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Closing Costs? Why Pay Them? Who Pays Them? I Don’t Like It

wasting-moneySome of the most common phrases that I hear when talking with buyers are, “What are closing costs? Who pays them? Why are there closing costs?” A very common misconception is that closing costs are the fees that lenders make on the purchase or refinance of a property. Many clients believe this as fact, that is until I enlighten them and let them know exactly where those costs go to and why they are required. So, what do you know about closing costs? Is this something that you believed as well?

Closing costs are a mixture of different fees associated with closing on a mortgage. These can include, but are not limited to, appraisal, application, underwriting, title, escrow, insurance, and other items within the loan process. The reason that there are fees associated with the loan is because there are costs associated with obtaining a mortgage. These costs are here to help you out. For example; an appraisal is necessary because you and the lender need to know the value of the new home. At the bare minimum, the appraisal should appraise at what you are buying it for, or more. If not, then you have the opportunity to renegotiate the purchase price. Title fees are to make sure that you are buying a home with no liens and you are getting it with a clean title.

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Now, there are lenders out there with some high closing costs, such as origination points, discount points or broker fees. I actually spoke with a client about a month ago, and they knew a lender and planned on going through with them. After speaking with them, I was half percent lower in rate and about $3,000 lower in closing costs. I couldn’t believe how much they were charging for their services. I guess that is the downside of doing business with companies that have astronomical marketing costs, those costs get carried over directly to the consumer and you’ll notice that with the rate and costs associated with the loan. Check out this article from Money Magazine on what closing costs average.

Now there are ways to offset some or all of the closing costs. A simple way to do this is to negotiate the closing costs to be paid for by the seller. Most cases, the sellers will pick up the cost of obtaining the financing. You can also choose to have your costs paid for by the lender, in order for this to happen, you will receive a interest rate that is higher than the current market rate. Basically, you are financing the costs into the loan for however long the term of the loan is.  Another way to do so is to pay them yourself, this is the most ideal if you have the funds to do so. Paying your closing costs upfront is the most simplistic and cost effective way to pay for these. If you pay them upfront, you don’t have to worry about financing them into the loan by taking a higher than market interest rate.

So here is what I recommend. Talk to a pro, such as myself (you like that marketing plug right?) and figure out what is going to be the best path for your financial situation. You want to speak with someone who is going to achieve both your short term and long term goals. I recommend you download my FREE mortgage app for your cell phone and stay up to date on all market trends and interest rate trends. You can do so by clicking here. You can contact me anytime via my website at www.TheRockstarCloser.com or you can always call/text me at 219-973-6644. I will make sure to help you and give you the options that you deserve in order to make the best decision for you and your family.

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-Ed

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Do NOT do this when applying for a home loan…seriously.

Looks like I am going to give you a two for one in blog posts this week. I know I did one yesterday, but since I have fallen behind, I have to make up the difference. So with that said welcome to my blog. I want to inform you about something that can absolutely destroy your chances of getting a loan, even if your loan has already been approved but you  haven’t closed yet. Most people think that once their loan is CTC (mortgage jargon for Clear-to-Close) they are open to do whatever they want. Wrong! Most knowledgable lenders will tell you up front, do not make any purchases, do not apply for any new credit, do not make any late payments and make sure everything that you have disclosed to us remains the same or gets better. Nothing, and I mean nothing will make us give you the Bernie Sanders stink eye faster than seeing a new debt show up on the credit report. Now let me tell you why.

When we take a look at your overall credit profile such as income, assets, credit history, job history, debt ratios, ect. We have to make sure it fits “inside the box,” because let’s face it, this isn’t the mortgage industry of 10+ years ago. We have to make sure that everything is well documented. Now once we do that and we issue a pre-approval or pre-qualification, you are all set to go find your new home. In the meantime, make sure you do the following:

  1. Continue to pay your bills on-time
  2. Do not deposit cash in the bank
  3. Do not charge up your credit cards
  4. Do not apply for new credit or request credit line increases
  5. Do not spend your down payment on anything besides your down payment
  6. If you are unsure about anything, contact your mortgage expert

These may sound like simple rules to follow, but you would be surprised. Doing any of these can seriously impact your loan approval and could prevent you from purchasing your brand new home. The reason being is that it can negatively impact your credit score and can drive up your DTI (mortgage jargon for debt-to-income) ratios which could prevent you from getting the loan. So while you’re out looking at homes and when you get under contract, make sure you have a good talk with your mortgage expert and they can help you a guide you throughout the way. Consistency is the key. Maintain your current credit and financial profile and your loan should get approved with little to no problems.

So you want to stay up to date on all of this information? Want access to interest rate trends, home searches, calculators and a bunch of other useful stuff? Then you need to download my free mortgage app. It is 100% free and you have access to all of my info, including this amazing blog, 24/7. All you have to do is click here and it will direct you to the download link. C’mon, you didn’t think I’d give you an awesome blog and not ask you to do me a solid now did you? As always, thank you for viewing my blog. Check out my app and your life will become 10,000% better (well maybe not, but it’s a free app, so it can’t hurt right?).

Be on the lookout next week for some new info and a new blog. Leave me your feedback below if there is anything else you want me to focus on for future blogs.

Ed S.

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Housing Shortage Causing Bidding Wars and Spike in New Construction.

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If there is one downside to a booming housing market, it’s that there are not enough homes on the market to satisfy the amount of buyers. You can refer to this as a seller’s market. Not enough homes on the market can mean buyers paying more for a home. This is not a bad thing, and in fact, can help home values. As a seller, take advantage of it. Quit listening to the “water cooler talk” at work when everyone thinks that they’re an expert at everything. There is a reason they are doing the job that they are doing and not selling homes, because they don’t have the slightest clue of what they are talking about! Check out this article from Realtor.com that gives you advice on how to win a bidding war.

So let’s get back at it. In the real estate market you will see peaks and valleys. It is the nature of the business. If you are considering selling your home, now is the time to get your home on the market. Demand is high and supply is low, this is bare basic economics and it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that you will profit more than you would in  a buyer’s market. Well what happens if you are a buyer? You want a great deal, right? You want that amazing home that your family fell in love with, right? Then make an offer. Hire one of the areas Realtors (I can refer you to one if you don’t have one) and let them negotiate a great deal. In this business time is of the essence, so if you find something and you like it, then make an offer on the home. One of the common things that I hear buyers say often is that “I’m going to sleep on it and make an offer tomorrow.” Here’s the catch to that, someone else is thinking the same thing and by the time you are ready to submit an offer, the house is S-O-L-D and then they have regrets for not submitting an offer earlier.

Home builders are more than happy right now. What happens when people can’t find their perfect home? They build it. I was driving through Northwest Indiana the past few weeks and I have noticed a TON of new homes being constructed. It’s a good thing, but with the improved housing market comes higher price per square foot. You’ll be paying more for that home as well. Now, don’t get me wrong, building a new home isn’t a bad thing. You just have to be prepared to wait while it is being constructed. I have seen homes go up in as little as 90 days, then I have seen homes take a year. It all depends on what you are getting done, what kind of upgrades you’re getting and also the weather has to cooperate as well.

Why am I telling you this? I know what you’re thinking, “he is just trying to get us to buy a home quicker, or wants the quick sale.” That couldn’t be further from the truth. I have a list of buyers right now waiting to find their next home. Unfortunately, some of them have already made these same mistakes that I mentioned above and have missed out on homes that they fell in love with. I don’t want this to happen to you. Learn from the mistakes of others. So here is what I recommend:

  1. Get your ducks in a row (get pre-approved and get all of your financial documents together) Check out my blog about this here.
  2. Work with a Realtor and figure out where you want to buy and what is a comfortable price range.
  3. Once you find a home that you love, DON’T WAIT! Talk with your Realtor and submit a fair offer on the home.
  4. Get your offer accepted
  5. Work with the best mortgage guy in the business (me, of course!) and let’s turn that homeownership dream into a reality.

So now that you have some great tips about this market. I am going to ask you a favor. I need you to subscribe to my blog. I know I said I was going to do these weekly, but work has been SLAMMED. I owe it to you all to make this blog happen weekly, so my commitment to you is to have a new blog up by Wednesday of every week. In the mean time, go and download my mobile app. It has a link to my blog, a home search, mortgage calculators and so much more. You can get it by clicking here. I designed this app for my business partners and for my clients. Any feedback that you have, leave it below. Have any blog suggestions? Leave me a comment below. I will give you content overload, just let me know if you want me to touch on anything specific.

Thanks for reading and  the lookout next week!

-Ed. S

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Changes in Mortgage Guidelines

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So if you are in the market to either purchase a home or refinance your current home, you need to be aware of some of the new changes that will be rolling out come January 10th 2014. The CFPB (Consumer Finance Protection Bureau) put together new regulations regarding mortgage lending. Home mortgages will have to pass a series of tests in order to ensure they are a qualified home loan. Loans can not exceed 30 year term, the APR cannot exceed 1.5% more than the annual prime offer rate, there cannot be negative amortization, and points and fees cannot exceed 3% of the loan balance in order for these to fall within the qualified mortgage guidelines and will fall under safe harbor which prevents the borrower from suing the mortgage company because they can not pay the loan back.

Lenders will also have to  perform a series of verification for ATR (Ability to Repay). The ability to repay consists of a series of requirements that have to be met by the borrower and verified by the lender, including but not limited to income and debt levels. There are 8 different factors that Lenders must look at before issuing a mortgage.

  1. Current or reasonably expected income or assets (other than the value of the property that secures the loan) that the consumer will rely on to repay the loan
  2. Current employment status (if you rely on employment income when assessing the consumer’s ability to repay)
  3. Monthly mortgage payment for this loan. You calculate this using the introductory or fully indexed rate, whichever is higher, and monthly, fully amortizing payments that are substantially equal
  4. Monthly payment on any simultaneous loans secured by the same property
  5. Monthly payments for property taxes and insurance that you require the consumer to buy, and certain other costs related to the property such as homeowners association fees or ground rent
  6. Debts, alimony, and child support Obligations
  7. Monthly debt-to-income ratio or residual income, that you calculated using the total of all of the mortgage and non-mortgage obligations listed above, as a ratio of gross monthly income
  8. Credit history

Along with some of the above factors listed, the maximum debt-to-income ratios have been lowered as well which can lower the purchase power of potential homeowners. For more information or for any further questions you can always contact me, I’ll be glad to answer anything that you have for me. Thanks for reading!

 

Simple ways to get your home paid off quicker

Having the opportunity to purchase a home is a true experience, there are a ton of emotions that you will go through during the process, and when you get the keys to your new home it is like you’ve reached the finish line. Congratulations you have become a new homeowner, but now let’s move on to the next part; getting your home paid off as quick as possible.

More than likely a mortgage is going to be one of the biggest financial decisions that you make throughout your life and in most cases tends to be the most expensive. There are ways that you can help eliminate the amount of interest that you pay over the life of your loan, so let’s cover a few.

It is highly recommended that you try and make at least 1 extra principal and interest payment every year. The amount of interest paid on the mortgage goes based off of the principal balance, so naturally when you make 1 extra payment towards your principal balance every year it will reduce the amount interest you will pay over the mortgage.

Another tip that is recommended is rounding up on your mortgage payment. So for example, if your mortgage is $1217, if you can afford to do so try and pay $1300. The extra $83 dollars a month equals an extra $996 towards your principal every year, and reduces the amount of interest that you pay.

Set up bi-weekly mortgage payments, by doing so you make 1/2 of what your payment is 26 times a year which equals 13 full mortgage payments, and adds up to the 1 extra payment a year, similar to what was mentioned above.

Ultimately the choice is yours on if you can swing the extra payments, but remember by doing so you can cut the amount of interest you pay and own your home years sooner than your loan term.

Feel free to leave me feedback and if you have any questions, leave them below and I will be glad to answer them for you. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for viewing my blog!