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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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Life Beyond Raising Children

As a mortgage lender and mother of two wonderful boys, Bryan (18) and Josh (14), life can become both hectic and routine, depending on the day. I enjoy working with my clients and seeing their home ownership goals become a reality just as much as I love watching our boys grow and reach new milestones. It has been fun over the years learning to balance work and my home life and I know that my family has benefitted from my commitment to both. As our boys are growing up, I have seen a shift in my time management as they need me less each year.

It is important for parents to rebalance as their children grow and find ways to take the time to nurture our own lives. Often as parents our children are the priority which is a beautiful blessing. But there comes a time when we need to refocus and make sure we are taking care of ourselves. Some people even manage to do this with young kids and I admire them greatly. I am learning more and more the importance of making myself a priority, which can be hard as a mother of two.

Find new hobbies.
Make it fun and do something you thought you would never like! What is the worst thing that happens? You hate it and never do it again? Well chances are you may actually enjoy it. I thought I would hate doing artsy things like ceramics and painting, but sure enough here I am returning to my Saturday night ceramics class, meeting new people and having a blast.

Get involved in your community.
This is one that I remained close to, even with children as they grow older I see myself finding new fun ways to participate.  Such as the Antelope CPAC (Antelope Planning and Advisory Council) and the Center Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee.  I am also active socially in the Ladies of Antelope which started about a year and a half ago so the women in our area had a place to connect and socialize with each other.  Even if you are just attending meetings or going to an outdoor community fair, making the time to do these things means that I am meeting new people and fostering fresh relationships.

Make a personal health commitment.
This is something we should all do regardless of where our lives are at. Most focus on physical health but lets not forget about emotional and mental health. Living a healthy life means less stress and more energy. For me as a mother I have found more time to make this a priority as my boys get older. I am now food prepping, finding time for myself at thy gym and also focusing on my emotional health, which has been an amazing experience. Self-love is something we assume we need to schedule. Sometimes it is a s simple as taking your coffee outside and walking around the block, or the river if you are near one. Sometimes self-love is a simple as just taking five breathes of fresh air without interruption.

As a mother this wouldn’t be fun unless I highlight my two boys. We adopted both our boys, Brian who is now 18 at 13 months and Josh who is 14 at six weeks. Brian is autistic and we have seen him grow and reach incredible milestones like teaching himself how to play guitar and also teaching all of us about the latest tech trends. His sense of humor always lifts our family and his autism has never been a something he has allowed to slow him down. Our younger boy Josh is an adventurous, gracious, empathetic and caring boy. With an autistic big brother brother, you can see how much he cares for all those around him no matter what their circumstances. His kindness makes me so proud. Josh just earned his second degree black belt in taekwondo and what makes me even more excited is his interest in helping the kids that attend his academy learn and grow.

Our boys inspire me to work harder and be a better person. I hope this sheds some light into what I am working on now that my children are growing up and also helps you think about how you can prioritize yourself in all that goes on around you. Carve out time for something fun. Be adventurous and do something you said you would “never” do. Who knows, maybe you’ll be like me and laugh at how much you love it.

Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
2716 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-722-0395
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Thinking About Buying A Condo?

The question of “should we buy a condo” crosses everyones mind, especially those who live in urban areas. A condominium is a building or complex of buildings containing a number of individually owned unit homes. Just like owning home, when you buy a condo you own it outright. But there are a few things that all interested condo buyers should understand before they decide to buy.

Understand the Home Owners Association (HOA) Rules
When you buy a condo, you’re also buying into the association’s rules. This includes monthly ownership fees, operating budget, liens and personalities that are included within your potential condo. Before escrow is closed you should receive documentation of all the HOA rules. If you want to hang things outside your home, plant a tree, park your RV at your home, you’d better check with the HOA first.

Condominium Fees
Condo’s have monthly fees that are charged to each resident and cover an array of expenses. These expenses can include painting the exterior, landscaping, insurance, upkeep, maintenance, garages and other things. Knowing what your HOA has saved in the reserve is important so you know they actually have saved for these types of expenses and also understanding if there are any special projects slated for the next few years.

Reserve Fund and HOA Budget
Speaking of reserve fund, this is a very important item to be aware of if you are planning on buying a condo. The reserve fund is used for general maintenance and special assessment projects. If the reserve fund is low, this could lead to an increase in your HOA monthly fees to build the fund up. You also want to understand how the HOA is used and you can better understand that by reviewing the budget. These items should be included in the documents your realtor provides you when you are in contract.

Condominium Management
If the condominium you are interested is managed by a particular company, ask for the name and check its reputation. Two great ways to look into a management company is through the BBB (Better Business Bureau) or even a simple Yelp search.

Owner Occupancy
Understanding the ratio of tenants to renters is actually an important aspect when buying a condo. Some loans have minimum owner occupancy rates that a condo must meet to qualify for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and VA loans.

Knowing Your Neighbors
The best way to meet the neighbors is to attend a HOA board meeting. Most of the time, if there are complicated neighbors they surface at these meetings. You can also get a better understanding of the current owners viewpoints and personal feelings on living at the condominium.

Insurance
It is common that liability and hazard insurance are covered by the HOA and if it is not then it is up to the owner to cover these.  You will be responsible for the “Walls In Coverage” also known as a Renter’s Policy cover the interior of the condo.

Condominiums can be great purchases, especially in urban areas where walk scores are high and they have well ran HOA’s. Many times sellers will not release the HOA documents until a buyer is in contract. Do not allow this to turn you away from making an offer. Once you are in contract you are allocated time to review the HOA documents once they are provided to you so that you can make sure they fit with the lifestyle you are looking to create.

Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
2716 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
916-722-0395
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Understanding the Mortgage Loan Process

 

By: Kathleen Beck – Mortgage Lender
West Coast Mortgage Group
NMLS #243181  |  BRE #01058848

There are four important steps in buying or refinancing a home. Before you get started it is important to organize your documents from the “Needs List” (see prior blog for complete “Needs List”) to ensure your loan or refinance is processed in a timely manner without unanticipated hurdles.

In order to simplify the loan process I have summarized the timeline into four simple steps to better understand the process.

  1. Needs List and Pre-Qualification:
  • Your mortgage professional receives your loan application and documents needed to verify your application (see blog on “Mortgage Needs List”) from you.
  • Buyer: Your mortgage professional will process your application and issue you a Pre-Approval letter for you and your realtor to use to verify your loan pre-approval for the offers you present to the seller. You can now view homes, make offers and enter into contract with a seller.
  • Refinance: Your mortgage professional should process your application and issue you a Pre-Approval letter based on your qualifications and interest rates currently available.

2. Offer Time:

  • You made an offer, it was accepted and you are in contract!
  • You will receive a Loan Disclosures within 5 days of receiving your complete purchase contract.
  • Your appraisal will be ordered and scheduled with your realtor.
  • Additional documents may be required at this time to further prepare your file for underwriting of your loan.

3. Underwriting (UW):

  • Your loan package is submitted to underwriting for approval.
  • The underwriter will send out a Conditional Loan Approval.
  • You will work together with your mortgage professional to complete your “Prior To Doc Conditions” from underwriting so your file is cleared to close.

4. Closing:

  • Your “Prior-To Doc Conditions” are completed and signed off by the underwriter.
  • Once underwriting has signed off you receive a clear to close (CTC).
  • Your “Closing Disclosure” (CD) is issued.
  • You acknowledge your “CD” and your 3-day waiting period begins before you can sign your final loan documents.
  • 48 to 72 Hours after you sign the final loan documents, the title company will receive funds from your mortgage lender and records your Deed of Trust (special circumstances apply with holidays and weekends).

The entire loan and refinance process takes approximately 30-45 days and mortgage loan officers work to make this as simple and stress-free as possible for borrowers. If you have questions about the loan process or are interested in learning more about refinancing your home direct message me and lets get you moving towards your home ownership goals.

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2017 Increasing Loan Limits

With so many changes taking place as we transition into this New Year, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and VA increased loan limits for the first time since 2006! Two large changes that have helped create this shift are the steady rise in property values and the housing market continuing to recover. The new limits will be considered for borrowers looking for lending on or after January 1, 2017, and will remain in place through the end of the year.

The maximum loan limits have increased across the board, mainly being seen through one-unit properties as well as in high cost areas and FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (or reverse mortgages).

Maximum loan limits:

  • One-Unit Properties – Increase from $417,000 to $424,100(Sacramento Tri-County area).
  • High-Cost Areas – Increase from $625,500 to $636,150.
  • FHA-Insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (or reverse mortgages) – Increased to $636,150.

These increases mark a rising confidence in borrowers ability to repay their loans and have lead to more options for buyers when it comes time to choose a home due to a wider variety of financial lending options.

It is important to understand that lenders still work diligently to get borrowers approved and the documentation requirements have not changed. These increasing lending limits have allowed me to create a competitive landscape for my clients, focused on providing more financial lending options.

For more information regarding these lending limits shifting and the requirements for buyers to make a home purchase, I am always available to help my clients, friends and family and look forward to the new opportunities these increased loan limits will create for buyers in 2017.

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Four Trends Will Shape the Housing Market in 2017

By: Kathleen Beck, Mortgage Lender

CA BRE #01058848  |  NMLS #243181

It doesn’t take much reflecting on 2016 to understand that 2017 will find creative ways to surprise us. Knowing the complexity of the market I want to break down what we can expect to see shape our buyers market for 2017 and also combine that with what Realtor.com annual market study to draw a picture of the key housing trends to come.

According to Jonathon Smoke, Chief Economists of Realtor.com, “The pace of growth is still strong and, for pricing, still represents an above-average level of appreciation.”

Key 2017 Predictions:

The West Will Lead the Way

Realtor.com expects metropolitan markets in the West to see price increase of up to 5.8% and sales increase of 4.7%. The Western markets also are dominating the 2017 Realtor.com Top Housing Markets, including Sacramento, Los Angeles, Tuscan and Portland.

Millennials and Baby-Boomers Will Move Markets

Both millennials and baby boomers are approaching life stages that naturally motivate people to change their living experiences such as, getting married, buying a home, having children, empty nesting and retiring. Jonathon Smoke predicts that millennials will make up 33% of buyers in 2017.

Slowing Down Price Appreciation

Home price increases are forecasted to slow from what was forecasted at 4.9% in 2016 to 3.9%. “Prices are still likely to go up at an above-average pace as long as supply remains so tight,” Smoke says.

Fast Markets with Fewer Homes

The average time it takes a home to move from “listed” to “sold”, is currently 68 days in the top 100 metropolitan areas. That average age of inventory (68 days) is 11 days faster than the national average. The conditions limiting home supply are not expected to change in 2017.

The number one thing I recommend for all my clients is to get your documents in order and lets talk about what the market is doing and when would be best for them to buy. Everyone’s timeline is different and making sure you feel comfortable with both what the market is doing and also what you want your financial future to looks like are always my top two priorities.

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