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How To Purchase Your 1st Home or Investment Property W/ Little Cash Out Of Pocket

 Just wanted to go over some basic mortgage programs with you today, some mortgage programs every home buyer should understand, understand that’s available to them so they completely understand their options. Some things, some of these you may have heard of, some of these you may not have. Let’s start right at the top. I think the most common throughout the country is our FHA or Federal Housing Administration loan program.

It allows for a minimum of 3.5% down. You’re looking at about $3,500 down for every $100,000 you spend. That’s the easiest way to look at it. It allows for a credit score as low as 580. If you’re in the 600s or 700s, you’re in great shape, but you can purchase a home with a credit score as low as 580. Some of the benefits of having a 600+ credit score is the rates start to become a little bit better for you, the mortgage interest rate becomes a little bit better for you. Mass Housing. Here in Massachusetts, in Boston, you can also purchase a home with 3% down. Mass Housing does require you to go through a firs time home buyer’s program where FHA’s does not. Mass Housing does have a few income restrictions. You can only make so much money before you are no longer qualified to use the Mass Housing program.

Again, 3% down so about $3,000 for every $100,000 you spend on your home. $300,000 home, roughly $9,000 down payment. Conventional mortgages. If I can backup just a second, one of the downsides to the FHA program is there is a fee that you pay for using such a low down payment program. It’s called primary mortgage insurance. It’s something that you pay for the use of this program. It’s a fee that you pay every month, roughly. It can range from $100 to $400 a month depending on the size of your mortgage. In some cases, it may make a lot of sense for you to forego the FHA and put a little bit more down, go 5% down. You can do a conventional mortgage program with 5% down; owner-occupied conventional program with 5% down. As long as you plan to occupy the residence you can usually get in.

The rates may be a little bit higher than the FHA or Mass Housing, but again, if you were making a little bit too much money for the Mass Housing and you don’t like the idea of the PMI or primary mortgage insurance on the FHA, conventional may be the way to go. Again, your rates can be a little bit higher, but the total mortgage itself may be a little bit lower after you reduce or pull out the primary mortgage insurance payment. Conventional, you can also go conventional and purchase an investment property. Investment property, you would probably need 20% to 25% down depending on which mortgage lender you received.

Conventional programs go anywhere from a 5% owner-occupant to a 25% investment property. The VA loan programs. If you are a veteran, and I believe if you are a family member of a veteran, you can also use the VA program which requires nothing down at closing. You can actually purchase a home with zero down for your veteran status. You really want to check the VA housing website. I would google, I don’t know what the exact URL is, but I would google Veterans Administration Housing Loan Programs or Mortgage programs. I’m pretty sure the website would pop right up. There’s a great opportunity for you, yourself, a family member, or if someone of your friends is a veteran, definitely inform them about this program.

Last but not least is your 203K. A 203K allows you to buy property that needs a little work. You purchase a property, looking at a property, and let’s say you’re going FHA. You look at that property and if there is a missing stove, if there is peeling paint, if there are holes in the wall, FHA is not going to approve that loan. They want the house to be move-in ready, immediately ready to occupy. 203K steps in and says, “This house is right on the verge of being a good property but it needs a little work. It needs a new kitchen. It needs a new bathroom. It needs paint. It might need a roof.” The 203K allows you to purchase the property and also get rehab funds at the same time.

Let’s say, for instance, you’re purchasing a property at $200,000. The purchase price will be lent to you and then additional $30,000 to fix up your kitchen, your bathroom, and some other things that are needed to be done. You really want to, if you’re going to go through 203K program, you want to make sure that your lender has experience with the 203K loan. You do have to get a contractor involved. That contractor would need to submit bids to make sure that the money is being appropriated correctly. There’s a lot more involvement when they’re going to be giving you rehab funds as well.

FHA, Mass Housing, conventional, VA, and the 203K loan are your basic mortgage program.

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Boston Home Loan Rates Tick Down A Bit

Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average mortgage rates moving lower for the third consecutive week.

News Facts

30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.09 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending Jan. 19, 2017, down from last week when it averaged 4.12 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.81 percent.

15-year FRM this week averaged 3.34 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.37 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.10 percent.

5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.21 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.23 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.91 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following link for the Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.

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Learn How To Avoid Buying More House Than You Can Afford

If you’re looking at realtor.com. If you’re looking at Zillow or Trulia and you’re looking through homes and you … Or you’re looking on MLS through your real estate agent’s news feed and you’re wondering exactly how you could calculate the mortgage on this. You really don’t want to keep going back and forth to your mortgage broker. You really want to be able to calculate or get a good idea of what your mortgage payments may be on your own, then you can use this mortgage calculator.

This mortgage calculator can be found at the bottom of our website. This is mandrellco.com. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, and one of the resources is the mortgage calculator. It will bring you to this page right here.

Let’s assume we’re going through a scenario, you are buying a $300,000 home. I’m going to put in $300,000. Again, there are so many different variations of this that you can go through. It’s really going to be something that you’ll have to discuss with your mortgage broker, with your real estate agent. Find out what program is best for you.

Let’s say you’re in a conventional mortgage and you are putting 5% down, 5% of 300,000 is $15,000. That’s the down-payment. In terms of the interest rate, they’re asking you, “What is your mortgage interest rate?” If you’ve spoken to a mortgage broker already, you should have a very good idea of what interest rates are currently and what you could expect.

If you have not and you just really want to play around with it, what you could do, and what I’ve done, is just basically went to Google and just typed in average mortgage rates. This is what’s come up in the search. I’ve scrolled down here and I’ve just basically seen 30-year fixed mortgage rate as of January 2nd, 2017, is approximately 4%, but a little more. You can click on that, it will bring up Zillow. You could see what interest rates are being offered through different banks.

Again, if you have stellar credit, your number, or your rate may go down. If your credit is less than stellar, that number may go up a little bit more. If you’re putting a substantial amount down, that number may go down. If you’re putting the minimum down, say, 3 or 3.5% in an FHA or mass housing loan, then that number may go up just a tad.

Let’s use a number of let’s say four and an eighth today just to see where we are, 4.125. We’re going to stick with a 30-year fixed. PMI is primary mortgage insurance. Again, when you speak to your mortgage broker, if you’re on a Federal Housing Administration loan or an FHA loan, you will have PMI and your mortgage broker would be able to tell you exactly what that is.

If you are purchasing a condo, most likely on your MLS listing or where you’re pulling the information from, you will be able to pull the condo fee. You can plug that number in as well. If it’s a single family home or a multi-family home, it probably will not have a condo fee.

The taxes are usually listed right on your listing sheet as well. For this example, let’s plug in $25,000. Insurance is not typically listed. Rule of thumb. Again, this is not a hard and fast number, but just to give you a general idea. In Massachusetts, I usually use a number of about a half a percent.

In this case, let’s say we’re purchasing a half a percent of the home value. In this case, it’s 300,000, we’re purchasing at 300,000. One percent would be 3,000. I’m going to say a half of that is 1,500 bucks for my home insurance. I’m going to take all these number, $300,000 purchase price minus my 5% down, which means I’m financing 285 over 30 years at four and an eighth. I’m going to pay taxes per year of $25,000, a little over $200 a month. I’m going to pay insurance of $1,500, or a little over a hundred dollars a month.

I calculate my payment. You’re going to have a principal and interest payment of 1381. If you escrow in. What that means, if you pay all your taxes and insurances with your mortgage payment, which is most common, you’re going to have taxes and insurance for a total payment of 1714.59.

If you bought a house for 300,000 and put 5% down over 30 years at this particular interest rate with these taxes and these insurance, this is what your total mortgage payment would be. This is an excellent way for you to play around with it. If you say, “You know what? I can afford up to about $2,000 on my own. I feel comfortable paying of about $200,000 on my own.” You can now adjust this and go 325, would put me up at about 1835. 375 may put you just over $2,000. Maybe 360 is somewhere where you really want to be.

Maybe you’re looking at homes in the 375 range with the idea of possibly negotiating your way down to a 360 mortgage payment hoping to land a total payment of no more than $2,000 a month where you’re comfortable.

Hopefully this was helpful. Again, you could access this calculator one of two ways. You could go to mandrellco.com, scroll all the way down the bottom of the page and capture the mortgage calculator, or click on the mortgage calculator. In the description of this video, there is also a link to this calculator as well. Hopefully this was helpful. Talk to you soon.

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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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The last topic that we covered in our sit down with Anastasia Tacewicz from GMH Mortgage Services was some of the things you want to be considering when choosing a mortgage professional. This is a key individual throughout the home buying process so you will really want to do your due diligence when selecting someone to work with. Anastasia is a great reference as she is someone who we have worked with in the past and have had great experiences with.

Need more info about mortgages or about getting pre approved? Contact us at 617-297-8641

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Another topic that we covered in our sit down with Anastasia Tacewicz from GMH Mortgage Services was the process of purchasing a condo vs. a single family and how the two differ. For those potentially in the process of looking at both options right now, there is some good information in this video from the perspective of someone who would actually be involved with you when considering your purchase.

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Mortgage Rates Slowly Rising

For the third consecutive week, mortgage rates inched higher, but potential home buyers shouldn’t sweat it too much. Mortgage rates are still hovering below levels from a year ago. When evaluating interest rates, it matters for your monthly payment adjustments. If a .2% increase only changes your monthly payment by a couple dollars, no need to worry. However, a rate change that affects your monthly payment by hundreds of dollars, warrants a closer look and re-evaluating your situation. 

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending March 17:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.73 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending March 17, 2016, up from last week when it averaged 3.68 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.78 percent. 
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.99 percent with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.96 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.06 percent. 
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.93 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.92 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.97 percent.

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Source: Freddie Mac
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On December 12th, Fannie Mae will go live with their HomeReady program aimed at credit-worthy buyers who need a little extra flexibility on the debt to income ratios, down-payment source and monthly mortgage payment verification after purchase. 

A crucial part of mortgage underwriting is evaluating your debt-to-income ratio. With student loans, car payments, entry level job salary, lenders may view your debt as too high and only count the loan applicants income. With the new program, Fannie Mae will also consider the income of anyone living in the home as “non-borrower” contributors, or parents who help pay your mortgage or gift you the down payment. 

With the ever changing dynamics of a traditional home, lenders understand that many homes consist of extended and blended families which makes it hard to qualify if you have people assisting with the bills but no real way to document it. Twenty-five percent of Hispanic homes are multi-generational, 20 percent of African Americans and 17 percent of Asians. The traditional home is no longer mom, dad and children.

To help bridge the gap, the HomeReady program offers the following:

  • Down payments as low as 3%
  •  No minimum contribution from you toward the down payment on a single family home purchase
  • You can add income of one or more household residents to strengthen your income qualification but not be considered borrowers on the loan.
  • When non-occupants are part of the picture, the minimum down payment increases to 5%
  • The Program allows you to count income from in-house boarders (someone who rents a room)
  • Everyone who qualifies for the program will need to complete an online home- purchase education course.

The new program is set to take effect on December 12th but feel free to reach out to us and be connected to a lender who already understands the program and can help you get pre-approved today!

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Credit affects all major financial decisions that involve someone lending you money/credit. It should be no surprise that your credit score will also affect your mortgage rate. Your credit scores affect the kinds of mortgages you can be approved for, how much you can borrow, the mortgage rates you’ll pay and even how much you’ll pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). It’s not impossible to buy a home with damaged credit; it’s just much more expensive.
Credit scores are instrumental in applying and being approved for a mortgage. When it comes to FHA financing at least, you will be required to have a credit score of at least 580 in order to be eligible for a loan. The higher your credit score is beyond that, the better the terms will be. With a 580 credit score you also qualify for the low 3.5% down. If your credit score is below 580, you can still qualify for an FHA loan but you will need a 10% down payment. The drawback to a 580 is that your interest rate will not be at the national average, it will most likely be slightly higher. Consult your mortgage lender for more information. (We work with several lenders who work hard to get you the best rate, to be connected to one of them, please click here)
This is why it’s so important to understand your credit score in the months before you apply for a mortgage. If you do have impaired credit history, you’ll want to work to improve your credit scores before you even apply. And if you already have good credit, you’ll want to keep it as high as possible by avoiding taking on other new debt.
We host seminars throughout the year regarding improving credit and have affiliations with credit repair companies.
For more information, feel free to contact us.

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Boston Area Mortgage Rates Remain Low Going Into 2016

MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Oct 29, 2015) – Freddie Mac today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling slightly lower amid market expectations of no rate increase by the Federal Reserve.

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.76 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending October 29, 2015, down from last week when it averaged 3.79 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.98 percent. 
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.98 percent with an average 0.6 point, unchanged from last week. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.13 percent. 
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.89 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, unchanged from last week. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.94 percent.
  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.54 percent this week with an average 0.2 point, down from 2.62 percent last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.43 percent. 

Are you considering buying a home or possibly refinancing your current mortgage? Looking for a qualified professional to provide some lending advice? Give us a call. We work with the best home loan resources in Massachusetts! We’d love to learn a little more about your needs and connect you with the right company for the job.

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How long will mortgage loan rates stay at historic lows? Is now a good time to purchase a home? Should I refinance my existing mortgage? These are the questions everyone is asking. No one knows (outside of the FED) where rates are headed but common sense should tell us they can’t get much lower than they are currently. If you’re thinking of making a move….now would be a good time.

Here are the national average mortgage rates for this week.

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.94 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending August 13, 2015, up from last week when it averaged 3.91 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.12 percent. 
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.17 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.13 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.24 percent. 
  • 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.93 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.95 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.97 percent.
  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.62 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.54 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.36 percent. 

To give you an idea of where rates currently stand, compared to years past, we’ve provide you with the chart below.

Boston Mortgage Rates By Decade

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Buying A Home In Dorchester? Get A Pre-Approval Before You Start Shopping!

Are you thinking now would be a good time to buy that house I’ve always wanted? Have you started visiting local Open House(s) and learning a little about what the neighborhood has to offer? Great. You’re on the right path to home-ownership but let’s not forget one crucial step. The pre-approval process! Getting yourself pre-approval for a mortgage is important so you fully understand where you are financially and what you can afford to spend. During the process your mortgage broker will be able to tell you, how much you can afford, what interest rates are doing, and what you can look forward to as a final monthly payment when taxes and insurance are added in. During the pre-approval process you should also speak with your mortgage broker about all the differing loan programs available to you and the pros and cons of each.

Chris Graves, of Sierra Pacific Mortgage, breaks down the pre-approval process in this 2 min video. Chris is an very experienced mortgage loan officer and is available to help answer any questions you may have about getting a loan. If you still have questions about obtaining a mortgage pre-approval and would like to speak with Chris directly, please complete the contact form below and your message will be sent directly to Chris’s email.

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Live In Boston & Receive An Annual Break On Your Property Taxes!

Do you own property in the city of Boston? Do you plan to make a purchase in the near future? In either case you should know that the city offers an exemption from paying a portion of your property tax bill every year. This residential tax exemption is for those individuals who and own and live in their homes (no exemption given to landlords).  Per CityOfBoston.gov – “Taxpayers who own and occupy their home can save on their tax bill by having a portion of their tax bill exempted from taxation. To qualify for the residential exemption, homeowners must own and occupy their home on January 1 preceding the start of the fiscal year.”

In 2015 the residential tax exemption amount is $1,852. That’s a tax break of over $150 per month.

How is the exemption calculated each year? The fiscal year residential exemption is 30% of the average value of all residential property in the City. This number is recalculated by the city each year to determine the current exemption.

How can you apply? To verify eligibility, your Social Security Number is required for identification purposes. The information will be kept confidential and be used solely to confirm a personal income tax filing from your address with the Commonwealth of MA Department of Revenue. You can find more information and download an application by visiting http://www.cityofboston.gov/assessing/exemptions/resexempt.asp
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When it comes to buying a home, having bad credit is not the end of the world. Whether you have suffered from a bankruptcy, foreclosure or some type of financial hardship that resulted in late or missed payments, there are lenders who specialize in financing for those with less-than-perfect credit. You will likely have to produce a larger down payment and/or pay higher interest rates than someone who has good credit, but the important thing to know is that buying a home is an option for you.

Even if you have bad credit, it’s important to check your credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies – TransUnion, Equifax and Experian – before applying for a loan.  If anything is inaccurate, file a dispute with the reporting agency and request a correction.  You can request a free copy of your credit report every 12 months.

In addition to correcting any inaccuracies on your credit report, it’s important that you know what can help or hurt your chances of obtaining a loan.  You can start improving your credit by avoiding the temptation to apply for new credit right before submitting a mortgage application. Multiple inquiries will cause your FICO score to drop, and lenders will rely on this information when deciding whether or not to issue your loan and how to calculate your interest rates. 

If you have any questions or want more information about how to obtain or improve your credit score, please give me a call at 617-297-8641, and I would be happy to work with you. 

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