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Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 9/22/2019

Securing a mortgage to buy a home is probably one of the best and most important milestones in a person's life. It comes with a lot of benefits and bragging rights.

But, even with all of the butterflies and feelings of being on cloud nine, the truth of the matter is that there are also costs in securing a mortgage — before and after the transaction.

The costs incurred before securing a mortgage.

The following are the costs incurred before you can secure a mortgage:

1. Before you obtain a mortgage, you need to pay for appraisal fees. An appraisal fee is a professional fee that you pay to get an estimated value of the house you want to buy. This one is the first step that you need to fulfill before securing a mortgage. It allows creditors to determine your loan-to-value ratio. A third party does it. The price ranges between $300 and $1,000.

2. You also need to pay for an inspection fee. The inspection fee is the amount that you spend for the potential house to get checked for leaks, pests, problems, and everything that may make or break your decision to purchase. It depends on the creditor if they require this, but it costs roughly around $300 to $500 for a home inspection service.

3. You also have to pay for your credit report fee. You may think that this should be free of charge, but it is not. More often than not, potential borrowers need to obtain a copy from each of the credit bureaus even before they apply for a loan. Some professionals would say that this is the first cost of securing a mortgage because if you have a bad credit rating, you might as well not push through with the loan. This aspect is all debatable. It will cost the borrower around $30 to $50 per report. If you are lucky, you can get this for free because some lenders cover the cost themselves as part of their credit check.

These three costs get incurred mostly before approval of the loan, and there are different costs once you get the approvals and purchase the house. The critical thing is for you to be a hundred percent committed to the purchase. Being fickle minded does not pay off in the real estate market. 

If you are still potentially on the fence with your mortgage needs, ask a real estate professional to help you decide on what mortgage options might work best for you.




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Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 9/15/2019

Have you tried getting a mortgage from your bank and instead been given an endless series of hurdles with no approval in sight? Then perhaps it’s time you moved your search for home finance online. Here you will find a host of companies willing to fund your home ownership dreams, even if you have a bad credit score. 

Some will give you the funds themselves while others are brokers who will lead you to the lenders. In the long run, what a homebuyer truly wants is a reasonable interest rate, quick approval, transparent communication, and top-notch customer service. Here are a few companies that fit those criteria.

Quicken Loans

Quicken Loans started as a brick-and-mortar shop in 1985 before going online at the turn of the millennium. It holds the position of one of the country's most popular lenders, and with good reason. First-time homebuyers are drawn to this mortgage company because of the wealth of guidance they get. Quicken Loans’ range of products includes Freddie Mac and Fannie Mac loans that ask for a down payment of as little as 3% of the property purchase price.

Lenda 

Besides offering applicants quick and stress-free pre-qualifications, Lenda has made a name for its concierge service that guides you through the application process. Their platform makes it easy for you to keep track of the documents you need to submit each step of the way. It even sends alerts to remind you which documents you still have pending. 

Rocket Mortgage

Within a few minutes, you will know how much you qualify to borrow from Rocket Mortgage. This company takes its service a step higher by offering you support from a mortgage expert online. Their digital platform works effortlessly on mobile devices allowing you to monitor your application on the go. 

Guaranteed Rate

This company makes life easier for would-be homeowners by allowing them to complete the entire application process online on a user-friendly platform. Documents can be uploaded there so that human interaction can be avoided through the whole process. First-time homebuyers are attracted to Guaranteed Rate because of the relatively low down payment required. 

Sun Trust

Households that fall in the middle-to-low income bracket will appreciate the affordability of Sun Trust home loans. With them, you can get fixed and adjustable rate loans backed by the Federal Housing Association or the Veterans’ Association. 

Visit an online resource you know for more detailed reviews of various top-rated lenders. Or talk to your real estate professional for local lenders they recommend.




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Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 9/8/2019

There are several ways to think about renting versus buying. Conventional wisdom might say that buying, and therefore owning, a home is always better. However, your situation may be different. Before you jump in the buying pool, consider how the costs might stack up for you.

How to think about housing

Say that you are moving to a new city and cannot decide if you should rent or buy. Think about this scenario:

If a home is on the market for rent for $1500, or $18000 per year and that fits your monthly budget, but an identical house in the same neighborhood is for sale for $400,000. Do you rent or do you buy?

  • If you buy a house, you will make a down payment. For ease of calculation, you put down $100,000.
  • Also, you must take out a mortgage for the remaining $300,000 for thirty years fixed.
  • For simplicity, assume you get your mortgage for six percent.
  • Every month you pay your mortgage bill of about $1800, and it includes both interest and principal. Using an amortization calculator, you will see that for the first year about $1500 per month goes toward interest and roughly $300 goes to pay down the mortgage. While these change year over year where the amount toward interest goes down and the amount toward principal goes up, it stays around the $1500 interest to $300 principal for the first several years, so it works for our comparison.

In our comparison, during the first year, you will pay $18,000 for rent, and you will also pay $18,000 in mortgage payments. Now is when the calculations get trickier.Potentially, you will have savings on your income taxes for the interest paid. The way that works is that you subtract the amount of the interest paid from your entire gross income. After all your other deductions, you may end up with a few thousand less in taxes due. So, for this year that might be (hypothetically) $3000. That means your annual home cost is now down to $15,000. However, you also had to pay property taxes. To be conservative, calculate that at 1% or $4000. That puts you at $19,000. You also had to pay homeowners insurance. A conservative number for that is about $200 per month or $2400 per year. Your costs now equal $21,400.

One more calculation to consider is that the $100,00 you put in as a down payment you would still have as an investment if you rented. If you just kept it in a savings account with a 2% return, you would have an annual income of $2000.

So, for this year, as a renter, your effective outgo would be $16,000 compared to $21,400 for you as an owner. These numbers do not account for any maintenance, repair, or upkeep expenditures you have as an owner.

In this scenario, dollar for dollar, owning might not be your best choice. However, dollars are not the only reason to buy. Talk to your real estate professional about the intangibles of home ownership, before you decide.





Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 6/9/2019

Have you tried getting a mortgage from your bank and instead been given an endless series of hurdles with no approval in sight? Then perhaps it’s time you moved your search for home finance online. Here you will find a host of companies willing to fund your home ownership dreams, even if you have a bad credit score. 

Some will give you the funds themselves while others are brokers who will lead you to the lenders. In the long run, what a homebuyer truly wants is a reasonable interest rate, quick approval, transparent communication, and top-notch customer service. Here are a few companies that fit those criteria.

Quicken Loans

Quicken Loans started as a brick-and-mortar shop in 1985 before going online at the turn of the millennium. It holds the position of one of the country's most popular lenders, and with good reason. First-time homebuyers are drawn to this mortgage company because of the wealth of guidance they get. Quicken Loans’ range of products includes Freddie Mac and Fannie Mac loans that ask for a down payment of as little as 3% of the property purchase price.

Lenda 

Besides offering applicants quick and stress-free pre-qualifications, Lenda has made a name for its concierge service that guides you through the application process. Their platform makes it easy for you to keep track of the documents you need to submit each step of the way. It even sends alerts to remind you which documents you still have pending. 

Rocket Mortgage

Within a few minutes, you will know how much you qualify to borrow from Rocket Mortgage. This company takes its service a step higher by offering you support from a mortgage expert online. Their digital platform works effortlessly on mobile devices allowing you to monitor your application on the go. 

Guaranteed Rate

This company makes life easier for would-be homeowners by allowing them to complete the entire application process online on a user-friendly platform. Documents can be uploaded there so that human interaction can be avoided through the whole process. First-time homebuyers are attracted to Guaranteed Rate because of the relatively low down payment required. 

Sun Trust

Households that fall in the middle-to-low income bracket will appreciate the affordability of Sun Trust home loans. With them, you can get fixed and adjustable rate loans backed by the Federal Housing Association or the Veterans’ Association. 

Visit an online resource you know for more detailed reviews of various top-rated lenders. Or talk to your real estate professional for local lenders they recommend.




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Posted by RE/MAX Professional Associates on 6/2/2019

You can make money by investing in real estate. One way you can do this is by flipping houses. Flipping a property refers to when you buy a house to sell it for profit. The purchase is a short-term investment that requires much planning as it could be quite dicey. Buying a home to sell is a great way to make money, but it requires skill, careful consideration, research, and sometimes pure luck. No matter what kind of property you decide to invest in, there are many things to consider when you are getting ready to start flipping houses.

There are two main types of house flipping:

- A real estate investor purchases a house that could potentially increase in value if repaired and updated. After completing the renovation, the investor makes money from selling the home for a higher price than the total cost of the purchase and improvements.

- A real estate investor identifies an undervalued property in the market in a neighborhood with fast-rising home values and holds the property for some time until the house has a higher value. They then resell the house profitably.

Common types of property to flip

- Single-family houses: These are the most common types of homes to flip. These include bungalows, semi-detached houses, townhouses, and freestanding homes. They are the easiest to buy and sell as they are most readily available.>

- Multi-family residences: You can renovate the existing units or add more units to the property to make it more attractive to buyers.

- Retail properties: You can buy a property and restore it to make it suitable for specific use as a restaurant, bar, or store.

- Land: This is the most difficult as there are more processes involved and building on a new property is more expensive than renovating an existing one.

Benefits of house flipping

- You have a significant level of control over many elements of the project through research and analysis

- You can flip any house as long as it fits your needs and requirements.

- The team you hire can significantly influence the success of your flips like an experienced real estate agent, an interior decorator, and a reputable contractor.

Disadvantages of house flipping

- You might lose your money if you don't get all the expenses right or you run into unexpected costs

- Sometimes you have to pay capital gains taxes when you sell a house.

- You may end up spending more than you should on a home if you misjudge the neighborhood.

If you are looking to start investing in real estate, flipping houses is a great way to start. Speak to a real estate agent and an experienced contractor to begin.