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As a home buyer or homeowner in New Jersey, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a mortgage company. In fact, the idea of choosing one company out of many can seem overwhelming at first. Where do you even begin? Customer reviews are a great place to start. Using Customer Reviews to Choose a Mortgage Company As a mortgage shopper, you have several tools that can help you choose a New Jersey mortgage company. Customer reviews should be at the top of your research list, and for several reasons. Unbiased reviews from current and previous customers can give you a better sense of how a particular mortgage company operates — and how it treats its customers. That’s something you can’t get from advertisements or other marketing materials, which are typically written by the company itself. NJ Lenders Has Thousands of Positive Reviews For nearly 30 years, NJ Lenders Corp. has been meeting the mortgage financing needs of home buyers and homeowners across New Jersey. And in that time we’ve earned a large number of positive reviews from our customers (home buyers and homeowners). “Earned” is the key word in that last sentence. Good reviews don’t come easy. They have to be earned. A mortgage company earns favorable reviews from its customers by helping them accomplish their home financing goals in a timely fashion and with good communication. Thousands of our customers have taken the time write honest, heartfelt reviews of our mortgage company and staff. They do this for a variety of reasons — but mostly , it comes down to the fact that they were treated right along the way. As of ...
Buying a “fixer-upper” home in New Jersey has its advantages. For example, homes in need of work are typically priced well below comparable turnkey properties that are move-in ready, so it’s a chance to save money. You also get to put your own finishing touches on the property you’re buying. There are many ways to finance the purchase of a fixer-upper home in New Jersey. The FHA 203k loan program is one of the most popular financing strategies among buyers. But how does this program work, and what benefits does it offer to you as a home buyer? Here’s what you need to know. FHA 203k: Rehab Loans for New Jersey Buyers Some home buyers who purchase fixer-upper properties in New Jersey use two separate loans — one to finance the purchase itself, and one to pay for the renovation work. But it can be time-consuming, challenging, and sometimes costly to obtain two different loans for one property. That’s where the FHA 203k program comes in. This program is managed by the Federal Housing Administration, which is part of HUD. According to the HUD website: “Section 203(k) insurance enables homebuyers and homeowners to finance both the purchase (or refinancing) of a house and the cost of its rehabilitation through a single mortgage.” These loans can also be used to finance the rehabilitation of an existing home. (Due to their nature, they are also referred to as rehabilitation or “rehab” loans, and sometimes FHA construction loans. All of these terms generally refer to the same program.) Other important details of this program: FHA 203k loans are ...
As you well know, buying a home is not only one of the most important financial decisions of your life, but it’s also one of the most expensive. Not only are buyers putting down a large sum of money for their down payment, but they also have to take care of moving costs, renovations (if needed), furniture, earnest money deposit, and lastly…closing costs. Closing costs are usually the second-most expensive part of the home-buying process. Since they typically cost somewhere between 2-5% of the total purchase price, buyers are trying to find ways to cut back on these costs and save as much money as possible. But, how do they go about doing so? Listed below are the five need-to-know tips for lowering your closing costs… Tip #1: Ask if the Seller or Your Realtor Can Contribute To Closing Costs Sometimes, if it means the difference between getting the deal done or losing it and starting the process all over again, a seller might offer a concession to the buyer to help pay for some or all of the closing costs. This might work if the house has been on the market for a long time and if you were the only interested party. You also have the option of asking your real estate agent to use part of their commission to help out as well, if you feel comfortable asking them. Tip #2: Shop for Services When You Can To Reduce Your Closing Costs Once you’ve spoken to your mortgage lender and they’ve given you your loan estimate, you should also receive information from them in regards to some of the services you can shop around for. If you’re worried about closing costs, make sure you look into ways you can save elsewhere. ...
Home buyers in New Jersey tend to have a lot of questions relating to home inspections and appraisals. While these two procedures share some similarities, they have different purposes and objectives. Home inspections are generally not required in New Jersey, but highly recommended. Appraisals, on the other hand, are required when a buyer is using a mortgage loan to finance the purchase. Home Appraisal vs. Home Inspection Let’s start by distinguishing the two kinds of property assessments. While they are often confused as being the same, home appraisals and inspections are actually different procedures with different objectives. A home inspection is a thorough but non-invasive evaluation of the property’s overall condition. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) defines it as “an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.” The primary objective here is to assess the condition of the property. A home appraisal is a review of the property to determine its fair market value, based on current real estate market conditions. The appraiser will prepare a comprehensive report that includes sales data supporting his or her determination of value. Here, the primary objective is to determine the value of the property. So there are some similarities between home inspections and appraisals in New Jersey. With both of these procedures, a trained and certified professional will review the home inside and out. The inspector is primarily concerned with the condition of the property (including the roof, ...
Whether you’re planning your dream wedding or planning to buy your dream home, both are large expenses and major life events that can seem overwhelming to tackle at the same time. Purchasing a home will require paying a down payment and closing costs, while planning your wedding will include payments to your venue, vendors, and even a honeymoon. While couples today think that it might be far-fetched to accomplish both at the same time, think again. You can use these helpful tips to get you down the aisle AND claim the keys to your new home… Tip #1: Figure Out Your Budget If you plan on paying for a wedding and a new home at the same time, your first step should be to sit down together as a couple and figure out what your budget is going to be. Talk to each other about expenses and how much you’d realistically like to spend on both. You can use a mortgage calculator to help give you an idea of what you can afford, or you could always speak to a loan officer to see what you’d be pre-approved for. Not only should the couple look at their own savings, but factor in any money or assistance you might be getting from your family or friends to help you achieve both things. When you’ve figured out your budget, it’s also important to discuss your “must-have’s” and also the things you’re willing to cut back on for both the wedding and for your future home. Tip #2: Consider a Home-Buying Registry Instead of a traditional wedding registry filled with the typical kitchen appliances, furnishings, and flatware, many couples today have started to think outside the box with different kinds of ...