Tuesday, May 10, 2016


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Rent-To-Own Real Estate: How The Process Works

Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works




Have you been shopping around for a mortgage to purchase a home for you and your family? Are you tired of being rejected? We completely understand the situation you’re in and we want you to know that their is a solution to your mortgage issues. Renting to own is a great way to get the house you want without having to deal with the banks that keep rejecting you.
Take a look at the infographic below to visualize what renting to own a home is all about.
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Rent to Own Program

                 Rent to Own Homes: an Option to Consider?


When the term "rent to own" pops up, it's not always clear what it means, and that's partially because renting to own and the similar plan lease/option can work numerous ways. However, in a typical scenario, tenants can rent for a set period, such as a year, then when that time is up, they have the option to purchase the home. A portion of the rent is often credited to the sales price or closing costs.
Tenants may also purchase the option to buy the property for a predetermined price at the end of their lease by putting down a (non-refundable) payment of about 3 percent. With this option in place, the tenant is not bound to purchase at the end of the lease, but meanwhile, the property owner can't sell to anyone else.
Plans like this can appeal to people with little or no savings for a down payment, or people with bad credit or no credit who don't qualify for traditional mortgages. The latter group can include those who lost their homes in foreclosures, according to real estate investor Barb Getty, who has had both positive and negative experiences with rent-to-buy contracts.
Renting to own is also a way to get into a desired neighborhood in a timely matter, as with parents who need to be in school district for their kids, or people who are uncertain of their timeline, according to San Francisco real estate professional Herman Chan. "It's a way to get into a house without committing to a 30 year mortgage," he said.
It's not a very common practice. Of the 609,482 sales transactions on record in San Diego from 1990 to the present that were conducted with a real estate agent, only 782 were completed with a lease option contract, according to the San Diego Association of Realtors.
Let's take a look at the pros and cons. For those doing the lease option rental, the primary benefit to the buyer is that or or she can lock in a price, according to Phil Georgiades, the chief loan steward for VA Home Loan Centers in California.
However, there are numerous concerns and potential drawbacks that make rent to buy more complicated and often more expensive than straight renting. Among them: the tenant's rent payment will likely be higher than market rent as part of that will be going toward the eventual down payment on the property. This extra amount will be forfeited if the tenant doesn't act on the option to buy.
The potential buyer may be responsible for paying any back taxes the current owner may have incurred, said Georgiades. Also, prospective home buyers will still need to have the home inspected, just as with a traditional home purchase.
Getty points out that if the renter/buyer can't make payments anymore, that means foreclosure, not just eviction.
However, John Farrell, an Episcopal priest, had a positive experience transitioning from renter to buyer of his apartment at the Riverview Club in Yonkers, N.Y. Two years ago, when a heart attack forced him to retire, he signed a lease on an apartment with option to buy (there was no fee for the option), and after one year he purchased the apartment, putting 10 percent down. His first year of rent went toward lowering the purchase price about 5 percent — the equivalent of six months' rent. "It was a can't lose situation for me," he said.
Other experts are not convinced. "Very rarely does it make sense to rent to own. It's a complex process, [and] most people don't understand what they're getting themselves into," said Denise Winston, financial expert and author of "Money Starts Here! Your Practical Guide to Survive and Thrive in Any Economy." "If they had more discipline with their finances they could do this on their own without the risk of the market, without the risk of losing all the money if something defaults."
"It is a complicated deal and very speculative," echoes Melinda Estridge Long, a real estate broker in the Maryland-Washington, D.C., area. "I have gone down this path with a few clients and have found it to be a large risk for both buyer and seller, as both are required to agree on a price in the future — always a crap shoot," she said. "It is almost better to do a rent with a possible option to buy when the time comes."
For those who don't have 20 percent down payment money lying around, Georgiades suggests some alternatives: there are low down payment options, and government home loan programs lending to people with bad credit or who have low income and little savings.
"The best option is boring, but tried and true," said Brandon D. Smith, a senior analyst in Los Angeles. "If you're renting, and can afford higher payments, don't rent-to-own. Put the difference in an interest bearing account and build up your credit. Have a stable income. If you're a first time home buyer, you only need 3 percent as a down payment. Then buy a house with a long term, low fixed rate loan. At some point you may be able to fool some sucker into renting to own from you." 

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A 5-year plan rebuild Black wealth and expand homeownership

A 5-year plan rebuild Black wealth and expand homeownership

By Charlene Crowell
Contributing Writer
While economists contend that the economic recession is over, the reality for much of Black America is starkly different. Racial disparities in unemployment and under-employment persist. And homeownership, a key measure of economic health for consumers and communities alike continues its downward decline even now.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, during the last few months of 2015, 41.9 percent of Black households owned a home, compared to 72.2 percent of whites and 63.8 percent of all households across the country.
Many consumers and real estate professionals agree that redlining remains a serious problem. Despite federal and state laws guaranteeing fair housing and credit laws, majority-Black areas often do not have adequate access to credit.
Even worse, at a time when private mortgage interest rates have remained consistently low, very few Black borrowers have been able to benefit from these loans. The private market’s least costly convention mortgages have become out-of-reach for communities of color. In 2014, only 2.6 percent of owner-occupied conventional home purchases – approximately 45,500 nationwide – were made to Black borrowers. Other Census Bureau data show there are 9.9 million Black households, where 1.8 million people ages 25 and older hold a graduate degree.
Were it not for the array of government-backed mortgages – VA, FHA and USDA loans, homeownership rates for people of color would be even lower. In 2014, 68 percent of loans made to help Black borrowers purchase homes were backed by these federal programs.
In response to these disturbing findings, a five-year plan to add two million more Black homeowners has been launched by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). Founded in 1947 from a need to secure the right to equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed or color, NAREB’s mission remains vital today.
“NAREB has taken the initiative to be in the vanguard to rebuild wealth in the Black community,” said Ron Cooper, NAREB’s president. “We are prepared to use every tool at our disposal … advocacy in the halls of Congress … expanding our army of informed and committed real estate professionals … engaging the active participation of informed organizational collaborators and lending partners …vigilance to the need to build and rebuild economic wealth through homeownership for Black Americans, regardless of the ‘issue of the day.’”
Beginning in February, NAREB has taken its message and advocacy to major cities facing severe housing challenges: Chicago, Memphis, Oakland and Philadelphia. By bringing NAREB’s message “closer to the ground”, respective Black communities were informed and engaged by more than 800 participating real estate professionals.
Those in attendance learned more about homeownership disparities in their own city, as well as the value and benefits of homeownership as a wealth-building tool. Each forum included housing counselors, legal and title experts, financial partners and other speakers that together explained what it takes to buy and own a home.
A second series of forums in four more cities is now being planned for 2017.
Progress towards the goal of two million more homeowners will be measured through a database management system that will track and capture sales activities across the country. Both NAREB members and participating lenders will have access to the system. Its data will augment findings from the annual Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) report that tracks mortgage lending by race.
Commenting on NAREB’s efforts, Keith Corbett, an Executive Vice-President with the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and a NAREB partner noted, “When many Black families are paying $1,000 or more each month for rent, they are losing the chance to build wealth for their families. CRL views NAREB as a vital partner in advocating financial fairness for all.”
“The housing finance system must do a better job at providing mortgage credit to borrowers who represent the future,” added Corbett.
Earlier CRL mortgage research found that across the country from 2007 – 2011, foreclosures drained more than $2 trillion in property value, from families who live nearby foreclosed homes. More than half of these losses fell on either Black or Latino communities.
“Owning a home has been the way we’ve sent our children to school, financed our businesses, passed wealth on to our families, and kept our communities desirable places to live,” added NAREB’s Cooper. “The economic tsunami devastated our communities and halted our collective ability to be participants in and economically thriving members of this country’s greatest promise to its citizens: the dream of owning a home.”
For more information on NAREB, visit its website at http://www.nareb.com.
This article originally published in the May 2, 2016 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

World's Best Castles...RENT TO OWN?

From medieval exteriors and opulent, modern interiors, to gourmet tasting menus and underground wine cellars galore—the best castle stays lavish guests with the utmost luxury. Take time to eat, sleep and drink like royalty in these 11 castles befit for reigning kings and queens.

1. Pousada de Obidos, Obidos, Portugal
Tucked away behind crenelated stone walls, this seaside castle has all the trappings of a medieval fortress, down to echo-y stone corridors, traditional battlements and lofty watch towers. One glance at the secluded gardens and surrounding whitewashed village and it should come as no surprise that it was once a dowry for Portuguese queens. Today, guests can choose from cottage rooms, classic rooms, or for the authentic castle experience-seekers: tower rooms. The nearby village is a natural extension of the castle grounds, with winding cobbled streets. Slip through flower-walled corridors, in and out of book shops hidden in old churches, and don't forget to try Ginjinha—a fruity Portuguese liquor—served in a chocolate cup.

2. Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland

Just 50 miles from Glasgow and 100 from Edinburgh, the Culzean Castle is a cliffside marvel on the fertile Ayrshire Coast. President Eisenhower himself was gifted the top floor of this Scottish keep during WWII as a gesture of goodwill on behalf of the National Trust for Scotland. Today, guests can stay in his revamped apartment quarters, which have Georgian-style furnishings and views of the Isle of Arran. Other highlights? The neo-classical tower library, a grand armory and a dramatic oval staircase which gives us *major* Titanic vibes.
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3. Chateau de la Barre, Loire Valley, France

Chateau de la Barre feels more like the intimate and lavish home of your fanciest friends than a 100-acre hotel. Twice a week, the owners, the Count and Countess de Vanssay, roll out antique family silver, embroidered linens and porcelain to host a champagne cocktail, four-course French dinner, and coffee and brandy nightcap in the Grand Salon. Upstairs, your royal room awaits (think gilded chairs and mirrors, silk, damask wallpapers and bedspreads, and covetable Hermes toiletries). JS tip: Look to the Countess for local insight—she's known to go out of her way to help guests organize their itineraries.

4. Castillo de Santa Catalina, Malaga, Spain

The neo-Moorish Castillo de Santa Catalina looks out on the bay of Malaga and rests just minutes from the Picasso Museum, La Caleta beach and the city's historic center. Check into one of the eight spacious, luxe rooms, and you'll feel like Spanish royalty; each has its own design scheme that riffs on classical Spanish and Arabian motifs, with marble floors, bold columns and sky-high arches. Just beyond the castle windows are endless views of the Med, hillside gardens and stone terraces perfect for sipping sangria in the sun (we suggest Tinto de verano).
RELATED: Best of Barcelona

5. Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Throwing Money Away...

Buy vs. rent a home: When renting isn’t “throwing money away”

Military personnel writes..

I have to move every 3-4 years for work, and so does everyone else I work with (military). A LOT of coworkers buy and sell a house at each duty station, because someone told them, “Since you never see rent money again, buying a house is usually the better financial decision.” And I’m here to tell you that’s BS when you’re buying a home for a short time (less than 4 years). Just like rent, there is a lot of money going out the door when you own a home that you’ll never see again.
Traditionally, owning a home is pitched as a good investment, because you build equity in the home by paying off the mortgage principal. True statement. But consider all the rest of the money you have to shell out along the way to do that:
  • Mortgage interest (this is usually the largest piece of the pie, especially early in the mortgage)
  • Property taxes
  • Home owner’s insurance (HOI)
  • Flood insurance
  • Mortgage insurance (if your downpayment was less than 20%)
  • Maintenance/repairs
  • Condo or HOA fees (for those types of communities)
  • Realtor/lawyer fees when selling (and sometimes buying)
  • Closing costs (buying and selling)
In some cases, these can total to be more than what it would cost you to rent a similar place, especially over a short time horizon (less than 4 years). The reason for this is because the interest on the mortgage is the greatest amount when the principal of the mortgage is still high (i.e., early in the mortgage).
Taking a completely arbitrary example (but using realistic numbers), let’s say you can afford a $250K home, you have $25K (10%) to put on the downpayment, with a 30-year fixed rate mortgage at 4.50%. The property tax rate in your area is 2.00%.
If you put that info into a mortgage calculator, it will say your mortgage payment is $1140/month (which includes the interest on the mortgage, plus your principal payment). “Sweet!” you say, because that’s pretty affordable for a $250K home. But wait.
  • Property tax = $4500/year = $375/mo
  • HOI = $87.50/mo (Source: Zillow, $35/mo per $100K of home value)
  • Flood insurance = cost can vary from $0 to a LOT (over $100/mo)
  • Mortgage insurance = $93.75/mo (assuming 0.5% of borrowed amount of $225K)
  • Maintenance/repairs = $2500/year = $208/mo (based on 1% of home’s value to use or save toward repairs)
How much you might spend on realtors, lawyers, and condo fees is completely dependent on the situation, and I won’t swag those numbers here. Hopefully I’m able to make my point without them—just keep those costs in mind if they apply to your situation.
Now, if you total all of that up, what you get is: $1904 and change per month to own. Plus, you’re building equity in the home! All the better. But if you take a closer look at that mortgage payment of $1140, there’s something important. How much interest are you paying versus principal in that $1140?
You can’t quantify this as a set number, because it changes every month. When you make a payment, part of the principal is reduced, so the interest on the principal is less the next month. But you can average it out over set periods of time.
In this example, with your very first $1140 payment you pay $844 in interest and $296 towards equity. Over the first year, you will have made $13,680 in total mortgage payments; $10,050 of that will have been purely interest on the loan. Only $3630 will have been equity in your home. After 4 years, the numbers are $54,720 total, of which $39,170 is interest and $15,550 is equity. In that 4 year span of time, the average amount you paid in mortgage interest per month was $816 ($39,170 divided by 48 months).
So, the final analysis has to be: once I tally all the money that goes out the door when I buy, is it more or less than what I can rent (which is also money out the door)? In this example:
  • 816 (average mortgage interest over 4 years) +
  • 375 (taxes) +
  • 87.50 (HOI) +
  • 93.75 (PMI) +
  • 208 (repairs fund) +
  • Any “other” costs (lawyer, realtor, condo, flood insurance, etc.)
Total = $1580, plus “other” costs. (Yes, I acknowledge some will say $200/mo for repairs is a lot, but you have to budget for repairs somehow, and a good rule of thumb is 1% of the value of the home per year.)
If you can rent a place that fits your needs for $1580 or less, you’re doing better renting the place than you would if you bought the $250K house in this example. You can invest/save what equity you would be building, plus you don't take on the risk of owning the home (depreciation, unforeseen costs).
TL;DR – Yes, you never see your rent money again, but there’s a ton of money when you own a home that you never see again either. You need to make sure the dead money when owning is less than the dead money when renting.