Tag: <span>FHA</span>

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NOW IS THE TIME TO LOCK IN AN INTEREST RATE

When is the best time to lock an interest rate? I get asked this question often as everyone wants the lowest rate. Interest rates, like stocks, change daily; it is hard to predict whether the rate will go up or down. It is best to see what your payment is at the current rate, and...

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TWO APPROVALS, PLUS COLLATERAL

Two approvals take place when you apply for a loan.  Lenders review both your credit and income, and the collateral. The collateral must be sufficient for the loan to be approved.  What if the collateral is a condominium? When the collateral is a condominium, there is increased scrutiny by the lender. This is due to...

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DETERMINING YOUR CREDIT SCORE

Credit cards are a significant factor in determining your credit score. Credit bureaus look at your credit card balances and history to determine how you manage your discretionary spending. The credit bureaus do not know your spending habits, but by reviewing credit card balances, they make conclusions regarding your ability to manage credit which will...

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SMALL BUSINESS ACT

The SBA is the Small Business Administration and offers business loans. The most common types refer to Sections 504 and 7(a) of the Small Business Act. If you’re looking for a small business loan to purchase commercial real estate or heavy machinery/equipment, then the 504 loan is the best choice. If you are purchasing a...

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DO YOU HAVE A COLLECTION, CHARGE-OFF, OR JUDGMENT?

Can you get a mortgage if you have a derogatory item on your credit report, such as a collection, charge-off, or judgment? Maybe. Believe it or not, your credit score may be high enough to qualify even with the derogatory item on your credit report.  Depending on the dollar amount of the derogatory item, it may...

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CONTACT COUNSEL MORTGAGE GROUP

Would you like to buy a home but you’re not sure if you’ll qualify?  Don’t worry with all of the different products available today, you can get a mortgage. The issue just may be when. If you have less than perfect credit, you may have to repair your credit before you apply. Nevertheless, conventional loans...

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WE BROKER LOANS TO SELF EMPLOYED HOMEBUYERS

There is some conversation out there that if you are self-employed, you cannot qualify for a loan; well, this is just wrong. If you have been self-employed for at least 2 years you may be able to qualify for a loan. Lenders will take the average of your net income over the last 2 years...

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CONTACT US, WE OFFER MORTGAGE COUNSELING

Years ago, in the depths of the mortgage crisis, I created a company to provide a solution to the problems created by the mortgage crisis. There were way too many loan officers putting people in loans they should not have qualified for, or simply not caring about their specific circumstances. Counsel Mortgage Group, LLC was...

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NO MONEY DOWN LOANS, HIGHER INTEREST RATES

Many lenders will try to sell you no money down loans, or down payment assistance loans, but it is likely that these loans will have higher interest rates and more costs. If you can come up with a down payment, in some instances as little as 1% of the sales price, you may be able...

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DO YOU WANT TO LOWER MONTHLY PAYMENTS, NOT THE TERM?

Typically,​ ​when​ ​you​ ​make​ ​a​ ​large​ ​principal​ ​payment​ ​on​ ​your​ ​loan,​ ​the​ ​monthly​ ​payment​ ​remains the​ ​same,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​term​ ​of​ ​the​ ​loan​ ​shortens.​ ​​ ​However,​ ​if​ ​you​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​lower​ ​the​ ​monthly​ ​payment instead​ ​of​ ​shortening​ ​the​ ​term,​ ​ask​ ​the​ ​lender​ ​if​ ​they​ ​allow​ ​a​ ​recast.​ ​​ ​A​ ​recast​ ​is​ ​where​ ​a​ ​large principal​...