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#TaraMTG Tuesdays: What You Must Know About Rent-To-Own Homes!

DHREA 04/12/2018

(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

 

If you’ve browsed home sale listings, you’ve probably seen ads for “Rent-to-Own or “Lease-to-Own” homes. These agreements are similar to traditional rental contracts. However, they also give you an option to purchase the rental home.

Curious as to what renting-to-own involves or wondering if it’s a good option for you? Read on to understand the details of a rent-to-own contract and contact us for personalized mortgage advice.

The Anatomy of Rent-To-Own Contract

A rent-to-own contract usually has two parts to the agreement: a standard lease agreement as well as a separate document that outlines your option to buy. Both documents may be incorporated into one document or they exist as two separate ones.

Rent Agreement

In the rental part of the rent-to-own arrangement, it’ll state that the property will remain as the landlord property unless you choose to exercise the right to purchase the home. While this document will include language that mentions “purchasing,” this is still foundationally a rental agreement. It is not a purchase agreement. Just like any other standard lease agreement, it will include terms concerning the amount of rent to be paid, lease period, and outline the repair and maintenance responsibilities of the landlord.

Purchase Agreement

This difference is most notable in the rent that you’ll pay, as we mentioned above. You’ll still be required to make timely monthly payments, but the amount will be substantially higher than the rent of a similar property. This “extra” amount that you pay is usually put into an escrow account as part of your option to buy. It’s the landlord responsibility to set aside this additional portion of the rent aside to apply toward the principle or to refund it should you decide to purchase.

Your Rights and Obligations

Lease-to-own arrangements have unique features that differ from common lease agreements. This difference is most notable in the rent that you’ll pay, as we mentioned above. You’ll still be required to make timely monthly payments, but the amount will be substantially higher than the rent of a similar property. This “extra” amount that you pay is usually put into an escrow account as part of your option to buy. It’s the landlord responsibility to set aside this additional portion of the rent aside and apply toward the principle of the house or refund it to you upon purchase.

In a way, you’re building equity in the house during the rental period.

Maintenance is also different. Unlike a traditional lease agreement where the landlord is responsible for all repairs, in the rent-to-own contract, you’ll be responsible for the upkeep of the property. Most tenants and landlords consider it a fair agreement since, typically, the tenant will own the house eventually.

Other Details

Until your exercise your right to purchase, the property is legally owned by the landlord. Yes, even if you have made significant repairs and have invested several months of “equity,” you’ll still have to comply with the terms of the rental agreement. If any of the conditions are violated, the purchase option is voided. You’ll lose your option fee as well as the escrow percentage of the monthly rent payments.

Risks and Benefits

Many consider a rent-to-own agreement because they lack funds for the down payment, or their poor credit has made them temporarily ineligible for a mortgage (remember that poor credit can be improved!). With a rent-to-own arrangement, a tenant will be able to gradually build equity in a property while still having the possibility to opt out. However, financially, this could make the situation worse. If you choose not to exercise the right to purchase the property or fail to come up with the funds for the purchase, you could lose all of the funds you accumulated on the escrow account.

If you have poor credit or zero funds to purchase a home, you have other options other than rent-to-own contracts. Call Tara Mortgage Services for a free consultation to learn about your options!

 

 

 

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#TaraMTG Tuesday! Most Popular Ways to Finance Home Improvements

DHREA 27/11/2018

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Saving for making improvements to your home is often the least expensive route, but it’s not always possible. Thankfully, you have other options for financing! Our business is in home loans, so you might already guess, that’s the option we recommend, but you don’t have to take our word for it.

Read about all your home improvement financing options –from traditional home improvement loans to peer-to-peer loans to cash out refinancing –and decide which is best for you!

Traditional Home Improvement Loans

These loans are financed by banks, credit unions, and a few online lenders. You’ll get a lump sum to pay for all the labor and materials for your home improvements, such as replacing your HVAC system or putting in a new pool.

Though the name implies that it’s a home loan, it’s not –at least not in the typical sense of the term. It doesn’t consider your home equity nor does it require your home as collateral.

A home improvement loan is unsecured so you can expect a higher rate than you would with a secured loan.

Personal Line of Credit

This loan is also an unsecured loan and is collateral-free. You can use the lump sum however you wish. You can upgrade your home and set some money aside for a vacation too. Or maybe pay down some debt. They are funded reasonably fast and don’t require any equity in your home either.

However, a word of caution: the repayment period is usually shorter. This means that your monthly payment will likely be high. If you cannot afford to make high monthly payments, a personal line of credit may not be for you.

Peer-to-Peer Loan

These loans are funded by a group of investors rather than a bank or the government (we’ll talk about government loans below). They go by different names, and you may have even received a flyer in the mail from these non-traditional lenders.

On the upside, these loans are also funded quickly, and you can use the money however you want. The downside, however, is that these loans have some of the highest interest rates out there.

Home Equity Loans

Home equity loans and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) have longer repayment periods with lower interest rates than the above-mentioned loans. That means your monthly payments will be small and more of the payment will go toward the principle.

Another big bonus is that the interest is tax deductible!

The biggest risk to this loan comes with defaulting. If you’re unable to repay the loan, you put your home at risk for foreclosure.

A home equity loan lets you borrow a lump sum, while a HELOC acts more like a line of credit.

With a HELOC, you have a “draw period” during which you can withdraw money. During this time, you only have to repay interest so your initial monthly payments will be quite low. When that draw period ends, your payments will then also include the principle. A HELOC typically has a variable interest rate, so your monthly payment could still be low even after the draw period ends, but it may also increase significantly.

If you prefer a fixed rate, then you’ll want to look at interest rates of a home equity loan or ask about our fixed-rate HELOCs.

Cash-Out Refinance

A cash-out refinance replaces your current mortgage with a new one, but this time you’ll borrow extra money to finance your home improvements. Borrowing more money means it will take longer to pay off your home, however, your new home loan may have a lower rate than your current one.

This option often requires you to have about 20% equity as well as meeting all the typical requirement of a home loan such as employment and good credit score.

FHA Title I Property Improvement Loans

If your equity isn’t high enough for a cash-out refi, consider an FHA Title I loan. This government-funded loan is for specific home improvements such as energy conservation. They cannot be used for “luxury improvements” such as swimming pools or outdoor patios. This loan caps at $25,000 with a 20-year repayment period. These loans are not widely available, so you’ll want to contact us to see if you qualify.

Want to know precisely how low your payment can be to fund your home improvement? Contact Tara Mortgage Services today! Use their digital home loan application and upload your docs securely in between shopping for floor tile and a new kitchen countertop!

 

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Carnegie, PA
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Tara Mortgage Tuesday: The Housing Market is Hot in the New Boomtowns

DHREA 20/11/2018

(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

 

Boomtown -a town undergoing rapid growth thanks to recent prosperity.

It was not that long ago that we saw a migration of businesses moving operations overseas or across the border to Mexico due to the cost of running a business. Now, we’re seeing something similar with renters and homeowners.

Why Homebuyers Are Choosing New Boomtowns

The cost of living in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Miami has risen astronomically. Anyone looking to buy their first home or upgrade to something bigger in these areas will find themselves in shock when they see how little their money can buy.

For example, in Los Angeles, it’s not unusual to find a tiny 650f sq ft apartment rent for $1500 a month –not including utilities. The cost of living in New Haven, CT is over 11% higher than the rest of the country.

How much does it cost a family of four to live comfortably in the Boston, MA area? Just about $9,500 a month!

Property taxes are one of the reasons that current homeowners are deciding to move out of higher-priced areas to these secondary boomtowns.

Republicans recently overhauled taxes in several states, which eliminated a lot of the tax benefits homeowners received. Without these benefits offsetting the higher-than-average mortgage, homeownership in these areas just doesn’t make sense.

 

Not Trading Down

On a positive note, homebuyers that are choosing these secondary boomtowns are not seeing it as a “trade down” from their ideal location. In fact, they see it as an improvement to their quality of life and even an opportunity to be part of the prosperity-building.

Secondary boomtowns such as Nashville, Sacramento, Tampa, and Austin have all the perks of big city life with family-oriented entertainment, trendy restaurants, art and culture, and career growth opportunities but with less traffic, competition, and cost.

Also, unlike higher-priced areas, most of these secondary boomtowns are dedicating more to residential development rather than commercial. The lower cost of living also gives homebuyers more options as to whether they want to buy in the city or in the suburbs right outside the city.

If you’re a current homeowner in a higher-priced area, it’s still a great time to sell and move! Despite the higher home prices and recent mortgage rate increase, these areas remain desirable and home sales have not slowed down by much.

Secondary boomtowns are experiencing rapid growth and we expect home prices are likely to follow. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, now is the time! Contact Tara Mortgage Services today to get pre-approved fast and start your new year in a new home!

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#TaraMTG Tuesdays: Five Quick Ways to Estimate Your Home’s Value!

DHREA 13/11/2018

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Home values change pretty quickly, which makes it tricky to get an accurate home value estimate without a professional. Whether you’re thinking about selling in the future or just curious, there are ways to find out the value of your home in a less official manner.

5 Methods for Calculating Your Home Value Without an Official Appraisal

Ask a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent familiar with your neighborhood can give you a reasonable estimate of your home’s value. You may even consider getting several estimates from various agents for an even more accurate assessment.

Hire an Independent Appraiser

If you’re selling, buying or refinancing, an appraiser has likely come out to review your home. But did you know that you can hire one independently?

As an independent, they can calculate a fair value without any outside pressures. Although not typical, banks sometimes put pressure causing appraisers to have an overly critical eye. With this unbiased outside opinion, you can feel more confident about how much they say your house is worth.

Compare Recent Home Sales

One of the ways that appraisers determine the value of a home is to review sales of similar properties sold recently. These are called “comparables.” We recommend comparing the prices of properties that have sold within the past six months and within one mile of your home.

Use the Internet

The internet is a great place to see what homes are selling for in your neighborhood or what they have recently sold for. Some real estate sites even have online tools for assessing your property’s value by just inputting your address.

Cruise Your Neighborhood for Open Houses

Take a Sunday afternoon to check out your local open houses and see what they are going for. You can also ask the real estate agent questions about what other homes have sold for in the neighborhood or their opinion of the demand for housing in that area. They can also give you insight into the recent upgrades that the current homeowner did to help raise the value of the home.

If nothing else, you’ll get ideas for ways you can upgrade your home either for reselling or just for personal satisfaction.

Combine several of these methods, and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what others are willing to pay for your home. Thinking about selling? Besides knowing how much you can get for your home, it’s also important to know how much you can afford for your next one.

Contact Tara Mortgage Services today for a no-obligation home loan pre-qualification!

 

 

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Avoid These Mistakes That Delay Closing Your Home Loan

DHREA 30/10/2018

(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

 

Our goal is to get your home loan to close as quickly as possible –we know that when it comes to making an offer on your dream home, time is crucial. Did you know that you also play an essential role in making your loan close fast?

Here are the most common causes that delay home loan approval and closing:

#1: Missing Financial Details

We don’t need to know your entire financial history, but we will need to see every detail from the past two years. Don’t worry; we’ll let you know precisely what you need to provide, making sure that everything moves as quickly as possible.

#2: Leaving Out Documentation

The documentation needed for your loan may vary (and we’ll let you know what your loan calls for) but keep in mind that we’ll need the following:

  • Tax returns and W-2s from the past two years (or year-to-date financial statements for the self-employed)
  • Last month’s pay stubs
  • Two months of bank account statements
  • Copy of any transactions that exceed $1,000 Home insurance quote
  • Financial details of any other homes, businesses, or vehicles that you own
  • If anything significant pops up when we check your credit, we’ll need documentation for this as well.

#3: Mistaking Pre-Qualified For Approval

Pre-qualified requires minimal information from you. It’s a great way to get an idea of how much you can afford to buy, but it doesn’t mean that your loan is approved. Applying for a loan, getting approved for the loan, getting the underwriting approved are the additional steps that need to happen before your loan is approved and can take the step toward closing. Don’t let this discourage you! We take care of all the heavy lifting and make sure that it moves along quickly. All we need from you is to get the ball rolling by applying for a mortgage.

#4: Not Sharing Details Of The Offer With Us

When you buy a home, the purchase contract will layout certain financial milestones that we need to know about, such as by when your loan approval should be secured and how many days you have to close. If we miss any of these dates, not only will it delay your loan but it could cause you to lose the home!

#5 Making Big Changes to Your Finances or Career

Changing jobs, opening a new line of credit, making big purchases, or loaning your friend 3k to start up their business changes your financial portfolio. This means that adjustments must be made and you may not qualify for as much as you originally were quoted. The application process, essentially, needs to start over –delaying your home loan and delaying closing even more.

There are many more factors that could delay your home loan, things that are out of your control. Rest assured that we will be with you, ready for any surprises, minimizing any unnecessary delays.

Contact Tara Mortgage Services today to partner with a home loan specialist that has your best interest in mind!

 

 

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Virtual Bus Tour of Current and past rehabs

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

20 Members Attending

We have done a few actual bus tours in the past but with the strong turnout I dont like to have to turn down folks due to the high volume of requests. Our next workshop in November we will do a virtual tour of some current and past projects and show you where to spend your money wisely and where you can and cant cut corners in order to stay profita…

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#TaraMTG Tuesdays: Unpacking and Understanding The Mortgage Payment

DHREA 23/10/2018

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As a first-time homebuyer, you likely have questions about your mortgage payments and how it’s calculated. How much can you expect to pay? How are taxes paid? What’s the purpose of mortgage insurance?

This post will unpack your mortgage payment so you know what you’re paying for each month.

How the payments are broken down depending on the type of loan, but generally, you can expect your mortgage payment to include 4 items. These items are lumped into a single monthly payment and can be remembered with the acronym P-I-T-I.

P is for Principal

The principle is the total amount that you borrow to buy the home. For example, if your loan is for $240k, your principal is also $240k. The amount you pay toward the principal doesn’t usually change, unless you refinance, and depends on the amount of your initial down payment and the total life of the loan.

I is for Interest

Interest is the fee you pay for borrowing the funds to buy the home. Also known as the mortgage rate, it varies depending on market conditions at the time you locked in your home loan. Your rate is also determined by your credit history, among other factors.

There are two mortgage rate options for homebuyers – a fixed-rate mortgage and an adjustable-rate mortgage. With a fixed rate, your interest rate will remain the same for the life of the loan, even if market rates go up over the years.

With an adjustable rate, your interest rate is fixed for a set amount of time (usually five years), then changes to whatever the current market rate. With an adjustable rate, your mortgage payment may increase or decrease at each adjustment interim.

T is for Taxes

Taxes are based on the value of your property. Your property is assessed every year to determine how much you will pay in property taxes. You can choose to include the property tax in your mortgage payment, dividing your annual bill into 12 payments. It’ll be held in escrow until taxes are due, after which they are paid on your behalf.

I is for Insurance

Insurance protects the loan in the event of a disaster or an accident. Similar to property taxes, your insurance payments can be collected, held in escrow, and paid to the insurance company directly every year. Usually, your insurance payment won’t change over the years, unless you add additional coverage.

Knowledge is power, and we believe that every homebuyer should know where their monthly mortgage payment goes. Whether you’re ready to buy or you’re looking to refinance into a lower rate, a helpful home loan specialist is available to you through the phone, on the web, or in person.

Contact Tara Mortgage Services today to learn more!

 

 

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#TaraMTG Tuesdays: Is A Reverse Mortgage Better Than A Traditional Mortgage?

DHREA 16/10/2018

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Reverse mortgage versus a traditional mortgage…is one better than the other? The answer is that it depends on the situation. They have many similarities, but there are a few key differences that make reverse mortgages a better choice than a traditional mortgage. Or vice versa.

This article breaks down the basics of these two types of home loans to give you a general idea of when to choose one over the other. Because every situation is unique, we encourage you to call Tara Mortgage Services for personalized and honest home loan assistance.

Similarities Between Reverse Mortgages and Traditional Mortgages

One similarity that these home loans share is that they both allow you to borrow money based on your home equity. Both loans are also available with a few different options such as a fixed or adjustable rate or may government insured. An example of a traditional home loan that is insured by the government is an FHA loan while an example of a government-insured reverse mortgage is a HECM.

Differences Between Reverse Mortgages and Traditional Mortgages

The most notable difference is that there are no monthly payments required on a reverse mortgage. You pay as little or as much as you want when you want. This payment option is possible with a reverse mortgage because it works mainly by borrowing money against a home that you already own. With a traditional loan, you borrow money from a lender and promise to pay it back, plus interest, over several years.

A reverse mortgage is most often used to get cash out of your home. Although you can get cash out when you refinance with a traditional loan, most often people will refinance to a conventional loan to lower their monthly payments or get a lower interest rate.

When it comes to paying back the loan, with a traditional mortgage you pay it back every month for several years, as we mentioned above. However, with a reverse mortgage, you can choose to make monthly payments, pay off the loan through the sale of your home, or at your passing.

Which Loan is Right for You?

If you’re over the age of 62 and are looking at you home loan options, a reverse mortgage may seem pretty attractive. In many cases it is a better choice, but not always. Investments, lifestyle, immediate financial needs, and what you plan to in your trust for your beneficiaries are all items to consider before deciding on one option over the other.

If you are investigating these options for a parent of retirement age rather than for yourself, please forward this information to your parents. We’ve earned a reputation of trust and steadfastness –you can confidently recommend Tara Mortgage Services to your family and friends.

 

 

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#TaraMTG Tuesday: What To Expect The Day Your Home Loan Closes

DHREA 09/10/2018

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“What happens on closing day and after?” That’s a question we get asked often.

On closing day, you’ll sign documents to finalize the transaction and release the funds from your home loan. You’ll also receive digital or paper copies of all the signed documents plus the keys to your new home.

It seems pretty cut and dry, and for the most part, it is! Most of the loan processing work will be complete by this point.

In the whirl of excitement that you’re moments away from becoming a homeowner, you might get confused on what’s actually going on on closing day.

Here’s a quick break down of what you can expect on the day your loan closes.

What To Expect The Day Your Home Loan Closes

There are several “parties” involved in making your loan possible, and they all play a part in your closing, too. Some of these parties include your loan officer or broker, your realtor, lawyer, underwriter, title company, seller, the seller’s realtor, and you.

Each party makes sure that all is correct and complete with your loan. The final “package” can be quite extensive which is why you’ll receive it several days before the actual closing date, giving you the time to look it over.

There are several documents that need signing. They may vary somewhat, however, for the most part, these are the documents you’ll be signing on closing day:

  • Closing Disclosure: This contains your final loan terms and details about your closing costs.

  • Mortgage Note: This is essentially a “promise” to repay the loan.

  • Mortgage or Deed of Trust: Lays out the details of what happens should you fail to repay the loan.

  • The Deed: This legally transfers ownership of the property to you.


Closing day is also when you’ll pay the closing costs and your down-payment. Remember that both of these payments should be done with a certified check, not cash or personal check. Be sure to also bring a copy of your proof of insurance (don’t worry, we’ll remind you of all of this on closing day) and that’s it!

If your possession date is the same as your closing date, you’ll receive your keys then. If your possession date is different, you’ll know about it ahead of time. It’s noted on your purchase agreement and we’ll make sure you’re clear on all the closing date details before you sign.


Post-Closing 

These are other things that’ll happen after closing. They’re not directly related to your loan but just a few things to keep in mind.

Offers in the Mail. Home sales are public record so be prepared to receive lots of mailed offers for home services, legal services, and maybe even mortgage protection insurance.

You may find some of these offers useful but research before committing. There are scammers that will send you an offer appearing as if it came from a reputable lender or other mortgage service provider.


Possible Payment Changes

Terms of your loan won’t change, that is, unless you have an adjustable-rate loan or if you refinance. However,  it may be possible for your payments to vary slightly due to changes in your escrow account.

For example, if the property taxes or insurance increases, your mortgage payments will also increase. Don’t worry about ever “overpaying.” If there are any overages in your escrow account, you’ll get a refund.


The home loan process has many moving parts right up to the very end, but we’re here to make it all clear and keep everything on track for you. You can count on Tara Mortgage Services to be your trusted resource for all your home and property financing needs.

SEATING ADDED! Alex Deacon’s RE workshop this Saturday is so popular, we’ve added extra seating to accommodate the demand! Alex is bringing in Josh Caldwell as his special guest speaker for added punch! RSVP below while seating is still available!

How to find and analyze my next RE Investment

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

62 Members Attending

This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for th…

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#TaraMTG Tuesdays: Little Known Factors That Affect How Much Property You Can Afford

DHREA 02/10/2018

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Getting pre-approved for a home loan is an essential first step to knowing how much home you can buy. But did you know that the property itself also effects on how much you can afford? Here are some of the factors that determine how much you can afford to buy with your home loan.

Ways that the Type of Property Effects How Much Home You Can Afford:

How You Plan on Using the Property

Will this be your primary residence, a second home, or an investment property? Home loan options are partially affected by how you plan on using your new home. When it comes to underwriting a home loan, usage refers to occupancy, not how many properties you currently own or have owned in the past.

For example, if you want your new property to be considered a primary residence, you’ll have to show that you intend to live in the home for the most of the year (in addition to other requirements). Primary residences often qualify for the lowest minimum down payment, sometimes as low as low as 3%, depending on the loan.

If instead, you intend to live in the home for part of the year and it’s 50+ miles away from your primary residence, then it’s considered a second home. The great thing is that second homes often have similar interest rates to that of primary residences, however, you’ll need a larger down payment.

If you plan on renting out the new property, then it’s considered an investment. Investment properties are lucrative, given the right property and management, however, keep in mind that these types of properties have higher interest rates and down payment requirements than the first two options.

The Type of Property

What you end up paying for a single-family home versus a condo can vary, even when the listing prices are the same. Some home loans bump up the rate slightly with condos and townhomes. Plus, HOA fees must also be factored into your mortgage, which affects how much you approved to purchase.

Trickier still are mobile homes and non-warrantable condos. But don’t let this discourage you! There are many nuances to matching the loan to the property and purpose, but that’s what we’re here for –to take care of the details and lay it all out plainly for you.

The Property Tax Rate

Property taxes vary from area to area and may add significantly to your monthly payment. You have the option to exclude it from your mortgage payment and pay the taxes yourself every year, however, doing it in this manner does not affect how much you’ll pay. It will still be the same amount. Keep this in mind when considering how much you’re comfortable paying every month.

Local Mortgage Programs

Depending on the home’s location and your financial profile, you might qualify special loan programs that offer discounts. These discounts vary in availability and may even be determined block-by-block. So if you previously shopped around for homes and thought you couldn’t afford a particular neighborhood, it’s time to look again!

Need help figuring out if you can afford a specific home or if you qualify for a special home loan program? Call Tara Mortgage Services today! We’re the local mortgage professionals and know what it takes to get you approved for the right home loan.

 

 

RSVP to Alex Deacon’s October Real Estate Investing workshop! Seating is going fast!

How to find and analyze my next RE Investment

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

27 Members Attending

This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for …

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#TaraMTG Tuesday: Deciding Between a VA Loan and FHA Loan? Read This First!

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(Every Tuesday we feature a blog from one of our fantastic affiliates, Tara Mortgage Services!)

Government-back home loans offer some of the best rates and perks, especially when it comes to Veteran home loans. But is that the right choice? Should you opt for an FHA home loan instead?

Remember, our office is here to guide you! There’s no rush to decide on your own which home loan you should pick. Instead, read this article to get an idea, start the loan application (available online), and we’ll contact you with personalized mortgage options.

How Do VA Loans and FHA Loans Compare?

Down Payment

If you don’t have enough for a down-payment or would rather not use your savings for a down payment, then you’ll want to look at a VA loan. A VA home loan is one of the few loans that doesn’t require a down payment.

Though, FHA loans fair pretty well too. It only requires 3.5% down payment, and any money that you can put down now will save you in the interest you pay over the life of the loan. Plus, putting money down jumps starts your equity.

Insurance

VA loans don’t require insurance, regardless of whether you put money down or not. This can save you quite a bit in both in the short and long run.

With an FHA loan, down payments of less than 20 percent require a mortgage insurance premium, commonly called MIP. You’ll pay this either at the closing of the loan or in monthly payments.

Here’s another thing to know about FHA loans and insurance: the MIP will last the life of the FHA loan unless you refinance. It won’t automatically cancel after you’ve built enough equity. Having to refinance is not a bad thing –actually, it can work in your favor to get a new loan based on current rates and your improved credit score.

Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates are always changing, so we can’t say for absolute certainty that one loan will have a lower rate than the other.

However, based on what we’ve seen in the past, VA loans typically have lower mortgage rates than FHA loans.

Credit Scores

VA loans don’t have a minimum credit score. However, it’s still necessary to run your credit when applying for a VA mortgage. Also, while there isn’t a set minimum credit to be eligible for a VA loan, a very low credit score could affect your approval.

The minimal credit score for an FHA loan is lower than traditional loans. And, generally speaking, FHA loans are more flexible with credit score requirements.

Which loan should you choose?

It certainly looks like a VA loan comes out on top in this simple comparison, but every financial situation is different. The best way to know is to contact Tara Mortgage Services today so that we can present you with more accurate, personalized scenarios based on your credit and current rates.

 

ALEX DEACON’S OCTOBER WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED!

Click below to secure your spot for the most requested topic of the year!

How to find and analyze my next RE Investment

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

9 Members Attending

This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for …

Check out this Meetup →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

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