Get pre-approved, not just pre-qualified

Everyone knows it is smart to get lender Pre-Approved before starting to look for a home, yet many people are actively looking at homes thinking they are Pre-Approved, when in reality, they are only Pre-Qualified.

Pre-Approved or Pre-Qualified? So what is the difference?

welcome2_FTHB_1As a Loan Officer for over 20-years, I can tell you story after story of people who thought they were Pre-Approved, signed a purchase agreement, gave notice on their apartment, only to be told a week before closing that they were denied.  The vast majority of these people, calling me to see if I can magically help them had two big items in common:

  1. They applied at a bank or credit union
  2. They NEVER supplied the lender with all (or even any) basic supporting documents up front.

Simply put, if you didn’t supply current pay stubs, bank statements, W2’s, and Tax returns, YOU ARE NOT PRE-APPROVED – No matter what they tell you!

Looking to buy a home in Minnesota, Wisconsin, or South Dakota? Don’t have your dream fall apart at the last minute, get properly Pre-Approved for a home loan today.

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Buy a MN Home for as little as $1,000

YES, you CAN buy a home with as little as $1,000homeowners

First Time Home buyer? Down payment and closing cost assistance is available in Minnesota

Lack of down payment money is the biggest problem for most people wanting to buy a house.  Mortgages Unlimited has an amazing program to help most modest income families achieve the dream.

1) Be a first time home buyer (or not owned a home in the past three years)
2) Have a 640 or higher credit score
3) For a family of one or two, make less than $82,900 a year in the metro area
For a family of three or more, make less than $95,335 a year in the metro area
4) Buy a home under $310,000 in the metro area
5) Put “at least” $1,000 of your own money into the transaction.

Of course you still have to meet basic conventional, FHA, or VA loan guidelines.

Loans available for up to 5% of purchase price for down payment and closing costs.

Learn more at http://mnhomesandloans.com/mhfa-startup-program.html

 


Why real estate got into trouble

This is why Real Estate got into trouble…   Not disclosures, not loan programs, not loan officer compensation…

Rather a gimme gimme gimme… I deserve… attitude OF CONSUMERS.

Unfortunately, the lending industry was all too willing to give these folks the money too!

A commercial from the height of the boom…


Stop worring about inquiries on your credit report

Inquiries on your credit report

Plan on getting a home loan soon? Worried about qualifying for a mortgage? Need to get pre-approved to buy a home in Minnesota or Wisconsin? Think your credit score will go down?

For 99% of the people, 99% of the time, you don’t need to sweat a lender pulling your credit report!


FHA Streamline refinance in MN and WI

The FHA Streamline Refinance program.

No appraisal, no closing costs, easy qualifying, and even skip a month of payments.

For FHA properties in Minnesota or Wisconsin, Apply online today

at www.FHA-Streamline-Refinance-MN.com


Low appraisals hurting housing recovery

Story from KARE TV in Minneapolis / St Paul, MN. Story touches on it lightly, but misses the major issue that new mortgage lender / appraiser rules put into place in 2009, known as HVCC (Home Value Code of Conduct), now simply known as the Appraiser Independence rules, are the real problem. Appraisers are the holders of the countries equity, and the new rules have caused trillions of dollars in lost equity.

What do you think?

 


HARP 2 refinance program in MN and WI

HARP 2.0 refinance program details in MN and WI.

St Paul, MN: The much anticipated revised HARP Refinance Program (HARP 2) is now in effect, making it much easier for underwater home owner to refinance their mortgage into today’s low mortgage rates.

The two biggest guideline changes to the HARP 2 program include the POSSIBILITY of unlimited Loan-to-Value and the POSSIBILITY to refinance even if you have Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). This opens up financing opportunities for seriously upside home owners who have kept up with their current mortgage obligations.

There is a LOT of misinformation out there... The reality is NO LENDER ANYWHERE can promise you a HARP 2 refinance approval WITHOUT having a full application and submitting that application through either Fannie Mae or Freddie Macs automated underwriting computers (AUS).

 


Mortgage Interest Rates about to go up due to new HIDDEN tax

All home mortgage interest rates are about to go up due to new hidden tax congress buried into all new mortgage loans.

As part of the deal to extend a temporary reduction in payroll taxes, Congress last month approved a permanent increase in the fees borrowers pay on mortgages backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHA.
The increase is an annual charge of at least 10 basis points – equal to one-tenth of one percent of the loan amount. That’s equal to an additional $300 a year on a $300,000 mortgage, or an additional $25 a month. The increase is proportional, so a borrower with a $150,000 mortgage would pay another $150 a year, one with a $400,000 loan would pay an additional $400, etc.        LOCK NOW

Watch the video from Frank and Brian to learn more, and be sure to COMPLAIN to Washington. Of course this is also a great time to mention the importance of who you select to be President…  DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Thanks Washington…  Nice move


Dont worry about credit inquiries when shopping for a mortgage loan

Shopping for a mortgage loan? DON’T worry about inquiries on your credit report

We’ve all heard it before. Having someone pull your credit will reduce your credit score. Sadly, many people end up making some poor decisions based on half truths, and bad information.

The fear of reduced credit scores with the occasional pull from a creditor is the most annoying, misleading, and misunderstood thing I hear every week in the mortgage business. If you are worried about “inquiries on your report”, this isn’t the concern most people think it is.

What to know about mortgage rate shopping.
Looking for a mortgage, auto or student loan may cause multiple lenders to request your credit report, even though you are only looking for one loan. To compensate for this, the score ignores mortgage, auto, and student loan inquiries made in the 30 days prior to scoring.  So, if you find a loan within 30 days, the inquiries won’t affect your score while you’re rate shopping.  In addition, the score looks on your credit report for mortgage, auto, and student loan inquiries older than 30 days. If it finds some, it counts those inquiries that fall in a typical shopping period as just one inquiry when determining your score. For FICO scores calculated from older versions of the scoring formula, this shopping period was any 14 day span. For FICO scores calculated from the newest versions of the scoring formula, this shopping period is any 45 day span.

Furthermore, inquiries, even under the worst of situations, could only account for 10% of your overall score. Most people should have absolutely NO CONCERN whatsoever about inquiries on your credit report unless you have applied with 10, 15, or even 20 lenders in the past 90-days.

Visit MyFico.com to find out the truth about inquiries and your credit score, and STOP WORRYING!

 


FHA Loan limit changes effective Oct 1, 2011

NEW FHA loan limit guidelines go into effect on Oct, 1, 2011. Don’t be caught
not knowing the new limits. Watch the video.

Click here to search County Loan Limits in Minnesota and Wisconsin and all of the country

FHA Mortgagee Letter explaining the changes

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Technology for Realtors – Are you being left behind?

Are you an old dinosaur Realtor, or do you use all of today’s advanced technology? Watch today’s video, then get you own free gift of technology for your iPhone, Blackberry, or Android phone from Joe Metzler at Mortgages Unlimited.