Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'lender requirements'

Loan Fall-Out And The Effects Upon Consumers

This is going to be a long article and somewhat technical in places, but it needs to be covered and it's important to everyone who is thinking about getting a real estate loan. "Fall-Out" is very simple: The number...

The Difference Between a Reliable and Unreliable Prequalification or Preapproval Letter

If you don't know, chances are your agent doesn't either. Even if you know, chances are that your agent is as clueless as a newborn about loans. I and my clients get asked for all kinds of nonsense (to put...

Investment Property and Loan Qualification

One of the things that has constricted the most with the current paranoid lending environment is the ability to use rental income to qualify for a mortgage. It seems that lenders are seizing upon any excuse to deny income...

Getting A Loan In A Paranoid Lending Environment

A few years ago, underwriting standards were way too loose. Lenders were competing for loans, and the presumption was that with real estate having continued to gain in value, it was difficult to actually lose money on real estate....

When The Appraisal Is Below The Purchase Price for Real Estate

what happens when house doesn't appraise? I presume this question meant "for the necessary value according to the lender's guidelines". Lenders base their evaluation of a property upon the standard accountant's "Lower of Cost or Market." This is intentionally...

Be Careful Moving Your Down Payment Money

A while ago, I wrote Sourcing and Seasoning of Funds. You'd think I have a set spiel I give out, and I do. But I had a case where I didn't think I'd need it, and it burned me....

Builder Upgrades: Pro and Con

What I still am unclear on is the pool and how (in my opinion) it's crazy to finance $40,000 into a mortgage when you *plan* on refinancing in a few years. By *plan* I mean you take out a...

Be Careful Not To Commit Fraud With Rebates

With many people pushing various "cash back to the buyer" schemes in real estate, a note of caution is needed. Actually, it's more like an entire symphony of caution. Because if there is a loan involved, you run the risk...

Privacy Concerns in Real Estate Transactions

Every once in a while I get someone who is unhappy with required paperwork for privacy reasons. There are three forms that are the driving force behind this. The first is the standard form for a mortgage loan application, known...

Termite Work, Wood Destroying Pest Agreements: Avoiding Fraud

Every purchase contract I write includes an addendum for Wood Destroying Pests. In California, this is accomplished via form WPA, a one page addendum that requires an inspection and details responsibility for who makes repairs. The work needed is separated...

If The Underwriter Makes A Mistake

"challenging underwriters mistakes in housing loan paperwork" was a search that I got. You can't challenge them. Butting heads with an underwriter is stupid and counterproductive. There's only one person who gets a vote, and it's not you, whether you...

Existing Debt: The Biggest Hurdle in Mortgage Loan Qualification

I got a question about what the number one obstacle is to most people qualifying for the loan on the property they want. The answer is "existing debt." Credit cards, student loans, car payments, etcetera. It seems like more people...

Cash to Close - A Basic Primer

Cash to close has always been an underwriting standard, but more people are running into it as a reason why they cannot buy that property, why their buyers cannot perform, and why they can't get that refinance approved. With...

Real Estate Sellers Giving A Buyer Cash Back is Defrauding the Lender

When we sold our home just over a year ago we were talked into selling for a bit more than the original offer so the person could get money back to do renovations... I objected based on percentages and...

You've Got a Great Offer, But Can The Buyer Consummate It? (Cash to Close and Appraised Value)

As a seller, a purchase offer is not money in your pocket. As a matter of fact, accepting the wrong purchase offer can cost you tens of thousands of dollars if the buyers can't consummate. I recently dealt with...

Mortgage Fraud Is Still Happening - What To Do About It

You would think these nitwits would learn. You would think they'd all be out of the business. Sadly, that is not the case. It started innocently enough. It always starts innocently. This was an email I got (specifics redacted). Hi...

Buying Real Estate Without A Source of Income Or When You Are Changing Careers

I've found several of your mortgage articles very helpful, and wondered if you could help me find a way to solve the dilemma I've been presented with by a loan officer at my bank. My husband is Active Duty...

Adding Someone to An Existing Mortgage

Got a search for that, and it occurred to me that it is a valid question. The answer is yes. The degree varies. You can simply contact the bank to make yourself responsible for payment. They are usually happy to...

How Much Down Payment Do I Need and How Do I Get It?

With housing prices having crashed in most of the higher cost areas of the country, many people who were formerly priced completely out of the market have become interested once again in purchasing property. The drawback is that because...

With The Tightening of Loan Standards, Will You Qualify For The Loan To Buy Real Estate?

With a lot of people running around like Chicken Little screaming about the sky falling, a lot of folks who would like to buy property due to the much-lowered prices are wondering if there is any way they can...