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Securing financing is just one part of a home purchase. I am experienced at aiding new and experienced in all areas of real estate. Contact me if your needs include a professional REALTOR® ready for the business side of real estate. 

Thinking of financing your new home in Georgia?  I can help.

Stressed out about getting financing for a home purchase? You don't have to be. Being close with several lending companies in the Georgia area has helped me realize some things that can make the process of applying for a loan a breeze.

1 – Put together a list of questions regarding your loan program

Be sure you bring a list of questions with you if you find that you don't perfectly comprehend the ins and outs of the different loan programs. At times, it can be hard to understand the distinctions between both fixed and adjustable rate mortgages. One of my lender contacts or I can assist you in understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each.

2 – Decide when to lock

By locking in the interest rate, your mortgage lender is guaranteeing the mortgage interest rates for the loan – generally at the time the loan application is submitted. By floating the rate, you can lock the rate anytime between the day of your loan application and at the time of closing. Those who elect to float think that interest rates will drop in the near future.

 

3 – Decide if you want to pay additional points to decrease your rate

If you opt to pay additional points to lower the rate of your loan, you'll pay for them in cash at closing. Each point is 1 percent of the mortgage loan. To decide if you should purchase points,

4 – Bring your paperwork

Acquiring a loan requires a lot of paperwork, so you should take some time to get all your documents together.


 

Scoring Your Credit

The home buying process doesn't start with getting pre-approved for a loan or with choosing a real estate agent. The content of your wallet begins the home buying process. To make your goal of homeownership realized, you must consider your FICO score along with the type of lender for which you'll qualify in Georgia.

The Fair Isaac Company calculates your FICO score on the summary of your complete credit history. Most people traditionally have a score of 650, but scores are tiered from 300 to 850. In recent years, however, some borrowers have seen their score drop by hundreds of points because of job loss, delinquent credit card accounts, or credit card accounts that were closed because they don't carry a balance. Some of the pieces in calculating your FICO score are:

  • Credit Inquiries — Do you have too many open accounts?
  • Types of Credit — Do you have a healthy mix of loans and credit cards?
  • Payment History — How many months do you make late payments?
  • Credit to Debt Ratio — How much do you owe versus your available credit?

When you apply for a mortgage or any other loan, lenders want to make sure that extending a loan to you isn't a problem. Your credit score gives lenders an insight into what type of borrower you'll be solely because of your credit history. Because of the shift in the economy, most home buyers should have scores in the range of 700 or higher to get a decent interest rate. If your score is less than that, you can still qualify for a loan, but the interest accumulated in the long run could be more than double that of an individual with a higher credit score.

Improving your credit score is the first step in buying a home.
Call me at 678-350-8522 and I can help you get on the right track to owning the home of your dreams.

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There are methods to increase your score. Building your FICO score takes time. It can be hard to make a significant stride change in your credit score with quick fixes, but your score can improve in a year by monitoring your credit report and by using credit extended to you to raise your score, instead of ruin it. The best way to do this is to know your FICO score. Here are some ways you can improve your credit score:

 

  • Keep up with payments. Delinquent payments drastically drop your credit score. It's where people who have recently been unemployed see the biggest dip in their credit score. Yes, it takes longer to build up your credit this way, but it's the surest way to show that you're responsible enough to make payments to a lender.

  • Ensure that your credit history is correct. If you discover incorrect items on your credit report, contact the bureau asking that the item be removed. If you have a common name or the same name as a family member, you'll want to give extra care to make sure the activity reported is correct.

  • Even out your debt. At first, this doesn't sound like a good idea. But, you want to avoid of having one card that is maxed out and have your remaining cards at a zero balance. It's better to have each of your cards at a lower balance than to have all of your debt sitting on a single card.

  • Apply for gas station cards or retail credit. For those who have no credit or below average credit, department store credit cards and gas credit cards are ways to establish your credit history, increase your spending limits and stay on top of your payments, which will raise your credit. You must always avoid charging a large balance for too long because these types of cards normally have a surprising interest rate.

  • Use your credit. Whether you're just getting started with credit, or if you've got older cards, be sure to use your cards to make sure your accounts maintain an active status. But, be sure to pay them off in one or two payments.

Knowing the methods you can use to raise your FICO score, you can move toward becoming a homeowner. Know that when it's time to apply for a loan to purchase a house, you'll want to keep your credit inquiries within a two-week window to avoid a negative mark on your credit score. With the help of your Loan Officer and myself, the loan application process is sure to go more smoothly so you, too, can become a homeowner.

To learn more, visit www.myFICO.com, Fair Isaac's informational site and review your credit history for free at www.annualcreditreport.com. And, for a small payment, you can get your FICO score from each bureau on their websites: www.equifax.comwww.experian.com and www.transunion.com.

I won't judge you based on your FICO scores and can help you get back into home ownership with the right mortgage lender for you. E-mail me at Contact@ArleenHannibal.com or call 678-350-8522 for more information.


Types of Mortgage Lenders

There are a number of types of primary mortgage lenders that you may encounter when shopping for your mortgage loan. To give you a better understanding of these service providers, a brief explanation is provided below.

Mortgage Bankers typically originate loans and then sell these loans to the secondary mortgage market. shortly after funding. (The mortgage banker may or may not sell the servicing of the loan.) Often mortgage bankers have attractive loan programs and rates.

Portfolio Lenders make loans with the institution's own funds and keep the loan on the institution's books rather than immediately selling it to the secondary mortgage market. . Many institutions engage in mortgage banking as well as portfolio lending.

Since portfolio lenders fund the loans, they are not confined to Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae guidelines. After a portfolio loan has reached its one year anniversary date without any late payments, it is considered seasoned and may be sold to the secondary mortgage market. even if it does not meet Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae guidelines.

If a portfolio loan is sold to the  secondary mortgage market. , the portfolio lender may continue to service the loan.

Direct Lenders fund their own loans. Direct lenders usually fall into the category of a mortgage banker or portfolio lender.

Correspondents act on behalf of one or several lenders (sponsors) throughout the origination and closing. The loan is usually underwritten by the sponsor. The correspondent acts as the lender's agent. The correspondent may also service the loan for the lender.

Mortgage Brokers work as intermediaries between lenders and borrowers. Mortgage brokers have access to a number of lenders and often offer the most variety in loan programs. Brokers assist the borrower in filling out the loan application, obtaining the credit report and appraisal, selecting a loan program and finding a lender to fund the loan. In general, brokers do not make the decision to extend the loan and do not fund the loan.

The mortgage broker may be paid by the borrower or the lender. Payment to the broker is typically included in the closing costs as either fees or points.

Wholesale Lenders underwrite and fund mortgage loans. Wholesale lenders may also service the loan payments and ensure the loan's compliance with underwriting guidelines.

Banks, Credit Unions and Savings & Loans use funds gathered from their customers through checking, savings and certificates of deposit to make mortgage loans. The institution may hold the loan in its portfolio or sell it to a secondary mortgage market.


Secondary Mortgage Market

When you apply for a home mortgage, you may be under the impression that the mortgage lender will be servicing the loan until it is paid off. This may not be the case. It is common practice for the mortgage loan to be bought and sold to a secondary mortgage market investor, sometimes more than once in the life of a loan.

These transactions will not affect your mortgage amount or your mortgage payment. The secondary mortgage market is comprised of investors like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Selling loans to the secondary mortgage market provides primary lenders with funds needed to issue new mortgage loans.


Loan Application Checklist

 

In general, the documentation you will need includes:
Check for application fee

Property Information (if you already have a contract on a house)
Purchase Agreement.
Copy of legal description and MLS sheet.
If you are selling your current home, copy of listing contract.
If you have sold your current home, copy of settlement statement (HUD-1).

Income & Assets

Pay stubs for the last 30 days.
  For the past two years:
 

Names and addresses of each employer.

W-2s
Statements for each bank, mutual fund, and/or investment account for the last three months.
Estimated value of personal property and furniture.
  If you have made any large deposits to your accounts:
 

Explanation and source for deposit.

If large deposit was a gift:
 

Signed gift letter (lender can supply).

Copy of gift check.

Copy of deposit receipt.
  If you own more than 25% of a business:
 

Corporate or partnership tax returns.
  If self-employed:
 

Tax returns for the last three years (with schedules).

Year-to-Date Profit and Loss Statement prepared by an accountant.
  If you own rental property:
 

Tax returns for the last two years and current rental agreements.
  If you are retired:
 

Pension Award Letter.
  If you receive Social Security:
 

Social Security Award Letter.
  If you are counting child support as income:
 

Copy of divorce settlement.

Copy of twelve months of cancelled child support checks.

Debts

Names, addresses, account numbers, balances and monthly payments on all current loans.
Explanation of credit report anomalies, including:
 

Late payments, credit inquiries in the last 90 days, charge-offs, collections, judgments and/or liens.

Bankruptcy filed within last seven years (bring a copy of your bankruptcy papers).

VA Loans

Copy of DD Form 214, Report of Separation.

Miscellaneous

Photo ID and proof of Social Security number.
Residence addresses for the past two years.
If applicable, a copy of your divorce decree.
If you are not a citizen, a copy of the front and back of your green card.

 

 


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