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When you’re searching for your first home, you’re also searching for your first mortgage lender.
Now, it’s difficult to make specific recommendations on lenders because it’s way too tough to stay up to date on the many thousands of lenders who work in the Pennsylvania Area.
However, USDALoanInfoNJ can give you some very useful tips for how to approach your search for a lender.
When you’re looking for a mortgage lender you want start off by talking to a mortgage broker who has a good reputation in your area.
The best mortgage loan you never heard of? How about a USDA guaranty loan?
So what's so good about a USDA loan?
- 100% LTV - the highest LTV is mortgage lending today.
- Market interest rates.
- Less than perfect credit accepted.
You didn't know it, but the USDA has been in the real estate business for years. The program was initially designed to stimulate rural development and assist the agriculture community with housing. Agricultural stimulus packages are a long standing pillar of US economic policy going back to the turn of the last century. In fact, most our early prominent government economists were from the agricultural school. A famous alumnus of this school was John Kenneth Galbraith. USDA guaranty loans were designed as a modest program to provide housing in areas that large lenders shunned.
National lenders often penalized rural loans by raising rates and lowering LTV ratios because it was thought that rural properties could not be liquidated at prices high enough to cover the loan.
The trick to USDA loans is that the property must be located in an USDA approved area. Now here's the trick - the USDA uses the 2000 census data for its map. Areas that were rural in 2000 are now smack dab in the middle of huge growth patterns. Areas such the Kyle/Buda area south of Austin; Pflugerville east of the tollway; some areas of Leander/Cedar Park; Liberty Hill; the area across from the Dominion in San Antonio; parts of Comal County.
Real estate developers are nothing if not resourceful, and they're exploiting this loop hole to the extreme. Paired with a 96.5% LTV FHA loan, a 100% USDA makes a great partner - and a great way to sell out a subdivision.
Loans are processed similar to an FHA loan. Lenders authorized to make and sell USDA loans will process and underwrite the loan. Guidelines are much more flexible so there is a degree of common sense underwriting. Loans are then sold to Wall Street with the USDA guaranty fee.
This is a great loan for first time homebuyers, or anyone, looking to move into the suburbs at extremely beneficial terms. This is a much better program than even the sub-prime loans of the last 5 years.
This is also a great loan for seniors looking to retire to country, buying a home and some acreage.
The down side to this great opportunity is that the USDA will soon update their maps and the hot areas are sure to lose their designation as rural.
Check out our website below for more information and USDA resources, or call us with your questions.
You should also, at the same time, talk to a regional lender, a credit union (if you belong to one or you can join one) and a small local bank.
Each of these different types of lenders will offer different loan programs at different prices.
You should also ask friends and relatives who they’ve used for their home loans and how the experience went.
But emphasis is on the experience.
I have a great friend who once asked her sister for a lender recommendation, and the sister gave her a name and my friend had this horrific experience.
And when she went back to her sister to see what kind of experience her sister had had with this person, the sister confirmed that she, too, had a horrific experience.
“Hello! Why did you give me that lender’s name?” my friend asked, and the sister said, “Well you weren’t specific that you wanted someone good.
Sounds like a Seinfeld episode, right? And yet, this kind of stuff goes on all the time.
So here are some questions you should ask the person providing the recommendation that will help separate the wheat from the chaff:
- Did the lender repeatedly ask for the same documents?
- Is the lender organized?
A good lender should enable you to close on a home within about forty-five days – unless there’s some real serious problems with the house – so make sure to ask your friends and relatives if their lenders were able to meet that standard.
It may sound obvious, but it’s a good idea to look for a lender who specializes in making residential loans and has a reputation in your area for coming through with these loans.
Banks that aren’t generally known for their mortgage lending can be tougher to work with than some of the really big lenders.
And while you may be thinking to yourself, “I want to avoid the big banks,” you’re probably going to end up with one anyway.
Even if you go with a mortgage broker, that mortgage broker may actually work with a whole bunch of big lenders to fund your loan.
Above all, you need to find a lender that helps you understand the mortgage application process in a way that makes you feel comfortable and secure.
This is a huge decision.
You’re going to finance this property for the long run, and you want to do that with the right kind of partner.
And I just want to give a shoutout to anybody who is closing around October of 2015.
If you are, please watch the videos that I’ve made on the TILA-RESPA changes that are coming your way.
Right now they’re scheduled to go into effect October 3rd of 2015.
If you are looking to close around that, either before or after, you may have to build in some extra time to make sure that you don’t get caught up in all the craziness that’s going to go on I think when TILA-RESPA actually goes into effect.
The housing market has been taking a big hit these past few years. Between fluctuating PLRs and the current credit crunch, buying a home can be a challenge. Have you considered a home in the rural areas of our great country? Well, you can finance your new home with a USDA government loan.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a division called the RHS (Rural Housing Service) that offers a complete range of services to home buyers. The idea behind this rural housing movement is to help develop rural communities. Community services like clinics, child care services, fire departments, police and schools are dependent on property taxes as a source.
The RHS offers guaranteed loans, direct loans and grants for several purposes. Among these are purchasing a home, building a new home or repairing/renovating an existing home. Applicants need to meet a set of criteria based on income. The limits are very liberal and are attainable.
Rates start at 4.5% for low income applicants regardless of what the PLR is at the time of the purchase.
For the north central area of Florida, this is an excellent opportunity for consumers. This is especially true for first time homebuyers in the area of north central Florida. At the present time, housing prices are down and it is a good time to buy in this area. The USDA loan parameters make this a prime program.
First, north central Florida is not significantly affected by hurricanes. The areas to the east and west are where the real danger is located. As a result, hurricane insurance is available at lower rates. This makes the area very attractive for many buyers in many situations; especially first time buyers.
The USDA loans are available for not only a purchase, but to build a brand new home OR repair an existing home OR renovate an existing home. Imagine the possibilities of being able to purchase a property at tax sale prices and using the remainder of the loan money to renovate the property to your liking. Literally, you could have the home of your dreams for a song.
The level of your income is not a factor either. The loans are available at differing rates for differing levels of financial responsibility. The dividing lines for the rates are determined by the area the home is located in. For instance, a moderate income level in Alachua county Florida will differ from the same moderate income level in Dade county Florida.
The USDA's Rural Housing Service web page has a full table of these levels. You can actually look at properties in separate locations and pick the one that best fits your pocket. It is actually possible to get the house you have always dreamed of at a price you NEVER thought possible.
Add the fact that the coastlines are accessible in either direction by car. A couple of hours west and you are at the Gulf Coast, go east and there's the Atlantic Ocean.
So if you are looking at homes in the north central Florida area, take a serious look at USDA rural home loans. Great for first time buyers from all walks of life.