Phoenix Bank Owned, Fannie Mae properties roll out HomePath Buyer Incentives

Fannie Mae Rolls Out HomePath Buyer Incentives

Fantastic HomePath buyer incentives for eligible Fannie Mae home buyers has just rolled out for the summer.  The quick summary: if all conditions are met, owner occupant buyers can receive closing cost assistance of up to 3.5% of the final sales price from Fannie Mae with the latest HomePath buyer incentives.

HomePath Buyer Incentives Help HomePath Property Buyers Pay for Closing Costs

The HomePath buyer incentives will provide HomePath property buyers the ability to spend some of that hard-earned cash on decorating, fixing their place up or just bank it for future needs instead of on their closing costs.  You can search for Fannie Mae homes at www.HomePath.com or you can search the MLS here for available HomePath properties.  I’ve included a recent article from RIS Media about the HomePath buyer incentives below…

HomePath Buyer Incentives

Fannie Mae Expands HomePath Buyer Incentives

RISMEDIA, Thursday, June 16, 2011 Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) announced the expansion of incentives to encourage sales of HomePath REO properties to owner occupants. Now through October 31, qualified buyers and selling agents can receive financial incentives on sales of HomePath properties, which can be found at www.homepath.com. The incentives are part of Fannie Mae’s commitment to neighborhood stabilization, and are available on sales to buyers who will reside in the home as their primary residence.

Supporting homeownership and stabilizing neighborhoods are critical to helping the housing market recover, saya Ed Neill, Senior Vice President for Credit Loss Management at Fannie Mae. Our previous incentives have been effective in securing owner occupants for these properties. By encouraging homebuyers who will make these properties their long-term home, these expanded incentives will help to stabilize communities.

The expanded incentives offer qualified homebuyers up to 3.5 percent of the final sales price to put towards closing costs. The incentive must be requested in the initial offer. Eligible initial offers must be submitted after June 14, 2011 and must close by October 31, 2011. Investor sales are not eligible for the incentive.

HomePath properties offer buyers a wide selection of options, including single-family homes, condominiums, and town houses. HomePath properties may also be eligible for HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation Mortgage financing, which offers homebuyers an opportunity to purchase with as little as 3 percent down.

In addition to the HomePath buyer incentives, a $1,200 bonus is available for selling agents in eligible transactions.  The HomePath buyer incentives bonus is available if the initial offer is submitted on or after June 14, 2011 and the sale is closed by Oct. 31, 2011.

The stars are in alignment – HomePath buyer incentives are available  AND rates and prices are down – a perfect opportunity to pick up an outstanding value and the perfect home.  So get out there and find yourself a great HomePath property.

Homepath Buyer Incentives Terms and Conditions

  • Buyers and/or selling agents (the agent representing the buyer) must request the HomePath buyer incentive upon submission of initial offer.
  • Initial HomePath Buyer Incentive offer must be submitted on or after June 14, 2011 and close by October 31, 2011. Initial offers made prior to June 14 are not eligible for the June 14 – October 31 incentive.
  • Sale must close on or before October 31, 2011. No exceptions will be made to this deadline. (Note: Initial offers submitted after September 15, 2011 may not close by the incentive deadline of October 31, 2011.)
  • Buyers must be purchasing a HomePath property to use as their primary residence to receive closing cost assistance. Second homes and investment properties are excluded from the incentive.
  • Sales closed via the retail channel are eligible, including those utilizing public funds. Pool and auction sales are ineligible.
  • Buyers must sign the Owner Occupant Certification Rider to the Real Estate Purchase Addendum.
  • Buyers with total closing costs under 3.5% are not eligible to receive the difference as a credit.
  • Properties where Fannie Mae acquired the property in connection with financing under a reverse mortgage are not eligible. Ask the listing agent for details.
  • Buyers should consult their lenders for guidance on financing. Lenders and mortgage products may impose their own limitations on the use of the 3.5% incentive. For example, the lender may consider the incentive a Seller Contribution and limit the amount to 3.0%. In those instances, the remaining 0.5% will no longer be available to the buyer.
  • Fannie Mae reserves the right to remove any property from promotion or end the promotion at any time. Any dispute over the payment of the incentive shall be resolved by Fannie Mae in its sole discretion.

NOTE: this incentive will be identified on the purchase contract, and must close by October 31, 2011 to receive the incentive from Fannie Mae.

If you’re in the market for a great home, I’d encourage you to utilize one of our HomeStyle Team buyer agents who are well versed in the HomePath Buyer incentives and specialize in HomePath properties.

Is a Phoenix Home Warranty Worth the Money?

Phoenix Home Warranty Can Save Homeowners Money

Now as much as ever homeowners are looking for savings where ever they can be found. With that thought in mind we ask, is a Phoenix Home Warranty worth the money?

There is a Phoenix Home Warranty to fit every homeowner or Buyer

With the price of a Phoenix home warranty ranging from $300 – $600 dollars depending on the desired coverage there is a plan for every buyer. If you are considering purchasing an existing home as part of standard real estate transaction your Realtor can negotiate that the Seller pay for your warranty.

The Phoenix home warranty is designed to cover you when specific systems and appliances fail

Landmark Home Warranty specifically reported that 3 out of 4 clients have at least one repair made within their first year of having the warranty and while those repairs range in cost, they can represent a significant savings.

The following table represents what a typical repair can cost without a Phoenix home warranty:

Heating System: $130 – $3,500

Water Heater: $115 – $1,500

Dishwasher: $98 – $1,250

Air Conditioning:  $130 – $4,000

Oven/Range:  $110 – $2,700

Kitchen Refrigerator:  $110 – $3800

Plumbing:  $95 – $7,500

Electrical System:  $85 – $2,500

With a Phoenix home warranty homeowners can save themselves the pain of those prices by just paying a $60 service call fee for each of these covered items.

Depending on your comfort level with service contractors, you will also like the added convenience that the contractor who works on your home comes from a preselected pool professionals and your home warranty company will pick up the bill. Your Phoenix home warranty company can also be very savvy when it comes to understanding a typical home systems and appliances, and therefore could save you time and money by troubleshooting simple issues with you over the phone when you call for service.

Maybe of greatest importance to our Phoenix housing market is the limited availability of R-22, also known as Freon. Since the 1980’s the government has been phasing it out due to environmental concerns. The replacement coolant, R-410A or Puron is not compatible with most existing Air-Conditioners, and without a Phoenix home warranty you will eventually be stuck time and costs associated with finding Freon and compatible parts, or upgrading your system to be compatible with Puron.

Below is a video provided by Landmark Home Warranty who would love to help you with your Phoenix home warranty needs.

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Please post your comments below if you have questions about acquiring a Phoenix home warranty.

11 Steps to Buying a Phoenix Home Series-Repairing Credit

Repairing credit to buy a Phoenix home takes time…

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If you read the previous post in this 11 Steps to Buying a Phoenix Home Series regarding establishing credit we are back to the same notion of maintaining a good credit history. So it will take time.  Repairing credit is all about correcting the negative references on your report and keeping the items in good standing …in good standing!  There are many reasons one might have bad credit. For the purpose of this post and buying a Phoenix home we will address general misuse or overuse, etc. We will not touch on bankruptcy issues, short sales, or foreclosures in this post as they are different in terms of recovery.

Nowadays, you will most likely need a 620 credit score or higher to buy a Phoenix home with traditional financing

Some things to consider when you review your credit report;

  • When you look at your report there are some things you should keep in mind. If you have too many credit lines this could be hurting your score. You would need to pay off and cancel or at least cancel all but a preferred three cards. The cards that you should keep should be the ones you have had the longest. Longer histories with a creditor helps your score. Try to negotiate lower rates on the three that you keep.
  • Pay down balances on all three remaining cards to 30% or less of the credit limit (10% is better).
  • Put together a budget to pay down any outstanding/delinquent payments or satisfy any debt/judgments.  Many times these balances can be settled and negotiated for less than the full amount.

Keep in mind that to buy a Phoenix home is not a given right but a reward and responsibility

Once your credit is in check make sure you take the necessary steps to keep it that way. Set up automatic payments whenever possible. Don’t wait until the last minute to mail a payment to your creditors. Make sure you don’t overspend or have to high of limits. Report any unauthorized use of your credit. Once you implement these strategies it is just a matter of time and history until you have good credit to buy a Phoenix home.  Your preferred mortgage finance specialist can give you a ball park estimate based on your current credit scenario just how long until your credit should be good enough to qualify for the best rates available to buy a Phoenix home.

If you have questions or comments on credit issues that are stopping you from qualifying to buy a Phoenix home please post them below, we would love to hear from you!

Alamosa Estates, Chandler Homes For Sale–Featured Community

Alamosa Estates, Chandler is an upscale community in South ChandlerAlamosa Estates, Chandler Foreclosure Homes For Sale.

Alamosa Estates, Chandler is located in 85249 zip code just East of S. McQueen Road, South of Ocotillo and North of Chandler Heights. Great location close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues, schools and the 202 & 101 freeways for easy access to/from the Phoenix-Metro area.

Alamosa Estates, Chandler offers basement homes with upgraded lot sizes in 85249.

Basement homes in Arizona are rare compared to other parts of the US. In Arizona you only have to dig about 18 inches to place pipes when building a home whereas in other parts of the Country you have to dig about 4-5 feet to place pipes below the freezing line. Therefore, the expense to build and finish a basement in other parts of the Country where the whether is colder is not great. In Arizona, adding a basement increase the cost by $20 – $25/sq.ft. according to Scott McDonald, founder of the Wall Company which means it is less expensive to build a second level than it is to build a basement home in Arizona.

Search below all homes for sale in Alamosa Estates, Chandler.

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What To Expect After Listing Your AZ Short Sale

AZ short saleGearing up for your AZ short sale transaction can include quite the waiting game.

Assuming you have already completed the steps outlined in our previous post in this Listing Your AZ Short Sale Series you should now be ready for your Realtor to submit your short sale package to the bank(s). Some banks will not accept any documents from your short sale package until you have a fully executed offer and others will accept the initial package upfront and accept an offer on the property after the fact.

It can not be stressed enough that when listing your AZ short sale each bank is different, however, waiting times for your file to be assigned to a negotiator once the complete package is submitted ranges from 30 to 90 days on average.

It is helpful to have a Realtor call in for updates on your AZ short sale progress on a regular basis.

Many Realtors work in conjunction with a negotiator as well that will call in several times a week to get updates. It is important that your Realtor does this or has the manpower/team/negotiator in place to do this

Getting to a ‘bank approved’ price on your AZ short sale will require patience.

Once a negotiator is assigned to your account the bank will order an appraisal or get a Brokers Price Opinion (BPO) to help determine what the home is “worth” in the current real estate market.  Then they will supply to you in writing either an acceptance of the current offer with a demand letter or with a counter identifying the bank approved price that they are willing to accept for the AZ short sale.

Closing on your AZ short sale will most likely take place X days after bank acceptance and varies by Buyer

A Short Sale Addendum will be included with the Buyers offer and states when the closing date will be or it can be X days after the bank acceptance.  The bank may also state a closing date with their acceptance notice. There will be an inspection period unless otherwise waived just like normal transactions.  The bank and the Buyers are pretty much negotiating at this point and banks rarely if ever negotiate any repairs in an AZ short sale.