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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Financial Documents In A Mess? Get A Low Doc Home Loan.

By Guy Baldwin

If you are someone who works for themselves then you know what a nightmare it can be dealing with banks, especially when it is you who needs something from them. If you are after something substantial like a mortgage then the level of difficulty increases even further. Sometimes even if you have a working partner with a stable provable income.

The problem usually lies with your ability to prove your income without any doubt for the previous few financial years. If you are self employed this can be a red tape horror in terms of necessary documentation. Banks can have you running around for days and then still refuse you when you think you have jumped through all their hoops. Sometimes the problem may be an inability to accurately predict your next year's income due to the fluctuations involved in self employment.

If you have practiced these kinds of problems as you have tried to obtain home loans then you will be excited to hear your troubles may be at an end. Lots of different banks and lenders are being to offer a low doc home loan. This is the representative name of the new home loan that should make things easier for the self employed. The good news is this loan is not totally inflexible as you may think. This is a home loan product that allows you to choose the terms.

There are of course pro's and con's the same as with any home loan product. You need to shop around and read the fine print to make sure you are getting the best deal you can get to suit your situation.

Some lenders insist you pay for lender mortgage insurance once you get into borrowing upward of eighty percent of the property's value. This is not necessarily a bad thing but it is something you need to be aware of from the outset. Banks also associate a higher level of risk with self employed customers due to a perceived instability in their income. Because of this it is possible they will charge a higher rate for you mortgage. On the bright side after a period of reliable payment many lenders will reduce this rate. It pays to discuss this with your lender when you first start shopping for your Australian home loans.

The things that may work in your favor on this type on loan are many. Proof of finance is not needed so if this has always been an obstacle to your acquiring your own home then that is great news for you. A simple financial statement will suffice. Most importantly irregular sources of income are considered. A big bonus for the self employed.

To help you check the fine print and locate the best deal for you, you will need to check with someone who knows what they are doing. These types of areas can be very complicated and a wrong choice can be exclusive. You would do well to contact the experts at DirectMoney Home Loans.

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Choose A Best Home Loan Product.

By Guy Baldwin

For many people owning their home and paying their own mortgage instead of rent to a landlord is a lifelong dream. Some people think that with the credit crunch there is no way they are going to achieve that dream. But if they use some common sense they should be able to see that the present economic climate could be a great time to buy, especially for the first time. House prices have stopped going up and low interest rates combined with this could make for the perfect time for a Home Loan. The time is right for getting your own home loan mortgage especially if you have a bit of capital behind you or if you are after a first home buyer loan.

So, what are your options in today's market? People keep going on about how dire things are but really the variety of options open to you is vast. Depending on your situation you may want to consider a First Home Owner loan or if that is not for you then a Low Doc home loan may be the answer to your needs. Perhaps you need to learn a little more about those options.

If you live in NSW and you are looking to purchase your first home with Australian home loans then you may be eligible for a first home buyers grant. This should come as extremely welcome news as it has a huge capacity to save you cash. The best news about this is that it is not means tested. So long as this is your first ever purchase of a home then you are eligible. There is also no tax on it and it is available no matter what price range of house you are looking at. If you are buying an already established home you could receive a boost of up to fourteen thousand dollars. A new build house could get you a cash injection of up to twenty one thousand. There are other first home loan options in other states so make sure you look into them.

If you are not buying your first home and you are self in employment then there is a enhanced option for you. It is called the Low Doc home loan. Self working people and now and then other types of individuals can sometimes have trouble providing all the documents that is needed to complete a home loan. Evidence of their income can sometimes prove troublesome for these people. If this sounds like you then a low doc home loan is the option for you. You should be aware that some lenders charge higher interest rates due to risk on these types of loans so you need to check out all your options carefully.

If you are a bit lost as to which of the many options is for you then you need someone with some expertise to fill you in on all the details. DirectMoney Home Loans have all the answers for you because they have been helping people like you for years.

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Repair Your Credit Score - Find Out How

By Bart Icles

One of the major factors that makes up your credit score is your debt to credit ratio. It actually makes up about 30% of your score. You can easily calculate that ratio by yourself by taking your existing credit card balances and divide it by the total amount of credit that is available to you. Even though this is a very simple calculation, it does provide valuable information as to how easy it is to manipulate your credit score.

So, what if you have a low credit score and want to improve it? You can take advantage of any of the following strategies to push your debt to credit ratio to a more favorable position. There is no magic ratio that you are trying to stay under, but it has been said that under 45% is the safest.

1- The first thing you can do to increase your credit score and lower your debt to credit ratio is to increase your credit limits. The more credit you have available the lower your ratio will be. You should get in the practice of calling all the lenders with whom you have made on time payments for the last 6 months and ask for a credit limit increase. Do this every six months!

2- Take time to review your credit report and reactivate all old accounts. Did you know that most lenders will deactivate your credit card if it is not used for 3-6 months? Inactive card limits are not counted towards your debt to credit ratio. You need to make sure to use every one of your cards to make small purchases over 3-6 months to keep the card active and counting toward your ratio.

3- You can raise your available credit by applying for a new credit card (if you can stay in control of your spending). By adding another card, you are adding available credit without adding to your credit balance. The more credit you are issued and have available, the better your debt to credit ratio will be.

4- Have you ever heard of an authorized user? Most of us havent. Sometimes, due to our lack of credit history, it is hard to build a large available credit limit. If you ask a friend or family member, who has excellent credit and a long credit history to add you to their account, you will immediately receive the benefit of their history and credit limit without the responsibility of making payments.

5- The last and probably the hardest for most individuals is to pay down your balances. As I said above, you should try to get your debt to credit ratio below 45% for the maximum benefit to your credit score.

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Options for Mortgage Refinance in 2009

By Madeline Zidan

As Long-term rates have dropped to all time lows looking at Mortgage Refinance may be something in which you will want to pay attention. Make sure to take the appropriate steps and ask the usual questions to figure out if Refinancing makes sense. Try to do this without putting too much emphasis on the fact we are experiencing the lowest interest rates we have seen in a while.

As we are all aware of, the changing condition in the United States Finance Market has created an environment of uncertainty for people in the market for a Mortgage Refinance. It may feel as if everything you have educated yourself upon, about the laws pertaining to any type of property finance, could be subject for questioning.

We are aware of the changing conditions in the U.S. Finance Market. This has created an environment of uncertainty for people in the market for a Mortgage Refinance. Refinancing makes sense if you are paying high interest rates, but as we have seen recently, that is usually not the case these days.

The downturn in the Finance Industry is experiencing change in restrictions as the Nation watches what is possibly a temporary decrease in lending. In January of 2009, Wall Street Analysts suggested the market for 2009 may show deeper losses, as last year's ripple effect works its way through the U.S.

The carryover from last year's events will cause Lenders to become ever strict, making Mortgage Finance and its ease of access not as attainable for customers as previously witnessed. At least with Mortgage Refinance, there will be payment history and equity to negotiate with. Whether it will make a difference, we will see.

Commercial properties are considered the key leg of the real estate market: hotels, apartments, office buildings, are not looking any better as the $3.4 Trillion commercial market displayed a fourth quarter struggle. Mortgage Refinance will be more expensive on larger properties, especially REITs.

During these shaky financial times, there has been discussion about investing the money you would spend on a Mortgage Refinance rather than actually Refinancing. This suggestion was based on the comparison of the cost of refinancing being put into the life of a 30 year loan vs. putting that amount into an investment over 30 years. If you could get an investment that shows a 9% return on the $2,000 dollars then it would grow to approximately $26,500.

Today's finance rates are subject to change at any time and without warning. Take a look at all options before making a decision. Looking at a Mortgage Refinance can turn out to be a great idea, just try not to rush out and make a rash decision simply to beat the possibility of interest rates rising unexpectedly. But don't sit around and wait until it is too late if it truly turns out to be in your best interest to Refinance.

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Should Your Company Have a Visa Business Credit Card?

By Caressa Waechter

A varying assortment of financial issues face you when you are a small business owner. Probably one of the issues of greatest importance is keeping your personal and business monies completely separated from one another.

The simplest way of keeping your business and personal funds completely apart is by having both a business bank account and a small business credit card. Of course, these small business financial accounts will then be used only for business purposes, and the personal financial accounts will never be used for business. This keeps your accountant and the taxman happy.

A business credit card plays a very important role in the finances of your company. Most business owners will have a fairly regular need to use a business credit card. From business travel, to buying lunch for employees, a business credit card is very handy to have during the normal course of your business day.

When it is time to decide on a business credit card, you will have a fair amount of choices to pick from. Most financial institutions offer a consumer credit card, but when it comes to a business credit card, you have less choices. The good news is that there are several really good small business credit cards from which you can choose.

When it is time to decide on a business credit card issuer, you want to find a bank that caters to the small business owner. Finding a financial institution that caters to small business is a great choice when it comes to choosing which credit card you are going to put your trust in.

Fortunately, when it comes time to make a decision about business credit cards, you have several very good financial institutions to choose from. By making the right choice, you decide on a business credit card that is issued by a bank that understands the needs and requirements of entrepreneurs.

When you make a decision about which business credit card you are going to use for your company, you want to make sure it is a wise choice. A good business credit card will help you achieve your goal of maintaining separation between your business and personal finances.

While it is very important to have a credit card to use with your business, it is equally important to choose the right bank that issues your small business credit card. Making the correct choice when it comes to a business credit card will help your business' financial future.

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How the Credit Crunch is Crunching Out First Time Buyers

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In the past, banks loved first time buyers, who would take out their first house mortgage and then come back again and again for services and new mortgages, which meant a lot in profits for the bank. Now, first time buyers are being seen as less important because their finances are less stable and they pose a bigger risk to banks. You may ask yourself how first time buyers are getting hit by the credit crunch exactly.

The answer to this question is complex. The first thing you have to look at is what first time buyers got before. Usually, they were able to get a mortgage with a really good interest rate or a mortgage without needing to put a lot down for a down payment. The problem is that a lot of first time buyers who only put down five or ten percent of the price of the home ended up not being able to afford their homes when the economy turned bad. This ended up causing a huge headache for banks, and a lot of banks are reconsidering their first time buyer strategies.

So what does this mean if you already have a first time buyer mortgage? Well, the good news is you don't have to worry if you are sitting pretty with a good interest rate or any other special deal in your home. The results of the credit crunch are going to happen in the future, and people who want to buy their first house now are probably not going to get the same good deals that you did. What they are going to be able to expect is to have to pay more for a down payment, or if they do get a low down payment like five or ten percent, they are going to have to pay a whole lot more in mortgage insurance to cover the risk. This is going to add a lot of money to their mortgage bills every month, making a low down payment mortgage a lot more expensive for them.

In the future, there probably won't be as many first time buyer mortgage deals, because banks are not going to be able give away as many specials. In fact, mortgages are going to become more and more pricey and with the financial times changing, banks are going to be more cautious with lending out their money. Before, any Average Joe could get a mortgage, but in the future, you are going to have better credit and have a lot more security in order to get a mortgage. If you have good credit and are a good consumer this is going to be a benefit to you, because you are going to have to pay less for those who ruin it for you by purchasing a house way out of their budget. Every time someone defaults, you end up paying a little bit of their mortgage, so the less people that default the better it is for you. If you have bad credit, this might not be the best news for you.

First time buyers are going to be affected by a bad economy and problems with housing foreclosures. There is nothing that can be done now so consider yourself lucky if you already have your mortgage.

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Know The Advantages Of A Home Equity Loan

By Guy Baldwin

Buying a house or trying to consolidate debt using the equity in your existing premises can cause a lot of anxiety. Mainly this is due to the array of home loan products on the market. It is incredible that we all have the choices available to us to finance our homes but unless you are a banker they can be very hard to understand. Everybody is keen to get the best deal for them and that may not be the same deal that worked for other people they know. All in all the research that is requires to ensure that the right choice is made can be quite daunting. It is important, however, that you take the time because a bad decision can really affect your monetary future.

One of the individual situations that people encounter is where a bridging loan comes in. Most people have been in a chain for buying a house and know it can be a very tricky position to be in. The timing of selling your house and buying another rarely works out as you would want it to despite your best efforts and organization skills. This is where a bridging home loan product can come in very handy. The way it works is that the bank agrees to cover both sides of your deal for a limited time. The only thing you need to worry about is whether you can afford to pay for your existing mortgage and the interest on the second house for a short period of time. If you can then this type of finance allows you unprecedented flexibility. A bridging home loan usually lasts anywhere from a couple of weeks up to twelve months.

Another product that may interest you if you are looking for a home loan product is the split rate home loan. This is an interesting loan especially for those people not brave enough to go for a completely variable loan. As the name suggests it is a half and half loan. It allows you the security of a fixed rate loan with half of the mortgage and the flexibility of a variable loan on the other half of the home loan. You need to investigate this option carefully as different conditions can apply to the two different halves of the loan and it is important that you are aware of all of the limitations.

The previous option you might want to consider is the home equity loan, this is also known as a rotating line of credit or a line of credit home loan. This is the home loan that allows you the most astonishing flexibility with your finances. It is essentially a credit facility secured against the equity in your home. It allows you to withdraw funds up to that limit at any time you like. This can be very useful if you have continuing renovations on the house or you are self in employment.

If all of this sounds very good but you still don't feel you have a solid enough understanding to move forward on your home loan then you need to call in the experts. The people at Directmoney Home Loans are there to help you make a decision.

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