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What is A Mortgage Credit Certificate?

by Alexandra Zega

With the market making a rebound, buyers who had been on the fence are coming to the table to take advantage of favorable mortgage rates before they continue to rise. For those who have been having difficulty qualifying for a mortgage, it may be a good idea to try for a mortgage credit certificate.
A mortgage credit certificate, or MCC, makes it easier for eligible buyers to qualify for a mortgage loan. Offered by many city and county governments, they allow first-time buyers to take advantage of a special federal income tax write-off.
Under MCC programs, the lender can reduce the housing expense ratio – the percentage of gross monthly income applied toward housing expenses – by the amount of the tax savings. Normally, lenders reject loans if the housing expense ratio is too high.
Program requirements for MCCs vary, although most adhere to the following guidelines:
• The buyer must live in the home being purchased with an MCC-assisted mortgage.
• Total household income cannot exceed certain limits.
• The buyer cannot have owned a principal residence within the past three years. This restriction may be waived if a property is purchased within a certain targeted area.
• The purchase price must fall within an established limit.
If you are interested in applying for an MMC, call your local housing or redevelopment agency for more information, or contact your real estate agent.
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Byuing in a Low Inventory Market

by Alexandra Zega

The temperature in the real estate market has begun to re-adjust; the hot arena once reserved for buyers has begun to cool, and sellers are again taking the reigns. With many markets now displaying scarce inventory stock, and multiple offers making it even more difficult, it's easy to become discouraged as a buyer. However, just because you may be looking for a home in a low inventory market doesn't mean you need to give up your dream of landing your ideal property. Below are four tips for buying in a low inventory market.

Be prepared financially

These days, many buyers won't even work with those who aren't pre-approved. Additionally, it would be heart-breaking to find that dream home only to have someone else buy it while you're going through the mortgage process. Before you even begin looking, make sure all of your finances are in order. This will not only make buyers take you more seriously, but will help speed along the entire process.

Know what you're looking for

From the right neighborhood, to the budget and the number of bedrooms, have a good idea of what you're looking for so you don't waste any time—yours, or your agent's.

Act fast

Gone are the days when you could mull over a property, or visit ten homes only to circle back to the first one you saw. With properties flying fast, if you see a place you like, put in an offer right away.

Be aggressive

If you see something you like, be sure to act not only fast, but smart. Putting in an offer may not be enough. If you can buy in cash, this is more appealing to sellers. Don't have the cash? Another trend that is hot right now is writing a “love letter” to the sellers. Or better yet, make a video. Tell them exactly why you love their home, and tell them a bit about yourself and your family. New baby on the way? Go into detail about how their extra bedroom would be the perfect nursery, and how you can really see your child playing in their big back yard with that maple tree just perfect for a swing. Make them see you as a person and not just a name on a page, and you have a better chance of winning them over.

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