Blog Category: Follow the (Loan) Money
Somebody just wrote on a blog that a buyer should dump a Loan Officer that doesn’t respond within 3 hours to write up the buyer’s loan approval letter, calling that loan officer playing “hard to get”.
In my experience, particularly lately, the best Loan Officers I know are extremely busy and I highly recommend my clients give my Loan Officer referrals at least 1-2 days to respond back to them. It is far better for my Buyers to wait a couple days to get into these Loan Officer's "queue" than to try to work with someone who responds quickly but doesn't know what they're doing. That can boomerang in the worst way, and usually just before close of escrow, blowing up the deal.
The best thing Buyers Agents can do for their clients is to ensure they are working with a Loan Officer who really knows what he/she is doing. These Loan Officers may take longer than 3 hours to respond to an initial buyer’s inquiry, but once they do respond, they can IMMEDIATELY (in 5 minutes or less) tell the buyers what they may need to do to get qualified for a loan. Many buyers these days need to work on their credit or other documentation before their application can be submitted to a lender for pre-approval.
Don't forget, just because some loan officer writes up a letter, doesn't mean that's all it takes to actually get a loan funded for a buyer. There is so much more involved. Buyers would be well advised to make loan qualification and pre-approval their highest priority, before jumping into offers unprepared.
CJ Holmes, real estate investor since 1977, broker since 2005, and market analyst since 2007, has personally handled hundreds of transactions, viewed thousands of properties, and dealt with countless agents. She also owns a portfolio of income producing properties, and has developed unique market analyses to determine and predict price trends, which principles apply to every market nationwide. The buyer-seller motivations, the lender-bank restrictions, and the market dynamics are universal. She can be contacted at (707) 578-5727, email@example.com, or www.cjholmes.com
Blog Category: Follow the (Loan) Money
I hear this question almost daily from clients or other agents (opposite me in the transaction) that don’t do much business. It is exactly as it sounds: the Lender will not fund the buyer’s FHA loan unless, and until, the house meets certain condition requirements.
Here’s the link to bookmark for FHA property condition requirements: http://www.fha-mortgageunderwriters.com/fha_appraisal_guidelines.htm.
Let me assure you that all FHA lenders will require the same property condition, no matter which loan officer or Lender you use. And Lenders are demanding these property conditions be met for any and all FHA loans they do. These are not really new guidelines, but in the boom days, very little FHA lending was done. Now, a huge portion of loans are FHA.
Most of the time the sellers will be expected to do these repairs/improvements to the property so the buyer can get the loan. So sellers, be sure you hire a listing agent that understands these guidelines, and will get both you and your property best prepared for this market and its more stringent sale conditions.
And buyers, be sure you hire a buyer’s agent that understands these conditions to better guide you in making offers appropriately with strategies in place for issues that may arise. Please be sure you use a loan officer that is experienced and successful in getting loans approved. Some properties will be denied by a Lender for what would seem to be obscure reasons to the parties involved, making working with a very experienced loan professional all the more important to a successful purchase.
CJ Holmes, real estate investor since 1977, broker since 2005, and market analyst since 2007, has personally handled hundreds of transactions, viewed thousands of properties, and dealt with countless agents. She also owns a portfolio of income producing properties, and has developed unique market analyses to determine and predict price trends. Her focus has been the 9 Bay Area Counties, but the analyses principles apply to EVERY MARKET NATIONWIDE. The buyer-seller motivations, the lender-bank restrictions, and the market dynamics are universal. She can be contacted at (707) 578-5727, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.cjholmes.com
Follow the (Loan) Money
If you don’t already know, the Government has strengthened the rules, regulations, testing and other requirements for loan officers. Now they are required to be a member of Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System & Registry.Bookmark this site, so you can verify anyone discussing your loan with you is licensed and registered: http://nmlsconsumeraccess.org/.
Other lending changes have been implemented, and more are to come.Subscribe to this blog to stay in the loop.
CJ Holmes, real estate investor since 1977, broker since 2005, and market analyst since 2007, has personally handled hundreds of transactions, viewed thousands of properties, and dealt with countless agents. She also owns a portfolio of income producing properties, and has developed unique market analyses to determine and predict price trends. Her focus has been the 9 Bay Area Counties, but the analyses principles apply to EVERY MARKET NATIONWIDE. The buyer-seller motivations, the lender-bank restrictions, and the market dynamics are universal. She can be contacted at (707) 578-5727, email@example.com, or www.cjholmes.com.
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