First Time Home Buyer: Fannie Mae Student Debt Solutions

Loan-backing giant Fannie Mae issued three new policy changes in May, hoping to encourage more mortgages for Americans with student loan debt.

Two of the programs aim to mitigate student debt’s effect on credit scores and debt-to-income (DTI) ratios. The third program provides refinance options for borrowers who have already purchased homes. Here’s a quick synopsis: Full Article

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5 Most Common Home Buyer Regrets

Half of recent home buyers say that if they could repeat the home buying process, they’d do something differently, according to a survey by financial website NerdWallet.com. Respondents indicate that their biggest source of regret when buying a home was not preparing enough financially for home ownership.

Here are some of the most common reasons for buyer regret, according to the survey.

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City of Maricopa Real Estate Market Update for May & June 2017

We continue to have a very busy selling season this year! Our city had 398 sales over the last two month period with an estimated annual appreciation rate of 7.4%.
Here are all the sales in the City of Maricopa for May & June:
If you like more statistics on our real estate market, please take a look at the most recent update from the Cromford Report:
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Conquering These 5 Crucial Home Maintenance Projects

Here comes the summer!

We get it: Some much-needed summer relaxing time is beckoning, and home maintenance sounds like a drag. But a little pain now means your gain later. Our quick and easy tips will speed you through your home to-do list, and ensure your home runs smoothly during the dog days of summer.

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Zillow.com Sued Over Zestimate

It was a matter of time. Some buyers take the home value estimate seriously, known as the “zestimate”, and use this value when writing an offer on a home. We have found “zestimates” tend to be inaccurate when the home is located on a premium lot, has a private pool, and it is unable to adjust for any upgrades that the most recently sold homes may not have. (ex. home is 100% tile versus a home that has mostly carpet and some tile.)

Article From the Miami Herald: Homeowner sues Zillow, says ‘Zestimate’ is nonsense

Video: Lawsuit questions the accuracy of the Zillow home “Zestimate” tool

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6 Home Appraisal Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately

Yes, the appraisal is one of the scariest parts of the home-selling process—and one of the most confusing. After all, why is somebody valuing your home after you’ve already determined a listing price and received an offer? Plus, you’re never sure if the appraiser is truly factoring in those countless weekends you spent on backbreaking home upgrades—the Jacuzzi tub, the bidet, and the trendy shiplap walls have to count for something, right?

Here are the 6 Home Appraisal Myths

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FHA Reverse Mortgages (HECMs) for Seniors

I admit, when I hear “reverse mortgage”, I immediately become skeptical. However, this one seems to offer what a true reverse mortgage should provide to a senior homeowner.

If you are a homeowner age 62 or older and have paid off your mortgage or paid down a considerable amount, and are currently living in the home, you may participate in FHA’s Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program.  The HECM is FHA’s reverse mortgage program that enables you to withdraw a portion of your home’s equity.

You can also use a HECM to purchase a primary residence if you are able to use cash on hand to pay the difference between the HECM proceeds and the sales price plus closing costs for the property you are purchasing.

Full Details on how the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage  at HUD.gov

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How much house can you afford?

Ready to buy a house? Before you spend a day drooling over homes you may not be able to afford, the first step is to determine your budget, which means it’s time to calculate your debt-to-income ratio.  DTI is used by loan officers to determine how much a person is qualified to borrow. The calculation itself is the percentage of a person’s monthly gross income that goes toward paying debts. Full Article

My favorite mortgage calculator is the BankRate.com Mortgage Calculator

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City of Maricopa Real Estate Market Update for March & April 2017

We’ve had a very busy selling season this year! Our city had 346 sales over the two month period with an estimated annual appreciation rate of 7.7%.
Here is the complete list of the sales by subdivision. I’ve added a new column to note if the home has a private pool.
If you like more statistics on our real estate market, please take a look at the most recent update from the Cromford ReportCromford Report Maricopa 5.4.17
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5 (Totally Legal) Tricks to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

So, you’ve decided next year is the year you’re finally going to buy a house. Congrats! But now you’re a little panicked because your credit score isn’t exactly going to make lenders swoon.

You’re not alone. The national average credit score is 695, while only half of consumers fall in the desired 700-plus range. Although you certainly can get a mortgage with that score, you’ll need a 740 or higher to get the best rates. And that point is not lost on potential home buyers, 45% of whom wait for their credit scores to improve before applying for a mortgage.

While credit history isn’t built (or, for that matter, destroyed) overnight, there are still some things you can do right now to boost your credit score—fast. Here are some sneaky yet totally legit ways you can improve that all-important three-digit number in record time.

Here’s the Five Ways to Boost Your Credit

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