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Gain a better plan rather than living paycheck-to-paycheck with your next mortgage Homeownership is a goal that most of us have. In order to make this dream come true, future homebuyers need to do some financial planning and budget their money in order to save for a home. Let’s take a look at a possible financial scenario of a newly-married couple, Brad and Ann, renting an apartment and plan to purchase their first home within the next 12 months. Build good credit First things first. If your credit needs a little TLC, you need to take care of that first. Talk with one of our helpful Mortgage Bankers to review your credit report and profile. You will work with your Mortgage Banker to ensure there is no suspicious activity or late payments recorded that shouldn’t be there. If you have a poor credit rating, it could limit the amount of house you can qualify for due to a high-interest rate, or result in your application being denied by an Underwriter. If your loan application gets denied, BankSouth Mortgage can help you get back on track with your credit and finances. We never want to say “no” to a borrower, but rather help each customer achieve their financial dream of homeownership. Add up monthly income sources Now for the second-largest elephant in the room when it comes to planning a budget, your income. There is no way you’re going to be able to know how much home you can afford if you don’t add up your monthly income sources. In our make-believe financial scenario, Brad is an Accountant brings in $2,900 in take-home pay a month, and Ann’s monthly take-home amount is $3,200 a month as a ...

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What is a renovation loan?

Jan 9
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Category | Mortgage Speak
A renovation loan is a type of loan that borrowers can use to make renovations to their current or future home. It could mean turning a fixer-upper into the home of your dreams. Renovation loans can be taken out at the time of purchase or as part of a refinance of your current home to make improvements. These renovations usually result in the homeowner’s ability to build equity immediately once the renovation is complete. There are many options to choose from when it comes to a renovation loan. How do renovation loans work? With a renovation loan, you can turn a fixer-upper into the home of your dreams. Renovation loans can be stand-alone loans or in tandem with a new home purchase or refinance depending on the type of loan you are approved for. Here are some highlights of common renovation loan types: Construction to Perm Renovation Loan If you’re looking to do major renovations to turn a fixer-upper into the home of your dreams, the 2-time close Construction to Perm (CP) renovation loan may be for you. You can put down as low as 10% and make interest-only payments during the construction. Streamlined FHA 203k With a single FHA home loan, you can combine the cost of the home with the non-structural renovation costs – up to $31,500 in renovations. A streamlined FHA 203k can be done as part of a purchase or refinance. Non-structural repairs include improvements/modernizations, elimination of health/safety standards, replace roofing, painting, and more. Homestyle Renovation Loan The Homestyle Renovation Loan makes it possible to include renovation costs with your conventional first mortgage on your home. This is a ...

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What industry experts are predicting for Georgia mortgages in 2020 I think it’s safe to say that 2019 has been a historical year when speaking about the mortgage and real estate markets. Several Georgia markets saw record-low interest rates on new and refinanced mortgage loans, and real estate agents managed many competing home offers, driving prices above asking in many cases. The Mortgage Bankers Association says that the mortgage industry is on a path for the best year since the great recession in 2008 as a result of the rate cuts enacted by the Federal Reserve. What’s in store for 2020? Many are wondering if we will see interest rates continue to stay where they are now, or if they will drop even lower. Let’s look back at 2019 and see where we could be headed in 2020 based on what the experts are predicting. Recap of 2019 Mortgage Trends Mortgage experts across the country predicted that 2019 would see rates increase as the demand of mortgage originations soared, but that is exactly the opposite of what happened. Demand rose and interest rates fell. This benefited everyone in the industry, not only the mortgage lenders and realtors, but the homebuyers, sellers, and current homeowners. Homebuyers were able to obtain financing more easily, sellers’ homes sold faster, and homeowners were able to take advantage of lower interest rates by refinancing their current mortgage. The focus of many mortgage professionals was on first-time homebuyers in 2019, according to experts at NerdWallet. During the great recession, many millennials delayed buying a home due to affordability, tight lending restrictions, and student ...

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Documents you need and what to do with them to file your taxes after you purchase a home Purchasing a home affects many areas of your life. From your commute to work, where your kids go to school, to where you shop for groceries. Along with those things, there are tax benefits you need to be aware of. Depending on where you live, you may be eligible to deduct your mortgage insurance and property taxes from your income taxes each year. Tax Documents to Expect from Your Mortgage Lender Every year by January 31, you can expect a Form 1098 from your mortgage lender/servicer. Form 1098 is a Mortgage Interest Statement that lists the amount of interest you have paid on a mortgage during the tax year. The totals listed on the form can be used to lower your taxable income thus lowering your overall tax bill for the year. Tax Form 1098 that you receive also includes the outstanding principal balance owed on your loan as well as the real estate taxes you paid throughout the year. How to Determine How Much Interest You Can Deduct from Your Taxes Form 1098 lists all the mortgage interest you paid on your home loan for the taxable year on line 5. The form is not required to be submitted to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) when you file your taxes. Only in the event of an audit may you need to present it to the IRS because the mortgage lender sends this same information to the IRS at the same time you are mailed a copy. Why You Need Your Closing Disclosure to File Your Taxes There are additional items that may be tax-deductible listed on the Closing Disclosure you received when you closed on your home, based on where you live and how ...

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Don’t Make These Mistakes During the Holidays or You’ll Jeopardize Your Mortgage Loan! Your holiday to-do list is long enough without adding buying a house on top of everything else. There is decorating, shopping, wrapping, and multiple gatherings to attend. To knock one small thing off your list that makes a BIG impact, it’s keeping your credit in shape while you’re moving through the mortgage loan process. To keep your credit sparkling like the Macy’s tree in Times Square, consider adding some of these do’s and don’ts to your to-do or not-to-do lists. Don’t do these: Do not open any new credit accounts. Retailers will try to entice you to open a new credit account so you can save 10% or more. Don’t give in! This will cost you big while Underwriters are reviewing your loan application. If you think it won’t show up on your credit report immediately, think again. When you apply for any new credit account, it shows almost as soon as when you’re standing at the cash register checking out. Do not run up your credit card balances. You may have that credit balance to use to purchase presents, but if you run up your credit limits, this affects your Debt-to-Income Ratio. When your debt-to-income ratio reaches a certain point, Underwriters may question your affordability of the mortgage you are applying for. Do not put off paying bills. Be sure to pay all of your bills on time while you are applying for a mortgage . Even one missed payment can affect the determination of your mortgage being approved or not. Do not miss out on your annual free credit report . This is a no-brainer! ...

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