The Surprising Profile Of The Real Estate Investors.

Over 10% of all residential homes are purchased by investors, and that number continues to rise. Who are these investors? Many have speculated that large institutional conglomerates such as Blackstone, American Homes 4 Rent, and Colony Starwood dominate investor purchases. However, a special report on investor home buying by CoreLogic, Don’t Call it a Comeback: Housing Investors […]

Is Renting Right for me?

If you’re currently renting and have dreams of owning your own home, it may be a good time to think about your next move. With rent costs rising annually and many helpful down payment assistance programs available, homeownership may be closer than you realize. According to the 2018 Bank of America Homebuyer Insights Report, 74% of renters plan […]

Are There Capital Gains Taxes When you Sell a Home?

Do you Pay Taxes? The IRS allows an exclusion on the capital gains earned on the sale of a home if you meet certain requirements. If you’ve gone through a divorce or your spouse died, you can count the time that your spouse lived in the home as a part of the required two years. […]

Your Credit History

Your FHA lender will review your past credit history performance while underwriting your loan. A good track record of timely payments will likely make you eligible for an FHA loan. The following list includes items that can negatively affect your loan eligibility: -No Credit HistoryIf you don’t have an established credit history or don’t use […]

FIXED-RATE MORTGAGE

The traditional fixed-rate mortgage is the most common type of loan program, where monthly principal and interest payments never change during the life of the loan. Fixed-rate mortgages are available in terms ranging from 10 to 30 years and can be paid off at any time without penalty. This type of mortgage is structured, or […]

ADJUSTABLE RATE MORTGAGES (ARM)

Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM)s are loans whose interest rate can vary during the loan’s term. These loans usually have a fixed interest rate for an initial period of time and then can adjust based on current market conditions. The initial rate on an ARM is lower than on a fixed rate mortgage which allows you […]

HYBRID ARM (3/1 ARM, 5/1 ARM, 7/1 ARM, 10/1 ARM)

Hybrid ARM mortgages, also called fixed-period ARMs, combine features of both fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages. A hybrid loan starts out with an interest rate that is fixed for a period of years (usually 3, 5, 7, or 10). Then, the loan converts to an ARM for a set number of years. An example would be […]

FHA LOAN

FHA home loans are mortgage loans that are insured against default by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  FHA loans are available for single-family and multifamily homes. These home loans allow banks to continuously issue loans without much risk or capital requirements. The FHA doesn’t issue loans or set interest rates, it just guarantees against default. […]

VA HOME LOAN

The VA home Loan provides veterans with a federally guaranteed home loan that requires no down payment. This program was designed to provide housing and assistance for veterans and their families. The Veterans Administration provides insurance to lenders in case that you default on a loan. Because the mortgage is guaranteed, lenders will offer a […]

INTEREST ONLY MORTGAGES

A mortgage is called “Interest Only” when its monthly payment does not include the repayment of the principal for a certain period of time. Interest Only MORTGAGES are offered on fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgages as well as on option ARMs. At the end of the interest-only period, the loan becomes fully amortized, thus resulting in […]