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Purchase and Refinance Home Loans with No Appraisal Required!

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

No Appraisal Required - Purchase or Refinance

Borrowers may now be able to purchase or refinance a home using conventional financing with no appraisal required. This can potentially save you money and time on your next home loan!

  • One-unit properties – Single-family homes and condos
  • Loan must receive approval from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac’s automated underwriting system to be considered for the appraisal waiver1
  • Purchase – Primary residence and second homes with a down payment of 20% or more2
  • Limited Cash-out Refinance – Up to 90% loan-to-value with Fannie Mae and 80% loan-to-value with Freddie Mac2

1Restrictions apply. Appraisal waivers are offered at the discretion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and not all loans may qualify. To be considered for the appraisal waiver, a prior appraisal must already exist in their database for the same property and borrower. 2If an appraisal waiver has been offered to the borrower, the borrower may still choose to obtain an appraisal. If the borrower has chosen to obtain an appraisal, once it has been ordered, the appraisal must be used on the loan and the borrower cannot revert back to accepting the appraisal waiver.


GSFA Affordable Subsidy – Platinum down payment assistance program just got better!

Monday, July 31st, 2017

GSFA Affordable Subsidy

If you’ve been thinking of purchasing a home, or know someone else who is, we’ve got great news! Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) has announced a new promotional offer for borrowers purchasing a home with conventional loan financing through the GSFA Platinum Program.

In addition to the Platinum down payment assistance (DAP) grant, low-income borrowers may be eligible for a GSFA Affordable Subsidy, an additional incentive to help them with down payment and/or closing costs. Like the GSFA DAP grant, the GSFA Affordable Subsidy has no repayment requirement!

Below are a few helpful questions and answers regarding the Affordable Subsidy.

How much money does the Affordable Subsidy provide? (Click here for program income limits.)
  • 2.0% of the loan amount for income ≤ 50% AMI
  • 0.5% of the loan amount for income ≤ 80% AMI
Do you need to be a first-time home buyer to take advantage of the Affordable Subsidy?
  • No, but you must meet the qualifying income requirements.
Does the Affordable Subsidy need to be repaid?
  • No, unlike many other down payment assistance programs the GSFA Platinum and Affordable Subsidy to not require repayment.
How can the money be used?
  • The Affordable Subsidy and Platinum grant money can be used for down payment and closing costs. (There can be no cash back to the borrower.)
Where can I learn more about the GSFA Platinum Program?
  • Visit our Platinum Program page to learn more about this great down payment assistance program.

If you have any questions about the GSFA Platinum Program or the Affordable Subsidy, contact us at (800) 570-5300 or fill out our contact form.


10 Home Loan Dos and Don’ts When Obtaining a Mortgage

Monday, March 20th, 2017

10 Dos And Don'ts When Obtaining A Home Loan

These Top 10 Dos and Don’ts can greatly impact your ability to qualify for a home loan or close on time. It is critical you follow these ten things to help ensure your home loan process goes smoothly.

  1. Don’t apply for new credit or make major credit purchases
  2. Don’t close or max out credit cards AND stay current on payments
  3. Don’t change jobs
  4. Don’t switch banks, move your money around, or deposit large amounts of cash or non-payroll checks into your bank account
  5. Don’t leave town for an extended period during escrow
  6. Do keep a paper trail for charge offs and/or collection payoffs
  7. Do keep a paper trail for all non-payroll deposits into your bank accounts
  8. Do wire gift funds directly to the escrow company
  9. Do advise your Mortgage Loan Originator of any debts not reporting on your credit report
  10. Do call your VITEK Mortgage Loan Originator if you have questions!

Congress Extends Mortgage Insurance (MI) Tax Deduction

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Mortgage Insurance (MI) Tax Deduction Extended

Great news! Congress voted at the end of December to extend the tax deduction for mortgage insurance (MI) through 2016.

This means, if you purchased or refinanced a home and the loan closed after December 31, 2014, you may qualify for the tax deduction. Any MI premiums you paid or accrued from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016 may qualify for the tax deduction on your subsequent federal tax returns. (Consult a tax advisor.)

Who qualifies for the tax deduction?

  • Borrowers with adjusted gross incomes up to $100,000 can deduct 100% of their borrower-paid MI premiums. Deductions are reduced by 10% for each additional $1,000 of adjusted gross income, phasing out after $109,000.
  • The threshold for married borrowers filing separately is $50,000 of adjusted gross income per person. Deductions are reduced by 5% for each additional $500 of adjusted gross income, phasing out after $54,500.

Platinum Grant – Now Use With Conventional 97%

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Platinum - Now Use with Conventional 97%

With the rollout of the new Conventional 97% home loan program, first-time homebuyers now have a great home financing alternative to FHA. Up until recently, though, borrowers had to use FHA financing if they wanted to utilize the Platinum Grant down payment assistance program. Thankfully, that changed this week!

The Platinum Grant down payment assistance program is now available on conventional (Fannie Mae) 1st loans. This is great news for borrowers that prefer to purchase a home using conventional financing rather than FHA financing. Below are a few benefits and things to know about the Platinum Grant program.

Platinum Grant Program with Conventional 97%*:

  • Grant for up to 3% of conventional first mortgage loan amount (Up to 5% of first loan amount is available when used with an FHA or VA home loan)
  • Does not require any repayment
  • Proceeds may be used for down payment and/or closing costs
  • Eligible properties include: single family residences, agency approved condominiums, and planned unit developments (PUDS)
  • Income restrictions apply

*This is not a commitment to lend. Not all borrowers will qualify.

To learn more about Platinum and how it can help
make homeownership possible, contact your VITEK
Mortgage Loan Originator or contact us today!
(800) 570-5300