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Month: February 2014

Boomerang Buyers – San Diego Real Estate Market

Chances are that you have never heard of boomerang buyers before. Boomerang buyers are former home owners who have gone through a short sale, foreclosure, or bankruptcy in the past few years and are saving up for a down payment to purchase a home again—are coming back. Of course, one of the issues these people face is repairing their damaged credit and getting their score back up to be able to qualify for a mortgage.

Boomerang Buyers

I recently had an opportunity to discuss this topic with one of the top real estate professionals in San Diego, David Demangos.  As a tenacious and powerful Keller Williams Real Estate Agent, David’s desire is to help his clients buy and sell residential real estate. He is known as San Diego’s “go-to guy” and is extremely well networked. David connects local business people, building relationships, resulting in repeat referral business for one another. His leadership and management skills shine through.

Boomerang Buyers Are Re-Entering the Market in San Diego

David recently sold a home to a nice man who short-sold his home, built his credit back up and purchased a new home in just around twenty five months. Boomerang buyers are expected to flood markets in some of the hardest hit areas for short sales and foreclosures in the coming years. They are predicted to account for nearly one in every five home sales in the certain metro areas this year such as San Diego.

Rising rents and the desire to own again now that the economy is more stable are driving many boomerang buyers to re-enter the market. They also want to jump in before interest rates and home prices climb too much higher.

How Soon Can Boomerang Buyers Jump Back Into the Real Estate Market?

But how soon they can jump back in will depend on the type of loan they had as a previous home owner. According to my trustworthy lenders, boomerang buyers who had FHA loans may need to wait only three years if they can prove that a hardship, such as job loss or death of a wage earner, led to their foreclosure or short sale.

Borrowers have typically been required to wait five to seven years to qualify for another loan, but mortgage giants have begun to change their rules to allow home owners who underwent a foreclosure or short sale to qualify sooner. Those who underwent a short sale will likely qualify the soonest. However, not all lenders are participating, so borrowers will need to shop around. David is well equipped to refer people to lenders who can help.

Freddie Mac’s wait time is usually four years following a short sale or deed-in-lieu, and seven years after a foreclosure. Fannie Mae may require a seven-year wait for a foreclosure, but only a two-year wait following a short sale as long as the borrower can provide a 20 percent down payment.

Credit Score Implications for Boomerang Buyers

However, for all these people their credit score is going to be an issue. David and I agree that the first step anyone who wants to “boomerang” back into the market must take is to check their credit score and determine the gap, if any, between that score and a score that will qualify them for a loan.

Between David Demangos and me, Dale Guiducci of ERA Credit Services, we can help you step through the process of getting in position to be a boomerang buyer.

Who do you know looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate? Call:

David Demangos
Keller Williams Realty
Cell:  858.232.8410
Realtor® BRE# 01905183
San Diego Real Estate Area Expert / Green Specialist / ALC Committee
www.awesomesandiegorealestate.com

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Pull Your Credit Report and Check These 5 Items

One of the most important things to do regarding one’s finances is to pull your credit report periodically. Learning how your credit usage and payment history impacts your credit score can help you keep your credit score as high as possible. Understanding the factors that can lower your credit score can help you set financial goals.

You can get a free credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com. You are entitled by law to a free credit report each year from each of the 3 major credit bureaus Experian, Equifax and Transunion. Pull Your Credit

When reviewing your credit report, pay close attention to these five areas of information to make sure your score isn’t being adversely affected:

What You’ll Find When You Pull Your Credit

Personal Information

Check your full name and any variations, your spouse’s name, birth date, Social Security number, current and past addresses. If there are misspellings or an incorrect address, these items might have been listed when a lender reported the data inaccurately, and can be corrected. It is important to correct these items especially if you have a more common name as creditors of another person with a similar name, even a relative, may wrongly report their information on your credit report.

Current Accounts

Each of your active accounts, such as mortgage loans and credit cards, will be listed along with the date the account was open when you pull your credit. They will appear as “in good standing” if you’re current on your payments, or “delinquent” if you haven’t paid your full monthly payment due or even show late payments from previous months or years. This information can remain on your credit report for up to 7 years.

Closed Accounts

Closed and inactive lines of credit frequently still appear on your credit report. These items will stay on your credit report for different lengths of time but also up to 7 years.

Inquiries

Hard Inquiries occur when a lender checks your credit as part of the approval process. Having too many hard inquiries could mean that you are overextending yourself which could potentially lower your score. Furthermore, hard inquiries are the result of you requesting additional lines of credit from a lender. If you didn’t authorize the inquiry, this could be a sign of identity theft.

Soft Inquiries are typically made by companies that want to check your credit score to make a decision to market to you their line of credit such as credit card companies, retailers, and car dealers or manufacturers. These soft inquiries do not affect your credit score.

Negative or Derogatory Accounts

When you pull your credit you might see items such as past due accounts, bankruptcies, foreclosures, judgments, charge offs, late payments, tax liens and more. They will almost always appear on a credit report and are typically in a separate section on the report. These items can drop your credit score significantly. Time will lessen the impact these items have on your credit score as they can appear up to 7 years, or in the case of a bankruptcy 10 years. However, this is where going through the credit repair process and leveraging your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act may help.