1. How do I find out if I am eligible for a VA loan? Or in other words, how do I get a certificate of eligibility?
You will have to apply for a certificate of eligibility. You can apply for your certificate of eligibility by going to this VA webpage. It is pretty straight forward. You will receive your certificate immediately online and you can forward it to your lender. Whether you are using your VA eligibility for the 1st time or have used it multiple times, you will need to receive a current certificate of eligibility.READ MORE
A VA Loan is a federally guaranteed home mortgage loan, issued by private lenders, for returning U.S. service members. The program offers veterans and their families flexible home financing, providing benefits such as $0 money down and competitive interest rates.READ MORE
One of the most common questions I hear from prospective home buyers goes something like this: “I made $40,000 last year and $20,000 of that was commission/bonus income. Can I use that the commission income to qualify for a home loan?”
For many people who work in sales positions, commission-based income is a fact of life. If you’re successful at your job, you can make a good living from commissions, but lending rules sometimes make this income difficult to use in the event that you want to qualify for a mortgage.READ MORE
Getting a mortgage can be a very trying time for you and your spouse, or even just you if you’re going at it alone. Choosing to co-sign a mortgage can be a very tough decision to make; even a simple Google search will show many mixed opinions on the topic. It’s crucial that you weigh the pros and cons before you make any decision and put your signature on the line.READ MORE
Sometimes, getting the home or commercial real estate loan you need is challenging. The good news is that if you can’t qualify for a conventional loan, there are other options.
Private money mortgages are an option that not everyone considers. Private money mortgages are sometimes referred to as “Hard Money” loans because they’re tied to a hard/tangible asset, like a home, as collateral. And while it’s true that these loans aren’t for everyone, for the right buyer in the right circumstance, they can be just the ticket to getting the funding you need.READ MORE
Imagine this scenario: a buyer is in the market for a new home. They’ve found a place that they like, and they have some money in the bank. In fact, they have significant assets in their name and are living comfortably. And yet they come to a lender looking to get qualified for a mortgage, and they are turned down. Why? The key is documentable income. Basically, what that means is income that can be shown on a paystub.READ MORE
A fixed-rate mortgage doesn’t have to be a confusing concept to grasp. Basically, a fixed-rate mortgage has the interest rate set the moment you take out the loan, and it will not change throughout the duration of you loan. Fixed-rate mortgages are the most common types of loans and are primarily given out in 15 or 30 year periods. The other kind of commonly received loan is an ARM, or adjustable rate mortgage. This type of loan changes with the rising and falling interest rates.READ MORE
With interest rates at rock bottom, record lows, many homeowners are considering refinancing their mortgages to save cash. But there’s a right way – and a wrong way – to go about refinancing your home for maximum savings.
Most homeowners refinance to lower their monthly payment, avoid balloon payments on Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs), to get rid of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) or to cash out a portion of their home’s equity.READ MORE
Remember good ole Capital Gains? Now that properties have been flying off the market for nearly 2 years, and home prices are on the rise, many Arizona homeowners might be anxious to sell and get the money out of their homes. Sellers need to be cautious about potential capital gains taxes. Below is a good recap on the Capital Gains rules.READ MORE
When you are applying for an Arizona home loan, you want to get the lowest rate possible, but you also want to keep as much money in your pocket for those unforeseen circumstances. If you are unfamiliar with mortgage insurance, it is essentially protection for the lender, not the consumer, in case you default on your loan.READ MORE
Realistically it would seem that it was only a matter of time until the Arizona mortgage delinquency rate dropped. However, it’s important to note that it has dropped below the national average, which is a great sign for the overall health and vitality of the Arizona real estate market.READ MORE
One would think that the devastation that struck the housing market nationwide only a few short years ago would be long behind us, that you wouldn’t have to worry all that much about a repeat event. However, the reality is that if you have a Phoenix home loan or any kind of Arizona-based mortgage, you need to realize what ultimately led to the collapse and that it could repeat itself again. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your investment, so education is the best first step.READ MORE