Here are several factors that determine the home loan amount and purchase price that you can afford. For qualification purposes, lenders look at income, debt, assets (how much money you have for the down payment, closing fees, points, and other funds necessary to close your home loan), as well as credit. There are many different loan programs that offer different terms and rates, and some require lower down payments than others and offer more flexibility in credit and income. The best thing to do is use a mortgage affordability calculator to find out what your payments would be and determine what purchase price and loan amount is comfortable for you.
A typical escrow period is 30, 45, or 60 days. The escrow period, defined on the purchase contract and agreed upon by both buyer and seller, is usually what dictates when your loan closes. If you have already entered escrow and are closing in less than 30 days, we can still close your loan on time if we are brought into the loop as soon as possible. We have closed home loans in as little as 7 days!
Traditional conventional financing requires a down payment of 10 to 20% of the purchase price of the home; however, there are other home loan programs available. In addition to the down payment, you should be aware that there are other fees associated with purchasing a home. Call and speak with us to get a better idea of what you can expect.
Standard documentation collected for a purchase transaction includes information regarding your income such as paystubs covering the most recent 30 days and W-2s for the last two years, asset information such as bank or mutual fund stock statements covering the last 60 days showing source of funds for your down payment, closing fees, points, pre-paid items, and other funds needed to close your home loan. For a more detailed list of items, please call us.
To determine whether or not it is a good idea for you to refinance, you should look at your specific situation and your motivation for refinancing. The most common reasons are lower refinance rates and/or payment, convert from an adjustable to a fixed rate, or a cash out refinance to consolidate debt or improve your home. If your objective is to reduce your rate and payment, you should review your current interest rate and see how much you can save with a 0 point loan and then determine if it makes sense to pay points to reduce your rate further. If you are converting your adjustable rate into a fixed rate, you may actually see an increase in your rate and payment but you’ll get peace of mind knowing your rate will never increase again. If you are using the equity in your home to consolidate debt, your overall loan balance and payment may go up, but you will save monthly because you will eliminate the monthly obligations that you are paying off. Your mortgage lending officer can run some numbers for you and help you determine whether or not refinancing makes sense for you.
Before you refinance your home, it’s important to know what questions to ask, research available loan options, calculate refinance payments and determine whether or not refinancing will benefit you. Once you decide that refinancing will help you, be sure you understand the process so that you know what to expect
Most refinance transactions could take up to 45 to 60 days based on the complexity of the loan.
There are options that may allow you to refinance your loan even if the value of your home is less than what you owe. Call and speak with us to see if you qualify for one of our programs.
Fees associated with refinancing vary from lender to lender but there are standard fees that are typical across the board. These fees include 3rd party fees such as credit report, title, escrow, notary, and recording fees. Other fees include the appraisal fee and lender fees such as processing and underwriting. If you are paying points to lower the rate, the cost of each point that you pay equals 1% of your new loan amount. Aside from the closing fees, there will be prorated pre-paid costs for items such as property taxes, interest, and homeowners insurance (if applicable). If you have enough equity in your home, you can add all fees and pre-paid items into your new loan.
If you have enough equity in your home, cash out refinancing can provide a low-cost source of funds to use for just about any purpose. Popular reasons to refinance with cash out include: paying off credit cards, debt consolidation, home improvement, and money for personal expenses.