The Fed’s December announcement of a rate increase of 25 basis points (.25%) was highly anticipated, mostly because the last increase happened a decade ago. The threat of an increase has been looming and now that it has happened, what does the increase really mean to consumers? There’s no reason to panic. Here’s why:
Fannie Mae recently announced changes to conforming loan guidelines and all of the updates are potentially very good news for borrowers. In fact, a recent Forbes article stated that “mortgage financing will become more available to more home buyers as a couple of game changing underwriting guideline enhancements come online.” It’s important to understand what has changed and what it means in terms of qualifying for a mortgage. Here are some highlights:
Purchasing a home is an exciting experience that can also be overwhelming with lots of paperwork, decisions to make, financial data to gather, and a whole new vocabulary to decipher. As with most things, the process and the terminology are constantly evolving to keep up with the changing times. New regulations have resulted in new details to understand about the dynamic process of finding a home and securing financing. To keep you up to date, we’ve updated our previous blog about mortgage jargon to reflect new terminology and forms that have emerged, or gone away, with regulations that took effect on October 3, 2015.
In the mortgage industry, we routinely encounter instances in our day-to-day interactions with clients that make us realize what is obvious to us may not be so obvious to those we serve. As loan advisors, a question we are frequently asked by those shopping for a home and going through the mortgage pre-approval process is, “How long is my pre-approval good for?”
So you’re on the hunt for a new home. What should you do first? You’ve heard you should get pre-approved or pre-qualified, but which is it? Is there a difference? If you’ve ever been confused by the two, you’re not alone. Many people are under the assumption that the two options are the same, but, in fact, there are major differences between the two. Here’s the breakdown…
Know Before You Owe – Tips For a Smooth Mortgage Process
Beginning on October 3, the CFPB’s new “Know Before You Owe” rule, also known as TRID, went into effect. The new regulations will result in some changes to the way real estate transactions are processed. The updates include new forms and timelines that are intended to make the process more transparent and easier to understand. Recently, the Mortgage Bankers Association released a set of guidelines to help educate everyone involved.
Why do you receive so many unsolicited offers after you apply for something like a credit card, or a loan? The answer may surprise you, but the solutions are fairly simple!
With student loans and credit debt at an all-time high, many first-time home buyers wonder if they’ll ever accumulate enough money to meet their down payment. Fortunately, there are ways for cash-strapped borrowers to bridge the gap. Here are some options to consider:
What kind of income documentation do you need to provide in order to qualify for a mortgage? Lending requirements have changed at a rapid pace, largely due to a regulatory environment seeking to prevent a repeat of the real estate collapse. While it used to be good enough to state your income, regulations now require that income be “fully documented”. To clarify, here is a list of the forms of documentation that are used to verify income in the majority of mortgage qualification scenarios in 2015:
You have served your country and now it’s time to use the benefits you have earned. Here are some simple highlights of the VA Home Loan program.