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What is the best loan program for a first-timehomebuyer? How's it going everyone, Matt Leighton welcomeback to another video.
In this video we're going to go over the bestloan program for a first-time homebuyer.
I'm here with Sean Glennon.
Sean, take it away, what's the best programfor a first-time homebuyer? Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
So it depends.
Now there's a lot of first-time homebuyerpopular loan programs and it really depends on what you're capabilities are in terms ofdownpayment, whether or not you have gift funds to use toward the downpayment or closingcosts, what your income limit is, that's a big one.
How many people are going to be on the loan,because a lot of these first-time homebuyer loans, what the big difference is betweenthem and other typical loan products is that there are restrictions.
They don't want to be given 100% financingproducts to people who aren't making a ton of money and things like that so income limits,sales price limits, credit score limits, all that is going to be apart of these programsbut we can dive into some of the more specific.
Let me ask you this, if you are a Veteran,and also a first-time homebuyer, is it a no-brainer that the VA loan program is the best program? Yes.
Alright so obviously if you're a Veteran,first of all THANK YOU, and then go with the VA loan program, there is no competition.
So with that being said, let's just focuson conventional and FHA because with FHA 3.
5% down, compared to Conventional, you can goas low as 5%? Or can you go lower than that? There's actually a new loan program you cango lower.
When we talk loan programs, the first thingyou're going to want to do is get pre-approved to determine what you're qualifications areand what doors are opening or closing to you depending on whether you fit the bill forcertain programs.
100% financing, VA, USDA, and USDA is a ruralhousing loan so if you're looking in and around cities, it really won't be applicable to you.
And VA only if you're a Veteran; are goingto be your best 100% financing products.
Now there are certain loan programs in eachstate that usually have first-time homebuyer 100% financing needs.
In Virginia, VHDA is the one that comes tomind as the most popular.
But most people are going to fall into theumbrella as FHA or conventional loans.
FHA is going to be 3.
5% down and is very friendlyon underwriting guidelines.
Conventional is a little bit more strict,but recently they actually came out with a program that is trying to compete with FHA.
It's called Fannie Mae's Home Ready Programthat allows for a 3% downpayment instead of the typical 5% downpayment.
Yeah a lot of times you're seeing people diveto what's the lowest downpayment I can have? That has to be the best loan, maybe that'sright, maybe not because with FHA you do have the monthly insurance on the loan there'sanother program with the conventional.
And let me ask you this, are people re-financingout of these loans? For instance, I had a client a couple weeksago they went in with a VHDA loan which is Virginia-specific, so if you're not in Virginia,you may not be aware, but they went in with that and I don't know a week later or whateverthe minimum time is that you can re-finance, they said oh yeah, that's what we're goingto do.
Are you seeing this? Or is this kind of a unique situation? No, I've seen a lot of it.
What a typical game plan is for a lot of peopleis, a disclaimer that you can't always bank on re-financing because you never know whererates are headed.
But as long as rates stay solid or at leastin the range that we've seen them right now, or around where you originally purchased yourhome, it's very common for people to bite the bullet and get the VHDA or FHA loan whichcarries with it a little more in fees and mortgag insurance and things like that.
But it allows them to get in the propertywith very little out-of-pocket and then once they get a little equity in the property orsave up a little money, they try to re-finance into a conventional loan to eliminate someof that burden with the mortgage insurance and things like that.
Get themselves a much more healthy and manageablemonthly payment.
Yeah the VHDA loan program is becoming morepopular here in Virginia but sometimes with these loan programs it's really hard to getinto, you have to be making $82k - $85k, be born in a certain ZIP code, and be left handedand live on Main Street or something like that where it's like it shouldn't have tobe that hard.
Quickly go over maybe a broad overview ofwhat it takes to be eligible for a certain grant program like the VHDA.
Well some of these grant programs, most ofthem are all going to have income limits.
So that's the big one.
If you're making $250,000, there's a goodchance you're not going to qualify for the local first-time homebuyer and grant programs.
Income limits, sales price limits, heightenedcredit score minimums.
When they're giving out 100% financing, that'sa high-risk loan so they want to give it to borrowers that are well qualified.
There are a lot of niche things that go alongwith it and the grant program.
VHDA is a little more broad, but county and local grant programseven more, very niche, sometimes you're in a lottery with others.
It's a nice thing to have in your back pocketbut nothing I would recommend anyone bank on.
Good to know.
So we're going to wrap this video up withone final question.
But you know obviously this is more Virginia-centered,there's VHDA loan program, in your own state, there might be other grants available.
So maybe FHA is right for you or maybe talkto your lender and find out the grants available.
Sean my question is, if you were to imagineyour last 100 first-time homebuyers, out of those 100, what's the most popular loan programthat you're seeing for first-time homebuyers? I would say if you had asked me for any yearin the last 8 or 9 years I've been in the business, the answer would be FHA.
I would say since Fannie Mae last year rolledout there Home Ready Program with 3% down, most homebuyers do qualify for it and fallwithin the income limit.
The area median income limit, you can actuallylook it up on Fannie Mae's website.
As long as you fall under that, you qualifyfor, it does give a little more beneficial terms on the mortgage insurance terms, it'sa half percent lower on downpayment, and there's a little more flexibility with some of thethings that you can do down the line with the loan like remove the mortgage insurance.
I would say FHA, historically, Fannie MaeHome Ready Program recently.
Things are changing.
So FHA for the longest time was the best optionout there, it may still be the best option depending on your circumstance, but you mayknow the best option, but your lender will know the best option.
Be sure you're talking with local lendersout there and know all your options because a lot of things are changing in terms of guidelines,what I'll do is link and list a video up here in the corner that talks about recent changesin the market place that may affect which loan program that you being available to getinto and get a loan.
You got it out.
What movie is that from? Billy Madison.
Well on that note Sean, why don't you tellthe people where they can connect with you.
You can email me at sglennon@hstmortgage.
Comor call the office.
Myself or anyone else in The Glennon Groupwill be happy to answer your call and help you with any questions.
And my man Matt will hook it up down loan.
Thank you very much for watching.
Until next time, create a productive day.
You should also, at the same time, talk to a regional lender, a credit union (if you belong to one or you can join one) and a small local bank.
Each of these different types of lenders will offer different loan programs at different prices.
You should also ask friends and relatives who they’ve used for their home loans and how the experience went.
But emphasis is on the experience.
I have a great friend who once asked her sister for a lender recommendation, and the sister gave her a name and my friend had this horrific experience.
And when she went back to her sister to see what kind of experience her sister had had with this person, the sister confirmed that she, too, had a horrific experience.
“Hello! Why did you give me that lender’s name?” my friend asked, and the sister said, “Well you weren’t specific that you wanted someone good.
Sounds like a Seinfeld episode, right? And yet, this kind of stuff goes on all the time.
So here are some questions you should ask the person providing the recommendation that will help separate the wheat from the chaff:
- Did the lender repeatedly ask for the same documents?
- Is the lender organized?
A good lender should enable you to close on a home within about forty-five days – unless there’s some real serious problems with the house – so make sure to ask your friends and relatives if their lenders were able to meet that standard.
It may sound obvious, but it’s a good idea to look for a lender who specializes in making residential loans and has a reputation in your area for coming through with these loans.
Banks that aren’t generally known for their mortgage lending can be tougher to work with than some of the really big lenders.
And while you may be thinking to yourself, “I want to avoid the big banks,” you’re probably going to end up with one anyway.
Even if you go with a mortgage broker, that mortgage broker may actually work with a whole bunch of big lenders to fund your loan.
Above all, you need to find a lender that helps you understand the mortgage application process in a way that makes you feel comfortable and secure.
This is a huge decision.
You’re going to finance this property for the long run, and you want to do that with the right kind of partner.
And I just want to give a shoutout to anybody who is closing around October of 2015.
If you are, please watch the videos that I’ve made on the TILA-RESPA changes that are coming your way.
Right now they’re scheduled to go into effect October 3rd of 2015.
If you are looking to close around that, either before or after, you may have to build in some extra time to make sure that you don’t get caught up in all the craziness that’s going to go on I think when TILA-RESPA actually goes into effect.
How's it going everyone? Matt Leighton, welcome back to another video. In this episode, we are talking mortgages,lending. I'm here with Rich Conlon from Atlantic CoastMortgage. Say what's up Rich. Hi, Rich Conlon, Atlantic Coast Mortgage. Loan Officer. Born and raised in Vienna, Virginia. Love the area. Still live in the area. Just here to help out with my man Matt andhelp answer any questions. Awesome, whenever someone has a mortgage questionfurther than "What is the rate?", I just tell them to talk to Rich. I know a little bit about mortgages. Buttoday we're talking about the top mistake people are making when they're applying fora loan. You see all these loan commercials. It's funny, when we get the primer, one-sheeterson the list of things NOT to do. One of them is like, "Don't go and buy a boat". Don't buy a new car. I'm thinking to myself, nobody in the historyof loans has ever gone under contract and then bought a boat the day after. I'm sure it has happened. But it obviously is not the number one mistakepeople are making when they're trying to buy a home. That's where Rich comes in. Rich, you're on the spot here. What is the number one thing people are doing,that they shouldn't be doing when they're applying for a loan with you guys? It's simple, it's before you even get to contract. It's just waiting until the last minute toget pre-approved. We understand circumstances sometimes that'sjust how it is. The big thing is, after meeting your agent,talking about price ranges and goals, the next step, it can't hurt to just reach outto a lender or two or three and start identifying what you can actually qualify for. That's the best thing. The earlier the better. Main reason is that it allows time to findany potential pitfalls that can come back in the underwriting process a week beforeclosing. Last minute surprises are the worst. Nobody wants that. Getting pre-approved early is always better. It allows time to figure out if there areany extra hoops to jump through. That just gives you better piece of mind. When you're out with your agent. Definitively what you can and can't qualifyfor. In addition, we always like to provide youwith estimates on homes that you're going to go see so when you're looking at them,the wheels are turning. What are my payments going to be like? There's a ton of benefits to getting preapprovedearly, rather than waiting for the last minute. And it is beneficial from the very beginningall the way to settlement. It will make your transaction much more transparent,seamless, and less stressful. It takes a village. And it just helps when everything is linedup. Yeah certainly execution is the number onething. You can look online at how to apply for amortgage, what pitfalls to avoid, how to do this, how to do that. At the end of the day, actually going out,going on your lender's website and getting preapproved. You know when I'm working with buyers, I alwaysask two very important questions. Number one: are you already working with areal estate agent. Very important. I've not asked that in the past and it's comeback to bite me, believe it or not. Well, it's very easy to believe actually. And number two, are you pre-approved witha local lender? If you are looking for homes and you are notpre-qualified, you are not a serious buyer. You are wasting your time. You might say "well, I'll just get a letteronce I write a contract, it's fine". Well, my buyers already have that letter andthey will beat you to the punch and get their offer in before you. Nobody likes to get bad news. You don't want to waste your time fallingin love with something that you ultimately don't qualify for. We find that our clients 99% of the time arepre-approved early just makes your guy's time much more efficient and you know what youcan qualify for. All of your processes are so streamlined justto a T that if you do them, you will get qualified, you will have your letter. The reason you screw up is you go off astray,you don't return calls, you don't return emails. We're a referral-based company so communicationis key. Delivery, setting expectations and obviosulymeeting those expectations. Pre-approvals we can do in as little as 24-hoursand especially in this market. Spring time, summer time, that's what it takes. Speed kills. That's how we like to operate. And communicating to you and your agent sowe can all move quickly. Awesome, there you have it from Rich Conlon,Atlantic Coast Mortgage here in Northern Virginia. If you have any questions about the top mistakeor any mortgage and lending related questions, I'll list Rich's information in the descriptionbelow. Thank you very much for watching. Until next time, create a productive day. Take care.