Mortgage Banks vs. Commercial Banks; What’s the Difference? What’s Better?

The Wall Street Journal featured an article recently that stressed that buyers in a competitive market need a lender with a stellar reputation, an ability to close quickly, great communication skills, and local appraisers. Big bank/commercial bank corporations are just that: they’re big. Large corporations tend to have huge amounts of clientele. As a result, […]Read More

Bank Statements – Why They Are SO Important!

STRONG BORROWER DENIED FINANCING – WHY? We once had a borrower who qualified for financing in every way (income, assets, credit, etc.) but she was denied financing. The reason? She had five unexplainable overdraft charges on her bank statements that indicated she could not manage cash. Every borrower has to provide bank statements for every […]Read More

Refi’s Die; Mortgage Industry Shakeout; Cheese Moving

In 2012, 72% of mortgage industry volume consisted of refinancings, or”refi’s” for short. In 2017, refi’s dropped to only 37% of total volume – the lowest percentage in two decades. This is from a recent WSJ article that we will reprint below this blog. 70% of Quicken’s 2017 business was from Refi’s, and that percentage […]Read More

Bitcoins, Bubbles, Burning Bankers; Beanie Babies

In 1307, King Philip IV of France couldn’t pay his massive debts to the Knights Templar. So naturally he accused them of false crimes and burned them at the stake. I stole that story from a recent WSJ article called Hooray for Bitcoin. It illustrates two things: (1) it’s an excellent way to eliminate your […]Read More

Tax Transcripts; Proof Taxes Were Filed; 4506-T; How It Works

Every lender is required to get the last two years of tax returns from every borrower for almost every loan. We then have to prove that the tax returns are authentic and that they were actually filed with the IRS. This is why every borrower has to sign an IRS Form 4506-T as part of […]Read More

FHA Financing Is Fast, “As Is,” & Easy; 15 Day Close

Heejin and I did a presentation yesterday on marketing for real estate agents, based on everything we have seen work and not work with the hundreds of agents we have worked with. It went really well, and if anyone would like to see it, please let us know. But, this blog topic surfaced after the […]Read More

Income Taxes Owed Is OK; Tax Liens Must Be Paid Though

This is a quick reminder that borrowers can still obtain mortgage financing even if they owe income taxes.  But, a payment plan with the IRS must be in place. For FHA, we need proof of three payments, and for conventional, we need proof of one payment (and it can be made in escrow). Borrowers cannot obtain […]Read More

Converting “Cash” to Down Payment Funds – Gifts

We frequently have borrowers with substantial sums of cash that they want to use for a down payment. They cannot simply deposit the funds in escrow or into their bank accounts b/c lenders will want to know where the money came from. Lenders prohibit the use of un-sourced and unseasoned funds in all transactions. Buyers […]Read More

22 Habits Of Wealthy People – Avoiding Gossip?

22 Habits of People Who Accumulate Wealth. Tom Corley is a CPA and Financial Planner who spent four years interviewing “Wealth Accumulators” (WAs) and “Non-Wealth-Accumulators (NWAs) about their various habits. He compiled his statistics and made many fascinating observations, including those listed below. Many of the habits are just common sense practices that obviously work, […]Read More