How can a widowed stay-at-home mom obtain a mortgage?

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 in FHA Information

Question by alc04@verizon.net: What type of loan?
We are looking to buy a multi-family home the bottom floor is completely finished however the second floor is still under construction and the owners ran out of money to complete it. We just received word that a conventional loan will not work because the second floor is not finished. What type of loan would we need to purchase the home?

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Answer by Alex R
You will need a construction loan to complete the project and then switch this to a permanent loan once complete. If you have a home right now you can do a bridge loan also to complete the project. Let me know if I can help. Good luck!

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Question by puppyfeet: How can a widowed stay-at-home mom obtain a mortgage?
The widow and children receive a guaranteed monthly death benefit which is enough for them to live comfortably. She hasn’t worked since she had children, hospital and doesn’t need to now, pills but she wants to buy a home. The problem is, treat she let the other house go into foreclosure because her husband died there and she couldn’t bear to go back. Now her credit is ruined. Is it possible to get a mortgage with scarred credit and no employment even though she has the ability to pay?
This person lives in the USA.

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Answer by RN
There are program out there that look at the person and not the situation. She has a traumatic experience in her life. She needs to get back on her feet. She might try an online site such as Lendingtree.com or similar site. It might be that she could go to a local mortgage broker and explain her situation. It might be that after she explains reasons why she let the other house foreclose, they might work with her. If you haven’t been watching the housing market is not like it once was. She also might try alternative finance online. Lendingtree has good resources but be prepared to pay higher interest rates, etc.

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  1. HI – If her middle credit score is 580 + than yes she can obtain a homemortgage. There are some other companies that do underwrite if the credit score is 560 + But the norm is 580+. This is if she is needing 100 percent financing.

    A 100 percent loan – is not totally out of your reach – There are FHA programs, payment assistant programs to help you. Look at your middle credit score, if you do not know your credit scores – have your lender tell you, or pull your credit from the 3 credit reporting agencies – BUT the person you are working with should tell YOU.

    Lenders look at the middle score to qualify a person – With a 580 or higher you can get a 100 percent loan. If your credit is low, than you will be going SUB-Prime, and any amount over 80 percent does not have MI – There are alot of companies I underwrite for that does NOT charge MI – normally the rate is slightly higher. Say you got qualified and your rate was 8.50 at par (Par, means that is what rate the lender quotes you, with no addon’s to the rate for the lender to make pts on the back – some Lo”s add pts on the rate to make their money – instead of charging it up front). The 8.50 does not have MI included. This is a estimate only – ok –

    If you go with a FHA loan, FHA has MI included. (With a 580 + you will be going sub-prime the rates are higher by about a 1 percent, but you have no MI. (MI is mortgage insurance in case you default on the loan, it is a way for lenders to have added insurance. It is not the same as Home Owners insurance, ok)

    Go to these websites:
    http://www.nehemiahcorp.org/

    http://www.fanniemaefoundation.org/

    http://www.fha-home-loans.com/

    http://www.freddiemac.com/

    When you Decide to buy, decide on how much you want to spend, if you want to escrow the taxes and insurance. Say the taxes are 1200 a YR and insurance 800 a year (just an estimate, ok) That is 2,000 a year divided by 12 = 166.66 If you paid 1,000 a month now – (166.66) your P/I Principle and Interest would be 833.34. Now you decided on the price range you are looking into. If you have great credit, a 1 loan at 130,000 at a rate of 7 percent over a 30 year time would be 864.89 – This is just a estimate – ok –

    It greatly depends if you need help with closing cost, (The seller could do Seller Help toward your closing cost). If that is the case, I normally tell my clients NOT to hackle over the price, since you are asking for closing cost help – especially if the home is thru a realitor, and the seller has to pay the realitor their fee which runs from 3-6 percent of the selling price, and you ask for 3-5 percent toward closing cost -assistance) Follow me so far??

    Talk with a broker, a broker underwrites for many company’s (I underwrite for 150 companies) so I only have to pull credit 1 time, and they look at my credit. A single lender (not a broker) has programs available, but they may not be able to help you and your situation, so you go elsewhere, and than that person pulls your credit (see what I mean.) If you shop, your credit is pulled and that is considered a soft pull, for a 30 day period. Just like shopping for a auto, it is good for 30 days. If you apply for a credit card, that is considered a “hard” pull and it drags down your credit score. When looking for a home, please do not apply for a credit card, Department Charge Card, Gasoline Card or make any major purchases, like a auto, etc. This will pull your credit down.

    Try to find someone (broker) that will pull your credit one time, and submit your loan application to company’s that will go off his credit report. By the way, a loan application is called a 1003, and they will issue you a GFE (Good Faith estimate, with-in 3 days, that is per the RESPA laws, and the TIL (Truth in Lending). The GFE will tell you the up-front closing cost associated with your loan. The TIL will tell you the terms, rate associated with your loan. This is a estimate only – not the final – but it does help you figure things out.

    Good Luck, and if I can help in any way check out my web site, for links to all the credit reporting agency’s and other useful information. This is not an advertisement – just helpful information for you…

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    Welcome to the USDA Income and Property Eligibility Site
    2. This site is used to determine eligibility for certain USDA home loan programs. In order to be eligible for many USDA loans, household income must meet certain guidelines. Also, the home to be purchased must be located in an eligible rural area as defined by USDA.
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    Rural Housing Direct Loans are loans that are directly funded by the Government. These loans are available for low- and very low-income households to obtain homeownership. Applicants may obtain 100% financing to purchase an existing dwelling, purchase a site and construct a dwelling, or purchase newly constructed dwellings located in rural areas. Mortgage payments are based on the household’s adjusted income. These loans are commonly referred to as Section 502 Direct Loans.
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