For the more savvy borrowers and investors, I decided to post this comprehensive comparison chart between Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The chart illustrates the differences between both companies ‘loan qualifying criteria’ required of the loans they purchase.
Please keep in mind that some of these lending rules are not cast in stone and those do change over time. As lenders, we must understand and stay informed and current with all the new laws and regulations if we are to continue originating, funding and successfully closing your escrows. Some may find this information helpful, while others will learn something new.
Buying your first home is a huge step – financially and emotionally. The ups and downs in the real estate market and the country’s economy haven’t helped first time home buyers. There has been a lot of uncertainty in the world of real estate since the crash of 2008 but over the past year or so, things have really been picking up and home list prices are on the rise again.
Rising house prices and a number of government initiatives designed to stabilize the country’s housing market and help get first time homebuyers onto the property ladder makes now a good time to buy your first home. As a first time home buyer what are your options when it comes to loan programs? Read on to hear my take on what’s available.
Good News for Home Buyers
FHA Reduces Annual MIP Rates by .50 Basis Points
A good start for 2015. Just recently HUD announced a reduction to their Annual MIP rate for loans with amortization terms longer than 15 years. What this means is not only the lowering of the annual premium by 50 basis points, but also the financed total loan amount. These changes will take effect for new FHA case numbers assigned on or after January 26th, 2015.
What does this really mean for Home Buyers?