New Mortgage Escrow Rules for January 2014

New Mortgage Escrow Rules for January 2014 Nearly three years after passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ,  a response to the mortgage crisis of 2007-2008 that has left millions of Americans licking their financial wounds from foreclosures and short sales; new escrow rules…

FAQ – How Will a Government Shut-down Delay My Mortgage Loan Application?

There’s been a lot of rhetoric coming from both sides of the congressional aisles these days; from Democratic and Republican parties and even a few in between. But  recently the media has begun reporting government shutdown fallacies as facts. I’ve stayed out of this very heated political discussion for obvious reasons, but when a client recently sent…

FHA 203(b) Loans for North Carolina borrowers with 620 Fico Scores

Until recently, getting a loan to purchase a home in Raleigh North Carolina for borrowers with credit scores greater than 620 but less than 640 was nearly impossible. However, because of the improving real estate markets, lenders are beginning to once again to loosen their credit guidelines.

Private Mortgage Insurance helps lead the way in the Housing Recovery

Private Mortgage Insurers leading the way in housing recovery   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…

Underwriting Tip – VA Loans Unmarried Applicants

Question: My partner and I are not married and only one of us is an eligible veteran while the other is not.  Can both our income be considered for the loan application? Answer: YES, as long as one of you have a VA entitlement and both of you meet your lenders credit criteria, your marital…

FEMA Declared Disaster Area – Loan Application in Process

Because of the plethora of natural disasters across the country it occurred to me that there may be a lot of Buyers and Sellers whose purchase or sale or mortgage refinance has been delayed for reasons they simply do not understand. This post is intended to be an overview of what additional inspections and verification a homeowner or seller can expect in the mortgage…