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Home Buying in Saint Petersburg : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Apr 15, 2017
Scott Godzyk answered:
If you are buying a short sale, then yes the sellers bank will want a bpo and the sale will have to go through the approval process. The bank does not set the price, the seller does, the bank wants to make sure it is at or near market value less repairs. ... more
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Thu Mar 30, 2017
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Mon Mar 20, 2017
Gregg Pomeroy answered:
Hello, I'm a mortgage professional.

Yes, depending on your new job income that should help what you can qualify for.

I can help you with a pre approval.

If you have any other questions or would like help with this you are welcome to get in touch with me. ... more
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Tue Mar 7, 2017
Sandy Hartmann answered:
Hi there,

This is a tricky question. Right now, interest rates are historically very low, even with recent increases. Prices may be higher than they were 2 years ago, but with interest rates expected to increase in 2017, you might find yourself paying just as much on a monthly mortgage payment if prices go down, as you would now, in the event interest rates take a jump.
So though prices could sink and get cheaper, interest rates could rise, making it just as costly to buy now. Does that make sense?
The best thing to do is speak with a licensed mortgage professional (unless you are a cash buyer of course) to find out what you're approved for and how much your payment could change with interest rates going up and prices going down. In some scenarios, it could be a wash, meaning you could buy now or later- then the only problem would be locating the right property- which is why your 2nd call should be to a reputable agent :)
Hope that helps!
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Tue Jan 17, 2017
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Sat Nov 19, 2016
Thomas Martin answered:
We can help! We provide FHA/VA loans all the way down to a 580 fico. As a licensed real estate broker and mortgage broker over 10 years i can answer any questions you have throughout the process. ... more
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Wed Aug 17, 2016
Karen Peyton answered:
First off, a lease option is not a "buy" - it's money paid now to buy in the future. You may be able to buy (actually purchase) with Seller financing, but it will depend upon the way the contract is written.

So here's the question? Knowing you don't claim enough taxable income to qualify for a mortgage, are you willing to do so for the next two years (or more) as required by a lender??? This is the Achilles heel for independent contractors everywhere who have "legitimate" tax deductible expenses which then obliterates income.

Decide now - otherwise you may be where you are today - two years from now.

To find homes you need an agent in the area. To find one, use the "Find an Agent" tab at the top of the page and search by city and/or zip code. Write down the names and phone numbers of at least three and call them. Yes call. Calling is the best way to receive an immediate response.

Good luck to you! As agents we all know how tough it can be to "qualify" when self employed.

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Thu Aug 11, 2016
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Tue Jul 19, 2016
Angelica P answered:

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Fri Jun 17, 2016
K9lvr2 asked:
The plumbing was old and the the kitchen and bathroom wiring was new but the junction box for building is the original from 1956. Didn't run ground wire but added 3 prong outlets. They…
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Fri Jun 17, 2016
Lola H Walker answered:
Getting a loan depends on your debt to income, FICO scores, income stream and assets.
If you can demonstrate through the above, then you can qualify for a loan.
Your best strategy is to visit a loan mortgage broker who is local, gather the information for
them and they can tell you exactly what you qualify for.
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Sat May 21, 2016
John Tondreault asked:
Will be a short term loan and property will be primary residence. Please contact me - 407.967.5352 John
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Tue Apr 5, 2016
Jonathan Lahey answered:
Hi Alexlapinta87,

If you would like to see some homes in a particular area or areas based on a specific set of criteria, I would be happy to get a list together for you to review. Let me know if I can be of assistance!

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Thu Feb 11, 2016
Ann Ryan answered:
You need to talk to a mortgage profesional to see when you will qualify again.
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Fri Feb 5, 2016
Diane Christner answered:
If you want specifics on interest rates based on your credit scores (they look at all 3, not just 1) and your other financial information, talk to a local lender.

As to taxes and insurance, I have found trulia tends to underestimate. That is because the property taxes of the current homeowner are not going to be the same as what you will see as of January of the new year. A sale triggers a new assessment. Plus, if the current owner has a homestead exemption on the home and has been there for a number of years, the property taxes will have been held down because of the 3% cap on annual increases with the homestead. I've seen tax bills go up substantially after a sale because of this.

Insurance rates on older homes will be more expensive. Having an older roof on a home can also mean more expensive insurance rates. Being in a flood zone is definitely an added expense that sites such as this don't factor in.

So while trulia can give you a general idea on monthly payments, do not assume that it's going to have any kind of accuracy. For that you need to involve your mortgage broker/lender and your local real estate agent.

Good luck with your home search, I hope you find what you're looking for.
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Thu Dec 31, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
As the buyer of a condominium, it is very important that you make sure to review all of the documentation provided to you regarding the condominium in which you are purchasing, especially the Rules & Regulations, the By-Laws, budgets. The state of FL requires sellers to provide to you, IF you ask in writing (which is usually written into an addendum to the contract) 6 specific condo documents for you the buyer to review. Once you have received the required condo docs, you have 3 days to review them and accept them/move forward with the purchase or cancel the transaction if you do not.

Your condominium documents will explain what parts of the condominium you are responsible for, what the association is responsible for, your voting rights and how rules are changed. They will also include important information about restrictions such as rental restrictions, parking restrictions or restrictions on improvements that you can make to the condominium.

The budget will show what expenses the condominium association is dealing with on a routine basis and also what is being set aside in RESERVES for big ticket repairs and maintenance, such as roofs. If a condo association does not have sufficient reserves, owners may face special assessments to help pay for required repairs and/or maintenance.

In general, lenders want a larger down payment for condo buyers vs single family homes. If you plan to get a FHA loan, you will limit the number of condo communities available to you as not all condo associations are on the FHA approved lists. Here in SW Florida many are NOT. So you would have to go conventional or non-conforming conventional/ limited review loans. On the limited review loans, primary residence buyers must put down at least 10%, for second home buyers it is 25%.

Most condo associations will have a required approval process for buyers. Some include credit checks, a few require both credit & background checks for approval. Pretty much all will require you to pay a condo application fee, generally around $100 - $200.

If you are obtaining a loan when purchasing a home in FL, you can expect to pay the state of FL the following fees at closing -- Doc stamps on the deed at $ .70 per $100 of sales price, Intangible tax on the mortgage at $ .002 x mortgage amount.

Depending on how you word the offer, either you or the seller would be responsible for paying for the title search, exam and title policy (but buyer is responsible for their own lender required endorsements). The title policy is based on price of the home/condo. For example, on a $300,000 home it would be $1575 (that's without other required endorsements). You will also be responsible for the recording fees to the county for recording your new mortgage.

Your lender should provide you with an estimate of your closing costs. Lender related fees typically include things like: loan origination fees and points, appraisal fees, credit report, tax service fee, underwriting fee, document prep fee, flood certification fee. Some of those are negotiable, some are not -- your agent should be able to help you with that.

Lenders typically want you to pay one year of homeowner's insurance at closing. You will likely be required to set up an Escrow Account at closing for property taxes, hazard insurance and if applicable, PMI (private mortgage insurance).

If the property is located within a flood zone, flood insurance will be required as long as you have a mortgage.

Your lender will collect at closing Prepaid Interest (which is calculated on date of closing to end of the current month).

Property taxes will be prorated at closing.

Other costs are optional such as home inspection, termite inspection. Although optional, these inspections can be money well spend, so find a home inspector with both good credentials and a good reputation.

Find a local agent who is experienced in condo sales in the area, one that is familiar with the specific condo communities in your price range.
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Wed Dec 30, 2015
David Lang answered:
In addition to what Alysse posted, IF you can qualify for a conventional loan go that route. FHA has it's place, and if you can only qualify using FHA, then be glad it is available. However, along with higher closing costs, monthly mortgage insurance that never goes away, FHA financing may hinder the ability to get the offer accepted. Right or wrong, FHA is stigmatized because of the extra "hoops" one has to jump through to make it to closing. If there are other offers the seller is entertaining, a conventionally financed offer will get a more favorable look. Check this out, I hope this helps -

David Lang
Keller Williams Realty
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