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FAQ – Can I use income from marijuana sales to qualify for a mortgage?

Mortgage Underwriters’ hands are tied in using income from something the Federal Government considers illegal. Yet new regulations from DC … More FAQ – Can I use income from marijuana sales to qualify for a mortgage?

How much will the new FHA MIP Rules change save me?

Surprisingly, one of the brightest spots of the president’s State of the Union Address last night which might have received a standing ovation from both sides of the aisle barely received a passing mention!

The bright shining spot in his speech was the president’s recent directive to HUD regarding the FHA Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium. Effective January 26, 2015 the FHA is decreasing the annual mortgage insurance premium [MIP] from 1.35% to 0.85% benefiting most FHA loans issued since May 31, 2009 Continue reading How much will the new FHA MIP Rules change save me?

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?

Dos & Don’ts During Your Mortgage Process

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Dos and Donts During the Loan Process


  • Make loan and other debt payments on time, especially over the months leading up to the filing of your mortgage application. It sounds simple, but every 30-, 60- or 90-day delinquency on a loan or credit card will reduce the credit score the lender ends up considering as part of the loan file. That score, in turn, will determine the interest rate you get on your home loan. Continue reading Dos & Don’ts During Your Mortgage Process

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

The Trouble With Trial Mortgage Loan Modifications

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These days there seems to be no shortage today of people or politicians angry at mortgage companies.  Most however tend to be  customers of the nations five largest mortgage servicers;

Bank of America, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, JP Morgan Chase & Ally Financial.

The source of anger tends to be  focused on  foreclosure, short sale request or loan modifications aka work-outs that never seem to get worked out and result is foreclosure. Continue reading The Trouble With Trial Mortgage Loan Modifications

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?

FAQ – What is the FHA Gift Funds Section 1010 Verbiage

FHA Underwriting Tip;

FHA allows a borrower to meet the minimum statutory investment by using gift funds from either a close family member, government agency or approved non profit.
FHA requires that all gift letters include the section 1010 verbiage below –

Inflation Concerns Push Mortgage Rates Higher

Even with higher energy prices, consumers continued to spend freely on other items last month. The March sales figures from about two dozen large retail chain stores released on Thursday were stronger than expected. Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of economic activity, so this data was encouraging news for the economy.