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Tara Mortgage Services Featured Blog: Avoid These Mistakes When Bidding on a Home

DHREA 05/12/2019

The only thing worse than not getting the home you wanted is not getting it because of an avoidable mistake. While working with a real estate agent certainly helps — and we recommend it — buying decisions are ultimately in your hands, so you want to be as prepared as possible.

Do you know someone else that is considering buying a home, too? Send this article to them! They’ll be thankful for the helpful advice and happy that you thought of them.

Top 10 Mistakes When Home Shopping

Not Being Ready To Make An Offer

Looking at properties without a pre-approval letter is like leading a toddler to a candy store knowing you forgot your wallet at home. You won’t like the result. A pre-approval letter is as good as money in the back when home shopping. It communicates to the seller that not only do you love the property but that you’re serious about purchasing it.

True, sellers may want to collect a few offers first, but many are just as eager to sell their property as you are to buy it. Giving a fair and attractive offer fast may be just the thing that will get you into your dream home.

Getting pre-approved is much easier and faster than it was a few years ago too! You can get started right now using our online application. It’s secure, convenient, and the quickest way to know how much you qualify for.

Hesitating Too Long Before Making An Offer

Of course, you’re allowed to hesitate. It ‘s a big financial decision, and emotions can run high. But don’t let uncertainty slow you down too much.

When it comes to real estate purchases, time can stifle and even kill the deal. You see, the longer you wait, the more competitors you’ll find. And a bidding war means you’ll ending pay more or even get outbid, missing out on the property altogether.

This is also where being prepared with your approval letter comes in. If you’re hesitating because you still need to apply for the loan, there’s a high possibility that you’ll miss out on that property.

Going All-In On Your First Bid

The next mistake is to put all your chips on the table –meaning offering your max pre-approved amount on the first round. What you want to do instead is look for homes that are below your maximum approved. That way, you have some wiggle room for bidding a bit higher on the second round (while others will be unable to because they didn’t read this article and bid max on their first round).

These trick also helps when going against all-cash offers, too. All-cash have a reputation of being tough to outbid because they’re attractive to sellers. But if they’ve gone all-in on their first bid, your higher loan-backed bid can take them out of the competition.

Going In Too Low

On the same note, you don’t lowball either. Sometimes home shoppers make an offer to negotiate, and it backfires. Remember that your goal is to buy the home, not get into a negotiation.

Instead, your first offer should be one that is fair for the house and the market while remaining under your max bid amount. Your real estate agent can help you with this one but do your homework as well. Research similar homes in the area to see how much they sold for and how long they were on the market. Compare the features as well as the square footage as it also affects what a fair offer would be.

Passing on The Inspection Contingency

Perhaps they didn’t want to ruffle the seller’s feathers, or maybe they thought that new constructions wouldn’t have flaws. Whatever the reason may be, we’ve seen too many homebuyers make the mistake of declining the home inspection contingency.

A home inspection contingency gives you peace of mind. It uncovers potential flaws that may require major cash to fix. If the damage is severe enough, it could offer a way to legally back out of the deal.

Whether it’s a new home or a jewel from the 1950s, always get a home inspection.

Letting Too Many People Have a Say

This mistake is tied to the second one we mentioned about hesitating. Letting people who are not financially invested in the purchase could slow you down or make you second guess your first thoughts. Yes, having advice from your mother or a friend is valuable, but their helpfulness may be too protective. If your “advisor” is the type to focus on flaws or tell you “shop around” when they think you’ve fallen in love too fast, it might be better to shop without them.

Funding your dream home is what Tara Mortgage Services does, and they’re the best at it! Contact us Tara Mortgage Services to work with a mortgage professional that cares about your home buying goals as much as you do!

(This blog was originally published at tara-mtg.net)

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Tara Mortgage Services Featured Blog! Locked vs Floating Mortgage Rate: Which Is Better?

DHREA 19/11/2019

Mortgage rates have been relatively consistent, but don’t let that get you too comfortable. Rates are changing all the time…by how much, and whether it will be in your favor, we cannot say. We can make intelligent guesses, but we can’t predict with any certainty.  

However, that doesn’t mean that you are entirely powerless when it comes to taking charge of the mortgage rate you qualify for. 

You hold a lot of power, including the ability to qualify for a lower rate by improving your credit score, buying points, and exploring the rates of various home loan options. 

And here is another idea for getting a low mortgage rate in an uncertain market: get a floating mortgage rate. 

Bookmark this post for future reference and read on to understand the difference between a locked-in rate versus a floating rate. 

Locked and Floating Mortgage Rate Compared

Mortgage Rate Lock

“Locking” a mortgage rate means the interest rate won’t change from the time we offer it to you until the closing of your loan. When the rate rises—as they’re expected to—your rate won’t budge. Sounds great, right? It is! 

However, you should know that there are a few stipulations to a mortgage rate lock, such as:

  • Closing within the predetermined time frame
  • No changes to your mortgage application
  • Rate lock timeframes range from 30 to 60 days, though longer terms are sometimes available. 

Even with a locked rate, some circumstances can still cause a locked rate to adjust, namely:

  • You change the type of mortgage or the amount of your down payment. 
  • Your home appraisal is higher or lower than expected. 
  • Your credit score changes. 
  • There was trouble documenting your additional income such as bonuses or overtime

There is also a fee associated with locking in a rate, and the longer the rate lock term, the higher the fee. Plus, if the rate drops, you won’t be able to take advantage of the lower rate—unless you have a “float down” option.

What is a Float Down Option?

A “float down” option means that you’re able to reduce your interest rate if market conditions cause rates to drop during your lock term. This mortgage rate option is dependent on the daily market fluctuations. So if the interest rate goes up by the time you close on your mortgage, you’ll lose some buying power. 

But if the rate falls, you’ll gain some buying power. 

Choosing to float your mortgage rate is considered riskier because one can’t truly predict what rates will do from one day to the next. But the potential for savings is very attractive, which is why many mortgage applicants choose it. 

When Should You Choose to Float? 

When rates are decreasing steadily from week to week, it might be a good idea to float it. There’s a chance you’ll get a better rate when it’s time for the loan transaction to take place. 

On the other hand, if rates a less steady or are moving higher, then you’ll want to lock in your rates.  

How much can a rate impact your monthly mortgage payment? Let’s look at an example. A mortgage payment on a $200,000 home at a 4.5 percent interest rate would be $1,013. However, at a 4.75 percent interest rate, the payment would be $1,043. 

That $30 difference that adds up to nearly $400 over a year!

Need more personalized guidance about interest rates and which you should choose based on the current market? Call Tara Mortgage Services, your local mortgage experts!

(This blog was originally published at tara-mtg.net)

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Tara Mortgage Services featured blog: 3 Numbers That Matter The Most on Home Loan Applications

DHREA 27/06/2019
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There are three numbers that matter the most when it comes to a home loan application. They are your credit score, your debt-to-income ratio, and your loan-to-value ratio. These specific numbers matter because they affect your ability to qualify for a home loan as well as your interest rate for the loan.

This article will give you a quick overview of those numbers and how they affect your mortgage.

Need more specific information? We’re here to help! Use our contact form and a mortgage professional will be in touch soon.

Your Credit Score

You’re likely familiar with this number. A credit score, also sometimes called your FICO score, is a three-digit number between 300-850. This number scores your borrowing history. It’s independently calculated by each of the three main credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) using your payment history, your current debt, your credit limit usage, along with other factors.

When you apply for a mortgage, we request your credit score from one or all of the bureaus using a” soft” or “hard” credit check. A “soft” check does not affect your credit score and is done early in the application process, such as during pre-approval. A “hard” check will have a minor impact (lowering by about 5 points) on your score, so it’s done when you’re ready to apply.

Your credit score helps to estimate your ability and the likelihood of you paying back your home loan. The various mortgage programs have a minimum credit score with government loans having the lowest score requirements.

Your score matters because it affects the interest rate you can get. The higher your credit score, the better the interest rates will also be.

Your Loan-to-Value Ratio (LTV)

Your LTV is a way to measure the amount of equity in your home. You can think of it as the percent you still owe towards the principal to fully own your home. The way it works is that the higher your LTV ratio is, the more you’re borrowing.

Here’s how to calculate your LVT yourself: First, subtract the down payment amount from the value of the property. Divide that number by the value of the property. For example, if the home has a value of $200,000 and you put $20,000 down, then your LVT is 90%.

You can also calculate your LTV by subtracting the down payment percent from 100%. For example, if you’re down payment is 20%, then your initial LTV is 80%. Why this number matters There’s often a maximum LTV when you’re buying a home (you can also think of this as the minimum down payment).

The exact LTV max depends on factors such as the property type, loan amount, and whether you’re a first-time homebuyer. If your LTV is higher than the limit, that means that either you’ll have to increase your down payment or look for a lower-priced property. Another thing to keep in mind with regards to your minimum down payment is that if put less than 20% down, you’ll be required to pay mortgage insurance.

Your Debt-to-Income Ratio (DTI)

Your DTI helps determine how much you can afford to pay every month given your current monthly payments. We calculate this number by adding up your existing monthly debt plus what your mortgage payment will be once you have your new home and then dividing that number by your gross monthly income. Why it matters The DTI help to set a limit to make sure that you can comfortably afford your mortgage now and in the future.

This number is critical in qualifying for a home loan. A high DTI is the most common reason mortgage applications are declined. DTI limits vary by lender and our firm is proud to offer more flexible limits than most competitors. Want to talk more numbers? GIve us a call! We can talk you through your numbers and help you determine the best course of action for getting a home loan at a rate you can afford. Schedule a conversation with Tara Mortgage Services today!

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Tara Mortgage Services featured blog: Here’s Why Your Home Equity is Your Most Valuable Asset

DHREA 19/06/2019
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A simple way to understand what home equity is is to think of it as the portion of your home that you truly own, that is, the value of your home not included in your current home loan. Home equity is what makes homeownership such a great investment. The opportunity to increase equity can be quite significant, making it one of your most valuable assets.

Find out how to build it up and how to use it to its full potential. **Want to skip ahead and start using your equity ASAP? Fill out our online application to get started.

Building Equity

Repaying your loan: Increasing your equity is as simple as making your monthly mortgage payments. How much increase you can expect depends on several factors, including how much of your payment goes towards the principal and interest. The great news is your rate of building equity increases with every passing year of mortgage payments.

You’ll want to note that not all home loans work this way. For example, if you have an interest-only home loan, you may have to make extra payments to increase your home equity.

Increasing home value: Another way to boost your home equity is to do nothing! Some areas appreciate value faster than others. So if you live in an area with increasing property values, you can guess that yours is also going up.

Still, others choose to give the value a boost by making home improvements. If you’re looking to make upgrades for the sole purpose of increasing property value, you may want to investigate which upgrades give you the most bang for your buck, and what upgrades are in demand in your area.

Using Home Equity

Since home equity is an asset, it’s part of your net worth — that means that you can withdraw from your equity should you choose to or you can save it as an inheritance for your children.

Here are some ideas for using your home equity should you decide to withdraw:

  • Use the equity from the sale of your home to buy your next home
  • Borrow against the equity to use as you please. Anything from business start-ups to home improvements to higher education expenses can be paid with a home equity loan.
  • Fund your retirement with a reverse mortgage. This type of home equity loan doesn’t require a monthly payment and is repaid when you leave your home.

There are so many ways to take advantage of this valuable asset, and we’re sure you’ve already thought of quite a few different ways you could use your equity. Want to learn more? Contact Tara Mortgage Services today for an obligation-free consultation and get the answers you need from a trusted mortgage professional.

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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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