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Whether you’re buying or selling a home, understanding the role of an appraisal in the home buying process is important.  An appraisal can have a significant impact on your real estate transaction, so here are some common questions about the process:

What is a property appraisal?

A property appraisal is a professional assessment of a home’s value conducted by a licensed appraiser.

What does an appraiser do?

An appraiser evaluates a home’s value by considering various factors such as the home’s features and location, current housing market conditions, and comparison to the sale of similar homes in the area.

How do appraisers provide an unbiased assessment of a home’s value?

An appraiser is a licensed, independent service provider who has no affiliation with a home’s buyer or seller.  Appraisers are paid a flat fee for their service rather than a commission so they are unprejudiced when determining a home’s fair market value.  There are also federal laws that require the appraiser to be unbiased in the performance of the appraisal. 

When does an appraisal take place?

Once a buyer and seller both sign a purchase agreement for a home, the buyer can complete their loan application and continue with the home financing process.  During that time, the buyer’s mortgage lender will order the home’s appraisal.  An appraiser is assigned to assess the home’s value and will submit an appraisal report back to the lender once the appraisal is complete.

What if the appraisal of a home’s value is lower than expected?

If a home’s value is determined to be different than the contract price, and the buyer feels that the estimate is inaccurate, then the buyer may authorize an appraisal reconsideration process.  The buyer, real estate agent or lender may ask an appraiser to:

  • consider additional, appropriate property information,
  • provide further detail, substantiation or explanation for the appraiser’s value conclusion, and/or
  • correct any errors within the appraisal report.

What can be included in the appraisal reconsideration?

To reexamine a home’s value, appraisers may consider:

  • a list of major home improvements or upgrades completed after the original appraisal, such as renovations, landscaping, or replacement of major systems or utilities.
  • a copy of the plat or site plan showing unique or contextual characteristics such as a lot’s size compared to those around it, a desirable view, or even a quiet property away from busy areas.
  • overlooked sales and listings that were used to help determine the home’s price.
  • elements of the appraisal’s comparable properties that were reported incorrectly.
  • the home’s specific circumstances, such as multiple offers, special concessions, or repairs outlined in the contract that would raise the home’s value.

More questions about property appraisals?

Your mortgage consultant or real estate professional will be happy to speak with you directly to help make sure you understand the entire process.

 

 

 

 

This list is only to be used as a guide and is not all-inclusive.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

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Buying a home doesn’t have to be stressful.  After all, finding and moving into that special home should be one of the happiest moments of your life. If you know what to expect—and you have a knowledgeable team of real estate and mortgage-lending professionals to assist you—finding and financing your first home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Here are the basics of what you need to know:

Before you even begin to shop, obtain a mortgage preliminary approval.  We recommend our Buyer Advantage preliminary approval! 1  We’ll need your most recent 2 years of W-2’s and tax returns, the last 30 days of pay stubs, and 2 months of bank statements.  Qualified borrowers will receive a mortgage commitment letter upfront, subject to an appraisal.  Some lenders only offer a pre-qualification letter, which doesn’t verify any of the information you provide.  A mortgage commitment letter, though, is an important first step and will help you determine how much home you may be able to purchase and can strengthen your bargaining position with sellers.

Once you are issued your preliminary approval, you’ll work with your real estate agent to find the right home. It helps to determine your needs and create a wish list of desirable features. While you visit homes, take notes to be able to determine which homes may warrant a second visit. Using our house hunting checklist can assist in this process.

Once you find a home you like, you’ll make a purchase offer.  Your real estate agent will present your offer to the seller, who will then choose to accept, counter, or reject the offer.  When a price is settled on, you and the seller will sign a Purchase Agreement, defining the terms of the sale.

The next step will be to complete the loan application process. If you have already obtained a mortgage preliminary approval, contact your mortgage consultant and let them know you have a contract on a home. They will update your loan application and help you to proceed with the home financing process. If you were issued a Buyer Advantage preliminary approval, most of the work is already completed!

Next, the home will be appraised. An appraisal is a formal, written estimate of the home’s current market value. Your lender will review the appraisal and note any conditions that may be required prior to closing on the loan. You will be provided a copy of the appraisal.

Once any remaining conditions are submitted including the appraisal, title insurance and homeowners insurance, we will issue a final commitment and finalize the details of your closing with your real estate agent and your settlement agent.  Your closing documents will be prepared, and you will go to settlement.  Make sure you talk to your settlement agent about how you should prepare the funds needed for closing.  Today, a wire from your bank is the most popular way, but you may be able to provide a cashiers’ check or money order.

Congratulations, you become the proud owner of your new home!

We hope you have found this overview helpful; contact your local mortgage consultant for more details!

 

 

 

 

1. Prosperity Buyer Advantage is not a loan approval. A Commitment Letter is based on information and documentation provided by you and a review of your credit report. The interest rate and type of mortgage used to approve you for a specified loan amount is subject to change, which may also change the terms of approval. The interest rate cannot be locked until your offer to purchase a property has been accepted. If the interest rate used for credit approval has changed, you may need to re-qualify. Information provided by you is subject to review and all other loan conditions must be met. After you have chosen a home and your offer has been accepted, final loan approval will be contingent upon obtaining an acceptable appraisal and title commitment.  Additional documentation may be required.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Introducing HomeBuyer Boost

Jun 29
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Category | Prosperity News

Prosperity sets aside up to $1 million to help home buyers.

At Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC, we are committed to helping responsible, creditworthy buyers achieve the goal of homeownership.  Earlier this year, we offered a program in which Prosperity clients qualified for $2.5 million in down payment or closing cost assistance.

Now, we are excited to announce that we are setting aside up to an additional $1 million in closing cost assistance for qualified, low-to-moderate income borrowers! This new incentive, HomeBuyer Boost, is a conventional loan with flexible terms, plus an additional Boost.  Take a look:

  • Low down payment available up to 97% financing for purchase of a primary residence (1-unit properties).
  • Flexible sources of funds can be used for the down payment and closing costs with no minimum contribution required from the borrower’s own funds (1-unit properties).
  • Income from all borrowers on the loan must be used to qualify. Income may not exceed 100% of the HUD area median income for the property’s location.1
  • Extended-income household may allow non-borrower income to be considered toward the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio when qualifying the borrower for the mortgage.2
  • Reduced Mortgage Insurance coverage requirements for loans with loan-to-values (LTV) greater than 90%, up to 97%.
  • Homeownership education helps buyers get ready to buy a home and be prepared for the responsibilities of homeownership.  The required training offers an easy-to-use, online course provided by Framework.

Now for the HomeBuyer Boost:

  • $1,000 program credit toward closing costs for clients who are at or below 80% of the area median income limit.3
  • $500 program credit to borrowers who get one-on-one homeownership education through a HUD-approved counseling agency prior to signing a purchase contract.4
  • Job loss protection for 2 years for eligible borrowers through MortgageAssureSM. This unemployment insurance can help cover up to 6 monthly mortgage payments in the event of an involuntary, unexpected job loss, to help borrowers avoid falling behind or defaulting on their mortgage.5

 

If you have more questions about our HomeBuyer Boost incentives, one of our mortgage consultants would be happy to speak with you.  Or, if you are ready to begin your loan application, apply on-line here!

 

 

 

 

HomeBuyer BOOST may not be the best mortgage product for all borrowers. Please consult your mortgage consultant to discuss your financing options.

1. Except for properties located in a low-income census tract.

2. Non-borrower income must be at least 30 percent of the total monthly qualifying income being used by the borrower(s). The non-borrower must 1) document his or her income, and 2) sign a statement of intent to reside with the borrower(s) for a minimum of 12 months. Other terms, conditions, and requirements may apply.

3. Borrowers are able to use program credit toward closing costs only. Excludes down payment assistance. All incentive offers valid on complete loan applications received between 06/27/2017 and 12/31/2017. Loan must close within 60 days from the date of loan application. This offer may not be used with any other offers.

4. Borrowers are not eligible for additional program credits if minimum borrower contribution is exceeded.

5. Radian MortgageAssureSM is available with borrower-paid mortgage insurance (BPMI) only. Radian MortgageAssureSM will provide up to 6 monthly mortgage payments, for a maximum monthly benefit of up to $1,500 or total protection of $9,000 during the two-year coverage period. Benefit is automatically provided on Radian-insured loans for primary, owner-occupied, single-family homes with loan-to-values of 95.01% - 97%, that meet the program guidelines.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Prosperity surprises buyers with check to cover first mortgage payment.

We are delighted to share that Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC (Prosperity) has closed its first residential Detroit home loan on June 16—just a few weeks after we officially began conducting business in Michigan! The purchasers, Anthony and Lana Sellors, received a great post-closing surprise, with Prosperity presenting them with a check for their first mortgage payment!

“Prosperity Home Mortgage is off to a spectacular start in the Detroit area, and we’re thrilled to close our first home loan in Michigan and help these two buyers achieve their homeownership dreams,” said Tim Wilson, CEO of Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. “I’m confident our commitment to offering exceptional customer service and competitive loan products will ensure our continued success in the Detroit area, helping us provide even more buyers with the total homeownership experience.”

The Sellors purchased a home in Chesterfield, Michigan, and mortgage consultants with Prosperity, Jeni Barchichat and David Knuth, guided them through the financing process. The Sellors also worked with Bill Finn, a real estate professional with Century 21 Town & Country.

Prosperity offers a wide range of mortgage products, including fixed and adjustable rate mortgages, and we are represented by mortgage consultants throughout 12 states and Washington, D.C. For more information our company, visit our About Us page!

 

 

 


All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Scotsman Guide Releases Top Mortgage Lenders 2016 Rankings

Great news! We’re pleased to share that Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC (Prosperity) has been named one of the country’s top mortgage lenders by Scotsman Guide for the third year in a row!  Prosperity ranked No. 48 in overall volume on the 2016 Top Mortgage Lender list. Among lenders that focus solely on retail loans, Prosperity earned the 15th position with a 2016 volume of over $3.2 billion in funded loans.

Scotsman Guide, the leading resource for mortgage originators, has recently released its fifth annual Top Mortgage Lenders rankings on June 1. The list, which ranks the nation’s top mortgage-lending companies, appears in Scotsman Guide’s June 2017 residential edition, and all rankings are available online here.

Prosperity was ranked among entries from hundreds of mortgage companies across the country. To be eligible for consideration in Scotsman Guide’s Top Mortgage Lenders rankings, all loan volume had to be from mortgages on one- to four-unit residential properties within the United States. No commercial or international loans were included. After receiving submissions, Scotsman Guide required written verification of top entrants’ volume from a certified public accountant, the chief financial officer at the company or a similar source.

“We are honored to have been recognized once again by the Scotsman Guide as one of the top mortgage lenders in America,” said Tim Wilson, CEO of Prosperity. “It’s the dedication and hard work of our team, from our mortgage consultants to our underwriters, that enables us to achieve such success, and I’m confident that with our continued commitment to providing personalized and focused service to each and every Prosperity customer, we’ll remain one of the nation’s top lenders for years to come.”

Jeffrey S. Detwiler, president and chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies, shared similar comments. “Throughout our Long & Foster family, we strive to deliver our clients with the total homeownership experience and exceptional customer service. Rankings like these showcase not only the commitment our Prosperity team has made to achieve that goal, but also the wealth of knowledge, integrity and professionalism we bring to each and every transaction.”

Prosperity is committed to setting the highest standard for customer service and consistently exceeding our clients’ expectations.  Whether you are a home buyer, homeowner or real estate professional, we are ready to help guide you every step of the way to help ensure your home financing process with us is a smooth one.

For more information about Prosperity Home Mortgage, visit our About Us web page.

 

 

 

 

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


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