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Home Buying in Fountain Valley : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Apr 19, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Akirick, you could have him do a gift of equity and you would not have any mortgage insurance or down payment otherwise you will need to qualify and have a down payment. You will need to qualify for a mortgage to purchase and the minimum down payment would be 3.5% FHA or 5% down conventional from a minimum 720 fico score.

You may consider 5% down Jumbo 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. You will need 20% down to purchase over 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.

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
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Thu May 12, 2016
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Tomo5051, there are currently 43 homes for sale in that zip code and it can be broken down further.

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.

You will need to be pre-approved to be able to meet an agent to submit offers on homes of your choice. You will need to gather documentation such as one month paystubs, two month bank statements, last two year tax returns, 1040's, 1099's, W2's and all schedules, copies of drivers license/ID and social security card for each applicant.

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.

You may qualify FHA from fico scores between 500-579 with 10% down or minimum 580 fico score may qualify FHA 3.5% down. You may consider a 3%-5% Sapphire Grant down payment program up to 417k from a minimum 620 fico score which does not have to be repaid.

It only takes a few dozen questions to qualify, go over your options and email you listings to study and consider. Here are some links to study about me as well as web reference links to many loan programs...

Sheryl Arndt, Real Estate Broker - Sr. Loan Officer CA only
Veteran & VA or CalVet loan specialist
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ALL Loan Programs Available
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Mon Mar 16, 2015
Do think they should let the building fall down from termites?

f they are using pesticides they do have to notify you in advance.
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Thu May 29, 2014
doyle davison answered:
In real estate everything is suppose to be "transparent and disclosed" What do you mean by hidden?

Review all documents submitted to escrow and review all disclosures, make sure you hire an inspector you trust and goes over all his findings.

Each person to the transaction has his/herr own duties and responsibilities and a good agent will have no problem reviewing the paperwork as it's submitted to escrow.

doyle davison
surf city realty
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Sun Mar 9, 2014
Linda Hollinghurst answered:
Having more than one loan application with a different lender could cause problem's, the lender could say that you are trying to buy 2 properties at the same time and not give you the loan. ( I've had this happen). You should NEVER pay for an appraisal before you have a Loan commitment.
Having a pre approval letter from a Mortgage Broker or lender before you start looking for a home will help you determine what your purchase price will be and what interest rate you qualify for.
Listing agents ask for a pre approval letter before they will consider presenting your offer to the seller.

If you still have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Linda Hollinghurst
Realty One Group
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Fri Feb 7, 2014
Rochelle Chacon answered:
Will have my lender reach out to you to discuss self employed loans.

Rochelle Chacon
949 533-1262
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Wed Jan 29, 2014
Steven Ornellas answered:
Hi Kayla,

I agree with the consensus; this is probably the default amount.

To be fully informed of your options please review this blog post covering the 4 ways you can purchase distressed property:

"Distressed Property Purchasing: Understand Your 4 Risk Options!"

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Tue Mar 5, 2013
Sat Dec 8, 2012
Mack McCoy answered:
No, it becomes voidable. In my non-attorney opinion, you would not be obligated to complete the purchase, but you retain the right to do so; I also think you have a claim for the late fees.

As a practical matter, you're not going to get the completed home and the late fees. I would get an attorney first thing Monday morning to review the contract, and then - if I still wanted to purchase the property - negotiate an extension as well.

All the best,
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Tue Oct 23, 2012
PacWest Properties answered:
You are able to purchase REO Homes with a FHA loan. You can use FHA loan to purchase condo/townhomes/single family residences).

What I think you are trying to say, (can you buy a foreclosure condo/townhome)

I today's market place, All condo's that were previously FHA approved have to requalify. Because the requalifying process requires condo association assistance and time, listing agents and REO companies have no interest in trying to get the condo's re-approved and will only look at conventional financing offers.

If you would like stratigies to get around this problem, contact

Scott fredrickson
Brentwood Pacific Financial
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Mon Feb 20, 2012
Kimberly Adessian answered:
Good Evening Jen,
Both, Thom and Brian both gave you excellent advise. You should immediately contact the Broker and have a sit down meeting with him/her and go over your concerns and all of the paperwork that you have. The Broker should either take on your file personally or assign it to another Agent in their office that can represent you properly.
I am really sorry that this has happened to you.
My Best Regards,
Kimberly Adessian
Realtor with J.R.E. Estates Division
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Mon Feb 20, 2012
Ingrid Ski Realtor answered:
You can also contact escrow for some questions. Just as you can your lender
This way you can eliminate the middle person if you feel they are not doing a great job for you
You can contact their broker for help too. Maybe this agent needs to be trained more, maybe they are new or like you say just plain lazy
The agent should know something about the documents. I agree
Sorry to hear things aren't going as well as they should
Every agent is different in how they run their business and how often they go and get training to stay up on the market with the changes that happen with the documents, escrow requirements, and some lending trends too
Hope it all works out for you!!

Ingrid Ski Realtor
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Fri Nov 11, 2011
It sounds like the lender has taken back the house and they are liquidating it. They list it at a very low price that they will probably not accept. It really should be called what it is, bait and switch. If you put in the bid an $99K, and if you are the only one who bids, I would bet the would reject your bid. ... more
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Sun Jul 17, 2011
Bob Phillips answered:
Hi Carolnash. It really depends upon the attorney. Many cajole their way into a short sale transaction, charging exorbitant fees, which only serves to complicate things.

Some attorneys suggest that they will be able to audit the lender's paperwork, and come up with something to hold against them, but in my experience that is frequently nothing more than a bluff. When the attorney tries to get the lender to "cover" their involvement, the lenders frequently reject them - leading to a situation such as the one you seem to be experiencing

On the other hand, are attorney based "groups" which specialize in short sale negotiation, and typically only charge a 1% fee. I frequently rely on such a group in a more complicated transaction - one with more than one loan, for example - and that one percent can be paid by the agents ( reducing a 3% share, to 2.5% each.) or by the buyer. That 1% should not be a deal breaker, however.

I tried to sell a $650k short sale in Coto that had an attorney's bill of $25k, tacked on, that they were asking a buyer to come up with, which killed the deal. That house eventually went to foreclosure, and my guess is that the attorney either got nothing, or the former owner is now stuck with that bill. ( cough-BK-cough.).

If you're the potential buyer, you just might wait until the house goes to foreclosure, and then get a "cleaner" deal buying it as an REO, ( Bank owned property.) instead of a short sale.

The Coto property I mentioned, came back as an REO, at a lower price, and in better condition.

The above is strictly MY opinion, and should not be construed as legal advice.

Good luck in finding solutions to your problem.
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Tue Mar 2, 2010
John Doan answered:

Are you looking for any particular type of townhome? What part of Fountain Valley do you prefer? You can buy closer to Huntington Beach or closer to the Westminster side. There are definitely a lot of choices in Fountain Valley right and what's good is that there are non-short sales available which means you can save some time. I am very familiar with Fountain Valley so if you'd like to look, let me know. Thanks,

John Doan
Equinox Real Estate Group
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Tue Sep 29, 2009
Rich Littlefield answered:
They probably will not foreclose anyway, even though as you say they property is worth more than is owed on the 1st. It would have to be very obvious that they could net out some money if they do.

Most junior liens are waiting these things out and hoping the 1st will foreclose, because then the debt becomes unsecured debt and believe it or not they have a better chance of collecting.
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