What Every Vet Needs to Know About VA Loans
Elite Financial thanks all veterans for their service to our country and would like to share with you some interesting information about VA loans
which you might not know.
- You do not have to be a first-time buyer. You can take advantage of VA home loans anytime you want to purchase a new home. Plus, this benefit never expires!
- VA mortgages do not require a down payment. You don’t have to wait to save up a down payment to buy a home. You can purchase one today.
- VA mortgages do not require private mortgage insurance (PMI). Unlike FHA loans that require PMI, VA mortgages do not, which eliminates this added cost to your monthly payments.
- VA mortgages can be used to refinance or cash out equity in your existing home. You could get lower monthly payments and a lower rate or tap into the equity for home improvements or other reasons.
- VA mortgage rates are lower. Interest rates are lower compared to conventional mortgage loans, which saves you money over the life of the loan.
- Surviving spouses could quality for VA mortgages. If you are the surviving spouse of a veteran, you could buy a home with no money down and no PMI.
- VA mortgages do not require high credit scores. VA mortgages allow for previous foreclosures, bankruptcies, and lower credit scores for approval.
- VA mortgages are available for condos and manufactured homes. Your VA benefit includes a wide range of home buying options.
For more information about VA mortgage loans, or to apply, please feel free to contact Elite Financial at (805) 494-9930 today!
You finally made the decision to buy your first home. You put in the time to find the right home and get financing from a mortgage company
. As you are looking forward to your closing date, there are some people who would try to pull different real estate scams on you and turn your experience into a nightmare.
To protect yourself and your investment, here are some of the more common scams:
- Emails requesting you wire transfer closing funds. These emails are almost always an attempt to scam you out of this money. Most closings require you to show up with a cashier’s check in hand.
- An offer to purchase the home for more than what you paid. You may be contacted by someone who tells you they are very interested in buying the home and will pay you twice what you paid, as long as you prepay their closing costs today.
- Calls or emails from bogus moving companies. These scammers want you to prepay for your move and entice you by offering low rates. Professional movers will never ask for payment until you are in your new home.
- Emails requesting you prepay homeowners’ association (HOA) fees. Your HOA will not do this before the closing. Instead, they will mail you a letter or come talk to you directly once you move in.
If you are still looking for financing to buy your dream home, please feel free to contact Elite Financial at (800) 908-LEND or (805) 494-9930 today!
30-year fixed-rate mortgages are one of the most popular types of loans people get from mortgage lenders
to purchase their homes. This type of loan has a fixed interest rate that never changes over the life of the loan. Even if rates go up over the 30-year period, the interest rate on your loan will not.
Other pros of 30-year fixed-rate mortgages include:
- Monthly payments are the same, which makes budgeting easier.
- The monthly payment is typically less compared to other mortgage loans.
- It’s an ideal loan choice for home buyers who intend to stay in their home for 10 years or longer.
- FHA 30-year fixed-rate mortgages could only require a 3% down payment
Even with these benefits, there are a few cons to 30-year fixed-rate mortgages you need to be aware of, as follows:
- You may require private mortgage insurance.
- You could pay more interest over the life of the loan, compared to a shorter fixed-rate-term loan.
- The total costs of borrowing can be more if you only keep your home for 10 years or less.
- It can take longer to build equity in the home, depending on the amount of your down payment.
To learn more about 30-year fixed-rate mortgages and other types of mortgage loans, please feel free to contact Elite Financial at (800) 908-LEND or (805) 494-9930 today! We offer a wide range of mortgage options to help you purchase your home.
When you first moved into your home, you probably loved everything about it. After several years, various areas of the home will start to become outdated. Part of this is due to constantly changing trends in interior design. Another cause is simply that your home aged gracefully and is in need of an update.
You know your home is outdated when:
- You have shag carpeting.
- You are still using the avocado green appliances your parents gave you.
- You have linoleum on your floors.
- Duct tape is your “go-to” repair tool.
- You have tiled countertops.
- You have wood paneling from the 1970s or early 80s.
- All of your faucets and light fixtures are gold.
- The paint on the walls is cracking, peeling, or yellowing.
- Your neighbors ask if you have applied for home historical preservation protection.
- Everyone refers to your home as “That ‘70s Show” house.
Giving your home a much-needed update and renovation is not costly when you consider different options for cash-out refinances
, such as a home equity loan or cash-out mortgage. You can use the money to start with the things you can do on your own, like painting the walls and installing new flooring, then finish the updates with help from professional contractors.
To learn more about cash-out refinancing options for your home, please feel free to contact Elite Financial at (800) 908-LEND or (805) 494-9930 today!
You should think about the term on your mortgage loan
and whether it would be beneficial to pay it off early.
Pros of Early Payoff
- Nearing Retirement: If you are nearing retirement, paying off your mortgage can bring peace of mind and extra cash flow during your retirement years.
- Increased Disposal Income: If you want more money to use for other purposes, you can free up a big chunk by paying off your mortgage faster.
- Access to 100% of the Equity in the Home: You can tap into the equity for home improvements and renovations. It is also easier to sell the home or convert it into a profit-making rental property.
Cons of Early Payoff
- No Interest Tax Deduction: You will lose the interest tax deduction you can claim on your federal tax return.
- Savings Shortages: You could be forced to cut how much you save or invest for retirement to pay off the loan faster.
- Less Access to Cash: While you can get a loan against the equity in the home, it is not as fast or convenient as tapping into an emergency savings funds.
Most people tend to strike a balance between paying off their mortgages sooner and their other financial and cash needs. One way to do this is by refinancing your current loan for a shorter term or lower interest rate. To learn more about different options for paying off your mortgage faster, please feel free to contact Elite Financial at (800) 908-LEND or (805) 494-9930 today!