First Look by Fannie Mae – Great News for First Time Home Buyers in Bay Area

Fannie Mae announced a program called "First Look" which will help First Time Home Buyers compete with investors for foreclosed homes in San Jose and rest of the Bay Area. Under the program, dubbed First Look, Fannie plans to consider offers only from potential owner-occupants and certain public-housing entities during the first 15 days in which a foreclosed home is on the market. Many investors can move faster on home purchases because they are able to pay cash and don't have to wait to qualify for a loan and get an appraisal. If…continue reading →

San Jose Conforming & FHA Loan Limits extended through 2010

President Obama signed the congressional resolution extending through 2010 the current conforming loan limits of $417,000 for most areas in the U.S. and $729,750 for high-cost areas, including San Jose. The counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco & Contra Costa in the Bay Area will have the maximum loan amount at $729,750.Yesterday actions extends the higher conforming loan limits for Fannie, Freddie, and FHA loans through 2010. The floor for FHA is $271,050; the floor for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loan limits is $417,000. "Home sales have shown…continue reading →

New Home Buyer Credit for San Jose Buyers

The $8000 first time home buyer credit has been extended and expanded for San Jose and rest of the Bay Area buyers. President Obama has signed a bill that extends the tax credit for first-time homebuyers (FTHBs) into the first half of 2010. This program had been scheduled to expire on November 30, 2009. In addition to extending the tax credit of up to $8,000 through June 30, 2010, the extension measure also opens up opportunities for others who are not buying a home for the first time. So Who Gets What? The…continue reading →

Government’s role in Housing, How far will it go?

This year Government has announced a ton of programs to prop up the Housing Market. Some of the major programs have been geared towards Foreclosure Prevention by launching 125% refinance program and incentivising Loan Servicers for modifying loans for struggling home owners. The Higher Conforming Loan Limits up to $729,750 would also be extended through 2010. Of course, all this has come with increased regulation. My focus on this blog is to talk about 3 actions that has had the most impact: Action #1 Buying Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) The Government earlier this…continue reading →

95% LTV in Bay Area Now Available on Conventional Loans

Borrowers in San Jose and rest of California may now get 95% Loan on Conventional Mortgages. The increased Loan to Value Ratio (LTV) is available on following programs: Freddie's Home Possible (Fixed Rate only) FNMA MyCommunity (Fixed Rate, 5 yr ARM and 7 yr ARM) The Loan must meet the following criteria: Must be a First Time Home Buyer Purchase Transaction only 680 Minimum Score Requirement 1 unit property only (SFR and PUDs. Condos maxed at 90% LTV) 2 months PITI reserves required after loan closing Full appraisal required 3% Seller Concessions maximum…continue reading →

Fannie Mae HomePath for Bay Area – No Appraisal or MI Required

Homepath was created to facilitate the purchase of the bulk of REO properties currently serviced/guaranteed by FNMA (Fannie Mae). Highlights: As little as 3% down allowed for owner occupied! As little as 10% down for non owner occupied and 2nd Homes! No Mortgage Insurance! No Appraisal Needed - Value determined by Sales Price You may qualify even if your credit is less than perfect Loan Amounts up to $801,950 allowed Loan Term Available : 30 Year Fixed Transaction Purpose : Purchase Only Borrower Eligibility First Time Homebuyers allowed Non-Perm Resident Aliens not allowed…continue reading →

Senate close to extending First Time Home Buyer Credit

There has been a lot of buzz in the media over last couple of days about extension of First Time Buyer Credit. National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Association of Realtors (NAR), have been working with the Government for sometime now to extend the credit. Without the extension, the credit is set to expire on Nov 30, 2009. There have been lot of proposals including not only extending the credit but expanding it to cover all kinds of buyers (and not just the First Timers)…continue reading →

New changes to Conforming Loans for San Jose

Fannie Mae will change underwriting guidelines for conforming loans for San Jose and rest of the Bay Area. They are doing this to reduce their overall risk. Some of the changes announced recently and going into effect on the weekend of December 12, 2009 further tightens some of the guidelines. Here are the highlights: Credit Score: All Fannie Mae loans  whether underwritten electronically or manually  will now require a 620 credit score minimum. There are very few exceptions. Mortgage Insurance coverage: Borrowers loan-to-value exceed 80 percent of the property value now…continue reading →

3% CHDAP DownPayment Assistance for San Jose First Time HomeBuyers

This post will help you find all the details on 3% down payment assistance program (CHDAP) for San Jose and rest of the Bay Area First Time Home Buyers. I have earlier blogged about CalHFA 5% downpayment program & $8000 First Time Home Buyer Credit in my earlier posts. The California Homebuyers Downpayment Assistance Program (CHDAP) is a deferred payment, simple interest rate junior loan not to exceed 3% of the sales price or appraised value, whichever is less. The junior loan may be combined with a CalHFA first mortgage loan that is…continue reading →