5 Tips for Millennial Home Buyers

MillennialsThe Millennial generation has a considerably more challenging road to homeownership in large part to increased student debt and challenges with credit. Oftentimes, Millennials looking to buy their first home are under the impression that it’s not possible and choose to rent instead. However, by following these 5 buying tips, the Millennial generation can make the goal of owning a home a reality.

1.) Stay Within Budget
It can be easy to get caught up in a passionate bidding war when you think you’ve found your dream home. Unfortunately, this often happens to First Time Home Buyers who forget to stick to their budget. Once Pre-Approved for a mortgage and a down payment is calculated, it’s imperative to stick to those numbers and not offer more. A real estate agent can run comparables of homes in the area you are looking at and help determine a reasonable offer.

2.) Save!Family Finances
This might seem like an obvious tip, but for Millennials, it’s crucial. With surmountable student debt, high credit card bills, and the overall cost of living, saving is often easier said than done. However, by determining the cost of your potential down payment, even setting aside a small amount each month over time will help you reach your goal of owning a home within your set budget.

3.) Get the Help of Professionals
It might seem tempting to take on the home buying process on your own, perhaps with the idea of saving a little money in mind. In reality, enlisting the help of a loan officer and a real estate agent can save you a lot of headaches down the road. When it comes to any complicated closing issues, or language in contracts that might be confusing, you’ll be thankful that you have the help of people familiar with the process.

4.) Find Who You Like and Who You Know
Building off of the last tip, there are many professionals you can choose from to help you. Make sure that you are comfortable with who is helping you buy your first home. Take the time to find somebody you can trust and can communicate well with so that your needs and goals are being met throughout the entire process.

5.) Consider Doing it Yourself
It is a great idea to have an idea of what home repairs and projects you are willing to take on yourself as a new homeowner, and which you would want a professional for. In addition, which projects would give you more return on your investment should you decide to sell later on. By doing this, you’ll be sure you are submitting the best offer on the home you want and hopefully will minimize and surprise expenses down the road.

pre-approval-2As they say, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” And today’s Millennials are proof of that. Do you have questions about buying your First Home?
Reach out to Me to discuss your mortgage options and to take advantage of my FREE JumpStart Mortgage Pre-Approval service.

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How To Buy a Home Even With Student Loan Debt

Student Loan Debt may be at all-time highs, but Millennials aren’t letting that stop them from buying a home. In fact, a recent report shows that 27 percent of all First Home Buyers have student loan debt. And First-Time Buyers? A whopping 40 percent have student loans.

Family FinancesSo how do they do it? How do they keep making monthly loan installments while saving for a down payment or paying a mortgage at the same time? Here’s how today’s buyers are making it happen.

They’re choosing the right loan programs. For buyers with student loan debt, an FHA loan can be a great option. And both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have made favorable changes to how student loan debt factors into the mortgage qualification.

They’re getting gifts and co-borrowing. Many buyers are choosing to use gift money from family members to pay their down payment or other costs, while others are choosing to co-borrow their mortgage with a significant other or roommate. Both of these help lower the costs of home buying at the outset.

They’re taking advantage of down payment assistance programs. Saving for a down payment is often the hardest part when you’ve got student loan debt on your shoulders. Fortunately, there are hundreds of down payment (and closing cost) assistance programs that can help cover these expenses and more. Check your state, city and county to find out if there are any you qualify for.

They’re working on their credit. A great credit score means a great mortgage rate — and less money paid monthly and over the life of the loan. Today’s buyers are boosting their scores by paying down their debts, avoiding late payments and watching their credit reports carefully.

As they say, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” And today’s Millennials are proof of that. Do you have questions about buying a home while dealing with student loan debt?
Reach out to Me to discuss your mortgage options and to take advantage of my FREE  JumpStart Mortgage Pre-Approval service

 

Mortgage Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval – They Are Not the Same

The terms used in the initial steps of getting a loan can be confusing and misleading. Understanding the difference between a Pre-Qualification and a Pre-Approval helps determine how much house you can afford, and if you are qualified to get a loan. Here’s a breakdown of the difference between two very similar and equally important terms:
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The Pre-Qualification is a less involved process than the Pre-Approval and can be done over the phone or online. Mortgage Pre-Qualification is an informal snapshot of a borrower’s creditworthiness.
It is based on verbal information provided by the borrower. As the borrower, you provide the loan officer with information about your overall financial picture including debt, income, and assets. It does not involve an analysis of your credit report or a close look at your ability to purchase a home. The pre-qualification letter allows you to explore your mortgage options with a lender and ask any initial questions.
Pre-Approval:
Only a Mortgage Underwriter Can Issue a Mortgage Pre-Approval Letter.
The Pre-Approval Letter comes from the mortgage company you are working with and is essentially a commitment that you have a loan approved for a certain amount of money subject to an appraisal of the property you want to buy. This letter is supported by required documentation that you voluntarily provide including;
– Credit checkpre-approval-2
– Income/employment verification
– Analysis of your financial obligations such as   credit card balances, car loans, etc.
– Copies of W-2s, pat stubs and bank statements
– Other pertinent documentation as  required
Once you are Pre-Approved, you can move forward with looking for a home confident in knowing you have a conditional commitment for the money you need to buy a your new home.

Loan Officers can not issue a valid Mortgage Pre-Approval Letter.
A valid Mortgage Approval has been underwritten by an authorized underwriter (an underwriter is the final person that says your loan is approved). If an underwriter Pre-Approves your application upfront, issues you a valid Mortgage Pre-Approval Letter, all you have to do is find the home you want, have it inspected and appraised, and you should be able to close in less than a month. This gives you leg up on an offer from somebody who has not been pre-approved.

If you are looking to buy a new home, a Mortgage Pre-Approval Letter is the smartest way to proceed. Call Me at 860.945.9284 to discuss the right mortgage option for your family and to take advantage of my FREE Jump Start Mortgage Pre-Approval service.

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Licensed CT Mortgage Loan Officer

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I aced my 8-hour Continuing Education Exam, I passed a criminal background check and my credit report checks out. The CT Department of Banking has renewed my Mortgage Loan Officer license for 2018.

So… Don’t Keep Me a Secret … If you know someone who could benefit from working with a Licensed CT Mortgage Loan Officer like myself, please send me their contact information. I will follow-up and take good care of them for you. I’m never too busy for your referrals.

Terryville CT Homes for Sale – Eligible for 100% USDA Financing

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Smart Home Buyers in Terryville CT are very interested in the USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan.

 

They find this mortgage particularly attractive because:
• No Down Payment is required
• Have the ability to finance 100% of the home’s appraised value
• Lower mortgage insurance than conventional or FHA loans
• More lenient credit score requirements than for conventional loans
• Unlike VA loans, there is no military service requirement
• The only zero-down loan on the market besides the VA mortgage

OVERVIEW
The USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan program offers many benefits to qualified buyers
• Up to 100% Financing of the home’s Appraised Value – No Down Payment is required on eligible homes
• Ability to finance Closing Costs when the Appraised Value is higher than the contract sales price of eligible properties
• One 30 year fixed rate mortgage at today’s low-interest rates
• Buyers with <20% down payment can afford higher priced listings because Monthly MI is cheaper than premiums associated with conventional and FHA mortgages
• No Pre-Payment Penalty. No Re-Capture Tax like CHFA
• No limit on Seller Contributions. No limit on Gift Funds
• No Cash Contribution required from buyer
• Credit Scores down to 620.

CAVEATS
The USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan program does have a few restrictions:
• The home must be in USDA “designated rural areas” like Plymouth, CT
• Adjusted household income cannot exceed established income limits
• Available to First Home Buyers and Repeat Buyers purchasing a single family home as their primary residence in a USDA eligible area
> Cannot own any other type of residential property at time of closing

My expertise with the USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan expands my ability to provide clients with the right home financing solution. Get Pre-Approved
Call Me to discuss your mortgage options and to take advantage of my FREE  Jump Start Mortgage Pre-Approval service.
You just might be able to move into your new home in Terryville, CT with little or no out-of-pocket money and low affordable monthly payments.

Terryville CT Homes For Sale – Eligible for 100% USDA Financing

Smart Home Buyers in Terryville CT are very interested in the USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan.

usda 3They find this mortgage particularly attractive because:
•   No Down Payment is required
•   Have the ability to finance 100% of the home’s appraised value
•   Lower mortgage insurance than conventional or FHA loans
•   More lenient credit score requirements than for conventional loans
•   Unlike VA loans, there is no military service requirement
•   The only zero-down loan on the market besides the VA mortgage

OVERVIEW
The USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan program offers many benefits to qualified buyers
• Up to 100% Financing of the home’s Appraised Value – No Down Payment is required on eligible homes
• Ability to finance Closing Costs when the Appraised Value is higher than the contract sales price of eligible properties
• One 30 year fixed rate mortgage at today’s low-interest rates
• Buyers with <20% down payment can afford higher priced listings because Monthly MI is cheaper than premiums associated with conventional and FHA mortgages
• No Pre-Payment Penalty. No Re-Capture Tax like CHFA
• No limit on Seller Contributions. No limit on Gift Funds
• No Cash Contribution required from buyer
• Credit Scores down to 620.

CAVEATS
The USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan program does have a few restrictions:
• The home must be in USDA “designated rural areas” like Terryville, CT
• Adjusted household income cannot exceed established income limits
• Available to First Home Buyers and Repeat Buyers purchasing a single family home as their primary residence in a USDA eligible area
> Cannot own any other type of residential property at time of closing

My expertise with the USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Housing Loan expands my ability to provide clients with the right home financing solution.Get Pre-Approved
Call Me to discuss your mortgage options and to take advantage of my FREE  Jump Start Mortgage Pre-Approval service.
You just might be able to move into your new home in Terryville, CT with little or no out-of-pocket money and low affordable monthly payments.

FHA 203(k) vs FNMA Homestyle – Info You Should Know

contractorThe FHA 203(k) Standard Rehab Loan, the FHA Streamline 203(k) and the FNMA Homestyle Renovation Mortgage are single-close mortgage that enables borrowers to purchase a home that needs repairs, or refinance the mortgage on their existing home and include the necessary funds for renovation in the loan balance. The loan amount is based on the “as-completed” value of the home not the present value
Here’is an overview of what you should know about each program.

FHA 203(k) Standard
•  All FHA(203k) loans require a FHA Approved Consultant who acts as a “construction manager” to oversee and inspect the rehabilitation project from start to finish. Consultant works with the borrower’s contractor to write-up a cost estimate and work plan  for the project
•  Used for the purchase or refinance of properties needing major structural repairs. Any repair is acceptable; however – health and safety items and building code violations must be addressed first.
•  Minimum $5,000 requirement for repair cost. The loan amount including purchase price and rehab cost cannot exceed the FHA maximum loan amount for the county.
•  Cost of rehab includes: energy package and lead paint abatement costs, consultant fees, architectural and engineering fees, contingency reserves, inspections and up to 6 months PITI if homeowner can’t live in property during the rehab.
•  Maximum repair amount is 110% of the after-improved value
•  Maximum LTV 96.5%
•  Eligible Properties include:
◊  1-4 unit owner-occupied properties
◊  Owner-occupied FHA approved condos in a 1-4 unit structure are eligible when   the funds are being used only to renovate the interior space of the subject unit.
◊  Mixed-use owner-occupied properties are eligible when the rehab funds are used only on the residential sections and access areas leading to it
•  Project must begin within 30 days of loan closing and must be completed within 6 months. Rehab projects lasting more than 6 months are not eligible.

FHA (203k) Streamline
Used for the purchase or refinance of properties needing minor repairs or upgrading
No Minimum Repair cost. Maximum repair cost of up to $35,000 for non-structural repairs only
•  Eligible Properties include:
◊  1-4 unit owner-occupied properties
◊  Owner-occupied FHA approved condos in a 1-4 unit structure are eligible when   the funds are being used only to renovate the interior space of the subject unit.
◊  Mixed-use owner-occupied properties are eligible when the rehab funds are used only on the residential sections and access areas leading to it
A 203(k) Consultant is not required in most cases
Maximum LTV is 96.5%.
Contractor must be licensed and bonded. Borrower is allowed to choose their own contractor as long as they meet FHA guidelines. Contractor provides written work plan and cost estimates.

FNMA Homestyle
•  FNMA Homestyle is the only rehab loan product that allows for a relationship between the borrower and the contractor.
•  FNMA Homestyle is an ideal product for borrowers who have loan amounts which exceed FHA county limits or have an LTV of less than 80%.
•  Any type of structural and non-structural repair is eligible as long as it is permanently affixed to the property and adds value.
•  Eligible properties include: 1-4 unit principal residences; one-unit second homes; one unit investor properties including condos, co-ops and PUDS.
•  Renovations must be completed within a 12 month period.
•  Maximum Repair amount is 50% of after improved value.
•  Maximum LTV is 95% for one-unit principal residence; 85% for 2 unit principal residence; 75% for 3-4 unit residence and 90% for second homes.
•  All renovation work must be performed by a licensed contractor. The borrower must choose his or her own contractor to perform the needed renovation, subject to the lender’s determination that the contractor is qualified and experienced
•  Under Fannie Mae’s “Do It Yourself” repair option, which is available for one-unit properties only, the borrower may complete repairs that the lender reviews and approves in advance.

Many of the existing homes that are listed for sale in today’s markets are functionally obsolete because they are older and don’t have the amenities today’s buyers are looking for in a home.

The answer is you can get a mortgage to buy a house and fix it up at the same time using the same loan Renovation financing otherwise known as FHA 203K and FannieMae HomeStyle loans; provide solutions for this stalled market segment. The renovation financing revolution is in full bloom as home buyers are taking properties in need of attention and turning them into dream homes with help from the FHA and Fannie Mae.prequal-vs-preapproval

Call  Rick Cignoli @ 860.945.9284 to discuss the right mortgage option for your family and to take advantage of my FREE Mortgage “Jump Start” Pre-Approval service

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