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HomeStyle Renovation – Alternative to FHA 203k?

John Thomas February 9, 2016
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HomeStyle Renovation Loans – Alternative to FHA 203k?

HomeStyle Renovation financing is not new to the mortgage landscape. It is somewhat rare, however, with a limited amount of mortgage lenders carrying the product or possessing the skill-set to execute it when they do offer it.

Providing an alternative to the more common FHA 203k loan, the HomeStyle is, in many ways, a better renovation loan product.

What is the HomeStyle?

Offered by Fannie Mae, the HomeStyle Renovation mortgage is a single-close loan that allows you to finance the cost of renovations, improvements or appraiser required repairs right into the loan balance. The loan works much like its FHA cousin, the 203k.

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FHA 203k Streamline Renovation Loans

John Thomas February 9, 2016 Tags: , ,
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FHA 203k Streamline Rehab Loan

FHA has offered the 203k loan for decades. They introduced the FHA 203k streamline a little later, but it is certainly not a new mortgage product. Despite that, most lenders execute the loan in a substandard fashion. It is simply not a priority and that is evidenced by their general lack of education displayed by their loan officers.

Unfortunately, much of the information online reflects that lack of training. It’s either outdated or ill-informed. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another mortgage loan product with as much poor and inaccurate information surrounding it than the 203k.

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Mortgage Interest Rates Update January 18 2016

John Thomas January 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , ,
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Mortgage Interest Rates Weekly Update January 18 2016

Mortgage Interest Rates weekly update for the Week of January 18, 2016 by John R. Thomas with Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. in Newark, Delaware. John Thomas is the Branch Manager, a Loan Officer and the author of the best selling book, Your Guide to Buying Your First Home in Delaware.  Call 302-703-0727 for a Rate Quote or Apply Online for Rate Quote

Mortgage Interest Rates were able to move lower last week after a big sell off in Global Stock Markets.  If you look at the mortgage bond chart below you can see that mortgage bonds have been able to trade to the upper end of the trading range which has helped improve mortgage rates.  But with mortgage bonds not able to mount more than a 19 bps rally in the face of the DOW Stock Index dropping 390 points to end the day, we are recommending LOCKING your mortgage rate to start the week.  If stocks reverse, we will see the mortgage bonds sell off and move mortgage interest rates higher.

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Delaware Home Buyer Seminar Feb 20 2016

John Thomas January 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , ,
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Delaware Home Buyer Seminar

There will be a Delaware Home Buyer Seminar on Saturday February 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM till Noon. The seminar will last about 2 hours and each participate will be able to receive a copy of their credit report. The seminar will cover all of the basics of buying a home in Delaware. The seminar will cover FHA loans, VA loans, USDA Rural Housing Loans, First Time Home Buyer Loan Programs and the FHA 203k Rehab loans.

The Seminar is sponsored by The Neighborhood House so each participant will receive Delaware home buyer counseling credit toward the required HUD approved home buyer counseling required for Delaware First Time Home Buyer Programs such as Delaware State Housing Authority, New Castle County, City of Newark, City of Dover, and City of Wilmington.

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Mortgage Rates Update for Jan 11 2016

John Thomas January 10, 2016 Tags: , , , ,
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Mortgage Rates Update Weekly Jan 11 2016

Mortgage Rates update weekly for the Week of January 11, 2016 by John R. Thomas with Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. in Newark, Delaware. John Thomas is the Branch Manager, a Loan Officer and the author of the best selling book, Your Guide to Buying Your First Home in Delaware.  Call 302-703-0727 for a Rate Quote or Apply Online for Rate Quote

Mortgage Rates were able to move lower last week as the Major Stock Market Indexes have had their worst start to begin a new year on record.  If you look at the mortgage bond chart below, you can see mortgage bonds rallied higher last week with the green candles on the chart.  The bond closed above the 200 day moving average which had been a strong overhead resistance so we are recommending FLOATING your mortgage rate to start the week to see if bonds can continue to rally.

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Mortgage Rates Weekly Update for Jan 4 2016

John Thomas January 4, 2016 Tags: , , , ,
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Mortgage Rates Weekly Update Jan 4 2016

Mortgage Rates weekly market update for the Week of January 4, 2016 by John R. Thomas with Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. in Newark, Delaware. John Thomas is the Branch Manager, a Loan Officer and the author of the best selling book, Your Guide to Buying Your First Home in Delaware.  Call 302-703-0727 for a Rate Quote or Apply Online for Rate Quote

Mortgage Rates were able to stabilize last week and end the week slightly lower than they started as the bond was able to hammer out a bottom and bounce higher.  If you take a look at the mortgage bond chart below from 12-31-2015 you can see mortgage bonds ended the week with a Green Candle showing bonds bouncing off support.  We are recommending starting the new year FLOATING your mortgage rate to see if bonds can continue to rally higher.  If bonds switch and sell off, we would quickly switch to a locking stance.

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Mortgage Rates Weekly Update Dec 21 2015

John Thomas December 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , ,
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Mortgage Rates Weekly Update Dec 21 2015

Mortgage Rates weekly market update for the Week of December 21, 2015 by John R. Thomas with Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. in Newark, Delaware. John Thomas is the Branch Manager, a Loan Officer and the author of the best selling book, Your Guide to Buying Your First Home in Delaware.  Call 302-703-0727 for a Rate Quote or Apply Online for Rate Quote

Mortgage Rates were able to move lower after several weeks of moving up.  If you look at the mortgage bond chart below you can see bonds were finally able to bounce off a floor of support and move higher after several weeks of trending lower.  The short term trend is for bonds to move higher and interest rates lower but bonds are up against a tough over head ceiling of resistance so in order to continue to move higher will need to break through and close above ceiling of resistance.  With the short term trend of bonds to move higher, we are recommending FLOATING your mortgage interest rate to start the week.  But if bonds get turned lower at overhead resistance, we will quickly recommend switching to a locking stance.

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Dover Home Buyer Seminar Jan 30 2016

John Thomas December 19, 2015 Tags: , , , ,
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Dover Home Buyer Seminar

Delaware First Time Home Buyer Seminar on Saturday January 30, 2016 at 10 AM in Dover, Delaware. The seminar will last about 2 hours and each participate will be able to receive a copy of their tri-merge credit report, budgeting worksheet, credit score handbook, & home buying handbook. The seminar will cover all of the basics of buying a new home in Delaware.

Home Buyer Seminar Topics

The seminar will cover FHA loans, Delaware VA loans, Delaware USDA Rural Housing Loans, First Time Home Buyer Loan Programs and the FHA 203k Rehab loans. You will be able to get pre-approved at the seminar by a Delaware Mortgage Company.

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