By: Mike Kennedy|
September 30th, 2009
Category: Deep Creek Lake Buyer Info, Deep Creek Lake Real Estate, Garrett County Real Estate, Interest Rates and Loans, Obtaining a Mortgage
Two of the leading mortgage lenders in our area recently announced new loan programs that require less money down for real estate purchases financed in the Deep Creek Lake area and throughout Garrett County, Maryland.
John Simson, of MLend, announced a new second home loan program available for properties in the Deep Creek Lake area. This particular program will lend up to $417,000 with only 10% down for a single family vacation home. Borrowers must have a minimum 720 credit score and with only 10% down there is still PMI. This is quite a change from the past year or so when most banks were requiring at least 25%-35% down on a second home loan. The recent tightening of credit standards requiring much more money down on a second home purchase have greatly contributed to the slowdown in the number of sales in the Deep Creek area over the past two years - especially in our $300,000 to $750,000 market segment. For more info contact John Simson at (866) 501-5625 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Another great new loan program is being offered by Jerry Merrick of BB&T Bank. This program is for anyone looking to purchase a primary residence in Garrett County that is NOT located in the Deep Creek Lake area. So anyone seeking to buy a home in the areas of Oakland, Mt. Lake Park, Loch Lynn, Grantsville, Accident, or Friendsville should take note of this great new program. The program is called the Community Homeownership Incentive Program (CHIP) and is maintained and serviced by BB&T Bank. The program is for principal residences only and you can not own any other real estate at the time of closing.
This loan program offers tremendous benefits to buyers who don’t have the typical down payment needed for most conventional loan programs. Some of the benefits include 100% financing (no money down!) with a credit score of 660, no PMI, and all the closing costs can be in the form of a gift of paid by the seller. If your credit score is below 660 you may still qualify for the CHIP loan but your down payment requirement will be increased to 3%. The maximum loan amount is $417,000 and there are no income limit restrictions. Geographically most of Garrett County qualifies with the exception of the Deep Creek Lake area. For more info call Jerry Merrick at (301) 387-3219 or e-mail him at jmerrick@BBandT.com.
Hopefully these new programs are a sign of things to come. Loan programs like these that require less money down will certainly help spur on new real estate sales in the area.