Great selection of Homes for sale in Evergreen Subdivision.
Paul Skeens, president of Colonial Mortgage Group in Waldorf, Md., said he is advising loan applicants to request a “good faith estimate” upfront that provides for the seller to pay 100 percent of closing costs and prepaid fees “so that in cases where the buyer doesn’t have much more than the down payment, that’s the only cash they’ll need to close” on an FHA loan before the policy change.
Skeens said he’d prefer that FHA adopt a “sliding scale” approach to concessions, with higher concessions allowed on lower priced homes, and the lowest concessions allowed on high-priced properties. Since closing and loan expenses generally represent a larger percentage of the total transaction on lower-priced houses, he believes the new 3 percent rule across the board “will have a much heavier impact on the people FHA traditionally has served,” who are buying modest priced houses and have limited cash resources.
New Fannie Mae Underwriting standards beginning June 1st
Rein in credit urges before closing
Beginning June 1st Fannie Mae will require a second credit check just before closing to see if you still qualify for the mortgage that was approved weeks earlier.
New EPA Remodeling Rules is not well known by the public and contractors are not prepared
We now expect the economy to grow by about 3.5% this year, a rate
that’s still well below the typical post recession surge of 6.5% or so.
But it’s a solid, sustainable pace. And it’s a lot better than
last year’s 2.4% decline in GDP.
Consumers and businesses are buying again. A close look at the good
news of a 3.2% pace of economic growth in the first quarter reveals
the really good news: Final sales to domestic purchasers — which
don’t include inventory buildups or trade — rose at a 2.2% annualized
pace. That’s the second best showing in three years and up from the
1.4% rate in the fourth quarter of 2009, when GDP overall was growing
by 5.6%. It signals a genuine pickup in U.S. consumers’ interest and
ability to buy and indicates that businesses are no longer simply
restocking bare shelves, but investing in new equipment and moving
product out the door.
Total consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of
GDP, increased 3.6% in the first quarter, more than double the 1.6%
gain posted in the previous quarter. In 2009, household purchases
dropped 0.6%, the biggest decline since 1974.
A modestly improved housing market also will be a plus this year.
Although residential construction won’t take more than baby steps
until 2011, the sector won’t subtract from GDP this year the way it
did from 2006 to mid-2009. But spending on commercial construction
such as office buildings and shopping centers will remain a drag on
growth through this year.