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The Simple Life’s Market Insider Program

Take the stress out of purchasing a property

Are you interested in buying a property in a Colorado mountain community or the front range? Many of our clients came to us because they were frustrated by the multiple offers and bidding wars that are happening every day. In this market, you need a real estate team with the experience, local insights and the connections to make this process simple.

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The Simple Life Teams bring a fresh approach to Colorado real estate with our Market Insider Program that includes:

  • Access to off-market listings, helping you to avoid bidding wars
  • Deep market knowledge to help you avoid unexpected hurdles, surprises, and expenses once you buy
  • Our commitment to sell your home for free if you are not satisfied with your purchase within 12 months

Buying a home or other property is a major undertaking. Let us put our local market knowledge and network to work for you. Call 970-726-2000 or email us using our contact form.

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Buyers FAQ

That’s a tough question… so here’s an example: if you earn $56,516 (the average household income) you can afford $1,695 in total monthly payments, according to the 36% rule. This rule, which measures your debt relative to your income, is used by lenders to evaluate how much you can afford. But remember, items like credit card balances, car payments, medical bills, etc, can affect what you’d be comfortable affording. You don’t want to be “house poor” and not have money to do the things you love!

YES! Go to the IRS website and read Publication 530 titled Tax Information for Homeowners… or ask us and we’ll tell you what we know. Things like loan discount points, mortgage interest, real estate taxes and loan origination fees are often deductible on taxes.

You can purchase points on your mortgage loan to lower your interest rate.

It is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage. The initial interest rate is usually low but as interest rises, so does you payment at various intervals. It’s a great way to get into a home for a smaller payment IF you think interest rates are stable (and will remain that way) or you think your ability to pay more will increase over time. You can also usually refinance and get into a conventional, fixed rate mortgage along the way. But beware – there are lots of different ways these are done – we’ll help you navigate through this paperwork to make sure you know all the ins and outs.

YES! Here are a few: FHA (and section 203K), USDA, VA, Good Neighbor Next Door, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Energy-efficient Mortgage (EEM), Native American Direct Loan, Homes for Heroes… Tell us about your situation and we’ll try to find a program to benefit YOU!

NO – before any bank can offer an FHA loan, they must be approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. So shop around.

The Simple Life, Brokered by eXp Realty offers a program called Homes For Heroes to save “everyday heroes” money on buying a home. Heroes like teachers, emergency responders like EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, doctors, nurses and Veterans can qualify. Ask us more about this program.

A VA loan is available to eligible veterans, as well as active duty service members and their families. These loans are available through the Veterans Administration and require no down payment or mortgage insurance.

Getting pre-qualified for a home loan requires that you select a lender to work with for your loan. They will ask you some preliminary questions and if all looks good, they will promise to let you borrow up to a certain amount of money at a specific interest rate. But remember, this is subject to the property you select appraising for the correct amount, etc.

Pre-qualification can make the difference between getting a home and losing out in a “hot” market. If all things are equal – sellers will choose a pre-qualified buyer if multiple offers are received. It shows you are serious about buying and is likely to give you an advantage over other buyers.

The Federal Housing Administration offers mortgage loans where you only have to have a 3.5% down payment. These loans are usually easier to qualify for and normally have a slightly lower percentage rate. Additionally – you only need a 580 credit score for an FHA loan… but the higher your score, the less interest you’ll have to pay. But know this – you can only have one FHA loan at a time. It’s perfect for a first-time homebuyer!

The more the better – obviously. Most lenders prefer 20% or more for conventional loans, but there are loan options where you can put down less. Do too little and you might have to pay for mortgage insurance… talk to your realtor to explain it all to you.

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