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How Does a HUD 203k Inspection Differ from a Standard Home Inspection?

June 13, 2012

This is a guest post from Steven Laszlo (S0640), FHA 203k consultant and a trained home inspector in California.  I asked Steven if we could put this on our site because this question comes up all the time from home buyers, Realtors and even other loan officers when I train them.  Its an important subject […]

The FHA 203K Mortgage Process

May 14, 2012

 The FHA 203k is a great loan for someone making a purchase or refinancing, and these steps will provide you with a road-map to understanding the process. 1)    The Buyer works with a realtor to find the right property for them, or the owner is ready for a renovation on their existing property. 2)    Get […]

KEY PRODUCT FEATURES OF THE FHA 203(K) Loan

May 7, 2012

Many are surprised to find out that you can use a FHA 203k loan to refinance or purchase a property and roll in the cost of rehabilitation and renovation.  This is one of the great ideas behind the FHA 203k loan.  Frequently, I receive calls from customers stating they don’t have enough equity in their […]

Eligible Improvements Using the FHA 203K Loan

April 26, 2012

Lately I’ve been asked, “what are some allowable improvements when we use the FHA 203k rehab mortgage”?  I’d like to give you some basic information that you can use to help understand how the FHA 203k renovation mortgage works and what is eligible. These are prime times for the FHA 203k program more than ever. […]

For The 9th Straight Month, Foreclosure Filings Fall

July 20, 2011

For the 9th straight month last month, foreclosure activity slowed. According to tracking firm RealtyTrac, the number of  filings dropped 29 percent nationwide on an annual basis in June. The phrase “foreclosure filing” is a catch-all term, comprising default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions. June marked the ninth consecutive month of sub-300,000 filings after 20 months […]

Fed Meetings and their impact on consumers

July 18, 2011

The Federal Reserve released its June 2011 Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes Tuesday. It contained no surprises and, as such, mortgage rates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have idled in the hours since. The Fed Minutes is published 8 times annually, three weeks after each scheduled Federal Open Market Committee meeting. It’s the official log […]

What repairs are eligible to be completed with a FHA 203K Loan?

June 20, 2011

If you are either looking to purchase a home or possible rehab your existing home, it is important to know the repairs you can do with an FHA 203k loan. It is not breaking news to hear that the market is flooded with homes that need work. The difficulty that potential home buyers are having […]

How will being pre-qualified help my home search?

June 18, 2011

Today most consumer’s start their home search online. It is important to know the advantages of being a pre-qualified buyer. There are several reasons that this will help you. First and foremost that this is free service that will help you find out the max range of homes you can look at but it also […]

Home Improvements BEFORE You Sell?

June 16, 2011

By getting a good understanding of what potential buyers are looking for before you list your home, you will have an advantage over other listings. Lets face the facts; today’s home buyers are LESS WILLING to COMPROMISE! Sellers Temptation: To clean up the yard, de-clutter the house, and put it up on the market without […]

Heading for another Refi Boom?

June 14, 2011

Mortgage rates are falling, falling, falling. On a wave of uncertainty about Greece and its debt; and weaker-than-expected economic data at home, conforming 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates have fallen to levels not seen since December 2, 2010. Mortgage rates have dropped 8 weeks in a row. Not even last year’s Refi Boom produced an […]

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