Editorial | One of the hottest trending topics in the housing industry during the pandemic has been Forbearance. Millions of borrowers across the United States have been directly or indirectly impacted financially by the volatility of the current market and could potentially benefit from seeking a Forbearance. Many borrowers, however, are unfamiliar with how this type of mortgage relief program works. Borrowers must keep in mind that forbearance doesn’t erase what they owe. Instead, it provides options on how they can affordably repay missed payments later on. In essence, a forbearance is a written agreement that allows a borrower to reduce or suspend monthly payments for a specified time.
My friend found their dream home in the mountains and was all set to move (the Uhaul was packed and everything!) before they were informed their mortgage file was delayed in underwriting and they were not going to close by their original closing date. While I was on-hand to commiserate with them, I bit my tongue when it came to saying this scenario was avoidable. There are three main factors that often delay a file in process or underwriting, and it behooves you as a borrower to know these potential pitfalls before you advance through the mortgage lending process.
Having an offer accepted on a home is a wonderful moment! But many out there believe the process of getting approved for a mortgage loan is like pulling teeth. There are ways to make it easier, just like flossing regularly before going to the dentist. The loan process is not that hard, as it largely boils down to submitting the collection of items that are required for your loan to be approved by the lender so your file can go through underwriting. For every mortgage application, there is the basic list of items you will need to provide your lender:
A “no-cost” refinance simply means that you’re not using any cash reserves to pay the closing costs upfront but in other ways. Mortgage interest rates are the lowest in 50 years, according to the Wall Street Journal and we can now offer you refinancing with almost nothing out of pocket. Although interest rates are at historic lows, refinancing only makes sense if you are aware of all that is involved in your refinancing process.
Many borrowers are considering a “cash-out” loan. Utilizing your home equity through cash-out refinancing could be a viable option if you want to add to your family’s finances during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
As a first-time homebuyer, it’s important that you know the loan programs available to you. In the first part, we discussed the two popular loan programs available for most homebuyers. In some circumstances, there are also loan programs that can help you buy a home if you have a limited budget or if you want to save your finances for other important matters.
If you think 2020 hasn’t been full of much good news, we do have some actual good news for just about everybody who is reading this. The amount available to homeowners to borrow against their house hit a record high of $6.5 trillion earlier this year. Additionally, 9 in 10 homeowners currently have a primary rate at least 0.75 percent above the prevailing market average rate as mortgage interest rates continue to hit record lows. If that isn’t good news, then we don’t know what is!
Many first-time homebuyers are entering the real estate market this summer amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in order to acquire a piece of the American dream: homeownership. What many are realizing is that mortgage interest rates have become more favorable than in years past. As a first-time homebuyer, you may too find yourself competing with other buyers in a sellers’ market – where home prices have increased, and inventory is small. However, if you find your budget is tight, here are the best loan programs to help you buy a home for your family.
Buying a home can be an exciting time for most first-time homebuyers, but many find it to be an overwhelming process, as well. To help smooth the homebuying process, we recommend getting a mortgage pre-approval as the first step to take.
Mortgage interest rates are at tempting levels that could make you wonder if it’s the right time to reap the rewards of your investment as a homeowner. Cash-out refinancing could be an option if you want to take advantage of the historically low interest rates and augment your finances especially during this difficult time as the nation deals with a health crisis.