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Thu Sep 21, 2017
Genaisaacson answered:
Yes! There are many first time home buyer programs and also area based programs that offer down payment assistance. Call your favorite lender and ask what is available in your area. Gena Isaacson, Broker-associate Century 21 Hometown Realty, Pismo Beach ... more
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Fri Aug 18, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
SSID is accepted as a source of income. However, you will need cash from savings for a down payment + cash to pay closing costs. If you don't have the cash available, you can't buy a home. In order to get financing from a lender, lenders will verify your income, savings, credit history and credit score, debt to income ratio and tax returns.

There is down payment assistance from your county or city or state but there are requirements such as a minimum credit score and you will need to take a home buying class. You can research and contact them. Closing costs can be negotiated with the seller but the seller can refuse. If the seller refuses, you will need to pay closing costs.

Finally, owning a home means you will need to pay the monthly mortgage, property taxes, homeowners insurance, utilities and your other monthly expenses. Typically, if your only income is SSID, you don't have enough to buy a home.
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Mon Jul 24, 2017
Hello Donna, you would have to qualify for both payments unless you wanted to rent it out and count the rental income for qualifications. If you want the equity from the sale of your home it may be possible if you don't have a lot of other debt such as multiple car payments, etc.

It only takes a few dozen questions to pre-qualify and then with documentation submitted a pre-approval letter could be provided to be able to view and submit offers on any homes of your choice.

You may consider FHA 3.5% down if you did not have an FHA loan on your home otherwise you may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score up to 424k.

Jumbo is available as low as 5% down with a minimum 720 fico score from 424k up to 1.5 million and 10% down from a minimum 680 fico score and up to 2.5 million.

Your qualifications will be determined by your credit profile, debt to income ratios, fico scores, loan program and how much you want to invest into the down payment and closing costs. Your fico scores can be raised within 3-4 days in most cases to qualify for programs, rates and terms as necessary.

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Thu Jul 13, 2017
Alan May answered:
If the option to buy requires a down payment, and you don't have it... I guess you're not going to be able to exercise your option... you won't be able to buy the property.
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Thu Mar 2, 2017
Hello, I'm a mortgage professional.

It depends on how much you can afford to spend on a monthly basis.

There are programs that do allow no money down.

I would need more details to determine what you could qualify for.

If you have any other questions or would like help with this you are welcome to get in touch with me.
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Thu Mar 2, 2017
Hello Cashbuyer1, are you talking Florida or 90201, Bellflower, CA? You can buy with minimal out of pocket expenses with down payment and closing cost assistance programs we have here in CA.

Here is CA there is still room to gain equity in many cities throughout CA and I am not sure of Florida. The purchase in 90201 zip code of Bellgardens, CA start from 280k for 3bd 1ba condo and the single family homes start from 325k for 2bd 1ba home.

If you figure out what cities/zip codes you are considering, minimum number of bedrooms and the maximum payment/price you are looking to achieve you can be emailed listings to fit your search criteria. Your email address is needed to set you up for the automatic daily updates.

If you are buying a primary residence you could consider a down payment assistance program such as CalHFA or Sapphire Grant which can cover your down payment and closing costs. You may close with minimal out of pocket expenses. You may consider the CalHFA from a minimum 640 fico score and the Sapphire Grant from a minimum 620 fico score up to 424k.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down up to 424k. You may consider 3% down conventional from a minimum 620 fico score or even 5% down conventional with NO Mortgage insurance (Lender paid MI) up to 424k.

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
Veteran and VA/CalVet Loan Specialist
REO and Short Sale Specialist
Credit Repair At No Cost
ALL Loan Programs Available
24+ Years Experience
BRE# 01140252
NMLS# 297251
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Thu Mar 17, 2016
Paul answered:
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Sun Aug 25, 2013
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi mcortez2121,

First, you should be asking your Realtor® this question since nobody on this forum knows the details of your transaction - and yes, knowing ALL of the facts can make a difference!

However, assuming you used the most recent version of the CA Association of Realtors® purchase contract I would draw you attention to Para 14F of the CAR RPA states, "If Buyer or Seller gives written notice of cancellation ….A Buyer or Seller may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for refusal to sign such instructions if no good faith dispute exists as to who is entitled to the deposited funds (Civil Code §1057.3)."

Civil Code §1057.3 says the Seller must release the deposit within 30 days.

Again, speak with your Realtor®!

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Tue Feb 7, 2012
Emily Knell answered:
As you know, there is not State Income tax in Nevada. Yay!

If this was your principal residence for 2 of the last 5yrs, you're protected under the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act of 2007, talk to your CPA, you will still need to file IRS form 987 with your tax returns for the year your home was foreclosed on.

If this was an investment property, you're not protected under this act & the IRS will charge you at YOUR tax rate X the amount of NEGATIVE debt you had. Again, talk to your CPA about how you're going to arrive at what this figure is. Even if the property was an investment property (non owner occupied) you may still be able to file that form 987 & make your claim or case to the IRS that you can't pay due to extreme financial hardship.

Shoot me an email directly if you want to talk about this some more, I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine.
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Mon Jun 6, 2011
Karen Parsons Fiddler answered:
Hi Mirna,

Your contract specifies when you get occupancy. Escrow will let you know when they have confirmation of the title change (as Emily says) and then you own the home. If you have an agent, ask him/her about this....they normally meet you and give you keys once the home has had it's title transferred.

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Wed Apr 13, 2011
Neil Najibi answered:
Great question:
1- get yourself approved for a loan.
2-get yourself approved for a loan.
3-get yourself approved for a loan.
4- Find a hard working agent.
5- get it done.
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Sat Feb 27, 2010
John Barry answered:
Hi Maira,

There are many currently available properties in Bell Gardens right now, ranging in price from the high $100,000's to the mid $300,000's. Have you spoken to a lender and been pre-qualified for a loan yet? Once you are able to do this it will give you a better idea of your purchasing power & what you would be comfortable with as far as monthly mortgage payments. Feel free to contact me if I can assist you in any way.

Thanks, have a good day.

John Barry
DRE #01856079
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Cell: 323-810-7976
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Mon Oct 19, 2009
Maira answered:
Possibly they come out all the time i check on,, and on i find ! new each 2 to 3 days or even 1 day
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