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Are you one of the many millennials who sees your friends and family diving head first into the real estate market and are wondering if now is the time for you to do the same?

The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time.

Let’s take a look at some predications: Freddie Mac forecasts that interest rates will rise to 3.8% by Q4 2020. In addition, CoreLogic predicts that home prices will appreciate by 5.4% over the next4 12 months!

So… perhaps it is time to lose the lease in 2020 to save yourself from rising rents and own your own home? Remember, there are SO many benefits to owning your own home. For instance, buying a home is an investment in your future.

  • Homeownership builds equity every single month
  • Provides stability – rent prices increase 4% annually
  • Your mortgage is like a forced savings plan
  • Possible tax benefits (talk to your CPA to see which benefits apply to you)
  • And so much more!

Take a look at the infographic here – perhaps this will change your mind.

 

When you're ready to take the next step, Greenway Mortgage is here to help you lose the lease and become a homeowner in 2020!

Get in touch with one of our Loan Experts Today! 


 

Did you know that you do not need a down payment of 20% to buy a home? In fact, according to data from the National Association of Realtors, over half of home buyers make down payments of less than 6%. Yes, that’s correct!

Of course, the advantage of a larger down payment is the potential for lower borrowing costs. In turn, this results in a smaller monthly mortgage payment. In the end, it all depends on your specific situation.

Benefits to Buying a House with A Small Down Payment

There are some positives to buying a house with little or no down payment as well. For instance, once you make a down payment, you can only access that money via a home loan refinance or the sale of your home. With little or no money down, you avoid the risk of depleting your savings. It’s important to keep in mind that you may need some extra money for repairs and maintenance. Bottom line, you’ll always want to have some savings left after you buy.

Low or No Down Payment Loan Options are Available

There are many low or no down payment options available. What it comes down to is your eligibility. Take for example, these 2 government-insured loan programs:

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan:  VA loans are a special type of home mortgage reserved for active military members and veterans. These home loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and offered by participating approved lenders such as Greenway Mortgage. VA loans are designed to provide long-term home financing to qualified veterans and, in some cases, their surviving unmarried spouses. In many instances, their interest rates can be better than other conventional loans. Learn more about the VA Loan here.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Loan: This program is offered to rural property owners with a low-to-moderate income for their area. Learn more about the USDA Loan here.

Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Programs

There are even down payment assistance programs that are designed for home buyers who can afford monthly mortgage payments but don’t have enough money for a down payment. These programs are available county-by county to offer first-time homebuyers’ relief from the costs of purchasing a home. The assistance is provided in form of a loan or grant. Learn more about NJ’s FHA Down Payment Assistance Program here.

Are You Ready to Get Started?

Greenway Mortgage is ready to help you get into the home of your dreams this year. We have many down payment assistance programs that can help you become a homeowner. Start your home buying process today by determining the annual income you’ll need to buy a house. Use our affordability calculator here.

If you’re ready to get pre-approved, you can visit us online here or give us a call 732.832.2967. We are happy to answer any of your questions, choose the right mortgage program for you, as well as walk you through the process from start to finish!

 


 

During tax season, refunds help many become homeowners! In fact, tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. If you’re expecting to get a refund this tax season, instead of spending it on things that you don’t need, consider using it to invest in your future! What better way to do so than using your tax refund to help you get closer to your homeownership dreams!

Check out these 5 ways that your tax refund can help you get closer to homeownership:

#1 Put it Towards Your Down Payment

We know that saving for a down payment can be a big challenge and even one of the biggest barriers to homeownership. Many people sometimes overestimate the size of the down payment they need. Often times, a tax refund may cover the entire down payment.  

Tip: When you get your tax refund, you can put it in a savings account to build up a deposit fund. Keep adding to the fund and before you know it you could have the key to a new home in your hands! In fact, larger the deposit amount you put toward a new home, the less you will have to borrow and pay in interest over time.

Exactly how much of the down payment you can cover will depend on the amount you want to borrow and the percentage you’re required to put down. Depending on your credit history and other factors, there are financing options with much lower down payment requirements besides the typical 20% down. For instance, depending on the program, borrowers can make down payments between 3.5%-10%. Down payment assistance programs can also help you bridge the cash gap. Check out these programs here for more information.

Mortgage Products Available for First-time Buyers Offering Low to No Down Payments

Visit our website here for a list of our loan products!

#2 Apply it to Closing Costs:

You can even put your tax refund towards closing costs that can be incurred when buying a home such as: attorney fees, appraisal and inspection fees, title insurance, escrow costs, etc. Speak with your loan officer to learn what fees apply. 

#3 Put it towards Taxes & Insurance:

After you’ve purchased your home, you may need to pay your property taxes and home insurance costs, which is where your tax refund can come into play.

#4 Use it to Cover Moving Costs:

It is possible you’ll have moving expenses to deal with such as renting a moving truck, purchasing packaging material, paying utility service deposits and more! This is a great way to utilize your tax refund!

#5 Use it to Build an Emergency Fund

Every homeowner should have an emergency fund – a savings account with a balance that can cover several months of expenses, which includes your mortgage payment. You could add your tax refund to your emergency fund to help protect you from financial issues in the case you have any unexpected expenses, such as a major car repair or natural disaster, or in the event of job loss, illness or other income interruption.

These are just a few ways that you can put your tax refund to good use! When you’re ready to explore your homeownership, options get in touch with Greenway Mortgage. We’ll help you find the best program and guide you through the entire process! Visit our website to learn more about our loan programs.

 

Bottom line:

During tax season, many tax payers have more funds than any other time of the year, so there is no better time to qualify for a new home.  This is a great opportunity – low rates, stable job market, and affordable homes.  Why not buy a home now?

 

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Greenway Mortgage is here to help. Contact us today to discuss your options. 732-832-2967.

 


Escrow Accounts. Why bother?

Jan 6
12:22
AM
Category | General
 
Escrow accounts provide for the timely payment of taxes and insurance on your home. This prevents tax liens, loss of property and any lapse of insurance coverage.
 
As part of your regular mortgage payment, 1/12th of the annual cost is collected. These funds are held and paid out as bills come due. If taxes are $5,000 and insurance is $1,000 for a total of $6,000, you’ll pay $500 into escrow each month. The balance will build until an outgoing payment is made.
 
The minimum required balance is usually a two month cushion to assure that sufficient funds are in the account even if payments are interrupted.
 
The minimum is different from the starting amount to make sure sufficient funds are available to make the first tax or insurance payment when due.
 
So how does an escrow account help you?
  • You have a consistent monthly expense instead of large bills a few times per year.
  • The money in the account is always yours. You receive any remaining balance at sale or refinance.
  • You might enjoy more competitive interest rates. Loans without an escrow account will often incur a price adjustment.
 
If you have questions about escrow accounts or mortgages in general, please give us a call. We’re here to help.
 
 

 
What Perceptions Might be Keeping you from Saving Money with a Refinance?
 
"I've read that the rate needs to be 1% or 2% lower than my current one." 
When average loan amounts were much lower, it took a much bigger drop in rates to achieve tangible savings. Today, even small rate differences can make a big impact. The best way to determine value is to simply divide your costs by your savings. This provides a "break-even" period, and if you know you'll be using your loan past this point, the rest is pure benefit.
 
"I haven't yet reached the break-even point from my last refi." 
That may be okay. Refinancing again will require additional investment, but it could get you to an overall break-even point—and greater savings—more quickly.
 
"I don't want to add years back to my loan." 
The new loan term created when you refinance is only on paper. You determine the actual length of the loan by how much you pay. If lowering your interest rate saves you $100 per month, add that money to your new payment. You will reduce your balance more quickly and reach free and clear ownership faster than you would by keeping your current loan.
 
"It's too expensive." 
I'd rather save my money. Refinancing is all about saving money! The historically low interest rates that make refinancing such a good deal right now also make “saving" your money in the bank a lousy one. Banks are paying just fractions of a percent to hold your cash, but investing in a refinance could save you hundreds of dollars per month for a far greater yield on your cash.
 
Example: If closing costs = $3,600 and annual savings = $1,200 that's a 33% rate of return on your money ($3,600 x 33.3% = $1,200).
 
Even better, you can often refinance without using any funds "out of pocket."
 
Refinancing can have other benefits, too. A lower rate may mean not only a smaller payment but more paid toward principal each month, too. You may be able to free up cash for renovating your home, financing a college education, purchasing a vacation home or investing in property without adding to your monthly expenditures.
 
Are you ready to explore you refinancing options by the numbers? We're here to help.
 

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