Do I really need an Inspection for my Frisco Texas Home?

I am not surprised when a Home Buyer asks me ‘Do I really need an inspection?‘. After all, this may be their first home so they don’t know what expenses can be avoided and what is a must.

My answer to the question is always – ABSOLUTELY! The buyer should always get an inspection done on a home before moving forward with the purchase. And no, the appraiser (even on FHA loans) does not inspect the home as in-depth as a Home Inspector.

Imagine moving into your home in the middle of winter, only to find out that the furnace doesn’t work. Replacing a 40 year old furnace is far more costly than hiring a home inspector. Buying a home is likely the largest investment you’ll ever make. The buyer needs to be assured they are investing in a quality home.

A Home Inspector will examine the following (and much more):

  • Heating System
  • Central Air Conditioning System
  • Interior Plumbing
  • Electrical System
  • Roof and Attic
  • Insulation
  • Walls, Ceilings, and Floors
  • Windows and Doors
  • Foundation
  • Basement (not very popular in Frisco Texas)
  • Overall Structure of the Home
The BEST part of having a home inspection before you purchase a home is this fact; if there are significant problems, you have the ability to walk away from the deal. However, if you purchase a home without a thorough inspection, you may find yourself paying more money then you should.
If you need help finding a Home Inspector in Frisco Texas or the surrounding areas, feel free to give me a call.

FHA MIP Changed Effective April 18, 2011

FHA MIP Changes Effective April 18 2011 

Its only a week away for yet another change which will effect homebuyers in Frisco Texas.

A few weeks back, it was announced within HUD Mortgagee Letter 2011-10 that there would be an increase in the Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium for all new FHA Case Numbers assigned on or after April 18, 2011.

If you recall, there were changes to the Mortgage Insurance Premium back in October 2010 which changed the UFMIP (UpFront Mortgage Insurance Premium) from 2.25% to 1%. That was great news, except that the Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium increased from .55% up to .90% (depending on the Loan To Value ratio).

So, how will this new change effect Homebuyers as of April 18th? Well, the good news is that the Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premium will not incease. It will remain at 1% of the Loan Balance.

The change is specific to the Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium which is increasing 25 BPS (or .25%). Below is a snap shot from the Mortgagee Letter 2011-10:

For a homebuyer, this means that your payment is going to increase on a monthly basis. If your principal balance is $180,000 with a 96.5% Loan-to-Value, your MIP payment would increase from $135.00 a month to $172.50 ($37.50 extra per month).

If you have would prefer not to have your payment increased, you only have two options. The first option is to have an offer accepted and your mortgage loan originator to create a FHA Case Number prior to April 18th. This is only suggested IF you already know the house of your dreams. Do not feel rushed to make a decision.

The second option is to look for a home that is slightly less costly. For example, instead of a home for $180,000, you could choose a home for $172,800.

This scenario may not fit your specific Texas home loan. Feel free to contact me to discuss your financial situation further.