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Friday, March 6, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Now's the time to beat down your lender's door.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems.

Interest rates and stock prices have been bouncing all over the place recently, but yesterday was a shocker. 
What’s going on? We're seeing the effects of the Federal Reserve's interest rate-cutting on 10-year Treasury notes this week. The average rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage dropped to 3.29% this week, its lowest level... ever.


What’s going on? We're seeing the effects of the Federal Reserve's interest rate-cutting on 10-year Treasury notes this week.

First, keep in mind that 30-year mortgage rates have no free will. They move in lockstep with 10-year U.S. Treasuries. Treasury yields were already at all-time lows because of concerns the Corona Virus would hit future economic growth. (Investors buy Treasuries when they want to play it safe, and yields move inversely to prices.)

In an emergency move this week, the Fed cut interest rates,sending those Treasury yields even ...

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Thursday, March 5, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Your tax refund could pay for HALF the down payment on a house. Here's how!

Do you have plans for that fat, juicy income tax refund you'll be getting in April? Maybe you'll be booking front row seats to Hamilton, or perhaps heading to 'Vegas and putting it all on red or black? Even better, You could buy a really nice pair of jeans. The Guinness Book of World Records cites Gucci’s “Genius Jeans” as the most expensive pair of jeans in the world. They could yours!

But if you'd rather do something smart with your refund check, you might consider putting it in the bank to help fund the down payment on a home. For most Americans, that refund is enough to cover HALF your down payment. Here's how: The map below shows the average tax refund Americans received last year by state:



According to programs from the Federal Housing Authority, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae, many first-time buyers can purchase a home with as little as 3% down. Truth be told, a 20% down payment is not always required to buy a home, even though that’s a common mi ...

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Monday, February 24, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

5 tips for buying a house on bad credit.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems
If your financial situation is less than perfect, buying a house may be a bit more challenging than it would be for others. But it is possible. Here are five things a prospective home buyer can do toward getting a home, even with fair or bad credit .
1. Improve your credit.
It sounds obvious, but it can be done. Lenders judge a borrower's likelihood to pay back a loan based on their credit score. A credit score range between 669-580 ranks your credit as “fair,” and is considered a higher risk for a mortgage lender. Lenders view a score of 579 or less to be “bad credit.” A low credit score means you’re a higher risk for a lender.
It is possible to improve your credit score if it's below 580, and it may take some time. You can:
Improve your payment history.
Having a history of regular on-time payments are a critical part of good credit. Having a plan to regularly make payments w ...

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Friday, February 7, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Buying a Foreclosure Home: Negotiations and Financing.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems


The wheels of banking grind exceedingly slow, and purchasing a foreclosure home is no exception. The start of a buyer's long road to owning a distressed property starts with making an offer, and proceeds through negotiations to closing. Most lenders with properties to get rid of are accustomed to low-ball offers. Buyers making offers that are at least 20% below the current market price are normal. A lender might agree to offers even lower than that if the particular property has been on their books for a long time. Lenders will also discount properties in an area with a high incidence of foreclosures. 

Many times, the winning offer will be all cash, including enough for the property and any necessary renovations. This is why buyers will often team up with outside investors who can help them cover up-front costs, then share any profits when the home is sold. 

Financing an REO.
Lenders don't part ...

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Monday, November 4, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

You may be one in five Hudson Valley home buyers may be committing mortgage fraud.

It is estimated that one in five residential loan applications for buying a Hudson Valley home commit mortgage fraud. According to a CoreLogic study, income fraud ? "misrepresenting the existence, continuance, source or amount of income used to qualify for a mortgage" ? was the most common type of fraud the company saw in residential loan applications it reviewed from 2017 to 2018, at more than 22 percent.

Mortgage fraud carries a penalty of up to 30 years in jail or $1 million in fines, and most people think it's a crime committed by a lender. All it takes is a little white lie on a mortgage application to put a potentially put a borrower in big trouble. 

Here are five common forms of mortgage fraud, in case you're one of worried about getting a knock on your door.

1. Inflating your declared income.


If you're dying for a certain home but it's just a little out of your budget, it may be tempting to fudge your income to qualify for a larger loan. This is especia ...

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