Category: Home Buying

What the Buyer Credit Extension Means for New River Valley Home Sales

The tax credit extension has been signed into law, and now people far and wide are wondering if it’ll create a Monopoly-like run on buying properties and collecting checks. I was thinking today about how the tax credit extension might affect home buyers in the New River Valley, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there really is no clear answer to that.  I know that I’ve worked with a lot of first-time buyers this year, and several of them have said that they would not have purchased if the $8000 was not available to them.  For that reason, I …

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First-Time Buyer in Pulaski VA? There’s $1 million Available For You

That’s right, $1 million has been set aside to help first-time buyers ease into the Pulaski VA real estate market.  From WSLS.com: The Virginia Housing Development Authority has set aside $1 million for the town of Pulaski for a reduced interest rate housing program. Home buyers who qualify for the loan will receive a one half percent reduction in the standard VHDA interest rate. To qualify, households must have an income between $34,500 and $46,000. “A lot of people are looking for housing already and this just gives them a chance to get a reduced interest rate,“ said Pulaski Town …

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How To Apply For The First-Time Buyer Credit

I had a teacher in high school, Mr. Smith, who had a saying that’s stuck with me.  I remember little from his government and US history class but this phrase: Porkchop porkchop greasy greasy, man that test was easy easy! Why do I remember that?  Who knows.  But it was the first thing I thought of when I found the form first-time buyers need to recoup their tax credit in 2009.  Finally, something government-related is easy – Mr. Smith would be so proud. The first-time buyer credit is set to expire a month from now, assuming the White House doesn’t …

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Is The Real Estate Glass Half Full Or Half Empty

The all time closing high of the S&P 500 was 2 years ago, when in October of 2007 it closed at 1565.  On Friday, October 9 2009, the S&P closed at 1071, 32% lower than the all time high just 2 years earlier.  HOWEVER … IT IS 58% HIGHER THAN THE 3/9/09 BEAR MARKET LOW CLOSE. We are always looking to the positive or negative and this is no different as some individuals are still talking about the 2007 market.  We really can be thankful of the turn around since March, and the same is true with rates.  Everyone is …

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What’s a Good Faith Estimate?

Oh hello … there’s a blog here under all these cobwebs.  Been a while since I’ve been here. Sorry about that, but maybe you didn’t notice. I was working with some folks on Monday and suggested that as part of the pre-approval process, we get a Good Faith Estimate from the lender.  They looked at me and said, “what’s a Good Faith Estimate”?  Settle in … A Good Faith Estimate (GFE) is an estimate that’s provided by a lender, to a borrower, that estimates the closing costs for a particular transaction.  The estimate is provided within three days of loan …

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It Takes More Than Just a Good Name To Get A Loan

Seems like this would’ve been a good idea all along (from Marianne Lane, Coldwell Banker Mortgage): Lenders will now be required to independently obtain a phone number and address for the Borrowers employer (via Website, Phone Book, Etc).   If the borrower is self-employed, in addition to verifying the business’s existence on the web or phone book, we will be required to verify the existence of the borrower’s business within 30 days prior to the note date from a third party, such as a CPA, regulatory agency, or the applicable licensing bureau.   This information must be verified by a 3rd party …

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From A To Regulation Z

Ever heard of Regulation Z?  No?  How about Truth In Lending?  Still nothing? That’s okay – I’d be willing to bet most agents haven’t even heard of Regulation Z (sounds top secret, doesn’t it?).  Nevertheless, I received information from a mortgage professional, Tom Vanderwell, that I thought important enough it needed to be shared here.  Tom, thanks for sending me this. First, some background. Regulation Z is a component of a larger Act, called the Truth in Lending Act (or TILA).  The Truth in Lending Act was established in the late 1960’s to provide full disclosure of the terms and costs …

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The Ferrari vs. The Yugo, Part Two

Warning: This is a long post (2034 words, to be exact), so skip ahead to the end if you’re not interested.  It deals with an issue that’s central not only to the success of a New River Valley real estate agent, but also to a buyer or seller who’s relying on their agent to provide concise, well-formatted information in a timely manner. On Monday, I brought up the issue of The Ferrari vs. The Yugo, and this is the follow-up.  The following is a reprint of Sunday’s article in The Roanoke Times entitled “NRV Real Estate Community Weighs In On …

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What Do Mortgage Rates Do In The Summer?

According to Dan Green of TheMortgageReports.com, they go up. I’d heard someone once say that gas prices often reflect what’s going to happen with mortgage rates, and Dan not only reiterated the same, but why.  It’s an interesting correlation, and one I’ll be watching more in the future. They – gas prices OR mortgage rates – don’t seem to be cooling off anytime soon, so there just might be something to the idea. But Marianne Lane of Coldwell Banker Mortgage says she’s seen the opposite effect in the last 15 years, that often rates in July and December are lower …

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The Trouble With FHA Loans

A friend sent me the following email, and I had to post it.  According to Snopes.com it’s a recycled bit of fun, but nevertheless I thought it appropriate given the subject … and because I can see it happening.  Ah, bureaucracy … and lawyers. Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership and to even get loans …

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