30 Dec

How to Successfully Kill Your Financing Approval

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

How to Successfully Kill Your Financing ApprovalHere is where you are currently sitting. You have successfully found your dream home. Negotiated like a true champion and kept your calm through the back and forth with the seller. Provided the endless supply of paperwork required by your lender to meet the financing condition. Set up all the things required for the big day, like scheduling the myriad of people to move your furniture, get your Internet set up and making sure your home is warm and toasty. Then you get a call from your mortgage specialist to the effect of “Houston, we have a problem.” Today we are going to look at the most common ways people unwittingly kill their mortgage approval and leave themselves in the lurch.
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15 Dec

Can You Handle the Projected Increase In Mortgage Rates?

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

Can You Handle the Projected Increase In Mortgage Rates?Lately we’ve seen projections that rates will begin to increase through the next 15 months. Some banks have projections that show the 5 year bond will increase from the current .65% to 1.7% that1.05% increase will equate to these numbers.

The 5 year mortgage rate on average is set by most lenders at the bond rate and adding what some call their comfort margin of 1.8%. So by today’s standards that rate would be 2.45% which pretty close to what we see on average somewhere between 2.39% and 2.49%. Take the projected increase in the bond to 1.7% and add the 1.8% then we are now at 3.5% so almost a full percent higher. Doesn’t sound like much does it, let’s look at the numbers to see what difference per month it makes in your payment.

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9 Dec

Be Aware Of Allowable Sources Of Down Payments

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

Be Aware Of Allowable Sources Of Down PaymentsIn Winnipeg, MB, Jackson and Hailey have been living in a rental home for more than three years. They liked this rental home so much; they asked the landlord if they could buy this house. The landlord agreed to sell the property for $300,000 to Jackson and Hailey. On August 1, 2015, the landlord as “seller” and the tenants as “buyer” signed the agreement (Offer to Purchase). They deposited $5,000 with the agreement and the possession date was August 31, 2015. If Jackson and Hailey put 5% down, then they need $15,000 as a down payment PLUS 1.5% for the closing costs of the house – 1.5% of $300,000 would be $4,500. To buy this home, Jackson and Hailey need $15,000 + $4,500. Altogether, they need $19,500.
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5 Dec

How a Backup Offer Can Secure Your Dream Home

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

How a Backup Offer Can Secure Your Dream HomeHave you found the house of your dreams?

But there is already an accepted offer in place?

OK, but are there outstanding subjects on the offer? Perhaps there’s a ‘subject to sale’ with a 72-hour trigger clause against the potential buyer, and this one condition might still be anywhere from two to six weeks from removal. Why sit back and wait to see what happens over the following weeks?

In a softening market ‘subject to sale’ becomes more common.

Get in the game: write a backup offer.

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1 Dec

Ten Steps of the Homebuying Process

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Posted by: Lynn Nequest

Ten Steps of the Homebuying ProcessStarting the journey to homeownership can be overwhelming and stressful. But with a little planning, you’ll get the home that’s right for you. A home that strikes a balance between your “wish list” items and the practical realities of the property, location and the housing market. Before you know it, you’ll have a place to call your very own. A place to entertain. A place to decorate. A place to raise a family. It really is an exciting time!

To help keep you on track, below is a step-by-step guide to buying your first home.

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