What’s the best approach to refinance?

Posted on October 22

Question: I’ve got a 6.375 APR loan with no points or PMI for 30 years fixed, that we got two years ago. The house was purchased for 260, but, is now valued by the county at 230 (I think it’s probably worth more). I’ve been paying a lot extra for it and have it down to 236. We have excellent credit, but, only about 5k to throw in a refinance. Should I slow down on paying the loan off to build up equity to refinance or can I somehow refinance it now?

Might your current loan include lender paid MI? Although, you didn’t tell us your original loan balance, based on your purchase price, you are a little over 90% LTV. My guess is that either you have lender paid MI, or a portfolio loan.

If you have lender paid MI; you could very possibly qualify for a streamline rate reduction loan through your current lender. If not, a good loan structure for you might be a new 80% 1st mortgage, and a simultaneous 2nd mortgage, likely limited to 90% CLTV (Combined Loan To Value), so you can avoid MI, and save about 2% off the rate of your 1st. Another option would be a Rate and Term refinance with MI.

Is it possible to refinance an investment property with a high loan-to-value ratio?

Posted on September 26

Question: I bought a condo 6 years ago for $375,000. At the time, it was my primary residence. By the time I relocated from Massachusetts to another state for work, the housing crisis had affected home values. My condo is currently valued by the county for real estate tax purposes at $356,000. I have a 30 year-fixed mortgage at 6.125%  with a balance of $267,800 and a 30 year home equity loan at 7.89%  with a balance of $72,000 (taken out to avoid PMI and to renovate the condo). I can’t get a refinance under HARP (I’ve tried), because, though the condo is my sole property, it is considered an investment property. I have a tenant, which helps with the mortgage payments, but, the rent doesn’t cover the mortgage costs, so, I have to supplement. I’ve paid the mortgage and home equity loans on time every month over the last 6 years and have a credit score of 770.

My question is, whether there are any refinance options for someone like me (or loan consolidation options that merge the two outstanding loans into a 30 year fixed loan)? The bank that manages my mortgage says that, if the condo was my primary residence or a second home, I would have no problem getting a refinance under HARP. Unfortunately, because it is now considered an investment property, my risk category has increased and it doesn’t matter whether I have a history of paying more than the minimum over time; Freddie Mac rules (Freddie Mac is the investor in my mortgage) don’t allow them to help me.

You have a few options. Most likely you can refinance your 1st to a much lower rate – likely about 5%; if your 2nd will subordinate.

If the 2nd won’t subordinate, you could get up to 80% LTV; but, there are some costly pricing adjustments that would probably make your current financing more attractive.

For Income analysis, your lender will consider your 1040 Schedule E to determine your income/loss.

How to Refinance Jumbo Loan at 90% loan to value?

Posted on September 18

Question: I owe 1.020 mil on house that just appraised at 1.125 mil. Is there anyone or anyway to refinance. I am currently paying 6.25, payments are on time and I meet all other requirements?

A portfolio loan to 90% is possible with a direct lender. Although only available with ARMs; you should be able to save about 2% from your 6.25% rate on a 5/1 ARM which could save you quite a nice sum of money. Let me know if you need more information.

Are 100% ARM loans available?

Posted on August 22

Question:  We are changing jobs and will be moving half way across the U.S. We are trying to purchase a home without being contingent upon the sale of our existing home. We then will use the proceeds of the sale of our current home to put into the mortgage somehow. So, is there an option to do an 80/20 primary secondary (the proceeds of our sale should about cover the secondary)? Or, are there any 100% ARMs out there that I could get, and then refinance to conventional upon the sale of our home?

We will offer an 80% 1st mortgage on your new home, and the remaining percentage secured by your existing home.

Loan implications for someone relocating

Posted on August 17

Question: I will be relocating from MI to PA for a new job (approx 350 miles). The home that I currently own in MI is very underwater so I am in no position to sell at this point. I would like to understand the implications/requirements/programs that may be applicable to my purchase of home in PA (this would become my primary residence). Any advice or pointers to details would be greatly appreciated.

The biggest obstacle would be that, without 30% equity in your MI home, we would need you to qualify with both payments, and also have at least 6 months reserves, plus the down payment for the PA home.

We would not restrict programs for your new purchase – so long as your DTI and down-payment/reserves are within guidelines.

What’s the best way to refinance?

Posted on August 08

Question: I owe $1.15 mil at 6% on a house. Now, it’s worth about $1.75 mil in OC. What’s the best way to refinance?

We allow up to 75% LTV for loans between $1M and $1.5M. Your self-employed status isn’t a concern as long as your income is sufficient. We should be able to accept a 50% DTI for your loan on our Fixed Rate refinance, and possibly higher with our ARMs.

Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you.

Refi Strategy… seeking advice

Posted on March 18

Question : I have primary mortgage and a HELOC at 2 different banks.I’m considering to refinance and possibly consolidate the 2 mortgages into 1 loan to reduce monthly payment amount. Below is my current situation

My credit: excellent, full-time employed.
1st mortgage principal balance: 236k (5.25% fixed 30yr conventional) $1930/month
Escrow: Tax $4754, Hazard Insurance $590
2nd mortgage HELOC balance: 64k (6.83% fixed interest) $520/month
Home Value: 347K

When I contacted my primary mortgage, I was told that I would not qualify for consolidation refi because this is considered ‘cash out option’ and the LTV will exceeds 80%. So, I am proceeding to refinance only the primary mortgage (subject to agreement of 2nd lender for subordination).

Are there other options I can consider to reduce my monthly payment? Should I look into FHA (not sure if I qualify for this)? I am not interested in ARM.

Any advice/ideas will be appreciated!

Answer :
I would probably redo both loans, a 277,600 1st (or whatever 80% provides) and a new HELOC for the balance – most major banks offer HELOCs with adjustable rates in the mid 4′; if you attack the balance on the HELOC, you won’t have much rate adjustment risk.

I am looking for a competitive mortgage as a foreign investor

Posted on March 17

Question : I am a foreign investor looking to purchase a duplex (one unit to use as a vacation property and the other as a rental) and looking for a competitive loan.

Answer :
There are a few investors that offer loans for foreign investors – but, not too many. I would be glad to give you an idea of the rates you can expect if you’d like to email .