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Renting Vs. Owning

Sep 14
5:27
PM
Category | Prosperity News

With interest rates near historic lows, opportunity may be knocking.

We understand the option to rent or buy a home depends on your unique situation, and your decision requires careful consideration.  While renting may make more sense for some, buying a home can be less expensive on average than renting long-term.¹

When deciding which option is right for you, we recommend asking some basic questions:

  • Is it important that your home can be used as an investment?
  • How long do you plan to stay in your home?
  • How fast do rent and home prices rise in your area?

Buying may be the right option if you:

  • Want the opportunity to build equity in your home as a long-term investment and take advantage of homeowner tax credits and incentives.
  • Are planning to stay in your home long-term (typically 4 years or more).
  • Would like to create a home that is unique to your own style.
  • Are experiencing rising rent payments.

Renting may be the right option if you:

  • Prefer a monthly budget that does not include costs for home maintenance or improvements.
  • Plan to move again within the next few years (typically less than 4 years)
  • Enjoy the amenities that are often available within rental communities.
  • Have financial obstacles or credit issues that may preclude homeownership.

 

Buying or renting can be different for everyone based on your individual situation.  Contact a local mortgage consultant to answer any questions you may have about buying a home!

 

BY THE NUMBERS:
Rent vs. Buy calculations often differ by real estate market. Use our rent vs. buy calculator tool to help you decide if renting or buying is right for you!

 

 

 

1. Contact a mortgage consultant to compare the cost of renting versus buying to determine the right option for you.
All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance. Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner. Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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For many people, buying a home may be the biggest purchase they will make in their lifetime, and the right time to buy is different for everyone.  Before making the decision to buy a home, consider the following questions:

How do lenders determine who qualifies for a mortgage?

Lenders take many things into consideration: credit score, the cash you have available for a down payment and closing costs, your income, and your existing debt and financial obligations are just a few.  Two housing ratios are used:

  • The housing expense-to-income ratio compares your anticipated monthly mortgage payment (principal, interest, taxes and insurance), to the total gross monthly income (pre-tax) for your household.
  • The debt-to-income ratio compares total monthly expense, including the anticipated monthly mortgage payment to the total gross (pre-tax) monthly income for your household. 

How do I know how much money I can borrow to buy a home?

Your mortgage consultant will help you get a preliminary approval that lets you know the maximum loan amount you might be able to borrow.1  With that information in hand, you can then determine a price range with which you are comfortable.

What is a credit score?

The three credit reporting agencies — Experian, TransUnion and Equifax — serve as a clearinghouse for credit information.  “Credit score” is a term often used to refer to credit bureau risk scores. It broadly refers to a number generated by a statistical model which is used to objectively evaluate information that pertains to making a credit decision (i.e. credit cards, car loans, student loans, etc) that includes:

  • Your payment history
  • The total amount you owe
  • The amount of time you’ve had available credit
  • Whether you have any judgments entered against you
  • Whether you filed bankruptcy
  • The number of times potential lenders have reviewed your credit

Information in the agencies’ reports is evaluated and interpreted into a “credit score,” which help lenders make loan decisions. Credit scores range from 300 to 850, and yours may determine whether you are approved for a loan, the terms of the loan, and the interest rate.

Note: Making large purchases with a consumer loan or credit card just before applying for a mortgage may impact your ability to qualify. So consider your needs and priorities carefully.

If you still have questions about the home buying process, don't worry.  We are committed to providing information that will help you make well-informed decisions about the financing process.  Our mortgage consultants will pay attention to your goals, help you understand your options, and clearly explain how different loan programs work.  So, you can take an informed, hands-on approach to achieving your goal of owning a home.

Contact your local mortgage consultant for today!

 

 

 

 

1. A preliminary approval is based on our preliminary review of credit information only and is not a commitment to lend. We will be able to offer a loan commitment upon verification of application information, satisfying all underwriting requirements and conditions, and providing an acceptable property, appraisal, and title report. Preliminary approvals are subject to change or cancellation if a requested loan no longer meets applicable regulatory requirements. Preliminary approvals are not available on all products. See a mortgage consultant for details.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


The VA Home Loan Advantage

Aug 10
12:33
PM
Category | Prosperity News

A Foundation of Service

At its core, our company has been shaped by military education and dedication to service.  Wes Foster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Long & Foster Companies, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1956 and served as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Wes Foster has generously given millions of dollars back to his alma mater, which is dedicated to educating the next generation of our military. His loyalty has been so strong to the school, he was awarded VMI’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given to an alumnus for service to the institute.

Our Commitment to Service

Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC has continued in the tradition of placing our men and women of uniform at the forefront of our new ideas and promotions.  Since the program’s inception, our exclusive VA loan program has accomplished the following:

  • Over $1.2 million in appraisal savings
  • Over $3.1 million in origination savings
  • Total borrower savings of over $4.3 million
  • Over 2,900 military families served with a customer satisfaction survey rating of 94.6%

We want your help spreading the word that our VA home loan incentives continue to be available!  In fact, our goal is to give back over $6 million in savings to service members and veterans.  Here is an overview of the exclusive incentives we offer:

  • No loan origination fee (up to $1,085 value) through Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC
  • Complimentary appraisal (up to $450 value)1

“We are delighted to offer all the benefits of a VA home loan, while also providing additional assistance to service members and veterans that will help lower their cost of purchasing or refinancing a home.”, said  P. Wesley Foster, Jr., Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The Long & Foster Companies. 

Additional incentive offers for settlement services and home inspections are also available in certain geographical locations.2,3  Ask your mortgage consultant to find out if additional incentives are available in your area!

Learn more about a Veterans Affairs (VA) loan.

 

 

 

 

Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC is not affiliated with any government agencies.

1. Borrowers are eligible for a lender credit toward closing costs on the Closing Disclosure on a new purchase, secured by a first mortgage or deed of trust (New Loan), subject to qualification, approval and closing with Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. Loan must close within 90 days from the date of loan application. Lender credit may not exceed $450.00 for appraisal. Credit coupon must be presented at time of application and all eligibility requirements met no later than 2 days prior to the New Loan closing date. This lender credit is void where prohibited and is non-transferable, subject to the terms herein, and valid on all complete applications received on or before 09/30/2017.

2. Participating settlement services companies:  RGS Title (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia); Sage Title Group (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia); Settlement Pros (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia); Mid-States title of SWVA (Virginia); Bon Air/Long & Foster Title Agency, LLC (Virginia)

3. Home inspection services provided by US Inspect include a 10% discount and a 90-day home inspection guarantee to all Veteran borrowers obtaining VA loan financing with Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. The home inspection guarantee covers items that were inspected by US Inspect and found to be operating properly at time of inspection.  For limitation and exclusions, please see 90 day guarantee terms and conditions. Use coupon code “VALOAN” and call: (888) 874-6773

All Incentive offers valid on complete VA home loan applications received between 07/01/2017 and 09/30/2017. Loan must close within 90 days from the date of loan application. Only one discount permitted per New Loan.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Whether you’re buying or selling a home, understanding the role of an appraisal in the home buying process is important.  An appraisal can have a significant impact on your real estate transaction, so here are some common questions about the process:

What is a property appraisal?

A property appraisal is a professional assessment of a home’s value conducted by a licensed appraiser.

What does an appraiser do?

An appraiser evaluates a home’s value by considering various factors such as the home’s features and location, current housing market conditions, and comparison to the sale of similar homes in the area.

How do appraisers provide an unbiased assessment of a home’s value?

An appraiser is a licensed, independent service provider who has no affiliation with a home’s buyer or seller.  Appraisers are paid a flat fee for their service rather than a commission so they are unprejudiced when determining a home’s fair market value.  There are also federal laws that require the appraiser to be unbiased in the performance of the appraisal. 

When does an appraisal take place?

Once a buyer and seller both sign a purchase agreement for a home, the buyer can complete their loan application and continue with the home financing process.  During that time, the buyer’s mortgage lender will order the home’s appraisal.  An appraiser is assigned to assess the home’s value and will submit an appraisal report back to the lender once the appraisal is complete.

What if the appraisal of a home’s value is lower than expected?

If a home’s value is determined to be different than the contract price, and the buyer feels that the estimate is inaccurate, then the buyer may authorize an appraisal reconsideration process.  The buyer, real estate agent or lender may ask an appraiser to:

  • consider additional, appropriate property information,
  • provide further detail, substantiation or explanation for the appraiser’s value conclusion, and/or
  • correct any errors within the appraisal report.

What can be included in the appraisal reconsideration?

To reexamine a home’s value, appraisers may consider:

  • a list of major home improvements or upgrades completed after the original appraisal, such as renovations, landscaping, or replacement of major systems or utilities.
  • a copy of the plat or site plan showing unique or contextual characteristics such as a lot’s size compared to those around it, a desirable view, or even a quiet property away from busy areas.
  • overlooked sales and listings that were used to help determine the home’s price.
  • elements of the appraisal’s comparable properties that were reported incorrectly.
  • the home’s specific circumstances, such as multiple offers, special concessions, or repairs outlined in the contract that would raise the home’s value.

More questions about property appraisals?

Your mortgage consultant or real estate professional will be happy to speak with you directly to help make sure you understand the entire process.

 

 

 

 

This list is only to be used as a guide and is not all-inclusive.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Buying a home doesn’t have to be stressful.  After all, finding and moving into that special home should be one of the happiest moments of your life. If you know what to expect—and you have a knowledgeable team of real estate and mortgage-lending professionals to assist you—finding and financing your first home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Here are the basics of what you need to know:

Before you even begin to shop, obtain a mortgage preliminary approval.  We recommend our Buyer Advantage preliminary approval! 1  We’ll need your most recent 2 years of W-2’s and tax returns, the last 30 days of pay stubs, and 2 months of bank statements.  Qualified borrowers will receive a mortgage commitment letter upfront, subject to an appraisal.  Some lenders only offer a pre-qualification letter, which doesn’t verify any of the information you provide.  A mortgage commitment letter, though, is an important first step and will help you determine how much home you may be able to purchase and can strengthen your bargaining position with sellers.

Once you are issued your preliminary approval, you’ll work with your real estate agent to find the right home. It helps to determine your needs and create a wish list of desirable features. While you visit homes, take notes to be able to determine which homes may warrant a second visit. Using our house hunting checklist can assist in this process.

Once you find a home you like, you’ll make a purchase offer.  Your real estate agent will present your offer to the seller, who will then choose to accept, counter, or reject the offer.  When a price is settled on, you and the seller will sign a Purchase Agreement, defining the terms of the sale.

The next step will be to complete the loan application process. If you have already obtained a mortgage preliminary approval, contact your mortgage consultant and let them know you have a contract on a home. They will update your loan application and help you to proceed with the home financing process. If you were issued a Buyer Advantage preliminary approval, most of the work is already completed!

Next, the home will be appraised. An appraisal is a formal, written estimate of the home’s current market value. Your lender will review the appraisal and note any conditions that may be required prior to closing on the loan. You will be provided a copy of the appraisal.

Once any remaining conditions are submitted including the appraisal, title insurance and homeowners insurance, we will issue a final commitment and finalize the details of your closing with your real estate agent and your settlement agent.  Your closing documents will be prepared, and you will go to settlement.  Make sure you talk to your settlement agent about how you should prepare the funds needed for closing.  Today, a wire from your bank is the most popular way, but you may be able to provide a cashiers’ check or money order.

Congratulations, you become the proud owner of your new home!

We hope you have found this overview helpful; contact your local mortgage consultant for more details!

 

 

 

 

1. Prosperity Buyer Advantage is not a loan approval. A Commitment Letter is based on information and documentation provided by you and a review of your credit report. The interest rate and type of mortgage used to approve you for a specified loan amount is subject to change, which may also change the terms of approval. The interest rate cannot be locked until your offer to purchase a property has been accepted. If the interest rate used for credit approval has changed, you may need to re-qualify. Information provided by you is subject to review and all other loan conditions must be met. After you have chosen a home and your offer has been accepted, final loan approval will be contingent upon obtaining an acceptable appraisal and title commitment.  Additional documentation may be required.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


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