I know I said this before…but really, NOW is a good time to buy. Take a look at what my mortgage specialist sent me:
“DCA Allows up to $14,000 for down payment or repairs on foreclosed properties under Neighborhood Stabilization Program
The Department of Community Affairs, better known as DCA, has come out with a new program to help sell foreclosures and benefit owner- occupant purchasers whether or not they are first time homeowners.
Tagged the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), DCA will provide $14,000 to be used for down payment assistance or repairs as long as the property is purchased at 85% or less of the market value as determined by an appraisal that is required prior to contract.
Borrowers must qualify for FHA or VA loan guidelines and fall within fairly generous income limitations (cannot exceed 120% of Area Median Income) based on the number of family members and must attend a required counseling course. For example, a family of 2 purchasing in a metro Atlanta county, could earn up to $68,350 and a family of 4 can earn up to $85,450.
The $14,000 DAP would be an interest free second mortgage “loan” that would not have to be repaid as long as the customer lives in the house for at least 5 years. Otherwise, it would have to be repaid on a pro-rata basis of 20% of the DAP amount per year when the house is sold.
DCA will fund the NSP loan as per the Georgia Dream Seller Guide, Chapter 2, Section 212. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.dca.state.ga.us/housing/homeownership/programs/GeorgiaDream.asp
This and That
FHA cash out refis: I had a question last week about the new changes that are taking place with FHA in regards to refinancing. FHA previously allowed up to 95% LTV for cash out refinances but is going back to 85% LTV effective April 1st.
Investment Property: Be prepared to put 25% down for purchases.
New Appraisal Procedures: In an effort to take some of the alleged “loan officer influence” out of the appraisal process, most lenders are going to a system May 1st that will require lenders to rotate conventional appraisal orders and not allow loan officers to discuss cases directly with appraisers. The rule may not apply to FHA loans, but some lenders may apply it to all appraisals just to be safe.
Underwriting Turnaround: If I were you, I would be asking your loan officer if they have underwriters and closers on location. I am hearing stories that brokered loans can take as long as 3 weeks to underwrite. Refinances are the culprit.
Making Home Affordable: The U.S. Treasury Department went live on March 19th with its Making Home Affordable program, which aims to help homeowners refinance or modify their mortgages. The toll free no. for this service is 888-995-4673. The website is http://www. Makinghomeaffordable.gov.
Loan Modifications: Dick Runstadler, who represents US Housing Assist, disagrees with one of the things I mentioned last week about qualifying for loan modifications. The company I talked to, Integrated Loan Services, told me that they typically require borrowers to have verifiable income to qualify for a loan modification. Dick says that USHA has closed many loan modifications for unemployed people. For more information about USHA, contact Dick at 678-455-0072.
Name Change: Opteum Mortgage, Metro Cities Mortgage, F&T Mortgage and several former Indy Mac retail branches will soon operate under one parent company: Prospect Mortgage. Opteum is scheduled to change its name to Prospect on April 1st. Prospect Mortgage will thus operate a network of mortgage offices in all 50 states. So I wanted to let you know that I will be getting new business cards soon. You will have to wait and see what they say.
And finally, to the agent that expressed resentment to the “political comments” and inferences I made in last week’s column in regards to the AIG bonuses, I would like to apologize. The goal in my newsletter each week is to educate, inform and entertain. So from hence forth and without hesitation, upon request, I will gladly refund anybody’s subscription fee.
Until next week.”
Loan Officer and columnist
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