First Time Home Buyers

Financial Disaster Averted for Pregnant Couple


I recently had the privilege of helping a couple, first-time home buyers, purchase a property where one of those three lenders was not going to make the loan at the 11th hour due to a very minor guideline that one of the borrowers was not able to clear.

These buyers had gotten into a contract with a FinTech company that purchases real estate for cash and then sells the property to the home buyer who agrees to the FinTech company’s onerous requirements. One of these requirements is that the buyer rent back the property until such time as the buyer can secure their financing and purchase the property from the FinTech company.

The looming disaster consisted of this:

  • There is a finite amount of time in which the buyer must close on the purchase and each day they go over it was costing the buyer $500/day in increasing rent payments.
  • Eventually, if the buyer cannot perform, the buyer would lose their deposit and still have to pay for the closing costs the FinTech company incurred when making the all-cash purchase.
  • Not to mention that they would lose the house and have to move out of it!

To make matters worse, the couple was pregnant and due within a few months of the expected closing date.

Luckily they contacted me because they were friends of one of my networking partners, and I was able to get their loan closed in 14 days from the time I took the loan application.

See Fintech: Worst Escrow Experience of My Career for more about that!

VA Loan with Yard for the Dog


An honorably-discharged U.S. Marine and war veteran, currently working in law enforcement, living in Pleasant Hill, was looking to purchase a new property and relocate closer to his work in Oakland. He found the perfect spot, a townhouse in Alameda with a yard for his dog.

I was able to get his loan approved and closed using a Veterans Administration loan with a 670 credit score and 2.5% down payment on a purchase price of $710,000. The loan closed in three weeks, from contract date to closing.

First Time Home with Room to Play


A married couple living in an apartment in the East Bay were looking to purchase their first home. They wanted to stay in the Bay Area, desired a family-friendly neighborhood, and a home with a big backyard where their 3-year-old daughter could have room to play.

The husband was the primary earner in the family, a tradesman, finishing up his apprenticeship. His business was growing and he had good credit, but his funds for a down payment were limited, and his income was too high for him to qualify for the Fannie Mae 3% down loan program (the borrower’s income must be within 80% of the median income level for the zip code of the property being purchased).

They found their dream home in Vallejo. I took their loan to Freddie Mac and got it approved because Freddie Mac doesn’t have an income requirement for that zip code. With this particular loan product, the family was able to purchase the property with a 3% down payment.

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