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Government Shutdown Will Delay Loan Closings

Its finally here, not that anyone was wishing for it. A flurry of moves by the House, Senate and White House late Monday night failed to break a budget standoff over President Obama's health care law, setting in motion the first government shutdown in nearly two decades. The shutdown means that 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed and more than a million others will be asked to work without pay. It will also have direct impact on the time it takes to close a mortgage loan. As you may be aware all loans…continue reading →

Home Warranty: Learning the Basics

Why you need Home Warranty? For many new owners, this is a great way to gain peace of mind about problems that they used to call the landlord to fix; ones that often aren't covered under their homeowner's insurance. But make sure you read your contract carefully to see what is covered, and the company offering the warranty will fix the water heater when it breaks on a wintry Saturday midnight. Two Types of Coverage: New Homes and Pre-Owned Pre-Owned Home Warranties: - This covers normal wear and tear but not major pre-existing…continue reading →

Home Owner’s Insurance: Why you should and need to get one

Most lenders will require that you have homeowners insurance in place before the closing. This is also be called hazard insurance because it covers natural disasters like fire and storms, and theft. Why do you need insurance for a house? The lender won't fund the loan on a property that isn't insured, and the lender will often require certain types of insurance and at a specific financial level (usually at least the amount of cost of replacement) to make sure they won't lose their money in the event of a disaster. Depending on…continue reading →

Buy A Home One Year After Foreclosure, Bankruptcy or Short Sale

If you had a Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, Short Sale or a Deed in-lieu - you may now be able to qualify for a mortgage to buy a home one year after that incident. Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced "Back to Work" loan program that would help some borrowers in California and rest of the country to buy a home quicker than earlier imposed waiting restrictions. Apply now for this loan program How Can I Qualify for "Back to Work" Program? You may be eligible for an FHA insured mortgage if You can document…continue reading →

First Time Home Buyer Free Web Workshops

As part of Home Ownership Workshop (HOW) for first time home buyers, I am conducting a series of four webinars where I will talk about all aspects of home buying. The entire series is free. Find below the topics I would be covering along with a link to register for each of them. If you register and not able to attend, we will email you a recorded version of the webinar. Of course, I encourage you to attend the webinar live, because that way you can ask me questions during the webinar. Webinar…continue reading →

The ABC’s of Home Inspection – What’s Included, What’s Not?

What is home inspection? A home inspection- is a limited examination of a home's condition and is done when a home is put on the market for sale. State Laws do not require to have a home inspection or the number of inspectors you should bring. But even if the seller has done an inspection and given you an inspection report and disclosures, it is in your best interest to get a general inspection done. How much does home inspection cost? General inspections are relatively inexpensive costing between $200 and $600 depending upon…continue reading →

Home Ownership Basics: Ways to Hold Title

Title to real property may be held by individuals, either in Sole ownership or in Co-ownership. Co-ownership of real property occurs when the title is held by two or more persons. There are several variations of how a title may be held in each type of ownership. The following brief summaries reference seven of the more common examples of Sole ownership and Co-ownership. Sole Ownership 1. A Single Man/Woman - A Man or Woman who is not legally married. 2. An Unmarried Man/Woman - A Man or Woman who having been married is…continue reading →

Demystifying the Home Purchase Contract: Understand the Nuances

The process of purchasing a home is often much more complex than the average individual expects it to be. Items involved in your purchase contract can have a significant impact not only on the success of your purchase transaction, but on your stress level as well. Below, I have listed out some of the important items you should be aware of, that require you to make decisions as a home buyer in entering into a purchase contract. Loan or Financing Contingency Loan contingency is the period of time the seller is giving you…continue reading →

FHA + CHDAP = 0.5% Downpayment Loan For CA First Time Home Buyers

By combining an FHA loan with California Homebuyers Downpayment Assistance Program (CHDAP), First Time Home Buyers in California can buy a home for as less as 0.5% downpayment. Here's how it works: We do FHA Loan as the first mortgage of 96.5% Loan-to-Value Ratio (LTV) and combine that with 3% second mortgage provided as part of CHDAP. CHDAP is a deferred payment second mortgage which becomes due in full when you refinance or sell the home. However, CHDAP may be resubordinated in some cases at the time of refinance and hence may not…continue reading →

Employment News Causes Biggest Single Day Increase In Mortgage Rates

Hope you had a "happy 4th". Now say hello to the "unhappy 5th". The Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) market saw fireworks of a completely different kind. The market went down by an unprecedented 200 basis points - the steepest single day fall in modern MBS history. In simple terms - we saw the biggest single day increase in mortgage rates. Within two weeks, we have now witnessed biggest weekly increase and biggest single day increase in mortgage rates....ever!! Mortgage rates move in the opposite direction to MBS. When MBS go down in price,…continue reading →