A Home Loan from the USDA?

Yep. it’s true. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has an incredible, but little-known, loan program that can help you purchase a home with little or no money down. If you are thinking of buying a home, this is a program you’ll want to check out. corn-field-300x266

A common misconception about USDA loans is that you must buy farmland or purchase property in remote communities. That’s not true. These loans are available to people who purchase single-family homes in regular neighborhoods. While the USDA requires that you buy in a “rural” area to qualify for this type of loan, the definition of rural is pretty loose and often includes portions of suburbs of major cities.


There are certain loan criteria unique to USDA, such as income limits. But it’s worth investigating because the down payment requirement and other loan terms are so favorable and can really help stretch your home-buying dollars.

So where should you start? Ask your mortgage lender about USDA loans. You also can learn more about USDA loans on the federal agency’s website.

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5 Reasons to Buy A Home Now Instead of Spring

5 Reasons to Buy A Home Now Instead of Spring.

5 Reasons to Buy A Home Now Instead of Spring

Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five major reasons purchasers should consider buying:

Supply Is Shrinking

With inventory declining in many regions, finding a home of your dreams may become more difficult going forward. There are buyers in more and more markets surprised that there is no longer a large assortment of houses to choose from. The best homes in the best locations sell first. Don’t miss the opportunity to get that ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ buy.

Price Increases Are on the Horizon

Prices are projected to appreciate by over 25% from now to 2018. First home buyers will probably pay more both in price and interest rate if they wait until the spring. Even if you are a move-up buyer, it will wind-up costing you more in net dollars as the home you will buy will appreciate at approximately the same rate as the house you are in now.

Owning a Home Helps Create Family Wealth

Whether you are rent or you own the home you are leaving in, you are paying a mortgage. Either you are paying your mortgage or your landlord’s. The Fed, in a recent study, revealed that the net worth of the average homeowner is 30 times greater than that of a renter.

Interest Rates Are Projected to Rise

The Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Realtors, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have all projected that the 30-year mortgage interest rate will be over 5% by the end of 2014. That is an increase of almost one full point over current rates.

Buy Low, Sell High

We would all agree that, when investing, we want to buy at the lowest price possible and hope to sell at the highest price. Housing can create family wealth as long as we follow this simple principle. Today, real estate is selling ‘low’ compared to where it will be next year. It’s time to buy.

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REAL insight Newsletter (4th Quarter 2013)

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Help for Underwater Homeowners is Here! HARP 2.0

The HARP 2.0 is an underwater refi program for homeowners. This program could help you lower your payments, or reduce your term on the loan, and or pay off debt with the savings! It can also be for your 2nd or Investment properties!

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Warren Buffett Speaks on Housing

Warren Buffett speaks on Housing


BUFFETT: I would say the single-family homes are cheap now, too.

BECKY: You would?

BUFFETT: Yeah, single-family homes— but if I had a way of buying a couple hundred thousand single-family homes and had a way of managing— the management is enormous— is really the problem because they’re one by one. They’re not like apartment houses. So— but I would load up on them and I would— I would take mortgages out at very, very low rates. But if anybody is thinking about buying a home— five years ago they couldn’t buy them fast enough because they thought they were going to go up, and now they don’t buy them because they think they’re going to go down. And interest are far lower. It’s a way, in effect, to short the dollar because you can— you can take a 30-year mortgage and if it turns out your interest rate’s too high, next week you refinance lower. And if it turns out it’s too low, the other guy’s stuck with it for 30 years. So it’s a very attractive asset class now.

BECKY: If you are a young individual investor at home and you have your choice between buying your first home or investing in stocks, where would you tell someone is the better bet?

BUFFETT: Well, if I thought I was going to live— if I knew where I was going to want to live the next five or 10 years I would— I would buy a home and I’d finance it with a 30-year mortgage, and it’s a terrific deal. And if I— literally, if I was an investor that was a handy type, which I’m not, and I could buy a couple of them at distressed prices and find renters, I think that’s— and again take a 30-year mortgage, it’s a leveraged way of owning a very cheap asset now and I think that’s probably as an attractive an investment as you can make now. But I think equities are very attractive compared to anything else.

BECKY: But, obviously, they’ve come up quite a bit since you first were telling people you were buying them for your personal portfolio…


BECKY: …with both hands essentially.

BUFFETT: Right. Yeah, well, I wrote that article— I said if you— if you wait till you see the first robin, spring’ll be over. And— well, spring is over, but we’re not in the dead of winter yet either. And stocks— we were— we were here three years ago and stocks have almost doubled exactly since we sat down three years ago. So they’re not as cheap as they were, but measured against the alternatives, would you rather have cash, would you rather have Treasury bonds, would you rather have, you know, you name it? I would rather own great businesses, and we own a lot of them through stocks and we own a lot of them outright, and I’d love to buy another one this afternoon.

BECKY: OK.  When you take a look at the housing market, you had told us last year when we sat down here that you thought last year could be the turning point, and you pointed out in your annual report this year that you were dead wrong on that call.

BUFFETT: Exactly.

BECKY: We didn’t see the improvement last year, but you do think that we’ll see it this year?

BUFFETT: Well, I think we’re likely to, but— and I’m somewhat chastened by the fact that I sat a year ago and said it would happen by now. But what I do know is that today there are more households being created than houses. Well, if that continues— and it will continue— eventually it gets in balance. And when it gets in balance— gets in balance in different geographies at different times. But when it gets in balance, we will need more than a million residential housing units annually. And when we’re building a billion units, supply and demand will come into balance. Got way out of balance five years ago and it’s taken us a long time to work it off. But it does get worked off, and households are now being formed. The first year after the recession in 2000— after it hit— in 2009, household formation went like this. I mean, that happens in recessions. But that’s changed. I mean, you know, we have four million people, roughly, hitting each age cohort every year, and we form households and they want to be in houses.

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How Purchase Loans are Made – A Step by Step Guide

How Purchase Loans Are Made
A Step-By-Step Walkthrough

1. Pre-approval – Get pre-approved for a mortgage and know in advance exactly how much house you can afford. Completing this step will also increase your negotiating power since you’ll be viewed as a “cash buyer”.
2. Loan Search – Put yourself in the hands of an experienced mortgage professional, someone who will help you to determine which financing options best suit your needs today and in the future.
3. Loan Application – It’s crucial to supply the lender with as much information as possible, as accurately as possible. All outstanding debts as well as assets and income should be included.
4. Documentation – Paperwork supporting the application must also be submitted. Information commonly sought includes pay stubs, two years’ tax returns, and account statements verifying the source of the down payment, funds to close and reserves.
5. The Hunt – Begin shopping for a house. Once you find the right one, the terms of the sale will be negotiated, including the price and potentially the terms of the loan being sought.
6. Appraisal – Lenders require an appraisal on all home sales. By knowing the true value of the home, the borrower is protected from overpaying.
7. Title Search – This is the time when any liens against the property are discovered. A lien may have been placed on a property to ensure payment of outstanding debts by the owner. All liens must be cleared before a transaction can be completed.
8. Termite Inspection – While most purchase loans do not require a formal inspection for termite and water damage, some loans (especially government loans) allow for the possibility. If problems are found, repairs may be necessary.
9. Processor’s Review – All pertinent information will be packaged by your mortgage professional and sent to the lending underwriter, including any explanations that may be needed, such as reasons for derogatory credit.
10. Underwriter’s Review – Based on the information put together by the loan professional, the underwriter makes the final decision regarding whether a loan is approved.
11. Mortgage Insurance – Many lenders require private mortgage insurance when borrowers put down less than 20 percent on a loan.
12. Approval, Denial or Counter Offer – In order to approve a loan, the lender may ask the borrowers to put more money down to improve the debt-to-income ratio. The borrower may also need a bigger down payment if the property appraises for less than the purchase price.
13. Insurance – Lenders require fire and hazard insurance on the replacement value of the structure. Flood insurance will also be required if the property is located in a flood zone. In California, some lenders require earthquake insurance on condominiums.
14. Signing – During this step, final loan and escrow documents are signed.
15. Funding – At this point, the lender will send a wire or check for the amount of the loan to the title company.
16. Confirmation of Funding – The lender authorizes the disbursement of loan proceeds.
17. Closing – Documents transferring title will now be officially recorded by the County Recorder.
18. Congratulations, you are now a homeowner!

If you’d like to learn more, please give me a call. I’d be happy to speak with you!

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