Non Conventional Real Estate Financing

September 2, 2010 by admin  
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Unquestionably real estate is a big money business. If you are a quick turn real estate entrepreneur determined to be in the game for the long haul, it should not involve your money, however. Understanding financing is an important part of playing the game of real estate well and of designing an enduring business.

The most commonly conceived mode of real estate financing is conventional. This typically means a 30 year mortgage acquired through a mortgage broker or institutional lender. This subject is mainly important for your buyers, or for you if you also work as a loan officer.

There’s really no good reason you should use conventional financing yourself, with all of the tricks you should know. The exception might be if you are a portfolio investor and are refinancing your properties, or if you are purchasing commercial properties. Generally, the best way to take out conventional financing is any way but in your own name. Qualification is based on the borrower’s income, assets, and credit profile, and requires a personal guarantee of repayment. There are much better positions you could be in as an investor.

The alternative financing methods might be referred to as nonconventional. These would include the methods of raising cash traditionally used by investors, generally known as hard money and private money. Hard money is typically intended for the acquisition of rehab properties. It has a high interest rate, a low loan to value ratio, and usually a short term balloon note of six months or a year.

Private money just means money borrowed from a private individual, and can come from a person’s savings or retirement fund, according to whatever terms you negotiate. Qualifying for these types of financing doesn’t necessarily involve your credit profile or financial status, but rather the terms and quality of the deal and your relationship with the lender. To acquire them you will have to present a deal to the lender that they will feel safe investing in.

There is a third category of financing, which might be called creative financing and which consists of other types that don’t fit into the previous two categories. One example is subject to financing, which is just the lingo for taking over the existing payments when you take control of a property.

You will acquire the property by deed and bring and keep the mortgage payments current, but the loan will stay in the name of the original borrower. This is basically the safest form of financing ever invented.

A second type of creative financing is seller financing, where the seller of the property carries back a mortgage. This may only be used to partially fund the transaction, perhaps as a second mortgage, or the seller may carry everything but the down payment. And finally, some investors now teach about how to obtain and use business lines of credit for real estate investing purposes. Capital in the form of business lines of credit and business loans is readily available to all new businesses with effective leadership.

Don’t consider this article exhaustive, because new techniques of financing are always waiting to be invented. This is an area of real estate where cleverness and creativity can unlock many doors.

Omar Johnson is a successful real estate investor and author of the home study course “Secrets To Making Big Money In Real Estate With Little Cash and No Credit” For more info visit

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Mortgage Loan Programs

September 2, 2010 by admin  
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Which type of mortgage is right for you? There are many types of mortgage loans, from the traditional 30-year fixed-rate mortgage to hybrid loans and interest only loans. What does each mortgage loan program offer? Learn more about the different types of mortgage loans in this Expert Real…


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Looking For A Second Mortgage Loan?

September 2, 2010 by admin  
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A second mortgage loan is a subsequent loan and subordinate to the earlier mortgage. In other words, a second mortgage loan is used as collateral pledged for the first loan.

Length of Second Mortgage Loans

Second mortgage loans have varying lengths with which they are eventually paid off. Some second mortgage loans may last for as long as 15 or 20 years. Other second mortgage loans only require one year for repayment.

When you’re thinking of taking on a second mortgage loan, you will need to know what term best suits you. Discuss the repayment terms of the second mortgage loan with your bank or lending company. For instance, you get a second mortgage loan worth $20,000 to make some home repairs. With this amount, you might want to take on a second mortgage loan that will allow you to repay the entire amount in one or two years. If you pay a second mortgage loan that has a shorter term, the monthly payments may be too high.

Payment Calculations for Second Mortgage Loans

Before taking on second mortgage loan, be sure that you understand a couple of things first. Know how much your monthly payments will be for that second mortgage loan. Moreover, it is also helpful if you also have an idea as to where those second mortgage loan payments will cover.

Some second mortgage loans require you to make monthly payments on both interest and principal. Other second mortgage loans only require you to pay the interest of the borrowed amount.

The former type of second mortgage loans will allow you to significantly shorten your payoff period since with each payment you make, you are also chipping away at the principal. With the interest-only second mortgage loan however you will be required to pay back the entire amount that you borrowed as soon as the term ends. This type of second mortgage loan is also called balloon payment loans.

Second Mortgage Loan Costs

Fees may be charged by some lending companies for the money you borrow on second mortgage loans. The fees, referred to as “points,” are usually a percentage of the second mortgage loan. One point on your second mortgage loan is equivalent to one percent of the amount you borrow.

So, if you were to get a second mortgage loan of $10,000 with an eight-point fee, then you would have to pay $800 in “points.” Second mortgage loan companies may charge you in varying number of points so if it might be helpful if you do a comparison first.

Second Mortgage Loan Rates

Second mortgage loans have different payments plans. Most second mortgage loans have a fixed rate payment included in their payment plans. If you have a fixed rate second mortgage loan, the interest rate will be set for the whole loan term. This means that your monthly payments for your second mortgage loan will not be affected by any outside changes.

Some companies also offer second mortgage loans with variable rate payments. These variable rate second mortgage loans periodically experience rate adjustments. A variable rate second mortgage loan might be cheaper than a fixed rate payment in the long run. But this is only provided if the interest rates of second mortgage loans go down. If interest rates rise, then your monthly payments for your second mortgage loan will rise as well.

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Real Estate Financing – FHA Mortgage and First Time Home Buyers –

September 2, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Real Estate Financing – The old rules no longer apply and Suze Ormond should know that. – Part 7 – We have Dan Havey the author of Real Estates Future in the studio today. Michael, I was just curious, back when I got into the industry many, many years ago there used to be a rule of thumb that if you were going to refinance you had to lower your interest rate by at least two percent and I know as time went along and products changed that really became unnecessary, but I am just curious in todays mortgage market its a lot different than we were dealing with even two years ago. Is that still true that there is a 2% rule? Whats going on now? I happened to catch Suze Orman on television and she was talking about mortgages, the caller who called in to the program, the question became I believe similar to what Dan just asked, her comment was that basically if you’re in 6% interest rate or above now is the time to re-fi. That is what she said, a blanket recommendation. I know a lot of people put a lot of credence into what she says, maybe you could speak to that, the lowest interest rates you’ve seen in your career, you have been doing this for a while. I have, and they are. You know there was a lot of speak the last couple weeks about the Fed, the Fed funds rate by the way is the lowest it’s ever been in history. As of this week the discount rate is to the point that banks are lending money to each other at nothing, the Fed funds rate for intrabank lending is at zero


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Refinancing Your Mortgage Loan to Save Money

September 2, 2010 by admin  
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Most people refinance their mortgage loan when it is up for renewal from its term. Mortgage loans come in a variety of terms, anywhere from six months to 10 years at a time, amortized over 25 to 50 years. Each term of a mortgage loan is its own mortgage loan – meaning that you can change the mortgage loan type you have as well as the term when your mortgage loan renews. If your mortgage loan is up for renewal, it’s a good time to see if you can get a better interest rate on your new mortgage loan by shopping around. However, there are other times when refinancing your mortgage loan makes sense.


Renewal Time


Term renewal on mortgage loans is, obviously, the time when most mortgage loans are renewed. It is a time when you can search for a different lender for your mortgage loan or stay with the same lender. However, refinancing your mortgage loan is similar to taking out a new one to begin with, except that you’re not required to have a down payment.


Refinancing your mortgage loan means having a new mortgage loan – you can use this opportunity to change the type of mortgage loan you have, such as going from an adjustable rate mortgage loan to a fixed rate mortgage loan, or vice versa. You can also change the term of your mortgage loan, make it longer or shorter, depending upon your wants and needs.


If you’re term mortgage loan is up for renewal and the interest rates are low, it’s a good time to lock in the good interest rate for a longer period of time with a fixed rate, long term mortgage loan. However if your renewal comes up and the interest rates are high, it’s a good time to go with either a short term fixed rate or an adjustable rate mortgage loan. Adjustable rate mortgage loans’ interest rate changes at various points in the term, which means you could end up with a much lower interest rate, and therefore lower payments when the rate changes.


Need extra money?


Mortgage loan refinancing is also a good time to take out some of the equity you’ve been saving. You can refinance your mortgage loan for higher than is owed to the previous mortgage loan and get cash from your equity to spend as you see fit. The most common uses for equity cash is home improvements, consolidating high-interest debts (such as loans and credit cards), and paying for college tuition for children.


Other times it’s a good idea to refinance

There are other times throughout the term of your mortgage loan that you may want to consider refinancing. If the interest rates plummet, it’s a consideration to refinance your mortgage loan with a longer term, fixed rate mortgage loan. Locking in a low interest rate on your refinanced mortgage loan could mean that you save tens of thousands of dollars in interest payments to your lender.

A word of caution about refinancing mid- mortgage loan term – prepayment penalties come with some mortgage loans and if you have a prepayment penalty on your mortgage loan, talk with your loan officer before you begin the refinancing process.


There’s an easy way to figure out if it’s worth refinancing your mortgage loan mid term and paying the prepayment penalties – find out what your yearly interest payments will be with a new mortgage and compare them to what they are with your current mortgage. Subtract the new mortgage interest from the old mortgage interest – this is how much interest you’re saving in a year. Compare this number with the amount you’ll pay in prepayment penalties. If it is less than half (which means it would take two years to “pay” for the refinancing), then it’s not worth refinancing your mortgage loan. However if you can “pay” for the refinancing within two years on a five year term or more mortgage loan, then it may be worth paying the prepayment penalty.


You can ask your mortgage loan lender if they will waive the prepayment penalty if you refinance your mortgage loan with the same company. Prepayment penalties are in place from some lenders because they’re losing your business and thusly the thousands of dollars of interest payments you were to make to them for the remaining term on your mortgage loan. Most prepayment penalties are six months interest on 80 per cent of the total of your mortgage loan. However, some lenders may be willing to waive the prepayment penalty if you’re staying with them for the longer term mortgage you want to lock in with lower interest rates. While the interest they’re receiving is lower, it can add up to much more than the prepayment penalty amount they will receive if you refinance early.


In order to make paying a prepayment penalty worth it to refinance your mortgage loan, you shouldn’t take any longer than two years in saved money to make up the amount you pay out to the old mortgage loan company in penalties. Be sure that if you do make the payment that your new mortgage doesn’t have prepayment penalties attached to it.


Refinancing your mortgage loan is a good opportunity to seek out better interest rates and terms. Many people choose to use a mortgage broker to find a new lender to refinance their mortgage loan. The reason for this is because mortgage brokers work with several lenders and can submit the single application you fill out to many lenders at the same time. They then enter a ‘bartering stage’ with the lenders who are willing to refinance your mortgage loan. By using a mortgage broker, you can get great interest rates from lenders vying for your business.


Don’t underestimate some of the mortgage loan refinancing companies as well – because they are online and don’t have as much overhead as standard lenders, they can sometimes offer even better deals on interest rates and terms.

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Los Angeles real estate financing

September 2, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Real Estate Financing Los Angeles real estate financing , hard money lending and refinancing mortgage In Los Angeles and the cities of Bell Gardens, Calabasas, Commerce, Glendale, Huntington Park, La Habra Heights and Lawndale. Also mortgageand home loan combine with hard equity loans,…


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Real Estate Financing : How to Sell a Timeshare Property

September 2, 2010 by admin  
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When selling a timeshare property, understand that sellers rarely recover more than 35 percent to 55 percent of the original price, and be sure to price the timeshare competitively. Find out what similar timeshares are selling for with advice from a mortgage specialist in this free video on timeshares.Expert: Stetson Lowe Contact: Bio: Stetson Lowe is a credit repair expert. Known as the “mortgage insider,” Lowe assists increasing credit scores for the most challenging of clients. Filmmaker: Paul Kersey


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Home Equity

September 2, 2010 by admin  
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A home equity loan means borrowing money from a bank against the equity that you currently have in your home. The equity is the value of your home minus the amount of the mortgage that you have.


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September 2, 2010 by admin  
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 Recently, FHA and others in the mortgage industry have observed an increasing number of homeowners who have chosen to vacate their existing principal residence and purchase a new residence. This has been occurring as some homeowners, given the rising price of fuel, are relocating to homes nearer their employment, or are taking advantage of other home buying opportunities arising in the marketplace. Due to FHA’s concern that some homebuyers in these transactions may attempt to provide misleading information regarding the rental income of the property being vacated to qualify for the new mortgage, FHA is instituting underwriting guidance designed to assure that the homebuyer can make payments on the full debt service of both mortgages. Consequently, beginning with case number assignments on or after 9-19-08 and until further notice, the underwriting analysis may not consider any rental income from the property being vacated except under circumstances described in this Mortgagee Letter. The exclusion of rental income from property being vacated is being instituted on a temporary basis while FHA further analyzes this situation to determine whether permanent measures may need to be taken. This will assure that a homeowner either has sufficient income to make both mortgage payments without any rental income or has an equity position not likely to result in defaulting on the mortgage on the property being vacated. In either case, this guidance is directed to preventing the practice known as “buy and bail” where the homebuyer purchases, for example, a more affordable dwelling with the intention to cease making payments on the previous mortgage. Although the property being vacated will not have a mortgage insured by FHA, surrounding properties may and, thus, FHA may be indirectly negatively affected should that property result in a foreclosure.


Rental income on the property being vacated, reduced by the appropriate vacancy factor may be considered in the underwriting analysis under the following circumstances:

 •Relocations: The homebuyer is relocating with a new employer, or being transferred by the current employer to an area not within reasonable and locally recognized commuting distance. A properly executed lease agreement (i.e., a lease signed by the homebuyer and the lessee) of at least one year’s duration after the loan is closed is required. FHA recommends that underwriters also obtain evidence of the security deposit and/or evidence the first month’s rent was paid to the homeowner.

 •Sufficient Equity in Vacated Property: The homebuyer has a loan-to-value ratio of 75 percent or less, as determined by either a current (no more than six months old) residential appraisal or by comparing the unpaid principal balance to the original sales price of the property. The appraisal, in addition to using forms Fannie Mae1004/Freddie Mac 70, may be an exterior-only appraisal using form Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac 2055, and for condominium units, form Fannie Mae1075/Freddie Mac 466.

Advantages to Using an FHA loan to purchase your next home include:

Florida home buyers should know the many advantages of the FHA mortgage loan programs. FHA home loans  were created to help increase home ownership. For the Florida home buyer the FHA program can simplify the purchase of a home, making financing easier and less expensive than a conventional mortgage loan product. Some highlights of the Florida FHA loan program include:

Minimal Down Payment and Closing costs.

Down payment less than 3% of Sales Price Gifts are allowed Seller can credit up to 6% of sales price towards closing and prepaid costs. 100% Financing available No reserves required. FHA regulated closing costs.


Easier Credit Qualifying Guidelines such as:

No minimum FICO score or credit score requirements. FHA will allow a home purchase 1 year after a Bankruptcy. FHA will allow a home purchase2 years after a Foreclosure.

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Real Estate Financing – What You Need to Know About Home Mortgages Before You Commit

September 2, 2010 by admin  
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One of the first steps before you start looking for your dream home is to ask yourself what you can afford to spend on a monthly house payment. Real estate financing has its secrets and you’ll gradually learn them by continuing to research everything you can find online and offline about home mortgages, mortgage loans, commercial mortgages or investment mortgages, current interest rates; get quotes too. If you have monthly obligations such as car payments, credit card payments, personal loan payments, student loan payments, etc., make sure to take all these into account when you’re determining your bottom-line affordability figure.

A fixed-rate mortgage means the interest rate and principal payments remain the same for the life of the loan but the taxes may change. Most adjustable rate mortgage programs offer “rate cap” protection, which limits the amount the rate can be increased, both each year and over the life of the loan; all adjustable rate mortgages are amortized over 30 years. 30-year fixed-rate mortgages offer consistent monthly payments for all of the 30 years you have the mortgage; if the market is good, you can benefit from locking in a lower rate for the full term of the loan.

15-year mortgages are an ideal option if you think you can handle the higher monthly payments and if you’d like to have the loan paid off in a shorter period of time, for example, if you plan to retire. Loan programs for down payments of 20% or less require you to buy Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). The disadvantages of a fixed-rate mortgage include a possibly higher cost; these loans are usually priced higher than an adjustable-rate mortgage.

If you’re buying a second home or property, you will need to identify the sources for your down payment, since you’ll not be selling your current house and using the proceeds, and you’ll need to expect larger monthly payments for housing or any other expenses too. Check with your CPA or accounting professional, you may be able to deduct the interest you pay on the mortgage loan and some of the financing costs of the home, such as points on your income tax return. The interest rate for an adjustable rate mortgage may be adjusted up or down at predetermined times; the monthly payments will then increase or decrease.

15-year fixed-rate mortgages mean consistent monthly payments for all 15 years that you have the mortgage; you build equity even more quickly than with a 30-year or 20-year loan, and paying less in interest, you save money in the long run. The 30-year loan is your best choice if you’re looking for a long-term stable loan; for instance, if you’re planning to stay in your house for a long time. A mortgage application can be resubmitted several times; it’s not uncommon for this to happen either, I’ve seen it many times.

Be careful when working on your real estate financing; if you make too many loan inquiries, with applications, it may look like you’re shopping for credit; this can be a glaring red flag for many lenders. Borrowers can submit information about income, assets and equity to determine how much a down payment should be, which is usually processed through an automated underwriting system. The real estate financing situation for each buyer is unique.

If you’re a first-time home-buyer it’s possible that you may qualify for a lower down payment or lower interest rate; check with mortgage brokers, online mortgage companies, your county housing department or your employer to see if they know of any programs available. Advantages of adjustable rate mortgages include: lower costs – because they are usually priced lower than fixed-rate mortgages so you can increase your buying power and lower your initial monthly payments and if the interest rates go down, you’ll have lower payments.

You have to be careful to not assume you can cut back on your expenses and stretch yourself into a house payment; you don’t want to be cutting into good, healthy eating habits by eating fast food or junk food for a house that you may not be well enough to live in for a long time; make sure to consider this when you first start out searching for the best real estate financing. You also have to feel comfortable with the reality of the amount of the monthly payment on your house or other real estate. Try not to get overwhelmed with all the different investment, commercial and home loan and mortgage choices available.

For more information on bad credit real estate financing and finding the best home or commercial loan or mortgage go to a real estate broker’s website specializing in real estate financing tips, help, quotes and resources including refinancing and creative financing

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