Why You Don't Need A 20% Down Payment For A Home

Why You Don’t Need A 20% Down Payment For A Home

There was a time when homebuyers, first-time or tenured, were always encouraged to abide by the golden rule of thumb; to have at least 20% for a down payment saved for the desired home. For example, if the home was listed for $300,000 then a $60,000 down payment was ideal. Luckily, those days are long gone and the industry has shifted to benefit homeowners that may not be able to come up with a hefty down payment.

First, we need to assess where you are in the home buying process as well as your experience with owning a home. Are you a first-time homebuyer? Are you currently renting an apartment and don’t have the means to save for a down payment? Do you already own a home and looking to move into a new one?

For instance, if you already own a home and are looking to get into a new one but simply don’t have excess cash in the bank for a down payment, do not worry. You may have enough equity in your current home to help pay for your next one.  ‘What is equity?’, you may ask. The equity of a home is the value of the homeowner’s interest in their home, that’s right – – value. This means if you have built up enough equity, you can use this type of value to pay for your next home once you sell the current home.

But what if you’re a first-time homebuyer?

We got you. Keep scrolling.

There are various types of mortgages or home loan programs that do not require a 20% down payment. ‘But if I don’t put down a large down payment, won’t that make my interest rate on my loan increase?’ No. In fact, You can still lock in a great interest rate while putting down as low as  2%-4%.

Conventional Loan

  • For a primary residence purchase, you can put down as low as 3% down
  • The Debt-to-Income ratio can be as high as 45%
  • Qualifying guidelines are more strict than an FHA loan
  • If the down payment is less than 20%, requires a monthly mortgage insurance (MI)

FHA Loan

  • Requires only 3.5% down
  • Qualification guidelines are more flexible
  • Requires up-front & monthly mortgage insurance (MI)

USDA Rural Housing Loan

  • 0% down!
  • USDA low closing costs
  • Qualification guidelines are more flexible
  • Low monthly mortgage insurance

VA Loan

  • No down payment required!
  • Only available to eligible veterans only
  • VA up-front funding fee, but no monthly mortgage insurance (MI)
  • Subject to VA eligibility rules

If those programs aren’t enough to convince you that owning a home without putting down 20% is possible, there are also state, county and city specific programs available that may fit your needs even better. Take a look at our down payment program comparison chart below for Arizona Programs!

As you can see, low-down loan programs are available but if you’re not sure which one is best for you , we highly recommend you give any of our experienced loan officers a call to get you pre-qualified with the best program fit for you and your family. Give us a call today at (480) 832-4343 or fill out an application here: https://www.sunamerican.com/apply-now 

References:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trulia/2014/04/02/dont-have-a-20-down-payment-for-a-home-check-out-these-alternatives/#7db412e437a8

https://themortgagereports.com/20594/downpayment-options-less-than-twenty-percent

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What Does it Mean to Refinance Your Mortgage?

When homeowners refinance, it gives them access to a new mortgage loan replacing its existing one. Homeowners can customize the details of a new mortgage loan including the loan’s mortgage rate, loan length in years and the amount borrowed. So, what makes a refinance attractive? Refinancing can be taken advantage of to reduce the monthly mortgage payment, withdraw cash for home improvement projects, cancel mortgage insurance, among other helpful uses.

Here, we will break down the different types of refinance mortgages.

Rate and Term Refinance

This type of refinancing changes the interest rate and/or the length of the term and does not change the amount of principal. Perhaps the original mortgage terms made sense for you when you initially agreed to it but as time goes on, circumstances may change. For example, if you’re looking to trade your 7-year adjustable rate mortgage for long-term stability, doing a rate and term refinance into a 30-year fixed rate loan may be better for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking to pay off your mortgage sooner than later, you could also refinance into a shorter loan term.

What if the interest rate on your mortgage is significantly higher than current interest rates? You can refinance to get a better rate and help you save money on your mortgage monthly payments.

Cash-out Refinance

cash-out refinance is a refinance option where the new mortgage loan is for a larger amount than the current mortgage loan and you receive the difference between the two loans in cash. One of the most common reasons why homeowners do a cash-out refinance is to transform the equity (ownership) that’s been built up in their home into cash. This cash can be spent on home improvementspay off student loans, debt consolidation or other important financial needs.

This type of refinancing has slightly higher interest rates due to a higher loan amount. The cash-out amount limits to 80-90% of your home’s equity. For example, if your home has a value of $200,000 but your remaining mortgage balance is $100,000, then the equity in your home is $100,000. If you are needing $50,000 for a home improvement project or using it for other financial priorities, you can choose to refinance your loan for $150.000 and receive $50,000 in cash at closing.

HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) Refinance

This particular type of refinance is a loan that’s set up as a line of credit for some maximum draw instead of a fixed dollar amount. It is a revolving line of credit that uses your house as collateral. The bank gives you an amount that you may borrow and may access at any point in time. There are two main ways of tapping into this line of credit; writing a check or using a credit card that’s connected to the account.

If you’re a homeowner that has built some equity in your home and need some additional cash for helping your child pay for college, renovating your home or buying a car, borrowing money this way may offer low interest rates and improve financial flexibility.

Ready for the first step to refinancing your mortgage? Here at Sun American Mortgage we want to help you find the best possible solution and save you money at the same time. Call us to talk about some of your options, or start with our simple online application.  480-832-4343

References:

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/refinance-cash-out/

https://www.mtgprofessor.com/A%20-%20Second%20Mortgages/what_is_a_heloc.htm

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4 Money Mistakes To Avoid When You’re Closing On a Home

As a borrower, there are very specific moves you should avoid making throughout the mortgage loan process.

Luckily, we don’t leave you in the dark and we’ll tell you upfront what you should and shouldn’t be doing while you’re trying to close on a home. 

Today we will review the top 4 money mistakes borrowers make that could make or break closing on your dream home. 

Let’s get started! 

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1. Moving money around

A general rule of thumb while closing on a home is to keep your money in the same place. If moving money around is unavoidable, it’s important to keep a good paper trail. 

One of our underwriters, Anna says this regarding moving money around..

“Moving money around is okay, we can document transfers from one account to the other pretty easy. The issue is: “Undocumented Assets” this is when we have a large deposit and we are unable to document the source. All large deposits must be documented from an acceptable source per FHA, FNMA, VA, USDA guidelines.”

 

 

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2. Applying for new credit cards

A TransUnion TRU, -0.87%   study released in May showed that consumers increase their credit card spending as much as two or three times their previous rate just before they close on a home. Spontaneously applying for a credit card during the mortgage loan process could possibly get your loan denied altogether. Sometimes the problem can be fixed, but it ends up being a major headache for everyone. 

One of our loan officer’s Derek, gives a great example of a borrower he worked with who faced this sort of dilemma during the closing process:

“My client was at Home Depot buying a washer and dryer. He got to the counter and the cashier asked him if he would like to save 10% on his purchase. He did the quick math in his head and calculated that would be $200 bucks off his new fancy schmancy washer and dryer- good deal right?!

He signs up for the credit card at the register and leaves Home Depot. Suddenly, he realizes what he has done and calls me at 9:30pm in a panic since we are a week from closing.  We were able to save things but it involved a bunch of phone calls to Home Depot’s credit department and about $100 worth of credit supplements. Everything fell into place, but that credit card turned out to be not such a great deal after all.”

The application’s credit inquiry could plummet your credit score by several points. This may not sound like much now, but those few points could be the difference between you closing on your dream home or not. 

Closing a credit card account is another decision you should consult with your lender about first. This could potential cause/affect your credit score for the worse. The key to remember is, your Loan Officer knows and sees these things all the time, they are the expert. So when in doubt, consult with them first.

Click here to learn more about credit score tips and how to clean up your credit report!

 

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3. Making big purchases

In all the excitement of closing on your dream home, you might want to impulsively buy new appliances or other big purchases.

Did you know these major purchases have the ability to keep you from closing on your home altogether and/or hurt your DTI (debt-to-income ratio)?

One of our Loan Officers gave an example of a past client who purchased a brand new car during closing.

“I had a client who’s car broke down and he went to the dealership to get it repaired. While waiting for the repair, the salesman that was trolling the lobby area says, “What if we traded in your broken car and helped you buy a new one? We’ve got some great deals today!”

The client, with nothing else to do while they wait, goes out to the lot to look around. The salesman ends up getting them set up in a new car with financing that is about $300 per month more than what they were paying with their old car.

This decision killed our DTI and now the client could only qualify for about 2/3rds of what they wanted to buy. We had to cancel our pre-qualification because their debt to income ratio was out of whack. They are currently renting until the car is paid off or they are able to sell it to get rid of that vehicle loan. Sad.”

These purchases have to be documented, and it’s better for everyone to just wait until the closing process is all said and done.  

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4. Switching Jobs

When you are trying to close on a home, the last thing you want to do is switch jobs or companies. However, there are a couple exceptions that can be made.

For example, if you’ve recently changed jobs before starting the mortgage loan process, but its in the same line of work- you will be fine. 

Everything is being qualified on the borrowers current income with that current employer.  So, if you change jobs that process starts over and everything needs to be re-verified, such as:

– Verification of employment

– Income amount

– Type of work (is it the same or different)

– Are they still W-2 or have they switched to 1099, commission or self-employed

– We won’t have pay-stubs and need at least one prior to close in most instances; so start date comes into play

How much of a problem this is really depends on where you are in the process. Changing 2 months before closing is easier to handle than 2 weeks before. 

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If there’s one piece of advice you takeaway from this article, it’s this… during the mortgage loan process, if there’s any sort of financial change you want to make – it’s a MUST to consult with your loan officer/agents first. 

Even if it’s a decision you feel wouldn’t be a big deal, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

What are your concerns regarding the mortgage loan process? Are there any questions we can answer for you? Please comment below, browse our website, or give us a call 480-832-4343. Our team works so hard to be thorough and make this process as easy as possible!

Click here to use our Online Accelerator and get a quick estimate today! 


References: 

https://www.primaryresidentialmortgage.com/about-us/our-blog/5-mistakes-to-avoid-during-the-mortgage-process.php

https://www.realtor.com/advice/finance/ways-home-buyers-mess-up-mortgage/

https://www.inman.com/next/the-dos-and-donts-of-the-home-loan-closing-process/

https://www.amerifirst.com/amerifirst-blog/5-activities-to-avoid-between-mortgage-pre-approval-and-closing-on-your-new-home

 

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Ready for a LOWER down-payment?

Are you looking to become a homeowner in 2018? We’ve got some pretty exciting news for home buyers!

This week, we are excited to announce the addition of Freddie Mac Home Possible Fixed Rate product. 

Home Possible gives Americans much more flexible guidelines and a better opportunity to purchasing their dream home. Keep reading to see the outline of all the benefits that come with this new option!

Product Highlights

Home Possible offers lower down payment options for buyers with a moderate income or in underserved communities. This product also provides higher loan-to-value ratios and lower than standard mortgage insurance requirements!

What are some other benefits to this product?

– Financing up to 97% LTV; up to 100% CLTV on eligible transactions with Affordable Second lien

– 1-unit properties, condominiums, and PUDs (attached and detached)

– Purchase and rate-term refinance transactions

– Maximum loan amount of $453,100

– 15,20, and 30 year terms

– Minimum FICO of 620

– Reduced MI coverage of 25% for 90.01% to 97% LTV

To get started with this great product, there is a short Homeownership Education course required. Click here to learn more! 

We work so hard here at Sun American Mortgage to help you accomplish the American Dream of becoming a homeowner!  We will walk you through every step of the home buying and mortgage loan process and thoroughly answer any questions you may have.

No matter your financial situation, we will help find the mortgage loan program that fits you BEST. Take the first step and get a quick and easy Pre-Approval here or call us at 480-832-4343.

Scary (Avoidable) Mistakes People Make in the Mortgage Loan Process!

What’s scarier than applying and qualifying for a mortgage, and then having to start the process ALL OVER?!

Starting from scratch all because of one mistake that could’ve easily been avoided…

Today we will list the most common (and avoidable) mortgage mistakes, how to steer clear of them, and why they mess up the mortgage loan process! 

Switching Up Jobs

This is one of the most common mortgage mistakes lenders have to deal with. Changing careers or even deciding to retire in the middle of it all, can really hurt your chances of closing on your mortgage. To put it simply, a lender can’t make a case for a borrowers future income based on their current income if jobs are in transition. Underwriters look at employment and income, length of time you’ve been employed, stability and more!

If you’re expecting to change jobs during the application process, just let your lender know ahead of time so paperwork is easier for both of you. As long as you can show moving forward that your future income will be able to make those monthly mortgage payment, there’s no need to worry about starting all over again.

Credit Changes

Does it FREAK you out when something negative pops up on your credit report? Are you extra careful how you spend your credit cards and meet payment deadlines? Good! During the mortgage loan process, keeping major tabs on your debt to income ratio, credit score, and how on time you are paying your bills, is going to be crucial. Even after you’ve been approved and are in the mortgage loan process, don’t forget how important it really is to stay on top of your credit score.

Here are a few other things that can lead to trouble with your impending mortgage…

-Getting a new credit card. Whether that’s through your favorite department store, avoid the temptation to register for one. This results in a MAJOR headache later for you and your mortgage lender.

-Getting an auto loan. This can potentially throw your debt to income ratio out of whack, change how much you qualify for, and totally cancel out the previous pre-qualification that’s been done.

For more credit tips to BOOST up your credit score, checkout some of these clips from financial and credit expert Jeff Boulton

Big Purchases

Just as a general rule, save any big purchases for AFTER the closing of your mortgage. Another way to doom your mortgage approval is to spike up your debt to income ratio.

Maybe you’re super excited about your new home and want to put all the new home decor charges on a credit card. BAD IDEA.  Spending big bucks on new home decorations, a motorcycle, a spontaneous trip, or anything else on your credit cards is a definite NO while you’re in the process of closing on a home. Life gets busy and random expenses will naturally pop up, so this is one of the most common mortgage mistakes that can get easily be forgotten.

What are some other red flags for mortgage lenders to see from borrowers? Here’s some more “DON’TS” to help you better prepare for the mortgage loan process..

-Getting involved in a timeshare. Really anything that requires you to “finance” – or that will be showing up on a credit report isn’t worth the trouble down the road.

-Paying off charges or collections without consulting with your loan officer first

-Changing bank accounts or making changes to your credit profile.

Following these simple guidelines will keep this final chapter of the home buying process as hassle-free as possible! As a mortgage company, our favorite part of the job is delivering the great news that you’ve closed on your dream home. Keeping these tips in mind throughout the process will make your life much easier and speed that process up as well!

Call us to talk to one of our knowledgeable team members today 480-832-4343 or use our NEW Online Accelerator application to get a quick estimate of what you can qualify for!


References:

https://www.mortgagelendersofamerica.com/preapproval-tips

https://www.moneytips.com/7-mistakes-to-avoid-after-mortgage-pre-approval

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What Are Closing Costs?

If you’ve been interested in becoming a homeowner, you may be wondering what the different costs are and what they entail. Closing costs are a standard step in the home buying process! So it’s good to do your research and look up whats included, how to save, and why they are necessary. 

What are closing costs?

Mortgage closing costs are fees charged by the lender to the borrower, for services that were performed to close your loan. This is how we seal the deal and get ready to finally move you into your new home!

To avoid surprises, get a good idea from the start of what gets included in those costs and how much you’ll need to have ready. Many mortgage closing costs go to a third party for their services in helping close the transaction, and lenders usually have no control over these fees. 

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What’s included in closing costs?

If you want to get a good idea of what home buyers typically spend on these closing costs, on average it comes to about 2-3% of the property price. Again, this is totally situational and prices vary from person to person. 

Some of these fees include:

Lender Fees: Here at Sun American we have some of the LOWEST lender fees in the Valley. These fees include a Documentation Prep Fee & an Underwriting Fee. This ranges anywhere from $1,000-$1,200 altogether. 

Title Company: A title company makes sure that the title to the home is legitimate. They issue title insurance for that property that protects the lender or owner against any claims against the property. To learn more about title companies and why they are a necessity in the home buying process, click here

ESCROW: When you close, you may be required to deposit money into an Escrow account for homeowners insurance, PMI Impound, and Property Tax Impound for example. 

There can also be some other 3rd Party and Appraisal Fees. The amount of fees and their prices all just depends on the property, which lender you choose, and some other factors. 

Saving tips, how to prepare for them!

It’s not like these costs will come as a shock or will hit you out of nowhere. From the beginning of the mortgage loan process, a Loan Officer is going to give you a Loan Estimate which gives you a good breakdown of the services, fees, and costs through this process. An estimate shows you your estimated interest rate, monthly payments, taxes, insurance, and closing costs. 

If paying for closing costs out of pocket is not something that you want to do, you are in luck! There are actually several really effective ways to take care of the closing costs that don’t involve your bank account. In fact most buyers never end up having to pay for them out of pocket! We suggest negotiating a closing cost concession from the seller in the purchase contract for all or at least most of the closing costs.

A seasoned real estate agent will be a great resource when it comes to this negotiation. They do it ALL the time! If for some reason the seller is unwilling or unable to provide the concession needed to cover the closing costs, Sun American can also provide lender credits to pay for them as well through some creative mortgage financing on most loan types. It’s super easy and it only has a minor impact on your final monthly payment. We’ll figure out something that will work for you!

Here at Sun American, we offer some of the BEST prices and rates in town. Our knowledgeable team has a great reputation going on 33 years of incredible service to our community and TONS of five star reviews to show for it. 

If you need some more explanations of fees in detail, checkout these websites to get a better idea! 

http://www.homeclosing101.org/the-closing-process/closing-costs-explained/

https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/mortgages/cost-to-close-mortgage/

https://www.trulia.com/blog/what-are-closing-costs/


Take the first step and start a QUICK Online Application, free & simple to use!

Or call one of our Loan Officers to learn about our loan programs, how to get started, and how much you qualify for 480-832-4343 www.sunamerican.com

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Meeting Your Mortgage Needs

Are you sick of paying rent? Taking out a mortgage is easier than you may think. Especially when you have a knowledgeable and caring team like ours to guide you along the way! Today we want to address common concerns and frequently asked questions we get from new home buyers. 

There are a few different mortgage programs and financing options, by the end of this article hopefully you’ll have a better idea of which one works BEST for you!

Meeting your mortgage needs is our number one goal, lets get started!

What if I can’t afford a 20% Down Payment?

Its unrealistic to think everyone has that 20% down payment stashed away in their bank. Luckily there are other mortgage options to help meet everyone else’s needs. 

For example, with an FHA Loan, lenders require less money from the borrower upfront. This low down payment can be as little as 3.5% down! With this low down payment also comes possibly a higher monthly payment or less equity in the home when you’re ready to sell. 

To learn more about our different Mortgage Programs, click here! 

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I have children in elementary school, I want to pay off my mortgage before they leave to college. How can I do that?

With a 15 year fixed rate loan you’re gaining equity in your home quicker and paying off your loan faster. If you don’t mind a higher monthly payment, a Conventional Loan may your best pick, click here to learn more! 

You could set realistic and attainable financial goals that will help you to pay your mortgage loan off faster. Meet with a financial adviser or do some research. Many have done it and so can you! Here’s a great article that can offer you some tips: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/loans/8-ways-to-pay-off-a-mortgage-early

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I don’t have the best credit score, what type of mortgage should I look for? 

Borrowers with a lower credit score are more likely to get approved if they apply for an FHA Loan. Scores can be a low as 580! However you will still need to do some explaining why your score is so low, how you plan on improving it, etc. Click here to learn more about how to clean up your report and prepare your credit for the mortgage loan process. 

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What else should I take into consideration when I’m buying a home and taking out a mortgage?

Get information from other lenders, do your research, shop around, and make sure you’re getting the best possible price. Here at Sun American we have the best rates and prices in the Valley! Our reviews on Google and Facebook beat any other mortgage business in town, here’s some of our most recent ones! 

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I’m not too sure how long I’ll be living in my current city…should I still take out a mortgage right now? 

Real Estate professionals recommend taking into consideration how long you’ll be staying in that area. A 15 year or 30 year mortgage is the best way to go if you’re pretty uncertain. This gets you the most equity in your home. 

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What are closing costs and how much will they be? 

Closing costs are fees that come along with your home purchase and are paid at the end of the real estate transaction. In a recent survey done on Zillow.com, on average buyers will pay roughly $3,700 in closing fees. The Loan Estimate from the beginning will give you a pretty good idea of what you’re closing costs will be. 

This week we celebrate 33 YEARS of helping individuals become home buyers! Whatever your concerns or questions may be, we always answer them as thoroughly as we can. The best part of our job is making this new chapter exciting for you and your family. Meeting your mortgage needs is our top priority!

Call to speak to one of our expert team members today! 480-832-4343 


References:

https://www.trulia.com/blog/type-mortgage-best/

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Trendiest Cities in the Valley, Home Prices, Events, and More!

When you’re house hunting in the Valley, there are many wonderful options to choose from. Many statistics have shown some areas in the East Valley to even be the safest in America! We have affordable and beautiful homes, great communities, and the BEST weather! (most of the year) 

Choosing the best spot to settle down in is an important decision. We want to help you out and give you the update on the trendiest cities in the Valley, 2017 home prices/statistics, best schools, upcoming events, and more! 

Let’s get started! 

Chandler

Chandler is the up and coming city in the Valley. The city of Chandler was awarded the safest city in Arizona! They have the best schools, a great night life, and many ongoing community events. 

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According to Niche.com, this is the median home value and a map showing the average home prices depending where you live in Chandler. Click here to see more statistics and market info on Chandler homes! 

Want to see what homes are currently on the market? Click here to get started! 

trendiest cities to live in valley - map

trendiest cities to live in valley - map

 

Events

Here are some upcoming events in Chandler this Fall! 

Arizona Harvest Festival

San Tan Oktoberfest

Fall Greek Festival

Rockin Taco Street Festival 

Chandler Art Walk

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Festival 

AZ Classic Jazz Festival 

For more details on these events visit their website: http://www.visitchandler.com/events/

 

 

Gilbert

Gilbert is a thriving suburb community, constantly growing and adding exciting stores, restaurants, stunning homes, and more! According to Gilbert, AZ website, Gilbert boasts a nationally ranked K-12 education system including public schools, unique magnet and charter schools, with an average graduation rate of 90%. Nearly 40% of Gilbert residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and the median household income is $80,080.

The estimated population is expected to reach 330,000 over the next decade. Gilbert is well known for being trendy, clean, and safe.

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If you’ve been considering relocating to Gilbert,click here to see all the beautiful homes for sale in that area. 

Below are some Real Estate statistics and a map showing average home prices. For more market info and statistics click here! 

trendiest cities - gilbert

trendiest cities - gilbert

 

Events

Gilbert always has exciting special events popping up each month. Here’s a list of the upcoming Fall events in 2017!

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Festival

MACFest Arts and Crafts Celebration

Gilbert Days Parade

Farmers Markets

Gilbert “Off the Street” Art Festival 

https://www.gilbertaz.gov/visitors/special-events

 

 

Mesa

Mesa covers 132 square miles, is the third largest city in Arizona and the 36th largest city in the nation. You can find several homes on the market that have been totally remodeled and are below $300K. To start your home search click here! 

Here is some more statistics, market info, and price information…

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Events

Dia de los Muertos Festival 

Haunted Attractions

Goat Yoga

Food Truck Festivals

Trick or Treat Main Street

For more events visit the City of Mesa’s event website: https://www.visitmesa.com/events/


We are mortgage experts here in the East Valley and have the best reviews, ratings, and prices in town! If you have any questions give us a call at 480-832-4343 or visit our website www.sunamerican.com

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Unveiling An Underwriter’s Role in the Mortgage Loan Process

Here at Sun American, our team genuinely cares and does everything possible to help get you qualified for your mortgage loan. Many steps are involved in the mortgage loan process. Today we are going to outline and dive deeper into what happens in the underwriting process. Underwriting happens behind the scenes of the mortgage loan process, but is a very important step towards getting you approved for a home loan.

What is an Underwriter?

Typically underwriters have years of experience in  Business, Finance, Economics, Math, or Statistics. Certifications and specialized training are required as well. Attention to detail and great communication skills are important traits that underwriters must have to successfully complete their job each day. The underwriter checks thoroughly through all of your documents for completeness and accuracy.

What are they looking for?

What does an underwriter look for? EVERYTHING.

Their goal is to make sure everything meets requirements and is totally compliant in every way. If the list of questions and documents seem endless, we promise they are all necessary and incredibly important for the Underwriter to do their job right. Their top priority is to follow the required guidelines, meanwhile making sure you get approved for a home loan.

Here are the top 4 areas the Underwriter focuses on

Income: Borrowers must have a sufficient income to qualify for the size of the loan they’re aiming for.  Income is reviewed for the length of employment, promotions, type of work and anything else related. To verify this, underwriters ask for bank statements, W2’s and pay stubs that show year to date earnings and other employee documents. Alimony & Child Support also falls under this category.

Credit: Another part of the Underwriting Process involves taking a look at your ability to repay a loan. To check this, an underwriter pulls up things like your DTI (debt to income ratio), current credit score & a credit report history. Credit reputation has to do with any past foreclosures, bankruptcies, judgments, and ultimately measures your ability to pay off your debts.

Property: A property’s appraised value is also analyzed by the underwriter in this stage of the mortgage loan process. An underwriter needs to make sure that the price of the home you’re buying is comparable to values of similar properties. An appraiser will verify this. The underwriter uses the appraised value to determine if the funds garnered from the sale of the property would be enough to cover the amount borrowed.

Assets: Assets are one of the most essential conditions of underwriting. The most common assets include checking and savings accounts, bonds, stocks, and retirement accounts. This shows the borrowers ability to save money and instills more confidence in providing you a loan. It also allows the Underwriter to verify any sources of down payment that may be coming from these accounts. Borrowers most often need to provide 2-3 months of bank statements, their most current investments statements, and all the other necessary documentation to help verify this. In the event that you would be receiving a gift from a family member for your down payment on a new home, the underwriter would be need to verify this and source where that money came from in your account.

HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS!

We’ve created an extremely organized and top notch system that ensures underwriting is completed in about 24-48 hours. We avoid the “never ending” list of questions and documents by collecting everything we need from the very beginning of this mortgage loan process. By the time your loan hits the underwriting process, it’s been filtered through a few other team members so that the underwriter already has everything he or she needs to complete this final step. The best part of our job is telling you those magic words- that you are cleared to close on a home!


Let us help you get started today! Our team is dedicated to helping you qualify for your dream home. Use our Online Application here and see a quick estimate of how much you can qualify for!

To get started in the mortgage loan process, contact one of our knowledgable Loan Officers today.

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Which Mortgage Loan Program Fits You Best- Conventional or FHA?

For new home buyers there are a lot of different mortgage loans out there to choose from – so how do you decide which is right for you? To keep it simple, today we will cover the two most common programs, conventional and FHA.

It’s important to thoroughly research each type of mortgage loan program and understand the benefits of the different financing options available to you! Our Loan Officers are some of the best in the business and are happy to help walk you through this mortgage loan process!

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What is a Conventional Loan?

Our Conventional Loan programs offer fantastic rates and in most cases, faster closings. Unlike an FHA loan program, a conventional loan is not insured by the federal government in any way. While a 3% down option is available, conventional Loans typically work best when a new home buyer is able to put at least 5% down. Most home buyers choose conventional mortgages because they provide the fairly aggressive interest rates, lenient loan terms and the ability to cancel mortgage insurance once the home has a 20% equity position in the event that less than 20% is put down as a down payment.

Conventional Loan qualification is geared towards individuals with a decent credit score (680 or above), solid financial stability, and the required down payment. Just like the other loan types, to qualify for a Conventional Loan, you also must prove a stable income to your lender.

Another great benefit is that with most conventional transactions, mortgage insurance can eventually be removed from the monthly payment.  Compared to an FHA transaction, the mortgage insurance remains for the life of the loan when putting less than 10% down.

In direct contrast to an FHA loan, where the mortgage insurance remains in the mortgage payment for the life of the loan when putting less than 10% down. Even with 10% down on an FHA loan you will be required to pay for the mortgage insurance for at least 11 years.

While this information will get you headed in the right direction, there might be other factors in your finances or type of property, that MIGHT make an FHA loan more advantageous. Our expert loan officer’s will help you navigate the finer details as there are many other factors that could play a role in finding the best fit for you.

If you feel like a Conventional Loan fits best for you, the next step is to fill out our easy to use smart online application! Click here to get started!

What is an FHA Loan?

An FHA Loan is a mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration. FHA Loans require up front mortgage insurance and monthly mortgage insurance. This protects the lender from a loss if the borrower defaults on the loan. These protections are set in place so that more lenient loan terms can be offered to borrowers who might fall a little short of qualifying for a conventional loan. For example, loans from the Federal Housing Administration are popular for borrowers because they allow individuals to purchase a home with a relatively small down payment. The down payment requirement is only 3.5% – with very aggressive interest rates. The additional layers of protection built into FHA loans pad the banks risk and keep their interest rates anywhere from, .5% to 1% lower than their conventional loan counterpart!

Borrowers with lower credit scores are more likely to get approved with this loan program. Scores can be as low as 580.

It’s a little easier to qualify for an FHA loan because the guidelines are not as strict. Individuals with lower credit scores will have an easier time qualifying for an FHA loan if they can’t qualify for a conventional.

Conventional loans are very particular when it comes to debt to income ratio limitations, which can make it difficult for some buyers to purchase the home that they want.

Some low down payment loans (USDA) have income limitations. However, with an FHA loan, is that there is no minimum or maximum salary requirement that will qualify or prohibit you from getting this mortgage loan.

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How To Get Started

We know purchasing a new home is a big step and for many, a brand new chapter in life! We take pride in making this the most memorable and positive experience for you, walking you through every step of the way!

Now that you see how easy it is to qualify- what are you waiting for?! These affordable programs are right at your fingertips and just an application away. Our team of experts have the best programs and love helping home buyers qualify for their new dream home, or refinance their existing one.

Click here to meet our team and get started today! Call us to get a quick estimate at 480-832-4343

Use our Online Accelerator, our easy to use online application! Click here to get started!