PRIVATE MONEY Is that a good loan?

             As a Private Money lender for the last 20 years I have been asked many, many times – “Is that a good loan?”   Initially I would do the analysis of the house payment compared to 30 year fixed rates and the costs divided by the number of years they’d have the loan, blah, blah, blah.  Finally I just told them the simple truth, if it’s the only loan you can get.  That’s a good loan. 

            I’m not being flip here, but when your home loan application has been turned down by the 30 year fixed rate lenders, the credit union, the bank you’ve been at for umpteen years and your family won’t loan you money, the truth is the only program left is private money.  And that requires you have equity and an ability to repay the loan (if it’s your principal residence) or a down payment if the loan is to buy a principal residence.

            As of this date 2011, the lending standards nationwide have become so overly restrictive that to get a loan almost requires an act of Congress.  In actuality that is not far from the truth as the federal government now owns most of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  They are trying to tighten up the standards to help the housing industry but they are actually messing up the works.  They sure will not go to bat for a homeowner who desperately needs a loan but if you can prove you don’t need it they will give you one.  Don’t get me started here!

         Private money loans are based largely on equity but you do need to be able to prove you can make the payment.  The most you will get is 70% of the value of the property.  If it’s worth $300,000 you will be able to get $210,000.  If you want a 100% loan, hard money will not work.

          Here’s a real example of a private money loan:  The borrower had almost all of the money to purchase a house.  She needed only $75,000.00 more – but didn’t qualify for a bank loan.  The purchase price was $231,000 and she only wanted to borrower 32% of the value.  This loan got done within 4 days for a quick close and she beat out other’s who put in offers for the house because she could quickly close.  Her house payment is now the payment on $75,000.

            Another example is a Contractor wanted to buy a dump house.  No bank would lend on it because it was so dilapidated.  The Contractor had enough money for a decent down payment and proved he had enough money to fix it up and resell.  He got a private money loan, was able to fix up the house and sell it within 4 months. 

            Is that a good loan?

Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 23 years experience in real estate and lending.  His number is (707) 523-2099.  See website @ www.sunpacmortgage.com.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT LENDERS AND LOAN OFFICERS

The real theme of this article should be all the change- and it has been an avalanche – wrought by the government in recent years to handle something that simple attrition has fixed. The problematic players in the real estate debacle, both the banks and the unscrupulous loan agents have, in the main, fallen out of the business. I assure you that the ones who remain in business are more likely the true professionals who figured out the current lending environment and are still making a living within the ever tightening market.

The purpose of this article is twofold:

1. To encourage Buyers/Borrowers to find a loan agent that will competently represent them in getting the loan necessary to purchase a home or refinance and

2. To be prepared to dump any loan agent that demonstrates anything but number

1. Actually the main purpose for this article is to get the Buyers active in the market –IN SPITE OF ALL THE NEW REGULATION. As of January 2011, the main problem facing Buyers and those looking to refinance, are the too strict lending guidelines brought about by the governments legislative response to the real estate debacle of the last 5 years. I read a great article the other day written by a loan processor who worked for a busy lender. She said the new rules are restrictive and a horror but they are the current dictates. Quit griping about them and learn what they are so you can get the purchase or refinance done for that borrower. Griping about it solves nothing. Along that same vein, as a borrower, the new regulations are here to stay and you will have to deal with them to be a borrower, whether you are buying or refinancing. Do not be chilled by the fact of tighter regulations. Get out there and find out what you can do. Then do it or get a plan for doing it. “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933)

So I mention the current strict guidelines as the main problem, but it filters down to the banks that actually are on the streets with the loan programs that must meet those guidelines and the loan officers who still have to sell those programs, however restrictive (oops! I forgot I’m going to stop griping). To keep it really simple, you will really not know if the loan officer you have chosen to do your purchase or refinance is worth a darn until you get into the transaction. As soon as you get the feeling that they are stopping your transaction from going smoothly or outright putting problem after problem in your path, grab your file and try again elsewhere.

You are hitting up against a problem with the loan officer not knowing what is going on with the current underwriting guidelines, the guidelines from the bank being overly restrictive for what the regulations actually call for, the way they have to deal with appraisals is killing your deal, etc. Whatever it may be, you will know if it feels uncontrollable. This is the time to at least start looking around to see if the problem you are encountering with that lender/loan officer can be solved by a competing lender. You know, years ago I would never have suggested that you look elsewhere once in process on a loan. But the current lending environment is completely wacko right now and it should compel a buyer/borrower to operate differently to get the job done competently.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY The truth about Real Estate & Loan Agents

 The purpose of this article is twofold: 1. To encourage Buyers to find an agent who will competently represent them in the purchase of a home and 2. To be prepared to dump any agent who demonstrates anything but number 1. I know this article will ruffle some feathers, but who will it ruffle? There is an inherent flaw to the current traditional means of selling a home. The flaw is that the listing agent and the selling agent do not get paid unless the home sells! So the worst thing about the current home selling method is also the best thing about the current home selling system – it gets people into homes because everyone wants it to happen! The seller wants to take the money and move on. The Buyer wants a new home.

The listing agent and the buyer’s agent (sometimes they are one and the same) desire to be paid for their efforts and also want the seller to accomplish his stated goal and the buyer to get into the home. The above is the ideal scene, of course. But here we are on planet earth, the site of Murphy’s Law – simply stated “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” After 23 years of real estate sales and lending, I’ve learned just that. Especially overseeing an office of 16 loan agents, 7 real estate agents and all the necessary support staff during the heydays of the market in Northern California. For 50 to 70 hours a week, my job was to train these folks and then “oversee” their transactions. “Oversee” really meant MAKE SURE THEY GOT DONE and a lot of the job was simply cleaning up the messes that really were the result of a lack of experience or honest desire to help.

I always preached to my agents that there were really no “problems” in a real estate or loan transaction, just items that had to be checked off a list. I assure you though, that if an agent did not have an honest desire to push through the transaction and well communicate whatever necessary to all involved parties, well, here came the problem(s)! One thing that I know with certainty from all these years of being in the business, is that when someone came to me to help them buy a home, they wanted to buy a home – NOW. When someone came to me to refinance a loan, they wanted to refinance their loan – NOW. So the job really became finding the easiest, quickest path to that stated target on their behalf. True professionals accomplish just that. The truth is “professional” in a lot of circumstances has nothing to do with years of experience.

It is really more of a viewpoint to get the thing done in spite of barriers that will come up. You want to avoid Buyer’s agents who are adversarial in their approach to the purchase. It is not rock ‘em sock ‘em robots. You want to buy and the seller wants to sell. How do you get a meeting of the minds in a boxing match? This comes in varying degrees too. How about the real estate agent who counsels you to back out of a contract because the seller won’t pay for the home warranty? OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration but you get the point. Avoid agents who are alarmists. To them everything is a problem and a big deal. Here is an example of an alarmist: You see some mold in a home you are viewing and the agent makes it out to be a huge big deal. Maybe it is maybe it isn’t. As I mention above, it’s just something to be checked off a list. The alarmist will try to stop your progress towards this purchase because of the mold.

A true professional would move the purchase along and do the reports necessary to have the appropriate professional, who knows mold, tell you it’s a problem or not. I could go on and on along these lines to include agents who will not communicate or answer your questions, those who are always late or no-show’s for appointments, agents who reschedule everything, those that are negative, have steered you wrong, those that continually bad-mouth others, are opinionated, agents who are just out for the money and not to honestly help, etc. People innately know professionalism when they see it.

You should demand that for yourself in the most expensive purchase you will make in your life.

Forest Tardibuono- the Guy in the White Hat – is a CA DRE Broker with more than 23 years of experience in real estate and lending. His phone number is (707) 523-2099. Email is Forest@sunpacmortgage.com. See website @ www.sunpacmortgage.com.

IS IT A BUYER’S MARKET OR A SELLER’S MARKET ARE YOU CONFUSED?

What is a Buyer’s Market?  It’s a market were the buyer is in charge.  There are more homes on the market than there are buyers.  Buyer’s Rule!

What is a Seller’s Market?  This is a market where there are more buyers than sellers and the offers are plenty, driving the price of the home up.  Sellers Rule!

For the last couple of years it had been a buyer’s market.  You couldn’t sell a home if your life depended on it.  Prices wre too high, no one could afford them and the word on the street was that home prices go were going down, down, down.  All of this was true!

The market has changed a bit.  The seller is more in charge IF the house is priced correctly.  There are multiple bids driving prices up.  Sales whent down after Christmas through January and February, but are going up again.  October 2008 454 homes sold, November 366, December 413, January 2009 338 sold, February 315 and on the move again in March 364 sold.  Tradititionally Spring and Summer are the selling months.

If you want to sell and are able to, now is the time.  If you are unable to because you owe more than you can sell for, then you might find out about short sales.  A short sale is when your lender agrees that you can sell the house for less than is owed to them.  The Federal Government has been pushing the lenders to accept short sales – but the lnders are not too fast in responding to this.  There are short sales on the market and a small percentage of them do sell.

If you are a buyer, buy now.  Correctly priced houses are flying off the market with multiple offers being made.

Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 20 years experience in real estate and lending.  His number is (707) 523-2099.  See website @ sunpacmortgage.com.

4 Ways to Buy a Home

 Newly Built Home – There are still newly built homes on the market.  In the Sunday section of the paper these are highlighted with a map.  Sometimes there is special financing available through the builder.

  1. Resale Home – These are homes for resale by the owner.  Sometimes the owner still lives in them and sometimes they are empty.  Financing is available through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  All three agencies require proof of income, a down payment and will examine your credit.  30 year fixed mortgages are available.
  2. Short Sale – These are homes for sale that require homeowner/seller approval and lender approval.  The seller owes more than the property is now worth.  As an example, the mortgage owed is for $400,000, but the house is only worth $250,000 right now.  The seller and their mortgage holder have to approve the contract for sale.  The loan you get will be a typical FHA, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac 30 year fixed.  But you might have to wait – even up to 6 months – for the mortgage holder to approve a lesser pay-off.
  3. Foreclosure – For some reason a lot of people think buying a foreclosure requires a strange and different loan.  It does not.  BUT FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do require an appraisal.  The appraisal cannot say the house is an extreme “fixer” and needs lots of lots of work, or you won’t get a typical 30 year fixed rate loan. If the foreclosure you are looking to buy is tired and dirty – which a lot of them are – you generally can get a typical loan.  If the property is an extreme “fixer” and it is obvious, the appraiser will note this and the lender will not approve your loan.  Other than that, buying a foreclosure is like buying a regular resale.

Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 20 years experience in real estate and lending.  His number is (707) 523-2099.  See website at: sunpacmortgage.com.

The Wave Is Coming

We keep hearing reports that the foreclosure wave is coming. It’s on the news and in the paper. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. We have not seen much evidence of it in Sonoma County. Here’s what we know so far… Fannie Mae has been holding back flooding the market with foreclosures so prices stabilize. That is working well. The Medium Price has gone up from $305,000.00 to $320,000.00 since January 2009. Foreclosures for sale have gone down from 350+/- in December 2008 to 116 as of today.

IF the wave is coming you need to prepare now. All offers made on foreclosures require loan approval be attached to the offer. Sometimes 2 loan approvals are required. If you do not have loan approval they will not look at the offer. Get loan approval now!

There are 3 types of loan you can get right now. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (usually 30 year fixed, low interest rate loans) for as little as 5% down. FHA an easier standard for loan approval and only 3-1/2% down. And lastly, private money from private individuals. These private money loans are needed if the house (a wreak/dump) does not qualify for the government loans. Private money requires 20% to 25% down, but the private party lending the money does not care what shape the property is in.

The Federal Government is keeping rates low. Normally rates are dictated by the yield on Treasury Bonds. Yields are up and rates should be up, but they are not. The guys on Wall Street are befuddled because the normal measure of interest rates isn’t happening. The “wave is coming” is the “perfect storm” for buying. House prices are low and interest rates are low.

This perfect storm lasts for a brief time, so get approved now and be prepared. Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 20 years experience in real estate and lending. His number is (707) 523-2099. See website @ sunpacmortgage.com.

BUY DIRT, THEY AIN’T MAKING ANY MORE

Will Rogers, world famous humorist in the twenties and thirties, said, “buy land, they ain’t making any more of it.” Land back then was dirt cheap, especially during the Great Depression. History repeats itself and now you have the opportunity to make it work for you.

The Median Price has gone from the bottom of $305,000.00 to $350,000.00 in February 2009 up to $350,000.00 by end of May 2009. The number of foreclosures on the market in Santa Rosa has gone down from 350+- in November and December 2008 to 101 as of last Thursday.

You know, A LOT of people made money during that Great Depression. How? They did not follow the pack. This is very hard to do. The best managers of money (Boone Pickens, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates – for example) are a different breed of cat. They seem to operate opposite of the crowd. They buy when no one else is and they will freely tell you to do the same. It takes a brave soul to not follow the crowd.

There are statistics that show things are not as bad as they seem. In Sonoma County home sales are up – way up. First time buyers can finally afford to buy and they are. There are multiple offers on many homes. Homebuyer loans are getting approved and people are moving into these homes. There are not as many homes on the market as there were at the peak in November 2008, which will serve to drive the prices up.

The moral of the story is – “buy land, they ain’t making any more of it.”

Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 20 years experience in real estate and lending. His number is (707) 523-2099. See website @ sunpacmortgage.com.

Private Mortgage Investing is Ripe

 Anyone with money can invest and become a Private Mortgage Investor.  It’s easier than you would think.  And with the Sonoma County percentile of houses being sold increasing over this past year, it’s a great time to get started!

 Becoming a Private Investor can earn you upwards of 10% in return by investing in mortgages.  And by investing in real estate mortgages your investment is secured.  Investing in mortgages isn’t only buying or selling of mortgages at a discount.  It includes directly lending your private money to individuals and securing that loan with a mortgage against their real estate.

As a Private Investor you can set the yield on the promissory note with the interest rate, points and prepayment penalties.   Many individuals have started or are continuing as a Private Mortgager Investor as they can secure a consistent monthly income from it.   It can be an excellent cash flow for someone retired. 

For example, a private investment recently done for an individual to buy a home came to $65,000 with a rate of 11.5% and the Investor gets a monthly return of $$$$.

A Private Mortgage Investor is also known as a Private Mortgage Lender, a Hard Money Investor, or a Hard Money Lender.  They are all private individuals lending their money directly to the borrower with a promissory note with interest rates, points and prepayment penalties the investor sets, and securing that promissory note with a real estate mortgage.  

Private Mortgage Investing is ripe.  Time to jump on the bandwagon and get a good taste!

 Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 22 years experience in real estate and lending.  Contact him at (707) 523-2099. See more details at www.sunpacmortgage.com 

WHAT IS A “HARD” MONEY OR “PRIVATE” MONEY LOAN

There are several types of loans you can use to purchase or refinance. This applies whether you are buying a home to live in; a home to rent out; or a commercial building. They include the standard 30 year fixed rate mortgage; the government FHA/VA loans; a commercial property SBA loan; or a private money loan.

Private money is money borrowed from private individuals. I bet you’ve borrowed money from a relative. That was a private money loan. It wasn’t from the bank or some other institution. Most private money lenders/investors lend money through a mortgage company (there are laws that require this).

Why would anyone borrow private money? There are some great advantages. The property you want to borrow against may not be something a bank will lend on. Banks require a property be in good shape. What if you are looking for speed? Hard money loans are generally much faster than a bank loan. What if your credit isn’t bank worthy? A private money lender will lend you money even with bad credit!

Private money loans are based largely on equity. The most you will get is 70% of the value of the property. If it’s worth $300,000.00 you will be able to get $210,000.00 If you want a 100% loan, hard money will not work.

An example of a hard money loan just happened. The borrower had almost all of the money to purchase a house. She needed only $75,000.00 more – but didn’t qualify for a bank loan. The purchase price was $231,000.00. She only wanted to borrower 32% of the value. That loan got done within 4 days for a quick close. She beat out other’s that put in offers for the house. She could and did quickly close and her house payment is the payment on $75,000.00.

Another example, a contractor wanted to buy a dump house. No bank would lend on it because it was so dilapidated. The contractor had enough for a decent down payment and proved he had enough to fix it up for resell. He got a hard money loan was able to fix up the house and pay off the loan within 4 months.

Maybe you need a hard money loan!

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Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 22 years experience in real estate and lending. His number is (707) 523-2099. See website @ sunpacmortgage.com.

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