Home Loan 101

Jumbo Loans for Veterans

If you are a veteran or a servicemember, you are probably well aware of VA mortgage loans. These loans offer excellent benefits, including no down payment or credit score requirements as well as allowing borrowers to forgo mortgage insurance premiums.  But what happens if you are looking to buy an expensive property or you live in a pricier area of the country, where home prices exceed the standard VA loan limits? Is it still possible to take advantage of VA mortgage financing? Thankfully, the answer is yes! You can apply for a VA jumbo loan. Jumbo Loan Defined A jumbo loan is for a...

October 24th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Government Loans, VA Loans, Jumbo Loans for Veterans

Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

In the homebuying process, if you find yourself in the enviable position of having more cash than needed for a minimum down payment, it may be difficult to know just how much you should put down. A larger down payment can bring plenty of benefits, but is it always best to contribute the biggest down payment possible?  First, remember that every loan program has its own down payment requirements. FHA loans for example require a minimum of 3.5% while jumbo loans will require at least 10%. To get a conventional loan without PMI you’ll need 20%. USDA and VA, by contrast, do not requi...

September 25th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, Mortgage Advice, Is a Bigger Down Payment Always Better?

What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

When buying a home, there are several factors that affect how much mortgage you can afford. Two of the most important are the property prices and current mortgage interest rates. Is it better to search for the absolute lowest rate or is it more helpful to choose a less-expensive home? Here’s how the two factors are related and how to make the right choice. Mortgage Rate/Home Price Relationship Since higher mortgage rates make homebuying more expensive for buyers, you might think that home prices would tend to fall during high rate climates in order to compensate for those costs. Un...

July 31st, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Interest Rates, What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

Can I Qualify for Down Payment Assistance?

One of the biggest obstacles to homeownership is coming up with enough cash for a down payment. When your own savings are not adding up quickly enough and you don’t have a rich uncle to tap for an early inheritance, you may find some help in a down payment assistant programs. Down Payment Assistance Programs Many state and local governments as well as local lending institutions and non-profit organizations have created down payment assistance programs because of their vested interest in helping residents and fellow community members become homeowners. Those who own homes are likely...

April 10th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Can I Qualify for Down Payment Assistance?

5 Things to Do After Your Mortgage Closes

After sitting down at the mortgage closing table to sign all the paperwork, you get the keys and can breathe a sigh of relief. But before you tuck all those mortgage papers away for good, there are at least 5 things you still need to do after closing to make sure everything is on track. 1. Figure Out the Start Date of the First Payment Your lender or title company should have let you know this important fact before or at closing, but with so many papers and numbers being thrown at you, it might get missed. Your escrow account often requires enough money from you at closing to cover ...

March 13th, 2019 | First-time Homebuyers, Purchasing a Home, Refinancing a Home, 5 Things to Do After Your Mortgage Closes

What is the Right Mortgage for Buying a Fixer-Upper?

You have found your dream house but it will take significant work to make it a home. You do not have cash in savings to pay for both a down payment and the repair costs. Not to worry - this is not a hopeless situation. Fortunately, there are two types of mortgage loans available for just this scenario:  The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) 203(k) rehabilitation loan or Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation Mortgage. FHA 203(k) Mortgage The Federal Housing administration has provided a home loan that allows buyers to borrow enough money to cover the price of the home plus the estimated...

February 13th, 2019 | FHA Loans, Purchasing a Home, What is the Right Mortgage for Buying a Fixer-Upper?

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CenterState Bank

415 Meridian St
Huntsville, Alabama 35801

Phone: 256-564-7600

Fax: 866-240-4255

NMLS: 514390

Tracy Flesch

Vice President, Mortgage Loan Originator

Phone: 256-564-7615

NMLS: 684453