Down Payment Assistance Programs in Utah

Confused about Down Payment Assistance Programs? We can help! We have helped many people find and apply for the perfect down payment assistance program. Most people need help with down payment and closing costs when purchasing their first home. Down Payment Assistance mixed with the right First-Time Homebuyer Program can make homeownership attainable and affordable. Layton City - First Time Homebuyer Assistance Many First-Time homebuyers are unaware of the down payment assistance programs that are available to them on both a city and county level in Utah. We specialize in helping first-time homebuyers apply and obtain down payment assistance. Layton City has a program called At Home in Layton. The funds are available from a grant agreement with Layton city and HUD. There are a few things to know when…
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Debunking Reverse Mortgage Myths

Uncover the facts about reverse mortgages. Here’s a quick look at the most common reverse mortgage myths and the truths behind these misconceptions. MYTH #1: THE LENDER WILL OWN MY HOME IF I GET A REVERSE MORTGAGE. Truth: Definitely not true! As with any other home loan, as long as you meet the requirements of the reverse mortgage, you retain ownership and title not the lender.* MYTH #2: I DON’T OWN MY HOME FREE AND CLEAR, SO I CAN’T GET A REVERSE MORTGAGE. Truth: A reverse mortgage converts a portion of your home equity into cash. Even if you have an existing home loan, you could qualify for a reverse mortgage with enough equity in your home. MYTH #3: A REVERSE MORTGAGE HAS HUGE OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS. Truth: Many reverse mortgage costs…
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Reverse Mortgage 101 Davis County, Utah

WHAT IS A REVERSE MORTGAGE? This is a type of loan that converts some of your home equity into cash. Unlike a traditional mortgage, you don’t need to make monthly payments to pay back a reverse mortgage. * Because you don’t have to own your home free and clear to qualify, a portion of the reverse mortgage proceeds will be to used to repay any existing mortgage(s) on your home at closing. Interest and fees are added to the reverse loan balance over time. The balance is due once you no longer occupy the home as your primary residence. HOW DO I DECIDE IF A REVERSE MORTGAGE IS RIGHT FOR ME? Speaking with a licensed loan officer is great first step! Our team is approved to originate reverse mortgages, so you can count on us to help you make a well-informed decision.…
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Ten Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home

Here is a top ten list of questions you should ask before buying a home 1. What is my budget? We mean total budget, not just the sales price. Remember to include property taxes, insurance, any HOA fees, renovations costs and ongoing maintenance. 2. Did I get preapproved? Most realtors want to see that your pre-approved (many won’t even talk to you until you are!). So get preapproved to show you mean business. And we can help! Contact us today for a preapproval letter! 3. Why is the seller moving? This can be useful in seeing how motivated the seller is and can help in negotiating the price. 4. What comes with the sale? Make sure you get in writing what is included in advanced – the washing machine, stove,…
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Buying A 2nd Home

In the last few years many people began working remotely and interest in second homes has skyrocketed. Here is a primer for those considering a second home. The first step is where – do you want a vacation home by the beach or mountains, do you want to be near relatives. Do your research and use a local real estate for help with choosing the right area or neighborhood. Second is why – do you want a vacation house, a second residence if you spend a lot of time in an area for work or family or do you want an investment property? You can actually combine these and use a second home for vacations and AirBNB it while you’re not there (of course check local rules regarding this). Third…
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Getting A Mortgage If You’re Self-Employed

There are a lot of benefits to being self-employed - you're your own boss but when it comes to getting a mortgage secured, its a slightly different process than traditional mortgages. It often comes with additional requirements and red tape. Here are some tips to help you get organized and approved if you’re self employed. Apply for a mortgage when your income is up (we know this is easier said than done) but lenders will look at your last two years income most closely, and if you’re income fluctuates its best to apply on an up year. This can help you qualify for a greater loan amount and lower interest rate. Get That DTI lower, your debt-to-income ratio is one of the key factors in getting approved. So you’ll want…
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