Entries by Steve Furlong

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FHA Back to Work

The FHA Back to Work program allows home buyers to obtain financing if they had a bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale at least 12 months ago. This timeline is shorter than the standard FHA guidelines of 24 months with extenuating circumstances or 36 months otherwise. The primary requirements for the FHA Back to Work program […]

Foreclosure? Deed-in-lieu?

Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac requirements regarding past foreclosure A seven-year waiting period is required, and is measured from the completion date of the foreclosure action as reported on the credit report or other foreclosure documents provided by the borrower. Exceptions for Extenuating Circumstances: A three-year waiting period is permitted if extenuating circumstances can be documented, and […]

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Removing Disputes On Credit Report

The latest hurdle in getting mortgage approval is to have all disputes on credit removed. Since a tradeline (account) dispute removes that account history from the credit scoring models, the investors have become wise to inaccurate credit scores due to disputes. Often times when a dispute is removed a credit score will go down (especially […]

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Evolution of the Mortgage Industry

Remember when we could close loans without a paystub, bank statement or even a completed appraisal report? Mortgage companies were filled with twenty-something go-getters, resembling something off the stock exchange floor; anyone that could dial a phone could be hired to originate loans. Thankfully, those days came to a blissful end years ago. It seems […]

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Qualified Mortgage Rule Noted Effects

We are nearly a month into the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rules for Qualified Mortgage (QM). I found a helpful guide to the new rules here: CFPB Whitepaper on ATR and QM. So far, the primary issues we are working through deal with upfront private mortgage insurance. This is required for conventional loans greater […]

Benefits to Home Ownership for Business Owners

For business owners, many benefits exist to owning a home near your principal business location. In addition to all the standard benefits of home ownership, business owners can help offset commercial and industrial tax levies by strengthening the residential tax base of a municipality. When a home is sold it generally carries positive economic value […]

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Qualified Mortgage Rule

Upcoming Changes to the Qualified Mortgage Rule The primary impact home buyers and home owners will see from the Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule is the ability to repay provision. Here in Minnesota, we have been ahead of the national curve due to changes made to state law in 2007 and 2008. Mortgage originators have been […]

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Why Use Zillow?

As a mostly-inclusive, online real estate search engine, Zillow offers users more information than most real estate web searches. Not only does it incorporate the active listings on the MLS, but also simultaneously shows pre-inventory data. This pre-inventory is information on mortgages that are in default, or have been to foreclosure auction, and may be […]