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postheadericon My Sinkhole Was Underpinned, Now What?

Recently homeowners in Spring Hill Florida who owned a home that was a repaired sinkhole in Hernando County got quite a surprise when they received a letter in the mail from the Hernando County Property Appraiser telling them their home was going to be re-classified to be considered unrepaired. sinkhole-1This letter went out to a total of 84 homeowners in Hernando County and caused quite a stir. The letter undoubtedly was prompted by the huge sinkhole which opened up in Lake Padgett Estates in Land O Lakes, and seems to be a knee jerk reaction to that event. As one can imagine letter caused a great deal of commotion and backlash, since the letter went out just a few days ago the Hernando County Property Appraiser has somewhat retracted and will no longer be calling these properties unrepaired but will now rather notate the method of repair and if it were grouted (a form of sinkhole remediation where a polymer concrete compound is injected into the grout to fill potential voids) or if it were underpinned (a form of remediation which focuses on installing steel underpinns under a foundation to create a system of pylons underground which stabilizes the foundation and prevents it from being susceptible to further ground movement or soil subsidence) Depicting with accuracy the scope of the repair type is probably a good thing on the Hernando County Appraiser’s part although it should be noted that the Engineering Completion Report which is generally in the possession of the home owner or a potential seller does clearly spell out the method of the repair and whether or not grouting or underpinning or both were utilized.

The initial letter that went out cause much panic in homeowners prompting many questions across social media sites like facebook. As you can imagine getting a letter stating your home is an unrepaired sinkhole can cause instant fear in the heart of a home owner, especially a new home owner who recently purchase their home thinking it was repaired. So are these homes really unrepaired? The answer would be no, well maybe, well yes but technically no. Wait say what? Let’s look at that a step further in an attempt to truly clarify this confusing topic. The initial decision on the part of the property appraiser was prompted by the following thought process, at least as far as I can tell anyway. sink-pinsTechnically speaking the act of installing underpins does not resolve the underground soil condition since what it is doing is stabilizing the foundation with steel pylons and not necessarily focusing on filling the void. The goal in any sinkhole remediation is to ultimately stabilize the foundation right? So underpinning and grouting in theory should accomplish this and should stabilize the foundation assuming either type of repair was performed properly and in accordance to an engineers specification. Since the underpinning does not fill in a void one can technically then say the void was not filled therefore the condition of the potential void itself is not repaired. Does that mean if your home was underpinned it is really unrepaired? No of course not, underpinning has for many years been deemed an acceptable form on sinkhole repair. The focus of underpinning is not and never has been the purpose of the pins, but rather the purpose is to stabilize the structure regardless of the subsurface condition which may or may not exist.  Short of something changing legislatively which is fairly unlikely it continues to be an acceptable form or repair which is why the property appraiser in Hernando County received as much backlash as they did.

So if underpinning is OK then why did the underpinned home in Land O Lakes fall victim to the massive sinkhole? The simple answer might just be Mother Nature. Mother Nature is a powerful and often unpredictable, unstoppable force. In cases where the sinkhole is or becomes so massive there likely not be much in the way of a repair that could be done to prevent such a catastrophic collapse. sinkhole-land-o-lakesWould grouting have helped? Nobody can say definitively but it would be highly unlikely, maybe it would have bought a few seconds more of time, but reality probably not. Regardless of what may have been done with an event as catastrophic as the one in Land O Lakes it most likely would not be preventable regardless of any amount of compaction grouting, or number of pins or both. Its just one of those acts of Nature that man cannot control. The good news is these types of catastrophic sinkhole events are relatively rare and do not happen very often.

*My home was underpinned, now what do I do? Well the simple answer would probably be nothing unless you are noticing new damage or something that would cause immediate concern then start by contacting your engineer and contractor who performed the repairs. If necessary bring in another licensed professional for a secondary opinion.

* My home was underpinned, the Hernando County Property Appraiser has me concerned by first stating it was unrepaired now saying repaired. Is my home repaired or not? Regardless of the initial letter sent out, if the home was repaired via underpinning it remains underpinned and thus is repaired. Understanding the difference between a grouting type repair and underpinning type repair is important but being underpinned does not define it as unrepaired in the State of Florida. Being unrepaired under the definition would mean nothing was done or it was not done in acceptable manner under the supervision of a licensed structural engineer.

* I hear the County Property Appraiser may reduce my assessed value, does that make my home worth less now? No, it does not make the home worth any less or any more in the open market. Over the past few years market statistics show that repaired sinkhole homes are selling at or near the full market value. In some geographical pockets repaired sinkhole homes may actually be selling for more than their counterpart similar homes with no known sinkhole. The county assessment has little to no impact on the actual appraised value or market value. Assessments are strictly for taxation purposes and should not be used as a gauge for what a home may sell for or may appraise for in a real estate transaction.

 

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Steve Fingerman

NMLS# 276682

President

E Loans Mortgage Inc

NMLS# 856640

4117 Mariner Blvd

Spring Hill FL 34609

Cell 727-946-0904

Office 352-688-7949

www.eloansmtg.com

 

 

Disclaimer: Steve Fingerman is not a licensed contractor, engineer, attorney, news reporter, magic genie, or anything other than a Mortgage Professional and Real Estate Professional in Hernando County who is very familiar with the Spring Hill Florida Market and the topic of Sinkholes 🙂

postheadericon Is It Cheaper To Buy A Home VS Renting A Home?

Rents in Spring Hill Florida continue to rise, however mortgage rates are still historically low. With house prices starting to rebound in Hernando County this may the best time in years to purchase a home in Spring Hill FL! For quick a quick Mortgage Approval contact us at 352-688-7949 or apply online at www.e-loanmortgage.com

Steve Fingerman

President E Loans Mortgage

352-688-7949 Office

727-946-0904 Cell

NMLS# 856640

postheadericon Understanding The New TRID Rules

Scales-of-justiceThe Importance of TRID

If you are working anywhere near the real estate industry, by now you have heard about the importance the regulations known as TRID, which are effective for residential mortgage applications submitted on or after October 3, 2015. There are many questions about these new regulations and in this article we will try to answer these from a consumer and real estate practitioner point of view.

What is TRID?

TRID is the result of the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s “Know Before You Owe” initiative in which the agency is trying to make the home buying process easier to understand for consumers as well as making important documents available before the actual closing takes place. TRID is an acronym which stands for the TILA and RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule. Yes, the government has actually come up with an acronym to replace two acronyms. Thus, first we must explain TILA and RESPA.

TILA stands for the Truth-in-Lending Act. This law regulates all consumer lending, not just real estate finance. For example, if a consumer obtains a credit card, there will be a TIL disclosure issued for the purpose of giving the consumer the “true cost” of borrowing by factoring in borrowing fees into an overall number called the “Annual Percentage Rate” or APR. What is unique about mortgages is that an initial TIL Disclosure is required for mortgages within three business days after submitting an application and a final TIL Disclosure is required at closing. In contrast, you might obtain a credit card the same day you apply for it.

RESPA stands for the Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act. This law specifically focuses upon the regulation of residential real estate transactions. There are many aspects of RESPA, but here we will focus on another required disclosure, the “Good Faith Estimate” of Closing Cost, which also must be issued within three business days of application. RESPA also requires the issuance of a HUD-1, the final closing statement, which some years ago was aligned so that the numbers were synchronized with the initial Good Faith Estimate.

How does TRID change all of this?

The government’s goal is to make the process simpler by integrating the two disclosures into one—both upfront and at closing. Thus, there is a new disclosure required three days from application which is called a Loan Estimate. This new disclosure replaces both the Good Faith Estimate and the Truth-in-Lending Disclosures. At closing, the HUD-1 and final TILA are replaced by the Closing Disclosure.removing-fear640x392jpg

Though these rules are designed to make the process simpler, in reality the requirements for timing, re-disclosure if changes occur before closing, and making the forms “multi-purpose,” can actually be quite complex. Even the definition of what constitutes a “business” day can be confusing.

What about the timing requirements?

Though there is no change with regard to the timing requirements after application, there are two important timing changes that take place under TRID.

  1. The Closing Disclosure must be provided to the consumer three business days before closing.  This means that transaction’s numbers must be finalized well before the settlement date.
  2. The Loan Estimate must be issued seven business days before closing. Depending upon weekends and Holidays, this means that most closings must occur at least two weeks after application. In addition, if allowable changes occur, the Loan Estimate must be reissued within three business days and received by the consumer four days prior to loan closing.

What does this mean for homebuyers?

While it makes perfect sense that homebuyers should have access to their closing costs, payments and other final details well before closing, home purchases can often be fluid situations. For example, if someone is purchasing a new home, what if an option is added late in the process which would change the sales price and perhaps the final mortgage amount? Or perhaps a home inspection calls for significant repairs to the property which changes the purchase price.

Above all, this means that everyone involved in the transaction must work together in order to make sure all details are set earlier in the process. All actors must do their part:

  • The applicant must get all required documents to their mortgage company promptly and make sure they are complete, legible and accurate.
  • The real estate agent(s) must make sure that all contract issues are resolved very early in the process.  Any changes must be communicated promptly as well.
  • The title company must provide required information to the mortgage company so that the final numbers can be calculated on a timely basis.
  • The mortgage company must process and underwrite the file within a time frame which will allow the final disclosures to be issued on a timely basis.

What is the consumer’s most effective tool to assure a smooth and timely closing?

The best way a consumer can ensure that the process is smooth and closes on a timely basis is to make sure that they obtain a fully underwritten pre-approval before an offer is submitted on a home. A pre-approval enables the lender’s underwriters to analyze a consumer’s documentation and issue a pre-approval subject to an acceptable sales contract, appraisal of the property and locking in a loan program. Basically, there is a must shorter timeline from contract acceptance to closing when a pre-approval is issued.

In addition, obtaining a pre-approval puts a consumer in prime negotiating position with a seller who may be entertaining multiple offers. This pre-approval basically signals to the seller that the prospect is a serious buyer.

Loan-CrossingWhat about “back-to-back” closings?

Many times one consumer will be attempting to effect two real estate transactions in one day – selling a home and then purchasing a home. The vast majority of the time, the owner must sell the home first because they need the cash from closing to purchase the second home and typically can’t qualify with both payments. Under TRID, this more complex situation is likely going to be more difficult to coordinate because of the disclosure timing requirements. In these cases it may behoove both the buyer and seller to obtain their mortgage from the same lender so that coordination is more seamless in this regard.

Under TRID, the world of real estate transactions is changing. The purchase of a home is the most important investment for most Americans and certainly a most important lifestyle decision. It is imperative that a potential homebuyer work with a mortgage company armed with the technology and experienced staff to effectively and efficiently comply with the timing requirements of TRID, ensuring a smooth and on-time settlement.

Steve Fingerman

President

E Loans Mortgage Inc.

NMLS# 856640

727-946-0904

postheadericon Spring Hill Florida Real Estate, Is Owner Financing A Good Deal Or Not?

Spring Hill FL Owner Financing: Good Deal or Not A Good Deal?

Housing Affordability at All-Time Highs

Spring Hill FL For Sale by Owner Pros & Cons

 

Bear with me on these numbers: they are meaningful to Spring Hill Florida home buyers and sellers alike. One of the most meaningful calculations The National Association of Realtors®makes is the Housing Affordability Index. An Index value of 100 means that the average (actually, ‘median’) family’s income is exactly the right amount to qualify for a typical 20% down mortgage on a median-priced home. It would be tight, but doable.

That’s what a “100” means. In the latest report this spring, the Index across the whole country was higher than 200! … 204.3, to be precise. Up there in “never-before” territory. And it’s been there since January!

Yet banks are still not lining up to approve mortgages – for the number of reasons we’ve talked about before. It’s why some buyers and sellers have started to look for alternative ways to sell and buy a home; and begun to look in the “for sale by owner” (“FSBO”) realm.

Spring Hill Florida homes for sale by owner aren’t being sold through a licensed agent, forcing a potential buyer or his agent to deal with the seller directly. If the home has sat on the market for an extended period and the homeowner does not have a mortgage to pay off, a buyer can sometimes interest the seller in owner self-financing. In such a deal, the buyer gives his or her down payment and installment payments directly to the seller. As anyone would guess, this approach has its own special Pros and Cons.

The biggest Pro for the buyer is, obviously, easier financing. The biggest Pro for a seller is the potential to make a sale where none was possible before. As can be inferred from the Affordability Index, many people can afford a mortgage, but cannot find a traditional lender.

But speaking of problems, there are some ‘Cons’ to consider. If the buyer stops making payments, the seller must evict and foreclose on the property — both time-consuming and costly procedures. A For Sale by Owner financing deal gone sour is especially problematic if the seller is dependent on the income from the home. And buyers need to pay attention, too. When dealing with a For Sale by Owner transaction, there are a variety of potential legal loopholes and title issues that traditional sale and mortgage disclosures and contracts are specifically set up to avoid.In all cases, it is wise to consult a trusted financial professional and attorney before signing anything.

While a home listed For Sale by Owner with attractive terms (like owner financing) can be attractive, having a licensed real estate and mortgage professional on your side can make all the difference.If you are considering buying or selling in Spring Hill Florida, we are always here to be your real estate resource!

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Steve & Tina Fingerman

Agent Trust Realty

E Loans Mortgage

4117 Mariner Blvd.

Spring Hill FL, 34609

Tina: 727-946-2348

Steve: 727-946-0904

postheadericon HARP 2.0 Home Buyer Education, Get Complete Details On HARP 2.0 Refinance

 

Free Online HARP Workshop

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HARP 2.0 – Everything You Need To Know About HARP 2.0. Register By Clicking The Link Below!

Welcome to the HARP 2.0 University!

Here you our complete workshop on everything to do with the HARP 2.0 Refinance program other wise known as the Home Affordable Refinance Program.
Who Qualifies For HARP 2.0?
What Are the Benefits?
What Are the Guidelines?
What can and can’t HARP 2.0 Be Used For?
This and many more HARP 2.0 Refinance questions will be answered in this informative HARP 2.0 class.
There is nothing being sold here so view the workshop at your
earliest convenience. There is no fee or charge for the workshop, it’s just our way of getting you the information you need to make informed decisions about your home loan and the HARP 2.0 refinance programs. If you have any questions, or require immediate information you can also call us any time at the numbers listed below.
Steve Fingerman
President
E Loans Mortgage
Florida Mortgage Center
4117 Mariner Blvd.
Spring Hill FL, 34609
Office 352-688-7949
Cell 727-946-0904

postheadericon HARP 2.0 Refinance Is Here, Florida Home Owners Who Are Underwater Can Now Refinance

Video: New HARP Program To Help Underwater Homeowners

The latest version of the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program went into full swing this week.

 

The program, which officially began in December but wasn’t fully available until this week, now allows homeowners to refinance at today’s low interest rates if they are current on payments and hold loans on which they are more than 125% underwater.

 

The program is limited to homeowners whose loans are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That means no principal will be reduced, but it may be possible to get a lower interest rate and a lower payment. Homeowners who aren’t eligible for HARP may be eligible for other modification programs.

To get a HARP 2.0 refinance, homeowners must have taken out their loan before June 1, 2009. You can read all the guidelines here . The plan will be effect until the end of 2013.

You can apply for a HARP Refinance at E Loans Mortgage.

The previous version of HARP limited the refinancing to homeowners who owed less than 125% of their home’s value.

  • The enhanced HARP is one of a number of refinancing and mortgage-modification opportunities unveiled in recent months to keep more homeowners out of foreclosure and in their homes.

 

Economists believe putting more money into homeowners’ hands, through lower payments also will help the economy.

  • As Mark Zandi and Cristian Deritis wrote in an analysis for Moody’s Analytics:
The economic benefit of a restrung HARP is clear. If more mortgages are refinanced, fewer borrowers will default, homeowners will have more to spend elsewhere and the fragile recovery will receive a quick and potentially sizable cash infusion.

If you think you want a HARP refinance, you should move quickly. Mortgage rates have already started rising, so you want to lock in a low rate while you can.

postheadericon What Are The Benefits Of The New HARP 2.0 – E Loans Mortgage Florida

 

What is a HARP 2.0 Loan?

 

 

HARP 2.0 Is A Refinance Program That Allows The Refinancing Of Homes Where The Mortgage Balance Exceeds The Value Of The Property.

E Loans Mortgage In Spring Hill FL is offering the HARP.20 Refinance Program in addition to our other Mortgage Products.

What Are The Requirements Of HARP 2.0?

The Loan Must Be Owned By Either FANNIE MAE Or FREDDIE MAC

The Loan Must Have Been Closed Before May 31st Of 2009

 

What Are The Benefits Of HARP 2.0?

 

Loan To Values For Lending Purposes Can Go Up As High As 125%. In Other Words, You Can Be Up To 25% Negative In Equity And Still Qualify For A Refinance

Low Rates! The Maximum Loan Level Pricing Adjustments Are Only .75%. That Means Its Realistic To Achieve Today’s Very Low Interest Rates Which Nationally Are Averaging Below 4% For A 30 year Fixed Term. There is No Loan Level Pricing Adjustments On 10, 15, and 20 Year Terms

Condominiums Are Eligible! Condo’s Can Be Refinanced Under HARP 2.0 Up To 125% LTV

Property Inspection Waivers Are Available In Many Cases. This Means An Appraisal May Not Be Required At All!

For More Information About HARP 2.0 Or Other Mortgage Products Contact Us Today:

 

Steve Fingerman

President

E Loans Mortgage Inc

4117 Mariner Blvd.

Spring Hill FL, 34609

Office 352-688-7949

Cell 727-946

postheadericon FAIR Files Additional Lawsuits Against Florida Home Owners Insurance Carriers

Thank You Channel 10 News For Continued Coverage. FAIR is commited To Bringing Balanced Reform For Florida Home Owners. For Information On Joining The Class Action Please Click On the Citizens Class Action LawSuit Button At The Top Of The Screen.

E Loans Mortgage In Spring Hill FL, and Steve Fingerman will continue to fight for Florida Home Owners To Keep Home Ownership In Florida, I Proud To Be A Part Of This Action And Committed To Keeping Home Ownership In Hernando County and The Surrounding Tampa Bay Area Affordable.

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The 10 News Investigators have learned the group suing Citizens Insurance over its insurance practices will file more lawsuits Monday.

We’ve learned that group — FAIR — will be filing class-action lawsuits against private insurance companies Monday.

Those suits will go along with the cases they’ve already begun against Citizens.

The 10 News Investigators have been leading the way on this. Following reports by 10 News last fall, allegations surfaced.

The claims: insurance companies statewide are setting the replacement costs of some homes extraordinarily high — much higher than they should be.

That means the companies can charge you more to insure your house. The technique lets them make more money and dodge state laws that limit how much they can raise your rates.

That practice is what led the group FAIR — Florida Association for Insurance Reform — to the steps of the state Capitol last week.

FAIR announced it’s suing Citizens Insurance over the issue. Citizens is run by the state and backed up by Florida taxpayers.

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postheadericon FAIR Files Class Action LawSuit Against Citizens Insurance

On February 7, 2012 FAIR announced a Class Action Lawsuit against Citizens Property Insurance. Attorney Mark Beausoleil, FAIR Regional Director David Welch, Steve Fingerman Board Member and President E Loans Mortgage Inc and Senator Mike Fasano, Announce FAIR’s Lawsuit against Citizens Property Insurance for their practices of inflating Replacement Cost Values and Overcharging Florida Consumers. Florida Association Of Insurance Reform Announced on Feb 7, 2012 A Class Action Lawsuit Brought Against Citizens Insurance by It’s Policy Holders at The Capital Building In Tallahassee

postheadericon Breaking News: E Loans Mortgage Inc Opens In Hernando County

I have some exciting News To Annouce:

We Are Happy To Announce The Launch Of E Loans Mortgage Inc!

It’s not news that the Real Estate and Mortgage Industry both have seen their fair share of challenges over the past few years, but sometimes out of those challenges come exciting innovations and new ideas. With that said, it my honor and privlage to announce the launch of E Loans Mortgage Inc.

Here at E Loans Mortgage our Mission is simple : To Provide The Highest Level Of Professional Mortgage Banking Services To Our Clients, Using The Latest Technologies To Help Our Borrowers Achieve Their Goals Through The Most Transparent, Easy To Understand Lending Practices Possible.

Through my many years of industry contacts I have built a strong network of Partner Wholesale Lenders and Service Providers who offer some of the best Mortgage Products available anywhere. By Leveraging These Contacts, we have been able to secure negotiated Mortgage Terms that will provide our Borrowers with some of the Best Rates and Closing Costs available anywhere.

We offer the following Mortgage Products:

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FHA                         USDA                       VA                  CONVENTIONAL

The Team Here at E Loans Mortgage Inc is excited about the new opportunity to serve our borrowers, and it’s my personal belief that you wont find a better more educated team of Mortgage Professionals anywhere. Regardless if you are a First Time Home Buyer or a Seasoned Investor, rest assured we have a Mortgage Product to fit your individual needs. Being an independant Lender, E Loans Mortgage does not have to fit you into a specific box, this allows us the opportunity to custom tailor a Mortgage Plan designed to meet your specific financial goals and needs.

Humbly,

Steve Fingerman

President

E Loans Mortgage Inc

4117 Mariner Blvd.

Spring Hill FL, 34609

Office 352-688-7949

Cell 727-946-0904

www.E-LoanMortgage.com

 

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