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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. Absolutely. 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. T-t-t-t-today Junior. 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. 703-766-4630. And my man Matt will hook it up down loan. Thank you very much for watching. Until next time, create a productive day. Take care.
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.
Hi everybody, your real estate expert, LanceMohr.
And in this series, I'm talking about how to buy a house.
Today, I'm going to talkabout how to pick a mortgage lender.
If you don't need financing, don't worry aboutwatching this video unless you just want more information.
Alright, so how to pick a lender.
First off, if you've already chosen a real estate agent, this is a good place to start.
You could also ask some friends and family members, co-workers, get an idea who theywould choose.
Now personally, I was in the mortgage banking industry for several yearsand I was a co-owner of a mortgage company.
There's three types of lenders out there;number one is your big bank, your Bank of America, Wells Fargo and then you have yourmortgage bankers and then you have your mortgage brokers.
Now I'm not a real big fan of thebig banks or credit unions for that matter.
I think there's a lot of credit unions thatare really good, don't get me wrong and I'm not saying that there is anything wrong withbig banks.
I'm not a fan of them and the reason is – the reason why I don't like big banksis because if you go into a bank like Bank of America or say a Wells Fargo, you are onlyusing their money.
So if you go in and you have a very unusual circumstance and maybeyou don't qualify for their loan, they're not going to tell you "you don't qualify forour loan, go somewhere else".
They're just going to say, "You don't qualify for a loan.
" Now you may go to a mortgage banker or a broker and qualify for theirs.
So that's the problem, they are very, very limited because they only lend their money.
If you are round, you're not going to be able to fit in their square hole.
So it's not areally good way.
Now if you do use a bank, if you say Bank of America which I'm not afan at all, I haven't had them close a transaction on time in years, if they even close it atall.
So I got to say that, the only bank I can say that about.
But let's say you go toa Wells Fargo or you go to a Bank of America, always try to use a local loan office or don'tuse someone out of state, because you've heard of the term, "out-of-state, out of mind","out of area, out of mind".
That's really how it is.
You want someone local that knowsthe local ways in Florida, and more specifically I'm in Florida, I'm in Tampa, so the cityyou live in.
So that would be my first personal recommendation and I know a lot of lendersout there might be getting mad if they're watching this right now, especially if theywork for Bank of America.
But that's my opinion, I've worked with a lot of credit unions whenI was in the lending business and certainly not all of them.
Credit unions, the good thingis they really care about their customer.
The problem is they don't really do a lotof training to their loan officers unfortunately.
And you know, a lot of times when you're goinginto and getting a loan with a bank or credit union, a lot of times the loan officer ison a salary plus bonuses, and you want someone who, if they don't get you a loan, they don'tget paid any money.
That's the best way you are going to get a loan.
So I am a big fanof bankers.
Now really the difference between a bankerand a broker, is a banker lends their own money and will underwrite the file, usuallyin-house.
They are also called correspondent lenders.
Now I've worked for bankers before,and if bankers just don't have a competitive program – let's say you go in and maybeyou are a veteran and they're not real competitive on VA loans, let's just say.
They will usuallyhave brokers that they work with as well as and they could do different things.
So theyare usually good.
Brokers, I've worked for brokers when I wasn't lending as well andit's the same thing, but the difference is brokers have access to dozens and dozens oflenders.
Don't get fooled by that.
Most brokers only have about 5 to 7 lenders they work withat any given time; they might have a lender for their conventional financing, they havea lender for their government financing, they have a lender for their jumbo finances.
So don't get caught up into all that.
But the difference between bankers and brokers,if they don't find a way to say yes, they don't get paid.
And a lot of time what peoplewill do, is they will go out and they will be picking say maybe three companies, andthey will call up for a rate quote.
But you really, when you are calling up for a ratequote, you need to ask very specific questions and you need to do it all on the same day.
Because you could call one institution on Tuesday and rates could have changed up ordown on Wednesday.
And then you need to call the same day, you need to give the same parametersfor each one of them, "So I'm calling, I want to get a loan amount of $200,000 and what'syour rate lock?" Now I'm not a big advocate of going around and doing rate shopping becauseat the end of the day, lenders all get their money from the same place at the same price.
If you call 10 lenders, probably nine of them are going to give you the same quote for themost part.
Now banks will generally be a little bit more in the interest rate, but less inthe fees because everything is in-house, where a broker, they get their pricing at wholesale.
So there you could usually be more competitive on the interest rates, but they are a littlehigher on closing costs because they have to sort of outsource it and get it underwrittenover here in the process and all that stuff.
So get the information and call them all up,talk to them, ask them again the question, why should I work with you, what makes youdifferent, what makes your company different.
Whatever you do, whatever they tell you, onceyou lock in the rate, get a rate lock.
You don't want to be on different pages and theytell you one interest rate and then all of the sudden, you show up at closing and it'sa completely different interest rate, maybe it's a quarter percent higher.
Because theseller doesn't really care about your loan, all they know is you have to close.
So getit in writing from the lender, I can't tell you how many people – when I used to bein lending, pretty much everybody that I worked with, I always put everything in writing.
No one ever asked me but I wanted it all in writing for the documentation.
So always askfor it in writing and really try to take the person who you feel is looking out for yourbest interest, because at the end of the day, you could have the best interest rate in theworld, but if you are on the wrong loan program, the interest rate is sort of irrelevant.
SoI hope this helps you.
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I wish you the best of luck in buying a home.
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