You Can Finance More Than 4 Properties At Once

In February 2009, Fannie Mae said it would up the maximum financed-property limit from four to ten to help stabilize the U.S. housing market. “Experienced investors play a key role in the housing recovery”, it said.

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This is a truth.

Real estate investors buy foreclosed homes, multi-unit properties, and vacant condos as a means to build wealth long-term. And now, with rents out-gaining the rise in home prices in U.S. cities such as San Francisco, California; Fort Worth, Texas; and Seattle, Washington, investor types are clamoring for good homes — especially with financing so cheap.

15-year mortgage rates with points are below 4 percent.

Why Most Banks Won’t Do A 5-to-10 Properties Mortgage

So, why don’t all banks participate in the 5-10 Properties Financed program? The probable answer is that underwriting a 5-property-owning investor’s mortgage application can be very hard work.

As compared “traditional” homeowners who submit for loan approval with just a W-2 and pay stub, a seasoned real estate investor is asked to provide complex tax returns, complete REO schedules, and extra detail for every home underwritten and approved.

Reviewing paperwork takes time. Sometimes, a lot of it.

Furthermore, investors with 5 or more properties financed are more likely to hold title to their homes in a non-standard fashion. This, too, creates “extra work” underwriting which slows down the approval process for the subject home and for every other loan with the bank, too.

As compared to a standard purchase loan, loans for investors with more than 4 homes financed generates the same bank to the bank but with more man-hours required to approve and additional fraud risk post-closing. It’s no wonder most banks avoid them.

Note : Most banks, not all. You have to know where to find a 5-to-10 Properties loan. Then, you have to meet its guidelines.

The 5-10 Financed Properties Program Criteria

To finance a home via Fannie Mae’s 5-10 Properties program, the following criteria must be met with no exception :

  • Own between 5 and 10 residential properties, each with financing attached
  • Purchase : 25% down payment is required for 1-unit; 30 percent is required for 2-4 units
  • Refinance : 30% equity is required for all property types (1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-unit)
  • Minimum credit score must be 720
  • There must not be any mortgage lates within the prior 12 months on any mortgage
  • There must be no bankruptcies or foreclosures in the prior 7 years
  • There must be 2 years of tax returns which rental income from all rental properties
  • There must be 6 months of PITI reserves on each of the financed properties

That’s pretty much it. Tough, but not too tough.

Where To Get A 5-10 Properties Program Mortgage

Your bank may not give loans on the 5-10 Properties Program, but don’t let them tell you that it can’t be done. It can.images

If you own more than 4 homes with mortgages attached and want to refinance one (or all) of them; or, if you’re planning to purchase an additional investment property, look elsewhere. The 5-10 Properties Program is a niche product but lots of banks will do them

For more information, you can reach me at 951-538-7435

100% Financing And Low-Downpayment Loans for 2014

Buyers in today’s U.S. housing market don’t need 20 percent down. Yet, many believe they do. This “20 Percent Down” misbelief may have true at some point in history, but not since the advent of the FHA-backed loan in 1934, which was 80 years ago.

The likely reason why buyers believe a twenty percent downpayment is required is because, with a conventional mortgage, putting twenty percent down removes the need for private mortgage insurance.

Private mortgage insurance is an insurance policy homeowners are required to pay in order to protect a lender in the event of default. Mortgage insurance costs vary by downpayment, state, and the borrower’s credit score.

Home buyers — especially first-time home buyers — will sometimes delay a purchase because they don’t feel as if they have enough money saved up for downpayment. And, while this should certainly be a consideration in homeownership, it should never be the onlyconsideration.

Home affordability is not about how much money you can put down on a home. Home affordability is about whether you can afford the monthly payments that come with owning a home.

A larger downpayment will result in a smaller loan size and, therefore, a smaller monthly mortgage payment. However, if you’ve depleted your life savings to make the purchase, perhaps the big downpayment was poor planning.

Financial experts call this being “house-poor”. When you’re house-poor, you have little money left to handle the everyday emergencies of life (and of homeowners).

Making a downpayment of less than 20% can be financially conservative, in this way.

FHA Mortgage : 3.5% Downpayment

The FHA mortgage is somewhat of a misnomer because the FHA doesn’t actually make loans. Rather, the FHA is an insurer of loans.

The FHA  publishes a series of standards for the loans it will insure. When a bank fha-logounderwrites and funds a loan which meets these specific guidelines, the FHA agrees to insure that loan against loss.

FHA mortgage guidelines are famous for their liberal approach to credit scores and downpayments. The FHA will typically insure a home loan for borrowers with low credit scores so long as there’s a reasonable explanation for the low FICO.

The FHA allows a downpayment of just 3.5 percent in all U.S. markets.

Other traits of an FHA include :

  • Your downpayment may consist entirely from “gift funds”
  • Your credit score requirement is 500
  • Mortgage insurance premiums paid upfront at closing, and monthly thereafter

Furthermore, the FHA supports homeowners who have experienced recent short sales, foreclosures or bankruptcies through the agency’s  Back To Work Program

The FHA insures loan sizes up to $625,500 in designated “high-cost” areas nationwide. High-cost areas include Orange County, California.

Conventional 95 : 5% Downpayment

The Conventional 95 program is available from Fannie Mae. It’s a 5 percent downpayment program and, for many home buyers, it is a better option than FHA due to lower mortgage insurance premiums.

The Conventional 95 basic qualification standards include :

  • Loan size may not exceed $417,000, even if the home is in a high-cost market.
  • The subject property must be a single-unit dwelling. No multi-unit homes are allowed.

VA Mortgage : 100% Financing  o% down payment loan

The VA mortgage is a no-money-down program available to members of the U.S. military and surviving spouses.

Guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, VA loans are similar to FHA loans in that the agency guarantees repayment to lenders making loans which means VA mortgage guidelines.

VA loan qualification are straight-forward.

In general, active duty and honorably discharged service personnel are eligible for the downloadVA program. In addition, home buyers who have spent at least 6 years in the Reserves or National Guard are eligible, as are spouses of service members killed in the line of duty.

Some key traits of the VA loan include :

  • You may use intermittent occupancy
  • Bankruptcy and other derogatory credit do not immediately disqualify you
  • No mortgage insurance is required

VA loans also allow for loan sizes of up to $1,094,625 in high-cost areas. This can be helpful in areas such as San Francisco, California; and Honolulu, Hawaii which are home to U.S. military bases.

USDA Mortgage : 100% Financing

No Money Down options exist for non-military borrowers, too. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a 100% mortgage, too. The program is formally known as a Section 502 mortgage, but, more commonly, it’s called a Rural Housing Loan.

The good news about the USDA Rural Housing Loan is that it’s not just a “rural loan” — it’s available to buyers in suburban neighborhoods, too. The USDA’s goal is to reach “low-to-moderate income homebuyers”, wherever they may be.

Many borrowers using the USDA Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program make a good living and reside in neighborhoods which don’t meet the traditional definition of rural.

For example, college towns including Christiansburg, Virginia; State College, Pennsylvania; and even suburbs of Columbus, Ohio meet USDA eligibility standards. So do the less-populated suburbs of some major U.S. cities.

Some key traits of the USDA loan include :

  • You may include eligible home repairs and improvements in your loan size
  • There is maximum home purchase price
  • Guarantee fee added to loan balance at closing; mortgage insurance collected monthly

Another key benefit is that USDA mortgage rates are often lower than rates for comparable, low- or no-downpayment mortgages. Financing a home via the USDA can be the lowest cost means of homeownership.

Home Buyers Get Low Mortgage Rates

Not everyone will be eligible for today’s low-downpayment loans, which is okay.

2014 will be a big year for buyers. See how today’s low rates and low-downpayment loans fit your budget. And, consider getting a no-obligation pre-approval for your purchase.

76% Of Homeowners Say “It’s A Good Time To Buy”

Fdownloadannie Mae’s National Housing Survey includes data from more than 1,000 U.S. households and it’s not tough to see why respondents are bullish on housing. As compared to one year ago, home values in the majority of U.S. cities have climbed — in some cases, dramatically.

Values in previously hard-hit cities such as Phoenix, Arizona and San Francisco, California have climbed by as much as one-fifth from last spring; and, nationally, values are higher by 7 percent, on average, according to home valuation trackers including the Case-Shiller Index.

As a result, fewer U.S. homeowners are underwater on their homes, an about-face which has led some to change their mind about whether “it’s a good time to sell” their home.

12 months ago, just sixteen percent of U.S. consumers thought it was a good time to sell. Today, with fewer homeowners underwater on their home loans and with a stronger U.S. economy, that figure has climbed to 40%.

There are plenty of reasons for sellers to be excited for the housing market :

  • Existing Home Sales are up 10% annually
  • New Home Sales are up 29% annually
  • Home supply remains in “bull market” territory

Furthermore, National Association of Homebuilder (NAHB) reports more than 70% of U.S. metropolitan regions in the midst of “measurable and sustained” expansion. All of this growth has put buyers on the hot seat.

76% out surveyed consumers said “now is a good time to buy” a home

Mortgage Rates React To Federal Reserve

This week’s mortgage rate jump can be attributed to Wall Street and its changing expectations of the future of Fed stimulus. It’s also the reason why mortgage rates have climbed through most of May; the Federal Reserve’s last meeting concluded May 1, 2013.


In the Fed’s post-meeting press release, it said that the group’s third round of quantitative easing (QE3) would continue into the foreseeable future, but that the Fed may increase or decrease its pace of purchases as warranted by economic growth.

To Wall Street, this means that signals of U.S. economic growth are cues to sell mortgage-backed securities (MBS). It’s a way to get ahead of the Fed’s “tapering” of purchases, which is expected to lead bond prices down.

When bonds prices fall, mortgage rates rise.

Meanwhile, Wednesday, mortgage rates were smacked with a double-whammy.

First, in the morning, in testimony to Congress, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the U.S. economy may stall if economic stimulus is lifted prematurely. Many took that to mean that the Fed would leave its QE3 program untouched — at least for a number of quarters.

In a follow-up clarification, though, Bernanke added that the Fed has not ruled out a cut to QE3 before summer’s end.

The remarks sent mortgage markets reeling. Wall Street shifted bets, pushing mortgage rates up.

If you were shopping for a loan, you would have recognized this change in the form of higher discount points. A morning quote of 3.59% with 0.7 discount points would have jumped to 3.59% with 1.2 discount points by noon.

The deterioration continued into the afternoon.

At 2:00 PM ET, the Federal Reserve released the minutes from its April 30 – May 1, 2013 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

The minutes revealed that several Fed members expressed a willingness to reduce the group’s $85 billion monthly bond purchases as soon as June 2013 — well ahead of Wall Street’s expectation for a cutback, and even more quickly than hinted by Chairman Bernanke earlier in the day.

The release of the Fed Minutes sent mortgage rates higher for the second time of the day and, by market closing, required discount points had climbed another half-percentage point.

The same 3.59% rate now requires 1.7 discount points — an additional $4,170 due at settlement for loans made at the national conforming loan limit of $417,00

First-Time Home Buyers Are Rising

As home valuthCAE5XGLWes rise nationwide, buyers are getting anxious. Anecdotally, multiple-offer situations are becoming more common and, in some areas such as San Diego and Inland Empire, they’re currently the norm.

There are 19% fewer homes for sale nationwide as compared to one year ago and the homes which are for sale are selling faster. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, homes are now “on the market” for 24% fewer days as compared to one year ago.

Buyers are acting quickly — especially first-timers.

Because of falling mortgage rates, today’s home buyers have up to 10 percent more purchasing power. First-time buyers are using this boost to leave the world of renting, and to become homeowners.

First-time buyers represent 30% of all home buyers nationwide. Many are using low- and no-downpayment mortgage programs.

  • The FHA offers a 3.5% downpayment mortgage
  • The VA offers 100% mortgages for active military and veterans
  • The USDA offers 100% mortgages to buyers “of modest means in modest areas”
  • Fannie Mae offers  a 3% downpayment mortgage, which allows downpayment gifts

Even the jumbo mortgage market is making low downpayment programs available. With just 10% down, qualified home buyers can borrow up to $750,000.


What Happens When A Home Appraises For Less Than Its Purchase Price?

After months of making offers, you finally get an offer accepted. Escrow is opened and the thlender orders appraisal. The appraisal report comes back and to your astonishment, the house of your dreams comes back under Sales price. In order words, the value is less than the purchase price….What do you don now??

First, what is an appraisal ?….An appraisal is the  monetary value on a property given by a licensed home appraiser.  appraising a property a home buyer has an idea of the “fair market value” on home.  The appraisal helps to determine whether you’re over-paying for a home relative to similar for-sale homes, or getting a “good price”. In a refinance , the appraisal  report — except those using a no-appraisal-needed streamlined refinance — the appraisal helps to determine your mortgage eligibility.

An appraiser has different methods for arriving to a “Fair Market Value”.In residential loans, an appraiser  uses the Sale Comparison Approach method. Via the Sales Comparison appraisal approach, a home appraiser will compare your home to similar homes in the immediate vicinity with similar physical attributes

An appraiser will utilize the value of homes that have sold, within a mile radius from your property and that have sold in the last 3 months. In some rare cases, an appraiser will go over a mile radius to find comparable sales and properties that have sold in the last 6 months. The appraiser looks at the properties with common traits to your. For examples of such traits includes number of bedrooms; number of bathrooms; age of home; quality of home finishes; and square footage. Location matters, too, such that similar homes in different school districts may have different appeal and may not be considered “comparable.

Once an appraiser arrives at a value, he issues the appraisal report. A copy of  appraisal report is given to you and to the lender. The lender will use that value to determine you down payment

What does the lender do if the appraised value is less than purchase price?

thCA62WCOKIn mortgage lending, your loan is determine by the value or sale price which ever is less. In other words, if you purchase a $350,000 house with  an appraised value is $340,000, and you are planning to make a 3.5% down payment via the FHA, your down payment is calculated the following way:

Sales Price $350,000

Appraised Value $340,000

Down Payment=340,000 x 3.5=$11,900

Since your property appraised for $10,000 less than the Sales price, you have three potential outcomes :

1.Buyer and seller renegotiate a new, lower home sale price

2.Buyer increases down payment to meet new LTV and down payment minimums

3.Buyer chooses neither option, and cancels home purchase contract

The possibility of a “bad appraisal” is among the reasons why the majority of home purchase contracts are written with an appraisal contingency. In the event that the home fails to appraise for its purchase price, the contingency clause gives buyers an opportunity to re-evaluate. Unless, you agree to pay the full price. This is becoming a common practice in highly desirable and in demand neighborhoods.

In this highly competitive market where house inventory is low and competition is  very high, many sellers will tell you ,up front, that if the property does not value, you still need to come up with the difference. For example, based on the scenario above,  if down payment is $11,900 and you agreed to come up with the difference, your new down payment will be $11,9000 plus $10,000 difference.

What can I do?

If you plan to buy a home in 2013 or 2014, consider your household budget and your expected home down payment. Talk to an experienced Realtor and ask about his/her experience with under value properties. An experienced Realtor will perform a value analysis on the property that you want to purchase and give you an idea of the current value of the house. Remember, an appraisal can change your math, and so can rising home prices. In this new market, you need to PREPARE, PREPARE and PREPARE!!

Call me see how much home you can afford and start getting prepare for the purchase of your dream home– it’s free and there’s no obligation whatsoever!




Mortgage Rates Spike Up After Jobless Rate Drop

2013-03-09_0842The Chart above provides  the performance of the mortgage market in the last 48 hours. Mortgage rates are essentially higher, and the recent unemployment numbers are to blame.

What does unemployment numbers have to do with mortgage rates?

Each month, on the first Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its Non-Farm Payrolls report. More commonly called the “jobs reports”, Non-Farm Payrolls details the employment situation of the United States, summarizing by sector. On Friday, March 9th, when the government reported  the U.S. jobless rate , the jobless rate dropped to 7.7% in February –the lowest mark in over four years

High unemployment causes a weak economy and a weak economy contributed to low mortgage rates between 2009-2011. In makes sense, then, that mortgage rates should rise when the economy moves to recover.

That’s precisely what’s occurred on Friday.

In the instant that the jobs report was released, mortgage markets sold-off. In other words, investor’s confidence went up. Investors moved their money from bonds to stocks. Within seconds, mortgage bonds tanked enough to raise conforming and FHA mortgage   +0.125 percent.

More jobs support  economic growth which make investors feel better about risk and investments. Wall Street gets happy! Unfortunately, Mortgage bond markets are the anti-thesis of risk. When Wall Street chases risk, rates tend to rise

Last year’s all-time mortgage rate lows are likely gone for good, lost to an improving U.S. economy. FHA mortgage rates, conforming mortgage rates, and jumbo mortgage rates are all higher today and are expected to remain that way over the long-term, absent explicit market intervention from the Federal Reserve

What to do now?

If you’ve been waiting to lock a mortgage rate or buy a home, take advantage of what the jobs market data is telling you. The economy is improving and, with it, mortgage rates will rise. The rates you lock today may be your lowest rate ever..

Housing Market Boom? Local Home Buyers Compete With Foreign Cash

Fthoreign investors have helped to revitalize the Southern California real estate market. However, this has caused short-term problems for local buyers. Many local buyers have put offers on houses only to be turned away because foreign investors have all cash offers. Foreclosures have plunged statewide while median house prices have increased by 25%. The foreign buyer ‘spree’ is expected to eventually make it easier for new buyers to enter the market, which will cause property values to go up.

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Home Buyer’s Last Chance For Cheap Housing?

8651340-suburb-real-estate-backgroundThe National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released its quarterly report. The report measures the median household income of 225 metropolitan areas nationwide, and maps those findings against each respective areas’ median housing costs.

The result is what’s called the Home Opportunity Index (HOI), a quarterly report of home affordability nationwide.

The Home Opportunity Index makes the following assumptions:

  • It assumes a 10% downpayment by the buyer.
  • It assumes that mortgage rates are equal to a weighted average of the quarterly fixed- and adjustable-rate mortgages.
  • It assumes that a home buyer’s monthly housing payment won’t exceed twenty-eight percent of the area monthly median income.

Using these values, the NAHB Home Opportunity Index found that nearly 3 in 4 U.S. residents could “afford” to buy a home. Affordability has been boosted by low mortgage rates and low home prices.

Today, the economy is mending. More than 4.3 million jobs have been added; home prices are rising in many U.S. markets; and consumer spending is on the rise. Home affordability is among the lingering effects of last decade’s recession. Soon, homes won’t be so affordable.

If you plan to buy a home in 2013 or 2014, consider moving up your timeframe. Beyond the cliché, it really is a good time to buy. Get started by seeing how much home you can afford. Get a personalize rate quote  and start to build your budget.

Will Mortgage Rates Ever Fall Again?

2013-03-05_1119Mortgage rates have increased on the majority of calendar days this year, peaking at 3.56 percent, on average, nationwide for borrowers willing to pay closing costs and points. For borrowers wanting loans with zero closing costs, rates are closer to 4 percent.

Rates should continue to climb.

There has now been 28 consecutive months of U.S. job growth, a period during which 4.4 million net new jobs have been created. Furthermore, the number of first-time jobless claims has been steadily dropping — another sign of an improving jobs market. Jobs matter to the economy because, with more employed persons, more taxes are paid, more money is spent, and more hiring occurs. More working citizens can also correlate to higher demand for homes which can move the economy forward as well.

In response to the improving economy, the Federal Reserve has suggested a timetable against which it will begin to remove market stimulus. This, too, has contributed to rising mortgage rates.

However, the mortgage-backed bond market does remain precariously balanced. A single unexpected event could reverse market sentiment, which would lead mortgage rates lower once again. Events like these have occurred in April during the last three years of trading — it can certainly happen again this year.

  • In 2010, the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull interrupted European economic output
  • In 2011, Greece and its sovereign debt crisis threatened all of the Eurozone.
  • In 2012, the Eurozone’s future was doubted as Spain and Italy struggled, too

For 2013, no new “crisis” has emerged to lead mortgage rates lower and start a reversal — at least not yet. Should one occur, however, and should it be euro-related and far-reaching, we can expect it to re-ignite the flight to quality assets which tends to lead U.S. mortgage rates lower.There is an early candidate in Italy’s anti-austerity vote, plus mass protests in Portugal against the same. These events could be a spark to re-ignite safe haven buying. Or, they could quickly pass over.

This year’s home buyers and refinancing households can hope, anyway — especially the FHA-insured homeowners wanting to refinance ahead of the new FHA mortgage insurance premiums.The FHA changes go into effect April 1, 2013

Get A Free, Personalized Mortgage Rate

If you’re shopping today’s mortgage rates, you’ve likely noticed changes in the market. Rates are steadily rising for all types of loans, and rates are changing quickly, too.Be safe about your mortgage rate. Get a quote, complete with closing costs. If the numbers fit your personal budget and the mortgage meets your needs, consider locking that rate in — it won’t likely last.

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