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If you’ve recently started house hunting, you may have found that the home buying journey can be lengthy. Finding a place with the right combination of must-haves and nice-to-haves can be complex and time consuming.  How much square footage do you need?  Do you want to be close to parks, shopping, or services?  Will your commute to work be acceptable?

These types of questions are important, but they can be overshadowed by the possibility of rising mortgage rates as you apply for a home loan.  While interest rates should not be the only concern when obtaining home financing, your rate does have an impact on the loan amount for which you can be approved.  Quite simply, the lower your interest rate, the more buying power you have.

If interest rates rise in the future, we still want our clients to be able enjoy an exciting path toward homeownership, not one filled with anxiety about changing interest rates.  That’s why you may be interested to learn about the Prosperity Buyer Advantage: Lock, Shop & Home loan program, which offers buyers an opportunity to counter the worry of rising interest rates.

The Prosperity Buyer Advantage1 allows you to get much of the home financing process out of the way and obtain a Commitment Letter, which can help set your purchase offer apart from other offers a seller may be considering.  Participating in the Prosperity Buyer Advantage costs you nothing additional and can help prevent last-minute issues with your home financing, so you can enjoy an on-time loan closing.

What’s more, Lock, Shop & Home allows you to lock in an interest rate for up to 90 days at TODAY’S rate instead of waiting to lock in a rate only after you’ve found a home to purchase.  Here are a few highlights:

  • No property address is needed at the time of application and rate lock.
  • Lock an interest rate up to 90 days.2
  • Conforming and high balance loan amounts are available.
  • May be used with conventional or government fixed rate loan programs.3

 

Want to learn more about the Prosperity Buyer Advantage: Lock, Shop & Home loan program and see if it's the right fit for you? Contact a mortgage consultant near you!

 

 

 

 

1. Prosperity Buyer Advantage is not a loan approval. Ask your mortgage consultant for details about Prosperity Buyer Advantage. A Commitment Letter is based on information and documentation provided by you and a review of your credit report. The interest rate and type of mortgage used to approve you for a specified loan amount is subject to change, which may also change the terms of approval. If the interest rate used for credit approval has changed, you may need to re-qualify. Information provided by you is subject to review and all other loan conditions must be met. After you have chosen a home and your offer has been accepted, final loan approval will be contingent upon obtaining an acceptable appraisal and title commitment.  Additional documentation may be required.

2. Additional fees may apply.

3. Lock, Shop & Home program is not available for bond, jumbo, or renovation loan programs.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Waives $4.5 Million in Fees for Active Military and Veterans

In the three years since launching its VA Home Loan Advantage program, Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC, (Prosperity) has saved active-duty military members and veterans over $4.5 million in origination and appraisal fees. The full-service mortgage banker has funded over $1.1 billion and closed 3,349 VA home loans since November 11, 2014, when the program first began.

The VA Home Loan Advantage program continues to be offered to all Prosperity clients purchasing or refinancing a home using a VA loan.  The program waives the company’s standard origination fee and provides eligible clients with a lender credit to pay for the cost of a home appraisal.1

“As a veteran-founded organization, Long & Foster firmly believes in supporting those who have served our country in the military,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, CEO of The Long & Foster Companies, parent company of Prosperity. “That’s why we are delighted to celebrate this milestone and have the opportunity to offer all the benefits of a VA home loan, while also helping our service members and veterans to lower their cost of purchasing or refinancing a home.”

In addition, Prosperity is proud to share that Jonathan Haug, a senior mortgage consultant based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been recognized as the company’s top producing VA home loan officer. Haug closed over 225 VA home loans with associated volumes over $61 million since Jan. 1, 2014. Haug is also a member of Prosperity’s Chairman’s Club for 2016, was named to Mortgage Executive Magazine’s Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in America 2016 list, and was recognized as one of the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Top Producing Loan Officers in VHDA’s Fiscal Year 2017.

“It’s fantastic to see Jonathan receive this well-deserved recognition, and we are thrilled to have reached the $1 billion mark in VA loan fundings as a company,” said Tim Wilson, CEO of Prosperity. “We are very proud of the hard work that each of our mortgage consultants has put forth to make homeownership a reality for military service members and veterans, and it’s because of that ongoing commitment that we remain among the top lenders in the nation.”

Ron Wivagg, national sales support manager for Prosperity, echoed Wilson’s thoughts.  “Prosperity is in the business of financing homeownership and the American Dream, and our VA clients are a very important part of our business,” Wivagg said. “We have employees who have friends and family in the military, and it is imperative to us that we serve those who have diligently served our nation.”

Additional incentive offers for settlement services and home inspections are also available in certain geographical locations.2,3  Ask your mortgage consultant to find out if additional incentives are available in your area!

Learn more about a Veterans Affairs (VA) loan.

 

 

 

 

Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC is not affiliated with any government agencies.

1. Borrowers are eligible for a lender credit toward closing costs on the Closing Disclosure on a new purchase, secured by a first mortgage or deed of trust (New Loan), subject to qualification, approval and closing with Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. Loan must close within 90 days from the date of loan application. Lender credit may not exceed $525.00 for appraisal. Credit coupon must be presented at time of application and all eligibility requirements met no later than 2 days prior to the New Loan closing date. This lender credit is void where prohibited and is non-transferable, subject to the terms herein, and valid on all complete applications received on or before 12/31/2017.

2. Participating settlement services companies:  RGS Title (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia); Sage Title Group (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia); Settlement Pros (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia); Mid-States title of SWVA (Virginia); Bon Air/Long & Foster Title Agency, LLC (Virginia)

3. Home inspection services provided by US Inspect include a 10% discount and a 90-day home inspection guarantee to all Veteran borrowers obtaining VA loan financing with Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. The home inspection guarantee covers items that were inspected by US Inspect and found to be operating properly at time of inspection.  For limitation and exclusions, please see 90 day guarantee terms and conditions. Use coupon code “VALOAN” and call: (888) 874-6773

All Incentive offers valid on complete VA home loan applications received between 10/01/2017 and 12/31/2017. Loan must close within 90 days from the date of loan application. Only one discount permitted per New Loan.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Appraisal disappointing? You have options, according to the Appraisal Institute.
 
"Homebuyers and sellers should first understand what an appraisal is and how it's used," says Jim Amorin, president and acting CEO of the Appraisal Institute. "Real estate appraisals for mortgage finance applications are prepared for the bank or financial institution so they can better understand the collateral risk in making the loan. This can be confusing, because homebuyers typically pay for the appraisal and receive a copy of it."
 
In some cases, the appraisal may not match the contract price—but just because an appraisal comes in below (or above) the listing or contract price doesn't mean it's flawed, Amorin says. The agreed-upon contract price may be above market value, for example. In those situations, the buyer and seller often renegotiate the contract at more favorable or balanced terms.
 
Homebuyers should ask their lender for the qualifications of the appraiser, including whether they are designated by a professional association like the Appraisal Institute, says Amorin. A qualified and competent appraiser knows how to conduct a thorough market analysis and make appropriate adjustments.
 
Homebuyers also can ask whether the appraiser is directly engaged by the bank or whether the bank utilizes an appraisal management company, and what their procedures are for engaging qualified appraisers.
 
"The best way for consumers to combat potential problems with appraisals is to ensure the appraiser hired by their lender is highly qualified and competent," Amorin says. "Consumers have every right to demand the use of a highly qualified appraiser, someone with field experience in their market and knowledge and experience to handle the assignment properly."
 
Contrary to incorrect interpretations of appraiser independence requirements, appraisers welcome information that would assist the development of credible assignment results," says Amorin. If lender policies permit, consumers can accompany appraisers when conducting the property inspection and may provide the appraiser with any information they consider important.
 
Amorin suggests consumers ask their lender for permission to do so, and confirm the appointment. Consumers should also take note of whether an adequate inspection is performed. Did the appraiser spend enough time at the property to observe important features or improvements or potential problems?
 
Homebuyers should take advantage of their right to obtain a copy of the appraisal report," Amorin says. Even though the appraisal is ordered to help assess lender collateral risk, buyers are entitled to a copy of the appraisal report. Federal regulations require lenders to provide property buyers with free copies of appraisal reports no later than three days before the loan closes.
 
Although appraisal review is best performed by qualified appraisers, consumers should examine the appraisal for potential deficiencies, says Amorin. According to "Appraising the Appraisal: The Art of Appraisal Review," common errors in appraisals include: misuse of adjustments to comparables; disregarding special financing and concessions; or miscalculation of gross living area (GLA).
 
Amorin suggests consumers ask themselves:

  • Do adjacent homes add or detract from the value of the subject property?
  • Is the subject property equal to or lower in price than surrounding homes?
  • Does the floor plan have any functional problems?
  • Does the house (particularly the kitchen and bathrooms) require major remodeling to make it comparable with similar homes in the same price range?
  • Is the number of bedrooms and baths in the home comparable to similar homes in the same price range?
  • Did the appraiser perform an adequate inspection? 

"Most lenders have appraisal appeal procedures, known as 'Reconsiderations of Value,'" says Amorin. "If you're aware of recent, comparable sales information or items that may not have been available or considered by the appraiser, provide those to the lender. If problems were found with the first appraisal, you can and should obtain a second appraisal."

 

Learn more about property appraisals here, and contact your local mortgage consultant with any questions about the appraisal process.

 

 


 
Source: Appraisal Institute

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2017. All rights reserved.

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia,  Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)  ©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.


Four Prosperity Home Mortgage Consultants Named as VHDA Top Producing Loan Officers

We are proud to announce that four of our mortgage consultants were named as Virginia Housing Development Authority Top Producing Loan Officers. They include Jonathan Haug, Janice Lanning, Mark Fillgrove and Derek Alverson.

“It’s fantastic to see Jonathan, Janice, Mark and Derek receive this well-deserved recognition,” said Tim Wilson, CEO of Prosperity Home Mortgage. “We are very proud of their hard work and of all that they have achieved while helping to make homeownership a reality for their clients. All of us at Prosperity are committed to providing personalized and focused service to every client, and it’s because of that ongoing commitment that we remain among the top lenders in the nation.” 

The work of Haug, Lanning, Fillgrove and Alverson helped numerous individuals and families become homeowners during the commonwealth’s last fiscal year. Statewide, 8,271 people in Virginia purchased a home in VHDA’s Fiscal Year 2017, resulting in $1.62 billion in home loans created.

Haug is a senior mortgage consultant based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a member of Prosperity’s Chairman’s Club for 2016 and was named to Mortgage Executive Magazine’s Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in America 2016 list. Based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Lanning is a senior mortgage consultant, a member of Prosperity’s Presidents Club for 2016 and was also named to the Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in America 2016 list. Fillgrove is a branch manager for Prosperity and is based in Midlothian, Virginia. He is a member of Prosperity’s Presidents Club for 2016. Alverson is a senior mortgage consultant and a member of Prosperity’s Chairman’s Club for 2016. He is based in Richmond, Virginia, and was also named to the Top 1% of Mortgage Originators in America 2016 list.

Congratulations to each of our mortgage consultants on their success!

 

To learn more about Prosperity Home Mortgage, click here.

 

 

 

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)

©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


Want instant access to home financing tools and information? We have a mobile app with several features designed to help make the home loan process simpler and more convenient for our clients. From the moment you submit your home loan application to the moment you reach settlement, this app is on your time!

To download our app, you can ask your mortgage consultant to share it with you directly, or you can find it on the Apple App Store and on the Android App Store.  You can also search for “Prosperity Home Mortgage App” on your mobile device, choose your local mortgage consultant from the list presented to you, and download for instant access to our home financing tools:

  • Securely pre-qualify for mortgage financing right on their mobile device.
  • Utilize mortgage calculators to instantly calculate monthly mortgage payments, affordability, and refinance options.
  • Scan and upload documents to Encompass, our loan originating system, using your smartphone camera feature.
  • Track a loan from start to finish in real time and receive loan milestone notifications.
  • Get contact information for your local mortgage consultant with the touch of a button.
  • Access our blog, helpful articles, and a glossary of real estate/mortgage terms.

Learn more about the Prosperity Home Mortgage app in this video.

 

Need to find a local mortgage consultant?  Click here to find a location near you!

 

 

 

All first mortgage products are provided by Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. (877) 275-1762. Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC products may not be available in all areas. Not all borrowers will qualify. Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance.  Licensed by the Delaware State Bank Commissioner.  Also licensed in District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
NMLS ID #75164 (NMLS Consumer Access at http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)
©2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


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