Although the housing market has been unpredictable in recent months, the existence of a seller’s market and the availability of low interest rates are providing incentives for potential buyers. Obtaining a mortgage, especially one which is attractive to you, is not as easy as it was a few years ago. As a result of the extreme increase in the number of foreclosures, banks have raised their lending standards for all borrowers, and there is little reason to believe that these stringent requirements will lessen anytime soon. This tight credit situation affects would-be buyers of Mobile Eastern Shore real estate in numerous ways, among them down payments, credit scores, documentation, debt-to-income ratio, and appraisals.
1. Down payments: Requirements will be higher. Generally speaking, to get the best interest rate you need to put down at least 20% of the purchase price of the Mobile Eastern Shore real estate. FHA loans are available for a down payment of only 3% to 5% but these loans will include additional costs for insurance and a slightly higher interest rate.
2. Credit scores: You will most likely need a score of 730 for the best rates, whereas the average score for an FHA borrower is about 690. Financial advisors strong urge you to obtain a copy of your credit report six months before loan shopping (you are entitled to one free report from each of the three bureaus annually at www.annualcreditreport.com ) and examine it carefully to detect any errors/misinformation.
3. Documentation: Be prepared! Lenders will ask for a great deal of documentation regarding your salary, savings, job stability, debts, and the like. You will need to provide pay stubs for the past 30 days; W-2 forms for the past two years; bank, retirement, and investment account statements; and a listing of debts and monthly expenses. Monthly housing expenses should not exceed 28% of your gross monthly income, and total debt should be less than 37% of that amount. If you are self-employed, you will also have to submit two years of tax returns and possibly a profit-loss statement.
4. Appraisals: Gone are the days of a sure-thing, easy appraisal. Lenders today want a thorough inspection of both the interior and exterior of your Mobile Eastern Shore real estate, and the less money put down, the more extensive the scrutiny of the home’s market value. It is wise to include an appraisal contingency in your offer so that your earnest money deposit will be returned to you if the appraisal fails to meet the negotiated price.
How can you find the best rates? Check out available interest rates daily and discloses the best “par rate.” In addition, if you provide contact information, the site will forward that information to the local lender offering the best rate.
The Judy Niemeyer Team knows that selling or buying a Mobile Eastern Shore home is a major event in your life. It represents one of the largest single investments you may make in your lifetime. It is, therefore, our Goal to make this experience a seamless one. Whether buying Mobile Eastern Shore real estate or marketing Mobile Eastern Shore homes for sale, we will provide unparalleled professional, quality service and the most productive approach to achieving your goals.
You can contact Judy by email or by calling 251-990-0569.