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Buying a Second Home

If you are lucky enough to be considering the purchase of a second home, there are a few ways to fund your new property. When making an important decision that will change your life, you must consider the benefits and costs. It should make financial sense to buy a second home. Although there are costs up front, a second home is a substantial addition to your real estate portfolio and retirement plan. It is vital to work with an experienced and knowledgeable lender, such as Superior MCI, to weigh all your options. You may not need to take out a loan on the second home if you take advantage of the following options to make a down payment or pay cash for a second home.

  • Many homeowners use a cash-out refinance on their primary home. Because home values are rising across the US, many homeowners have built up substantial equity in their primary or rental residence in the last few years. They can tap into this equity using a cash-out refinance. An example of this would be a homeowner who owes $100,000 on her mortgage. His home, however, is currently valued at $200,000 due to appreciation. The homeowner could take out some of the equity by refinancing into a bigger loan and getting the difference in cash. Consequently, the homeowner would be able to have access to a bigger down payment on the second home. Borrowers who have good credit can borrow up to 80 percent of their home’s current value with a conforming loan. FHA loans allow 85 percent cash-out refinancing and if the homeowner is a veteran, he could access 100 percent of their equity in a cash-out VA loan. With today’s low mortgage rates, cash-out refinancing may be a good way to take advantage of your home’s equity to get a second home. It’s important to be sure that you can afford a larger monthly payment on your primary home and to remember that there are additional financial obligations with a second home.
  • A home equity line of credit (HELOC) on your primary residence is a popular funding source for second home buyers. If you have sufficient equity in your home, you can take out a line of credit and buy the second home or use the funds as a down payment. In this case, you would not need to refinance your current mortgage. A HELOC could be the best way to go if you have recently refinanced and have a very low rate. Opening a line of credit does not affect your first mortgage. In some cases, you can tap into 100 percent of your home’s value. Generally, borrowers need good to excellent credit. If you are approved, you can use the cash for any reason. The interest rate is based on the prime rate, which is currently very low, making the rate lower than you would pay on a traditional mortgage. Without a new mortgage, you avoid closing costs.
  • You can also get a loan for a second home via conventional financing. Depending on your credit and other factors, current down payments can be as low as 10%.

At Superior Mortgage Company, Inc., we specialize in residential and commercial loans and provide the best products and services available. Whether you are purchasing, refinancing or in need of a home equity loan, and regardless of any credit problems, we can help you. Contact the company that can answer all your questions. Call us at 845-883-8200.

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Home Appraisal Tips to Maximize Home Value 1.

If you are interested in buying a home, your lender will order an appraisal of the property you are interested in purchasing to make sure that you are not overpaying for your home. If you are refinancing a home you already own, an appraisal is necessary to ensure that the seller does not lend more money that the property is actually worth.

A home appraisal is an estimate of what a home is worth. The estimate is sometimes referred to as the fair market value of the property. Home appraisers are licensed professionals who are expert at assessing real estate value. They are unbiased as they do not work for you or the lender. They are seen as an independent third party in the mortgage process. They consider factors such as the location of the home and its size to get the home’s true value. They will look at the home’s structure, fixtures and appliances. The difference between this and a home inspection is that the appraiser assesses the condition of the home to determine a fair value. The inspector protects the buyer by identifying problems in the home such as non-working electrical outlets, faulty toilets and other problems.

If you are refinancing your home, you want to get the highest appraisal value. Some tips to increasing your chances for a higher value are:

  • Because it is your home and you may not be objective about what repairs or improvements it needs, it is a good idea to get the opinion of a friend or family member.
  • Decluttering your home will make each room look better and will make it easier for them to view your home in a more favorable way.
  • Any upgrades or improvements you made in your home may not be obvious such as new air conditioning units, windows or landscaping. It is helpful to provide the appraiser with a list of upgrades so they can include them in their report.

If you are selling your home, let your appraiser know about every offer that has been made for your home. You should remain at the property when your appraiser is there to answer any questions or provide information. Always make sure your home is tidy and well-organized. There are several ways to make your home look bigger and brighter such as replacing lightbulbs, adding mirrors to reflect natural light and pulling furniture away from the walls. Give the appraiser a list of comparable properties in the area and their final sales price.

If you are buying a home, do your homework and be aware of the current market. Hire a real estate person who knows your area well. If you think that the appraiser may have made an error in their report, you may appeal it. Read the report thoroughly to look for any incorrect information. Your lender will help you with this process. Remember that a fair value for your home protects you and your lender.

At Superior Mortgage Company, Inc., our experience and knowledge about residential and commercial loans allow us to provide the best products and services available. If you are purchasing, refinancing or in need of a home equity loan, regardless of any credit problems, we can help. Contact the company that can answer all your questions. Call us at 845-883-8200.

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What Happens During a Home Appraisal?

Getting appraisals for your home when you are buying or refinancing can be challenging. If the appraisal comes in higher or lower than the sale price, both parties will need to negotiate accordingly. Therefore, it is important to know what home appraisals consist of and what sellers can do to move the process along successfully.

If the home you want to buy appraises for less than your offer price, you may choose to:

  • Make up the price difference by finding the additional funds to pay the amount between your down payment and your loan. The seller may also agree to lower the listing price but in today’s competitive market, this is becoming more uncommon.
  • Cancel the deal if you have an appraisal contingency. If the appraised value comes in less than the agreed on purchase price, and you do not have the necessary funds to pay the difference, you may be able to get back your deposit if you have met the terms and deadlines of your offer.

During a home appraisal, a licensed appraiser conducts an inspection of the property. If you already have a loan, the lender usually orders the appraisal as they are the ones to bring the most money to the purchase. During the home appraisal, the appraiser will review ‘comps.’ Comps for a property refer to nearby, similar properties that have recently sold. This helps the appraiser to understand the local real estate market and factor it into the property value. During the property visit, the appraiser will consider the other aspects that affect property value such as the property’s condition, value-adding or detracting features, upgrades, additions and lot size. When the appraiser is finished inspecting the property and area comps, he or she will put their findings into an appraisal report. Most importantly, they will finalize the appraised home value.

If you are tasked with finding a reliable appraiser, find one that bases their opinion on a mix of experience and education and writes their report in a way that conforms to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices set by the Congress-approved Appraisal Foundation. It may be helpful to begin the search process at the federal government’s Appraisal Subcommittee Website, which provides links to state government websites that list state-certified appraisers. Check to ensure that their certifications are still valid and search the national registry to check if they have been a subject of any disciplinary actions. Contact the appraisers you are interested in and ask for references. You will want to select the appraiser with whom you feel the most comfortable based on references, pricing and the rapport you may have established.

At Superior Mortgage Company, Inc., we specialize in residential and commercial loans and provide the best products and services available. Whether you are purchasing, refinancing or in need of a home equity loan, and regardless of any credit problems, we can help you. Contact the company with the answers you need. Call us at 845-883-8200. 

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