|Real Estate Information|
Buying a Home - Dealing With Lender Letters
Most people who set out to buy a home, be it house, townhouse, condo, apartment, or mansion on a hill, know they need to have a lender letter in hand saying they are qualified for a loan. What most "civilians" (people not in the real estate business) don't realize is how much the value of a lender letter varies.
Let's look at some of the general ways a lender letter varies, which sort you want, and how to present it to a seller to put you in the best possible position to buy that seller's property. If you're working with a broker, he or she will coach you in these matters. If you're shopping on your own, and especially if you're looking at FSBOs (for sale by owner properties), you need to know this stuff.
Lender letters come in two general types, pre-qualification letters and pre-approval letters. The bold print on the page may call it one thing, and when the letter is read, it actually proves to be the other, so pay attention. A pre-qualification letter is weaker than a pre-approval letter.
The weakest pre-qualification letter basically says that "if everything the borrower has told me is correct, he/she is eligible to borrow $XXXXXX." All you really have here is the buyer's word paraphrased by a lender. Unfortunately, there is an old adage in real estate that "buyers are liars". This is well known, so presenting this type of a letter tells a seller you are not in a very strong position with the lender.
A stronger version says "I have looked at an 'in file' credit report, and based on that and what the borrower has told me, he/she is eligible to borrow $XXXXXX." This is still not great, but it is a step in the right direction.
The pre-approval letter says "I have checked this person's credit reports, seen all necessary substantiating materials relative to income?assets?etc., and my firm is committed to making a loan subject only to receiving a copy of a contract to purchase and the property's appraisal for the contract price or higher." The letter may not say it, but it is also subject to the underwriting process that includes looking at updated credit information. Regardless, this letter carries a lot of power and sellers will be very happy to see you.
A Word to the Wise
The above discussion of lender letters brings up something you should be keenly aware of as a buyer. Your credit must not change in any substantial way between the time you first apply for a loan and the time you go to settlement on your new home.
If you're buying waterfront property, do not go out and buy a boat until after you've closed on the property. I once saw someone make this mistake and almost lose the property purchase because of it. He had to quickly find a new lender and accept a higher interest rate to keep the deal from going south.
If you're moving from a small condo to a larger place, there's the temptation to run right out and buy more furniture for your new quarters. Fine. Just wait until after you're the proud new owner.
If you are serious about buying a home, a lender letter is a key part of your negotiating ammunition. To save yourself a lot of aggravation during escrow, get a pre-approval letter before you go house hunting.
Raynor James is with fsboamerica.org - providing homes for sale by owner, "FSBO", properties. Are you thinking, "Should I sell my home?" Visit fsboamerica.org/seller.cfm to sell your home sale for free for one month.
Selling Investment Houses: Psychology of Mirrors
Discover new interior Design Psychology strategies to increase your real estate profits. One technique, using mirrors as props for staging houses helps you sell your investment properties for more money, and fast.
A Log Home Story
Solving problems while maximizing valuesThis story has a few good lessons and observations that no doubt can be used by you to take advantage of hidden opportunities that often lie in plain view for all to see, however, most people have not been trained or instructed on how to recognize or find them.The following true story begins with a classic log home package, engineered, manufactured, approved and delivered for use in Alaska.
What is a Foreclosure?
A foreclosure is an action taken against a property owner by seizure of his/her real property. It can be for many reasons.
Cheap Homes For Sale In Great Towns
Good Homes Under $50,000? My wife Ana and I found cheap homes for sale all over the country during a seven-week drive, and we even bought one along the way. It was in a pretty little town in the mountains of western Montana, and it cost us $17,500.
Advantages to Buying or Owning a Condominium
Condos have become an increasingly attractive home ownership option for singles, young couples, families and retired couples (that's just about everybody!). A condo is a viable option for anyone who wants to own a home without the worry of repairs, maintenance and dreaded chores like snow shoveling.
Real Estate Investors Kick Away $1,000
Those new to real estate investing often fail to take action because they don't have much cash. The truth is that the very best investors got their start when they had little or no money.
The Cat in the Attic
Strange and unexpected things happen during home inspections. Seldom are they tragic.
Selling Houses Fast: Basics of Design & Color Psychology
Fixing up houses to ready them for sale includes a design plan for needed changes. Save money on transformation costs by choosing design details right the first time.
When Showing Your Home
Here below are some of the reasons why buyers may be put off when visiting your home.1.
Raising Money For Property Development
In addition to finding the right property, one of the most difficult aspects of property development is being able to fund the purchase and re-development of the property before putting it back on the market.Many would-be property developers have the skills and flair for property development, but lack the financial clout to put these into practice.
Estate planning can enable you to control your property while you are alive, take care of you and your loved ones if you become disabled, and give what you have to whom you want, the way you want, and when you want, and if you wish, you can save every last tax dollar, professional fee, and court cost possible.Estate planners frequently begin the estate planning process by analyzing clients' personal and financial dreams, aspirations, fears and objectives.
Negotiating and Sales Skills Are Critical
When I first started getting active in creative real estate, my skill set at negotiating was very weak. I had done the telemarketing thing for American Express as a financial planner and had studied and learned a few techniques.
5 Things to Look for in a Property Appraiser
Homeowners who are seeking a property appraiser often ask "How should I choose which real estate appraiser to use?" When selecting a property appraiser, keep the following in mind:Always make sure a property appraiser is licensed or certified by the state to perform real estate appraisals. While state licensing and/or certification isn't always an indication of quality, it ensures that an individual is has met certain standards and been authorized to perform property appraisals.
NARŪ Broker Will Swear It - Real Pro' Agents Share It - FSBO Truth
For posting the "Truth" on your website, some FSBO's will not like you. These prospects would not have listed with you anyway.
Do You Need to Download a Landlord Inventory On-Line Today?
Do you need to download a Landlord Inventory on-line now? Why is it so important to have a Landlord Inventory?Firstly, if you are a landlord, you need to be prepared. As much as we all like to think we can trust everyone, it is very important that buy to let landlords protect their investment property as thoroughly as possible.
Maintaining Small Town Charm In An Ever-Changing World
Virtually any state in the country has the appeal of multiple small towns. Ask almost anyone who lives in small town why they are here and they'll tell you they enjoy the small town feeling while being close to all the conveniences of a larger city.
How You Will NOT Make Money in Real Estate
We all have seen some book called "How I Turned my last dollar into $1 Million by buying real estate in my spare time". Some of us even bought such books on an impulse with high expectations.
Real Estate Investment - One Simple Formula
I saw the ads in our small-town newspaper for years before I realized exactly what was going on. They were always the same: A house for sale with 5% down and payments of 1% of the purchase price.
Seller Financing - Six Safety Tips
Why offer seller financing when you sell? A higher price, a good return on your money, a faster sale and to sell a property that is otherwise difficult to sell. Some good reasons, but how do you do it safely?1.
Buying Overseas Property
Fourteen Top Tips for Overseas Property Investment:1. Buy what you want to buy.
|home | site map|