Home Loans

Home loans make the process of buying a new home more affordable than ever. As you may already know, these types of loans give you many opportunities that wouldn’t be possible without them. When you buy a home, you should understand as much as you can about the process, as well as the questions you will be answering. This way, you’ll be familiar with how things work and you’ll find the entire process to go much smoother.Continue reading

Lender Checklist: What You Need for a Mortgage

  • W-2 forms — or business tax return forms if you’re self-employed — for the last two or three years for every person signing the loan. Check
  • Copies of at least one pay stub for each person signing the loan.
  • Account numbers of all your credit cards and the amounts for any outstanding balances.
  • Copies of two to four months of bank or credit union statements for both checking and savings accounts.
  • Lender, loan number, and amount owed on other installment loans, such as student loans and car loans.
  • Addresses where you’ve lived for the last five to seven years, with names of landlords if appropriate.
  • Copies of brokerage account statements for two to four months, as well as a list of any other major assets of value, such as a boat, RV, or stocks or bonds not held in a brokerage account.
  • Copies of your most recent 401(k) or other retirement account statement.
  • Documentation to verify additional income, such as child support or a pension.
  • Copies of personal tax forms for the last two to three years.
For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.

5 Costly Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make

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Nesbitt Realty helps first-time home-buyers realize their home-buying dreams.

Buying a first home can be a daunting experience. Here are five common and costly mistakes that novice home buyers make:

1. Ignore the costs of having a low credit score. Lower-score borrowers pay thousands of dollars in increased interest rates over the life of the loan.
2. Make purchases on credit before settlement.  Lenders continue to check credit scores right up until the time of closing. Too much shopping could cause the lender to take back the loan.
3. Scrimp on an inspection. Being surprised by the need for expensive repairs can be financially devastating.
4. Buy without contingencies. Buyers should give themselves an out if the inspection turns up problems or the bank raises the interest rates.
5. No money for insurance. Insurance can be surprisingly pricey. Buyers who don’t budget for it can face a nasty surprise.

“Using a real estate agent is a very good idea,” says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “All the details involved in home buying [and selling], particularly the financial ones, can be mind-boggling. A good professional can guide you through the entire process and make the experience much easier.”

Selecting the right professional is the key to a successful real estate transaction. Better than working with a simple real estate agent, you’ll want the services of a Realtor®.

What’s the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a Realtor?

More than two million people have earned real estate licenses but only a small percentage of these are Realtors. Realtors are members in good standing of the National Association of Realtors, their state association of Realtors and a local real estate board. Realtors are held to high standards of ethical behavior and must undergo continuing education annually to remain accredited.

All agents of Nesbitt Realty are Realtors!

What Does a Realtor Do?

Realtors are required by law to:

  • perform necessary and customary acts to assist in the purchase or sale of real estate.
  • perform these acts in good faith and with reasonable care.
  • properly account for money or other property placed in his or her care.
  • disclose “adverse material facts” which are, or should be, within the agent’s knowledge.

Realtors can help buyers pre-qualify for mortgages and keep abreast of the latest home listings. They can assist sellers in preparing their homes and screening potential buyers. They can show investors the properties that fit their risk profiles and long-term investment strategies.

Nesbitt Realty can quickly locate the perfect home for you, or sell your home in the shortest possible time frame. Our agents can efficiently organize and coordinate meetings with potential buyers and sellers.

A Nesbitt Realty Realtor will be well acquainted with the important things you’ll want to know about the neighborhood you may be considering:

  • the quality of schools,
  • the safety of the community,
  • traffic volume,
  • price,
  • Metro accessibility
  • nearby parks and attractions

Our agents have immediate access to homes as soon as they are put on the market, saving you hours of wasted drive-around time. When you’re ready to make an offer on a house, our Realtor will help structure the deal to save you money. He or she will explain the advantages and disadvantages of different types of mortgages and guide you through the mounds of paperwork.

When it comes to selling your home, a Realtor will save you time and aggravation. Their commission will vary depending on your location. Realtors pay for all advertising, schedule all open houses and make sure potential buyers are qualified. The money they can save you is often more than the cost of their commissions.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

 

Pre-approvals Before Home Purchasing

Purchasing a home is a process that cannot go smoothly unless you take it step by step. This is where having a real estate agent is important.

It is essential that you are prepared and already have a loan secured. Securing it early will assist you in making decisions with your home purchase.

With a secured loan, you can either broaden or lessen your prospective homes as you would need the price to be within your budget while your offer will be good one as you are ready to buy. Getting the finances in order will make the process quicker without hindrances.

Let a real estate agent assist you with your home purchase decisions.

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Are banks allowed to profit off of the sale of foreclosed property?

A question that can cause a fiery debate but it only leaves one correct answer.

Once a bank forecloses on a property and was able to sell the property for more than the loan owed, the profit is readily handed over to the defaulted owner. Then again, the certain fees or expenses of the bank would have to be collected as well. So the loan and fees would be collected and remaining amount returned to the owner.

Some would be:

  • Late Fees
  • Back Payments
  • Attorney Fees
  • Trustee Fees
  • Sign Fees
  • Closing Fees
  • Newspaper Publication Fees
  • Escrow Issues
  • Realtor Commissions
  • Back and Current Taxes
  • Back and Current HOA
  • Clean Out and Repair Fees

Therefore to conclude, if the property actually cost more than the loan, owners wouldn’t be allowing banks foreclose on their property. They would be selling it to save their credit.

Banks just don’t profit on foreclosures.