Littleton, CO Real Estate News

By Michael Bonn
(Your Castle Real Estate)
Loan Considerations for Buy and Hold Investors As far as investment loans, little or no money down loans are impossible.  However, lenders do permit the use of Home Equity Lines of Credit or second mortgages from other properties owned by the borrower as a source of down payment.  Or, self-employed borrowers are using funds from business lines of credit to fund down payments or renovations (please note: there are asset seasoning guidelines for doing so and the debt incurred by accessing other credit lines must be accounted for against the borrower’s debt-to-income ratio). Thus, we have clients leveraging themselves with other homes they own in order to get in with little or nothing down.  There are exceptions, but practically every lender requires Full Income Documentation on any invest...
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By Michael Bonn
(Your Castle Real Estate)
Loan Considerations for Fix & Flip / Short-Term Investors  Securing conventional financing on a fix & flip or short-term loan is not recommended.  Most conventional lenders sell off their mortgages to investors on the secondary market.  If the loan is paid off early (before six payments are made), the investor has not recovered their initial investment.  The investor will attempt to recover their loss from the lender, who will ultimately come after the loan originator.  The loan originator would then be obligated to pay back any premium paid out by the lender.  If such activity becomes habitual with the loan officer, the lender can cease doing business with them and their firm.   Furthermore, conventional loans require conventional appraisals.  The lender will require that the home is a...
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By Michael Bonn
(Your Castle Real Estate)
Loan Considerations for Jumbo Mortgages   For the Greater Metro Denver area, any loan amount greater than $417,000 is considered a jumbo loan.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac assign different thresholds for various regions across the country.  For instance, $417,000 is not considered a jumbo loan in a high cost city like San Francisco, yet there will still be higher rates for going above $417K.    Due to the size of jumbo loans, they are considered greater risk for lenders, resulting in higher rates.  Rates have fluctuated greatly over the past few years on jumbos.  As of today, a 30 year fixed could range from 7% - 8%; a full point higher than the prime rate below a loan amount of $417,000.  Five year ARMs are popular on jumbo loans, as they typically price out a half point lower than fixe...
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By Michael Bonn
(Your Castle Real Estate)
Loan Considerations for Loan Amounts Between $200K - $417K   With all the doom and gloom publications that are mostly exaggerated, many potential borrowers believe that home mortgage lending options have dried up.  While underwriters and investors are scrutinizing files more closely, attractive rates and terms still exist for owner occupied purchasers seeking a conforming loan limit (under $417,000).  FHA and VA can still lend up to 100% LTV and conventional permits up to 97% LTV.  There are certain guidelines to meet when going to these high LTVs, but they are not impossible to surmount.   Every home buyer should first ask themselves what payment they feel comfortable in committing to on a monthly basis.  Too many buyers over-extended themselves in recent years on homes they simply cou...
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By Michael Bonn
(Your Castle Real Estate)
FHA First-Time Buyer Tax Credit   In an effort to boost the sagging real estate market and overall economy, first-time home buyers are being offered a limited time tax credit when purchasing a primary residence.  The highlights of the tax credit are: ·  The tax credit is available for first-time home buyers only. ·  The maximum credit amount is $7,500. ·  The credit is available for homes purchased on or after April 9, 2008 and before July 1, 2009. ·  Single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 qualify for the full tax credit. ·  The tax credit works like an interest-free loan and must be repaid over a 15-year period.   Due to the volume of questions that can be generated with the above, I would recommend clicking on the below link for ans...
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By Michael Bonn
(Your Castle Real Estate)
  Loan considerations for a first time buyer   Lending guidelines are changing on a daily basis for every type of loan: conventional, FHA, VA & commercial.  Nevertheless, there are still very attractive first-time home buyer options available.   If you are or will be a first-time buyer, it is critical to speak with a loan officer before looking at homes.  It is a crushing feeling to view a home, picture making it your own and then find out that you cannot qualify to purchase it.  A loan officer will pull credit, analyze debt-to-income ratios, review assets and income and determine what you can afford.    Presuming a pre-qualification occurs, the loan officer will then be able to provide an array of loan options.  Presently, FHA loans are the predominant loan for first-time home buyers a...
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By Michael Bonn
(Your Castle Real Estate)
  How can you improve your FICO score? To improve one’s credit score, it’s critical to understand the factors influencing a credit score.  The factors that contribute to a FICO score and the weighted percentages for each are as follows: 35% — timeliness of payments 30% — the ratio of used debt to allowable debt for consumer credit 15% — length of credit history (the more credit history and showing proof of consistent timely payment, the better the score) 10% — types of credit used  10% — recent credit inquiries and recent new credit The greatest driver behind a score is making timely payments on all accounts.  Scores will be adversely affected for any payment that is 30 days late or more.  Being late on a mortgage payment will not only crush one’s score, but will also make qualifying fo...
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By Michael Bonn
(Your Castle Real Estate)
  What is a FICO score? FICO stands for Fair Isaac Corporation, a company that created the most used credit scoring model in the United States.  An individual’s credit score is calculated through a statistical algorithm and is used as a factor in determining the likelihood of a borrower defaulting on a loan.  FICO scores are generally used for obtaining mortgages, car loans or consumer credit.  The scores are provided from the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and Transunion.  Typically, there is a variance amongst the scores since each agency has a slightly different scoring formula.  FICO scores range from 300 – 850, with higher scores being considered less risky.  For mortgage lending purposes, any score over a 680 is considered good and above a 750 is consider...
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By Michael Bonn
(Your Castle Real Estate)
There are some signs of strengthening in our Denver market.  The metro area's inventory of available resale housing decreased 20% to 23,120 units in October from October 2007.  Some of this reduced inventory is attributed to homeowners taking their properties off the market in frustration because their property is not selling, but lower inventory implies a strengthening market.  Remember, the Denver area had housing inventory of 31,989 units in July 2006. Home sales rose 14% to 4,265 in September compared to the same month last year.  This is due almost entirely to the lower-end of the market (under $180K) selling like hotcakes. October's median selling price for single-family homes decreased 12% to $206,000 from the same month of '07, and was down 4.7% from September's median of $216,1...
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By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
Littleton CO Luxury Homes and Real Estate Market Report Oct 2008 In October 2008 one luxury home sold in Littleton Colorado. The sold home is a new construction and was sold by the builder. One home is currently under contract. This report is for luxury homes one million dollars and above. Address Beds Baths Square Feet DOM List Price Net Sold Price % of List to Sold Price Price/ sf 10153 Tunder Run* 4 7 3456 482 $1,350,000 $1,224,700 90.7% $354 DOM = Days on Market The average price per square foot for the luxury homes sold in the last six months (from May 08 to Oct 08) was $361/square foot and the average days on the market for was 138 days. The average percent difference from the list price to the net sold price was 89.7%. A pretty low number.   May-Oct 2008 # of Homes SOLD 16 Averag...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
Have you ever driven through Aurora North looking for a rental property and taken a close look at the roofs?   Here's what you'll see: a bunch of 1950's ranches in varying states of repair or disrepair, lawns that are often grassless, old handcrank windows and roofs in almost perfect condition!  This surprised me at first and perplexed me for a long time.  Why, in a neighborhood devastated by foreclosures with properties with massive deferred maintenance are the roofs in such condition?  Really!  Stand in the middle of a typical street and looking at 10 roofs simultaneously, you'll be amazed. Well, it turns out the answer is pretty simple. There was a huge hailstorm in the mid-90's and most of the roofs were replaced by insurance companies then. The result is that while you certainly ne...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
The talk around the water cooler these days is all about LOANS. Who can get them? At what price? What if I already have a few loans, do I still qualify?  A year or two ago the question was at what price do I get a loan (those were the days!).  Today it is "am I still in the game?"        Here's the deal:  if you have an owner occupied loan and 3 investor loans you cannot buy any more properties and get Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac financing, meaning you can't get a conventional 30-year fixed loan. Now, my hope is that someone reads this and tells me I'm wrong. That would be great!  But as far as I know that is the case.       Where does this leave you?  You can pursue loans that are warehoused by lenders, meaning they are not sold on the backend to Fannie or Freddie. You are probably lookin...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
A few weeks ago, the first part of this series, "Getting Started", http://activerain.com/blogsview/684869/Investing-in-Real-Estate-Getting-Started-1 gave you an overview of the eight different types of real estate investments.  Today we are going to learn more about this category. What this investment is:  An investor who is interested in Assignments gets a property under contract for an attractive price then assigns the contract to another buyer, usually another investor.  The first investor will be paid a fee for the work.  If you don't have much equity to work with, and/or if your credit power is limited, assignments can be a way to get started in real estate investing.  You will need to have a strong "sales" personality to succeed at it, though.  Equity needed:  None, just earnest m...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
A few weeks ago, the first part of this series, "Getting Started", http://activerain.com/blogsview/684869/Investing-in-Real-Estate-Getting-Started-1 gave you an overview of the eight different types of real estate investments.  Today we are going to learn more about this category. What this investment is:  Purchase of duplex, triplex or quadplex to be rented to tenants, usually for 6-12 month terms.  Usually what the rental home / condo landlords graduate to.  In most markets they cost a little more than a rental home, but are much more likely to cash flow on the average month.  Less cash flow risk; if one unit is empty you have other tenants that still help you with the mortgage payment so it doesn't all come out of your pocket.  Many owners will start to delegate some of the property ...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
A few weeks ago, the first part of this series, "Getting Started", http://activerain.com/blogsview/684869/Investing-in-Real-Estate-Getting-Started-1 gave you an overview of the eight different types of real estate investments.  Today we are going to learn more about this category. What this investment is:  Still targeting tenants for 6-12 months at a time, buildings with more than five units are considered "commercial" property.  The loans are more difficult to qualify for, and usually a larger down payment is needed.  Uncommon for the new investor; this is usually what landlords with several years of experience "trade up" to.  Cash flows on larger buildings are more stable than for smaller buildings, and the economies of scale make it practical (and desirable) to hire a property manage...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
 A few weeks ago, the first part of this series, "Getting Started", http://activerain.com/blogsview/684869/Investing-in-Real-Estate-Getting-Started-1 gave you an overview of the eight different types of real estate investments.  Today we are going to learn more about this category.  What this investment is:  A lease option (L/O) is Acquiring control of a property (though not necessarily ownership), then leasing the property to a tenant.  The lease is bundled with an option, so the tenant can (but does not have to) purchase the property for a given price within a given time frame.  Again you are seeking a tenant for a property, but usually for a slightly longer term (12-18 months) and frequently (though not always) with the goal that the tenant purchase the property from you at the end o...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
A few weeks ago, the first part of this series, "Getting Started", http://activerain.com/blogsview/684869/Investing-in-Real-Estate-Getting-Started-1 gave you an overview of the eight different types of real estate investments.  Today we are going to learn more about this category. What this investment is:  Purchasing a home that needs work.  The scope can range from the basic "paint and carpet" to extensive overhauls to scraping a decrepit property and completely starting over.  Usually does not involve tenants, and the objective is to get in and out of the property as quickly as possible.  Great for beginners with the right skill sets or the willingness to learn. Equity needed:  With hard money loans (defined in next paragraph), potentially 0% and they'll finance the construction costs...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
A few weeks ago, the first part of this series, "Getting Started", http://activerain.com/blogsview/684869/Investing-in-Real-Estate-Getting-Started-1 gave you an overview of the eight different types of real estate investments.  Today we are going to learn more about this category. What this investment is:  A synthesis of the fix and flip and rental operations - purchasing an apartment building in a neighborhood dominated by owner occupants, then converting the building from apartment building to condominium.  Often requires renovation of the units to meet the expectations of owner-occupant buyers in that area.  Complex and time consuming, but has wonderful tax advantages compares to fix and flips and often has superior returns to all other asset classes.  Ideally suited for the sophisti...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
A few weeks ago, the first part of this series, "Getting Started", http://activerain.com/blogsview/684869/Investing-in-Real-Estate-Getting-Started-1 gave you an overview of the eight different types of real estate investments.  Today we are going to learn more about this category. What this investment is:  Purchasing a small home in an expensive neighborhood that may or may not need work.  The home is bulldozed and a new home or duplex is put on the lot.  Alternatively, the existing home is renovated and more square footage is added on.  A pop-top is adding a second story to an existing home to add more square footage (commonly, a master bedroom suite). Equity needed:  Being able to document your income and your assets will be critical.  For a commercial loan, your net worth should gene...
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By Sean Salmon
(Your Castle Real Estate)
There are some signs of strengthening in our Denver market.  The metro area's inventory of available resale housing decreased 20% to 23,120 units in October from October 2007.  Some of this reduced inventory is attributed to homeowners taking their properties off the market in frustration because their property is not selling, but lower inventory implies a strengthening market.  Remember, the Denver area had housing inventory of 31,989 units in July 2006. Home sales rose 14% to 4,265 in September compared to the same month last year.  This is due almost entirely to the lower-end of the market (under $180K) selling like hotcakes. October's median selling price for single-family homes decreased 12% to $206,000 from the same month of '07, and was down 4.7% from September's median of $216,1...
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