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If you’ve been thinking of buying a home in the Birmingham/Shelby Co. area using the popular USDA loan program which allows you to buy with no down payment, you may be fast running out of luck.
USDA says the program is projected to run out of money by the end of April, and no new funding is currently anticipated.
In Shelby County, USDA loans have been responsible for many people buying homes in areas like Calera and Montevallo, as well as across many other parts of Alabama.
Because USDA loans are so attractive to many buyers—mortgage insurance isn’t required, either—they have often meant the difference between whether a Buyer is able to purchase property.
Carmell Cantrell is a Loan Officer with First Federal Mortgage in Birmingham, and has been following what may be the demise of the program she and other Lenders have worked with extensively over the years.
USDA loans could be revived if Congress acts, but whether that will happen remains unknown. If the program does, in fact, end, it will stand as a major point in real estate sales history, signaling the end of the so-called easy credit era.
Click the player below to listen to our interview with Carmell now…
…or click here if you’d like to download and listen on your personal listening device.
So … what to do if you’ve been thinking of buying a home using USDA loan program?
Experts have two words to suggest: Start saving.
If Sellers sometimes have an unrealistic idea of what a Buyer is willing to pay, Tom Horn brings them back to reality.
Tom is an appraiser in the Birmingham and Shelby Co. area, and owns appraisal-source.com, a company Lenders and homeowners trying to sell on their own rely upon for accurate residential market appraisals.
Colleen and I caught up with Tom and got his analysis of what’s happening with home values in the Shelby Co. and Birmingham areas. We found out pretty quickly that talking with Tom is very interesting!
From everything we learned about home price trends in the area, as well as the negative effects on home sales prices caused by government-mandated changes in the way appraisers are selected, we knew we needed Tom to share his expertise with us.
We’ve divided our interview with Tom into two segments. Click the players just below to listen to Parts 1 and 2.
Tom Horn Interview Part 1:
Tom Horn Interview Part 2:
…or, if you’d like to listen by downloading to your portable device:
Links to Thomas Horn’s websites:
We hope you enjoy … and thanks, Tom, for the great information!