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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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Pros And Cons Of Using a Hard Money Lender

Whether you’re investing in a property to fix and sell, a landlord looking to invest in rental property, or a builder looking to get a construction loan, you’ve likely heard that hard money loans from private lenders are the best way to go. This all sounds like a no brainer but you should truly understand the difference between the two and if it makes financial sense for what you are trying to accomplish. Here we’ll talk about the pros and cons of choosing a hard money loan, and some things to expect when going through them.

Pros Of Hard Money Loans

  • Quick Approval: For Fix and Flips or construction loans, the borrower will typically be hard-pressed to get the loan within a certain amount of time that traditional lenders may have difficulty adhering to, due to the mountains of paperwork required and long standard approval processing times. With hard money loans, however, you can expect to close on a deal much more quickly – some within as little as 24 hours, for Boston we’ve average around 7 days. Once you’ve developed a relationship with a lender, the process can move even more quickly, allowing you to turn your properties around and make a faster profit.
  • Flexibility: because hard money lenders don’t use a complicated standardized underwriting process, they are able to evaluate each deal individually, and depending on your situation, and your relationship with the lender, you may have a little more wiggle room. This makes them much easier to work with than traditional lenders.
  • More Collateral Options: with hard money lenders, they are investing in the value of the property or properties themselves, not your individual credit. Due to this, they are typically willing to accept different types of collateral as long as the borrower can present profitable collateral to secure the loan. This means presenting them with solid plans for the property, as well as value of the land and the property as it is currently, to give them a better understanding of what they are working with. 

Cons Of Hard Money Loans

  • Higher Interest: the one major downside of hard money loans is the typically higher interest and fee rates due up front. The higher terms are due to the fact that they focus on the property value rather than the borrower, but may increase the risk on the borrower’s part. When choosing a hard money loan, make sure you’re managing your investments carefully and properly to avoid default or loss of property.
  • Short-Term Only: because they are private loans and are used primarily for the renovation, building, or flipping of property, many hard money loans are only available as a short-term means of financing. These usually range anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, and because of this the payments per month are typically higher along with the higher interest rates.

If you are interested in finding competitive rates for funding your investment real estate deal, check out one of our partners US Flip Funding. They make lenders compete for your business, ensuring you get the lowest rates in town.

For more information on Real Estate Financing or to learn from industry experts, feel free to contact us directly at Contact@Mandrellco.com or visit our networking group at Boston Wealth Builders where seminars are free but the resources are priceless.

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Today we sat down and talked with Anastasia Tacewicz from GMH Mortgage Services on a couple different topics. One such topic had to do with different strategies one can implement to improve their current credit score or simply establish credit without much of a history. If you have done any sort of credit research, you know that there is a ton of different information out there regarding this topic. It almost seems like everyone has a different perspective on how to best handle your credit so it’s great to hear one from a mortgage professional.



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Mortgage Rates Remain Low Despite Boston Values Skyrocketing

 Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate declining for the third consecutive week on disappointing national manufacturing data. While many cities and towns across the country seem to still be feeling parts of the recession, Boston’s economy (and as a result our home values) seem to be flourishing. The consistency in low mortgage rates are allowing Boston borrowers to also pull equity from their homes and make improvements and repairs.

News Facts

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.93 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending December 3, 2015, down from last week when it averaged 3.95 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.89 percent. 
  • 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.16 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.18 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 2.99 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.01 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.94 percent.
  • 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.61 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, up from 2.59 percent last week. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.41 percent. 

Would you like to speak with a mortgage broker about buying a home or refinancing an existing mortgage? Call us at 617-297-8641 to be connected with some of the best home loan professionals in the city!

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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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Purchase A $350,000 Home With An FHA Loan & Down Payment Of Only $12,250

Have you considered buying a home but can’t afford a 20% down payment on the mortgage? You’re not alone! Many home buyers (especially in New England) cannot afford to shell out $40,000 – $80,000 just to get into your average Boston home. Fortunately there’s another option. FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans are extremely popular mortgage programs because of their lower down payment requirements and less stringent lending guidelines. With this mortgage program, home buyers can obtain a home mortgage with as little as 3.5% of of the purchase price. For your average Massachusetts home (approximately $350,000) that roughly $12,250…a much more affordable and achievable number.  FHA borrowers can use their own savings to make the down payment, but other allowed sources of cash include a gift from a family member or a grant from the government. Another benefit to the FHA program is that is allows individuals with less than perfect credit to obtain a loan. Borrowers need a credit score of just 580 or higher to meet requirements.

Note: An FHA loan may also used to purchase a 2-4 four family home. Many individuals purchase their 1st investments property with FHA or similar “owner occupied” home loan. FHA does require that an individual move into the property for a specific period of time but does not require the borrower to remain in the property for the life of the loan. Talk to your local real estate agent and mortgage broker about whether or not this program is good tool for your purchasing needs.

The FHA allows home sellers, builders and lenders to pay some of the borrower’s closing costs, such as an appraisal, credit report or title expenses. Because the FHA is not a lender, but rather an insurer, borrowers need to get their loan through an FHA-approved lender (as opposed to directly from the FHA). Not all FHA-approved lenders offer the same interest rate and costs — even on the same FHA loan.

The FHA has a special loan product for borrowers who need extra cash to make repairs to their homes. The chief advantage of this type of loan, called a 203(k), is that the loan amount is based not on the current appraised value of the home but on the projected value after the repairs are completed. A so-called “streamlined” 203(k) allows the borrower to finance up to $35,000 in nonstructural repairs, such as painting and replacing cabinets or fixtures.

For more information about FHA loans to get yourself pre-approved for a mortgage, please give us a call at 617-297-8641. We can connect you with one of our local mortgage specialist and get you on your way to home ownership.

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NACA is a home loan program that allows for 100% financing (or zero down payment) from the borrower. NACA stands for The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America and they’re primary goal is “invest in working people”.

This incredible NACA mortgage allows NACA Members to purchase their homes with:

  • no down payment,
  • no closing costs,
  • no fees,
  • no requirement for perfect credit,
  • and at a below-market interest rate.

NACA is a non-profit, community advocacy and homeownership organization whose primary focus is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership.

For more information about the NACA program and to be connected with a local loan officer, contact Jessica Thomas at 617-297-8641.

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One of the largest obstacles between you and home ownership is coming up with enough money fund the required mortgage down-payment.  Let’s assume that we’re looking for the average single family home in Massachusetts which is roughly $350,000. Let’s also assume you are like the majority of home buyers in this state and qualify for an FHA Loan, which is a 3.5% down payment or roughly $12,250. This isn’t amount of money most people have sitting in there bank accounts. So how do you find the cash to fund your dreams of home-ownership? Here are a list of things most buyers do to save up some cash:

Side Job or Temp Work –  Can you pick up a side job or work for a temp agency?  It’s may not be something you  ant to do permanently, but it’s worth it to reach your home-ownership goals.  Let’s assume you can pick up a part time job working 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. If you worked 48 of 52 weeks in the year you’d have an extra $7200 (before taxes) to add to your home savings account.

Cut Cable & Phone Bill – Many of us have Comcast or Verizon packages that consist of every movie channel, sport package and various other upgrades. Are these things we can live without for a little while?  The same goes for many phone bills. Many of us are paying $40 per month or more for data packages while the only thing we do with our phone that require data is posting to Facebook.  If you can reduce one of these bills by $50 or two of them by $25 each, you would be saving a total of $600 for the year.

Cut Gift Spending – We all love our family and friends but could you cut back on birthday and holiday gifts for one year? I think your friends and family would stand by you if your gift were less expensive this year because you’re saving to purchase a home.  Statistics show cutting this spending out entirely can put another $600 in your pocket for the year.

Work Overtime – Are there overtime hours available at your current job? Maybe it’s time to stay late or come in early. It may be a good idea to approach your manager and see what extra hours he/she can offer you.

Save Your Tax Returns – Getting a nice check back from the government this year? Don’t view this influx of cash as discretionary spending. Many Americans look at this check(s) as chance to buy a bigger TV or various other luxuries.  Be smart and save this money for your down payment.  The big screen will look better next year in your new home.

Hang At Home – Let’s assume that you’re like most of us and you love to hang out on the weekends. If you’re spending an average of $100 per weekend (drinks, food, movies etc) and your going out every other weekend, you’re spending an average of $2600 per year on entertainment. Can you cut than down this year to just 1 weekend per month? If so you’re saving $1300 per year and you’re that much closer to you saving goals.

Cut Your 401K Contributions – I’m a big believer in saving for your retirement, but I believe even more that every individual should own their own home. It may be a good idea for you to speak with your HR department and cut down (or cut out) your retirement contributions and add those additional funds to your savings.

Ask Your Family For Help – When your family sees all the lifestyle adjustments you’ve made to save for home ownership, they will see how important it is to you and will become important to them as well.  Can they help you with your down payment?

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As an investor trying to build a significant portfolio of rental properties, it’s in your best interest to have a good relationship with small local banks within the areas you plan to invest.  The local credit unions or savings and loan will provide several distinct advantages over larger commercial institutions (like Bank of America).  When you’re in the in the market to purchase additional units or to refinance some of the units you own, these local banks will be your best resource for those funds.  The following are 3 advantages of using your local lender for your financing needs.

  1. Quick Loan Decisions: Your local bank is often going to make decisions at a quicker pace than the larger commercial bank. Loan officers are often on the spot and decisions need to be checked by less people as it moves up the change of command. The banks appraisers are also typically local and will be able to put a value on the property mush sooner.
  2. Local Banks Know the Market: Being local means they institutions have an intimate knowledge of the local real estate market. They understand the trends in particular neighborhoods and can better evaluate particular loans that hit their desk. If you’re investing in a hot spot of the city and values are quickly trending upward, the local credit union is more likely to be aware of this trend and make the loan more comfortably.
  3. Adjustments to Lending Criteria:  Here is where your relationship with the banks really comes into play. The typical commercial lender has a minimum credit score, maximum loan to value ratio and other guideline that they need you to fit… and if you don’t you don’t get the loan. Your local savings banks will also have guidelines for lending but will allow for some wiggle room based on the applicant’s history and reputation. If you’ve had a long standing account history with the bank and have done what you say in the past this will mean something here. For example, if you’re trying to purchase a new rental unit and don’t have the full 20% down payment (commonly required for investment purchase), you’re more than likely able to negotiate this requirement than you are with a large commercial bank. If you can show that you have a long standing history of re-payment and have completed several other projects, your savings bank will usually bend for you.
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