Deferment of Mortgage Payments May Affect Borrowers in the Long Run

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When Congress passed Section 4021 of the CARES Act in response to the effects of COVID-19, their intent was to help borrowers who were having problems making their mortgage payments. Little did Congress realize that they were potentially setting up borrowers for trouble in the future when it comes to credit worthiness as assessed by the lending community.

According to Mark Hanf, president of Pacific Private Money, “Section 4021 of the CARES Act contained a regulation that loan servicers “shall report the credit obligation or account for those participating in forbearance as current”.  In other words, those participating in a forbearance program should not see their credit scores drop. However, there is a loophole that allows lenders to discover whether or not a borrower is actually making payments. It is the “comments” section of a credit report.  The CARES Act does not mention the comments section of credit reports, and that’s where forbearance notations are going.”  What borrowers are not being told is that any reference in a credit report to forbearance can be a Scarlet Letter for an applicant seeking a new mortgage, according to Kathleen Howley in an article she wrote in early May 2020.

According to Hanf, within a week of Howley’s article, his company received a loan request from a home buyer who was denied credit from a major bank for just this very situation. Although the bank sees the existing mortgage as “current” the forbearance has let the world know via the comment section that this borrower has requested a deferment. The major bank involved would most likely not deny the loan on its face due to the deferment, as this would violate the law; however, banks are notorious for coming up with a myriad of reasons for denying a loan and still stay within the guidelines set out for them.

Conventional lenders desire to have plain vanilla borrowers who pay back loans in a timely manner. When a borrower changes terms of the loan by requesting principal forgiveness or other aspects of the 

loan, the lenders generally do not usually extend credit again to these borrowers and can negatively affect the borrower’s ability to borrow again from unrelated lenders. Such is the case back during the Great Recession wherein some borrowers took advantage of the economic climate by asking their lender to reduce the principal of their loan [total forgiveness rather than just a deferment]. The borrowers may have gotten a reprieve, but the long-term effects may have been more drastic. Similarly, to when a borrower files bankruptcy. The borrower may get out of paying creditors, but their ability to borrow in the future is usually severely hampered. 

In one case, back in 2009, during the heart of the Greta Recession, one banker tells a story of how a wealthy borrower first asked for a principal loan reduction of $500,000 because his collateralized real estate had decreased and his request was granted. But, when this borrower was faced with the prospects of having this reduction reported on his credit report or the fact that he would have to inform any new lender that he requested a principal reduction [as this question is usually on bank applications], he voluntarily requested that the $500,000 abatement be reinstated. He decided his ability to borrow in the future was worth more than the $500,000 principal reduction.

Borrowers will have to decide if requesting deferments is worth the risk of potential future lending restrictions based upon the lender desire to lend to borrowers who choose to defer mortgage payments when the opportunity arises. Whoever said, “there’s no free lunch” must have been talking about these very situations.

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      However, the ongoing private mortgage insurance (PMI) you have to pay when you have an FHA loan makes your monthly payments more expensive. And, unlike a conventional loan, which allows you to remove your PMI at a certain point, you can never get rid of it with an FHA loan—even when you have tons of equity in your home. So, with rates at historic lows, should you refi out of your FHA loan to a conventional loan? We’re looking at the pros and cons.
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• The reasons homeowners love, or are ready to leave, their real estate are unique, too.
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      The company has completely shifted to a virtual model for the time being as a service to customers who might not be comfortable having strangers in their house during the pandemic. Customers can schedule a Virtual House Call to troubleshoot specific issues and also use the tele-maintenance service for a complimentary guided Hippo Home Care Home Checkup. “Think of it like getting a car tune-up or a physical, only this one is for your house,” they said. 
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Can Home Flippers Still Make Money on Their Investment?

Can Home Flippers Still Make Money on Their Investment

Once upon a time, less than two or three decades ago, buying a run-down Fort Collins or Loveland home, revamping the building, and reselling the property was a very lucrative business for tens of thousands of individuals across the United States. As more of the less-desirable homes have been purchased and flipped in the past 20 to 30 years, the market has become more restricted, and investors are often forced to buy homes that require significant work, rather than the easy face-lift properties. Here are a few ways home flippers can still make money on their investments.

Buy on a Budget

Any builder can give you an estimate of what it will cost to make the necessary renovations to a property. But they are only estimating what they can see. Within the budget, you must include the marketing costs, repair expenses, standing costs while you repair it, insurance prices, and selling commissions. On top of that, don’t forget to add a buffer for the unseen and unforeseeable, such as discovering mold or bringing wires and pipes up to standard building code.

Buying Without Borrowing

For those investors that can purchase a property without the extra pressure that a mortgage payment can bring, success is much easier. Although your hard-money lender may present you with a short-term loan, it can be a costly partnership – often more than 10 percent. Investors can also find themselves in a bind when a property tear-out discovers costly needed repairs, and an acquisition and repair loan is required. The extra $30,000 to $100,000 in repairs can easily put the investor into the red.

Buying the Right Property

When you purchase a home that is run down, and you expect to put $3,000 into the renovations with just two weeks turn-around time, it probably won’t happen that way. The problem is you never know what the foundation is hiding, what is behind the walls, and if there is hidden water damage.

Buying at the Right Price

One of the long-time experts in the field of real estate, Steven Taylor landlord was asked, “What are the most important factors that need to be assessed when becoming a real estate investor?” After a thoughtful pause, he replied, “There are several, but I would say access to deals is critical and access to capital of course, but understanding your market and recognizing opportunities are factors that create successful real estate investors.”

Buying in a Good Neighborhood

It’s no secret that homes in some neighborhoods are highly prized and can sell for thousands of dollars over asking price. Sometimes there may even be a bidding war in a selected neighborhood that brings in $25,000 to $50,000 over market price. If you are lucky enough to locate a home in one of those prized neighborhoods, your chances of having a successful flip are high. Knowing the area is safe, schools are excellent, and values are rising can mean the home is a great deal and will be an easy flip.

Buying When You Have a Great Contractor

It may sound trite, but your contractor can make or break your project. Finding a professional that has a crew of his or her own, takes responsibility for crew reliability, and brings in a project when saying it will be done, is priceless. You will not find many of them in your lifetime, so if you know one, treat them like gold – because they are valuable.

Getting the money you put into the home back out of it quickly is always the main goal of a flipper. Doing so with an eye on quality can give you a reputation that excels. So, do a quality job, get it done quickly, and sell it for a reasonable price. That is the secret to flipping homes and making money – in a nutshell.

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