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Tara Mortgage Services featured blog: Stop! Don’t Delay Closing Your Loan With These Mistakes

DHREA 05/07/2019
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(Each week we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

You found the dream house, got approved for a mortgage at a payment you can afford and are now just waiting to close. Time to take it easy –maybe start shopping for new appliances or even look into taking that new job that’s closer to your new home.

Stop!

Making certain decisions before your loan has closed could jeopardize it. Why? Mortgages are approved based on current financial situations and making changes that affect your finances could cause problems.

Here are the top financial and life changes you want to avoid while waiting for your mortgage to close:

1. Opening new credit

Does your new home need a refrigerator? Perhaps a washer and dryer? If you’re a first-time homebuyer, chances are there are many big purchases that you need to make your house a home. But avoid the temptation to finance your new purchases!

Opening a line of credit, no matter how small, could put a halt to your mortgage approval. New credit affects your debt-to-income ratio and could make your credit score drop, sending red flags to the underwriter. Even if the closing isn’t delayed, your new credit score could redefine your terms.

2. Moving money around

You need to provide proof of assets such as your down payment plus money for closing costs, and maybe even additional cash in the bank. But you also want to show proof that these assets are stable.

For example, transferring money from a business account to a personal account to pay the closing costs could make it appear as if your business or finances are unstable. Don’t give underwriters a reason to doubt your stability and leave your money where it was when you were first approved for a mortgage

3. Closing credit

Getting your finances in order is a great idea, but don’t close any unused credit cards in the process. Just like opening up new credit, closing lines of credit also affects your score, potentially jeopardizing your loan.

4. New charges on credit cards

You guessed it! Using your already open credit could also be a red flag. Making small purchases should be okay, but large purchases and maxing out credit cards are a terrible idea. Remember, any changes to your credit affect your debt-to-income ratio and your credit score, and could delay closing for weeks, months, or even prevent it from closing at all!

5. Changing jobs

Lastly, don’t switch your employment while waiting for the loan to close. Your mortgage is largely based on your current employment situation –meaning both your income and years of employment. While moving into a higher paying job is certainly a good idea, wait until after you’ve moved to make any significant changes.

Remember, you want to show proof of soundness, including employment stability.

Delaying your closing isn’t just about waiting longer to move into your home, it could mean incurring additional costs, or losing the original deal completely. It’s just not worth it.

Still shopping for the right loan at a great rate? Contact Tara Mortgage Services and get the answers you’re looking for!

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Tara Mortgage Services featured blog: The Exciting Possibilities of a VA Cash-Out Refi

DHREA 12/06/2019
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If you’re a veteran, you have several options for refinancing — ones that work differently than a streamline refi. With a VA cash-out refi, veterans like you can take out some of the equity and use it however you want.

Just like any other big financial decision, you’ll want to understand it fully to see if a VA cash-out refi is what you need to reach your financial goals. Read over this guide for a quick overview and contact our office for more details.

Not a veteran? No problem! There are many refi programs available. Contact us today to find out how we can lower your rate or your monthly payment, or get some cash out from your equity to help pay for those future college expenses.

Why you should consider a VA cash-out refinance

The biggest draw of a VA cash-out refi is the cash, of course! How much cash depends on how much equity you have on your home. For example, if your mortgage is $200,000, but you’ve paid off $60,000, then the full $60,000 is available to you (less closing costs).

It gets even better! Refinancing your loan could also mean getting a lower rate or even lowering monthly payment. You aren’t required to take out the full amount with a VA cash-out refi. You can take out much less. Perhaps 10k is all you need, and that’s okay!

How do veterans use their cash-out equity?

The choice is yours! Everything from remodeling your kitchen to buying a car to taking a vacation to paying for school expenses is allowed with a VA refi. If you have a lot of credit card debt and the interest rates are higher than your refi rate, you may even want to use that cash to pay off your debt.

Here’s another benefit: if you’re a veteran with a conventional or FHA loan, a VA cash-out refi can erase the mortgage insurance that is required with those types of loans. Mortgage insurance isn’t required with VA loans and veterans are eligible to get a VA cash-out refi regardless of what their current home loan is.

What if you don’t need the cash?

If you don’t need the cash but are looking to lower your rate, then take a look at an IRRRL.  Interest rates with this type of refi tend to be lower, potentially saving you money in the short term as well as the long run.

The goal of an IRRRL is to refi into a lower rate and it’s also a requirement. So if your current home loan rate is lower than an IRRRL, then you will not qualify. Note that with a VA cash-out refis don’t have that “lowered rate” requirement.

Things you’ll need to apply for a VA cash-out refinance:

A VA appraisal may be required as well as a current copy of your credit. Of course, you’ll also want your VA certificate of eligibility. The only thing left is to apply! We’ve made it easy. You can get started right on our website. Click on the “apply now” buttons found throughout our site, and we’ll take care of the rest!

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Control Moisture and Humidity in Your Home!

DHREA 22/05/2019
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Excess moisture in your home can lead to damage and encourage harmful mold and mildew growth. Learn how to reduce moisture and prevent the problems it causes.

Indoor Moisture and Humidity

Moisture condenses into water droplets when warm, humid air contacts a cool surface. Activities such as cooking, bathing, clothes drying and dish washing add moisture to the air. Some heating appliances, such as unvented natural gas or kerosene models, also increase the moisture inside your home. During the winter, windows, walls and doors that lack proper insulation are common cool surfaces. Uninsulated cold-water pipes are examples of cool surfaces in the summer. Droplets can accumulate on these surfaces and run down into the walls, windows and structural components, causing rot and peeling paint, and providing a good environment for mold and mildew growth.

Controlling Indoor Moisture

Bathroom Exhaust Fan.

 

 

When you see moisture accumulating, dry it promptly and deal with the source of the problem. Two basic elements of controlling moisture buildup are minimizing cool surfaces and reducing humidity.

Storm doors and windows minimize cool surfaces in the winter by separating the interior from cold, outside air. Double- and triple-pane windows also insulate interior glass from the cold. In addition to reducing moisture, adding these improvements will make your home more energy-efficient year-round. Pay attention to window treatments as well. Opening drapes and blinds in the winter allows warmth to reach the interior glass. Some condensation may occur, but the improved circulation makes it less likely to accumulate. Insulating cold-water pipes eliminates a common cool surface in warm weather. Straight and angled sleeves let you fit insulation to your pipes — just slide on the sleeves and seal the slits and joints with duct tape.

Your heating and cooling systems can also help control moisture in the home. Gas and electric furnaces reduce humidity with dry heat. Air conditioning lowers the moisture level in the air as it cools. Keep registers open and unblocked to allow good air flow, and have the systems inspected and serviced regularly to make sure they are functioning properly.

Caulking and weatherstripping improve energy efficiency and prevent humid air from entering a home, but they also reduce the air exchange that allows moisture to move out of the house. Bathroom exhaust fans, dryer exhaust and ducted kitchen exhaust hoods that vent to the outside remove moisture that activities such as showering, bathing, clothes drying, dish washing and cooking create. Keep the devices free of dust, lint, grease or anything that could keep them from working efficiently.

Other simple ways to reduce air moisture include:

  • Covering pots while cooking, when possible
  • Leaving room doors open to allow good air circulation
  • Storing firewood outside
  • Covering aquariums

If high humidity is a problem you can’t overcome by other methods, remove moisture from the air with a dehumidifier. They’re effective in laundry rooms, basements, bathrooms and any room that isn’t air-conditioned or has poor air circulation. Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified models, which consume less energy than conventional dehumidifiers.

Good to Know

Humid air leads to condensation problems, but air that’s too dry can be uncomfortable or unhealthy and can lead to static shocks. Keep the relative humidity in your home between 30 and 50 percent. You can purchase a weather station that measures indoor humidity levels.

Other Moisture Considerations

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Moisture in the home is not always as obvious as water beading on a window. Knowing other places it can accumulate can help you prevent problems.

Poor ventilation in an attic can result in condensation, promoting mold growth in the framing elements of the house. This can affect your home’s structural integrity. Keep eave vents clear of insulation and make sure you have adequate air flow.

A sealed, unused fireplace creates an opportunity for moisture problems. If air doesn’t circulate in the fireplace, condensation can accumulate on the walls and soak into the masonry. Make sure some air can flow through the fireplace, but rain cannot enter it.

If you have a crawlspace, moisture from the soil can enter your home, increasing the level of humidity. A vapor barrier over the bare soil blocks the moisture, keeping it out of your living space.

Rain that seeps into your home’s foundation can lead to moisture problems. Make sure your gutters work properly and direct water away from your home’s foundation.

Caution!

Some moisture problems require more complex solutions, and sources of moisture may be hidden. Consult a professional if you have serious condensation or mold problems or if you suspect you may not have adequate ventilation.

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Alex Deacon’s Property Management Series (Podcast): Property Management & LLC Liability

DHREA 21/05/2019

In this episode of Alex Deacon’s Property Management Series, “The Deacon of Real Estate” discusses the importance of protecting your property management company with an LLC!

LLC’s ultimately protect you and your personal assets, and Alex delivers some of the more unusual situations he’s experienced as a property manager. Don’t miss this episode, where you’ll learn to be ready to protect yourself against absolutely anything!

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Tara Mortgage Services Featured Blog: Mistakes to Avoid as a First-Time Homeowner

DHREA 15/05/2019
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Buying your first home is a thrill. Browsing homes online, daydreaming when driving through neighborhoods, and creating a Pinterest board to save remodeling ideas is great fun. But don’t let the excitement of buying your first home cause you to make silly mistakes.

Here are the most common and avoidable missteps for first-time homebuyers.

1. Falling in love with a home before applying for a home loan

Many first-time buyers start by looking for a home before applying for a mortgage. What happens if you actually find a home you want to buy? Without pre-approval, you have no way to make an offer on your dream home. Instead, start by applying for a home loan. That way you’ll know how much you can afford as well as have a letter of approval showing that you are a qualified buyer. 

2. Going over on your budget

A little bit here and there may not cause too much harm. But going over your homebuying budget can eventually cost you your home if you’re unable to make payments. In other words, just because you were approved for a $300k home loan may not mean that you can afford the monthly payment.

Instead, consider the required monthly payment as well as how much you qualify for. Make sure that you can comfortably make the monthly mortgage payment and avoid the temptation of buying more than you can afford.

3. Rushing to move

Buying a home in 2019 is much faster than it was two years ago thanks to digital convenience, but the actual process of moving still takes time. Rushing to move could cause cost you –and the last thing you want to do is charge up your credit card or tap into your savings to cover a rushed relocation.

Instead, plan well ahead of time to save up for your downpayment, extra for buying appliances and furniture, packing supplies, a moving company or truck rental, and other “surprise” expenses for moving.

4. Being casual with credit use

One of the first things we do when you apply for a home loan is pull your credit. However, many first time homebuyers don’t realize that it’ll get pulled out again just before closing to make sure that nothing has changed. If significant changes are found, then your approval status could also change!

Instead, attempt to keep your credit the same or, if possible, improve it. Try to keep existing balances down to about 30 percent of the credit limit and make your payments on time. You also want to avoid opening new credit cards and keep your credit rotating on the ones you currently have.

5. False believe a 20 percent down payment is necessary

You don’t NEED a 20 percent down payment to buy a home. You can buy a home with 0-3 percent down. The advantage of having a 20 percent down payment is that you can avoid the cost of private mortgage insurance (a requirement if you put less than 20 percent). However, many home loan programs allow for little down, so there is no need to spend years saving for a large downpayment.

Instead, consider an FHA loan. It requires only 3.5 percent down or sometimes even zero down. If you’re a veteran or qualify for a USDA loan, there are even more perks! VA loans are for active-duty and veteran military service members as well as for their spouses. They don’t require a down payment, but a funding fee is sometimes necessary. USDA loans are meant for moderate- to low-income borrowers that want to buy homes in rural areas. There are specific eligibility requirements and some qualify for zero down.

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