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August 16th, 2015

Just Approved: Buyers succeed in high-priced market with lower down payment jumbo mortgage

Holmgren’s clients tried buying a home for several years but kept losing out to higher bidders and all-cash buyers. While their original plan had been to put 20 percent down, the down payment funds they had available were no longer enough to put that percentage down because of the escalating prices of the homes they wanted.

While financing options with less than 20 percent down have been available for jumbo loan amounts (over $625,500), the terms were often not advantageous and/or sellers were reluctant to accept offers in which the buyer was proposing a lower down payment because of property appraisal concerns, among others.

To mitigate these issues, Holmgren arranged a full underwriting approval prior to offer with one of his lending sources that allows buyers to put down 15 percent on loan amounts over $625,500. Moreover, this source waived mortgage insurance premiums, an important consideration for high value property buyers because of non-deductibility of mortgage premiums for buyers at that income level.

The buyer’s agent, Tracy Butler with Highland Partners in Piedmont, was successful in getting their offer accepted on an Oakland home. Their offer price, along with the fact that their financing was already approved, were major factors in their having the winning bid. Their escrow closed in 27 days.

Holmgren and Associates

DBA of Finance of America
4200 Broadway
Oakland, California 94611
Phone: 510-339-2121
NMLS 0910184/1071

Holmgren & Associates is a branch of Finance of America. We are a full service mortgage banker with an experienced staff offering expertise in residential mortgage lending, with primary focus on loans for home purchase, refinance, and reverse mortgages.

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