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What is an Energy Efficient Mortgage?

by Madeleine Tingen

An Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) is a mortgage that credits a home’s energy efficiency in the mortgage itself. EEMs give borrowers the opportunity to finance cost-effective, energy-saving measures as part of a single mortgage and stretch debt-to-income qualifying ratios on loans thereby allowing borrowers to qualify for a larger loan amount and a better, more energy-efficient home.

To get an EEM a borrower typically has to have a home energy rater conduct a home energy rating before financing is approved. This rating verifies for the lender that the home is energy-efficient.

EEMs are typically used to purchase a new home that is already energy efficient such as an ENERGY STAR qualified home. The term EEM is commonly used to refer to all types of energy mortgages including Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIMs), which are used to purchase existing homes that will have energy efficiency improvements made to them. EIMs allow borrowers to include the cost of energy-efficiency improvements to an existing home in the mortgage without increasing the down payment. EIMs allow the borrower to use the money saved in utility bills to finance energy improvements. Both EEMs and EIMs typically require a home energy rating to provide the lender with the estimated monthly energy savings and the value of the energy efficiency measures — known as the Energy Savings Value.

EEMs (and EIMs) are sponsored by federally insured mortgage programs (FHA and VA) and the conventional secondary mortgage market (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). Lenders can offer conventional EEMs, FHA EEMs, or VA EEMs.

For more information regarding EEMs and energy-efficient homes available in the Greenville, NC and Pitt County area, contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

Mortgage Rates Move Slightly Lower

by Madeleine Tingen

Freddie Mac last week released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey in which the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 5.07 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending April 15, 2010, down from the previous week when it averaged 5.21 percent.  Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.82 percent .

The 15-year FRM last week averaged 4.40 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from the previous week when it averaged 4.52 percent.  A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.48 percent.

Last week Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist, Frank Northaft, made the following remarks. “After rising for four consecutive weeks, mortgage rates eased back to where they were two weeks ago and still remain historically low. The Federal Reserve (Fed) indicated in its April 14th regional business survey that consumer prices generally remained level and producers had difficulty passing along increases in some raw materials.  This will likely keep inflation at bay as evidenced by the 1.1 percent growth in core consumer prices for the 12-months ending in March 2010, which was the lowest annual increase since January 2004.”

Northaft further noted that, “Low mortgage rates continue to help stabilize the housing market.  The Fed noted that residential activity increased while home prices were stable across most of its 12 Districts over the six weeks prior to April 5th.  In addition, credit standards remained generally unchanged across the nation, while credit quality was mixed according to the report.”

For the most current mortgage and real estate information in the Greenville, NC and Pitt County area, contact The Pistol Tingen Team at (252) 321-6161.

How to Get the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit

by Madeleine Tingen

You’ve decided to purchase a home and take advantage of the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit.  Below are the steps to follow to get your benefit.

Close on your home purchase between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010, or have a binding written contract in place by April 30, 2010 with a closing date no later than June 30, 2010.

Decide whether to:  apply the credit to your 2009 tax return, filed on or before April 15, 2010; file an amended 2009 return; or, apply the credit on your 2010 return, filed on or before April 15, 2011.

Attach documentation of purchase to your return.

 Documentation of Purchase

Details concerning the precise documents required to confirm your purchase have not yet been released. When this information becomes available, it will be made available online.

When to Apply the Credit

Buyers purchasing homes on or before December 31, 2009 may claim the credit on their 2009 tax returns.

Buyers purchasing in 2010 will have the option to claim the credit on their 2009 return, even if the purchase is completed after April 15, 2010; or, claim the credit on their 2010 tax returns.

 Applying the Credit to Your 2009 Taxes

 You will need to do the following three things to claim the credit on your 2009 tax return-- fill out Form 5405 to determine the amount of your available credit, apply the credit when you file your 2009 tax return or file an amended return and attach documentation of purchase to your return or amended return.

For more information or questions regarding the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit or, please contact a member of the Pistol Tingen Team.  The Pistol Tingen Team specializes in servicing real estate needs within Greenville, NC and the Pitt County area.

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