Get Value from Your Home Inspection
When looking for a new home, falling in love with a place is only step one. Responsible buyers know that there could be serious problems lurking under the surface. That’s why it’s so important to get a home inspection prior to signing on that dotted line.
Hiring a home inspector is a great step to making sure you’re not investing in a property that will cost you tons of money in future repairs. But how do you make sure that your home inspector covers everything you need to know about your future home? Here are some great tips to protect you [...]
The Five Star award recognizes service professionals who provide quality services to their clients.
We are proud to announce Gershman Mortgage partner, Nancy Williams, has won the coveted 5 Star Award as Mortgage Professional in the Greater St. Louis & Metro East Region. The 5 Star Award is the largest industry award program in North America and identifies Mortgage professionals that deliver outstanding service and client satisfaction. As a three-time winner for this award, Nancy has been recognized as being in the top of the industry in all of North America.
"It is a rare honor [...]
For many people, federal and state home loan assistance programs provide major benefits. These government loan programs allow first-time home buyers, veterans, military personnel, low-income buyers and people with credit history problems to realize their dream of owning a home faster and easier. Gershman Mortgage offers four types of government loan programs: FHA loans, VA loans, MHDC Mortgage Revenue Bond Program loans, and USDA Rural Housing Development Loans. Each of these programs are unique and cater to a unique type of home buyer, meaning there is a good chance that one of them could [...]
How to Qualify for a VA Home Loan Program
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A VA home loan is one of the most attractive home financing options available. For veterans, military personnel, and their families, a VA loan offers substantial benefits that are generally not available with more conventional loans. If you are eligible for this loan option then it will likely be highly worthwhile to learn about what steps you need to take in order to apply. Below is a brief description of a VA loan, who qualifies for it, and how to go about applying for one.
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Understanding Mortgage Rate Fluctuations
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If you are considering an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) then understanding how mortgage rates fluctuate is likely to be one of your main concerns. Even if you are in the market for a fixed-rate mortgage, you may want to know how those fixed rates are set in the first place. While mortgage rates may appear mysterious and at times confusing, the truth is that they are determined according to very specific factors, such as the Federal Reserve, economic conditions, private lenders, and overall supply and demand. [...]
Original written by: http://mymortgageinsider.com/conventional-97-ltv-program/
Home buying just got a lot easier. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country’s two main mortgage rule setting agencies, now allow home purchases with just a 3% down payment.
The new 97% loan-to-value (LTV) purchase program allows homebuyers to purchase a single family home, condo, co-op, or PUD without coming up with a full 5% down payment as previous guidelines mandated. The changes went into effect December 13, 2014.
Now that conventional 3% down loans are a reality, buyers have a real alternative to FHA. [...]
Original article from: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-mortgage-rules-help-millennial-home-buyers-2015-01-28
First-time home buyers, many of them millennials, will receive some long-awaited mortgage assistance this year thanks to recent moves in Washington.
The administration earlier this month cut the premium that borrowers with a Federal Housing Administration loan must pay for mortgage insurance to 0.85% from 1.35%. The half a percentage point reduction will reduce the cost of the average FHA loan by about $1,000 per year.
Meanwhile, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last month [...]
Original written by: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2014/06/going-from-renting-to-buying-a-home.html#.VhLLJBOb5sM
So you’ve decided it’s time to leave the world of renting and buy a home. If you’ve always rented, you’re in for quite a few changes as you look to buy. Here are five things to look out for as you start the process of buying a home.
Get Your Credit in Check
Before you start dreaming about white picket fences or painting the walls your favorite color, you need to make sure you have a credit score that will make the banks want to give you a mortgage. In general, the higher [...]
Pre-qualification is the term used to explain the short mathematical equation that determines how much of a loan you can afford. This may be performed by contacting me at (618) 410-4629. or applying on-line here. Pre-qualifying for a loan usually takes less than 10 minutes.
2. Apply For Your Loan
Applying for a home loan with Gershman Mortgage could not be easier. You may call to set up a convenient time to meet face-to-face with me, or if you prefer, have your loan application taken over the phone, which usually is completed in less than 15 minutes.
If you prefer to [...]
Conforming loans are generally structured as long-term loans and conform with GSE (Government Sponsored Enterprises) requirements such as Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. The most basic arrangement would require a fixed monthly payment over a period of typically 15 to 30 years. Over the specified period, the borrower would slowly pay down the original loan amount. Conventional loans are typically loan amounts of $417,000 or lower.
A jumbo loan is a mortgage loan that exceeds the conforming loan limits of $417,000. Main points of a jumbo loan are:
• Down payment requirements are typically[...]