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About the Author:  Chuck Walden (NMLS #148160) is a loan officer with GMAC Mortgage.  Email Chuck at or call 678-725-8076. Website is

The market is better.  Rates are low.  Home prices are rising.  BUT what if there was more?  Hopefully, I can answer some of those questions and give you a way to move more property, make more money, and do an even better job for your customer.

What if a lender offered to pay the majority of the closing costs?  Would this help your negotiations?  Of course it would.  What if closing costs and seller concessions weren’t an issue?  What if you could throw out the standard 3% seller concessions because it wouldn’t even matter?  Talk about a negotiating tool.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if your buyer could come to the table with just their down payment.  Do you think they would remember that and refer more business to you?

What if a lender guaranteed you would close on time?  I know you’ve heard that before.  BUT, what if they offered to pay your buyer $500 if they didn’t close on time?  Do you know of any lenders that want to pay money to a buyer.  I don’t.  Talk about motivation.

What if a lender communicated with you constantly so you never had to “wonder” what was going on with the transaction?  Have you ever had to pick up the phone and ask?  My bet would be yes.  Wouldn’t it be great if you knew when the file came out of underwriting?  Or, that the appraisal and title are in and there are no issues?  Even if there are issues, you want to know.  You need to know.

What if you felt like you had control over every transaction?  You knew your buyers or sellers were in good hands.  You knew that they were getting the best deal out there.  You knew that you were going to close on time. 

Maybe this sounds like a perfect world to you and there’s no way this could ever happen.  I challenge you to find out.  My job is to make the purchase of a home as stress free as possible.  With some of the lowest rates in the industry, guaranteed to close on time, most of the closing costs paid by the lender, and communication throughout the process……Is there anything else you, your buyer, or your seller needs?  If there is, I would love to hear about it.

If you’re interested, I would love to talk with you to show you how this is a reality.  These tools will no doubt help you to grow your business, receive more referrals, and make more money.  Feel free to email me at or call me at 678-725-8076 anytime to discuss how I can do this for you.  It’s new to your market so be the first to take advantage and don’t delay.

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I deal with first time homebuyers on a daily basis and I love it.  Most first time buyers need guidance, advice, and someone they can trust.  One of the main questions I get asked is what choices do I have?  Or, I want a first time buyer program.  It’s my job to ask the right questions in order to lead them down a path where they can achieve their dream of owning a home.

First time homebuyer choices:

A Conventional Loan – A conventional loan normally requires a 5% down payment.  Underwriting guidelines can be a little more stringent and may require a debt to income ratio (money coming in versus money going out) less than 45%.  Anytime you put down less than 20% you will also have a mortgage insurance premium added to your payment.

A FHA Loan – A FHA loan only requires a 3.5% down payment.  Underwriting guidelines allow for a buyer to have some issues as long as there is a reasonable explanation.  This program does have mortgage insurance added to your monthly payment.  FHA also has Upfront Mortgage Insurance.  Until April 9th, this is 1% of your purchase price.  After April 9th, it will be 1.75%.  This amount is charged to the buyer but is added back into the loan and is financed over the life of the loan.

A HomePath Loan – A HomePath loan only requires a 3% down payment.  HomePath loans are only available for HomePath houses.  These are foreclosed homes owned by Fannie Mae.  This loan does not require an appraisal and does not require mortgage insurance.

A Rural Development Loan (USDA Loan) – A USDA loan does not require a down payment.  It does require the home to be located in a specific area and qualify for this program.  Properties can be located online at .  Also, USDA has a cap regarding how much income your entire household receives.  If your household is over this cap, you would not qualify.

Renovation Loans – 203K, HomePath Renovation, and Homestyle.  While these loans do require additional effort on the buyers part, they do help the buyer purchase the home with the repairs or renovations included in the original loan.  After closing, the repairs are made.  These programs are also helping home values and steadily increasing values in neighborhoods.  Each renovation program has its own guidelines and requirements.

VA Loan – A VA loan does not require a down payment.  Being a veteran myself, I always love doing loans for other members of the armed forces.

Buying your first home can be stressful.  Make sure you are dealing with someone who can explain all of your options, clearly, and is willing to hold your hand through the entire process.  If you would like to discuss your options, please feel free to give me a call or email me anytime.  I would love to help you realize your dream.

About the Author:  Chuck Walden (NMLS #148160) is a loan officer with Prospect Mortgage.  Email Chuck at or call 678-725-8076. Website is


This week mortgage rates have risen .25% – .375% in rate.  This is largely due to an improving economy.  If Wall Street is happy with the economy then rates rise.  Retail sales have grown and a majority of the retail sectors are showing signs of growth.

The sad part of this news is that rates have risen just before HARP 2.0 takes effect.  This program is going to allow underwater homeowners who have been making their payments the opportunity to refinance into a lower interest rate regardless of the appraised value.

If you are in the market to purchase, now is the time to buy. You will be able to afford a much larger house at a lower interest rate.  If you are planning on using HARP 2.0, you need to act now.  As mentioned in previous blog posts, higher demand means higher rates.  You need to get your paperwork in place so when HARP 2.0 is released, you will be ready..  Call for a free quote or complete an online preapproval at .

About the Author:  Chuck Walden (NMLS #148160) is a loan officer with Prospect Mortgage.  Email Chuck at or call 678-725-8076. Website is

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A month or so ago, I discussed the upcoming release of HARP 2.0.  HARP 1.0 is a mortgage program which allows homeowners to refinance up to 125% of their home’s value.  Of course, some lenders do put their own restrictions on the Loan to Value (LTV).  HARP 2.0 is “supposed” to remove the LTV cap for underwater homeowners and provide them with the much needed benefit of a refinance at a lower rate.

Even though this program was released last year, the official launch should be in mid March 2012.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been updating their systems in order to accomplish the approvals of this new program.

Call to action:  DO NOT wait until mid March to start thinking about doing this.  Go ahead and get your loan officer on the phone and get the process started now.  I’m sure you can imagine the massive influx of new refinance applications that will pour in once this has been released.  Your loan officer will give you a list of items needed in order to process and underwrite your new loan.  Make sure you’re at the top of the stack not the bottom.

To apply immediately, you can call me at 678-725-8076 or go to my website and apply there.

About the Author:  Chuck Walden (NMLS #148160) is a loan officer with Prospect Mortgage.  Email Chuck at or call 678-725-8076.  Bonus: Click to get a free, no obligation preapproval. I love to work with my readers!



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A Homestyle Renovation mortgage combines a home purchase or refinance with home improvement financing into one loan and one closing.  These loans can be used for investment properties, primary residences, or second homes.

With this renovation loan, you can do almost any type of repair.  For example, new paint, carpet, flooring, appliances, HVAC repair or replacement, siding, roof,or even add a pool.  I have found that investors love this program because it allows them to keep cash in their pocket and use the home loan to finance the repairs before renting the unit out.

If you are a real estate agent and have ever showed a property to a buyer that said “I love this house, BUT I don’t like the kitchen” or “I love this house, BUT I wish it had a back deck” or “I love this house, BUT ………..”, a renovation loan is for you. You can and will move more properties and help home values by taking advantage of a renovation loan.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.  I would love to help!


About the Author:  Chuck Walden (NMLS #148160) is a loan officer with Prospect Mortgage.  Email Chuck at or call 678-725-8076.  Bonus: Click to get a free, no obligation preapproval. I love to work with my readers!


As you might have heard, or read about, the Guaranty Fee for all Government Sponsored Entities (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for example) was increased in order to pay for the extension of unemployment benefits. This will affect all loans delivered to Fannie and Freddie beginning April 1, 2012.

While April 1st may seem far away, most loans that are closed after March 1st will be “pooled” and sold after April 1.  This increase can mean a rate increase by .125 – .250.  All lenders will be adding this increase to their rates. Some all at once and some a little at a time in order to protect themselves for any loans being pooled beginning 2nd quarter.

FHA loans will also be effected by this increase.  You should expect changes in the Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium or Monthly Premium (or both).  As of today, HUD has not indicated when or how they will handle their side of the equation.

What does this mean for the buyer?  Get busy.  This small increase on a $150,000 loan can mean approx $9000 more over the life of the loan.  What if a customer barely qualifies

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and now we know for certain rates will increase.  Their preapproval may be null and void.  What does this mean to the agent?  Let your buyers know.  They need to make informed choices.  Spread the word and let’s make it happen.

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I have been receiving more and more calls concerning the HomePath Renovation Program.  This excites me and it should make you excited too!  Anytime a buyer upgrades a property, whether they are using it as a primary home or investment property, it’s a good thing for the neighborhood and for the market as a whole.  The buyer may purchase the home for $150,000, but they may be adding $30,000 in repairs or upgrades.  The final appraisal will take into account the purchase price plus repairs.

I addressed the HomePath Program a few days ago and the HomePath Renovation Program is very similar.  When you log in to , each property will be assigned a program. You will see a logo for HomePath Eligible, HomePath Renovation Eligible, or both.  These properties are foreclosed homes owned by Fannie Mae.  They offer very attractive prices and there are deals to be had.

The HomePath Renovation Program allows the buyer to put down as little as 3% on the property.  Then after closing repairs, renovations, or upgrades can be accomplished with proceeds from the loan.  A list of repairs could include repairing or replacing the roof, repairing or replacing the HVAC system, kitchen remodeling, interior or exterior painting, replacing windows, and replacing carpet. Obviously, this list is not all-inclusive but you get the point.

A program that can be used for a primary residence, second home,or investment property is a win win for everyone.  If you would like to discuss this program, please call or email me anytime.  I would love to help.