Credit scores are becoming more and more important to home buyers.  Mortgage rate pricing is based in part on credit scores.  A home loan refinance may not make sense because a score is 1 point below a 680 or 720.  Someone with a 619 FICO score will have trouble qualifying for a mortgage to buy that first home.  Fair Isaacs now has a cool new tool to estimate a FICO score without pulling a credit report.  Check out the Free FICO® Credit Score Estimator.

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Reprieve after six straight days of worsening fixed mortgage rates. Rates on 15 and 30 year fixed rate purchase and refinance loans ended yesterday, October 28th in a positive (lower rate) direction.

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The House and Senate both approved H.R. 3081 which included the extension of the increased conforming loan limit in high cost areas. This extension covers conforming loans limits that are backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA (Federal Housing Administration) and will be in effect through the new fiscal year which ends September 30, 2011.  The maximum amount of conforming and FHA loans will remain as high as $729,750.  Here are some of the conforming loan limits in Virginia:

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Richmond City MSA $528,750
Washington DC Metro $729,750
Charlottesville MSA $425,000
Winchester MSA $475,000
VA Beach/Norfolk MSA $428,750

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It is expected that President Obama will sign the legislation.

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Beginning this week, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are trying to sell off 150,000 foreclosed homes by offering low down payments, no requirement for mortgage insurance, and up to $30,000 added to the mortgage for renovations. In addition, the real estate practitioner selling the property gets a $1,500 bonus.
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In some neighborhoods, these properties undercut the average listing by $100,000.
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Fannie and Freddie already have repaired the biggest problems with the property including roofs, plumbing, and electrical work.
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Buyers who plan to live in the properties get a 15-day chance to view the homes before investors can purchase them. Investors with cash will likely snap up any properties remaining at the end of the grace period.

“Our goal is to recover as much as we can to offset our loss and not to be low balling properties just to move them,” says a Freddie Mac spokesperson. “We absolutely have no motivation to be leading a downward spiral in home prices.”
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Source: Smart Money, Anna Maria Andriotis (09/28/2010

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Considering an FHA loans to purchase or refinance your home.  Contact your Loan Officer prior to October 4th.  We’ve been talking about, The new hidden price on FHA loans that is equal to a rise in the mortgage interest  rate of one-third of one percent.  This may make the difference on whether someone will be able to qualify to purchase a home or not purchase a home.  It will also make the payment on FHA refinances higher:

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Upfront Premiums (Case Numbers Issued 10/04/2010 and later):

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October 4, 2010, for FHA traditional purchase and refinance products, the upfront premium, shown in basis points below, will be charged for all amortization terms.

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Mortgage Type Upfront Premium Requirement
Purchase Money Mortgages and Full-Credit

Qualifying Refinances

10013PS
Streamline Refinances (all types) 100 BPS

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Annual Premiums

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Effective for FHA loans for which the case number is assigned on or after

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October 4, 2010, FHA will increase the annual premiums collected on a monthly basis. For FHA traditional purchase and refinance products, the annual premium, shown in basis points below, is to be remitted on a monthly basis, and will be charged based on the initial loan-to-value ratio and length ol’the mortgage according to the following schedule:

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LTV Annual Premiums for Loans > 15 Years
= or < 95 percent 85 BPS
>95 percent 90 BPS

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The annual premium for amortization terms equal to or less than 15 years remains unchanged and is collected according to the following schedule.

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LTV Annual Premiums for Loans = or < 15 Years
= or < 90 percent -None
>90 percent 25 131’S

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Cancellation of FHA’s Annual Mortgage Insurance Premiums

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The cancellation policies defined in Mortgagee Letters 2000-38 and 2000-46 remain unchanged.

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The National Association of Realtors released exsisting home sales numbers today and they dropped to 27.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.83 million units in July.    This is the lowest level since May of 1995.

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We have some stating that inflation may be hitting sooner than expected.  This would mean higher mortgage rates.  Although nobody knows where the bottom of the rate will / have hit, their is no question that mortgage rates are at near all time lows and home owners and home buyers should take advantage of these.  Home affordability is very high.  It is better to buy than to rent.

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Inflation, not deflation, Mr. Bernanke Caixin Online

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Thinking about buying a home?  Maybe you should act now.  Proposed  and slated changes to FHA loans will mean it will be tougher and more expensiveto buy a home.  Read this article from MarketWatch:

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Homebuyers beware: Tougher rules for FHA loans – MarketWatch.

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Inquire about qualifying for an FHA Mortgage

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The worst is over for the housing market according to a Reuter’s article.  It predicts no double dip for housing prices in major US Markets.   A slight increase in values is predicted.  Don’t get the champagne out, unemployment is high, lenders have tightened up guidelines and there is a lot of supply on the market;  it will take some time before we see soaring prices.

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20 Year Fixed Rate Mortgages are becoming the popular choice for many home owners.  Most home buyers and home owners only think fix rate mortgages come in two varieties:  30 year fixed and 15 year fixed.  Actually fixed rate home loan notes are written in many other terms including 4o year fixed, 25 year fixed, 20 year fixed and 10 year fixed rate mortgages.

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Many want a fifteen year loan as the rate is lower that that of a thirty year loan but do not like the payment.  The solution is often the unknown twenty year mortgage.  20 year fixed rate mortgages split the difference between the 30 year and 15 year options for those who can afford to spend more money on their monthly housing payment.

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