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1. How do I know how much house I can afford? Answer
2. What is the difference between a fixed-rate loan and an adjustable-rate loan? Answer
3. How is an index and margin used in an ARM? Answer
4. How do I know which type of mortgage is best for me? Answer
5. What does my mortgage payment include? Answer
6. How much cash will I need to purchase a home? Answer
7. What are some items to help with Credit worthiness and increase my Credit score? Answer
8. What are some helpful numbers when working on your credit report? Answer

Q : How do I know how much house I can afford?
A : Generally speaking, you can purchase a home with a value of two or three times your annual household income. However, the amount that you can borrow will also depend upon your employment history, credit history, current savings and debts, and the amount of down payment you are willing to make. You may also be able to take advantage of special loan programs for first time buyers to purchase a home with a higher value. Give us a call, and we can help you determine exactly how much you can afford.
 
Q : What is the difference between a fixed-rate loan and an adjustable-rate loan?
A : With a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate stays the same during the life of the loan. With an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), the interest changes periodically, typically in relation to an index. While the monthly payments that you make with a fixed-rate mortgage are relatively stable, payments on an ARM loan will likely change. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of mortgage, and the best way to select a loan product is by talking to us.
 
Q : How is an index and margin used in an ARM?
A : An index is an economic indicator that lenders use to set the interest rate for an ARM. Generally the interest rate that you pay is a combination of the index rate and a pre-specified margin. Three commonly used indices are the One-Year Treasury Bill, the Cost of Funds of the 11th District Federal Home Loan Bank (COFI), and the London InterBank Offering Rate (LIBOR).
 
Q : How do I know which type of mortgage is best for me?
A : There is no simple formula to determine the type of mortgage that is best for you. This choice depends on a number of factors, including your current financial picture and how long you intend to keep your house. RJ Financial Services Inc can help you evaluate your choices and help you make the most appropriate decision.
 
Q : What does my mortgage payment include?
A : For most homeowners, the monthly mortgage payments include three separate parts:
  • Principal: Repayment on the amount borrowed
  • Interest: Payment to the lender for the amount borrowed
  • Taxes & Insurance: Monthly payments are normally made into a special escrow account for items like hazard insurance and property taxes. This feature is sometimes optional, in which case the fees will be paid by you directly to the County Tax Assessor and property insurance company.
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    Q : How much cash will I need to purchase a home?
    A : The amount of cash that is necessary depends on a number of items. Generally speaking, though, you will need to supply:
  • Earnest Money: The deposit that is supplied when you make an offer on the house
  • Down Payment: A percentage of the cost of the home that is due at settlement
  • Closing Costs: Costs associated with processing paperwork to purchase or refinance a house
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    Q : What are some items to help with Credit worthiness and increase my Credit score?
    A : 1. Please provide 3 sources of alternate credit letters for the last 12 months or longer. (Ex: car insurance, rent, cps, saws, cell phone bill, and any other bill that you have been paying that is not on the credit report, that is paid on time with no late pays or cut off notices.) *****This helps Underwriters look beyond the scope of whats reporting on your credit to determine your Credit worthiness. The more accounts you can provide, the more comfortable the Underwriter will feel when underwriting a file with a lack of credit history reporting on the credit report.

    2. Please apply for two credit cards at www.firstpremier.com or Bank of your choice. Inquire about secured credit cards if having a challenge obtaining cards. Keep a balance of 25% of the high credit they get you approved for. So only charge a little.

    3. Also need you to be added as an authorized user on 1-2 accounts that have been opened for 24 months or longer, good pay history and again only have a 25% balance to hi credit.

    4.Please go to www.optoutpresecreen.com opt out of credit card offers for 5 years. This will help you get the scores we need and get you on the road to Home ownership. ***** All of the above helps build up your credit score so we may obtain the minimal credit score required of 620!
     
    Q : What are some helpful numbers when working on your credit report?
    A : Experian: 224-698-5600 (live person)
    Equifax: 800-203-7843 (live person answers, hold a bit)
    Trans Union: 800-916-8800 (press 4 rep)