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Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Loans FHA loan programs are designed primarily for first-time home buyers and others with moderate incomes that have not yet been able to save the cash needed for down payment amounts. A program insurance charge is rolled into the monthly payment amount to support this program and typically ends as the […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Nov 8th 2012

Credit Score:  Your credit score needs to be a minimum of 640 in order to qualify.  If you have had a previous Bankruptcy, the discharge must be at least 2 years.  A Prior Foreclosure or Short Sale needs to be at 3 years ago. Employment History: We look at your previous 2 years of employment […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Nov 6th 2012

It is actually pretty easy to build credit. Try one of the following ideas: Ask your bank or credit union about a secured credit card. You can make a deposit to your account and have a credit limit in the amount of your deposit. The bank takes little risk and you build credit slowly. Use […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Oct 30th 2012

Debt Ratios First, look at your monthly gross income, before taxes and contributions. This is how much you make per month, not how much you take home. What you take home is net income. • Front-End Ratios Lenders use what is called a front-end ratio, which is reflected as a percentage of your gross monthly […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Oct 26th 2012

  Government Loans What is a Government Loan? A number of loan programs are sponsored by the federal government to assist American families to become homeowners. The programs are structured to insure various loan types, allowing lenders to approve loans for more people. The most popular government backed loan programs are the Federal Housing Administration […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Oct 11th 2012

 A cooling real-estate market is good news for buyers because it’s easier for them to negotiate a deal. But it shouldn’t be the main reason that pushes you into your first home. In fact, buying your first home is a personal decision that you should make independent of what the market may or may not […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Oct 10th 2012

By Elizabeth Weintraub, About.com Guide To be a buyer means to conform to the market. © Big Stock Photo   Ads Question: Are You Ready to Be a Home Buyer? A reader asks: “I would like to be a home buyer, but I don’t know if I’m ready to buy a home yet. How can […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Oct 8th 2012

by Jann Swanson What’s in a Credit Score? More than You Might Think, and It’s Constantly Changing Decrease Font Size Text Increase Font Size Sep 6 2012, 1:16PM Editor’s note:  DataQuick®, a provider of advanced real estate information solutions recently announced that Gordon Crawford, Ph.D. had joined their firm as vice president of Analytics.  MND […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Oct 5th 2012

Mortgage News Daily summed up Ellie Mae’s latest “Origination Insight Report” (covering 20% of mortgage originations and coming through a 33% sample of Ellie’s platform) showing that “the time needed to close a mortgage loan has increased by almost 25 percent over the last year, from an average of 40 days to 49 and it […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Sep 27th 2012

  iStockPhoto/Christine Balderas Mistake: Not Getting a Preapproved Home Loan It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you first find the house you want, and then you can start thinking about the loan process, especially if you’ve already taken care of your credit. However, it’s not quite that simple. It’s a good idea […]

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No Comments downpaymentadmin on Sep 21st 2012

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