Home Give-away Week at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp

The week of November 5th Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp (Fairway Mortgage) is giving away 4 “mortgage-free” homes to wounded military veterans! Fairway Mortgage is proud of our commitment to serving those who serve. In cooperation with the Boot Campaign and Military Warrior Support Foundation, Fairway’s financial contributions have resulted in 13 home giveaways to wounded veterans since 2012, including these 4 giveaways. These “true heroes”, our military veterans and families endured tremendous physical and emotional hardships as a result of their service protecting our country and our freedom. We, as a Company, are honored to assist them in realizing the American Dream of homeownership.

Last week, I was honored to attend Todd Duncan’s annual Sales Mastery 2013 for Mortgage and Real Estate Professionals. The Todd Duncan Group, in conjunction with our own Louise Thaxton of Fairway Mortgage and U.S. Army Ranger Captain Sean Parnell (Purple Heart and Author of NY Times best-selling novel Outlaw Platoon), helped give away 11 mortgage-free homes to wounded military veterans. The Heroes 2 Homeowners campaign is sponsored by a “who’s who” of leading mortgage lenders. Fairway Mortgage, along with 9 other mortgage lenders, donated a total of $300,000 to help the heroes whose efforts help strengthen, secure and protect America.

So why is this so amazing and why do we need to let caring people like you know about it? What’s important is that you all are a part of this! Our Realtors, referral sources and clients are all a part of this. Without your work, without the referrals we receive, without the families we help with their home mortgage financing each month – – we would not be able to take a portion of our profits each month and donate to the Boot Campaign.  Some of you have the “boots!”  All of our collective dedicated efforts go into each and every home and that is really cool! Thank you for your continued support.

Be proud… and Boots on the Ground!

Check out the “link” to the Press this is receiving around the U.S. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/fairway-independent-mortgage-present-four-174000797.html

Fairway Mortgage has helped thousands of active military personnel and veterans nationwide to purchase and refinance homes with VA (Veterans Administration) loans. The VA guarantees home loans for individuals who have served or are presently serving in the U.S. Military. With the maximum entitlement of $36,000 available, a VA buyer is able to purchase a primary residence up to $417,000 with zero down and no mortgage insurance!

Want to know more about VA mortgage financing in Houston and throughout Texas? Call Fairway Mortgage in our Houston Texas office at 713.528.0333 or visit us on the web at www.fairway-homeloans.com.

Great news for our U.S. Veterans – Affordable Home Mortgages!

Great News for our Veteran’s Home Loans effective October 1, 2011. The VA Funding Fee is dropping! If you are a Veteran and looking to purchase a home in the Houstonarea and throughout the great State of Texas, now is the time to buy!

Not only does a Veteran qualify for 100% mortgage financing with NO money down, effective October 1, 2011 the VA Funding Fee is dropping! Add to this that current interest rates are extremely favorable makes now the Time to Buy in Texas!

Currently, a first time Use of Entitlement for a Veteran on a purchase is 2.15% and will drop to 1.40%. The Subsequest Use of Entitlement is currently 3.3% and will drop to 2.8%.

If you are a Veteran and you are putting 5% down on a purchase, the first time Use of Entitlement is 1.5% but will be cut in half to 0.75%. The Subsequent Use will also be cut in half from current 1.5% to 0.75%.

If a Veteran is putting 10% down on a purchase, the first time Use of Entitlement along with the Subsequent Use of Entitlement is 1.25% and will drop to 0.50%!

This is great new for our U.S. Veterans. Fairway Mortgage in Houston is a VA approved residential mortgage Lender. We Underwrite and Fund all VA mortgage transactions to include both purchase and refinance residential mortgages.

Fairway Mortgage is also a proud sponsor of the Boot Campaign. We support our U.S. Troops and wounded warriors. The Motto of the Boot Campaign is “When they come back – We give back“! Get YOUR Boots on and please join in supporting our troops. Please visit the “link” to the Boot Campaign above. You will be glad you did!

If you are a Veteran looking to purchase a new home or refinance your existing home in the State of Texas and/or throughout the Houston area, please call the office of Fairway Mortgage at (713) 528-0333.

Real Estate Agents and the MLS: How YOU Impact the New Appraisal Standards!

Big Changes in Appraisal Standards Begin Today – Sept 1 2011:

Appraisals continue to be a challenge in many real estate transactions. If you live in Texas and have ever had value come in low, then you know how frustrating it can be to look at the comparable sales and try to make sense of how the Certified Appraiser came up with that value.

Underwriters and Lending Investors throughout the country struggle to make sense of the Appraiser’s commentary and adjustments on appraisals as  well.

In an attempt to provide consistency and accuracy to the appraisal process, Fanniemae and Freddiemac have implemented the UMDP (Uniform Mortgage Data Program) and — ready or not, it rolls out on all appraisals completed on or after September 1,
2011 (today)! Appraisal Spotlight on Housing

FHA has issued guidance that they will follow suit shortly thereafter.

So what does this mean?

The MLS is the most common source Appraisers use for their information gathering on comparable sales and currently, it MAY OR MAY NOT provide all of the data the Appraiser will be required to report.

Therefore, they will have to call you (the Realtor) to get the information if you’re the Listing Agent and have not accurately
input the information into the MLS to begin with. This will slow things down somewhat — and your timely response will assist in
keeping the desired turn times on appraisals to a minimum.

Fortunately for the Appraiser members to the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) MLS, the HAR system is quite comprehensive which will hopefully expedite the new UAD (Uniform Appraisal Dataset) requirements and eliminate any potential delays to the mortgage financing process for all parties involved in a transaction.

It is up to all HAR MLS members and Realtor partners responsible for inputting the property data into the MLS to be
sure they are detailed from the beginning — and (just as important) that they keep up with any updates and changes to the status of the property from listing to closing.

Here are some of the significant data changes taking affect September 1, 2011:

Days On the Market: Days on market (DOM) is now defined as the total number of continuous days. DOM is required for the
subject and the comparables.  So, even if it is taken off the market for a short while and then relisted, the appraiser will have to count all of the days it has been listed.

Offering Price: The original offering price and history of all price changes must be reported.

Sale Type: Sale type must now be reported and the allowable choices are:

1. REO sale

2. Short sale

3. Court ordered sale

4. Estate sale

5. Relocation sale

6. Non-arms length sale

7. Arms length sale

Financial Assistance: All financial assistance must be reported.

Site Area: Sites and parcels with less than one acre must be reported in square footage. Sites over 1 acre are reported in acres.

Property View: A view rating and view factor must be assigned to all sites. The allowed rating choices are: Neutral, Beneficial or
Adverse. There are 12 established view factors which include water view, golf course view, industrial view, power lines, etc.

Property Style: Appraisers must use appropriate architectural design type indicators such as “Ranch”, “Colonial”, “Rambler”,
“Farmhouse”, etc. Descriptions such as 1 story, 1 1/2 story and 2 stories are no longer acceptable.

Condition of the subject property: An overall condition rating must be assigned from the predefined condition categories provided. The appraiser must also report any “material work” done to the kitchen and bathrooms in the last 15 years. The work must be categorized as “not updated”, “updated” or “renovated”.

Sale Date of Comps: The appraiser must now report the contract date as well as the closing date of all comps.

Quality of Construction: This is one of the most significant changes being made!

The appraiser must report a quality of construction rating if the subject and all comps from a list of 6 predefined quality levels.

AMC Reporting: The appraiser is now required to report the name of the Appraisal Management Company involved in the assignment.

In closing, Big Changes in Appraisal Standards begin September 1, 2011.  Despite all of these changes, nothing takes the place of the Underwriter’s review in the process. It is ultimately the Underwriter who is held responsible for insuring that the appraisal is acceptable and supports the value of the property.

There is an internal process that takes place once the appraisal is reviewed in underwriting that tests the Appraiser’s valuation result against an Automated Valuation Model for QC purposes. In the Fairway Mortgage (Houston) “internal ops” system known as Fraudguard – if this QC process detects that there are other, potentially closer or more recent comparable sales, it will  “red flag” the appraisal data and the Underwriter may have to further investigate value through the use of a review appraisal or by getting additional  information from the current Appraiser.

So, as you can see — it’s never over these days until we have a firm  commitment from the Underwriter. Let’s hope that all parties involved in a real estate transaction from the Appraisers, to the Realtors that input and maintain the relevant data into the MLS system, provide the most complete and accurate data in order to provide an appraisal that results in Fair Market Value.

Together – we are better! Let’s all work to be Better Together!

Who’s Your Browser?

According to the “psychometric consultancy’ outfit AptiQuant, users of Internet Explorer have a lower than average IQ. Based on what?

Who really believes this stuff?

AptiQuant sent online IQ tests to more than 100,000 people and, based on the responses it got, came to the fascinating conclusion that users of the Internet Explorer browser are likely to have a lower than average IQ.

Those that use Firefox had the highest IQ and Chrome and Safari fell in between. The study supposedly had the same results when it was administered five years ago!

On its website AptiQuant say it “provides tools to corporations to help them measure the mental ability of existing or potential employees.” Ahh….okay!

So the question is: Who’s your Browser?

Things that make you go hmmm??

Go for No!

Are the words NO and NEXT a part of your life in sales?

I recently had the opportunity to read the book Go for No by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz. It is a must read for everyone. The book was sent as a gift to everyone at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp by our CEO and Founder Steve Jacobson who believes in the powerful principle of “givingback”!

My “take aways” –

Go for No is a quick and easy read (only 74 pages) on taking you to your success level in life and in business.  This (sales, motivation, empowerment, etc.) book is unlike any other you have ever read and will “shift” your mind to a new way of thinking and understanding.

Most people operate in the wrong model of success and failure. Most think that they are in the middle with success on one end and failure on the other. 

FAILURE ———– YOU ————- SUCCESS

The thought and mission is to do everything within your power to move toward success…and to move away from failure. But the correct model is to move from where you are at today…past failure…to success.

YOU ———– FAILURE ————- SUCCESS

Failure is the halfway mark on the road to success, not a destination to be avoided but rather a stepping stone to get what you really want in life.

In Go for No, you will discover that the sooner you add the words NO and NEXT to your weekly and monthly Sales Goals, your epiphany will be that NO doesn’t mean never!

YES will be your Destination (Destiny)…NO is how you will get there!

Go for No!

Win Friends – Influence People

It is said that he who has the most friends wins! It is also said that when you “win” friends you influence people!

The Power of Social Networking is undeniable and a “force” that is to be reckoned with. Are you still fighting the social media way of communication or have you embraced it? There are many platforms of social media and the biggest of course is Facebook.

 

How influential are you with Social Networking? Who are your “friends”? Who are you “friends” with? Who are you “linked-in” to? Who’s “linked-in” to you? Who are you “tweeting”? Who are you following? Who’s following you? Who are you listening to?  Who’s listening to you?  Welcome to the craze of social media.

NBC Today Show – June 7, 2011

Recently a girl in Germany posted a Public Event on Facebook regarding her 16th birthday. She thought she had posted this to her “friends” only and did not realize that it was posted to an open account.

An unbelievable 15,000 people responded on Facebook and 1,600 came out to her home town to celebrate her 16th birthday. What was supposed to be a birthday party turned into a “block” party.

Wow – talk about success with Social Networking! How many of you would like to have a 10% conversion on your social networking posts as leads in your pipeline? The answer of course is everyone.

If you have yet to enter the world of Social Networking, it’s never too late to win friends to influence people!

New Season – Be a “Go-Giver”!

Seasons change (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and each season brings new opportunity. If you are like me, you are probably tired of all the media talk about the “state of the economy” – one day inflation, the next day recession — and the remix of the Great Depression!

I believe this “state” to be optional and I opt not to participate. If you look back in history, it was during challenging times that resourceful people found incredible opportunity and took advantage of it. It’s a new season.

It has been said for centuries that you must be a “go-getter” to be successful. I am all for it! However, when being a “go-getter” is for one’s own selfish desire for — or pursuit of money, wealth, power or possessions — especially when this denies the same good to others — the tangible result is greed. Greed is what led to and leading to the fall of many one-time great Corporations and the imprisonment of their CEO’s, CFO’s and anyone else that thought “titles” were important in our generation.

It’s a new season and time for a change – instead of being a “go-getter”; consider the incredible feeling and powerful results of being a “Go-Giver”!

This is a great time in life if you know how to use it. Now is the time to reclaim history and to return to the foundational true reason for being. Be a “Go-Giver”!

Offer help to others and never take advantage of them. It is not what you get, it is what you give that returns the most. Give more than you get. Give more than expected. The more you help others, the more you will prosper in all areas of life.

It takes more energy to “get” than it does to “give” because in “getting” you are continuously challenged with the next step it takes to “get” and the cost to “get” it!

In “giving” you are always presented with opportunities to give — it cost you less and returns so much more!

Be a “Go-Giver”!