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  • Wed, Jul 30th 2014, 00:21

    What we don't know but should know about Hispanic market and Real Estate.

    Many of us are unaware of how powerful the Hispanic market has become throughout the years. Especially, how powerful they are in the real estate field. After the economic hardship and the unprivileged services Latinos received when acquiring homes, Latinos are ready to be the leading market for home ownership.

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  • Fri, Aug 8th 2014, 01:44

    Buying a home? Beware of Red Flags

    When considering a home, you must leave no stones unturned. But, how exactly are you supposed to know if it’s an underlying problem with the home or if it’s just a cosmetic problem? The following are some of the major red flags in home buying.

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  • Fri, Nov 6th 2015, 16:13

    What is a prequalification

    What is a prequalification?

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  • Tue, Nov 10th 2015, 17:59

    Non Traditional Credit

    What is non-traditional credit & how do I qualify for it?

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  • Mon, Nov 16th 2015, 15:54

    1099 employer

    How do I qualify if I am a 1099 employer?`

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  • Tue, Nov 17th 2015, 16:14

    8 myths about credit

    Learn 8 myths about credit and find out which ones are true or false.

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  • Tue, Nov 24th 2015, 14:50

    What are you waiting for? Buy today!

    Why wait to buy a house? Find out the benefits and why you should buy now.

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  • Tue, Nov 24th 2015, 19:59

    What is debt to income ratio?

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  • Tue, Dec 15th 2015, 18:13

    What is a mortgage?

    A mortgage – a loan to finance the purchase of your home – is likely the largest debt you’ll ever take on. A mortgage is actually made up of several parts – the collateral you used to secure the loan, your principal and interest payments, taxes and insurance.

    Since most mortgages last 15 to 30 years of monthly payments, it helps to understand the working parts.

    Collateral

    When you agree to a mortgage, you’re signing a legal contract promising to repay the loan plus interest and other costs. Your home is collateral for that loan.

    If you don’t repay the debt, the lender has the right to take back the property and sell it to cover the debt, a process known as foreclosure. In a foreclosure, you will lose your home and you will likely damage your credit rating, affecting your ability to buy a new home in the future.

    Principal and Interest

    The principal is simply the sum of money you borrowed to buy your home. To lower your principal amount upfront, you can put down a percentage of the home’s purchase price as a down payment. Typically, lenders require you to make a down payment equal to 20 percent of the home’s purchase price to get a mortgage.

    Interest is what the lender charges you to use the money you borrowed, usually expressed as a percentage called the interest rate. In addition to the interest rate, the lender could also charge you points and additional loan costs. Each point is one percent of the financed amount and is financed along with the principal.

    Principal and interest comprise the bulk of your monthly payments in a process called amortization, which reduces your debt over a fixed period of time. With amortization, your monthly payments largely go toward paying off the interest in the early years, and gradually reduce the principal later on.

    Taxes

    In addition to your principal and interest, your mortgage payment will likely include taxes. The taxes are property taxes your community levies based on a percentage of the value of your home. These taxes generally go towards financing the costs of running your community – for example, to build and maintain schools, roads and other infrastructure, and to provide certain public services.

    Generally, if your down payment is less than 20 percent, your lender considers your loan riskier than those with larger down payments. To offset that risk, the lender sets up an escrow account to collect those additional expenses, which are rolled into your monthly mortgage payment.

    Even if you don’t have an escrow account, you’ll likely have to pay property taxes as long as you live in your home.

    Insurance

    Lenders won’t let you close the deal on your home purchase if you don’t have home insurance, which covers your home and your personal property against losses from fire, theft, bad weather and other causes.

    If your home is in a federally designated high flood-risk zone within a flood plain and you are signing for a federally insured loan, federal law mandates that you must buy flood insurance.

    If you choose a conventional loan and put down less than 20 percent of your home’s total value at closing, your lender will likely require you to pay private mortgage insurance.  PMI protects the lender from you defaulting on the mortgage. You will have to make PMI payments for two years or until your mortgage balance shrinks to 78 percent of the home’s original purchase price.

    If you choose a loan backed by the Federal Housing Administration, you will have to pay mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance works the same as PMI, however, you will have to make these payments for 11 years or for the life of the loan, depending on your loan terms and down payment amount.

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  • Tue, Jan 5th 2016, 19:43

    Buying a house requirement quiz

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  • Thu, Jan 21st 2016, 00:58

    How to calculate your income for qualifying purposes

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  • Thu, Jan 28th 2016, 17:33

    The Great Advantage of Home Loans (and why you shouldn't compare them to car loans

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  • Thu, Jan 28th 2016, 17:59

    The big error you are making if you are a 1099 employer!

    Most of us work hard... very hard. We run our own businesses or work as contractors, and we get paid in cash, thus getting a 1099. When we look at our annual income, we generate enough to meet our family and entertainment needs. Many of us also keep some money for savings or retirement. We are going really well. However, each year we try to pay as little tax as possible through deductions. The more we earn, the more we want to keep. That's why we don't blame you but understand you. If the law gives you that option, you can use it, can't you?

    But if you want to buy a home, there is a big problem when it comes to reporting too many deductions on your income. And which one is that? Reporting so many deductions when paying your taxes strongly reduces your personal income for that year. When buying a home, the lender pays more attention to your personal income rather than the business itself, and he will require your tax returns for the past two years. After examining them, he will realize that your income might not be high enough to pay off a mortgage. We've seen several examples in which our customers annually earn $100,000 or more, but after all the deductions reported (with the help of their accountants), they manage to prove an annual income of only $10,000 or even less. There is a big difference between what you actually earn and what you report.

    If we put ourselves in the lenders' shoes, we would better understand it. They want to help you to buy a home and know that you generate enough to pay, for example, $1,200 per month for rent. They are required to consider taxes reported; then they'll realize that you "generate" (according to certain taxes) only $833 per month ($10,000 per year divided by 12 months). With such a low income, no lender will lend you money because you will also have to consider other personal expenses like food, transportation, water, electricity, among others.

    If this is your case and you would like to buy a home, we want to give you some tips that will help you a lot. If you follow these simple steps, you will finally buy your house and give your family the home they deserve. Once you have the opportunity to pay taxes this year, let your accountant know yours plans for buying a home. They will understand that reporting too many deductions on your actual income is not convenient when qualifying for a loan. In this way, you will show a higher income, so the lender can determine your monthly installments to pay off the mortgage (home loan). You could ask your accountant to help you amend your last year's tax returns to show a higher income on the last taxes. If you decide to do this (amend last tax returns), you might have to pay taxes for the last year; the advantage is that this allows you to buy a home without waiting another year. Then, you can give your family what you've always longed for: a house that you'll finally get to call 'Your Home'.

     

     

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  • Tue, Feb 2nd 2016, 03:49

    Documents needed for a pre-approval

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  • Tue, Feb 2nd 2016, 19:37

    Inspection Vs. Appraisal

    Inspection vs. Appraisal

    Home inspection is performed to protect the buyer from purchasing a house with structural defects and other major problems. Home appraisal aims to protect the lender from paying more than the house is worth.

    What is home appraisal?

    The bank demands that a property has to be appraised for determining its market value. The lender hires the appraiser, who inspects the home visually to identify those aspects that can increase or decrease its value. In addition, the appraiser takes into account the house's location, its area in square meters, and selling prices of houses similar in size and area. The home appraiser usually addresses evident or observable aspects.

    Unlike a home inspector, an appraiser does not test mechanical systems and appliances. The appraisal helps the lender to determine how much to lend according to the value of the house: what type of loan to offer, how much for the down payment will be needed, and in many cases, what the interest rate will be. The buyer must obtain a copy of the appraisal. Remember that while the lender orders the appraisal, the buyer pays for it, usually within the closing costs. The fee can cost several hundred dollars. A home inspector can save you from making a bad purchase.

    What is a home inspection?

    A home inspector, hired by the buyer, focuses on the "guts" of the house. He or she assesses the general condition, paying attention to mechanical systems —such as plumbing, electricity, heating, and cooling— as well as major appliances. An inspector determines if the house needs repairs and if there is any health or safety problem. A home inspection is highly recommended, though not required in most closing processes. The inspection may cost a few hundred dollars and can take three or four hours. If possible, plan to be present at the inspection.

    Make sure to read the inspection report, which should be exhaustive and easy to understand. It must include all the inspector's findings, along with pictures and diagrams. Remember, however, that an inspection is not a warranty, so there is no guarantee that all the problems of the property will be repaired. Most inspection reports find some areas that need attention, but if the issues are major, you may use the report to renegotiate your original offer for the house.

    Before hiring a home inspector or appraiser, make sure they hold a license issued by the State where they work, as they are required to follow certain regulations. Most, but not all States, require home inspectors to be licensed. Make sure the person you hire is properly experienced and, preferably, certified.

     

     

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  • Wed, Feb 3rd 2016, 16:48

    Why do you need renters and homeowners insurance

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  • Thu, Feb 4th 2016, 01:08

    The dilemma people with Tax Id have

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  • Thu, Feb 4th 2016, 01:15

    3 Ways to use your tax refund to buy a house

    Three Ways to Use your Tax Refund for Buying a House

    "TAX TIME!" For many, this is one of the best financial moments of the year because they get a tax refund on their income tax. Of course, we don't all have the same opportunity, but this is an exciting time for W2 employees.

    How much will I receive? Which debt can I pay off with that money? What can I buy?

    We have several options. As we want our customers to buy homes, we continue our mission, so we are going to teach you 3 ways to use your tax refund for buying a new house.

    1. Down payment: Typically, our customers are qualifying for loans with a minimum of 3.5% of the house value. That extra money would be very convenient here.

    2. Inspection: When your purchase offer is accepted, the bank will demand that you hire an inspector who will check that the house is in good condition. Believe me, it will be money well invested because you should consider several things before taking possession of the property.

    3. Closing costs: Just prior to taking possession of the house, the transaction will be done by a lawyer or a title company (depending on the state). If the seller didn't cover some of any of those commissions, you could also use your tax refund here. Without that, you won't manage to reach the goal.

    As you can see, there are many ways to use that money for buying a home. We hope these three options help you to understand how your tax refund could be used to have stability and finally get to make the purchase you have always dreamed of. Come on, get that extra money or buy your house.

    For more information sign up here or call 1-866-200-5250.

     

     

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  • Thu, Feb 4th 2016, 01:27

    The most common error that can get you your mortgage denied

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  • Thu, Apr 14th 2016, 14:46

    How do I pick a good loan officer/originator?

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