No Brainer | Pre-Approval Is The Smart Choice

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happyYou know that getting pre-approved for a mortgage loan before you even start shopping for a home is the smart move.

When a lender pre-approves you—telling you exactly how much mortgage money it is willing to lend you—you know how expensive a home you can truly afford. You won’t waste time looking at residences that fall outside your price range.

But how do you go about getting pre-approved? Fortunately, the process isn’t overly complicated.

1. Contact a lender that offers loans in the area where the property is located. Ask about interest rates and fees. If you’re comfortable, explain that you’d like to get pre-approved for a mortgage.The lender will ask to run your credit. Give your permission. Your credit scores determine the interest rate for which you might qualify—if you qualify for a mortgage loan at all.

2. You will need to provide financial documents that prove your income. Documents will include your last two paycheck stubs, last two months of bank-account statements, last two W-2 forms and, maybe, copies of your tax returns from the last two years.

3. All this information will then be sent onto the underwriting team, which will study your finances to determine how much of a lending risk you are. Once the underwriting team finishes its study, your lender can tell you exactly how much they are willing to lend you.

4. Finally, your lender will send you a pre-approval letter that will state this amount. Now you’ll know not to look at $300,000 homes if you can only qualify for $200,000 in mortgage money.

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Want To Save Big Dollars? Pay Your Mortgage Bi-Weekly

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river2We get it. No one really enjoys making a mortgage payment each month. But here’s a secret: You can shorten the length of your mortgage loan without refinancing your loan to a shorter term.

You simply have to make bi-weekly payments.

Here’s how this works: Normally, you’ll make 12 mortgage payments a year, one each month. If you owe $1,000 on your mortgage each month, you’ll make 12 mortgage payments for a total of $12,000 a year. But if you split your payment into bi-weekly payments, you’ll pay $500 every two weeks.

This pays off in a big way: Because there are 52 weeks in a year, you’ll make 26 bi-weekly payments. That is equal to making 13 monthly payments in a year. That’s right, with the bi-weekly mortgage payment, you’d make one extra mortgage payment each year than you would when paying 12 standard monthly payments.

Bi-weekly payments reduce the payoff time of your mortgage loan. The number of months you chop off your mortgage varies depending on the size, interest rate and length of your loan. If you are paying off a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage loan of $180,000 with an interest rate of 4%, you’ll pay off your loan in 25 years and 11 months, eliminating four years and one month of payments. That means you’ll also save more than $20,000 in interest during the life of your loan.

Those are some compelling reasons to consider a bi-weekly payment plan. Call us today if you are interested. We’ll walk you through the process and help you make the right decision for your financial situation.

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HEAVENLY Why You Don’t Need An Angelic Credit Score To Get A Loan Today

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You can get a Wilmington NC mortgage loan today even if your past financial habits have been more devilish than angelic.Here’s a look at the steps you can take this year to boost your odds to qualify for a home loan, even if your three-digit credit score isn’t as sky-high as you’d like.

Boost your income, cut your debts: The most important guideline associated with the new Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule might be the one relating to your monthly income and debts. According to the QM rules, a mortgage can only be considered a qualified one if borrowers’ total monthly debts—including their estimated new mortgage payment—equal no more than 43% of their gross monthly income.

So if you want to convince lenders that you’re a good risk, work to improve your debt-to-income ratio. You can do this by either boosting your monthly income or eliminating some of your monthly debts. The lower this ratio is, the more attractive you’ll look to mortgage lenders, even if your credit score isn’t perfect.

Consider An FHA Loan: A mortgage loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) does come with some extra costs. But it also comes with some big benefits for credit-challenged consumers. You can qualify for an FHA loan even if your FICO credit score is as low as 500. Of course, a higher score is better. If your score is at least 580, you can take out an FHA loan with a required down payment of just 3.5% of your home’s final purchase price. If your credit score is under 580 but at least 500, you can still qualify for an FHA loan, but you’ll need a down payment of at least 10% of your home’s purchase price.

Your credit score makes a big difference in how much down payment is required. Consider a home that costs $150,000. A down payment of 10% will cost you $15,000. One of just 3.5%, though, will cost you a much more affordable $5,250.

Be Willing To Pay More In Interest: Mortgage lenders generally reserve their lowest interest rates for those borrowers whose FICO credit scores are 740 or higher. If your score is lower, though, this doesn’t mean you won’t qualify for a mortgage loan, but you will have to pay a higher interest rate. If your score is 740, for example, you might qualify for an interest rate of 4.25% on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan of $200,000. But if your FICO score is just 640, you might have to take an interest rate of 5.5%—or higher—on the same loan. A higher interest rate will mean a higher monthly mortgage payment.

If your interest rate on that 30-year fixed-rate loan of $200,000 is 4.25%, you’ll pay about $983 each month in interest and principal. (This doesn’t include any money you’ll pay each month for property taxes and homeowners insurance.) If your interest rate on the same loan stood at 5.5%, your monthly payment—minus insurance and taxes—would be about $1,135.

Boost That Score: If your score is too low, of course, you will struggle to qualify for a home loan. But you can take steps to boost that score. Pay all your bills on time. Reduce your credit-card debt. If you gradually build a solid credit history, your score will rise. Just be patient. Boosting a credit score isn’t complicated, but it does take time. Expect to spend at least nine months to move your weak credit score high enough so that you’ll look like an angel to mortgage lenders.

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The Big Decision | Four Key Benefits That Come With Every Mortgage Loan

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It’s a big decision: Taking on a monthly mortgage payment is no small matter. That payment will probably become a homebuyer’s biggest expense. And what if you can’t pay on time? Get sick? Lose a job? Divorce? You could see your credit score plummet.But there’s another side to taking on a first mortgage loan. Not only does such a loan allow a renter to become a homeowner—that mortgage also brings with it several financial benefits, everything from big savings at tax time to a boost in your credit score.If you’re debating whether it’s time for a mortgage loan—or know someone who is—peace of mind comes from understanding the benefits of that loan.

Mortgage interest deduction: Tax time is no fun. But if you are paying off a mortgage loan, your tax bill might become smaller. That’s because the interest you pay on your mortgage loan is deductible on your income taxes. You can deduct the interest on up to $1 million worth of home-mortgage debt, whether that debt has helped you buy a first home or a second one. You can only claim this deduction if you itemize your taxes, and you’ll have to determine if it makes more sense to take the standard deduction. But for many new homeowners, the mortgage-interest deduction is a welcome financial relief at tax time.

The power of equity: When you pay down your mortgage loan, you build up equity. For instance, if your home is worth $250,000 and you owe just $150,000 on your loan, you have $100,000 worth of equity in your home. You can tap into that equity through a home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC) to fund anything from home repairs to college tuition to a cruise around the world. Interest on equity loans of up to $100,000 is also tax deductible. Just make sure you pay your home equity loan or line of credit back on time; if you don’t you could lose your home.

A credit boost: You might never pay your insurance bills late. You might never miss a utility bill or a cable payment. But these regular payments most likely won’t boost your credit score. That’s because they aren’t reported to the three national credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. And only TransUnion and Experian have begun collecting rental payment information. But one payment that is always reported to the credit bureaus? Your monthly mortgage payment. If you continually pay this bill on time, you can watch your credit score rise at a steady clip. And today, having a high credit score is a necessity when you want to take out additional credit at low interest rates.

Control: If you rent, your landlord can raise your monthly payment whenever your lease comes to an end. If you take out a fixed-rate mortgage loan, though, your monthly payment will fluctuate only slightly over its lifespan. That’s because your principal and interest payments are set when you take out a fixed-rate loan. All that can change is the amount you pay for homeowners insurance and property taxes, which is why your mortgage payment might rise or fall slightly during its life. This gives you more control over an ongoing, large monthly expense, and can make budgeting an easier task.

 

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LOWER RATE: Seven Smart Ways To Reduce Your Mortgage Rate

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Predicting interest rates in today’s economy is at least as hard as winning in Las Vegas. But even if rates are on the rise, there are a number of options you can exercise to get the lowest rate possible on your home loan. Consider the following strategies.

1. Consider An Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)

{short description of image}Even though the rate on your loan may fluctuate, an ARM will allow you to enjoy a lower monthly payment at the outset. Traditional ARMs adjust every year, but ARMs now exist to suit just about everyone with 3- and 5-year adjustment periods, even a single adjustment at the 7-year mark.

2. Float Down

Financial products introduced recently will lower your rate if market rates fall, but won’t raise it if rates creep up again.

3. Quick Close

If you can settle on your loan quickly (say, 30 days or less), some lenders will agree to shave percentage points off your rate.

4. Lock In

If you fear rates are going to rise, lock in early before they do. Some lenders allow a float-down option, but with an up-front fee.

5. Pay Points

If you’re willing to pay some interest up front (known as points), you can get a fixed-rate mortgage with a lower interest rate.

6. Stay Awhile

If you agree to keep the same loan for five years or longer, some lenders will cut their interest rate. If you do move or refinance before the agreed-upon deadline, you may have to pay a penalty of about 1% of your loan.

7. Use Good Credit To Negotiate

Do you have A-1 credit? If so, you’re a hot commodity for lenders. They may even be willing to reduce closing costs to get your business. If interest rates are firm, ask for a reduction in fees for document preparation, processing, courier services, copying, underwriting, appraisal or application. Other reductions might include: fewer or no points, lender’s attorney’s fee, commission rate (for mortgage brokers) and the credit check fee. On an adjustable rate mortgage, ask for a lower starting rate.With so many options available, you may need a professional to help you choose the best program for your situation. Call us today to see what’s available in your area.

 

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