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What factors can affect your ability to get a mortgage?

  What factors can affect your ability to get a mortgage? One key step in purchasing a home is qualifying for a mortgage, or the loan used to buy property. Although the application process can be overwhelming, it's a lot easier if you know what to expect. If you've ever applied for a loan in the past, you know that certain aspects of your financial history play into your ability to qualify and the rate and term for which you can qualify. A mortgage loan is similar, with certain elements playing a major role in the approval process. Explore what factors can affect getting a mortgage and how to prepare your finances before submitting an application. Credit score One of the first things a lender will look at is your  credit score , which reflects your history of repaying your debts. Various financial factors are included in your credit score, such as student and automotive loans, credit cards, and lines of credit. Some credit histories also include cell phone bills and rental prop

Seller's Concessions and Paid Rate Buydown

  A Buyer recently informed me his Seller just offered him a 2-point concession…What does this mean and what are the buyer’s options?   A seller’s concession is a monetary contribution given by a home seller to a potential home buyer to use towards her closing expenses and prepaid items. Lenders allow the seller of a home to “credit” a portion of her proceeds to the home buyer but lenders have limits on the amount of seller’s concession they will permit. Generally, for “conventional” (non-jumbo and sold on the secondary market to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, among other investors) loans,  if the buyer’s down payment is less than 10%, the seller can contribute up to 3%. If the down payment is 10 – 25%, the Seller can contribute up to 6%. If the down payment is more than 25%, the Seller can contribute up to 9%. Many mortgage professionals will apply the seller funds to underwriting costs, escrow fees, and loan fees, but some deeper thinkers consider permanently buying down the interest ra