Here at RPM, we see a fair amount of high loan-to-value mortgage scenarios – meaning lower down payments with more borrowed from the lender. It’s because the real estate values in our service areas tend to be high and it can take a while for buyers to save the funds needed to purchase a home. So 10% down payments (or even less) are not uncommon and we see them across the borrowing spectrum, from the conforming range (below $417,000) all the way to homes exceeding $1 million. Some buyers also need a boost in their income to be able to meet the debt-to-income ratio requirements to qualify for a loan.
We asked our Chief Credit Officer, Gary Scoma, to break it down for us.
FICO is the most widely used credit score. The three major credit repositories, Equifax, Experian and Transunion, work with FICO to develop their scores. But, when it comes to mortgages, FICO is the only credit score that is considered. So, when FICO recently announced it was changing its scoring system, the resulting headlines caused some confusion and debate. Will FICO’s decision to recalculate credit ratings be a boon for the mortgage industry? Some say the changes will not impact consumer credit in any meaningful way. So, what’s the real story here?
If you follow the news surrounding the housing market, you know that the reluctance of millennials to purchase homes has been a contributing factor for holding back economic recovery. New to the world of real estate, millennials face financial challenges that are magnified by factors such as student debt, a tough job market and a lack of credit history to qualify for loans. The vision of a dream home is often more grand than their budget reality.
Corporate culture can sometimes be difficult for companies to define. It’s something employees feel. It guides them through their work day and sets a tone for their experiences working with their company. It’s more than logos and slogans, it’s a unifying force that drives success or failure. But it is not always easy to capture or describe in words. So when Troy Chambers, branch manager of RPM’s Bellevue office, set out to define the culture that was developing around him, he enlisted the help of his team.
For successful real estate agents, a certain portion of their referral business comes from the financial advisors with whom they have built trusted relationships. Financial professionals call on agents first when they have clients who need help with real estate, and there are three key reasons why they want agents to work with RPM:
RPM Mortgage, Inc. (RPM) is honored to have been named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County, a project of the Orange County Business Journal. The award highlights RPM’s corporate culture which has been formed around trust, knowledge and community.
I have said before that I believe the transition in mortgage finance will include short-term pain, mid-term adjustments, and a new era in lending. Now that the Great Recession is behind us and recovery is underway, it is time to recognize and support a very important constituency that has been left out of our economic recovery – self-employed and retired (SE&R) consumers. RPM is leading the way to a new era with our recent release of the Tailored Line of borrowing solutions. The program offers common sense loans for qualified buyers in more segments of the community. It is my sincere belief that within the next few years many other lenders will agree with RPM’s stance that SE&R communities are alive and vibrant. Serving them, as well as other uniquely qualified buyers, with secure loans, is vital to the strength of our economy and our country.
One of the reasons the mortgage business is a rewarding career, is the direct connection to the American dream.
When purchasing a home, a question or concern that comes up either occasionally (or frequently, as the real estate market might dictate) is, “What happens if my appraisal comes in low?” So let’s take a look at the relationship between purchase price and appraised value while also providing some insight into your mortgage options should this dilemma befall your home financing experience.