Conforming & FHA Loan limits have been increased to 500K

Market Update:
Rates continue to be volatile, but are still at historically low levels.
Check out my 4.125% – 5 year Fixed money – LOW!! The rate sheet is attached.

Conforming & FHA Loan limits have been increased to 500K for the rest of 2009. The bad news is that these agency jumbo loans are not yet available in the market place. So we don’t know the pricing or stipulations yet, but I will update you with more as it unravels.

FHA & VA has also just raised its minimum fico score requirement to 620, yes that’s correct. Any loan’s currently in the system must be approved soon, to be grandfathered in.

***If I have given you a pre-qualification please get with me to verify FICO scores.***
If you have a loan in process and the interest rate was not been locked, they will need to be locked by March 7th to be eligible.
Please let your friends and clients know!

FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY

FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Contact: Corinne Russell (202) 414-6921
February 23, 2009 Stefanie Mullin (202) 414-6376

2009 CONFORMING LOAN LIMITS INCREASED BY
AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law on Tuesday, increased the maximum conforming loan limit for
mortgages originated in 2009. The increase affects 250 counties across the United States. For these areas, identified in the attached table, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan limits
will return to their late-2008 levels, which were up to $729,750 for one-unit properties in the continental United States. Loan limits in other areas are not changed by the
legislation.

Conforming loan limits for 2009 were originally announced in late 2008 and had been calculated under terms set forth in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008
(HERA), passed in July. The new ARRA legislation stipulates that, for loans originated in 2009, the loan limit is to be the higher of the 2008 limits and those originally calculated
for 2009 under HERA. Where the 2008 and 2009 limits differ, the 2008 limits tend to be higher and thus, in most cases, loan limits are reverting back to last year’s levels. For the
relatively few counties where 2009 limits actually increased (43 counties in Virginia, North Carolina, and California), the new limits will remain at the higher level.

Notable elements of the new legislation:
1. The Director of FHFA is given the authority to increase loan limits levels for “subareas” under provisions in ARRA. Given the implementation difficulties associated
with establishing multiple limits for any given county, FHFA’s Director currently has no plans to use this discretion.

2. The loan limits established under ARRA apply to all loans originated in 2009. For loans purchased in 2009 that were originated from July 1, 2007 through December
31, 2008, the same limits will apply. For loans purchased in 2009, but originated before July 1, 2007, the limits previously announced by FHFA on November 7 ,
2008 and updated in December will apply. For example, a $700,000 mortgage originated in 2006 would not be eligible for purchase this year, even if the
applicable local limit under ARRA is $729,750.

Several lookup tables are available at http://www.ofheo.gov/Regulations.aspx?Nav=128 that provide detailed information about local area loan limits. A full county listing is provided
showing loan limits for every U.S. county and county-equivalent. Also provided is a table showing those metropolitan areas where the new 2009 loan limits exceed the baseline
$417,000 level for one-unit properties.

It’s been another unbelievable week in the mortgage business.

It’s been another unbelievable week in the mortgage business. I am still getting your clients approved and deals are coming together! Yes, it’s true. Here are some tips that are helping as I am continuing to be creative.

1. Counting Rental Income if Converting a Primary to an Investment- If qualifying is a problem get a co-mortgagor to help offset the debt to income ratios if they are too high.
a. Conventional – 30% equity and 6 months PITI reserves to count rental income
b. FHA – 25% Equity and 6 months PITI reserves to count rental income
2. Source the down payment – getting a gift or having money in the bank makes getting approved easier. We can use gift down payments from relatives.
3. Zero Down? – I have USDA Zero down programs for rural housing, CALHFA for 100% financing with a 680+ fico, and VA loans with no mortgage insurance.
4. Low Down – 3% down until January 1, 2009 and 3.5% thereafter! We can use gift money from a relative it’s so easy!
5. Credit Problems? Talk to about a credit repair program. It’s easy and its low cost to turn your clients into approved buyers.
6. Think Full Documentation – 2 years tax returns, 2 months bank statements, current paystubs. Set realistic expectations.
7. Investors – 20% down with no more than 4 properties with loans on them – Per Fannie Mae Guidelines
8. Investors – 30% down with more than 4 properties with loans –

Hope this helps! Oh by the way, I am never too busy for referrals!

100% financing

Are you tired of your clients hearing NO, NO, NO, I can’t find anyone to qualify me on 100% financing, interest rates are too high, I don’t have enough money for a down payment or closing costs, or I am in a declining or soft real estate market and cannot meet my lender’s new qualifying guidelines?

If you are tired of hearing these objections, then I can help you sell more homes because I can turn these frustrated clients into buyers.

Call me today to discuss the benefits of FHA financing for your clients. I have a privately funded down payment assistance program that has been approved by the FHA to help get families into homes.

This program allows:
Down payment and closing cost assistance to the buyer
Lower interest rates
No declining or soft market policy
Easier to meet with low or no credit scores needed
No asset reserves required
This program is restricted to primary residences only
Full documentation, but also allows non-occupant co-borrowers to help qualify.
The maximum loan amount 500K.

The responsibility of executing this program correctly will be based on the ability of the buyer, seller, and lender all working together to accomplish our goal. I will be more than happy to school all who are involved in the transaction to help accomplish this goal.

FRANKLIN LOAN CENTER IS NOW FHA APPROVED!!

FRANKLIN LOAN CENTER IS NOW FHA APPROVED!! This means great things to come when you have clients who are in need of NO and LOW down payment assistance.

Wow, I hope you’ve had an exciting week like I have! Yesterday we got the announcement that the conforming loan limit / FHA limit for Riverside County has increase to $500,000 for single family homes. We are still waiting to be able to lock loans at the new limits. You’ll notice on my rate sheet (attached) that I am still using the conforming loan limit of $417,000 until I am able to lock. Also, there are specifics we are verifying regarding these new limits! As I get more information I’ll pass it along.

This week I’ve attached two articles you should read.

DO YOU HAVE CLIENTS WAITING FOR ANOTHER FED RATE CUT? Read the first article, “Fed Cuts Mortgage Rates Go Up?” to knock them off the fence as mortgage rates will most likely go up after a cut! PRINT COPIES TO PASS OUT!

DO YOU HAVE CLIENTS WAITING FOR PRICING TO COME DOWN? Read the second article, “Ignore All the Headlines” to encourage them to take advantage of low interest rates. PRINT COPIES TO PASS OUT!

Attached is my weekly rate sheet! I’m NEVER too busy for ANY of your referrals! Make it a great week.

FHA Mortgage Limits List – FHA Forward

Message: MORTGAGE LIMITS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED

Mortgage maximums as of Wednesday March 05, 2008
(1 records were selected, 1 records displayed.)
MSA Name
MSA Code
Division
County Name
County
Code
State
One-Family
Two-Family
Three-Family
Four-Family
Last Revised
RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO, CA (MSA)
40140

RIVERSIDE
065
CA
$500,000
$640,100
$773,700
$961,550
03/05/2008

FHA Mortgage Limits List – Fannie/Freddie

Message: MORTGAGE LIMITS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED

Mortgage maximums as of Wednesday March 05, 2008
(1 records were selected, 1 records displayed.)
MSA Name
MSA Code
Division
County Name
County
Code
State
One-Family
Two-Family
Three-Family
Four-Family
Last Revised
RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO-ONTARIO, CA (MSA)
40140

RIVERSIDE
065
CA
$500,000
$640,100
$773,700
$961,550
03/05/2008



Core Personal Consumption Expenditure Index (PCE)

Happy Friday! Attached is my weekly rate update check it out!

This week was a step in the right direction as far as mortgage pricing was concerned. We’ve seen rates come back down about 0.25% across the board when compared to last week. 30 year fixed conforming rate is at 5.75% with 1 point.

Today, the Core Personal Consumption Expenditure Index (PCE), the Fed’s favored gauge of consumer inflation, was reported in line with estimates for the month of January. When inflation is high mortgage rates go up.

Still no word from HUD regarding conforming loan limit changes; HOWEVER, as soon as I hear what they are I will be sure to send you a special alert!

Make it a great weekend and remember I am never too busy for ANY of your purchase or refinance mortgage referrals!

Do Not Call Registry Reminder

Hope you had a wonderful Super Bowl weekend! I know I enjoyed most of the commercials. In this week’s update I’d like you to educate yourself on a new practice the medical industry is trying to implement called a MedFICO. This is interesting information and can be found in this newsletter. Stay tuned with more information regarding the upcoming conforming loan limit increase from $417,000 up to $625,000.

Do Not Call Registry Reminder (I just did it myself and took 30 seconds)
REMINDER…12 days from today, all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.
YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS!

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell
Phone: 888-382-1222.

It is the National DO NOT CALL registry list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS. It takes about 20 seconds

Oh by the way, I’m never too busy for any of your purchase or refinance mortgage referrals!

Make it a great week!