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Friday, November 6, 2009
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- Law Enforcement
- Fire Fighters/EMT's
- Boeing Employees
My Home Ownership For Heroes Program is a program that I designed specifically to provide "Everyday Heroes" in our community significant benefits as they buy and own real estate. As a son of a Vietnam Veteran, and as a former teacher/coach, I understand your lifestyle and the very special reasons you have chosen your challenging career. This is my opportunity to give back and Serve You!
It is my commitment to not only give back 25% of my income on your mortgage transaction, but to provide you a Mortgage Concierge Experience that you deserve! For more information on my exclusive program, download my flyer at www.box.net/shared/lgdr5j2ie2
These benefits are significant and are NOT a part of any government program. On average with this program, I provide a lender credit of $500 - $1,500 at closing toward closing costs, pre-paid expenses, and/or buydown points.
You can always go to my website at http://www.mylenderdankeller.com/ for more information on the various loan programs and discounts that I offer in-house to my preferred clients.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It would continue the current tax credit for first time homebuyers set to expire on December 1, 2009, with a couple of notable changes:
- Income restrictions would be removed
- Buyers do not need to be first time buyers
They are potential first time buyers who make way too much money to qualify and get KILLED each year paying income tax. They may be jumping off the fence when they reads this.
And people like them are much more likely to help the economy (they have more disposable income) than first time lower income home buyers...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Buying a HUD home may be a little work, but wow, will it pay off, especially today! The first step is to check my blog daily for an updated list of local "Just Listed" HUD Homes. There aren't many, so when they hit the market, they sell quick.
(1) Go to my website and get pre-approved www.mylenderdankeller.com
(2) Search for local HUD Homes For Sale at http://is.gd/2nux8
(3) Contact me if you need a Realtor, I'd be happy to refer a pro
I welcome your phone calls and e-mails, so please don't hesitate to contact me directly at (425) 350-7136 or firstname.lastname@example.org I hope that you are ENJOYING this amazing summer!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This applies to primary and second homes only!
Initial Truth in Lending (TIL) Disclosure
The initial TIL disclosure has been amended to require specific language to notify the consumer that they are not required to complete the loan agreement merely because they have received the disclosure or signed a loan application.
For all timing requirements set forth below, “business days” are Monday through Saturday and exclude all legal federal holidays (Bank Holidays).
The revised rules implement waiting periods for the collection of fees and loan closings:
Creditors, mortgage brokers and any other person are prohibited from imposing any fee, other than a reasonable credit report fee, until the consumer has received my bank’s initial disclosures.
The loan cannot close (document signing) until 7 business days after the initial TIL disclosure has been mailed.
The loan cannot close until 3 business days after a re-disclosure TIL is received (if applicable).
If the disclosures are delivered via regular mail, the disclosures are considered received by the borrower three 3 business days after they are mailed.
Annual Percentage Rate Changes (APR)
If the APR increased by more than 0.125% from the previously disclosed APR, a re-disclosure TIL must be provided to the consumer. The loan cannot close (document signing) until 3 business days after the re-disclosure TIL is received by the borrower.
Our banks will not allow conventional appraisals to be ordered through our website until 3 days after we have disclosed. FHA and VA appraisals cannot be ordered by the broker until the 3 day delivery period has expired.
So What Do We Do?
It’s simple – we write longer contracts and tighter loan application. A longer Purchase and Sale contract means 35-40 day closings. Talk to your lender to discuss the file to see what hurdles he/she envisions, and worse case scenario, you close an extra 10 days late. However, it is important that your lender writes an air tight loan application to avoid the re-disclosure delay of 3 days due to a .125% increase in APR
I am happy to answer any questions you may have regarding these new guidelines. So please, do not hesitate to call me directly at (425) 350-7136.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
First-time buyers or anyone who hasn't owned a home in the 3 years prior to a purchase of a primary residence may qualify for a tax credit of up to 10% of the purchase price or $8,000, whichever is less. To qualify for the full credit, the buyer's modified adjusted gross income must be less than $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. Partial credit is proportionally reduced for incomes under $95,000 (single) or $170,000 (married). For married taxpayers, the homeownership history of both the home buyer and his/her spouse are taken into account. This means if you or your spouse has owned a principal residence in the last 3 years, neither you nor your spouse qualifies for the credit.
According to the IRS, a primary residence is the one you live in most of the time. It can be a house, houseboat, housetrailer, cooperative apartment, condominium, or other type of residence. If you constructed your main home, you are treated as having purchased it on the date you first occupied it.
The $8,000 tax credit is available for qualifying home purchases made from Jan. 1, 2009, until Dec. 1, 2009. This is not a typ-o. To receive the credit you must purchase a qualified home before December 1st, 2009 – not the end of the year.
Unfortunately, as of today (July 23, 2009) you can NOT use the credit as a down payment. But, law makers are pushing to implement a creative way to do so. To receive the credit, you must purchase a qualified home first and then claim it on either your 2008 or 2009 taxes. If you make a qualified purchase after April 15, or after having already filed your 2008 taxes, you and your tax professional can submit an amendment to your return. To claim the credit, use form 5405. For help with amending your 2008 tax returns, contact me and I will give you the necessary information to do so.
The current combination of Zero Down home loans, lower home prices and lower interest rates makes for an amazing opportunity to buy real estate. Add to that, this $8,000 gift from the government, and renting a home just doesn't make much sense. If you or someone you know is ready to stop paying the landlord's mortgage and start building equity in your own home, give us a call. We'll run the numbers and see what makes sense for your individual financial needs.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Create Some Balance: While paying down installment debt (car, school, mortgage, etc.) will definitely boost your credit score, paying down or paying off revolving debt, such as credit cards, can cause a quick jump in your credit score. The trick is to get and keep your balances below 30% of your credit limit on each card. For faster results, attack those cards with balances closer to their respective credit limits first, as opposed to those cards with simply the highest debt. Remember, if you pay off any credit cards completely, do not close your accounts without discussing it with your mortgage professional first. Canceling those cards may inadvertently undo all of your hard work.
Know Your Limits: Make sure that your credit card issuers are reporting the correct limits on your accounts to the three major credit bureaus. Without an available limit, your account will appear to be maxed out at its highest reported balance each month. This could cost you up to 80 points in certain instances. Some creditors, such as American Express® and certain cards issued by Capital One®, actually have a policy of not reporting available credit. However, most companies will report your credit limits if you ask them in writing.
Take Some Credit: If you have a credit card account in very good standing, make sure that all three credit bureaus know about it. Just like your credit limits, some creditors don't report your information to all three credit companies - this is why credit scores often vary between bureaus. If this is the case, give them a call to find out why. Correcting this oversight could provide a significant boost to your score. Also, if you're in very good standing, ask your creditor for a lower rate or higher credit limit. This will increase the gap in the debt you owe versus the credit you have available. Sometimes hinting about closing an account can suddenly bring out the generous spirit of certain card issuers. Give it a try. The worst they can say isn’t.
Protect Your Interests: Your credit is calculated based solely on the information available to your creditors. If you have a HELOC, make sure it's listed as a mortgage or an installment account on your credit reports and not a revolving debt. If you had a bankruptcy, be sure that all items associated with the bankruptcy are being reported correctly, that is with a zero balance. This action could increase your score by 50-100 points. Because simple mistakes like these can wreak havoc on your credit score, it's important to monitor your credit every four to six months.
Even the Score: If you find information on your credit report that you believe is inaccurate or incomplete, then you have the right to dispute it free of charge. For the fastest results, visit the appropriate credit bureau's website and file a complaint online. If supporting documents are necessary, you have to file your dispute by mail. If you'd like more information or a copy of our Sample Dispute Letter, give us a call right away. We'll be glad to help you in any way we can or, if it becomes necessary, refer you to credit professionals you can trust. If you or anyone you know has any questions about credit scores or what can be done to repair them, please don't hesitate to call me.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
“My goal is to help you change your mind-set and implement new strategies when it comes to marketing slow moving property. The most popular strategy employed today by Realtors to sell slow moving property is to REDUCE THE PRICE on a home.”
The idea that price reduction is a great marketing tool for selling property in today’s changed market is a myth. Price reductions are a “Ho Hum” means of marketing. It is certainly not a “Thinking Outside The Box” type of marketing. Potential buyers that drive through neighborhoods looking for that “special” house are confronted with FOR SALE signs all over the place that tell them nothing about the property except that there is perhaps a “new price” for the home. Most Realtors fail in their observable marketing to provide a compelling reason for buyers to inquire further about their listings. Lowering the sales price may move some stagnant properties a bit sooner, but as a primary marketing tool, it falls way short of the benefits you will gain from the other efforts talked about in the attached booklet.
With a full shift in power from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market, both buyers and sellers need to re- evaluate the best approach to a transaction. The examples below illustrate how a “Closing Cost Credit” (3% for closing) from the seller, when applied toward a buyer’s Interest Rate can produce significant monthly savings for the buyer, and re-position the property to stand out against it’s competition. In this example, we used 3% in points or $13,500 to permanently buy down the interest rate from 5.00% to 4.00% resulting in a Net Savings of $241 a month.
Also, the “points” are usually a tax deduction in the year the property was purchased for the buyer. Please consult your CPA for specific information. This example shows you the power of reducing Interest Rate versus Sale Price. BUYER: Let me show you a smarter strategy to help you finance the purchase of the home of your dreams! SELLER: Let me show you a money saving strategy to help you market the sale of your home and saving you thousands of dollars in the meantime. E-mail me for more information at email@example.com
Monday, July 6, 2009
After I declined approximately 30 loans in early 2009, I knew that I had to do something to help my clients through the declining real estate market as well as the tough economic times. I was beginning to get more phone calls concerning the need to lower their monthly payment due to a hardship or potential employment issue. I tried researching different types of loan programs, loan modification, as well as talking to certain banks and lenders about their own loss mitigation guidelines... and nothing, I got nothing other than “Just have your clients call their bank and work it out with them...”. Well, that’s a joke. If you’ve ever called your mortgage servicer, you understand that most of the time you are talking to someone that speaks fluently in another country, and 10 times out of 10, they cannot help you... Countrywide alone has over 23,000 listings themselves and they are a bank, not a real estate firm... these banks do not have the time or staff to take on any more foreclosures... So eventually after trying to help a client through a loan modification in February, I realized that 3 months and hundreds of hours later, we finally got through to someone in their loss mitigation dept. that could help us, and eventually they did - 2 ½ months after that conversation... So, 6 months later, and numerous payments in default, my client’s loan was modified, but come to find out, very poorly modified, and now they were stuck with paying back all past due payments as well as the reduction in interest rate as capital gains (the importance of using an attorney assisted loan modification company). But check this out - in March, a miracle happened at Disney Land of all place... I took my family on a vacation to Disney Land and met my wife’s uncle Ken. I've heard about Ken, but never met him. On the way to dropping us off at Disney Land, we began talking about what he does, and immediately, I felt like a kid in a candy store, as though I was talking to the Babe Ruth of finance... (forget Disney Land I said, let’s go back to your office, but unfortunately Jenny would allow that...) He has been originating loans in Orange County for years and he basically stopped originating loans to begin modifying loans... California is one of the hardest hit states from our recent housing bubble and Ken, thinking outside the box, shifted gears in 2008 and is strictly modifying loans today. He has partnered with a law group in Orange County and together they are changing lives, seriously - amazing, credible, stuff that it keeping people in their homes, and securing their mortgage. He showed me some amazing examples of how they are taking hundreds of clients from higher 6%-7% interest rates, to 3%-3.5% fixed for 30-years... this stuff was amazing. He showed me numerous examples of people they were even able to help reduce their principle balance and interest rate together... I was ready to start doing this full time once I returned from my vacation. However, I got back and my company published a press release prohibiting any of their loan officers to participate in loan modification up in WA State... so in the meantime, until we can, I am referring people to my uncle Ken in California... Let me know if you have someone in mind that is in a hardship or faced with losing their home. I will get you his contact information- it's never too late. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS NEWS! IT IS TRULY UNBELIEVABLE!!!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
They May Fall Again
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Shopping Around? Make Sure You A Doing It Right
After a recent spike seen in mortgage rates, some consumers are wondering whether they've missed their chance to refinance into an ultra-low rate. Fear not: While the conforming 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a daily average of 5.81% last Thursday, it averaged 5.53% on Tuesday, said Keith Gumbinger, vice president of HSH Associates, a publisher of consumer loan information. And it's possible that rates could continue to fall. "Predicting interest rates is like predicting who is going to win the World Series in January," said Guy Cecala, publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance. That said, he calls the recent spike "somewhat of an aberration," and expects rates will continue to drift down. Why the recent run-up in rates? Over the past month or two, "the economic skies have brightened somewhat," Gumbinger said in an email, and the threat of "trillion-dollar budget deficits for the foreseeable future, the potential for significant inflation, and few clues as to how the government might extricate itself from intrusions into markets" created a landscape that was not appealing to investors.But now, rates are retreating partly because inflation doesn't seem as immediate a threat as investors feared, Cecala said. In his opinion, nothing fundamentally has changed in the economy over recent weeks to warrant the rate rise, yet he expects volatility through the remainder of the year as investors debate the economy's health. "Realistically, I think that the rates will drift under 5% again. It may take a month, may take two months," he said. It's also important, however, to realize that extremely low rates likely won't be around forever, said Bob Walters, chief economist of Quicken Loans, in a statement. "Luckily, we have seen rates drop some this week, which should help many consumers breathe a little easier," Walters said. "But the fact remains, the government's plan of purchasing mortgage-backed securities cannot go on indefinitely, and when it ends, we will most certainly see a spike in rates. The hope is that the Fed can keep rates low long enough to kick-start a housing recovery. Whether that will work remains to be seen." "Volatility is the key word in the mortgage industry these days when it comes to rates," said Kyle Kerwin, senior vice president of mortgage lending for Signature Bank of Arkansas.
Here are five tips for those shopping for a mortgage today, particularly those who need to refinance an existing loan:
1. Get started on paperwork. Call Dan and get started on the necessary paperwork. Rates move regularly, and if paperwork has been started your file can be processed more quickly when rates hit a low. When you start the application process, your credit score will be pulled and you'll need to submit support documentation including W-2 forms and pay stubs. You might be asked for updated documents nearer to closing.
2. Make sure your credit is in good shape. Check credit reports and fix problems as soon as possible, said Mary Curran, president of Highland Financial Mortgage Corp. in Northbrook, Ill. Even seemingly small charges can haunt a borrower: A forgotten, unpaid parking ticket, for example, can noticeably affect a credit score, she said.
3. Decide at what rate it makes sense to pull the trigger. If you have a 6% rate now, rates would have to hit 5% or lower for it to make financial sense to refinance, Cecala said. Talk with your mortgage professional about what's best for your particular situation.
4. Stick to your guns. Once you determine the rate you'd need to get, it's probably wise to stick to that decision. Consumers sometimes gamble that rates will go lower, and the plan can backfire if rates reverse course, Kerwin said. A couple of weeks ago, rates were close to 4.5% in his market, "and people wanted to hold out for an extra eighth of a percent."
5. Remember, rates are still good. Yes, rates could fall and create another record low as a result of a swoon in the stock market, a collapse of a major bank or a deepening of a recession, Gumbinger said. But it isn't likely that many consumers would crave those economic shocks. "Why would anyone wish for those things again to simply get a rock-bottom, ultra low mortgage rate? If it means saving $250 per month on your mortgage but it costs you $50,000 in your 401(k), how could this be seen as any kind of benefit?" he said. Amy Hoak is a MarketWatch reporter based in Chicago.