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Proof That Buying a Home is Smarter Than Renting

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If you rent a home in Las Vegas, you probably located that home through the usual methods. Checking online ads, driving neighborhoods, scanning through Zillow, Trulia, and other similar sites to find one that works for you. Or perhaps just to find one at all – since rental homes in Las Vegas are in high competition, and each one usually has multiple applicants.

“During that process, you probably couldn’t help but notice (especially on the real estate sites) the estimated value of those homes, or how much they last sold for,” explains Rick Piette of Premier Mortgage Lending. “Those well-placed ‘home financing’ ads caught your eye, and somewhere along the line you started thinking, “Jeez – the mortgage payment would be less than the rent!”

“And therein lies the point. In fact, we’re not telling you anything you don’t already know – because it’s no secret that owning a home is infinitely better than renting, for many reasons. Not only stability and security for your family, but financial benefits, equity building, and more, Piette continues. “Keep in mind, too, landlords wouldn’t be very smart if they rented their properties for less than their mortgage payments, would they?

“So, what is it that stops most people from home buying – when all indications are that it’s the smarter decision? In almost every case, it’s fear,” explains Piette. “Fear that they don’t have the down payment saved up, fear that they won’t qualify for a mortgage loan – or both. But as a FDR once reminded us, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” And that’s true- especially when it comes to getting a mortgage loan.”

“That’s why I’m excited to share the news about Premier Mortgage Lending’s new 1% Down Loan Program. This loan is helping many people who shared those fears leave the uncertainty and high cost of renting behind to step into a home of their own – and it’s simply life-changing,” Piette reveals.

How does this new “Conventional One Percent Down with Equity Boost” loan work?

• Requires only 1% of the purchase price as a down payment.
• No savings? No problem. This 1% down payment can be in the form of a gift from a family member.
• The Lender adds another 2% down on your home on your behalf. (You’ll instantly have 3% equity in your home at closing.)
• It falls under our true “No Fees” program.
• 30-year, fixed rate loan.

“To be honest, even I wasn’t sure if this loan was as good as it seemed – until I started helping our borrowers use it to buy a home. And I can confirm that it’s every bit what it promises,” adds Piette. “Our 1% Down Loan is really having an impact for Las Vegas homebuyers – making the expensive (and non-recoupable) costs of renting a thing of their past.

“If saving up for a 5, 10, or 20% down payment has been your biggest hurdle to buying a home – then we need to talk. Because you have the power to change your life and start building financial freedom, and Premier Mortgage is here to help make that happen,” Piette assures.

To find out more about how Premier Mortgage may just be the best thing to happen to homebuyers in years – visit www.1percentloan.com for more details and see if you may qualify for our true 1% Down Loan Program. Then call us to find out more at 702.485.6600.

Premier Mortgage Lending, NMLS #393282, is located at 701 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 125, Henderson, 89074. The full-service lender is a member of the Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, as well as an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

What a Year It’s Been for Homeownership

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All the news and events going on in the country seem to have made a lot of us gaze back on all that’s happened in 2016 and think “Thank Goodness It’s Almost Over!” We can understand that. But it’s precisely because of that sentiment that we’d like to bring up some of the good news from the past year that we reported on in our blog posts about the state of the housing market. What’s more, as far as we can see, there’s good reason to believe that there 2017 will be great, too. Take a look and see what you think.

The Las Vegas Housing Market Has Returned
In fact, not only the housing market, but the economic status of our exciting city has bounced back from the years immediately following the Great Recession. For a long time, it seemed that the country had given up on Las Vegas – but they didn’t count on Las Vegas not giving up on itself. But we’re back, baby! And with the lowest unemployment rate since August 2008, the new T-Mobile Arena and our very own NHL hockey team (Go, Vegas Golden Knights!). Then there’s the opening of major new hotel/casinos and the start of more, new medical facilities, the possibility of an NFL team on the horizon (and did we mention IKEA?). With all that came people, families, and jobs. And following close on the heels of everything was a rise in the construction and sale of new homes, the resale market ticked up, and foreclosures came down. Plus, the year’s run of record-low interest rates helped homeownership return to numbers that naysayers never believed would happen again. Additionally, the slow and steady rise of real estate values in Las Vegas has helped many long-time homeowners escape the ‘underwater borrower’ scenario and begin to return to firm financial footing, too. In short – it’s clear that people are rebuilding their lives in Las Vegas, and thanks in no small part to the entrepreneurial spirit of our residents.

Mortgage Standards Loosened Up
Following the economic crash (can you believe it was nearly 10 years ago?) – banks and other lenders tightened their belts and made the task of obtaining a mortgage loan much more difficult than it had ever been. Partly due to new regulations, partly due to economic and social pressures – the fact is, the restrictions put in place were at such a high threshold that getting a loan became an onerous task – even for those who were gainfully employed and had good credit scores. As for those who had been financially harmed by the housing crisis, the thought of owning a home again seemed an impossibility. But 2016 saw mortgage lenders nationwide begin to ease their lending guidelines – with FHA and VA following that lead, as well. As a result, and with the passage of time that resolved many credit issues incurred due to the recession, more and more people are able to escape the rental market, invest in themselves and their family, and begin planning for the future by buying a home of their own.

Millennials Join First-Time Buyers in Huge Numbers
We mentioned this in a recent blog post, but it bears repeating here: According to recent reports from the National Association of Realtors® and Zillow – the market share of first-time buyers has risen to 35% of all homes purchased. (Big news when so many headlines reported a lack of homes in this price range!) Even more notable is that 61% of those buyers were under the age of 35. Many new statistics have confirmed this trend and further indicated that not only weren’t those Millennials going to be living in their parents’ basement forever (did you really think they would?) – but many were actually choosing to wait to buy until they could start with what would normally be considered a “2nd move up home” (which leaves that many more ‘starter homes’ available for the buyer’s market).

Since the election, many industry experts forecast that the 2017 housing market will continue to grow, but at a more moderate pace (which is something we’re all in favor of, quite honestly). Western cities will continue to lead the nation in home sales and pricing. Interest rates are anticipated to rise slightly, but since 2016 saw the record lowest home mortgage rate occur in August 2016, that’s not the worst news we’ve heard all year!

All things considered, Las Vegas and its housing market have bright futures to look forward to – both in 2017 and beyond. The even better news – is that Premier Mortgage is here to help homebuyers get the most value for every dollar. How? By offering “No Fee” loans that make sure you spend less of your hard-earned cash towards the cost of getting your mortgage loan – and more into the home you’re buying.

Find out more about Premier Mortgage Lending’s true “No Fee” mortgage loans, as well as their many other products and services by calling (702) 485-6600. Their experienced loan officers are there to help with your questions and can assist you in navigating from signed purchase agreement – to getting the keys to your new home.

Premier Mortgage Lending, NMLS #393282, is located at 701 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 125, Henderson, 89074. The full-service lender is a member of the Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, as well as an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

With First-Time Home Buyers on the Rise, Mortgage Availability Plays a Role

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According to recent reports from the National Association of Realtors®, 2016 has shown some positive and interesting developments when it comes to the sale of residential real estate. The market share of first-time home buyers has risen to a high of 35 percent of all homes purchased. Even more impressive is that 61 percent of those buyers were under the age of 35. Those figures could actually be even higher, as Zillow recently released data indicating first-time home buyers were actually 47 percent of the market. But either way, it’s good news for them and good news for U.S. real estate. (Watch out – here come the Millennials!)

It’s an exciting development that shows young adults are choosing – and more importantly are able – to realize the dream of homeownership. However, it’s also a trend many weren’t expecting. Not long ago, papers were filled with articles suggesting the majority of Millennials were deciding to live at home during their college years and possibly even planning to take up permanent residency there. Accordingly, the housing market began actively promoting the development of multi-generational home designs to accommodate this generational shift.

But this newly reported uptick in Millennial first-time buyers wasn’t surprising news to Rick Piette, owner of Premier Mortgage Lending.

As he explains, “A lot of times, the “trends” that media sources report don’t reflect the big picture. It was only this past May the ‘experts’ (such as Bloomberg and the Washington Post) were predicting this age group was more likely to continue living in their parents’ basements indefinitely – simply out of financial necessity. “In essence, they were saying that an entire generation of young Americans may not be ever want, or be able, to become homeowners.

“But at Premier, we had a much different take,” continues Piette. “We were seeing signs that this market growth was coming some time ago. (Click here to view our article from May 2015 on the subject.). And the three indicators that led us to our conclusion were these:

1. “Naturally, the first was due to the sheer volume of the Millennial Generation. At 75.4 million, their numbers have surpassed even the Baby Boomer presence of 74.9 million. That fact is going to have an impact, any way you slice it.

2. “Next, we were seeing that lending restrictions were slowly loosening up in the years after the economic crash. Because we work so closely every day with many different lenders – and we’re always educating our team about changing mortgage rules and regulations – it was clear to us that mortgage loans would be working more in favor of first-time buyers at almost precisely the same time Millennials were planning to head out on their own. Making the move into buying a home was the next logical step,” adds Piette.

3. “Finally, we know something about what the desire and opportunity to own a home means to people. Times may change, the economy may have its ups and downs (okay, sometimes very low downs) – but the innate need to create a nest or a safe haven for yourself and your family has never wavered. It’s simply human nature, perhaps even more so in our society. The fact is, there are few things that instill such a sense of achievement, pride, and self-worth than the ability to own a home.

“I suppose what I’m saying is that at Premier, we know the mortgage lending industry. Not only because we need to – so that we can provide the most knowledgeable service to our customers. But because we simply love what we do. In fact, sometimes I wonder if all our Loan Officers carry a ‘mortgage lending DNA’ gene,” Piette says with a smile.

That type of intimate industry knowledge is one of the prime benefits of choosing Premier Mortgage as your lender. Another is that – unlike huge multi-state banks or online lenders – Premier’s clients work directly with their Loan Officer in a personal, one-on-one relationship. As a locally owned Mortgage Broker, borrowers get the highest quality service from a tight-knit team of professionals that know their local Las Vegas market. In most cases, Premier’s Loan Officers are personally acquainted with the agents, builders, escrow and other individuals that are involved with every mortgage transaction – and their customers benefit from those relationships.

As Piette states, “Las Vegas is our town, too. This is the community where we live, work, raise our families, play, and participate. It is personal to us, because our clients are our neighbors and often become friends, too. Without staying on top of our game – with a team of experts and great programs like our true “No Fee” mortgage loans – we wouldn’t be able to give them the extraordinary service and outcomes they deserve. The great news for Millennials is that we’re happy to be here to make the dream come true for our next homebuying generation, too!”

Find out more about Premier Mortgage Lending’s true “No Fee” mortgage loans, as well as their many other products and services by calling (702) 485-6600. Their experienced loan officers are there to help with your questions and can assist you in navigating from signed purchase agreement – to getting the keys to your new home.

Premier Mortgage Lending, NMLS #393282, is located at 701 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 125, Henderson, 89074. The full-service lender is a member of the Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, as well as an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

Time Is On The Side Of Home Ownership

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If there is only one maxim that is true for virtually every business, it’s that “Time Marches On.” For industry, that means planning ahead – whether it’s for the ‘next big thing’ or the needs of the next generation. For the U.S. home market, the passage of time actually provides a two-fold benefit.

First, it will ultimately bring the 20-somethings of today into the realm of renter, and then potential future homeowner. Second, it is giving previous homeowners the opportunity to rebuild their credit and finances, then re-enter the housing market.

According to 1st quarter 2015 Commerce Department statistics, the growth of total renting households in the U.S. is rising significantly – up by 1.8 million in the past year. And while homeownership has actually dropped in that same period by 386,000 – those figures still represent societal upheavals in residential living arrangements.

In short, the teens of the 2007/2008 housing market crash are now grown up and entering new life phases. With their educations completed, this generation will, in many ways, follow the natural course of events: career, marriage, and family. As their household needs continue to grow, the availability of suitable rental properties will shrink, even as the cost for those rentals will rise. (A trend that’s already occurring.) Ultimately, these facts, combined with low mortgage interest rates and recovering job markets, will make the prospect of home ownership not only emotionally appealing, but a wise financial move, as well. (According to a recent Zillow report, renting is now twice as expensive as buying.)

And while homeownership has yet to return to pre-recession rates, “time” is also on the side of those homeowners who struggled with foreclosures during that period. Because time, along with financial planning, are what it takes to rebuild credit and accumulate down payment funds. Many former homeowners have used that time wisely to rebuild and recoup, and are now beginning to venture back into the home buying market.

Fortunately for both groups – first-time and returning home buyers – the playing field for mortgage lending has been leveled in the interim by the reform provided through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Which means that the increased availability of mortgage financing is now offering one more helping hand to the U.S. real estate market.

However, it’s important for buyers to remember that no two mortgage loans will cost the same. In fact, if you sought financing through a traditional banking institution or a mortgage banker and were denied, it’s possible that the very costs of obtaining that mortgage may have played a role in having your loan turned down.

As a mortgage broker, Premier Mortgage Lending offers several loan opportunities for home buyers – including “Second Chance” and “No-Fee” mortgages. The first helps those who have been turned down previously with private money lending; while our “No-Fee” mortgage loans literally cost buyers $0. No origination fees, no junk fees – and that translates to less cash out-of-pocket, lower APRs, and more home for your money.

If you’re not sure about your ability to qualify for a mortgage loan, isn’t it better to find out what your options are? For additional information or to schedule an appointment for mortgage prequalification or refinancing, call Premier Mortgage Lending at 702-485-6600 or visit premiermortgagelending.com.

Premier Mortgage Lending, NMLS #393282, is located at 701 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Suite 125, Henderson, 89074. The full-service lender is a member of the Las Vegas and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, as well as an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

Premier Mortgage Lending combats study showing ‘mortgage confusion’ and wait times after short sale or foreclosure

Mortgages and the process to secure one can be confusing with unknown terms, percentiles and conflicting advice.

According to a May CNN Money article, nearly one-third of current and prospective homeowners surveyed by Zillow could not correctly answer basic questions about financing, with 34 percent not knowing the term “annual percentage rate” and 31 percent incorrectly believing that they are unable to obtain a mortgage with a less than 5 percent down payment. Confusion continued when it came to questions about buying a home after a short sale or foreclosure, with nearly one-third of homeowners unaware that they may not have to wait seven years before they can buy a home again.

This confusion does not surprise Las Vegan Rick Piette of Premier Mortgage Lending since he and the staff at his full-service mortgage company answer these questions, and more, every day.

“It is imperative that potential home buyers fully understand the home buying and lending process along with their many options before they even begin their home search. Buying a home is often the biggest purchase in your life, and it’s important to understand everything before signing on the dotted line,” Piette said.

“The CNN article demonstrates the need for home-buyer education and why mortgage pre-qualification is important. During the pre-qualification process, lenders can help buyers understand the process, terms and many options, and develop a realistic price point in the process,” Piette explained, adding that Premier Mortgage Lending offers this service free of charge.

“What we’ve found is that many people are unnecessarily waiting to buy a home because they don’t realize that there are so many different lending programs out there,” he said. “The truth is that a 5 percent down payment is not necessarily a requirement because loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration can require as little as 3.5 percent. Plus, lending programs exist that can dramatically cut the wait time to buy a home after a foreclosure or short sale, including Premier Mortgage Lending’s Another Chance Nevada program where there’s no wait time at all.”

Another Chance Nevada connects individuals who have experienced a short sale or foreclosure with private and institutional portfolio lenders who offer 15- or 30-year, fixed-rate loans at interest rates that are typically higher than traditional mortgage rates.

Full-documentation guidelines are followed and at least a 20 percent down payment is required. The down payment can come from personal funds or can be obtained as a gift from family members. Borrowers may close within 30 days from the time of loan approval, and may refinance the loan at any time without penalty.

An Another Chance loan may be used on the purchase of a re-sale or a new home. The lender is currently working with Beazer Homes, D.R. Horton, Dunhill Homes, Harmony Homes, KB Home, Pardee Homes, Pulte Homes and Del Webb, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes, and William Lyon Homes.
“Many who are waiting along the sidelines to buy a home are becoming concerned about their future ability to buy a home because Las Vegas Valley housing prices have steadily increased during the past year. This is why hundreds of Southern Nevadans have chosen Another Chance Nevada, to help make sure that they don’t get priced out of the market,” he said. The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported that the median sales price of single-family houses increased 30.6 percent between April 2012 and 2013, while the median prices of condos and townhomes went up 41.9 percent during the same time frame.

“Hundreds of Southern Nevadans have turned to Premier Mortgage Lending for our complimentary pre-qualification service and to find out if they, too, can buy a home at today’s prices. As a full-service lender, we can help guide them to many different mortgage products ranging from traditional loans to the private and portfolio lenders of Another Chance Nevada. With this information, they can make an educated decision as to if now is a good time to buy a home of their own.”
For additional information or to schedule an appointment for mortgage pre-qualification, call Premier Mortgage at 485-6600 or visit www.AnotherChanceNevada.com.

Premier Mortgage Lending (NMLS 393282) is located at 8689 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 100, Las Vegas, 89117 and is a member of the Las Vegas and Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau and Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, as well as an affiliate member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.