HARP 2 Makes Inequity Refi Simple

As you may have heard, the government is overhauling it's HARP refinance program.  This upgrade will drastically improve the existing HARP (“upside down/no equity refi program”) that may finally allow this program to reach the millions of American and Arizona homeowners that need it. However, there are 3 key proposed changes that would allow many more Arizona homeowners to take advantages of HARP2:   1. The new proposed HARP 2 refinance eliminates the 125% cap meaning that there is … [Read more...]

Debt to Income Ratio on Home Loans

When an Arizona mortgage lender evaluates a prospective borrower's mortgage application, one of the main elements used to approve or decline each borrower is something called a "Debt to Income Ratio." What is Your Debt to Income Ratio?  The Debt to Income Ratio (or "DTI" for short) is a method used to determine how much debt a mortgage loan applicant has in comparison to their gross income.  Each different type of Arizona mortgage (Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, Jumbo etc..) sets a maximum … [Read more...]

AZ Home Loan Pre-Approval & the PQF

Most Arizona home-buyers know the best possible thing to do before embarking on their home buying journey is to work with a Phoenix mortgage lender to get fully pre-approved.   This way the buyer knows how much they can afford.  Getting Pre-Approved also helps an Arizona buyer determine out what monthly payment, down payment and loan type they are comfortable with before looking at homes. Home Loan Pre-Approval in Arizona In Arizona, each home buyer must present an Arizona specific … [Read more...]

Refinancing When you are Upside Down

Great News!!!  Rates are at all time lows. Frustrating News!!!  Many people don't have enough equity to refinance their homes. While not everyone that is the lucky owner of a home that has decreased in value has an option to refinance, many equity deficient homeowners have options.  Phoenix Area Mortgage Rates are at all time lows and now is the time to take advantage!  Here are a few options for homeowners that do not have equity in their current home: 1. FHA, VA and USDA homeowners: … [Read more...]

Home Loan Approval After Short Sale

When can I buy after a short sale?  This is a riddle all too many homeowners are trying to answer today.  In Arizona mortgage balance often exceeds home value putting many in a tough spot.  The majority of loan options available today come custom fit with guidelines that prohibit short sellers from buying right after their short sale.   There are exceptions.  Here is a success story about one of those exceptions. VA financing does not have an official guideline for buying after a short sale.  … [Read more...]