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By Alexander Taberne | Mortgage Broker
or Lender in Voorhees, NJ
  • 10 Commandments for buying!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Cherry Hill, Home Selling in Cherry Hill, In My Neighborhood in Cherry Hill  |  June 5, 2012 5:28 PM  |  248 views  |  No comments
    1. Thou shall not view even one home without being pre-approved for a mortgage.
    2. Thou shall not buy the first home that you view.
    3. Thou shall not fall in love with the décor.
    4. Thou shall read and understand the terms of the entire purchase contract.
    5. Thou shall not be your own home inspector (unless you are one in real life).
    6. Thou shall not quibble with the seller over minor repairs.
    7. Thou shall not be your own lawyer (unless you are one in real life).
    8. Thou shall not spend the money you have saved for your down payment.
    9. Thou shall not spend the money you have saved for your closing costs.
    10. Thou shall show up at closing with a certified check & homeowner’s insurance policy.

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  • Cracking the Qualifying code!!!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Cherry Hill, Home Selling in Cherry Hill, Financing in Cherry Hill  |  February 20, 2012 12:08 PM  |  419 views  |  No comments

    There are only 4 things that lenders need to consider when qualifying your clients for

    a mortgage loan.  However, each category has so many “what if’s” and variables—

    and that’s where it gets complicated! 


    I’d like to start with the basics and give you an over all picture of what I have to consider

    with any person applying for a mortgage loan.


    They Have To Have Income!


    Because most mortgages have monthly payments, I must determine if the borrowers have enough money coming in each month to pay their bills, eat, buy clothing, support their family AND still have enough money left to pay a mortgage payment and utilities! 


    That’s where the two “ratios” come in—the “housing payment ratio” and the “debt-to-income ratio”.   The 1st ratio is where I take all the gross income (not net income), figure the monthly mortgage, taxes, insurance and PMI insurance and divide it by your borrowers gross income.  That number should be 33% or less. 


    The 2nd ratio also uses the total gross income.  Not only is the total proposed house payment considered, but every single debt that the borrower has.  And by debt, I mean credit cards, car payments, student loans, child support—what they are legally obligated to pay on a month basis.  Taking that total and dividing it by the gross income, it should not exceed 45%.


    The tricky part?  Determine what income to use.  What cannot be used is cash income, short term income (part time job they just started) or income that may not continue for at least 3 years into the loan. 


    Oh, and the ratios also depend upon the type of loan program.  If you use these ratios, you’ll be pretty safe for virtually any loan type.


    They Have to Have Cash!


    Depending on the loan program, the borrower may not need any money (USDA or VA), 3.5% down (FHA) or 5% to 20% down (conventional loans).  Also, depending on the loan program, they may get away with getting a gift of cash for family members.


     In any case, we look for “cash reserves”.  What that means is that we don’t want the borrower to use every last dime they have in the bank (to buy the home) and have no money left over for emergencies, home repairs and living expenses.


    They Have To Have Acceptable Credit Score!


    Clients have different “perceptions” of how they view their credit.  Some think that since they missed a payment to a department store, that their credit sucks.  Others think that they have good credit because they pay all their bills thru a credit-counseling agency. 


    The true indicator is their credit score.  And, it all depends on the loan program the borrower applies for and their credit score requirements.  The very minimum is 620 (and it’s not that good) with 700+.  Lenders love those high credit scores and will be more liberal when it comes to approving the loan.  


    The House Must Be Appraised!


    What a lender wants to know is -- if the borrower cannot make their monthly payments and they have to foreclose, will the lender be able to sell the home and recover the balance owed on the loan.  That’s why you see lenders “balk” at unusual properties (earth homes) or require repairs to be made before closing. 


    Pictures are a critical factor—including interior photos!  So if the sellers have repairs to do, or in the middle of remodeling, it’s best to advise them to get it done before the appraiser visits—or it could affect the value. 


    There are Thousands of Variables!


    No client will ever “fit” into the neat little square holes—or be the absolute perfect borrower.  That’s where a great lender (that’s me) will pre-approve your clients to make sure there are no surprises at the closing table.  


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