The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bipartisan bill known as the Mortgage Choice Act of 2015. The bill essentially reforms two existing regulations – Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Will the proposed changes benefit the consumer? Let’s break it down.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced they will make significant changes to the FHA’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP). DASP helps to sell mortgages in danger of foreclosure to qualified bidders and encourages loan servicers to work with borrowers to bring the loan out of default.
Effective October 3, 2015, (extended from August 1, 2015) the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will implement a rule intended to reconcile inconsistencies between two federal acts that regulate the mortgage qualification process. The new rule, known as TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID), seeks to simplify standard loan documentation, limit fees charged to consumers, make documentation easier to understand, aid consumers in comparison shopping, prevent surprises at the closing table, and clarify timing requirements for disclosure of final loan terms and costs. Here’s what you need to know about the changes put forth by the new “Know Before You Owe Rule.”
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.
Purchasing a home is an overwhelming experience. So many emotions, decisions to make, financial data to gather, papers to sign, and new vocabulary to decipher. Do you ever feel like the home buying process requires fluency in another language or maybe a secret decoder ring?
It’s smart to begin your search for a new home with a pre-approval letter. The pre-approval is more in-depth then a pre-qualification letter, which does not include a credit analysis. In order to provide a pre-approval, your lender will pull your credit, analyze your income and asset documentation, and calculate your debt-to-income ratio, resulting in a reasonably accurate estimate of your spending limitations. This will give you a good idea of what you can afford and may give you an advantage over the competition.
In areas like the San Francisco Bay Area, where median home prices tend to hover around the million dollar mark, mortgage loan amounts often exceed the conforming and high balance conforming loan limits (respectively, $417,000 and $625,500, in most local metropolitan statistical areas). The ability to offer well-priced, comprehensive jumbo loan programs to meet the needs of buyers in all the regions we service is a necessity here at RPM.
Paying off your mortgage is an exciting financial milestone. But, are you prepared to do it properly? Here’s a simple checklist to guide you through the process.
Recent policy changes from FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are intended to make homeownership a more attainable goal for first-time homebuyers. What are the changes and what difference will they make? For those planning to enter the housing market for the first time, the right opportunity may come sooner than expected due to more favorable guidelines and lower costs.