• Click Here to Subscribe to Email updates

  • psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813
  • RSS Colonial Williamsburg News

    • $1 Million Anonymous Challenge Grant for Infrastructure — We Need Your Help!
      An anonymous donor has generously pledged to match $1 million on a one-to-one basis for three mini-campaigns in support of Colonial Williamsburg’s infrastructure priorities. These projects are critical to the Foundation’s operations, employee and guest experiences and ultimately, the pursuit of our educational mission.  “We’re grateful for this generous pled […]
    • Piloting a Course to Freedom
      In the welcoming scene that takes place every morning at Colonial Williamsburg, visitors learn that 52% of the city’s population in the early 1770’s were people of African descent, nearly all of whom were enslaved.  As they go through town, guests might meet Kate working at the Raleigh Tavern, Jack Booker of the printing office,...Read More »
    • Colonial Williamsburg Progress Update
      Remarks given by Colonial Williamsburg President & CEO, Mitchell Reiss, at the Williamsburg Lodge on June 27, 2018. Good morning, everyone.  I want to welcome my colleagues at the Foundation, our wonderful volunteers, community members and donors, City Council officials, and a member of our Board of Trustees who is with us this morning, Joe Montgomery.   […]
    • Celebrate the Everard House’s Tercentennial!
      What do an eighteenth-century invoice, a circus lion, a boat etched on a window pane, wallpaper fragments, dendrochronology samples, and a 1952 Antiques Forum program have in common? They are all pieces of the remarkable history of the Thomas Everard House that are part of Colonial Williamsburg’s museum and library collections. 2018 marks a significant...Rea […]
    • A More Accurate Look for the Governor’s Palace Arms Display
      Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg may think that our work to preserve Virginia’s 18th-century capital means that the place never changes. Every day, however, we strive to learn more about the past and build on the work of our predecessors to represent the city as accurately as possible. We work from a historical record that is...Read More »
  • Flickr Photos

  • Advertisements

Home Buyers Beware-FHA Loan changes are in the works

If you are contemplating a home purchase in the near future and will be using an an FHA loan, you might want to pull the trigger quickly.

Not only is FHA going to be raising the cost of its required mortgage insurance (MIP), it’s also going to require that the insurance be kept for the life of the loan.

Today, once a home’s loan-to-value gets below 78%, mortgage insurance isn’t required; that takes 10 years or so. A homeowner will typically pay several hundred dollars a month for mortgage insurance — a cost that, soon, won’t go away. 

This change will force anyone who wants to get rid of the PMI to refinance. Who knows what interest rates will be at that time.

You can bypass this problem all together by closing your purchase before the first of next year or wait until you can purchase a home with a conventional loan where you will need to put at least 10% down but more likely 20% of the purchase price.

When will this happen?  FHA hasn’t specified when exactly it would implement the new rule, but experts  estimate it should be around April, 2013. So if you are thinking of getting a new FHA loan it may be a good idea to do so before the new changes take effect.

Also announced was an increase in the FHA mortgage insurance premium – by 10 basis points or 0.1 percent. So if you are taking out a loan of $400,000, the hike will increase your payment by $400 per year.

Final thoughts

Keep in mind that FHA mortgage loans are not the only game in town.  Conventional financing with private mortgage insurance might soon prove to be a very popular and cost effective option for home buyers.

Looking to buy a home in Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA. I would be happy to connect you with one of our experienced mortgage experts who can discuss payments, down payments and any other questions you have.

 

click here to contact John by email, or call him at 757-254-8136.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: