Prices Reach All-Time Highs – Real Estate Report May/June

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Home Sales Pop in March – Real Estate Report April/May

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Relief in Sight? – Real Estate Report March/April

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FHA Streamline Refinance: No Appraisal or Income Verification

Guest Post by Optimal Loans Oakland, CA optimal loans oaklandAn FHA Streamline is a special loan product for individuals that have an existing FHA mortgage. It is a very easy and pain free process that does not require a Home appraisal and income verification. One of the perks of not having an appraisal is that you can refinance your loan even if your loan amount is higher than the value of the property. Also you don’t have to worry about paying for an appraisal. The FHA encourages folks that are underwater to refinance their property and lower their monthly payment. This is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity because the requirements to qualify are very lenient and simple. And most importantly the interest rates are the lowest they have been in the last 2 years. Also the MIP has been reduced dramatically. The reduction amount is dependent on your loan amount and amortization. Please refer to the MIP Chart towards the bottom of this article to understand this better.

Requirements of the FHA streamline program:

Employment
We wanted to dig in deeper to help you understand what lenders actually require from you to get this deal done. Income verification is not required in an FHA loan. When applying for a Streamline loan you do not need to provide W2, 1099 or Tax returns. Lot of articles online state that no job verification is required. However most lenders will do a Verification of Employment before the loan funds. This is merely a call to your employer to ensure that you have a job.

Mortgage only Credit Report
In an FHA streamline loan the lenders do not require a credit report but they require a Mortgage Only Tri-merged Credit report. They want to verify if you have had any late payments in the previous year. You are only allowed to have one late payment on your mortgage in the last 12 months. Also most lenders require a minimum credit score of 620 on Conforming FHA loans and 640 on Jumbo FHA loans.

Other Requirements
In order to qualify for this mortgage there must be a 5% reduction in P&I and MI. FHA streamline loans do not allow lender cashback and all credit from the lender will be applied to the reduction of the principal balance. Streamline loans are only for owner occupied properties. The borrower must have made at least 6 payments on the FHA mortgage that is being refinanced to qualify for a Streamline Refinance. At least 210 days must have passed on the FHA mortgage before it can be considered. You may not increase loan balance to cover for loan closing costs. The borrower must pay for closing costs out of pocket or cover them with lender credit. The closing costs consist of lender origination charges and title/escrow charges. This is not something that should worry you given today’s lending market. Most lenders are giving plenty of credit on interest rates that cover for your closing costs. It is very common to find a zero cost streamline loan or a loan that requires very low closing costs.

Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premiums
All loans that were endorsed by the FHA on or after June 1st, 2009 will have an Upfront Charge of 1.75% of the loan amount. This will be added to your loan balance. For example if the loan amount you are applying for is $200,000 then your upfront will be $3500. UFMIP formula = 1.75% X Current Loan amount. If you are refinancing within 3 years of your initial loan, FHA will provide a refund on previously paid upfront MIP. The size of the refund decreases as your 3 year time frame diminishes. Contact your Loan officer to get an exact figure of how much your refund will be.

Now that we have discussed the requirements. Let’s tell you why you should apply for a FHA Streamline Refinance. -First and most importantly the Annual MIP has decreased on January 26th, 2015. Even if you have a great Interest Rate you can save a lot on the MIP itself. Refer to the charts and example below.

Term > 15 years

Base Loan Amount LTV Previous MIP New MIP
< $625,500 < 95.00% 130bps 80bps
< $625,500 > 95.00% 135bps 85bps
>$625,500 <95.00% 150bps 100bps
>$625,500 >95.00% 155bps 105bps
Terms < 15 Years
Base Loan Amount LTV Previous MIP New MIP
<$625,500 78.01%-90.00% 45bps 45bps
<$625,500 >90.00% 70bps 70bps
>$625,500 78.01%-90.00% 70bps 70bps
>$625,500 >90.00% 95bps 95bps

For example: If your FHA loan amount is $525,000 and your MIP is at 130bps. You are paying $568.75 in Monthly MIP. Now, if you were to refinance with the Streamline program you can decrease your MIP from 130bps to 80bps. So your new monthly MIP will be $350. That is a $218.75 saving on your monthly payment. And you can do this without an appraisal!!

  • Very little paperwork required for a streamline. Which means very little time and effort required to get the deal done.
  • You can lock in a great interest rate in today’s Market. Ask your loan officer for a rate quote!
  • It is very common to find a loan that will cost you close to nothing as lenders are offering credit on interest rates. This depends on what rate you chose. Ask your Loan Officer about this.

In general this is a great time to refinance any Home mortgage given the current interest rate market. But if you are on the Streamline path it is the best time. You may be wondering why the FHA is allowing such a great loan program. Well, by allowing borrowers to lower their mortgage payments they reduce the risk of defaults on FHA mortgages. As the FHA insures these mortgages made by lenders it is the FHA’s goal to reduce risk on its overall portfolio. If you have a FHA Mortgage then don’t wait because it is a guaranteed saving and practically very minimal effort from your end. Optimal Loans www.optimalloans.com info@optimalloans.com

Housing in San Francisco with the Extra Amount of Comfort and Extravagance

“There is no other place to find more comfort and extravagance than in a home, a luxury home.”

Since 1970 AMSI offers sophisticated, elegant, modern and charming housing in San Francisco Bay Area. When thinking of luxury most people indeed think of something that is expensive and unique. Yet, everyone’s definition is different and for some people luxury is simply the state of great comfort and extravagant living.

A home is and should be treated of great value not just because it gives people the comfort and space to rest, but because it’s the heart and soul of everyone’s life and dreams. Therefore a place should indeed have some great comfort and extravagance. Whether you or your clients are looking for a home with striking views, a home in the woodlands, an elegant cottage, a grand estate outside of San Francisco, our real estate inventory offers “that certain something” you are looking for.

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Inventory and Sales Down – Real Estate Report February

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Q&A with Dawn Cusulos Award-Winning Property Leasing Agent of the Year 2014

Today we introduce you to Dawn Cusulos, she is AMSI’s award-winning and top producing Real Estate Agent, a Superwoman!

What do you like the most about working in Real Estate? It gives me great pleasure to see people happy once they have found a home, whether it’s a buyer or tenant.
What does a usual working day look like for you? My day starts first thing with calls or showings all day long. Oftentimes I work late since I have clients that may have odd work hours. But I don’t mind arranging appointments at times when others go home or meet with their friends and family, since this may close the deal.
What has been your biggest success and achievement in Real Estate so far? Closing hundreds of transactions over the years! Nice being noticed as a top producer in business!!
Do you believe that being a woman makes is easier or harder? No. I believe being true to your self with honesty and integrity is key.
You are a working mom and wife, but you are very successful in your job. Do you have any tips for other working moms? Being a working mom in the Real estate field works. I have flexibility and can work around many mom duties. My tip would be simply to take advantage of your flexibility and arrange your duties around your appointments, or the other way around. But you have to keep in mind that this might mean to arrange appointments at late hours to meet clients for showings.
The real estate market in San Francisco is very competitive but you belong to the top producer. What is it that distinguishes you from others in the industry? Honesty and being a good listener are great assets to being a top producer. Owners appreciate the value they may get from an Agent who takes time to listen and follow up with them. I have a positive attitude in this industry and owner’s may like it.
What do you like the most about working with AMSI? I love working at AMSI because it feels like family. Robb Fleischer is the best broker! I like the fact we are all team players.
Have you encountered a drop in the Real Estate Market during the recession? Has it been more difficult than before to make business? I have been very blessed due to referring business and owners calling me back over the years. I keep very busy and love it. I really do enjoy what I do!

Visit Dawn’s website to get to know here better or follow her on TWITTER @cusulos
Email: dcusulos@amsiemail.com
Phone: 415-678-8854
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