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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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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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Tara Mortgage Services Tuesday Blog: Housing Market Cools Making it Sizzling Time to Buy

DHREA 07/05/2019
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If you’ve been on the fence about buying a home, we have some excellent news for you! Recent changes in the market have made it an ideal time to purchase a home. So what changes have occurred that make us so confident?

Bidding wars have gone down significantly, even in the most competitive areas! Read on to find out more and if you haven’t already applied for a home loan application, click on over to our homepage to get started today!

It’s Going to Be a Sizzling Summer for Home Shoppers

Since early this Spring, we’ve seen a downward trend in bidding wars. This drop was likely triggered mortgage rates that crept up higher starting late last year. Though mortgage rates are still on the low end of the spectrum when looking at trends over the past ten years, the slightly higher rates were enough to put investors on ice and make some homebuyers hesitant.

The result is a much less competitive housing market! There’s been an overall 61 percent drop in “bidding wars” across the country…and that’s not all.

This Spring, houses are staying on the market two days longer than they did during the winter months. This change may not seem like much, but we haven’t seen an increase like this since January of 2015!

With houses on the market longer than they have been in years past, housing supply is up, further contributing to a less competitive market. Even areas that are notorious for bidding wars, such as San Francisco and Boston, have seen a dramatic decrease in receiving multiple offers per home.

Hot Housing News Gets Even Hotter!

Rates have also gone down. So despite home prices remaining on the higher end, home shoppers can still get a great deal.

To Recap on Our Current Less Competitive Housing Market:

What this overall drop means that you have more options and negotiating power in buying the home you want, in the area you want, and at a monthly payment you can afford.

Just like the weather, home sales heat up during the summer. We recommend you apply NOW, lock in the rate, and start your home shopping before summer is in full swing. It’s easy to get started and can be completed online.

Yes! Applying for a home loan really is that simple. Contact Tara Mortgage Services today!

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