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Homebuyer Resources

This page will help you find all the resources you need to navigate your home buying process as well resources that will help you as a new homeowner.

 

 

Realtors©/Brokers

Clevell Harris, Broker Associate/Realtor© • Realm Professionals • 14090 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land TX 77478, Ste. 102 • www.har.com/clevell • 281-741-3960 • clevellharris@comcast.net

 

Candice Harris, Broker/Realtor© • CA Modern Realty • 281-417-3702 • candice@mytexas-realtor.com

 

Inspectors

JP’s Real Estate Inspections • Joe Poole • www.jpsrei.com • 281-874-9654 • office@foxinspectiongroup.com • 227 W. Airtex Boulevard, Houston, TX 77090

 

Fox Inspection Group • Joe Poole • foxinspectiongroup.com • (713) 723-3330 • joe@jpsrei.com • 11227 Endicott Ln, Houston, TX 77035

 

GC Home Inspection • 281-682-9558 • chadlangston@sbcglobal.net

 

Mortgage Lenders

Southwest Lending • Richard Smith • 832-887-1300 • richard.smith@southwestfunding.com

 

Michael Lewis • Prime Lending • 832-754-2102 • mlewis@primelending.com

 

Credit Repair

Improve My Credit USA • 281-914-4116 • www.ImproveMyCreditUSA.com

 

Home Repairs

Next Door Painting • Mike Hutchinson • 281-865-4272 • nextdoorpainting@gmail.com

 

R & D Flooring • Larry Dixon • 2834 South Main Street • Stafford TX 77477 • 281-236-4956 • Ceramic Tile, Carpet, Hardwood, and Laminate Floors

 

C Ray’s AC Repair • 281-389-4621

 

R & I Air Service • 281-731-5601 • Air Conditioning and Heating

 

DiMaria Flooring Systems • Wood, Carpet, Stone, Tile • 4305 Richmond Ave, Houston TX 77027 • 713-626-9100 • www.dimariaflooringsystems.com

 

Locksmiths

Sugar Land Locksmith • 281-265-2500

 

Locksmith Houston • 832-377-3306 • www.locksmith-houston.org

 

Magic Painting Service • 832-875-3885 • Spray Painting, Sheetrock, Texture, Garages

 

Title Companies

Startex Title Company • Chris Crochet, Agent • 281-340-7800 • Fax: 281-340-7825

 

Texas American Title Company • 281-313-5999 • Fax: 281-313-5952

 

Infinity Title • Mike Hutchinson • 281-752-8888 • Fax: 281-752-5959 • www.infinitytitleco.com

 

Home Warranty

American Home Shield • 800-776-4663 • www.ahs.com

 

Old Republic Home Protection • (800) 445-6999 • www.orhp.com

 

Insurance

State Farm • Kevin Patton, Agent • 281-342-2460 • www.kevindpatton.com • kevin.patton.nxn2@statefarm.com

 

Movers

Agape Movers • www.agapemoving.com • 281-565-5897 • Specializing in Houston Office Moving, Houston Residential Moving, Houston Apartment Moving, Piano Moving. Serving the Greater Houston Texas metroplex as well as Sugarland TX, Katy TX, Missouri City TX, Stafford TX, Pearland TX, Friendswood TX and Bellaire TX


 

LOANS

The following are common mortgage loan types that you might look to get pre-qualified for when thinking of purchasing a home.

 

Conventional Loan
A conventional loan is a mortgage that is not guaranteed or insured by any government agency, including the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It is typically fixed in its terms and rate. These loans adhere to Fannie Mae guidelines. Fannie Mae, or Federal National Mortgage Association, is a corporation created by the federal government that buys and sells conventional mortgages. It sets the maximum loan amount and requirements for borrowers.

 

Usually, a conventional loan is a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. That means it has a fixed interest rate for the 30 year term of the loan. Conventional loans also typically require at least a 20 percent down payment. For example, if a house costs $100,000, the lender will provide a loan for 80 percent of that amount. So, $80,00 is financed through the lender and the borrower must pay $20,000 cash.

 

Conventional loans can be a great option for those with a 20 percent down payment. However, even if the borrower does not have a 20 percent down payment, it is still possible to get a mortgage. By putting less down and accepting a possibly higher interest rate, the borrower can still get financing through a non-conventional loan.

 

FHA Loan
A loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration open to all qualified home purchasers. While there are limits to the size of FHA loans, they are generous enough to handle moderate-priced homes almost anywhere in the country. Their primary function is to insure residential mortgage loans.

 

FHA loans typically offer options for first-time home buyers, senior citizens and home improvements. One of the most difficult elements of the home buying process is saving up enough money for a down payment. If you are a first-time home buyer, an FHA loan may allow you to make a down payment of 3 percent. You may also be able to roll your closing costs and other fees into the loan amount.

 

VA LOANS
A VA loan is a mortgage loan in the United States guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA loan was designed to offer long-term financing to eligible American veterans or their surviving spouses (provided they do not remarry). The basic intention of the VA direct home loan program is to supply home financing to eligible veterans in areas where private financing is not generally available and to help veterans purchase properties with no down payment. Veteran Benefits for these loans are determined by Veterans’ years of service, if disabled or status of discharge. These Loans are a 100% Financing. They also have no Mortgage insurance. There max loan amount is $417,000.00. Minimum credit score is 620.

 

For Information on any loans or financial assistance programs please contact us here and someone will contact you about your particular need. Thank you.

 

Financial Assistance Programs

There are several financial assistance programs in the Houston area such as; NACA, DAP, SETH, Houston Hope, etc. Each program has different requirements.

 

NACA
NACA is great for first time homebuyers as it offers very low interest rates, no down payment, no closing costs, and the ability to buy down interest rates lowering your monthly payment. Your agent will help you register with NACA. If you call NACA to inform them of your agent. www.naca.com or call 713-706-3400

 

(DAP) Down Payment Assistance Plan
This plan provides for $14,200 down payment assistance for new construction and $9,500 for resale properties. This program is for Harris County first time homebuyers, or buyers who have lost homes to circumstances such as fire, flood, or hurricane. The buyer must be approved through Harris County, and there are limits to total family gross income and assets.

 

SETH
SETH has programs to help eligible first time homebuyers purchase in one of the program coverage areas. Buyer must have income below established federal limits.

 

Fort Bend County Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
NSP offers up to $25,000 assistance to first time homebuyers of foreclosed properties in Fort Bend County based n income.

 

Bankruptcy Information

Buyers are still able to purchase a home after Bankruptcy Discharge or fulfilling certain requirements during a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Dismissal is not the same as Discharge. Dismissal is used to describe the non completion of Bankruptcy terms and will not be acceptable for Loan Approval. Bankruptcy must be discharged. See below.

Chapter 7
1. Must be Two years since discharge
a. If less than two years from discharge then it will be downgrade to manual underwrite and must have been circumstances beyond borrower’s control.
2. Must have re-established credit
3. Provide letter of explanation regarding reason for BK
4. Any lates or Collections after BK must have an explanation of the extenuating circumstances surrounding them.

Chapter 13
1. Must be 2 years since discharge/release or downgrade to a manual underwrite
2. Must have re-established credit
3. Provide letter of explanation regarding reason for BK
4. Any lates or Collections after BK must have an explanation of the extenuating circumstances surrounding them.
5. If borrower’s are currently in Chapter 13, follow requirements below:
· Must have permission from the court
· Must have made 12 on time payments to court trustee

 

If you would like more information on buying a home, selling a home, getting pre-qualified for a loan, or any real estate please contact us here and someone will contact you about your particular need. Thank you.