortgage Underwriting platforms have changed their stance on “disputed accounts”.  Disputes used to be seemingly harmless actions.  Not so anymore.  Underwriting changes have made it possible for disputes to hold up … or even prevent … Mortgage Approvals. 

A recent Borrower of mine can sadly attest to that fact …

In my Borrower’s case:  It took hours and hours of phone calls to explain, detail, document, and sort out a dispute.  A dispute originally lodged by the Creditor.

To make this situation even more frustrating, we came to find that the Creditor’s action had been taken in error.  Nonetheless, it cost my Borrower time, stress, and money to straighten it out.  Requests to rush a revised Credit Report come at a cost.

Many times:  The best option for a Mortgage Applicant may be to leave the account “as is” … in error and undisputed.  At least temporarily, while trying to gain Mortgage Approval or while in the Mortgage Process.

     But what if you’ve already taken steps to “dispute” an account prior to applying for your financing? 

First:  Have an in-depth conversation regarding the situation with me or your own Mortgage Lender.

There is no set answer for this predicament.  That’s important to know and remember. A discussion with your Lender will help you find a solution and take action based on yourpersonal scenario.

Secondly:  I may ask that you write the 3 Major Credit Bureaus (Experian, Trans Union, Equifax) AND the Creditor itself, to request they remove the dispute.

Be prepared to take action and follow-up on it.  As your Lender I may provide guidance throughout, but I cannot make requests on your behalf.  That remains the responsibility of the Account Holder.

Understand:  Removal of a dispute may be the best and fastest way to address this issue.  It will also address the changes in Underwriting that I mentioned earlier.

In the case of my client, the Creditor later stated that “they guess they needed to review their policies” regarding the placement of disputes on accounts.  Hearing that was of little satisfaction to my Borrower.  And it didn’t reimburse them for their expenditure of time and money.

I will point out, that this issue could have been avoided had my client checked their Credit Report earlier or on a continual basis, as the dispute had lingered there for years.

 So Bottomline:  Reviewing your Credit Report on a regular (I suggest annually, at minimum) basis is a smart financial move.  And it will eliminate issues from arising in the future during your Mortgage Pre-Approval and Processing.

If you’re thinking of buying or refinancing a home soon, take action now.  Talk to me soon … and check your Credit Report.  Both will make your home purchase or financing go more quickly, easily, and successfully …


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How to Avoid Unwelcome Surprises When Buying a Chicago-Area Condominium or Townhome

     One issue that has cropped-up often throughout the time I’ve been a Mortgage Lender (and continues to do so routinely) surrounds the question …

     Is the property I’m purchasing really a Condominium … or is it a Townhome?
  

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      Just last night, the question came up one more time.  My client, who had been told they were purchasing a Townhome, is in fact buying a Condominium.

     The Legal Description of the property proves it is a Condominium.  The tax Permanent Index Number (PIN) shows the property is a Condominium.  Note:  They signed their Sales Contract before they talked to me.

     As you can guess, my Borrower is not very happy … 

     Calls and emails flew back and forth all night between my Borrower and myself regarding this issue.  Question after question was raised.  

     But no amount of talk, frustration, or wishing things were different will change fact.  The Borrower has contracted to buy a Condominium … even if they thought differently.  Facts and legal documentation don’t lie.  (For additional info, please read my post:  How to Determine if You’re Viewing a Condominium or a Townhome)

      When the Developer platted the property they have contracted for, they legally platted the development as a Condominium Project.  Within a Condominium Project the land is “common land”.  The land on which the Condominium is built is NOT OWNED by the individual Condo owner.

     What distinguishes a Condominium from a Townhome is not building design.  

     Let me say that again …

     What distinguishes a Condominium from a Townhome is NOT the design of the building.  Rather, it is the ownership rights of the land found underneath the building.

     In a true Townhome, the land underneath the building is separately divided and owned by each individual Townhome Unit owner.  Pretty much the opposite of Condominium ownership.

     I strongly suggest:  Everyone considering the purchase of a Chicago-area Condominium or Townhome should personally take the time to:

  • Obtain and Read the Legal Description of the property they are thinking of buying 
  • Thoroughly investigate the type of ownership that will  be received via the purchase of the property they are considering 
  • Do so PRIOR to signing a Contract 

 http://www.genemundt.com     Why does it matter?  Condominium Associations can be, and usually are, more restrictive on rules and regulations as they pertain to use of the property.  Restrictive to the point that a property’s marketability and “lendability” can be affected.
     So it’s very important that you take the time to perform this research.  Get the facts you need to make an educated and informed choice regarding your property purchase.  You don’t want unwelcome surprises when you go to finance your Chicago-area purchase …

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     *  Hoping to Buy, Construct, or Refinance a Condominium, Townhome or Single-Family Home in Will County or elsewhere in the Chicago area?  Contact Me today!  I’ll put my 37 years of Mortgage experience and expertise hard to work on your behalf.
     I can be easily found at:

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Dreaming of Owning a Home? Potential Move-Up Homebuyer? Don’t Be Afraid!

     Two articles I read just this morning addressed the issue of potential home buyers’ fears of rejection as they pertain to mortgage financing.  Each article, also spoke about the many misconceptions the public has that contribute to their fears.

https://1609956119.secure-loancenter.com/FreeConsult.aspx     The statistics quoted in these articles (per a national consumer survey by loanDepot LLC) were somewhat distressing for me as a Mortgage Lender.  The most alarming were:

  •  Nearly half (46%) of prospective homebuyers have not pursued the financing they would need in order to buy a home due to fear they wouldn’t qualify for a mortgage
  • More than half (56%) of all buyers who don’t currently own a home, but want to, indicated they’re not pursuing homeownership because they fear they won’t qualify for a loan
  • Of those who want to buy a home but haven’t tried to because they think they won’t qualify, 53% think today’s qualification environment is tougher than last year.


    And finally …
 

  • Fewer than three-quarters of Americans who fear they won’t qualify admitted they haven’t actually taken any steps to find out for sure


     That last statistic is a particularly frustrating one, as it seems that collectively Mortgage Lenders, the real estate industry, and news media have done a good job of delivering the message (a needed educational one, admittedly) regarding the numbers of steps and larger amount of documentation required of today’s mortgage applicants.  

     But we may have done too good a job.  As the statistics show, potential homebuyers are now intimidated and fearful of the homebuying and mortgage process.  That’s not good … nor is it the reaction we seek. 

     If you are hoping and wanting to buy, you shouldn’t be scared of the process you need to follow to accomplish it.  And you certainly should never be scared of approaching or contacting me or your real estate professional.  You should not be afraid to ask questions or perform some fact-finding.  

     What you find out may surprise you! 
    

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     Recently I wrote a post, What are the Requirements to Qualify for a Home Loan Today?”  It offered many of the basics for mortgages and mortgage applicants as they exist currently (post written 4/28/2014).

     The truth is:

  • Mortgage programs are available that accept Credit Scores (in some cases) as low as 580.
  • You do NOT have to put 20% Down on your home purchase
  • Mortgage Programs exist for 0% Down (VA and USDA-RD loans) or as little as 3.5% Down (FHA financing)
  • According to Ellie Mae:  Credit standards have loosened in comparisons to one year ago.  Approval rates for  applications are almost 3% higher than they were (58% in March of 2014
  • Exceptions DO exist for those that suffered “Extenuating Circumstances” (Foreclosures, Short Sales, Bankruptcy, etc.)
  • Sellers CAN assist with Closing Costs
  • A NO received on your Mortgage Applications doesn’t have to remain a NO indefinitely
  • Mortgage consultations are typically FREE.  Mine, for Chicago area clients, definitely are.

  
     Please, if you’re considering buying a home now or in the future … don’t assume you know an outcome or the answers to questions left un-asked.  Find out for sure if you can buy for the first time or if you can become a “move-up” buyer.   

     Dreaming of Owning a Home?  Potential Move-Up Homebuyer?  Don’t Be Afraid!  Contact me today.  Together we’ll discover what facts and reality exist for you … and then move forward accordingly.

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     *  Hoping to Buy, Construct, or Refinance a home in New Lenox, another Lincoln-Way Community, Will County, or elsewhere in the Chicago areaContact Me.  I’ll put my 36 years of mortgage experience and expertise hard to work on your behalf.
     I can be easily found at:

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Just Like Your Underwear: Credit Needs to be Freshened-Up, Scrubbed, Updated, Fluffed & Changed

Just Like Your Underwear: 
Credit Needs to be Freshened-Up, Scrubbed, 
Updated, Fluffed & Changed 
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     Everything needs to be “freshened up” once in a while.  It need to be given a trim.  Updated.  Fluffed.  Scrubbed-up.  Changed or re-arranged.

     Credit is no different! 

 
     But stop and think about it.  When was the last time you took a good hard look at your credit situation, your credit cards, or Credit Report?  Over a year?  Two?  More?

     Truth is, what worked for you credit-wise in the past, may not be serving your overall financial good now …  

  •  Interest Rates on your credit cards may have risen 
  •  Promotional rates may have fallen off 
  •  Rewards that initially drew you to a specific card, may   have lapsed. 
  •  The credit card company may have updated or dropped the benefits you liked from your card 

     It happens all the time … 

     And your mortgage rate?  The one you might have thought you were doomed to forever because of housing values?  It may actually deserve a second-look.  

     Mortgage Interest Rates have remained low … lower for much longer than most experts thought they would.  And as of this writing, have actually fallen some recently.  Enough that Refinances have come back on the radar for a large number of Americans in many housing markets.

     The airwaves, social media, and news are full of stories that tell of new security breaches. Passwords to banking accounts and websites need to be changed one more time.  We hear of it so frequently, that it’s begun to take on the air of “common occurence”.  

     But it’s not …

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     Your credit and Credit Report are always a “work in progress”.  If you haven’t checked your credit and Report out in the past 12 months, it’s time to now.  You can easily accomplish this on your own.  Just head to: 
 

and request your FREE Credit Report.

     If you want to find out what options exist for you to become a step-up home buyer, or to discover if Refinancing your present mortgage is an option … in the Chicago area, contact me.  Together we’ll run the numbers to find the opportunities that currently exist for you.  

     And if we find your credit and credit scores need improvement, we’ll “freshened them up”, give ’em a trim, fluff, scrub, change or re-arrange them so they’re the best they can be as you head into your financing and the future …

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     *  Hoping to Buy, Build, or Refinance a Home in the Chicago area?  Contact Me Today!  I’ll get you the facts, info, and figures you need to make the best home buying and mortgage financing decisions for you and your future.
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What are the Requirements to Qualify for a Home Loan Today?

What are the Requirements to Qualify 
for a Home Loan Today?    
https://1609956119.secure-loancenter.com/FreeConsult.aspx     Frequently I hear the question …       “What are the requirements to qualify for a home loan today”?     To answer that, I’m first going to list what are considered as foundation requirements for current mortgage loans.  When I say “foundation”, I mean that they are the basic requirements that must typically be met by those seeking financing.  

     The most basic and frequently seen requirements (the foundation of most mortgage approvals) are as follows:

  • Credit:  Middle FICO Scores are used to determine eligibility.  

       MOST standards are:

       Conventional:  620 FICO Score or higher
       FHA:  640 FICO Score or higher.  In some cases, the scores utilized can be as low as 580 to 640 
       VA:  620 FICO Score or higher.  Again, in some cases I have options from 580 to 620 FICO Score available for Veterans
       USDA:  620 FICO Score or higher

  • Employment/Income: *  

       Stable, sustainable employment needed.  Usually a minimum of a 2-Year job history required, unless applicant took their (first) job out of college.  Then education can count towards job history.

      Other types of income can also qualify, such as proven Child Support, Social Security, Pensions, Disability, Income from investments, Self-Employment, and etc.

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  • Down Payment:  

       *  Your Down Payment does NOT have to be 20%.  Let me stress this important point again …  

      You do NOT have to put 20% down on your home purchase.  Financing options exist for those making lower down payments!
 
       No Money Down options (0% Down) still DO exist.  VA and USDA-RD loans are examples of this fact
       3.5% Down Payment – FHA Loans feature this Downpayment requirement
       *  5% or More – Conventional Loans are available for these levels of Down Payment
      *  Mortgage Insurance Programs – These loan programs allow for transactions with 5% to 19.99% Down Payment 

  • Debt-to-Income Ratios: 

      New “Ability to Repay” Guidelines, effective 1/10/2014, require all recurring debt (Mortgage, Car Loans, Student Loans, Credit Cards) to be at or under 43% of Gross Monthly Income.    
       
       Note:  Exceptions can be made regarding this requirement.  The Debt-To-Income Ratios can be greater than 43% for those qualifying Borrowers with: 

  • Good credit 
  • Additional assets (reserves) 
  • Good job histories
  • and for those that RECEIVE APPROVAL IN AUTOMATED UNDERWRITING SYSTEMS FOR THAT SCENARIO

     Knowing and working with the requirements shown above should take much of the guesswork out of the question … “What are the requirements to qualify for a home loan today”?

     But as always, to discover and clearly define what requirements are specific to your personal financial scenario, you need to contact me and talk in depth.  Only through a thorough examination of all the facts, can we answer the questions you have and ultimately reach a conclusion regarding your financing and abilities to buy.

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     *  To start investigating your current options, contact me.   I’ll be happy to answer your questions and assist you with your Chicago area financing needs.

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5 Indicators Point to the Wisdom of Home Buying “Sooner than Later”

5 Indicators Point to the Wisdom of Home Buying
“Sooner than Later”
     Today’s news looks something like this …

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Mortgage Rates Convincingly Higher,  Momentum Shifts

     Those headlines come fast on the heels of Interest Rates recently having taken a slight downward track over the last week or so.  Moving forward, the consensus of experts seems to be (along with these articles) that Rates will move generally upward during the year (2014). 
      Often it’s hard to predict with real accuracy where Interest Rates are headed, especially in these quickly changing times.  Interest Rates, much like gas and oil prices, are like yo yos and rise and fall in tandem with the Financial Markets.  The Financial Markets rise and fall upon the events occurring around the world.  Who can predict those?  

     Here’s a good everyday example of what I’m saying:  Ever go to the store and see the gas price at one level only to come back from the store just minutes later to see it higher?  Things can change in a blink of an eye.

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     So if you’re a hopeful Home Buyer, how are you possibly to know when it’s the best time for you to hop on the “Home Buying Train”?
     A few indicators would point to the wisdom of buying a home “sooner than later”:  
  • 1st Indicator:  The majority of predictions typically point to Interest Rates rising as the year progresses.   Higher Interest Rates = Higher Monthly Mortgage Payments
  • 2nd Indicator:  The prices of homes in many housing markets is on an upward swing.  Higher House Prices = a need for a larger Down Payment and Higher Monthly Mortgage Payments
  • 3rd Indicator:  Recent changes have taken place in the Mortgage Industry, most notably the Qualified Mortgage Rules.  Those entering Home Buying can do so more certain that they will be able to make their payments in the future.
  • 4th Indicator:  Landlords all across the nation are raising rents.  Higher Rental Costs = Less Money Saved.  The old question remains … why pay someone else’s Mortgage or help them build equity?
  •  5th Indicator:  A slightly improved Economy, rising home prices, and fewer delinquencies have eased the stress on Lenders. The result may be more Mortgage Lenders willing to make Mortgages, ultimately making it a bit easier for Home Buyers to finance. 
     At minimum, these indicators should serve as your motivation to inquire as to the options and possibilities that exist for you in financing a home purchase.  It costs you ZIPPOnothing … to obtain the information and answers you need to make your decision.  
     Should you want to buy a home, there is never a better time than NOW to ask those questions.  For FREE, you’ll find out one of two things …
  • You CAN buy … and you get started towards fulfilling your Home Buying dream
  • You cannot buy … and you get started towards building your Credit, repairing and polishing your Credit, or saving for a Down Payment … by following the advice of your Mortgage Lender.  

     Again, it’s FREE to find out, so why not ask?  Either answer gains you valuable info and knowledge.  And either answer moves you in a positive direction and closer to what you ultimately want and hope for.

    5 Indicators Point to the Wisdom of Home Buying “Sooner than Later”.  In the Chicagoland area, contact me today …      

      
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Heading to College? Protect Your Finances Now … and for the Future

Heading to College?  Protect Your Finances Now … and for the Future

     It happens fairly frequently …

https://1609956119.secure-loancenter.com/FreeConsult.aspx     While reading through a potential Mortgage Applicant’s Credit Report, I’ll discover that many of their reported debts and Credit Cards were first established while they were in college.  And now years later, they’re still trying to pay off those debts.

     Yes, it’s true.  The Credit Card Act (signed into law May 22nd of ’09) is supposed to be addressing some of these issues by removing Credit Card companies … and the temptations they offer to college students for applying for cards … from campuses.  

     For those under 21, the Credit Card Act has also made it harder to be approved for a Credit Card.  A parent, guardian, or spouse must be willing to co-sign on a Card … or the applicant must prove that they have sufficient income to pay for their credit obligation.

     These limitations and restraints are helping.  But I can tell you from experience, they’re not eliminating the problem.  Not by a long shot.  

     Ask many of my clients.  When they were in college or under the age of 21, they probably thought Home Buying was a long way off.  Or they might have even thought they weren’t interested in becoming a homeowner.  

     Whether you’re planning on becoming a future homeowner or not, it’s important to remain financially sound while in college.  Having poor credit or large amounts of debt hurts you financially … in the short term and long.  Access to services and the cost of those services (think cell phones/service), rent, car insurance, auto loans, and more are impacted by your debt and Credit Scores.  (Click HERE for a previous post on this subject).   

     So what are the biggest credit and financial issues I see taking root during the college years of Mortgage Applicants? 

  • Student Loans:  Face it, often they can’t be avoided if someone hopes to go to college.  But the amount(s) borrowed can be addressed, as can prophttp://genemundtchicagolandmortgage.blogspot.com/2013/08/tackling-millennial-student-loan-debt.htmler usage of the monies received from these loans.  

     Students must remember that Student Loans must be paid back and cannot be deferred forever.  Think long and hard before your borrow money … for any reason.

  • Lack of Budgeting:  Learning how to budget and then sticking to a budget is important.  Go crazy with your money and Credit Cards now and you’ll be paying for it for a long time after your graduate.
  • Making Minimum Monthly Payments:  Only making minimum monthly payments on Credit Card(s) raises the cost of the money borrowed because of all the interest charged.  Unfortunately, students often do not get the best terms for their Credit Cards.  Interest Rates are typically high.  

      A.  Credit Cards are vital to establishing a good credit history, so I’m not advocating that you don’t apply for a card prior to attending college or while there.  Just use the card(s) judiciously … and wisely.  

     B.  Pay as much as possible off the balance you owe each month.  You’ll save on the interest you’re charged, you’ll pay the balance off sooner, your Credit Scores will build higher, and you’ll be better positioned to buy and borrow for the things you need while still in school … and after you graduate too.

  • Applying for too many Credit Cards: Those offers and bargains offered at the store registers can come back to bite you later.  Stick to 1 or 2 low-limit Cards and pass on opening more.
  • Using the “cash advance” feature on Credit Cards:  Do this only when it’s an absolute emergency.

     So many of the Credit Reports I see are “haunted” … sometimes for years … by my Borrowers’ past expenditures and the poor credit decisions they made while in college.     Don’t let this happen to you (or your child).   

     Protect your financial future.  Establish a budget as part of the college plans you’re making.  Apply sparingly for Student Loans and Credit Cards.  Stick to your budget.  Your financial future will be much better if you do.  And should you decide to Buy a Home, you’ll be much better prepared to do so at the best possible terms …


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Boomerang Buyers: What to do if you see a Short Sale in your Rearview Mirror

  Boomerang Buyers: What to do if you see a Short Sale in your Rearview Mirror

        You’ve probably seen me mention the term Boomerang Buyer in a few of my posts before.  This is a classification of potential Home Buyer that is contacting me more and more often for info, as of late.  As the housing downturn gets further and further in our rearview mirror, I believe that will happen even more often in the future.

     Because of the financial and real estate scenarios that gave birth to the “Boomerang Buyer” moniker, many of the questions I receive today surround the topic of Short Sales … and their effect on Credit Scores.  That certainly was the case with one couple that I spoke to a short time ago.

     As this couple was marrying soon, they also wanted to know how one future spouse’s credit history with a Short Sale would effect their Credit Scores as a couple … and how it would effect them if they made Mortgage Application for a new home purchase soon.

     I pointed out that Credit Scores are based on each individual’s unique Social Security Number and their respective histories.  Each individual has 3 Credit Scores specific to them and them alone. 

     In the specific scenario I refer to, it was the male that suffered the earlier Short Sale.  So moving forward, even after they marry, it would be only his Credit Scores that are impacted and reflect the past Short Sale. 

     The impact suffered on her Credit Scores because of the Short Sale most likely ranged from a 70 point drop in Scores to as much as 200 points.  Actually the “hit” taken by any individual’s Scores depends on their previous Credit rating.  The higher their Credit Score prior to the Short Sale, the bigger the “hit” taken.

     If there were late payments previous to entering the Short Sale and the Mortgage on the former property was “settled for less than full balance owed” … and reported that way to the Credit Bureaus by the Lender … the impact or drop in Credit Scores because of the Short Sale were less impactful.

     It is practically impossible to fully predict the actual number of a Credit drop without knowledge of the Credit History and Credit Scores prior to the occurrence.  But typically, the mere reporting of a Short Sale will mean a “waiting period” for home loan financing for a minimum of one (1) year , but likely longer timelines will be in play.  

https://1609956119.secure-loancenter.com/FreeConsult.aspx     Most likely the minimum wait will be two (2) years, unless the circumstances leading to the Short Sale stemmed from major income or employment hardships.   (See my post regarding “FHA’s “Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstances” Program for further information on that topic.)

     Fact is, “Boomerang Buyers” or those having suffered through financial hardships, need to seek out the guidance and assistance of a Mortgage Lender well in advance of when they hope to buy a home again.  Each client’s financial scenario is (much like their Social Security Number) unique to them.  Individualized analyzation and guidance will be called for.

     Credit corrections, credit repair, and implementation of the advice I provide will move smoothly … but slowly.  Ample time is needed to successfully move forward with a purchase.  So contact me now with your Mortgage questions and needs.  We’ll get started immediately … 
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I Promise to Love, Cherish … and Pay My Bills??

I Promise to Love, Cherish … and Pay My Bills??

    *  Food for thought: 
        According to the 2010 Current Population Survey (conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau), there were about 7.5 million unmarried opposite-sex couples cohabiting in the United States, as well as another 620,000 same-sex couples. The same source reported that married couples account for only 48 percent of all households.

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      More and more often, especially with young, first-time home buyers, I am assisting unmarried partners with their mortgage financing … and I’m seeing huge differences in many of their money-handling styles and skills.   

     While I see it in older couples too, the differences often are far more dramatic in the young.  It’s typically very clear … one partner is the saver, the other is the spender.  The conversations I have with them certainly reflect that too, as do their credit report(s).
    Right now, I am working with a young, unmarried couple hoping to buy their first home and obtain a mortgage Well, I should say … SHE is hoping to buy a home.  I’m not sure about him.  SHE has been the catalyst of each and every call.  Every piece of information or documentation I receive to advance their mortgage comes from HER.  He has been forthcoming with little.  He’s also been very non-committal and evasive with answers.  I’m a bit unsettled about him, to be truthful.
     Now this young couple, may or may not end-up completing their sales transaction.  I say their chances are 50-50 at best right now.  The outcomes depends on how persuasive SHE can be.  And if he quits dragging his feet and finally commits to the process.

 

    It’s just my opinion too, but I think this couple has bigger issues that should concern them.  Their credit reports read like a life story.  While both partners are young, they are old enough to have already established financial outlooks, habits, and distinguishable spending personalities.  Theirs are vastly different on all counts.  Extremes.  And because of that, I see all sorts of problems before them long term.  Red flags screaming out “Warning!” and  “Caution!” 

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    Should this couple hope to have a long, happy, and successful future together, I’d suggest they have a sit-down and talk about their finances … soon.  Possibly even counseling.  I think they need to be honest with each other about their financial histories (something I think she is possibly unaware of … or doesn’t understand the ramifications of) … and their financial goals and dreams for the future. There should be no surprises … no secrets kept between them.

     They, as well as any couple (married or unmarried), should both know, understand, and then commit to what financial responsibilities lay before them. They should also know just how and what they hope to contribute as they move forward together … and how and what they hope the other will contribute as well.  An indepth, lengthy, honest conversation is warranted.

 

      And as unromantic as it sounds, especially for this couple and other unmarried couples, this conversation needs to cover  any future “what-ifs” … and how those “what-ifs” affect them legally, should they part or die.
   Unmarried partners must not assume that the legal options and protections provided them are the same as for married persons.  It is my opinion that protections … legal protections … need to be arranged and put into place for each in this couple.  That is especially so prior to a large financial purchase/commitment, such as this home … or a car.

 

      Unfortunately, I do not see much financial harmony within MY young home buying couple right now … or the likelihood of any real indepth communications between them or any attorney occurring in the near future.  Time will tell if they can make a “go” of this, or not.  I’m hoping they prove me wrong … and all ends-up well.

 

      But I urge anyone hoping to buy a home with someone else, especially as a non-married partner … discuss your plans and goals with one another.  Then talk to a knowledgeable, experienced real estate attorney prior to making the financial commitment of buying a home or other large financial purchase.  Understand and know your options and possible outcomes.  Love and protect yourself enough to take these precautions …  

 

     *  In need of mortgage and credit advice?  Hoping to buy or refinance a home soon or sometime in the future?  Contact me.  I’ll put my 36 years of experience and expertise as a mortgage lender to work for you.  Together we’ll work towards a successful home purchase and find the financial solutions that suit your present financial needs and your future goals.
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