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Things NOT to do before escrow closes

I am going to write another blog about what to expect at your mortgage closing, but I feel it is equally important to point out the things that you should stay clear of before we even get to the closing, because these things could put the whole mortgage at risk!

These are the things you should not do before you close escrow.

Changing Jobs

Lenders prefer a steady and consistent job history, and your whole mortgage to this point has been based on your current income history. Any changes in your employment at this point such as changing jobs, companies or becoming self-employed could spell disaster to your ability to purchase your home. At the very least, it could put the process on hold while the lender re-evaluates your financial position.

Making Big Purchases

Yes, you are getting ready to move into that new home and you need new furniture or appliances or you want to celebrate with a trip to Cancun, or maybe even want a new car to make your commute from your new home more enjoyable. All of this is definitely a bad idea! Your loan is based on something called “debt to income ratio” and it was calculated based on your current debt. Adding any more debt at this point will change that ratio not in your favor! Even buying these things with a cash reserve you have set aside is a bad idea, because you would have had to disclose your savings during the mortgage process and this was all taken into account when you were approved. So for now, do not make any purchases with any type of credit or cash savings. Wait until you have closed escrow and have the keys to your new home.

Paying Your Bills Late

This should be self explanatory, but you don’t want to be late on your car payments or credit card payments now, when your new home hangs in the balance. Be sure to stay current on all debt before and during the escrow process. Of course, you want to continue to stay current and pay off that debt even after you get the keys to your new house!

Opening/Closing New Credit Card Accounts

This is just a bad idea during your escrow. There is nothing to be gained by having more debt and opening new accounts could impact your credit status. The same is true for closing accounts, even though that may seem counter intuitive; closing accounts during the escrow could affect your credit rating. Now, sometimes lenders will ask you to pay off small debts in order to get your debt to income ration down to an acceptable level, but that is a request the lender will make, otherwise, just keep paying your monthly payments as usual.

Being Unreachable

The escrow process only last about 30 days on average, and during this time, your lender should be able to reach you easily. Don’t travel to remote places where you cannot be reached. Don’t get a new cell phone number, unless you give it to your lender first thing. Don’t take extended vacations, or travel to places you may not be able to get back from in time to close escrow. Many times during the closing there are small or large glitches, and the lender needs your attention right away, Not being available could push back the closing date on your new home.

These are just the big ones, and the ones that could impact you the most. Please feel free to contact me any time if there are questions about your closing. It is better to get the answers ahead of time, rather than dealing with a potential issue during the closing process. I am always available to help make this process easy and get you into your new home!

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Using Gift Money To Secure Your Loan

Congratulations on your decision to buy a house! Chances are you may be getting a gift to help secure the mortgage on that house, so we wanted to give some guidelines in receiving and using that money!

Conventional –Fannie Mae
Gift Donors may be a relative, such as the borrower’s spouse, fiancé, domestic partner, child (or other dependent), or any other individual related by blood, marriage, or adoption (or legal guardianship).

  • The donor MAY NOT be—or have any affiliation with—the builder, the developer, the real estate agent, or any other party interested in the transaction.
  • Gifts are NOT allowed for investment properties.

Conventional – Freddie Mac

  • Gift Donors may be a relative, such as a blood relative, spouse, fiancé, domestic partner, or legal guardian.
  • The donor MAY NOT be—or have any affiliation with—the builder, the developer, the real estate agent, or any other party interested in the transaction.
  • Gifts are NOT allowed for investment properties.

FHA Loan

  • Donors can be a relative as defined below*, or a close friend with a clearly defined and documented interest in the borrower.

”Relative” is defined as follows, regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or legal marital status:

    • Child (son, stepson, daughter, stepdaughter, foster child, or adopted son or daughter, including a child who is placed w/the borrower by a legal adoption agency)
    • Parent, step-parent, or foster parent
    • Grandparent, step-grandparent, or foster grandparent
    • Spouse or domestic partner
    • Brother or step brother
    • Sister or stepsister
    • Uncle or aunt
    • Son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law

VA Loan

  • You must be able to document that the gift funds come from an acceptable source — a family member or someone with a family-like relationship — with a legitimate paper trail via a bank account or financial institution.
  • No one involved in the loan transaction, including the lender, can be the source of the funds.

Who ever gifts you this money is helping you achieve a dream, and could position you in a great spot with regards to your new mortgage! Be sure to thank them in a grand way for their generous gift!

Sources:
Kim Kirk – SPMC.com
Veteransunitied.com

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What Is An IRS Levy?

Do You Know What An IRS Levy Is?

If you are selling a home and have had past IRS tax issues that may be unresolved, you should know what a levy is.

A IRS levy is a legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. It differs from a lien which is a legal claim against your property to secure payment for a tax debt, a levy will actually take your property.

The IRS will only issue a levy to taxpayers who do not pay their taxes or make arrangements to pay their taxes. Normally the IRS will levy your property only after these three conditions are met:

• The IRS assessed the tax and sent you a Notice and Demand for Payment (a tax bill);
• You neglected or refused to pay the tax; and
• The IRS sent you a Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to A Hearing (levy notice) at least 30 days before the levy. The IRS may give you this notice in person, leave it at your home or your usual place of business, or send it to your last known address by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested. Please note: if the IRS levies your state tax refund, you may receive a Notice of Levy on Your State Tax Refund, Notice of Your Right to Hearing after the levy.

How Could A Levy Impact My Home Sale

The IRS has asked all depositories (Banks, credit unions, escrow companies and similar institutions) to review and understand their responsibilities, and to process the levy immediately upon receipt from the IRS. Your escrow company will run a search to see if there are any pending transactions where the taxpayer, in this case you, will be receiving any payments. If the answer is yes, the IRS will be expecting to be paid before any money is distributed to you, the seller of the home. This should not be a surprise as the IRS notifies all taxpayers of any impending levy.

What You Should Do

Contacting the IRS to resolve your tax liability is always a good idea, and you are always entitled to hire counsel to help you navigate the process. If the levy causes an economic hardship you can request the levy be released. You also have the right to appeal the levy the IRS places on your wages, bank accounts and other property. More information is always available at http://www.irs.gov. Just do a site wide search for “IRS LEVY”

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Home Lending Debt-to-Income Ratio Increase Could Mean More Buying Power For Homebuyers

Fannie Mae has raised the debt-to-income ratio to 50% DTI, reasoning a higher debt ratio doesn’t mean poor credit. The debt-to-income (DTI) ratio is determined based on a borrower’s total amount of debt, including credit cards, student loans, auto loans and mortgages, compared to their total income. Fannie Mae’s recent changes will hopefully allow more homeowners to enter the housing  market with new expanded debt-to-income requirements, making it easier for borrowers with good credit but higher debt to acquire a home loan.

Applicants with high DTI ratios have been told their debt is too high for home lending approval. The Washington Post printed an article outlining how those rejected on home lending applications due to high debt-to income ratios often make payments for their debts early, signaling that on time payment, or payment default isn’t the issue. Of those declined applicants, some have never actually defaulted on their credit, but were declined based on their higher debt due to raised student expenses, cost of living increases as well as other expense inflation.

Fannie Mae wants to allow more homeowners to enter the market as it increases the DTI requirements. This shift by Fannie Mae opens up the market to almost 100,000 new, responsible, homeowners, and one might even be you! If you’re interested in getting pre-qualified for your home, give a call!

Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
2716 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-722-0395

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Summer Staycation

Were in the heat of summer and as the temperature rises, many are packing their bags and hitting the road. One way to save money this summer and still vacation is to enjoy a “staycation.”

First, lets clear up what a “staycation” is… A staycation is a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. With this type of planning, your family now has redirected unused funds that they would have spent on expensive travel, and still reap the advantages of relaxation, rest and quality family time. Sounds like a win to me!

Here are some items on my staycation list:

  • Visit the local museums
  • Go to the zoo
  • Hike a nearby trail
  • Go paint-balling or rollerskating
  • Go to the movies
  • Get a massage
  • Pay to have your house cleaned to bring hotel-level service to you
  • Grocery shop for your favorite foods
  • Create a restaurant schedule and visit local eateries
  • But your toes in the water (a pool, ocean or river)
Budgeting time to decompress and have fun with loved ones always rejuvenates my spirit. By taking a staycation you choose a thrifty alternative to an extravagant vacation. I have found myself more relaxed when it’s over because we don’t have the headache of packing, travel, itineraries and overspending.
Have you ever staycationed or are planning one?

Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
2716 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-722-0395

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Biggest Benefits to Your VA Loan

VA loans are beneficial for those who qualify for a VA home loan; including veterans, active duty, national guard and reserve members.  In order to apply for a VA loan, aside from your service, you must have suitable credit, sufficient income, and a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to be eligible for a VA-guaranteed home loan. The home must be purchase as your personal residence.

The biggest benefits of a VA home loan:

  • No Down Payment – Rather than paying 5%-20% on a down payment, you may finance a VA Loan up to 100% of the purchase price up to the VA loan limits in your state and county.
  • No Mortgage Insurance – It is common that lenders require you to pay mortgage insurance on a purchase with less than 20% down. There is no mortgage insurance requirement on a VA loan, making it very affordable upfront and over time.
  • Government Guarantee – The Federal Government guarantees the top 20% of  a VA loan.
  • No Prepayment Penalty – Most military personnel know their time in one location may be limited as orders often change.  Regardless of if you’re a veteran or current military, there’s no prepayment penalty or early-exit fee for the VA home loan.
  • Easier To Qualify – VA loan guidelines tend to be more flexible because of the VA loan guaranty. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs wants to make it easy for our service members to buy a home or refinance a home.
  • Funding Fee Flexibility – The VA allows funding fees to be financed so that nothing is due at closing. Also, if the veteran receives disability compensation from the VA the VA Funding Fee maybe waived.
  • VA Loans are Assumable – Assumable means you may transfer your VA loan in the future to a VA eligible buyer that meets the basic VA loan requirements. Assumable loans may be a great benefit to a buyer if the interest rates have increased since the home was originally purchased.

Helping Veterans and service members obtain home ownership financing is a personal goal for me.  There are many benefits to home ownership and even more if you served our country and are eligible for a VA loan.  If you want to learn more about VA Lending and how you can utilize the a VA home loan please email or call me today.

Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
2716 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-722-0395

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Why & How to Keep Your Household Financial Records

Whether your applying to purchase a home or thinking about selling, there are many different reasons why having up to date household financial records can help save you time and money.

Check your current financial records income taxes, W2s, bank, investment and retirement statements, also insurance such life health and disability and see what is missing or out of date. Contact the record keeper and request new copies. Keeping accurate records will help you make important financial decisions.

How Long Should You Keep Records?

  • 7 Years – Taxes/Credit Card Statements and Property Records
  • ALL IRA contribution records
  • 1 Year – Utility bills
  • Indefinitely – Property records

Safely Dispose of Records

Make sure you dispose of your records properly.

  • Digital – overwrite data or physically destroy storage medium
  • Paper – Shred or incinerate

Record Organization Categories:

Keeping your records organized is just as important as accurate. Here are some great categories to organize your records.

  • Health Records – Health insurance policies, bills, prescriptions, life insurance
  • Financial Records – Bank statements, taxes and loans
  • Home/Property Records – Mortgages, Deeds and property tax information

Knowing what records to keep and the proper way to store them can really make a difference when it comes to making important life decisions.

Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
2716 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-722-0395

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4 Exceptions To Having More Than 1 FHA Mortgage

It is well known that the FHA will not insure more than one property as a principal residence for any Borrower.  What is missing from that information to complete the understanding of what the FHA insures, are the circumstances in which a borrower with an existing FHA-insured Mortgage for a principal residence may obtain an additional FHA-insured Mortgage on a new principal residence.

  1. RELOCATION – Borrowers may be eligible for a second FHA-insured Mortgage without being required to sell an existing property covered by an FHA-insured Mortgage if the Borrower is relocating or has relocated for an employment-related reason. Also if the borrower is establishing or has established a new principal residence in an area more than 100 miles from the borrower’s current Principal Residence.
  2. FAMILY SIZE INCREASE – Borrowers may be eligible for another house with an FHA-insured Mortgage if the borrower provides satisfactory evidence that the borrower has had an increase in legal dependents and the property now fails to meet family needs. Also when the Loan-to-Value (LTV) ratio on the current principal residence is equal to or less than 75% -OR- is paid down to that amount, based on the outstanding mortgage balance and a current residential appraisal.
  3. VACATING JOINTLY-OWNED PROPERTY – Borrowers may be eligible for another FHA-insured Mortgage if the they are vacating (with no intent to return) the principal residence which will remain occupied by an existing co-borrower.
  4. NON-OCCUPYING CO-BORROWER – A non-occupying co-borrower on an existing FHA-insured Mortgage may qualify for an FHA-insured Mortgage on a new Property to be their own principal residence.

The FHA will not insure a mortgage if it is determined that the transaction was designed to use FHA mortgage insurance as a vehicle for obtaining investment properties, even if the property to be insured will be the only one owned using FHA mortgage insurance.

Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
2716 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-722-0395

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Buying A Home is Easier Than You Think

The most common misconception about buying a home is that it has to be a complicated process. Obviously factors can play into the simplicity of making a home purchase but if you do your homework, you should walk out of the experience feeling empowered by the simplicity of it.
Step 1 – How Much You Can Afford?
The first thing most buyers do that sets them on the wrong path, is looking for the home, going to open house or searching the web, before finding out what they are financially qualified to buy. Now, maybe you are a “cash” buyer, meaning you are making the purchase with cash you already have on hand, but the average home buyer utilizes home financing to make the purchase so the first step should always be research and consult a trusted mortgage lender. I love Yelp and feel it is a great tool to do background on lenders. Find a great lender that has your best interest at heart and is familiar with all the different loan programs. That lender will work with your financial options to find the best loan program for you. Your lender should work directly with you, meaning you aren’t just talking to their assistant or the loan processor.
Step 2 – Find the Realtor, Find the House
Do the same homework to find the best realtor. A great realtor will know what is on the market in your price range, as well as be in the loop to what is approaching the market and should work with your lender directly to communicate all the interest you have in each property. It is very important that you understand how different elements, such as Home Owners Association Fee’s or flood or other insurance fees pertaining to each individual property can play a role in your monthly mortgage payment.
It is very important that you work with a trusted lender who always have your best interest in mind. By “best interest” that means what you as a buyer will be most comfortable living with, while you transition into home ownership. Sometimes “best interest” gets twisted into maximum you can afford. Buying a home that stretches your budget beyond what allows you to live a good life is a recipe for disaster. The home buying process should be a simple process. Work with people you trust. Communicate when you are not feeling comfortable or do not understand. Your lender and your realtor should have no problem sitting down with you and explaining and outlining how each step of the home buying process works.
If you are interested in learning how to become a homeowner and want to see what you qualify to purchase let me know. Check my Yelp or follow me on Facebook to learn more about my process.
Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
2716 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-722-0395 

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What is “Boarder Income” and How Is It Utilized When Applying for a Loan?

Did you know you can use boarder income to help you qualify for certain loan programs? Understanding which programs allow you to utilize boarder income and the requirements for each can help you get ahead when applying for a loan.

Boarder income is income that a person receives for lodging, meals, or related services from people living on their property. There are three types of loans that you can apply boarder income to:

  1. Federal Housing Association (FHA)
  2. Fannie Mae (FNMA)
  3. Freddie Mac (FHLMC)

Federal Housing Association (FHA)

Boarder income applies to Boarders of the subject property renting space inside the borrower’s dwelling unit.

  • Mortgagee must obtain a copy of the executed written agreement documenting intent to continue boarding with the Borrower for purchase transactions.
  • Borrower has a two-year tax return history of receiving income from boarders and the borrower is currently receiving boarder income.
  • Obtain two years of the Borrower’s tax returns evidencing income from boarders and the current lease.

Fannie Mae (FNMA)
Boarder income from boarders in the borrower’s principal residence or second home is only acceptable when:

  • Documentation of the boarder’s history of shared residency that shows the boarder’s address as being the same as the borrower’s address.
  • Documentation of the boarder’s rental payments for the most recent 12 months.
  • When a borrower with disabilities receives rental income from a live-in personal assistant, the rental payments can be considered as acceptable stable income in an amount up to 30% of the total gross income that is used to qualify the borrower for the mortgage loan.
Freddie Mac (FHLMC)

Rental income from the subject 1-unit primary residence rental income generated from a borrower’s primary residence may be used to qualify with a disability if the rental income is from a live-in aide. This Income source may be considered stable monthly income if:

  • The rental income may be considered in an amount up to 30% of the total gross income that is used to qualify the borrower.
  • The live-in aide plans to continue to reside with the borrower for the foreseeable future.
  • Borrower received rental payments from a live-in aide for the past 12 months on a regular basis.
Boarder income can be tricky but is important to take into consideration when applying for a loan. If you have boarder income and want to learn more about how you can utilize it, please let me know as we can discuss your specific scenario.
Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
2716 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-722-0395
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