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Looking to Qualify for a Loan?
It May Be Easier Than You Think

Looking to Qualify for a Loan? - It May Be Easier Than You Think

As we enter the month of June, the home buying season is in full swing. Whether you're considering purchasing a new home, or even a vacation or investment property, now may be the perfect time to do so. Here are a few of the reasons why:

  • There are currently more homes available to choose from than at any other time over the past several years.

  • Price appreciation has slowed, enabling a greater number of borrowers to qualify for mortgages.

  • There's a broader array of mortgage products available to assist home buyers.

Let's take a closer look at these factors and see how they may benefit you.

Recent statistics indicate that the inventory of homes across the country has increased to a six-month supply. In other words, based on today's sales trends, it would take six months to sell all of the homes that are currently available. If you're looking to buy, this means you have a tremendous amount of negotiating power with home sellers.

Home prices have also begun to cool down a bit. While this may alarm you from an investment perspective, it shouldn't. Homes are still appreciating at a rate of nearly 5% annually. If you purchase a home and put 5% down, you'll obtain almost a 100% return on your cash investment within the first year!

Since market conditions are favoring homebuyers, lenders are becoming more and more competitive as they fight for your business. This is illustrated by the increasing number of inventive programs being offered to assist you with your home purchase.

No Money Down
Just five years ago, the ability to buy a home with little or no money down was primarily limited to either first time homebuyers through FHA or veterans through VA financing.

That's all changed now as lenders have increased the number of loan programs available for cash-strapped consumers, as well as those who simply want to conserve their cash on hand. Many lenders have even made 100% financing a possibility for buyers with less than perfect credit.

If a seller is willing to contribute money to cover your closing costs and prepaid items, such as homeowners insurance and tax escrows, you could even buy a home with no money up front at all.

PMI Not Required
Private Mortgage Insurance used to be a requirement for any mortgage where the buyer put less than 20% down. While PMI is still a requirement with FHA loans, PMI can be avoided in conventional loans through the use of piggyback loans or second mortgages. These loans can be in the form of either a Home Equity Line of Credit or a closed-end, traditional second mortgage with terms that extend up to fifteen or twenty years.

Lower Mortgage Payments
If you're a buyer who's seeking creative ways to lighten your monthly mortgage payment, have no fear. In 2005, lenders introduced fixed rate mortgages with a 40-year repayment schedule. Recently some California lenders even introduced a 50-Year repayment plan!

For credit-savvy buyers who want to minimize their monthly payments, an Option ARM could be just the ticket. Option ARMs are adjustable rate mortgages that offer the borrower one of three or four payment options each month. The first option is to make a payment that is less than the interest due. This is also referred to as negative amortization. The second option is to make an interest-only payment. The third and fourth options pay off the loan in fifteen or thirty years, respectively.

Interest Only mortgages are also available as fixed rate programs. While you may not be paying down principle on your mortgage, you can apply the difference towards other investments or the reduction of other higher interest rate, non-tax deductible debt.

When an ARM is not an ARM
It used to be that an ARM (adjustable rate mortgage) would adjust each year, providing little stability when it came to a homeowner's monthly payments. Today, there are different types of ARMs that allow for extended periods where the payments will be fixed.

These fixed periods lock the interest rate before the loan first adjusts, providing greater stability for the borrower. You can now have a loan that's locked for two, three, five, seven, or even ten years before you'll see the first payment and rate adjustment. The benefit of a loan like this is that it typically offers an interest rate that is lower than a fixed rate would be. However, in today's financial markets, some ARM rates can actually be higher than fixed rates.

Documentation Not Required
Gone are the days of always having to provide detailed records of your financial history. In the past, you were required to furnish two years worth of income taxes and W-2s, along with bank statements for the past three months and pay stubs for the last 30 days.

Now that many lenders are using automated underwriting, the mortgage application process has been streamlined. If you have reasonably good credit, you may only be required to provide your most recent pay stub and one bank statement. In some cases, these requirements may be waived completely.

In a situation where the borrower can't provide documentation at all, there are mortgages that offer stated income and stated asset processing styles. If the borrower is uncomfortable with stating their income and assets, a no documentation loan may be the program to pursue. All this loan requires is basic personal information, very good credit, and the required down payment. Some lenders even allow No Doc loans with as little as 5% down!

Granted, not all situations are perfect and this won't apply to all loan types. In some cases, more documentation will be required in order for you to get the best possible rate. Some examples include government loans, loans for credit-challenged borrowers, loans for self-employed borrowers, and loans with little to no money down.

Get Moving
Once you've decided that you're ready to buy a home, the next major step is choosing a mortgage professional to assist you with your financing. This qualified professional will walk you through the many options available and show you the total costs of each so that you can make comparisons.

Call your mortgage professional today and get your financing in place before you start shopping. By obtaining pre-approval, you'll have a much better chance of finding the home of your dreams!

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