How give and receive a gifted down payment for your home…

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Receiving a down payment gift for the purchase of your next home? You’re not alone. Many U.S. home buyers do it.
Mortgage lenders allow cash gifts for down payment on a huge array of loan programs including FHA loans, VA loans, USDA loans, and conventional loans.

However, if you’re getting a cash gift for down payment, you’ll want to make sure that you “receive” your cash gift properly.
There’s a specific way to receive money for a down payment. Should you receive your gift improperly, your loan could be denied.

Step 1: What the Giver of the Gift Needs To Do
With your mortgage down payment gift letter written, you’ll want to make sure you don’t violate the rules of “taking a gift”. In order to do that, make sure to keep an extra-strong paper trail for the money being gifted.

If you are the person who is gifting funds to the buyer, for example, and you sell your personal stock holding as part of the down payment gift process, you will want to make sure that you document the sale of your stock as well as the transfer of funds from your brokerage account into the account from which you’re making the gift. Do not make the transfer without a proper paper trail.

Next, you’ll want to write a check to the home buyer for the exact dollar amount specified in the gift letter you’ve written. Photocopy the check. Keep one copy for your records and give one copy to the buyer — the lender will want to see it as part of the process.
Note that writing a check is will require more steps and will require more effort than simply wiring funds to the buyer. Be okay with these extra steps. It’s simpler for a lender to document and track a personal check than it is to track a wire; and it’s good to make things simple for the bank.

Step 2: What the Receiver of the Gift Needs To Do
Now that the gifter has handed, in the form of a check, a down payment gift to the buyer, the following steps are required.
First, with the gift check in hand, the buyer should physically walk into your to make the deposit in-person. Do not deposit the check online using an iPhone or Android app; or at an ATM machine.

In addition, into whichever bank account you deposit your gift money, make sure it’s the same bank account from which all of your money at closing will be drawn. You do not want to bring money to closing from multiple savings accounts. This, too, can make things difficult on a bank and the goal is to keep things simple.

When you get to your branch, do the following:
1.Deposit the gift funds into a bank account
2.End your transaction
3.Collect a receipt for your deposit

Under no circumstances whatsoever should you “co-mingle” your gift deposit with other monies, nor with other gifts. The amount specified on your teller receipt should match exactly the dollar amount on the certified down payment gift letter. If the amount is off by even a penny, the lender will likely reject your letter and the funds that came with it.

Note that if you are receiving multiple cash gifts for down payment, you should follow this process for each gift independently. Again, do not co-mingle your gifts. Be guided by your gift letter.

Step 3: Complete the Gift Letter
When you accept a down payment gift, remember that there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. For example, you cannot randomly deposit your cash gift into a bank account. Doing so will get your loan denied.
The Gift Letter can be obtained by your Mortgage Lender.

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Just apply for a mortgage? Avoid these 8 deadly sins….

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Here are 8 things you should absolutely not do between your date of application and your closing date. Any one of them could force your loan to fall apart.

1.Don’t buy a new car or trade-up to a bigger lease

2.Don’t quit your job to change industries or start a new company

3.Don’t switch from a salaried job to a heavily-commissioned job

4.Don’t transfer large sums of money between bank accounts

5.Don’t forget to pay your bills — even the ones in dispute

6.Don’t open new credit cards — even if you’re getting 20% off

7.Don’t accept a cash gift without filing the proper “gift” paperwork

8.Don’t make random, undocumented deposits into your bank account

And that’s it.

For example, if your car lease is expiring, you have to do what you have to do. Renew the lease. Before doing it, though, check with your loan officer — spreading your lease over 60 or 72 months may be better for your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio.
The same goes for accepting cash gifts from parents.

There’s a right way and a wrong way to accept a cash gift for a purchase and if you do it the “wrong way”, your lender may disallow the gift and deny the loan.

These are just 8 things that could sabotage your loan. There are more, of course, and Mortgage Solutions of Georgia will help you identify them.

And that’s it.

Call us if you have any questions about the above “Deadly Sins”! 770.924.1111

Why you should consider a Refinance right now…

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Today’s mortgage rates have dropped again, reaching new lows. It’s a terrific time to refinance a home — there’s no doubt about that.

Yet, for whatever reasons, U.S. homeowners are ignoring the opportunity.

There are currently more than $800 billion in outstanding U.S. mortgages with notes rates of five percent or higher. If your mortgage is one of them, compare your current mortgage to mortgage rates today. Even if you’ve been turned down in the past, you may be surprised what you discover.

Not only are mortgage guidelines that “loosest” they’ve been in close to 10 years, a recent report showed that the average refinancing household now saves 30% on average with a refinance. 30% savings means that for every $1,000 you pay to your bank today, you could be paying $700 to your bank tomorrow.

That’s a huge monthly savings. Don’t miss your opportunity.

So let’s discuss….
One of the biggest questions that most individuals that have a mortgage ask is “should I refinance my current loan.” The answer to this question can be complicated at times since there are many factors to consider when and if you pursue a refinance. The days when the simple answer was “if you are saving a point on your current rate, you should refinance” are long gone. Today, with the incredible changes that have hit our housing and financing markets, making the decision about a refinance is based as much on the program and loan type you have as it is the current rate you have verses what is available on the market. In general, a refinance is a good idea when a “tangible benefit” is achieved by the home owner that helps them attain a better financial position in the regards to their current mortgage and housing situation.
At Mortgage Solutions of Georgia, we advise our clients when it is best to take advantage of these situations and even when it is best to keep the current mortgage and forego a refinance. There are many factors that can weigh in on one’s ability to perform a refinance, but probably the most notable and worrisome one that most people consider today is the appraisal. With property values at 20 year lows based on the high foreclosure fallout from the recession of 2008, many people have found themselves with a mortgage balance higher than their current appraised value, or “underwater” which is the term commonly used to describe this scenario. Although this can make a refinance challenging, it does not means it is impossible. There are a number of special programs that can be of assistance to help home owners save money monthly, such as the FHA and VA Streamline programs and even the HARP I and II programs.

Most programs like these are based on the type of current mortgage you may have and consulting an experienced mortgage professional is essential to the process to determine eligibility for the program and expedite the closing process. Income, work history, credit history and credit rating are other major factors that can affect the approval of a refinance loan. Although we cannot help with income and employment, at Mortgage Solutions of Georgia we can help you achieve a more favorable credit rating and history. This is done by using our extensive credit knowledge and working with our tried and true credit program, Lending Hand, which is offered by our credit provider. Lending Hand is not credit repair, but instead credit enhancement based on your current credit profile and the desired credit rating necessary to attain credit approval for your desired loan type. This process can often take long periods of time to accomplish and can involve guidance from our team for months on end, which we are prepared to do. Even though the market has changed and limited the types of loans available from what they were years ago, there still are plenty of refinance options available and the input of mortgage professional is critical in making the correct decision for your financial wellbeing.

Whether you are considering refinancing your primary residence to use your equity to pay down other debts, performing a streamline refinance to take advantage of a lower rate and term, or even considering a reverse mortgage to supplement retire income, Mortgage Solutions of Georgia will be there to guide you to financial security. We understand the mortgage on your home is normally the biggest financial asset, tool, and responsibility you will ever have and we want to guide you to help you make the best decisions based on all of the choices available to you. At Mortgage Solutions of Georgia, we don’t just consider you our clients, we consider you our friends.

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Conventional or FHA? Which loan is best for you?……

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Current mortgage rates are the lowest they’ve been in nearly two years. As a result, this often brings up the question of “should I buy or continue renting?”

Since the start of last year, mortgage lenders have lowered minimum credit score requirements for the FHA’s popular 3.5% down payment loan; and, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been pushing a popular 3% down payment program, called the Conventional 97.
In addition to those programs listed above, there is also the 100% VA loan and the no-money-down, “rural housing” loan from USDA.
However, for many buyers, the choice of which loan to choose is typically between the FHA loan and the Conventional 97. This is because VA loans are available to military borrowers only; and USDA loans are restricted to suburban and rural areas, with maximum income limits.

So, how do you choose between FHA loans and the Conventional 97?

Conventional 97 LTV Program….
The Conventional 97 loan is another low down payment option available. Thanks to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the program was recently revamped to be cheaper and easier to use.
For example, compared to the original Conventional 97, the newest version is available to first-time buyers and repeat buyers alike, where “first-time buyer” is defined as a person who has not owned a home in the last three years.
This means that borrowers who lost a home to foreclosure last decade can be Conventional 97-eligible under the program’s new rules.
Another great perk is because Conventional 97 allows for cash gifts for down payments, home buyers are not required to make a down payment from their own funds. Monies may be 100% gifted from parents and relatives. The only requirement is that the gift is actually a gift – down payment “loans” are disallowed.

The Conventional 97 program requires a minimum down payment of 3%, only 30-year fixed rate mortgages are allowed, and the loan must be used for a primary residence.

Borrowers are required to verify income and employment; the program can be used to refinance a home; and, home buyer counseling is not required.
And, like other conventional loans, because Conventional 97 loans feature less than twenty percent home equity, they require borrowers to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI).

With all Conventional 97 loans, though, PMI cancels when the loan reaches 80% LTV. That is, when the homeowner has 20% equity in its home.

FHA 3.5% Down payment Program…
Today’s FHA homeowners get access to loans of up to 30 years; minimum down payment requirements are as low as 3.5%; and, FHA mortgage rates routinely beat the market average — often by a quarter-percentage point or more.
In order to get an FHA loan, you must meet the following requirements:
FHA mortgage guidelines state that eligible home buyers must have documented, verifiable income, for example; and require home buyers to live in the home being purchased.

The FHA also requires home buyers to pay mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) as part of their monthly payments.
FHA MIP varies by loan type and down payment, with the most common scenario being a home buyer using a 30-year fixed-rate FHA loan with a 3.5% down payment; and paying 0.85 percent against the borrowed amount in mortgage insurance premiums annually, or $71 per month per $100,000 borrowed.

The FHA cancels FHA MIP after 11 years for loans which started at 90 percent loan-to-value (LTV) or lower. For everyone else, FHA MIP must be paid until the loan is paid-in-full or refinanced into a non-FHA loan.
The FHA is the largest insurer of mortgages in the world. Last year, it insured nearly 1-in-5 loans closed by U.S. lenders.

SO NOW COMES THE QUESTION….
So, which loan is better? That will depend on your current situation.
For example, in deciding between an FHA loan and the Conventional 97, your individual credit score matters. This is because your credit score determines whether you’re program-eligible; and, it affects your monthly mortgage payment, too.
FHA loans are available with credit scores of 580 or better. The Conventional 97 loan, by contrast, requires a minimum credit score of 620. Therefore, if your credit score is between 580 and 620, the FHA loan is best for you.

To really figure out which loan would be best for you, give us a call at 770.924.1111 and we can walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have!

What is a USDA Loan?

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Looking to buy a home in Georgia but don’t have a down payment, you may want to look into a USDA loan. A USDA loan, also known as a Rural Development Loan, is a government insured home loan that allows qualified home buyers to purchase a home with NO Money Down. USDA Home Loans offer 100% financing to qualified buyers, and allow for all closing costs to be either paid for by the seller or financed into the loan. USDA offers some the lowest rates of any loan product, and you will always have a fixed interest rate.

Am I Eligible for a USDA Loan?

There are 3 main factors that need to be determined…

Credit Worthiness: When an underwriter reviews your credit history, the major thing they will be looking for is a history of paying your bills in a timely fashion. If you have had blemishes in the past they may be overlooked as long as you have reestablished your credit over the past 12 months. Generally, any open judgments or collections will need to be paid off before you close on your new home but every situation is different so on occasion there can be some flexibility when it comes to smaller collections and medical collections.

USDA Loan Income Restrictions: USDA loans are full doc loans, meaning that you will be required to fully document your income. USDA will generally want to see a two year history of employment or consistent income. Exceptions on the two year requirement can be made for applicants such as students. On a USDA Loan Assets are not required for approval, but can certainly help overcome any possible blemishes on credit.

Where You Want Live: In order to qualify for a USDA Loan your home must be located in a designated USDA rural area. It might surprise you just how many areas of the Georgia do qualify for these 100% financing home loans. In fact most the majority of Counties in Georgia are either 100% eligible for USDA loans, or have areas within them that are eligible.

To learn more about USDA Home Loans and how to take advantage of this great program, call the USDA Loan Experts at Mortgage Solutions of Georgia for a free credit consultation.

Waiting to buy a house? It’ll cost you!

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Experts agree: There’s no better time to buy a home than now. Find out why.

When it comes to a lot of things – saying “I’ll sleep on it”, or just waiting it out to ensure you are making the best decision is often prudent, EXCEPT the decision to purchase a home. With interest rates going up and housing prices on the rise, you may think it might not be the best time to purchase a home or even refinance the one you’ve got. But experts disagree.

Read the four major reasons why mortgage experts believe that there is no better time than the present to get that dream house you’ve always wanted.

Reason #1: Interest Rates Won’t Stay this Low Forever

The first reason to look now into buying a home or refinancing is because these rates won’t stay [put] forever. That’s what rates do – they go up.

In fact, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is expected to go up to 5 percent by the fourth quarter of this year and 5.3 percent by the end of 2015, according to a recent forecast by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

Why are rates rising? Well, one huge factor is that the feds will start raising rates about six months after they stop buying mortgage bonds, which is projected to happen sometime in 2015.

Mortgage rates probably won’t start shooting up quickly. But a quarter of a point on an interest rate can mean about $100 more each month for a homeowner’s loan. For a lot of families, that can make a huge difference!

Reason #2: Credit Score Requirements are Lower

Is your credit score lower than you’d like to admit? Well, good news: Credit score requirements for borrowers taking out mortgages are easing as is the Underwriting process.

Here at Mortgage Solutions of Georgia we can Approve your loan with scores as low as 580 for FHA loans, 600 for VA Loans, and 620 for USDA Loans. Both USDA and VA are 100% financing options. FHA does require a small down payment of 3.5%, but considering the great costs you are paying for rent, this loan is still a viable option for many Home Buyers.

 Reason #3: Buying is Still Cheaper than Renting

Buying a house is a significant purchase, but in most parts of the country including Georgia, it’s cheaper than renting. If that seems counterintuitive, let’s look at recent research by Trulia, an online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals.

According to Trulia, homeownership compared to renting continues to be the less expensive way to live in all of the 100 largest metro areas researched. The study compared the costs of renting and owning assuming homebuyers get a 4.5 percent mortgage rate on a 30-year fixed term loan with 20 percent down.

So why should people buy a home now? The gap is getting smaller between the two choices because of rising mortgage rates and home prices.

Here at Mortgage Solutions, our clients are often surprised by the fact that they can finance a home for 30 years on a low fixed rate mortgage and their monthly mortgage payments works out to be less expensive than their rent. Let’s assume you spend $1,000 a month in rent for 5 years, that would total $60,000 over the duration of 5 years and what have you got for that money spent other than a place to sleep at night? Now let’s assume that you purchase a home using a USDA Loan and get 100% financing. At the end of 5 years you would owe $92,256 on the home, however assuming your home appreciates only 5% every year for the first 5 years, your $100,000 home would not be worth $127,627.50. Your just increased your Net Worth by $35,371.

Bottom line, when you look at the numbers, renting is a losing proposition nearly 100% of the time.

Reason #4: Home values are still competitive

Are you looking for a bungalow with a white picket fence, a home in the country, or a cabin in the woods? Well, it might be time to buy your dream abode before prices go too high.

The good news is that that the prices of homes have gone up but haven’t skyrocketed, so they’re still within reach of many buyers.

Property values are still very competitive in most markets, but there is a tremendous amount of competition by other buyers. If you are looking at buying a home, be prepared to offer quickly, and get preapproved by a lender which will make things go easier.

Bottom line, here at Mortgage Solutions we believe everybody deserves an opportunity to own a home of their own. Unfortunately, many renters don’t understand the opportunity they have right before them currently. With low financing rates combined with lower housing prices, now is the perfect time to find your home and buy it instead of continuing to rent. However, this window of opportunity is slowing closing for many potential home buyers as mortgage rates and home prices continue to climb. Now is the time, and we are here to help! Call us today for a no obligation, 100% free, credit consultation.

How to Buy a Home After Bankruptcy……….

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Declaring Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy is often devastating and can turn your home buying plans upside down. Most home loan applicants think that if they have had a Bankruptcy in the past that they can never buy a home in the future and this is simply not the case. In fact, more people have prior Bankruptcies than what you might think. Filing for a Bankruptcy may be a low point in your life, but with proper preparation, patience and financial planning, you might be able to purchase a home sooner than expected. If you have had a Bankruptcy and want to purchase a home, here are the steps you need to take to get yourself in a position to purchase.

Discharge and Organize:
First things first: The bankruptcy must be discharged. If you are still in the process, it will be difficult to get a mortgage lender will speak to you.

Once your bankruptcy is discharged, organize and scrutinize your credit report. If there are debts that have been paid back but still appear on your report, contact the credit agency and have them corrected. While you’re at it, check for other mistakes on your credit report. You are entitled to one free credit report from each of the big three credit rating agencies each year—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. If there is an error, dispute it online via the particular credit agency’s website.

Use Secured Credit Cards:
The fastest way to start rebuilding your credit score after a bankruptcy is to prove to creditors and other lenders that you can be trusted to pay back the money you owe them. You can do this by opening the right kinds of credit and managing it well.

A great place to start rebuilding your credit is by obtaining a secured credit card. A secured credit card gives you credit limited to the amount you have on deposit with the issuing bank. So, if you have $20 to $500 to place in an account with the issuing bank, then the bank will limit your credit each month to the amount of that deposit.

More Tips to Remember While Building Credit……….
Use only a small portion of your credit. Don’t max out your credit cards and don’t apply for too much credit at one time.
Move slowly and build up your credit with on-time or even early payments. At the end of every month, pay enough on your credit card to drop the balance down to $10.

-Pay all your bills on time and save money.
-Stay at the same job for a good length of time.
-Remove any outstanding tax liens.

Wait at Least Two Years:
Here’s where you will need patience: You should wait at least 24 months after your bankruptcy is discharged to apply for a mortgage. You may be able to get a mortgage sooner but the terms, like interest rates, won’t be as attractive as they would be if you waited two years. Since you might be paying that mortgage interest for up to 30 years, you will save money if you wait long enough after the discharge to get a good interest rate.

Finally Applying For a Mortgage:
After the two-year period, make sure you are fully prepared to apply for a loan. Your lender will want you to meet certain criteria before agreeing to lend you money: A good debt-to-income ratio, stability and time on the job. Money in the bank and no bounced checks help tremendously, of course. Any retirement plans or 401(k) assets makes your credit look good as well.

If you are seeking a home loan in the State of Georgia and would like to talk to a Loan officer about your particular situation, please call us at 770-924-1111

 

 

 

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Mortgage Loan……

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If you are purchasing a new home in Georgia, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing your new house, especially if it’s your first time as a homeowner. That sense of accomplishment, the upgrades to your lifestyle and living arrangements, even landing a great rate on your mortgage, are all part of the ups that come with having a home to call your own.

With all of these things to look forward to, it’s understandable to want to swiftly move through a mortgage application as fast as possible. Many times, though, potential homeowners might not realize some of the little things they inadvertently do in a hurry that can actually slow down the mortgage application process to the detriment of being approved for a home loan.

Before applying for a mortgage, consider some of these common missteps and avoidable oversights that could prolong the application review, and even get you declined by a lender.

Failing to get preapproved:

Unfortunately, one of the most fundamental preparatory steps people fail to take is getting preapproved to check if they even qualify for mortgage financing. When contemplating purchasing a home, a pre-approval is essential to your success. The Pre-approval ensures that you are qualified to purchase, lets you know how much home you can afford, and prepares you for any down payment that may be required. However, not all lenders are created equally, so having a thorough pre-approval by a competent Loan Officer is critical to your success. I would steer clear of larger lending institutions or big banks.

Changing your credit behavior: There’s a misconception that if you pay off all your bills on time, it’s OK to use up a good chunk of your credit. The fact is, using too much credit is bad for your credit score and mortgage approval, since it implies a reliance on borrowing money. That doesn’t look good to the people you want to borrow from.

Indirectly shifting around your credit, like opening or closing a credit card, can also hurt both your FICO score and mortgage application because it skews your credit utilization ratio. The same goes for simply applying for new credit along with your mortgage application.

Blanking out on the “blank pages”: It’s an admirable thing, wanting to save paper and conserve trees and all. But when those empty pages of your mortgage application say “These pages left intentionally blank,” they’re blank for a reason. That doesn’t mean you can skip over them when scanning, faxing or mailing them to a lender, bank or credit union. This simple omission can invalidate your application entirely, or, at the least, hold up the process.

Forgetting to read the fine print: Be careful what you wish for. Overlooking the finer details of a mortgage application could mean getting approved for a mortgage you really don’t want. Being hasty about applying for a subpar mortgage deal is just a waste of time for you and your lender.

The same can be said about verbal agreements. Your word might be your bond, and a lender’s word might be its bond, but nothing is official until it’s in writing. Gone are the days when a handshake and a promise meant a deal was official. Failing to fill out mortgage documentation means there’s no fine print to read and could indicate a scam above anything else.

Lying: There was a time when you could embellish little things like income, employment or credit score on a mortgage application. No biggie, right? Wrong — in these post-financial crisis days, banks, lenders and the law, leave no stone unturned when it comes to anything financial, right down to the errant typo.

Any information you put down on a mortgage application — from 401(k)s to IRAs, to outstanding debts, even bankruptcy filings — can all be verified right down to the decimal point. Don’t put yourself at risk of committing mortgage fraud. And never, ever lie about your taxes.

Leaving out the legwork: Applying for a mortgage is a chance to verify some of those personal details we’ve never been sure of. Don’t know if your credit score is 320 or 780? Check out your credit before taking out a mortgage. Forgotten some of your past employment history or haven’t tallied up the exact amount of your outstanding debt? Dig into your records to get the answers. It’ll not only save you and your loan officer the work, but you’ll have the personal satisfaction of acquainting yourself with your own finances.

If you will be purchasing a new home in the near future, we would like to talk to you now. Call us today for a free Loan Pre-Approval. Its fast, free, and easy! 770-924-1111

Depending where you want to buy a Home, USDA Loans May Save You some Bacon…..

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Selling a home in today’s market can be a challenge in some areas, not because the market is not hot right now, but because first time home buyers are having trouble coming up with the down payment that many loan programs require. But if you live in one of Georgia’s rural markets, a 100% financing USDA loan may be just what the Doctor ordered to sell your home fast!

What makes a USDA Loan so great? There are a couple of things that put USDA loans head and shoulders above ordinary marketplace mortgages. The big one is the fact that you can get 100% financing with an USDA loan. Where ordinary government-backed loans like those from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or FHA require down payments, USDA allows buyer to financing 100% of the sales price on the home. USDA Loans have exceptionally low financing rates coupled with extremely low mortgage insurance levels compared to other financing options. What it all boils down to is exceptionally favorable terms on a mortgage bigger than you thought you could get.

If USDA loans are so terrific, why aren’t they used all the time? There is of course a catch, and it’s a doozy. The only reason the USDA is in the mortgage business is to encourage growth and sustain populations in rural areas. That means their loans are geographically limited. However in the State of Georgia, there are only 10 Counties that are completely off limits for a USDA loan. USDA zones are typically created based on the last available census data. This means the zoning you’ll be dealing with could be up to ten years out of date. A lot can happen in the real estate market in ten years! Areas that were once isolated and rural can get swept up into rapidly expanding urban areas.

Using an USDA loan to finance your next home purchase is a terrific idea if the property you’re buying is located in a qualifying area. USDA loans are particularly useful for retirees who’d like to settle down in a quiet community as well as First Time Home Buyers who may need easier underwriting standards to qualify. USDA Loans make it possible to get a better mortgage (and a nicer home) than would otherwise be available.

If you have additional questions about USDA loans, feel free to give us a call anytime and we would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Call the USDA Experts at 770-924-1111.

Low or No Down Payment Programs….Should You Bite?

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Does your dream of buying a home seem out of reach? Well, you are not alone. Many aspiring homeowners don’t think it’s realistic to be able to save up for a big down payment. But don’t get discouraged so easily, there are many loan programs out there that will give you 100% financing or you might be able to get a loan with as little as $100 down. Here are 4 options below.

Option #1: FHA $100 Down Program

Like the idea of putting down just one hundred bucks to buy a home? The FHA $100 down program may be just what you are looking for. Although the $100 down program is a little misleading, because you are still required to pay some of your closing costs, typically buyers ending up bring closer to $1000 to the closing table to close out the deal. However, this is still much less expensive than the typically required 3.5% down payment that FHA normally requires. The trick to this loan program is that you have to use an FHA loan to finance the home and you also must purchase a FHA foreclosure to qualify. HUD lists all their foreclosures online at www.hudhomestore.com making it easy to locate these properties, but be prepared to act fast as they typically don’t stay on the market long.

Option #2: FHA Down Payment Assistance Programs.

Buying a home with 20% down may not be realistic, but what if you could knock that number way down? FHA allows government entities and non-profit organizations to issue second mortgages to cover the required 3.5% down payment, and sometimes more. Often times these second mortgages are forgivable after you live in the home for so many years. These programs are often times offered through most counties, and are designed as an incentive to home buyers that want to reside in particular communities.

Option #3: Zero Down VA Home Loan Program

The FHA isn’t the only government loan program offering low down payment programs, if you are a Veteran of the Armed Forces, you may be eligible to take advantage of the VA Loan Program. The VA provides Veterans with one of the best financing options on the market, 100% financing with no down payment. VA loans are made for veterans, active duty military, and their surviving spouses of military members that have died as a result of service. Unlike Conventional loans, they do not require excellent credit scores and provide very flexible underwriting terms.

Option #4: 100% Financing USDA Loan

If you’re not much of a city slicker and instead dream of a home in a rural area, a USDA loan may be good for you. Why? Well, for starters it does not require a down payment and provides home buyers with flexible underwriting terms. The key here though is where the property is located. USDA loans are designed for homes in a rural market for families with low to moderate income households. Most Counties in the State of Georgia have eligible areas for USDA loans; in fact there are only 10 Counties in the entire state that do not have eligible areas. Conversely, more than half the counties in Georgia are 100% eligible for USDA home loan financing.

Bottom-line, if you are in the market to purchase a home, you don’t need a 20% down payment or anywhere close to it. Here at Mortgage Solutions we are USDA, FHA, and VA experts, if you are looking to purchase a home in the future we would love the opportunity to earn your business. Call today for a FREE no obligation mortgage consultation.

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