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Fannie Mae Introduces new Short Sale Tool

Buying a home is one of the most exciting and scary times in a person’s life but it is also very complicated. There are a number of parties to this transaction and they read like a movie credit in order of appearance:

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Bank of America Accepted Short Sale – but they say you still owe

Bank of America Customer Service

After a few weeks of the multiple times per day barrage of phone calls from Bank of America I attempted to resolve this by calling them myself. The colossal comedy of incompetence a person has to suffer in order to get a straight answer from Bank of America is deplorable! As a Mortgage Loan Officer with nearly 15 years of experience speaking the language of mortgage lenders I can only imagine how impossible this experience is to someone without similar experience.

Auto Lease Payments – Mortgage Underwriting Tip

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In the old days, you know before Barney Frank told us on the O’Reilly Factor that mortgages were a safe bet and Fannie Mae was solid (very tounge in cheek) if you had an auto lease and there were fewer than 10 remaining payments remaining in the lease and if you were applying for a conventional mortgage loans lenders were not required to count the lease payment against your total debt to income ratio as a factor to making a loan.

An exception was unless the lease payment consumed so much of your income that it would prevent you from being abler to make your new mortgage payment, however this may differ if you are renting and have a lease agreement with your landlord.

Three years into the Great Recession we know that Barney Frank was wither lying or is just plain stupid because since shortly after he made that statement to Bill both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been in a quasi state of bankruptcy no mans land we call receivership of the US Federal Government. Its stock prices has plummeted from it’s all time Continue reading Auto Lease Payments – Mortgage Underwriting Tip

Three Reasons a Seller Should Get a Home Inspection

Home Inspection Report for Sellers

Buying &  selling a home under the best of circumstances can be stressful for both buyer and seller.

If you are the seller there are countless hours spent cleaning, primping, and pruning the property for the eagerly awaited day that a contract is received, negotiated and finally accepted. Continue reading Three Reasons a Seller Should Get a Home Inspection

What is Predatory Lending?

Predatory Lending Considerations

Subprime lending is not synonymous with predatory lending, and loans with the features described as Subprime are not necessarily predatory in nature. However, institutions should ensure that they do not engage in the types of predatory lending practices discussed in the Expanded Subprime Guidance. Typically, predatory lending involves at least one of the following elements: Continue reading What is Predatory Lending?

What Gives My Mortgage Company the Right to Hold My Insurance Claim Check?

The Escrow Department will likely be the same department that will cash and hold your insurance claims check. Don’t be surprised if your bank/lender actually place a hold on the check for up to five business days due to the protential for fraud given the number of mass losses that have occurred recently.

What is a Mortgage or Deed of Trust?

To understand what is a mortgage is you first have to understand the etymology {history}  of the word mortgage.

It is said that the first mortgage ever recorded dates to 1190 in England. Common English Law provided protections to the grantee (lender) of that mortgage loan and these protections granted the lender in the borrowers property.

At that time most pledges or loans were what was known as “Living Pledges”  which were just that pledges of possessions while one was living until the debt was paid. Continue reading What is a Mortgage or Deed of Trust?

What is Private Mortgage Insurance?

I have PMI?

What Private Mortgage Insurance and why do I have it?

Years ago when your grand parents bought a home they saved each extra penny they could until they had enough for a down payment that was equal to at least 20% of the  price of their dream home.

More likely your grand father was likely was  returning veteran of WWII or the Korean War and then they used their entitlements benefits under the GI Bill and probably bought their firs home with a VA loan with no money down.

For the rest of us who can’t put together a tidy sum of 20% in cash for a down payment on a home which in  Raleigh could be as much as $35,000 there’s Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
Private mortgage insurance exists in a variety of forms.

Here is an example of just a the most common;

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