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

Finding The Perfect Mortgage In Hernando County

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Today, it seems many lenders are offering a mortgage to those that are looking to purchase a home. There are mortgage lenders here and there, offering the ‘lowest rates’ the ‘best financing’ and the “best terms” but what is the truth to all of this? Many times, people find themselves lured into advertising and that is probably one of the worst things that you can do. Instead, when looking for a home loan, carefully think about what you are getting in the loan first.

There are several aspects that should be carefully considered when looking at a mortgage offered by any of the lenders there. Everyone should take the time to carefully consider these things as they will determine just how much money they will ultimately pay for their home as well as the experience they will have.

Lender-with-mortgage-paperworkInterest rates are by far the most important aspect of the home loan. This is the charge, the cost of doing business with the financial lender. This dollar amount is going to cost a different amount of money from each lender as most will offer a different rate from each other. What is important to consider is the difference that is evident from one lender to the next. Often, cutting down the rate just slightly can save thousands of dollars in the long run.The terms of the loan are also an important feature. The longer the loan is, the more interest will be charged to it and the more costly it will become. What many people think about though is the cost of the home’s monthly mortgage payment. The longer the terms of the loan are, the lower the monthly payment amount will be. Carefully find the best terms here so that you can make your monthly payments but that you can pay off your loan as quickly as possible too.</li><li>Customer service and experience is very important as well. If you do all of your banking on the web, you’ll want to make sure that this lender will offer that option to you as well. If you call the company to get a quote, they should provide you with the best of service. If they do not do it now (or you have to stay on hold for excessive time) then that is what you will get later on too.fannie-freddie

The home loan that you select should have the best combination of these features. The better your interest rate is the lower the amount of money that you pay for your home is. There are many other things to consider as well, but this is the ideal topic that you need to know to get started with. Use the tools that are provided to you, such as a loan calculator to help you to determine what the loan will ultimately cost you. With so many lenders out there, looking for your business, you should provide your business to those that can offer you the best rates, the best terms and the overall best options to consider. A mortgage can be very costly if you do not pay attention to these details.

FHA Home Mortgage Purchase Or Refinance Loan – Getting An FHA Loan In Spring Hill FL

FHAMost borrowers have heard of FHA home loans. They are very common. You hear about them mostly as loans for first time borrowers, which is common. However, most people don’t realize that FHA loans in Spring Hill FL can also be does for refinancing. They are not only for purchasing a house.

HUD operates FHA, which is a program designed to help borrowers who might have difficulty buying a house. If the borrower falls within FHA’s requirements FHA insures the loan for the lender, which makes the loan very low risk for the lender, which is very good for the borrower. It could mean a lower interest rate, better terms and just an overall better loan.

FHA’s requirements are; a down payment of 3.5%, the home must be under the FHA’s set loan limit for the county that the borrower lives in and a few other small requirements.

The main advantage to an FHA loan in Spring Hill FL, is if you can fall within their requirements, your credit history or income level, will not hold you back from getting a home loan. If you are getting turned down from other lenders because of a high debt to income ratio or because your credit is bad. You may want to consider applying for an FHA loan, where those requirements are either non-existant or much more flexible.Apply Now Button

If the idea of down payment is holding you back, consider also, that FHA loans allow the use of a non-profit organization as a source for the down payment, which opens up the option of using down payment assistance programs like Neighborhood Gold.

30 Year vs. 15 Year Mortgages

Loan-CrossingDiscussions of mortgages often focus on interest rates, but there is a much more basic decision to make. Should you go with a 30 year mortgage term or a 15 year mortgage term?

30 Year vs. 15 Year Mortgages

Any discussion of mortgages tends to turn on two points. How can you qualify for the most money with the lowest payment? How can you get the lowest interest rate for the mortgage? While these are two important issues, there is an addition one that people fail to consider, resulting in significant wasted money.

The term of a mortgage is extremely critical for a couple of reason. First, it sets the length of the obligation you are undertaking. Second, it defines the amount of interest you are going to pay over the life of the loan. These are huge issues when it comes to building equity.

The longer the loan, the more total interest you are going to pay. The trade off, of course, is you are going to have smaller monthly payments the farther you stretch out the obligation. While this may sound like a good goal when you first get the mortgage, it can backfire on you in the long run.

Most people focus on interest rates as a way to save money on mortgages. This is a valid approach, but playing with the length of the loan is a better way to save money. If you can cut the payments in half by going with a shorter loan, you can save huge amounts on the total interest repaid to a lender.removing-fear640x392jpg

The decision on the term of the loan is relatively simple, but entirely dependent upon your personal situation. There is no absolutely correct choice. First, you need to determine if you can comfortably afford the higher payments that come with a shorter term loan. In general, a 15 year mortgage will have payments 20 to 25 percent higher than a 30 year loan. Of course, you will pay the loan off faster, to wit, be building equity in the home quicker.

The modern mortgage industry has a variety of different term length products. When applying for a loan, take the time to evaluate the different terms to see if you can find a loan that is perfect for your situation.

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Multiple Offers Are Here In Spring Hill FL, Here’s How To Beat Them!

Taking The Stress Out Of Real Estate

Beating Competitors When Multiple Offers Surface On Spring Hill FL Real Estate Listings

 

Part of the recovery in Spring Hill FL real estate scene is the increasing likelihood of multiple offers on a listed property. This is every seller’s dream— but if you are one of the bidders, it’s important that you don’t allow it to become your nightmare.

There is one way— the only sure way—to keep the specter of competing Spring Hill FL multiple offers from upsetting your home buying prospects. Summed up in one word, it’s “preparation.”

Preparation starts with assembling a strong financial package. If your target property attracts multiple offers, you want yours to stand out. By the time you learn that other offers are at hand, it’s probably already too late to begin putting together documents—they should be in hand before you even identify a property. Getting pre-approval for your loan in Hernando County, having a letter that says so, and being able to show you have funds available can be persuasive. E Loans Mortgage is a local lender in Hernando County and can help by going even a step further and give you a full underwriting approval. Having that in hand shows a seller or asset manager that you mean business. Believe it or not this in itself can be the difference in getting the deal or not.

When it comes to making the offer itself, although including “Subject to” clauses will protect you from unforeseen problems with the property, when multiple offers are on the table, the fewer contingencies the better. Again, only preparation will make this reasonable. If you’ve had an advance home inspection, and also made sure that there aren’t any right-of-way or easement issues, your offer can be significantly more attractive.Lake In The Woods

Personal preparation can be another positive. Visiting the property on several occasions at different times of the day should give you added confidence for what the home is truly worth to you…and when the listing agent and owner can put a face to your offer, it tends to strengthen its validity.

When multiple offers on a Spring Hill FL property occur, it’s possible that someone is going to bid more than the home is really worth. If you’ve done thorough research and know precisely what its value is in today’s market, that won’t be you. Having your bottom line number unshakably in mind means that in any bidding war, you’ll be able to sweeten your offer without hesitation. You can be creative, perhaps by offering to reduce the seller’s costs by picking up escrow fees, transfer fees or title policies; perhaps by offering the seller a few additional days to move without seeking financial compensation in return; perhaps by increasing the down payment or earnest money. When you know your bottom line, the arithmetic is uncomplicated (and your less-prepared competitors are more likely to throw up their hands!)

Agent TrustAnd then…should the bidding go over what you know it’s worth, you’ll be ready to walk away. There will be other properties to bid for – and we are always here to help keep all your options open!

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas In Spring Hill Florida

 

 

Twas the night before closing on one Christmas Eve,

Package was expected, an early delivery it was believed

Soon next day broke and the title agent appeared, no closing docs on email just as she feared.

 

 

Back at the apartment the silence was broken, with a frantic call from Nicole- What? No docs are you joking?

The children still sleeping, quiet in bed, while mom and dad prayed for their docs to get prepped.

Where is Steve Fingerman? Asked the Realtor with fear? When do you think he might appear? And just then he rode in on a horse with white hair.

 

With docs in the saddle and no time to waste, he broke through the door at that bustling title place.

As he dismounted his steed, as he fell off the horse, a little bit shaken but alas off the ground he arose.

 

On buyer, on seller, on Realtors galore. They all appeared in hopes that this closing wouldn’t be such a chore.

With no time to waste he took off his cloak, and out came the docs they waited to get since they all had awoke.

Closing went well and funding was swift, all in time to move in really quick.

Another happy buyer moved in and a seller moved on, all is Merry and happy on this Christmas dawn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the team at:

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Steve Fingerman
President
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www.e-loanmortgage.com

Cell 727-946-0904
Office 352-688-7949

How Market Values Are Determined In Spring Hill Florida

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Spring Hill FL Real Estate Values: No Kidding Around!
Comps are Real Estate Values’ Incomparable Tool

Spring Hill Florida Real Estate Values — They’re All Related

Whenever you hear that a neighbor’s house is on the market, the same question flashes through nearly every homeowner’s mind: how much are they asking?

That’s because of the nature of residential markets: our own homes’ real estate values (in fact, all Spring Hill FL real estate values) are connected with one another, and that asking price is an estimate of the current state of affairs. It has to be reasonable in order to attract the attention of serious buyers — but if it’s too reasonable, on closing day the seller will walk away with a lighter bank account than necessary.

Real estate values in Spring Hill FL are determined in large part by what other similar homes have recently sold for. These comparable sales show what a real world bank was willing to lend, and how many dollars a real life buyer was willing to pay. “Comps” are to real estate values what the Dow Jones is to securities: a trustworthy reality check, no kidding around.
How ‘comparable’ a comp is depends on a number of factors to be taken into account:
• The structure
• Condition
• Amenities
• Location
• Neighborhood
The structure of a comp sale will have similar square footage, number of bedrooms, etc. Its condition is a value judgment best made by professional appraisers. Amenities can include everything from upgrades in a development to added features like central air conditioning or a Jacuzzi. And location means a great deal (is it in a high crime area?) — as does the similar but more precise neighborhood (are the neighbors taking care of their yards? Are the schools first-rate?).

Ultimately, when determining real estate values for Hernando County homes, appraisers take into account much more than just the house itself. That’s why when you set out to find a home for your family it’s important to look beyond the physical facets of the house alone: should you later decide to sell it, the whole host of factors will come into play. Whether you are buying or selling a home in Spring Hill FL this fall, contact us today for a pricing evaluation.

 

Tina Fingerman and Steve Fingerman

E Loans Mortgage

NMLS# 856640

352-688-7949

 

 

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727-946-2348

Home Listings In Spring Hill Florida- Hernando County Real Esate Trends

 

Hernando County Real Estate For Sale

Home Listings In Spring Hill FL Track Shift in Buyers’ Focus

2012 Spring Hill Florida Home Listings Tell a Tale

 

Homeowners who are puzzling over whether to add their property to the Spring Hill Florida home listings this winter (rather than hold back until spring) have more than just timing to factor into their decision. How their offering will stack up alongside the other home listings is a prime consideration.Sell A Home In Spring Hill Florida

The residential market has made good progress this year – and a strong majority of pundits expect more of the same for 2013. I deal with the home-buying public all the time, and so get an inside look and listen to what features and qualities wind up having the greatest impact on their buying decisions. Another way is to survey home listings across the nation to track buying trends: the features highlighted in home listings are just about the most market-sensitive indicator of all.

A look at those home listings throughout the past year can be summed up briefly: Homebuyers wanted relatively smaller homes, manageability, lower property taxes and utility bills — in short, they gravitated toward properties that looked as if they would minimize expenses after buying as well as in the purchase itself.

Associated prominent features dealt with location in a number of ways. “Within walking distance” was a frequently appearing phrase. “Walk Score” came into new prominence — to schools, coffee shops, grocery stores, or parks. Importance of financial stability in the surrounding neighborhood can be implied from a number of popular phrases, and I can vouch for that in the attention I saw paid to various areas’ foreclosure rates.Hernando County Real Estate IPHONE

Practically every homebuyer will still be looking for a good deal, but in 2013, we can expect increasing attention to the intangible of future value.

If you are considering selling your Spring Hill Florida home any time in 2013, now is the time to begin putting the idea into action. Understanding buyers’ needs is a sound first step toward placing your home in position to stand out in the Spring Hill Florida home listings — and I am standing by this year to help you do it!

 

 

Tina Fingerman Realtor

Tina Fingerman

Agent Trust Realty

4117 Mariner Blvd.

Spring Hill FL, 34609

Office 352-688-7022

Cell 727-946-2348

Selling A House In Spring Hill Florida

Selling a Spring Hill Florida Home Starts with Some Basics

 

Profit from Early Decisions When Selling a House

 

Selling a House Means Nimble Decision-Making

 
 
According to a recent survey, nine out of ten REALTORS® believe that clients who make improvements before selling a house are more likely to secure a successful sale.
 
 
Why, you may wonder, would anyone take the trouble to run a survey to discover anything that obvious? Possibly because of a follow-up question Realty Times came up with: 65.9% of real estate agents – virtually two out of three – agree that a common mistake among homeowners is not making “the right” home improvements for the Spring Hill Florida market.
 
 
Uh-oh! Remodeling in the wrong direction can cost you twice! If it’s such a common mistake, it’s safe to say it might be best to consult an agent before rolling up your sleeves (or opening your checkbook). Active Spring Hill Florida agents are constantly noting what features are popular with prospective buyers and which improvements are making a difference in today’s market. Knowing what sells — and why — is fundamental information when home improvement decisions are about to be made.
 
 
Also important is the changing nature of an effective marketing roll out. Yesterday’s sign on the front lawn and paragraph in the newspaper are no longer sufficient. Pocket listings, preview open houses, and social media promotion are all elements that now can be brought into a multi-tiered marketing plan geared to create awareness (“buzz”) around a property’s debut.
 
 
Yet, the new market retains at least one unchanging fundamental. To achieve the highest return when selling a house in Hernando County, it has to be priced right. Real estate commentator Barbara Corcoran puts it succinctly:You could spend all the money in the world fixing up and marketing your house,” she says, “but the wrong price on the right house guarantees no sale.”
 
 
If you are thinking of selling a house in Spring Hill Florida this winter, I’m here to help you meet that goal. Contact me to get started on a marketing plan that sets it in motion!
 
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