MIami-Home-Loan Completes Another Good Closing : Pablo!

Mary Explaining the Details

Mary Explaining the Details

Another good closing, as Pablo, a 1st time home buyer,  got his Miami Home Loan in place to move into his great new unit in Homestead. Thanks goes to the Element Funding operations team, including our processor, Vanessa, our sales agents, Eli Ristine and Bill Sanjurjo, and, our title officer, Mary Gonzales of Emerald Title.

 

Miami-Home-Loan-Reviewing-Documents

Miami-Home-Loan-Reviewing-Documents

 

We had a good closing with Pablo, despite some questions about bars on the windows.  Bill took the needed information, and, got the window bars situation resolved quickly and professionally; thanks Bill!  After that was done we got the property approved without any further complication.  We used the Florida Bond Program and saving the cost of the intangible tax and documentation stamps, over $1000.00, and got the payment down to a more reasonable monthly amount!

 

Miami-Home-Loan Sales Team

Miami-Home-Loan Sales Team

 

We will always go the extra mile to get our files closed, so, giveus a call to see if we can help you as well!

 Miami-Home-Loan | Keys for the New House!
Miami-Home-Loan | Keys for the New House!

 

 

So, if you or, anyone you know, is looking to find a Miami Home Loan, or a South Florida Home Loan,to purchase their own first time home, or to refinance an existing property, and would like help in getting their best financing solution call me, Jim Carter at Element Funding, at 305-525-6742. Your Miami Home Mortgage expert!

 

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Another Miami Home Loan Closing in a Short Time!

Merrick and Jaz Quick Closing with Miami-Home-Loan

Merrick and Jaz Quick Closing with Miami-Home-Loan

Another good closing, as Merrick and Jaz got their Miami Home Loan in place to move into their great new unit in North Miami. Thanks goes to the Element Funding operations team, including our processor, Vanessa, title attorney David Kahn, title attorney processor Vanessa Valdes, buyer’s agent Stas Kolbin of Red Square Realty. and selling agent, David Carrion, PA.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Merrick found a property, and was using another mortgage company.  However, that did not work out, and, Merrick contacted me again in mid-June of 2015.  We got all details resolved, completed the appraisal, added in all the needed documents, and closed the loan in July of 2015!  A short, time frame, and, a smooth closing!  A sa tisfied client and all parties were happy the loan closed in a quick manner.  Our team always strives to do our best to complete our loans and closing on time!

Merrick Jaz at the Closing Table with David Kahn, Esq.

Merrick Jaz at the Closing Table with David Kahn, Esq.

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And, by the way, Merrick is a great IT Technician, so, give him a call if you need any IT work done!  His contact number is (305) 812-2387.

So, if you or, anyone you know, is looking to find a Miami Home Loan, or a South Florida Home Loan,to purchase their own first time home, or to refinance an existing property, and would like help in getting their best financing solution call me, Jim Carter at Element Funding, at 305-525-6742. Your Miami Home Mortgage expert!

 

 

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Miami Home Loan Learns Global Realty Buyers Purchase In South Florida

68% of International Buyes are Latin

68% of International Buyes are Latin

Miami Home loan, and Element Funding, direct lending mortgage bank, found some interesting statistics are confirmed the last few months.  If you are a potential homebuyer we find the international competition is still very strong in S. Florida according to the Miami Association of Realtors.  Jim Carter, mortgage banker, reports on the findings of the report.         

 Real estate top target for Brazilians, who led all foreign the Miami Association of Realtors website in February and in 2014 made 11% of all .area international  real  estate  deals,  trailing  Venezuela’s 16% and Argentina’s 12%, according  to a survey by the of Realtors.

  The study from October  2013 to September  2014 found  about 68%  of international buyers  are  Latin  Americans.  Top  countries  for  purchasing Miami-Dade properties are Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil (tied for second), Colombia, France, Canada.and Mexico (tied for fifth), Italy and (tied for seventh) Peru, Spain,  Ecuador, the Dominican Republic  and  Chile. The  survey  found foreign  buyers  spend  moreon properties  than  domestic  buyers  in South Florida  aa mean  purchase of $444,000 compared  with $245,000 for all Florida sales, and median of$215,000 in Miami-Dade.  About 28% of foreign buyers bought  properties  for $500,001up; they  prefer  condos  in central or urban areas, which they use primarily for vacation  and rental investments; and about  81%  of foreign  buyers paid  cash. 1

Downtown Miami

So if you need a Miami Home Loan, and, are a foreign national or a domestic buyer, and, want to discuss financing options, please call me, Jim (James) Carter, from Element Funding, at 305-525-6742 to help you get the best financing solution. We at Element Funding, will help you with an exceptional Miami Home Loan.

 

 1 Parts of this story was originally published in the Miami Today. April 16, 2015. Today’s News.

 

 

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Miami Home Loan Learns Florida Housing Decreases It’s Assistance in June!

Miami Home Loan, and Element Funding, direct lending mortgage bank, learned the Florida Housing Program is decreasing the amount of Down-Payment-Assistance, next month.  This program gives a First Time Homebuyer, (1st time Homebuyer) a way to get additional funds for their down-payment and closing costs.  Jim Carter, senior loan officer, reports on the details, so, give Jim a call for any additional qustions at 305-525-6742.

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  Beginning in the third quarter of 2014 and continuing through today, loan officers are locking loans at a record pace in our program. We thank you for supporting our programs to such an extent. However, in an effort to stretch our available resources and provide downpayment assistance to borrowers on a continuous basis, we need to reduce the amount of DPA we offer in the FL Assist second mortgage program from $10,000 to $7500 for reservations or locks made on or after 06/15/2015.

Florida Housing plans to create new loan and DPA programs to supplement their existing programs in the near future.

So, if you need a Miami Home Mortgage, please call me, Jim (James) Carter, from Element Funding, at 305-525-6742to help you get the best financing solution. We at Element Funding, will help you with an exceptional Miami Home Loan where our Primary Focus is you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are sending you this email because we want to make sure that we give our lenders enough time to make the necessary changes in their origination systems to disclose this lower amount and whatever other technical changes they need to make. We also want to give our loan officers the time needed to work through their existing pipelines.

So, if you need down-payment -assistance for a Miami Home Mortgage, please call me, Jim (James) Carter, from Element Funding, at 305-525-6742to help you get the best financing solution. We at Element Funding, will help you with an exceptional Miami Home Loan where our Primary Focus is you!

 

 

 

Any loan reserved or locked prior to the June 15th implementation date will still be eligible to receive our current $10,000 DPA amount. We appreciate your continued support of our Homeownership Programs. Please call or email me with any questions or concerns.

 

 

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Miami Home Loan Asks, Do You Have a FHA Buyer Looking for a Condo?

Miami Home loan, and Element Funding, direct HUD Approved lending mortgage bank, found an interesting story in The South Florida Realtor this month.  Jim Carter, senior loan officer, reports onthe subject,  “Do you have a FHA approved condo buyer; but cannot find a suitable unit?”  [i]

You are not alone!   In 2008, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) began enforcing  a rule which ended the concept of life-long FHA condo approvals.Condo projects now need  to apply for approval every two years in order for buyers to utilize the FHA insured loan program in that building or community. This change was in response to the down tum in the market and a way to investigate the financial health of associations.   As  a result, thousands of condominiums across the country lost their FHA approved status. It has been difficult to convince volunteer board members that it is in their best interest to take the necessary steps and apply. [ii]

Some of the basic requirements for approval are:

  • -At least 10% of the income must go towards reserve funding
  •  – Reserve funding should be 10% of the annual budget
  • – 50% of the project must be owner occupied;
  •  – No current or pending litigation that could result in unexpected costs;
  • – No more than 15% of units are 30 days or more delinquent on dues
  •  – Must meet the FHA insurance  requirements. [iii]

In   response  to  member requests,  the  MIAMI Association of REALTORS”‘ created  the “FHA Condo Approval” Task Force and received  a grant from the National Association of REALTORS” for it’s efforts. The task  force  began  to assess the damage.   Out of more than 8,500 condos in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, only 30 were FHA approved.

Search for FHA Approved Condos at  https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/condlook.cfm

We have many FHA programs to help you get into your new condo.  From 203K – rehab loans, to regular 203B-FHA loans.  Take a look at http://miamihomeloan4u.com.

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We also have a 1st Time HomeBuyer Program that gives you up to $10,000 for qualified buyers to help with down payments and closing costs.  Take a look here to review that program: http://miamihomeloan4u.com/first-time-homebuyer-program-offers-10000-assistance/

So, if you need a Miami Home Mortgage, or just want to discuss condo financing options, please call me, Jim (James) Carter, from Element Funding, at 305-525-6742 to help you get the best financing solution. We have several FHA options, and others to discuss.  We at Element Funding, will help you with an exceptional Miami Home Loan.


 

 

 

 


[i] “FHA Approved Buyer Looking for a Condo?”, The South Florida Realtor, Issue, 2015, PG 21

[ii] Look for another article on Why condo boards should Want FHA Approval

[iii] FHA Guidelines

 

 



 

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Miami Home Loan Reports Another Successful Closing!

Mac Miami-Home-Loan Docs

Mac Miami-Home-Loan Docs

Another good closing, as our client,Mac,  got his Miami Home Loan in place to move into his great new unit in Ft. Lauderdale.  Thanks goes to the Element Funding operations team, including our processor, Vanessa, title attorney Patrick, listing agent Mark Hirst, and, buyers’ agent Eddie Acevedo, from Pro Realty LLC.

 

We had an excellent closing at the club house of the condo which overlooks some of the lakes in Ft. Lauderdale.

The Miami-Home-Loan Closing Team

Miami-Home-Loan Closing Team

What a great location and site for a condo!  We had minimal issues with the loan as our buyer was right on top of all the documents we needed, and, forms were signed in an appropriate time, so, the closing was on time and went well.  Everyone involved worked hard and did their part to make this a very successful closing.

 

So, if you or, anyone you know, is looking to find a Miami Home Loan, or a South Florida Home Loan, to purchase their own first time home, or to refinance an existing property, and would like help in getting their best financing solution call me, Jim Carter at Element Funding, at 305-525-6742. Your Miami Home Mortgage expert!

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Miami Home Loan Confirms HFA (FL.-Bond-Program) of Miami Increased Income Limits

Miami Home loan, and Element Funding, direct lending mortgage bank, learned of a new added another qualifying feature in the Fl. Bond Housing Finance program today.  The HFA reports increased in the household income limits in their single family program.  Jim Carter, senior loan officer, reports the details below.

 

FHFA !st-time-Home-Buyer-Program
FHFA !st-time-Home-Buyer-Program

The HFA of Miami-Dade County is pleased to announce the income limits in their single family program have increased.

Effective immediately, the new income limits are:

* 1 – 2 Person Household   $78,200

* 3 or more Person Household     $81,600.

For more on this program, please refer to our previous article at : http://miamihomeloan4u.com/first-time-homebuyer-program-offers-10000-assistance/

So, if you need a Miami Home Mortgage, or just want to know if you qualify for the first time homebuyer financing options, please call me, Jim (James) Carter, from Element Funding, at 305-525-6742 to help you get the best financing solution. We at Element Funding, will help you with an exceptional Miami Home Mortgage.

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Miami Home Loan & Team Complete Another Good Closing!

Another good closing, as buyer got his Miami Home Loan in place to refinance their unit in West Miami!  Thanks goes to the Element Funding operations team, including our processor, Vanessa, and, our title attorney Stephanie Granda. ( a Business Referral member).

 
Miami Home Loan & Victor-Oria Signing DocsMiami Home Loan & Victor-Oria Signing Docs

We had a good closing with Victor and Oria, despite some questions with the elevation certification company.  We had to take about 24 pictures and confirm the back of the property deck was not in a flood zone to make the deal work.  We took all the needed pictures, sent them in with a good explanation, and, got the property approved without the flood insurance the elevation company thought was needed.  We also saved over 1% in a rate reduction, and got the payment down to a more reasonable monthly amount!  We will always go the extra mile to get our files closed, so, give us a call to see if we can help you as well!

Miami Home Loan Closing Team
Miami Home Loan Closing Team

So, if you or, anyone you know, is looking to find a Miami Home Loan, or a South Florida Home Loan, to purchase their own first time home, or to refinance an existing property, and would like help in getting their best financing solution call me, Jim Carter at Element Funding, at 305-525-6742. Your Miami Home Mortgage expert!

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Get a Miami Home Loan Refinance with HARP and Save Money!

Miami Home loan, and Element Funding, direct lending mortgage bank, added another money saving program to their offering.  Get HARPED and save money.  Jim Carter, senior loan officer, reports on the details of saving up to $217.00 with a HARP Refinance.

HARP

If you are looking for ways to save money on your mortgage, you may be interested to learn that there is a program for homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments –the Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP (www.HARP.gov), offered by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (www.FHFA.gov) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. You could save hundreds of dollars each month by refinancing your mortgage through HARP. Don’t wait-the program expires next December.

You are eligible for HARP if:

• Your loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Use the Loan Look-up Tools if you are unsure: Fannie Mae Loan Look-up Tool at https://knowyonroptions.com/loanlookup or call: 8oo-7FANNIE or Freddie Mac LoanLookupTool  at https://ww3.freddiemae.com/loanlookup/ or call8oo-FREDDIE.

• You are current on your mortgage, with no 30-day+ late payments in the last six months and no more than one late payment in the past 12 months.

• Your home is your primary residence, a one-unit second home or a 1to 4-unit investment property.

• Your loan was originated on or before May 31, 2009.

 • Your current loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is greater than 8o percent. For example, you owe $100,000 on your mortgage but the current market value of your home is $80,000. Calculate your LTV ratio with this tool at http://knowyouroptions.com/find-resources/information-and-tools/financial-calcuators/loan-to-value-calculator.

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3 Simple Steps to Get HARPed

STEP 1Gather your basic financial information before you contact your mortgage company. You’ll need: Your mortgage statements, including information on a second mortgage (if applicable); and your income details (paystub or income tax return).

STEP 2: Contact your mortgage company online, in person or by phone. Ask if they are an approved HARP lender. If they are, be prepared to provide the information necessary to verify your current source of income. If they are not, shop around by using these lists of approved HARP lenders to see who is offering HARP near you: Fannie Mae list. of approved lenders at http://knowyouroptions.com/find-resources/mortgage-assistance/helpful-contacts/contact-a-harp-lender ,  or Freddie.Mac list of approved lenders at http://www.freddiemac.com/mortgage_help/same_service_lender_list.html.

STEP 3: Go through the application, approval and closing process.  If your lender determines that you qualify for HARP, they will guide you through the process.

Remember, HARP expires next December so the time is now to take advantage of low mortgage rates.

Go to www.HARP.gov for more information, and  please call me, Jim (James) Carter, from Element Funding, at 305-525-6742to help you get the best financing solution. We can get you HARPED as well!  We at Element Funding, will help you with an exceptional Miami Home Loan where our Primary Focus is you!

 

 

 

 

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Miami Home Loan Congradulate a Recent Refinance!

Miami Home Loan & Element Funding Refinance

Element Funding Refinance in Action

Miami Home Loan staff, Element Funding staff, and Jim Carter congratulate one of our recent re-finance closings, Rene and Ana!

Rene and Ana were referred to me by realtor Shelia Ferguson, now a top producer at One, Southeby’s.  That was in 2009, when Rene and family became home owners!  Since 2009, Rene experienced the downturn in the market, and, the last couple of years, the welcomed upturn as well.  As a result, we were able to reduce his rate 1.125%, and, his home value has had a substantial increase!  When, done, we felt we had helped a family, not once, but, twice, and, this time helped improve their quality of life with a reduced home payment.  That is the best of all stories for an Element Funding customer, to enjoy the experience of increasing equity, and, an improved payment all at the same time.

In addition, we also had an excellent real estate attorney in Norman Powell, his assistant Paris, and their capable staff.  Along with our excellent Element Funding staff, we all worked diligently to get our Rene’s re-finance done in a timely manner.

So, if you know of anyone that would benefit from our level of superior service, please call me, Jim Carter at Element Funding, at 305-525-6742.  Our Miami Home Loan team is ready to support your efforts to make a new purchase, or refinance an existing property.  With our excellent service, constant communication of progress, and knowledgeable team members, we look forward to working with you here on the Miami Home Loan Team!

 

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