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The Fed Raised Rates….Why Did Mortgage Rates Drop?

The Fed Raised Rates….Why Did Mortgage Rates Drop?

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The U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key, Federal Reserve Funds Rate (Fed Funds) .25% on Monday, March 13th, 2017 for the second time this year, citing economic growth, job gains and confidence.

Then the mortgage market did something odd. Mortgage rates dropped. The yield on the 10 year US treasury peaked at 2.60% the day the FOMC chair, Janet Yellen announced the Federal Reserve would raise its key Fed Funds rate to 1.00%, from .75%.

The reason? Consumer debt gets pricing from DC and mortgages get their pricing from Wall Street. Fed Funds is the interest rate the Federal Reserve changes its member banks for short term loans. There is no direct correlation between the Federal Reserve raising rates and mortgage rates.

So in other words, Fed Funds going up has an effect on your credit card rates and consumer loan rates, rates tied to the prime lending rate, but not mortgage rates.

So what do I do if I’m in the mortgage market? The best indicator of mortgage rates is the yield on the 10 year US Treasury which can be found here https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5ETNX?p=^TNX

4 Tips for Using Child Support to Qualify for a Mortgage

Quite often we see mortgage applicants, generally single mothers applying for financing that have income from a job and child support.  Sometimes, the child support is the make or break item that is the difference in qualifying the applicant for a home loan.

However, due to the inconsistent nature inherent in some child support relationships, there are a number of rules that apply to getting the child support payments to qualify as income for a mortgage applicant.

Below are 4 tips to use in advance of your mortgage application to make sure child support income can be included by your mortgage lender.

1. 6 Months Backwards

In order for child support income to be considered, we must ba able to document a 6 month history of receipt. This is due to so many parents not making the required child support payments. Proving receipt for 6 months can be problematic though. In some cases where child support is administered by the state government, for example, state of MO Child Support Enforcement has a link to document payment history of their cases, which is available at https://dssapp.dss.mo.gov/payments/WbMdi3OrdersByCaseListSvr.ASP Each recipient is required t to obtain an 8 digit key code to access their account.

2. 3 Years Forwards

Also, like most income that is not directly derived from work, the rule of thumb to qualify for a mortgage is to show that the income stream will continue for at least 3 more years. Effectively, this means the children for which the borrower receives financial support can’t be any older than 15 at the time of application.

3. Check Please! 

If not paying via some online vehicle, try to be paid by check. It helps if there is a copy of the check which can be verified with the deposit receipt on the bank statements.

 

4. Deposit the check quickly, by itself and wholeSingle Dad Mortgage

The child support check should be deposited as quickly as you receive it, and should be deposited by itself and do not take any cash out of the deposit. So in other words, don’t hold on to the check to deposit with a payroll check and don’t take cash from the deposit.

So, for example, Sally, who lives in Warrenton, collects child support of $1,100 per month is paid by check for 2 children ages 12 and 10. She regularly copies the front of the check and deposits the check by itself and whole. A mortgage company will be able to use this as income towards qualifying for her mortgage by producing 6 months of bank statements and copies of the checks showing a check for $1,100 and deposits for $1,100.

To conclude, it is possible to include child support as income toward qualifying for a mortgage application. It does take some planning and documentation.

 

If you have anymore questions or want to discuss this further, please feel free to reach out to Jayson Hardie at 636-256-5712, it costs ZERO to find out!

Record-Breaking Interest Rates Fire Up Homeowners

Mortgage rates tumbled again last week and homeowners nationwide are fired up about refinancing. From homeowners drowning in underwater mortgages to those who refinanced 30-year mortgages at rates that hovered just below 4% last October, all kinds of homeowners are trying to take advantage of these new historically low rates. While every household’s financial situation is different, record-breaking low interest rates, a competitive lending market and changes in some federal refinancing programs for struggling homeowners make now the best time to refinance your home mortgage.
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Avoiding Bad Credit

Let’s face it, bad credit happens to all of us at one time or another. Whether you’re unemployed, are disabled, sick and cannot work or the victim of credit card fraud or identity theft, falling victim to bad credit is easy. Here are some ways to avoid bad credit.

One of the best ways to avoid bad credit is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Creating a monthly budget before you start developing credit is the ideal way to keep your credit from getting out of hand. By making a list of your monthly income and monthly expenses, you’ll know your spending limitations. Just because a credit card allows you to go out and buy a bunch of stuff right away doesn’t mean that you should. It’s important to put a cap on your spending and stay well below your credit card limit. When you spend close to your credit card’s limit, your credit score goes down. Continue reading “Avoiding Bad Credit”

How Collateral Impacts Mortgage Loan Qualification

Collateral

When you obtain a mortgage loan to purchase a home, the collateral used to secure the loan is the house. If you fail to make payments and default on your loan, your lender has the option to claim ownership of the house due to its security interest.

Collateral = your home  –  this is the what secures the mortgage loan in case you don’t make your payments
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Home Buying and Mortgage Loan Quick Facts

So kids, you want to buy a home in St Louis?  Homestead Financial is a Mortgage Company in St Louis and Kansas City with answers to the most common questions and the information you will need to qualify for a mortgage loan.

  • How do I qualify for a mortgage?
  • What does my credit score need to be?
  • How do I improve my credit score?
  • How much down payment do I need?

Let’s start with the 3 C’s of qualifying for a mortgage: Credit, Capacity, and Collateral.

Credit, Capacity and  Collateral

CREDIT: You used to be able to get a decent interest rate and big mortgage with a credit score at or around 580. Now it takes at least a score of 640, if you are below that, you’ll have to work on improving your credit.

580 with X thru   640 underlined or circled

There are many ways to improve your credit score, but paying bills on time and keeping balances low are the best places to start.

Ways to improve your credit score:

Rule no. 1   Pay bills ON TIME

Rule no. 2    Keep credit card (and other monthly debt balances) LOW

CAPACITY: You need to be able repay your mortgage loan and support that ability to repay with documentation. Borrowers must prove sufficient income as well as demonstrate an acceptable debt-to-income-ratio. In other words, your documentable income must be good, but you also cannot be carrying a lot of debt. It’s a good idea to reduce your credit card debt as much as possible before beginning the home buying process.

Most recent pay stubs, W-2 (last 2 years), tax return (for self employed last 2 years)

A debt-to-income ratio below 40% is recommended   for example: $2000 monthly obligations/$5,000 gross mo income = DTI of 40%

COLLATERAL:    Today most banks want borrowers to put down 20% of the purchase price of the home. However, there are many programs offered by the FHA as well as Mortgage Insurance Companies that insure mortgage lenders against loss while providing options to help consumers buy or finance homes with less than 10% down.

Recommended down payment is 20% of the home purchase price

OR

Reduce required down payment amount with:

FHA programs (such as 1st time home buyer programs)

PMI (private mortgage insurance)

Thanks for viewing our 3C’s quick facts video, I hope you found it helpful.  If you have any questions please feel free to call us, our loan officers are friendly and ready to help!

Our loan officers are happy to answer any questions!  So give us a call at 800-Homestead-8!