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Zero Down Mortgage? Yes, With The USDA Home Loan

13 Apr

Zero Down Mortgage?  Yes, With The USDA Home Loan

As a loan originator, I get lots of questions from home buyers and Realtors about 100% financing. After the recent home mortgage meltdown crisis, nearly all 100% financing options went bye-bye. USDA, however, did not!  In fact, with the USDA home loan you can actually borrow 103.5% to cover the one-time 3.5% reservation fee.

Maybe the best part of all is that even though you are putting no money down, unlike an FHA loan, with a USDA home loan at 100% financing there is currently NO PMI (private mortgage insurance).

Here’s a quick video I did with Vince  Maloney of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).  Vince and Trisha Viscardi of Chase Home Lending were in Fort Wayne, Indiana to put on a seminar on the USDA rural Housing program.

There are a few basic limitations, however. The main two are income limitations (maximum family income of a family 1-4 people is roughly $75,000 in Indiana), and location (house must be located in an approved area).

No USDA on thisun!

In our neck of the woods here’s the qualification map.  The shaded areas are NOT eligible, which leaves a TON that IS eligible.  🙂

USDA eligible Allen county

When you go to the “real” map on the USDA or Chase’s web site, you can zoom in and easily see the boundaries for the USDA 100% home loan .  You can even enter in your property address and it will tell you whether or not that address is eligible for a USDA guaranteed home loan.  Pretty slick!

Here’s the link to the maximum income limits for Indiana

Finally, here’s some addition USDA Home Loan “fine print” for you detail-oriented types. ;-P 

  • Monthly mortgage insurance to begin fiscal 2012, which October 1, 2011.  The Guarantee fee will drop to 2% and a monthly MI premium of .30 will be added to all USDA loans. 
  • Education for first-time homebuyers is no longer required by USDA in Indiana.  Some investors overlays may still require it, however.
  • Soon all of Aboite Township will NOT be eligible for the USDA Home Loan.  
  • Can finance closing costs up to 100% of appraised value, not including Guarantee Fee. With Guarantee Fee can finance 103.5% of appraised value
  • Unlimited seller contributions allowed
  • Unrestricted gift funds, can come from any source other than an interested party.
  • Extra ways you can stay under the maximum income:  Can deduct child care costs dollar for dollar from household income for children 12 and under. You can deduct $480 per dependent under 18. You can also deduct $400 per household member over 62 off of the annual household income.
  • Derogatory credit after a BK will be tough from now on
  • If a borrower had bad credit before owning a home or having any time of living expense (rent, etc) it will be tough to get an approval
  • A 660 score and above will allow for unsecured funds for closing (putting cash to close on credit card, for instance).
  • The USDA Guarantee Fee can be partial financed. This is unlike FHA where the MIP has to be either entirely paid in cash or entirely financed. The seller or the lender can pay just a portion or all of the Guarantee Fee and the borrower can finance the difference
  • No Pest Inspection or Septic Inspection will be required unless addressed in appraisal.
  • A Water test is always required on private wells for a USDA home loan.
  • Required repair items for escrow cannot exceed $10k or 10% of loan amount, the lesser of the two. The home must still appraise for no less than the proposed loan amount.
  • In RARE situations a USDA home loan CAN be approved even when the borrower owns another property.  If the borrower has a 50 mile or more commute, if the house too small for family (outgrown), other home not affixed to foundation (mobile home).  Caution on these!  Case by case.

For questions about the USDA home loan program, FHA loans, VA loans (and every other conceivable type of home loan / home mortgage program), please contact me, Chris Sanderson, Fort Wayne’s own Tech Savvy Lender, at 260-414-3511 or shoot me a quick email at  🙂

To your abundant success,

Chris Sanderson

How to Give Your Realtor AND Your Parents Ulcers When Buying Your First Home

5 Apr

How to Give Your Parents Ulcers When Buying Your First Home

As a home mortgage specialist I get a lot of requests for home-buying advice.  One thing that still haunts me from my pre-mortgage days as a full time Realtor was first time home buyers bringing their parents to look at “The ONE!”  Here’s what I mean…

A young couple would get pre-approved, decide what their dream home would be like, pick out from the available homes for sale.  Into the car we’d jump!  2 days, 4 hours, 16 minutes and 42 houses later we would find THE ONE!  The PERFECT house, new on the market, priced right, BINGO!

It was at that point that the excited, and somewhat terrified, home buyers would say those words that will strike fear into even the most icy-veined Realtors alive… “I’d like to get my parents’ opinion before we make an offer.”  Crash.  And.  Burn.

The poor parents, who have NOT seen the other 41 dumps, and who haven’t purchased a home for 15 years, then get dragged out to look at said cream-puff at 9pm on a Saturday night in April…  And what do you suppose they say with nothing to compare the house to, and not having a clue what houses are selling for since they bought theirs in 1988? 

You guessed it!  Scared to death to give their stamp of approval for fear of “helping” little

The One

Mom, Dad! I think we found "THE ONE!"

Alex and Bethany make the worst decision of their life, they say…  “Seems like for $X you should be able to get a nicer place than THIS…”

Now Alex and Bethany have got a heckofa quandry on their hands!  Buy what they KNOW is a great house at a great price AGAINST Mom and Dad’s advice (and have to suffer the “I told you so’s” for the rest of their lives), or go on looking, knowing that this IS their house…

Don’t let that happen to you!  If you’re going to rely on someone’s advice other than your own, GET THEM IN THE CAR from day one!  You will thank me.  Your Realtor will thank me.  And YES, they will thank you.  It’s not fair to put them in the situation of asking for their blessing without having seen the other 41 houses just like you!

When you’re ready to get your first, or your next, home in Indiana, I’d be honored to help you with the financing.  Please contact me!  I will take great care of you and treat your money as if it were my own!

To your abundant (house-hunting) success, 

-Chris Sanderson, Tech Savvy Lender

P.S.  For God’s sake if you made it this far at least leave a comment so that I know my fingers aren’t bleeding for nothing!

First Time Home Buyers – How NOT To Be Broke Your Whole Life

3 Apr

First Time Home Buyers – How NOT To Be Broke Your Whole Life

Take a peak at the video below to see how I got my humble start as a homeowner.

As a mortgage professional I get lots of questions in the “How much should a first time home buyer spend on their first home?”  Well, long before I was a lender for four years…  long before I was a Realtor for 7 years….  I bought my first home. 

French Avenue Front
My first home – no kidding!

I was managing the suit department of the Gentry Shoppes in Northcrest when I was a first time home buyer right here in Fort Wayne, IN.  I thought you guys might enjoy seeing my VERY humble beginnings.  As you can tell, I’ve never been a fan of peer pressure!  LOL.

Now granted, I was single, no kids, and barely 21 years old.  A one bedroom 650 square foot house for $19,900 (or something like that) may not be practical for you as a first time home buyer.  But rest assured, neither is a $225,000 4 bedroom 3,500 square foot mini-mansion!

As my mentor, Jim Rohn, used to say, “If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.”  Amen, Jim!

Stay conservative, my friends.  As yourself, “What can I afford with my eyes closed?  What can I afford if one of us loses our job?  What can I afford on a 15 year mortgage?  What will allow me to start building my investment portfolio and still visit Applebee’s from time to time?”

And for God’s sake, whatever you do, unless you want to be broke your whole life, DO NOT ask your mortgage lender how much you can qualify for (unless it’s me, then you’re safe!)!!!  If you borrow up to the amount a mortgage lender can qualify you for you almost guarantee yourself a life of incredible financial pain and suffering!  DON’T DO IT!

My next post will be on “Mortgage Qualifying Ratios” so you can see for yourself just how much trouble you CAN get yourself into.  If you can’t wait please call me directly or shoot me an email.  I’ll be happy to pre-qualify you right over the phone at  no charge.  If you prefer more anonymity you can download a complete pre-qualification packet here.

To your abundant success,

Chris Sanderson

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