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Elong, Home Buyer in 70126

I was born in New Orleans never lived there I am a Connecticut resident and would like to return to La. and

Asked by Elong, 70126 Mon Jun 22, 2009

I saw a condo on the web that's in need of renovation with transferable Road Home covenants. My credit score is in the low 500's due to some unforseenable problems with an adjustable rate mtg. /w/ Countrywide. I'm in the process of trying to attain an short sell so far no luck. I would like to return to my birth state and retire and spend time with my family. What are my chances of purchasing this property. e-mail edwina.long@sbcglobal.net

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You will have to get your credit score up. Get rid of credit cards. Get rid of a fancy car.
Once your credit score is over 620, we can get you into a home.

Take a look at helpful hints to homeowners on the link below. Since today is Sunday, here are your 10 commandments to follow religously on your way to home ownership
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 22, 2012
New Orleans is the BEST. I absolutely LOVE my hometown! You should move back but to a safe place because there is alot of people getting killed out chea, well your comment was in 2009 so it doesnt matter what i say lol
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 12, 2012
We live in an addictive city where the good times roll so welcome to NO. If you have a late pay for a conventional loan it takes a year to be eligible for a home loan through Fannie or Freddie. FHA is a little more forgiving. If you have a short sale, you score is impacted for 2 years and you must wait for 5 years just as in a bankrupcy. VA is the exception on this issue. Case by Case for them.

Sounds like the tough times have been hard for you and your credit score is mostly based on the last 6 months of activity and 2 years overall. Maybe a lease purchase would be your best bet or owner financing. We also have a deed in lieu program for seller financing.

Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 22, 2012
I think you need to come down here and get the lay of the land. I know that most of the areas zoned for special development and loan forgiveness are not places I would feel safe living in. I am speaking of the Metro area. However, St. Bernard Parish might provide better opportunities and the recovery there is going well. Also, the cost of living is pretty high in NOLA. We pay over 5K per year for insurances and an additional 3k in property tax for a very small Uptown house. We have a retirement income of 63K and still need to budget.

NOLA is fabulous and addicting, so do your research well because it is one of those places that holds onto the heart. It is very hard to leave--we've been talking about selling and moving to a more retirement friendly city...but we just...can't. We love NOLA so much.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 9, 2009
Elong, the road home covenants will be a bit of a challenge. It requires the property to be owner occupied for 3 years from the date of the original closing you may have difficulty with financing. There are some loans out there even with 500 credit scores. As far as the Finance Authority program they require the property to be in move in condition so this property may not qualify due to condition. Also i don't think you can use the program with a property that received road home money.

You can contact me to discuss your option further if you wish.
Wayne Clark
CCS Realty, LLC
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 29, 2009
In addition to the answers below, which are both excellent, there are two other options that are worth exploring. The first is, non-conventional financing. Basically, instead of financing the home as your primary residence, you will be obtaining commercial financing, as an investment property. Typically, you would need 25% down, and would be subject to a slightly higher interest rate. The bank may also require that you escrow the funds, with their bank, needed for repairs, if there are any

ALSO I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU VISIT THIS LINK: http://www.financeauthority.org/ .

The city of New Orleans has designated 8 Zones in the city for a special municipality-funded financing program. It only requires the borrower to put down $2500 or 2% whichever is greater. The city will give you a second mortgage of up $50,000 and up to $5000 for closing costs for properties within these zones. The best part is the loan is at 0% (with NO payments until you sell or refinance) and THE LOAN IS 100% FORGIVEN IN 10 YEARS!!!!!!!! So, if this is the house you want to live in for awhile, they (the city of NO) is literally giving money away.

Please read up on the details, I would love to speak more about the issue with you. The city has mostly come back very strong. Don't get me wrong, there are pockets where it still looks bad. But, resilient New Orleanians and a new influx of people like yourself are making huge differences every day.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 30, 2009
Katherine is correct. Owner financing is probably your best option as your scores are too low to qualify for financing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 22, 2009
That all depends on what you will be bringing into the property. With a short sale in the works, I would assume you won't have much (if any) for a downpayment. You may have to hope for owner financing. Best of luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 22, 2009
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