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No Down Payment Mortgage Plus Freddie Mac’s New HomeOne Program!

Mahone Mortgage has a new investor that will do 100% financing. We have been waiting for this program to become available and we are super excited! Also, next month Freddie Mac will be rolling out the HomeOne Mortgage Program. This is a 3% down mortgage for first time home buyers. The program is similar to the Home Possible mortgage but without the income limits or geographic restrictions. Below are some highlights of both programs:

No Money Down 100% Financing Program

  • 80% first with 20% second.
  • Fixed rates and arms available.
  • 6 months PITI required.
  • Ratios can not be greater than 30/38.
  • Good to excellent credit required.
  • Do not have to be a first time home buyer

HomeOne

  • At least one borrower on the mortgage must be a first time home buyer.
  • Owner-occupied primary residences only.
  • One unit single family homes, townhouses, and condominiums are allowed. No manufactured homes allowed.

Give us a call at 434-293-5200 for more details or shoot me an email at pmahone@mahonemortgage.com.

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Mahone Mortgage Celebrates 10 year Anniversary!

10 years ago my brother, Tom, and I had a vision to start our own mortgage company. We had both been in the mortgage business for over 20 years and felt the time was right to start our own business. Ten years later Mahone Mortgage has closed over 2000 mortgages. While mortgage companies have shut down left and right over the last 10 years, Mahone Mortgage has thrived.

Why start our own business? There are a lot of reasons but I’ll list the 3 main ones:

  1. A dream. The American dream is to own a home for sure. But the next dream is to own your own business. It’s a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction to own your own business. 10 years later I still feel that sense of pride. It’s truly a great feeling.
  2. Not having a boss or worrying about the company you work for shutting down. 10 years ago the mortgage meltdown was under way and companies were closing down and people were losing their jobs. Tom and I did not want to be a casualty of this scenario. We wanted to control our own destiny.
  3. We wanted to create our own mortgage experience for our clients and referral partners, not someone else’s experience.¬† We wanted to hire the people we felt were the best people in the industry to offer the best customer service possible. 10 years later we have the same staff we started with. Jeff Sharff and Roseann Caddell are 2 of the best in the business anywhere.

What’s next?

I really feel like Tom and I have it exactly like we want it. We both do our own personal production from our past clients and referral sources. We have the perfect staff with Jeff and Roseann to take care of that production in top notch fashion. Kim Casteen is a loan officer that has also been with us since the beginning and she does her own personal production as well and is one of the most knowledgeable mortgage professionals you will find. We work with the top 3 wholesale lenders in the country as well as a few niche investors. We have established long relationships with these investors and made sure their underwriting and closing departments are the best in the industry. In a nutshell, we couldn’t be happier.

Thank you!

Tom and I could not have done this without the loyalty from our past clients and referral sources. We have to give a big THANK YOU to all of you! It’s one thing to have a dream of owning your own business but if your clients and referral sources don’t come along then you won’t last. So to everyone that has done a mortgage with us or referred a client to us, you deserve the credit for making our dream possible.

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Two New Changes Will Loosen Up The Mortgage Market

Two new changes to the mortgage lending market are about to go into effect that will help make it a bit easier to obtain a mortgage. The first change is that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are raising their debt-to-income ratios to 50% from 45%. This change goes into effect July 29th. “In this case, we’re changing the underwriting criteria, and we think the additional increment of risk for making that change is very small,” said Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae’s chief economist. “Given how pristine credit has been post-crisis, we don’t feel that is an unreasonable risk to take.”

 

I agree with this change. 8 years ago anyone could obtain a mortgage and it lead to the real estate and mortgage crisis. But like anything the market over corrected and the criteria became too strict. A little loosening up is needed. Obviously we don’t want to go back to just needing a pulse to obtain a mortgage but going to 50% on the ratios for borrowers with good credit and reserves makes sense.

 

 

The 2nd change is that the nation’s three major credit rating agencies, Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian will drop tax liens and civil judgments from some consumers’ profiles if the information isn’t complete. Your first response might be, “What? That’s crazy!” But I can’t tell you how many incorrect credit reports I have had to deal with over the years with these issues. It seems like once a month we will have a customer with a judgement or lien that has been paid off but still remains on their credit report. This will no longer be the case. If the credit agency can not verify the lien then the lien cannot go on the report. That makes sense to me.

Both of these rules seem like common sense decisions. I applaud Fannie, Freddie, and the credit agencies for evaluating current lending criteria and making smart changes.

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FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Reduction Likely To Be Put On Hold

It has been reported that Donald Trump may issue an executive order freezing a number of actions by the Obama administration including reducing the monthly FHA mortgage insurance premium. The premium cut was supposed to take place January 27th reducing the monthly mortgage insurance to .6% from .85%. Assuming Trump signs the executive order, this will give the new HUD secretary, Ben Carson, time to review the mortgage insurance reduction and make a decision on whether it should take effect. We will keep everyone updated on what transpires.

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FHA Lowers Monthly MIP!

Starting January 27th, FHA will lower their monthly mortgage insurance to .6% from .85%. On a $200,000 mortgage that would be a reduction of approximately $41 a month. It looks like we are starting to see the housing and mortgage market remove the roadblocks of first time home buyers. Although FHA is not solely a first time home buyer program, it does help first time home buyers get into the housing market by offering a 3.5% down payment option.

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This is the 2nd sign we’ve seen this year that the powers that be look like they are all in for kick starting the housing market and getting the economy moving. Yesterday I posted a blog about Freddie Mac offering a new 1% down program and now FHA reduces their monthly mortgage insurance. These both look like positives signs. I will continue to keep you abreast of any new changes that occur in the mortgage and housing markets.

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Alex Heads To Zambia For The Peace Corps!

When our 25 year old son, Alex, broke the news to Penny and me that he was going in The Peace Corps we were stunned to say the least. We are a close knit family and the idea of our oldest son going to Africa for 27 months was a gut check. He went to James Madison but was home for the weekends at least once or twice a month. Plus we could go visit him anytime for lunch. He then went to Arlington and worked for the AmeriCorps for the last year, but same thing, we saw him almost every weekend. But yesterday, after 17 hours on the plane, he landed in Zambia (see picture below, Alex is the one right under the lion’s nose). So Penny and I, as well as Alex’s brother and sister, Drew (22), and Emma (20), have to deal with not seeing Alex for at least the next 15 months (Alex is scheduled to come home for a week next September to be in one of his best friend’s wedding, Joe Cady. Thank you Joe for getting married and having Alex in your wedding!) So how do we deal with it?

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Obviously, we will all miss Alex dearly. We all have our special bond with Alex and not being able to spend time with him is going to be hard. Not having him at the UVA basketball games with us, not being able to play golf together, or just not being able to hang out together will be tough. But for me, the way I get through it is to stop and think about what an amazing young man he is. As one of my golfing buddies said to me, he is doing god’s work. How true. Not many people give up 27 months of their life to help the less privileged. Most won’t give up 5 minutes. So the best way I can put it is that Alex makes you want to be a better person. Every time I tear up and start missing him I just have to say, “stop thinking about myself!” There are people dying, starving, and struggling to get through the day and it is people like Alex that make this world a better place.

I will pray that Alex stays safe and has an amazing time in Zambia. I also know that he will change lives there along with all the other amazing people in the photo above. But most of all Penny and I are just proud and honored that Alex is our son.

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Photo: Alex at age 6 with Emma and Drew

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2 Months In…How is TRID?

Now that TRID ( TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule) has been in place for two months, how is it going? I LOVE IT! I stated in a blog before TRID came out that I was in favor of TRID, especially getting the Closing Disclosure (old HUD1) out 3 days prior to closing. I’ve been in the mortgage industry since I graduated from George Mason University in 1986. That’s 30 years. My biggest beef with how the industry operates has been the last minute nature of everything. A customer going to closing and not knowing how much money they need is just unacceptable. Finally this has been resolved. With TRID, closing can not occur any sooner than 3 days after The Closing Disclosure has been sent out. And on top of that The Closing Disclosure needs to be correct. There are tolerances allowed but only slight ones. No more closings where the customer thinks they need $10,000 only to find out it’s $15,000, therefore basically forcing the customer into making a decision under severe stress. The other great aspect of TRID is that The Closing Disclosure has to be in line with the initial disclosure, The Loan Estimate. The Loan Estimate has to go out within 3 days of application so this rule also helps eliminate surprises before closing.

 

There has been a slight learning curve but all in all the implementation of TRID has been going well. I do have one tip about TRID when it comes to picking a mortgage company that I believe is essential:

When picking a mortgage company for a purchase make sure the mortgage company sends out The Closing Disclosure before the loan is clear-to-close. Some mortgage companies will not send out The Closing Disclosure until the loan is clear-to-close and this can delay closing. There is no reason for the company to wait that long, it is just not acceptable.

If you’ve closed a loan under the new TRID rules please share your experiences.

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