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Setting A Closing Date: The How's and Why's

clock August 1, 2014 06:28 by author MyTitleDirect
When setting a closing date, there are a few things to keep in mind. First off, most people decide to close at the end of the month. The reason behind this desire is due to the fact that there is prepaid interest due at closing. This means that at closing, you are required to pay the interest for the month you are closing. The prepaid interest is calculated from the date you close until the end of that month. For example, if you close on the March 14th, you will pay interest from that date until March 31st. If you close on March 30th, you will pay interest until March 31st, or only one day’s worth of interest. Closing towards the end of the month will require less prepaid interest to be brought to the closing table. It is also important to understand that your 1st mortgage payment will not be due until the 1st full month after you closing is complete. This means that is you close on March 14th, your 1st mortgage payment will not be due until May 1st. Coordinating the date of your closing will take some planning. There are a few items to factor in.  First, you want to make sure all parties can attend. Parties in a home purchase will include:  the buyer’s attorney, the buyers, the seller’s attorney, the sellers, the bank’s attorney and the title company. All of these people will need to agree on a date, time and location. You also want to make sure to bring any necessary items. For instance, a necessary item could be a satisfaction of a judgment that which showed up on the title exam. Your attorney will let you know what these items will be, if any. You will also need a valid ID, such as your driver’s license or passport. Additionally, you may be asked to bring proof that your property taxes are paid (seller). Bank checks will also be needed for certain payments. You will be advised prior to closing on all of these conditions. It is important to stay alert as well as patient during your closing. You want to make sure everything goes smoothly for all parties associated with this transaction. A closing can take several hours; so don’t expect to run in and out. Remember, this is probably the biggest purchase you will make in your life, so you want everything to be clear and understood.     Learn more tips about the home buying process by going to BuyHomeApp.com


5 Reasons to Buy a Home in the next 5 Months

clock July 24, 2014 06:50 by author MyTitleDirect
by Hal M. Bundrick courtesy of Yahoo Homes : July 21st, 2014       A combination of market factors may make you think you're getting priced out of the home market. But one observer believes first-time homebuyers might want to consider making a move.  "I know it's hard to face rising interest rates and rising home prices at the same time," says Ilyce Glink, real estate expert and managing editor of the Equifax finance blog. "The good news is there's still plenty of runway if you want to buy a house this year." Glink believes first-time homebuyers should consider these five good reasons to buy a house before the end of the year: Home prices are still off their highs Yes, home prices are rising from the lows seen during the housing crash of 2008, but they're still nearly 20% off their mid-2006 peak. According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, average U.S. home prices are currently at summer 2004 levels. In markets that are still recovering, first-time homebuyers could see significant appreciation over the next few years, if they buy now. Interest rates are expected to keep rising Interest rates are slowly climbing, and as the Federal Reserve concludes its economic stimulus plan, rates are expected to continue to rise. Some experts believe mortgage interest rates could hit 5% by the end of 2014 or the first quarter of 2015, according to Glink. And even a small bump in interest rates can mean a significant jump in your monthly note. "If you're offered a 4.2% interest rate on a $400,000 mortgage, for example, your monthly payment will be $1,961, and you'll pay more than $300,000 in interest over the loan's 30-year term," Glink says. "If your interest rate were 4.9%, your monthly payment would jump to $2,115, and the total interest paid over the life of the loan would exceed $360,000." Rental rates are rising There is always an argument to be made regarding whether to buy or rent. It's all a matter of your particular situation – as well as the status of your local housing market. If you need to be mobile -- prepared for job transfers or out-of-state promotions -- or are continuing to search for "the perfect place," renting is probably right for you. However, if you would like to put down some roots, and rents are high in your hometown – it might be cheaper to buy. "Divide the list price of the home you're interested in by the annual rental rate of a comparable property to determine the price-rent ratio," Glink advises. "If it's below 20, chances are it's a good time to buy." Of course, buying a home means more than a mortgage. Remember to consider the other built-in expenses: maintenance, insurance, taxes and utilities. Consider your buying power Americans have been steadily reducing their debt load. Maybe you have, too. The lower your debt, the higher your buying power. Creditors will consider your debt-to-income ratio – how much debt you have, compared to your gross (before-tax) income. "Experts generally agree that you can spend between 28% and 36% of your gross income in total debt service -- that's your housing expenses plus your other debt payments," says Glink. With lower debt comes a higher score As you pay off student loans, credit cards and consumer debt, your credit scorewill improve. And that's one of the biggest factors mortgage lenders consider when determining the interest rate and terms of your loan. "You should definitely consider buying this year, because it's unlikely the housing market will look much rosier next year, when interest rates and home prices could be even higher," Glink says.


The Contract of Sale

clock July 17, 2014 09:09 by author MyTitleDirect
  Now that your ideal property has passed inspection, it’s time to enter into a contract of sale with the seller. A contract of sale in a real estate transaction is a legal contract documenting the promise to exchange a property from seller to buyer for an agreed upon value of money. The contract is usually prepared between the buyer’s and seller’s attorneys and outlines the following:  Who the buyer and sellers are and the mentions of subject property What price was agreed on, how much of it is the buyer paying upfront, and how much is being financed Contingencies such as a mortgage commitment from the lender and repairs to be made by the seller. There is usually a stated time frame for such contingencies.  List of personal moveable items agreed on by buyer and seller, e.g. Shed, pool, etc… An occupancy/possession agreement outlining when the buyer will obtain possession of the home and when seller will vacate the property When the closing date will be