The Mortgage Files

Nationally syndicated mortgage news and advice from Senior Loan Officer Scott Sheldon.

Navigating FHA Loans for Multifamily Properties: What You Need to Know

Navigating FHA Loans for Multifamily Properties: What You Need to Know

By Scott Sheldon / July 16, 2024

One of the biggest challenges in securing an FHA mortgage for a multifamily property is the sustainability test, a crucial factor that most banks and lenders don’t discuss upfront. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to buy a multifamily property with FHA financing. FHA Loans for First-Time and Move-Up Homebuyers As a…

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How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Without a Hard Credit Check

How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Without a Hard Credit Check

By Scott Sheldon / July 9, 2024

How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Without a Hard Credit Check In the quest for homeownership, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a crucial step. Most mortgage companies require a hard credit check during this process, which can sometimes negatively impact your credit scores. You’ve probably seen warnings about this online. However, there are…

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How to qualify for mortgage with low bank statements and tax returns

How to qualify for mortgage with low bank statements and tax returns

By Scott Sheldon / July 2, 2024

Traditional lenders often require extensive documentation, such as tax returns and bank statements, to verify income. But what if your tax returns don’t reflect your actual earnings, or your bank statements don’t show enough consistent income to meet the lender’s requirements? Fortunately, there’s a solution that can help you qualify for a mortgage without the…

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Should You Buy a Home with a 401(k) Loan or Down Payment Assistance?

Should You Buy a Home with a 401(k) Loan or Down Payment Assistance?

By Scott Sheldon / June 26, 2024

Buying a home is a significant financial decision that requires careful planning and consideration of various financing options. Two common methods prospective homeowners might consider are borrowing from a 401(k) and utilizing down payment assistance programs. Each approach has its benefits and drawbacks, and understanding these can help you make an informed decision tailored to…

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How Rising Incomes and Smart Strategies Can Help You Buy a Home in Sonoma County

How Rising Incomes and Smart Strategies Can Help You Buy a Home in Sonoma County

By Scott Sheldon / June 19, 2024

Buying a home is one of the most significant financial decisions many will make in their lifetime. As home prices continue to rise, so too does the level of income needed to qualify for a mortgage. This is particularly true in places like Sonoma County, California, where the picturesque landscapes and high quality of life…

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Homebuying Tips for June 2024: How to Qualify in Today's Market

Homebuying Tips for June 2024: How to Qualify in Today’s Market

By Scott Sheldon / June 13, 2024

What It Takes to Be a Homebuyer in June 2024 Buying a home is a significant milestone, but in today’s market, it requires careful preparation and strategic planning. As of June 2024, the housing market, particularly in Sonoma County, California, presents unique challenges and opportunities for prospective buyers. This post aims to guide you through…

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How Interest Rates Are Impacting Home Buyers and Sellers

How Interest Rates Are Impacting Home Buyers and Sellers

By Scott Sheldon / June 6, 2024

Interest rates are a critical component of the housing market, influencing the behaviour of both home buyers and sellers. As of mid-2024, the interest rate environment is characterized by moderate increases due to efforts by the Federal Reserve to combat inflation. This blog post will delve into the current state of interest rates, their impact…

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FHA vs. Conventional Loans—Which Costs Less in the Long Run?

FHA vs. Conventional Loans—Which Costs Less in the Long Run?

By Scott Sheldon / June 2, 2024

When securing a mortgage for your home, choosing between an FHA loan and a conventional loan is a critical decision that could impact your financial strategy and long-term goals. Both loan types have distinct advantages and limitations, particularly regarding down payment requirements, seller credits, and private mortgage insurance (PMI). Down Payment Differences: One of the…

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