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FHA Reduces Monthly Insurance Rates | What Does That Mean For Home Buyers?

January 13, 2017 By Chris Graves, Mortgage Broker

The beginning of the new year comes with some BIG news for first time home buyers. FHA announced reduced monthly mortgage insurance rates for FHA loans starting January 27, 2017. This will reduce monthly payments for FHA buyers or allow them to qualify for a higher priced home. Here’s what you need to know about this change.
New Reduced Monthly Mortgage Insurance Rates for FHA Loans

The mortgage insurance rate on FHA loans is based on a the purchase price, down payment amount, and term. Most FHA buyers obtain a 30 year loan for under $625,500 and make a down payment of less than 5%. In this case, the monthly MI rate drops from 0.085% to 0.06% per month. On a $400,000 loan, this results in a $100 per month savings. Buyers making a down payment of 5% or more will see rates drop from 0.08% to 0.055%.

For loan amounts above $625,500, the savings is even greater. Loans with 5% down payment will drop from 0.1% to 0.06%. Lower down payment loans will change from 0.105% to 0.06%. On a $700,000 loan, this results in a $315-$420 per month savings.
Effective Date of Reduced Monthly MI Rates

In the past, FHA home loan changes were dependent upon the date that a case number was issued. This is not the case with the reduced monthly mortgage insurance rates for FHA loans starting January 27, 2017. All loans disbursed on or after that date will receive the new lower rate. The date that funds are disbursed is not always the same as the closing date. Contact your lender for details. If you have a loan scheduled to close this month, it may be worthwhile to look into altering the closing date in order to receive the new reduced monthly mortgage insurance rates.

Want to learn more? Need to get pre-approved? Learn more about Chris Graves Mortgage Services @ http://chrisgravesmortgageexpert.com

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How Do I Sell My (Massachusetts) Home If It Needs Fixing?

How do I sell a home if it needs significant repair? If by significant you mean you have foundation issues, there’s water damage, the roof is bad, you have bad tenants, it would be a bad situation. In that case what you’re looking for is you don’t want your typical realtor, you don’t want your typical buyer. Typical realtor, typical buyer is probably going to present you with a sign in the yard, open house, a lot of people doing showings, coming through your property. That’s probably not what you want. It’s probably not a safe environment, it’s probably not an environment that you want to have a realtor coming in and taking photos of and posting them all online.

What you are looking for in your situation if it’s a home with significant repair needed is a renovation specialist. You’re looking for someone to come in who understands how to buy homes that need repair, that have their own money, that don’t need a bank appraisal. These renovation specialists are also not going to do home inspections. They can close quickly if that’s what you’re looking to do. They are professionals at renovating homes that need a lot of work. At the Mandrell Company we have a long list of these professionals, professionals that we’re working with and contacting on a regular basis.

If you are in need to sell a home or if you are in possession of a home that needs significant repair, you are looking to sell, we would love to connect you with these professionals. They are looking to create a win/win situation. They want to make sure that everyone involved, as well as the Mandrell Company, we want to make sure everyone involved comes out on the other end satisfied, happy with the solution that was achieved. These renovations specialists can make you an offer on your property within 48 hours. The offer would be cash. Again, they can close quickly if that’s what you need.

If you do have an interest please give us a call. You can reach us at 617-297-8641 or you can contact us through email at contact@mandrellco.com. You can also visit our website at mandrellco.com or the easiest way would be to click on the link below in the video description or the learn more button to your lower right hand side. Again, we’d love to work with you. Hopefully we can come up with a win/win solution for your home if it needs significant repair. Please reach out to us and we’ll see what we can do. Thanks.

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What’s Up With Woburn Real Estate? Check Out These #’s

Are you a current or aspiring landlord in Massachusetts? No matter how many years you have in the rental business, fully understanding your local market is one the most important thing you can do to ensure your long-term success.  Receiving regular market updates will help you determine when’s it time to buy and when it’s time to sell. It will also allow you to see what your apartments rent for in comparison to your neighbors. Should you be increasing rents?

Here are Woburn’s multifamily sales and rental market statistics over the last 6 months of 2016.  

Total Multi-Family Listings SOLD: 9

Average Living Area by Square Feet: 2,594.00   

Average Listing Price: $521,735   

Average DOM (Days on Market): 37.87 Days 

Average Sales Price: $515,880

Average Rent for 1 Bedroom Units: $1,238

Average Rent for 2 Bedroom Units: $1,879

Average Rent for 3 Bedroom Units: $2,274

Average Rent for 4 Bedroom Units: $2,422

Want to get a FREE Sales and Rental Market Report for your specific area(s)? Just send a quick email to Contact@MandrellCo.com to receive your monthly report. In the title put the words “FREE Boston Sales Statistics” and in the body, add the up to 3 areas you’d like to receive data for. Your name and email will be added to the next monthly reporting cycle. It’s that simple to stay up to date and ahead of the curve!  

Please call us directly at 617-297-8641, for custom reports or questions above the data provided.

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How To Think Like An Investor When Purchasing Your Home

How To Think Like An Investor When Purchasing Your Home

Friends and family come to me all the time asking my advice on how to make sure they are making a good investment when they buy a new home. Some home buyers inadvertently luck out, buy in an area that happens to explode within a few years of their moving there, make a few improvements, and sell their home for twice what they bought it for just a few years prior. This is wonderful when it happens, but it is largely due to luck and timing. Other buyers get the short end of the stick and find that their home has not gained any significant value in the last 4 years and they are hardly going to break even after closing costs.

Many people don’t realize that buying a single family home to occupy is not likely to be an investment per se, meaning you are not likely to actually make much money on it, unless you are smart about it. You can’t control the market, but you can try to avoid making a bad purchase by following a few simple guidelines.

1) Plan to live in it for more than 6 years. If you are not sure you are going to stay long term, it might not make financial sense to buy unless you are doing so simply because you want to have your own place where you are the boss and might have a better quality of life than in a rental property. However, you shouldn’t count on making any money when you sell. Depending on appreciation in your area, your home might not gain value fast enough to make up for the large chunk of money you will spend on closing costs when you sell. Plus you will be spending money on maintenance and up-keep while you are living there—if you don’t, you can certainly expect your home to lose value due to wear and tear. Depreciation is just as real a factor as appreciation.

2) Never buy a $500k home in a town with a median home value of $200k. If you want your home to sell quickly and for a good price, buy at or below the median value for your area. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to sell a home that is too expensive for the average homebuyer. If most buyers in your neighborhood are looking for a 3 bed 2 bath home in the $200k range and yours is a 5 bed 3 bath home for twice as much as the typical buyer in your town can afford, it is probably going to take longer to sell. When you get farther out of the big cities, real estate markets are not so fast and furious and salability becomes a real concern.

3) It is always better to buy the worst house on the best block, than vice versa. As the old adage goes “location, location, location”: if you want your home to gain value and sell quickly for a good price when you move, buy somewhere everyone wants to be. Even if I am a hundred miles away and have never been to any of the towns my friends are considering moving to, I can pull some data on crime rates, appreciation rates, median home costs, school ratings, types of architecture and how educated the population is within a couple minutes and tell you which town is a better bet in terms of resale value.

4.) Finally, buy a house in which value can be added. If a house is perfect already, someone else is making money on you. If you want to think like an investor, buy a house in need of cosmetic updates, or a foreclosure. Plan to do some projects, and while you might have a few more headaches than the buyer of the move-in ready home, you will be glad you did when you make money on the other end.

Happy House Hunting!

 – Liz Newcombe, Sales & Leasing Consultant | Liz@MandrellCo.com

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