Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Fight for Down Payment Assistance is Not Over Yet

We received an eMail from NAR this morning. The post contained a pre-drafted letter for REALTORS® to print and send to their Congressional Representatives. While the letter is spot-on, we see an opportunity to add one more bullet point to the letter, that being to urge our Congressional Representatives, to support HR 6694 "FHA Seller-Financed Downpayment Reform and Risk-Based Pricing Authorization Act of 2008". To that point, we have included our version of the NAR letter in hopes that you have, our reader, have a vehicle to distribute our HyBrid letter to supporters of HR 6694. Download Our Version of the NAR Letter NOW!
(Microsoft Word 2003 Format - MacAfee & Norton Safe)

All the sender needs to do is locate their representative’s mail address, type in the name of their senator and congressman/congresswomen in the places indicated and enter the sender’s iformation at the bottom of the letter then send it off. CLICK HERE to locate your state House Representative and CLICK HERE to locate your US Senator and tell him or her that you want them
to support and vote for
H.R. 6694

We are also in the process of posting version of the NAR letter on our all of our BLOGs and on all of our personal web sites.

* Down Payment Assistance Rescue H.R. 6694
* Part 2 - Down Payment Assistance Rescue H.R. 6694
* Congress Stabs FHA Buyers Through The Heart
* Congress has stabbed the FHA buyer through the heart. The little guy pays the
price again

* Down Payment Assistance Rescue H.R. 6695

We have also contacted three local TV News Outlets with our efforts.

We continue to try and push HR 6694 to the floor of the House and Senate.

Oh yes... one more quick side bar for our VA Home Owners; many Vets man not know that the VA has been authorized by the passing of the "Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008" to offer refinancing of their sub-prime mortgages at a 100% Loan To Value (LTV). Prior to the signing of this bill into law by President Bush on October 10th 2008, the maximum loan amount allowed was only 90% LTV. If you are a Veteran with an available VA Loan Entitlement, you should contact your mortgage company and look into a VA Refinance of your current mortgage.

For more information about this new law, visit Re-Finance Program for Vets.

Lori & G-II are licensed REALTORS® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, specializing in VA Buyer Representation. They can be reached by cell phone at either 602.574.5674 for Lori or 602.796.5674 for G-II or via eMail at

Short Sale Experts, Certified Negotiation Experts, ePRO 500 Certified
Mentors and Trainers for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Labels: , , , , ,

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Re-Finance Program for Vets

For the past year or so, the economic condition of our nation has been splashed all over the Paper News Media, TV, Radio, the WEB and heck... I even think I saw a courier pigeon delivering some bad economic news the other day. Not really... but it has been nuts, not only on Wall Street but on Main Street as well.

We are always on the hunt for new finance platforms for our members and clients. Add... to that end, we have some really cool information to share with our Vets, active duty and retired in all branches who qualify for a VA Guaranteed Home Loan. This is a national finance tool that could help thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of Vets, who are stuck in adjustable rate sub-prime mortgages.

For our Vets!

There has been much ballyhoo over all of the economic stimulus packages that have been pushed through Congress over the past few months. But... there was very little fanfare given to one of the most useful VA Loan tools our nation has ever seen. Finally, Congress did something to help Vets... before they go down in flames.

Sponsored by Senator Daniel K. Akaka of Hawaii - House Armed Services Committee, in December 2007, the bill was originally simply a resolution supporting the goals and ideals of a National Medal of Honor and to celebrate and honor the recipients of the Medal of Honor on the anniversary of the first award of that medal in 1863. The original bill did not contain any provisions for VA Loan Modifications. However around May of 2008 Senator Akaka introduced S. 2961 a bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to enhance the refinancing of home loans by veterans. Finally in June of 2008 the bill was passed unanimously by the Senate and subsequently signed into law by President Bush on October 10th 2008.

So what is the new law? Simply put the new law states;

"...The new law makes changes to VA's home loan refinancing program. Veterans who wish to refinance their subprime or conventional mortgage may now do so for up to 100 percent of the value of the property. These types of loans were previously limited to 90 percent of the value.

Additionally, Congress raised VA's maximum loan amount for these types of refinancing loans. Previously, these refinancing loans were capped at $144,000. With the new legislation, such loans may be made up to $729,750 depending on where the property is located.

Increasing the loan-to-value ratio and raising the maximum loan amount will allow more qualified veterans to refinance through VA, allowing for savings on interest costs or even potentially avoiding foreclosure..."

Click here for a complete copy of the new VA Instruction Letter. (PDF format)

What a GREAT tool for our Vets to have at their disposal. Now... the next thing in my cross hairs is to see if Vets with mortgages that encumber the home for more than current market value, will be successful in getting the banks who hold those notes to release and discharge their debt and allow the Vet to secure a VA loan at the current market value. If this can happen, tens of thousands of Vets could finally find relief in this collapsing economy.

We'll report on more GREAT finance options for non-military buyers in our next post. Lori & G-II are licensed REALTORS® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. They can be reached by cell phone at either 602.574.5674 for Lori or 602.796.5674 for G-II or via eMail at If you would like to CHAT with us LIVE, simply
click the Goggle Talk icon.

Labels: , , ,