Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Self Employed Equity Loans

If you are self-employed, you will go through slightly different process when filling out an application for an equity loan than most borrowers. Lenders often require that the self-employed supply at least three years of tax returns. Therefore, if you are self-employed seeking home equity loans, you may want to know that your broker is experienced in various types of loans, including self-employed loans where no proof of income may be required.

As a rule self-employed borrowers must be self-employed for two years or more to receive a loan. Today, lenders are making it easy for the self-employed, since scores of individuals today are self-employed. Many lenders will offer competitive rates to the self-employed to help them get ahead of the game. You may be required by a few lenders for home equity loans to prove with audited accounts showing three years of self employment history. If you do not have this proof, the lender may require a letter of confirmation from your accountant.

Lenders are tighter on this kind of loan because of all the controversy in the market.

If you are searching for a home equity loan and are running a small business, make sure you supply the facts to the loan officer where you intend to get the loan. The loan officer will review the details and search out the market for loans available to the self-employed. Few lenders will offer self-employed personal loans in connection with mortgage loans.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Mortgage Questions Webcast ... Live

Watch the live webcast, Saturday, 04/26/08 at 12:00 noon EST. Our plans are to broadcast every Saturday at Noon. We will be inviting guest participants like Appraisers, Title Companies, Real Estate Agents and Mortgage Brokers so you can hammer them with your questions.

We will be answering live questions about your mortgage concerns.

You are welcome to join in but we ask for you patience as we are still having some technical issues with our hook up. Sometimes it is a little choppy, sometimes it is just fine.

Until we get all the tech stuff sorted out we won't be advertising the broadcast. I guess we could say we are in BETA, ??? Hey, it works for google!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Equity Loan Comparison

When considering equity loans, borrowers are wise to weigh out the difference in interest rates for refinancing, equity loans, and credit lines. Loans are often based on fixed rate, adjustable rates, prime rates, and so forth. If the equity has dropped below market value, then refinancing the home may be a better option than home equity loans or credit lines.

Refinancing is a source of releasing “further money,” so that the borrower has extra cash to spend. Furthermore, the refinancing presents a scapegoat for recovering the equity on the home value. In other words, if the market value dropped, refinancing is your ticket to increase the equity on your home. Thus, if you want to remodel your home, roll your bills into one, payoff tuition, or else make new purchases, then the home equity loans are most likely choice.

On the other hand, if you feel that you will need extra cash over the next ten years, then you may want to consider the lines of credit offered. The lines of credits are prime rate loans with stipulations, but for the most part, if you need money it is available. Most lenders provide their own types of checks to the borrower when taking out credit lines.

Thus, it depends on your needs, but reviewing your different options can help you decide. If you need to rebuild the equity on your home, then refinancing is the better option; while, if you are considering debt consolidation, then home equity loans are your best bet. On the other hand, if you need on going cash, then credit lines are the best choice.

Finally, reviewing each option is the best solution for finding the right loans; no matter what option you choose, you should spend some time reviewing your different options to ensure you are getting the best possible rates from a reputable company.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Student loan desaster

There are several ways for students to find relief from debt by consolidating their bills. If you are in over your head in student loans, you should be advised that there are several options for relieving your debt.

To get started you must determine the loan amount and type you owe. Next, you should contact the lenders or college financial agents and request a loan drop. If you are in debt over your head, then this is the best solution for consolidating your debts.

If you fail to seek debt consolidation solutions, then you are at risk of lawsuits, tax refund losses, and possibly of risking wage garnishes. Whether or not you can ask for a cancellation will be dependent on the type of loan you took out, when it was issued, and for how much it was issued.

While it is not likely, some schools issue loans under fraudulent pretense. If this is true, then you can demand a cancellation of the loan.

If you suffered from an accident or became ill and the injuries or sickness have disabled you for life, then you can ask for a cancellation on the loan. Military personnel and particular organization members qualify for a cancellation in student loans.

If you are able to get the loan dropped, imagine the money you will have to restore your credit and eliminate other debts.

If you have paid your monthly installments with good faith until times got hard, you may qualify for a postponement in payments. This is called a deferment request. The student lenders may present you with the "forbearance" option if you ask for a deferment. The "forbearance" means that the lenders will reduce your student payments temporary until you are back on track.

As a student, you have numerous ways to manage your debts if you are currently in over your head. Do not assume that there is no solution; instead, spend your time researching instead of worrying.


Thursday, April 17, 2008

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Monday, April 14, 2008

FHA Reserves, Required or Not??

Michelle and her husband are from Texas and had been approved for an FHA loan on a single family residence. Their lender had told them that they needed two months reserves in the bank at closing or the loan would not close. They were confused by this requirement and came to me for clarification.

Well, I was confused too! FHA does not have a requirement for reserves (unlike conventional loans). The only reserve requirements with FHA are if a buyer is purchasing a 3-4 family unit. If purchasing a 3-4 unit, the reserves required are three months.

The answer here was a no-brain-er and is actually available on the HUD website. There is however, a really big issue here. Can you see it? Bear with me, here is another example.

Another couple was approved for an FHA loan in March of 08 and the company they were working with said the couple had to pay their 2007 taxes before the lender would close the loan. Hello, 2007 taxes aren't due until April 2008. This couple asked if there was a law stating this. Well, NO! There is not even an underwriting guideline that calls for it.

What is going on here? Do you see the big issue yet?

I have a web site where I answer Mortgage questions from home buyers, sellers, real estate agents, loan officers, and yes, even underwriters. These underwriters and loan officers are from some well know companies. This isn't about my web site, ... I'm not even going to give you the URL. I only bring it up because that is why I see a big picture that others can not. I get questions every day from all over our country, India, and other countries in the middle east.

I see at least four major issues with this information so far but I'm only going to cover two.

First, Why don't Loan Officers and Underwriters know basic FHA underwriting guidelines? Simple, they have no experience or training on FHA! FHA loans are and always have been a terrific option for people that didn't quite fit into conventional guidelines. Best of all the interest rate is considerably lower compared to a sub-prime loan and as I write this today FHA rates are equal to par on a Fannie Mae. It doesn't get any better than that, right?

Well, FHA loans are fairly complicated to put together and they use to have stringent appraisal and inspection requirements. So, if a borrower didn't fit into Fannie or Freddie it was easier and quicker to slap them into a sub-prime. It was a slam dunk and so what if the rates were higher on a sub-prime, few consumers understood their options anyway. (that mentality is why I built my site in 2002)

Another reason companies didn't do FHA loans was because they had to be HUD approved which meant they had to have a minimum net worth and pass a costly Audit every year. So again, why bother when sub-prime was so easy and available.

Now, of course the sub-prime days are almost a thing of the past or at least not as "sub" as they use to be. The savior? ... FHA Loans of course, except that very few, including underwriters have any experience with them or understand the differences between FHA and Fannie. Thus, in the two examples above, underwriters and LOs are just making stuff up or worse case, running scared because of all the flack in the industry right now.

In defense of the underwriter (as in example two) I will say that they have the authority to require what ever they deem necessary to improve a portfolio. Many of the questions I have received from underwriters seem to reveal that it is really a case of inexperience and over caution.

The mortgage industry professionals are struggling to catch up/learn FHA guidelines. If you are a consumer you must be very careful to find someone that has been HUD approved for at least two years. And Do Check, seriously. Some companies are doing FHA loans and they are not HUD approved. They are under the disillusionment that HUD will allow a non-HUD approved broker, to broker, to another HUD approved broker! Sounds a little flaky, no?

How in the world did we ever get in this mess? We can throw some of the blame to the politicians and presidential candidates that are hyping it up for their own agenda. It is not as bad as they say but they are speaking so loudly that the rest of the world is now listening. Did you read what is going on in the UK's market today? Good grief.

I don't believe in bailing out our large lending companies and here is why. Back in this article I mentioned getting questions from India and other countries in Asia. Now I ask myself, why would a mortgage underwriter in India, who I can hardly understand due to "no speaking good English", be calling me on the telephone at 3:00am about a loan in Texas??

Go Figure!

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Monday, April 7, 2008

What Is The Mortgage Loan Process

I have a web page that explains the mortgage loan process and I thought it was comprehensive but I get at least one question a day about the loan process. Perhaps it is unclear because many things actually happen in parallel.

First of course, you should shop interest rates and find a local mortgage broker that you feel comfortable with, is experienced and reputable.


You go into the brokers/bankers office and you fill out a 1003 (loan application). You also bring copies of your bank statements, retirement accounts, 401ks, W2s and tax returns and what ever else the Loan Officer requested. The Loan Officer makes copies of the documentation and gives you back your originals.

An application can be filled out on line but I don't recommend you do that. Filling out an “on line” application is ok if you know whom you are dealing with and they are local. This can save you a trip to the office. But you should never just fill out an application on line if you don't know who they are or if they are not local (even if they are a major branded company). Do not complete any request that suggest multiple offers as these companies sell your information over and over.

During the time you sit with the loan officer he will review your documentation and with most companies he will pull your credit report while you are with him.

During your conversation the LO will tell you "based on the information he has" that you qualify for "this type" of loan. He should also at this time tell you about all loan types you qualify for. He will also discuss interest rates and terms. He will have you sign several disclosures.

At this point you guys decide on your course of action. HE SHOULD AT THIS TIME GIVE YOU A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE. The LO then puts all your official paper work in the file and turns it over to the processor.


The processor makes sure all the documents are in the file, puts the paperwork in order, enters it into DU or LP (automated systems) and then receives an automated approval or turn down. This is always "subject to" supporting documentation including appraisal, inspections, and title work.

The processor then verifies employment, verifies residence, orders an appraisal, and orders a title. I won't go into the documentation requirements here but this is when things start to happen in parallel.

When the processor has received all these verifications, the appraisal, and basic title work, they will review the file again and if it still qualifies they will forward the file to the lender’s underwriter.

Note: At this point she does not have a title policy or guarantee, but the title company has reported that there are no clouds on the title. Shame on the processor if she forgot to order this because it can delay your loan later. The actual title policy is not issued until later when the underwriter gives a “clear to close”.


The lender’s underwriter then reviews what is in the file, runs the numbers, and verifies that all of the documentation is present and that it supports the DU or LP approval.

They also review the appraisal and the title at this time. This is part of the underwriting process. If there are problems in the appraisal review or title they will address them to the processor.

The processor will communicate with the LO and appraiser and/or title company to resolve the issues. This is part of the underwriting process. The processor collects the requested “stuff” and then forwards all information to the underwriter.

The underwriter is then happy and gives an "ok to close". This ok is usually subject to receiving the title insurance policy from the title company. The title company faxes or transmits electronically the info to the lender. Then the Lender sends the closing documents to the closing company. This can sometimes take two to three days.

You have an appointment to close. You sign the documents and your loan is closed and you get the keys.

Processing should only take a week after you have provided all the documentation requested. The underwriting normally takes about 14 to 28 days. This time includes communicating with the processor if there are any deficiencies.

Every loan file is different and each Lender has different requirements and markets vary, so it is impossible to give an exact duration for each step.

The Key: Understand the sequence and demand your loan officer gives you full details about what is going on. If you don't understand don't be afraid to say so. This is YOUR investment. Demand the facts. LO's sometimes use industry terminology, ask what they mean if you don’t understand!



Thursday, April 3, 2008

Home Equity Loans

Homeowners who consider equity loans may end up losing over time. If the borrower is getting the loan, he may be paying more than what he was paying in the first place, which is why it is crucial to check the equity on your home before considering a mortgage equity loan.

The equity is the value of your home subtracting the amount owed, plus the increase of market value. If your home was purchased at the price of $200,000 a few years ago, the property value may be worth twice theamount now.

Many homeowners will take out loans to improve their home, believing that modernizing the home will increase the value, but these people fail to realize that the market equity rates are factored into the value of the home.

Home improvement is always good, but if it is not needed, an extra loan can put you deeper in debt. Even if you take out a personal loan to build equity in your home, you are paying back the loan plus interest rates for material that you probably could have saved to purchase in the first place.

Thus, home equity loans are additional loans taking out on a home. The homeowner will re-apply for a mortgage loan and agree to pay costs, fees, interest and capital toward the loan. Therefore, to avoid loss, the homeowner would be wise to sit down and consider why he needs the loan in the first place.

If the loan is to reduce debt, then he will need to find a loan that will offer lower capital, lower interest rates, and cost and fees combined into the payments. Finally, if you are searching for equity loans, you may want to consider the loans that offer money back after you have repaid your mortgage for more than six months.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

What Is Bad Credit Debt Consolidation?

Bad credit and debt consolidation go hand in hand; if you owe money, you are subject to courts if you can't follow through with payments. If you have borrowed a mortgage, a car, or a personal loan--which are secured loans in most instances--and the loans' obligations are not met, you may be subpoenaed to court. Any courtroom is demanding, and many of the courts will consider both sides offensive. On the other hand, the participant concerned in negligence is frequently judged as untrustworthy. If you want to keep away from stressful situations, then it is imperative to construct shrewd decisions ahead of spending cash you don't have.

Avoiding court judgments, lawsuits, liens and other penalties is central to meeting repayments on your monthly debt. If you stumble on a corner in your life where you get a glimpse of difficulties required to meet these demands, you may want to glimpse into debt consolidation solutions obtainable that can remove you from harm's way.

If you are repaying credit on your home, you may want to consider selling your home. You could also search for a lower rate of interest loan and lower monthly installment loan combined. Few mortgage loans will include a debt consolidation solution into the agreement.

When you already feel indebted and your bills are then sent to collection agencies you will become even more stressed. Once you are in the hands of collection agencies, be aware that most of these people could care less how they get their money. Some have even sent personnel to debtor's doors claiming to be the law. This is illegal, but debtors often fail to stay current with the laws; rather they are only worrying about how to pay their debts.

Be advised that it is illegal for creditors to call you before and after certain hours of the day. Finally, it is also illegal for creditors to call you, threatening to take you to court.

If you have bad credit and need to consolidate your debt, you should know your rights, so you can avoid being bullied by your creditors.


Where to Get Debt Consolidation Help

Is there help for debt consolidation? Sure, there is; and the help is available for free in some areas. If you suffer bad credit, then you can get help by reviewing the free do-it-yourself kits at the local libraries. Debtors can go to the public library and find help books that will direct you from beginning to end through the steps of paying your debts all the way to repairing your credit.

The majority of libraries will allow you to copy and print the forms inside the guides. This means you can simply fill in the blanks, submit the forms to the right sources; and you will soon be on your way to debt relief.

Most creditors prefer letters over phone calls, since the letters explain deeper details than an ordinary telephone message will display. In addition, letters are best for you, since, if you are being taken to court for debts owed, you will have written copies that you put forth the effort to repay your debts. Written information will hold up in any situation verses word of mouth.

In addition, you should keep all copies of return letters or letters from your creditors. This will include recording phone conversations, recording dates, recording time, and even recording the name of the person who called. You will provide a brief outline of the conversation and store the files in a safe location.

If you find errors or faults on your bills that seem mysterious, don't delay in taking it upon yourself to contact the creditors immediately. Also, if you own a credit card, and are forced to repay debts on damaged packages, remember that it is illegal for anyone to force you to pay for damaged goods if you did not cause the damage.

Debt consolidation is an ongoing process, but if you find a way to relieve debt gradually, you will eventually reap the benefits of your efforts when you become debt free.