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Can I use Room Mate Income to Qualify for a Mortgage?

Questions you really should be asking

One of the phenomena of the Great Recession is that young people are turning to family members and other young professionals to share housing.

A question that was recently presented to me by a client wanting to buy the SINGLE FAMILY home they have been renting as their primary resident:

“Can I use roommate income to qualify for a mortgage”?

Answer: It Depends Continue reading Can I use Room Mate Income to Qualify for a Mortgage?

Raleigh Area First Time Home Buyers find help in the 2014 Farm Bill

Some of the biggest talking points coming  out of the $956 Billion 2014 Farm Bill is that Food Stamps were cut by $900M per year, it ends a two decades old  Direct Payments to farmers at a savings of $5B per year and even includes funding for Hemp (marijuana) research.

But what most people are unaware of is that in a rare act of bi-partisan behavior, both sides of the aisle agreed that it was in the best interest of the overall economy to retain the pre-2010 USDA Guaranteed Rural Development Housing Maps until 2020. Continue reading Raleigh Area First Time Home Buyers find help in the 2014 Farm Bill

FAQ – What is a ‘Qualified Mortgage’?

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The new federal agency Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s  (CFPB) Qualified Mortgage & Ability To Pay  (ATR) regulations require mortgage lenders in Raleigh and Cary and all other US markets to clearly establish and document a borrower’s ability to be expected to repay the loan they have agreed to make, as well as to meet certain rules to be classified as a Qualified Mortgage. Continue reading FAQ – What is a ‘Qualified Mortgage’?

8 Basic Requirements of the Ability to Repay Mortgage Rule

Regardless of whether you believe that the so-called Great Recession was caused by reckless and irresponsible mortgage lending or government perversion of free markets by encouraging banks to make risky mortgage loans to people with questionable credit and practically no down payment or a combination of the two, one thing is irrefutable;

The government has created a whole new bureaucracy called the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB) whose authority is far reaching and made possible by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act).

FAQ – What is a IRS Request for Transcript of Tax Return (4506t)

One of the most common cause of foreclosure is misstated or overstated income. Since the mortgage meltdown of 2008, Imageand because of increased accountability to Washington, lenders are now required to take extra steps to verify that borrowers have the ability to pay. Continue reading FAQ – What is a IRS Request for Transcript of Tax Return (4506t)

FAQ – FHA ‘Back to Work; Extenuating Circumstances’ Explained

Normally HUD Mortgage Letters are pretty boring stuff but the FHA recently made headlines when they issued the HUD Mortgagee letter 13-26 dated 08/15/2013 with the subject ‘Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstances’.

This 15 page letter outlines how the FHA plans to make exceptions that will allow borrowers with troubled past related to the economic malaise commonly called the Great Recession, to reenter the market in a shorter time-frame. Continue reading FAQ – FHA ‘Back to Work; Extenuating Circumstances’ Explained

Private Mortgage Insurance helps lead the way in the Housing Recovery

Private Mortgage Insurers leading the way in housing recovery

Here's a link to Ricardo Cobos's mobile tool kit for mortgages: http://raleigh.mortgagemapp.com/mobile
Example of how PMI stretches your home-buying dollar.

 

One of the earliest indicators of the housing meltdown which began in 2007 was that issuers of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) began to contract their underwriting guidelines for issuing PMI policies.  In fact, so bad was the meltdown that many PMI companies either stopped issuing policies altogether while some were even forced file for bankruptcy protection. Continue reading Private Mortgage Insurance helps lead the way in the Housing Recovery

How to get a No Money Down USDA mortgage loan in Raleigh

 

Logo of the USDA Rural Development office, par...
Logo of the USDA Rural Development office, part of the Department of Agriculture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 


What is a USDA Rural Development Loan?

Section 502 loans are primarily used to help low to moderate income individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas. Funds can be used to build, repair, renovate or relocate a home, or to purchase and prepare sites, including providing water and sewage facilities.

In Wake County North Carolina most areas outside city limits are eligible for financing and the 2013 income limits for a household of 4 is $91,850! Continue reading How to get a No Money Down USDA mortgage loan in Raleigh