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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Reverse Mortgage: The Ins and Outs of How One Works

Reverse Mortgage: The Ins and Outs of How One Works

Reverse Mortgage: The Ins and Outs of How One Works

Reverse Mortgage: The Ins and Outs of How One Works

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A number of senior aged homeowners have found themselves in a unique position. They cannot qualify for a refinance because their retirement income is lower yet they have a ton of equity in their home. Thus, the reverse mortgage was born. With conventional lenders offering these types of loan FHA has now entered the market with a reverse loan.

Basic Premise of the Loan
A reverse mortgage works like its name implies. Instead of making payments to a lender, the homeowner receives money from the lender. This money can come in the form of a lump sum, a line of credit like a home equity loan or a series of regular payments sent to the lender. It is also possible to get a combo of these elements. For instance, homeowners could get a large amount up front, such as $10,000 and get the rest of the amount in equal payments over time.

Qualifying for the Loan
Qualifying for a reverse mortgage is actually quite simple. There is no credit check and no income requirements. As long as borrowers meet these few guidelines, they should be approved for the loan:
  • The homeowner must be a minimum of 62 years old
  • The person must currently live in the property as their primary home.
  • The person must own the home free and clear or have very small balance on their current mortgage.
How is the Loan Repaid?
Most people wonder how the loan will be repaid. That part is also simple. If the home is ever sold, the sale amount will be used to pay off the mortgage. Likewise, if one of the heirs decides to refinance the loan and live in the home, then the new loan will pay off the reverse mortgage.

For program information, visit our reverse mortgage page on our main site. To see if you qualify, contact me below or apply online!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Importance of the Appraisal

Importance of the Appraisal

Importance of the Appraisal

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Over the past 5 years many areas in the country have seen sharp declines in home values. Thankfully, that trend is starting to reverse. For this reason, most lenders are placing a lot of scrutiny on an appraisal for people considering a refinance. The appraisal is designed to ensure that the value assigned to the home matches the local market.

Basic Definition

The definition of an appraisal is that it represents the market price of a home. This is the estimated price which a seller and buyer would agree upon in a arm’s length sale. Arm’s length means the buyer and seller are not related to one another and undertaking the transaction on their own free will.

Each Home is Unique

Although two homes may sit beside each other in the same neighborhood, they could be vastly different. One may have a basement while the other is built on a concrete slab. One home may have a swimming pool and the other home may not have a yard big enough for a large car. An appraiser will look at the subject home and take down lots of notes about the size and features of similar homes in the area. The important key is that the subject home is compared to similar homes that have recently sold, usually in the last 6 months. This indicates what the market will bear for that kind of home in that same area.

Total Report

Once the appraisal is complete, the appraiser will compile a report and submit it to the lender. This report will have notes about the home’s location, general comments about the area and the detailed info about the home. Items like original build date, square footage and location of the home on a map will be listed. In addition, the other homes used in the appraisal, known as comparable sales, will be listed in detail on the map and in the final report.

For additional information, visit our refinance page on our main site or view our current mortgage rates. To see if you qualify, contact me below or apply online!
by Aiman Abozeid
Welcome to Wisconsin Real Estate with Lisa Bear
Thank you for visiting.  Please feel free to contact me for any of your real estate needs including an online market if you are a seller, or finding a home if you are a buyer. My real estate focus in the  Waukesha County, Milwaukee County, Lake Country, Jefferson County, Dodge County and Washington County areas.  I have my IRES designation (International Real Estate Specialist) so I can assist you with all your real estate needs in Wisconsin, the USA or anywhere in the WORLD!
When you are seriously looking or just browsing at real estate in Wisconsin, I am a great resource to help you with all your needs and questions, whether a first time home buyer, relocating to or from the beautiful LAKE COUNTRY area, looking to invest or explore foreclosure opportunities or just thinking ahead to the future.
Lisa Bear of RE/MAX (262-893-5555) is an experienced real estate agent in Waukesha County and the entire Milwaukee Metro area including:
The prospering communities of Waukesha County including Delafield, Waukesha, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Sussex, Wales, New Berlin, Dousman, North Prairie, Mukwonago, Chenequa, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Okauchee, Eagle, Muskego and Merton.
Great municipalities in Milwaukee County including Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Hales Corners, Greenfield, Glendale, Franklin, Bayside, Brown Deer, Cudahy, Fox Point, Greendale, Shorewood, Oak Creek, St. Francis, West Allis and Whitefish Bay.
The hometown favorites of Washington County, Jefferson County and Dodge County including Watertown, Hartford, West Bend, Germantown, Jackson, Richfield, Ashippun, Lake Mills, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Slinger and Erin.

Real Estate in Wisconsin is an excellent investment!

Where Are Rents Headed?

Where Are Rents Headed?
Where Are Rents Headed?

Posted: 13 Nov 2012 04:00 AM PST
When deciding whether or not to buy a home, one consideration will be the cost of alternative housing options. Renting an apartment is one such alternative. Where are rental prices heading over the next few years?
Rental prices usually increase by about 3 percent annually. Trulia just released their Trulia Rent Monitor where they revealed that rental prices have increased dramatically in the last year.
“Nationally, rent gains continued to outpace home price increases in October, rising by 5.1 percent.”
Based on the concept of supply and demand, we believe rental prices will continue to substantially increase over the next few years. The long-run 30-year average increase in rental households is 200,000 each year. Over the next few years, those numbers will more than double to over 500,000 each year. Freddie Mac in their latest report, Multifamily Research Perspectives, projects housing demand going forward.
“Given assumptions consistent with economic growth slightly slower than long run averages, multifamily demand is likely to be in the range of 1.7 million net new renter households between now and 2015.”
The cost of owning a home will begin to increase as both prices and mortgage rates are expected to inch up in 2013. Perhaps now is the perfect time to lock in your long term housing expense by purchasing your own home.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Old Collection Accounts Can be Ignored When Applying for FHA Mortgage

Old Collection Accounts Can be Ignored When Applying for FHA Mortgage

Old Collection Accounts Can be Ignored When Applying for FHA Mortgage

Old Collection Accounts Can be Ignored When Applying for FHA Mortgage

by Aiman Abozeid on November 9, 2012 · 0 comments
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Some borrowers have re-established their credit and are making the right moves to prepare themselves for a home purchase. At one time, these people would be held back from buying a home due to old collection accounts appearing on their credit report. However, that issue has been resolved for FHA loans.

Old Rule
The FHA rule stated that if a borrower had a collection account, or a disputed account, with a balance of more than $1,000 then the person could not be approved for an FHA loan. This was a death blow to many borrowers who had fallen on hard times and wound up with a few bad accounts or had suffered through some medical problems.

In order to be eligible for FHA financing the debt had to be paid off completely or the borrower had to arrange a payment plan with the creditor. Often times the new debt payment would negatively impact debt to income ratios for the borrower and eliminate them from FHA consideration.

New Rule
Now, this rule has been rescinded. In April of 2012 it was proposed to remove the rule but then delayed. Mortgage lenders, real estate agents and other interested parties pleaded with FHA to put the rule in place. Finally, in June of 2012 the administrators of FHA agreed to take the rule off the books.

This is great news for many potential borrowers. People that have made strides to pay their bills on time, reduce their credit card debt and maintain a stable employment history for the past 2 years now have even more reason to seek out an FHA mortgage for their home purchase.

View our FHA Loan program page for additional information. If your house needs rehab work, be sure to check out the FHA 203k program. To see if you qualify, contact me below or apply online!