How the Fannie Mae HIRO Program Can Lower Your Mortgage Payment and Avoid Foreclosure

Many homeowners have been asking, what can I do if I can’t pay my mortgage? The Fannie Mae HIRO loan program could help. Many American homeowners have suffered reduced income or loss of employment during this past year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Forbearance and loan modification programs can help, but many covid-related housing relief programs […]

Overlays Explained

What are Overlays? An Overlay is a mortgage industry term. In simple terms, overlays are additional qualifying requirements on top of the guidelines set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as FHA, VA and USDA. These guidelines are set forth for several reasons but one is to provide lenders with mortgage program stability. […]

Selling Loans: Why It’s a Good Thing

What many borrowers don’t realize is how mortgage lenders “fund” a home loan. Funding essentially means providing the money needed to create a new mortgage. It’s probably easy to think that when someone applies for a mortgage, the lender reaches back into its bank vault and sends the money over to the settlement agent. But […]

Appraisal Management Companies: What They Do and Why

Appraisal management companies essentially do one thing: manage appraisals. Appraisal management companies have been around only a relatively short period of time compared with the rest of the mortgage industry, but they play an important role. An appraisal management company works directly with a lender to receive an appraisal order, place the order, receive it […]

Interest Rates and Trying to Time the Markets?

When you’re in the market for a new mortgage, whether it’s for a purchase or a refinance, you want to get the very best rate and terms as possible. Sometimes though the process can get a little too crowded with too much information. I often get asked the question, “What are rates going to do?” […]

“Mattress Money” and Mortgages

What is “mattress money?” It’s a funny term but it means funds that someone owns but does not have a paper trail. Let’s look at how mattress money can be viewed by a lender and how to document these funds. It’s a good thing to come across some extra cash. Maybe the sale of a […]

Buying a New Home 2020? Here’s What You Need to Know

The New Year is upon us and if you’re going to start the New Year off jumping into the homebuying market. 2019 is just now appearing in our rearview mirror. There were several changes made which will all take effect on January 1, 2020. Many of the changes are more like “tweaks” to existing regulations […]

Why Do Lenders Sell Loans?

It can be somewhat surprising, especially for those who have just purchased their very first home, to discover the mortgage they recently got has been sold by their lender to someone else. The mortgage industry refers to this as a “goodbye letter” which, required by regulation, informs the borrowers their loan was sold and when […]

What The New Loan Limits Mean for Jumbo Loans

Mortgage loan limits for conforming loans will take effect on January 1 of next year. For 2020, the conforming loan limit for a single family home will be $510,400, up from $484,350 in 2019. Higher limits will also apply to a duplex, triplex and fourplex. What, exactly is a conforming loan? Conforming Loan Explained A […]

How to Explain an Income Gap

Most mortgage program guidelines follow the “rule of twos.” So what do you do when you have income gaps? Loan approvals require a lender to verify at least two years of employment. For self-employed borrowers, two years of self-employment is required and verified with at least the last two year of federal income tax returns. […]