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Tim Phelps

NMLS ID 51442

757-925-1333 tphelps@tidewaterhomefunding.com

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9/11 A Day We Will Never Forget

"As we commemorate the ... anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, it is a time for remembrance, resolve and renewal. We reverently recall those who were most directly affected by this tragedy—those who died, were injured or lost loved ones. In a special way we recall the selfless first responders—firefighters, police, chaplains, emergency workers, and other brave persons—who risked, and many times lost, their lives in their courageous efforts to save others. We also remember how our nati...

September 11th, 2019 | Remember, Never Forget, 9/11 A Day We Will Never Forget

What is the CHOICERenovation Mortgage?

Freddie Mac has announced the creation of a new home renovation loan program called the CHOICERenovation Mortgage.  This product is replacing Freddie Mac’s previous Renovation Mortgage and is very similar to Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Renovation and the FHA’s 203k loan. It offers many benefits to borrowers looking to make updates to their properties. How Does It Work? The CHOICERenovation Mortgage breaks from its predecessor by eliminating the need for Interim Construction Finance and allows borrowers to take out one loan at closing to pay for both the home purchase an...

August 28th, 2019 | Home Renovation Loans, What is the CHOICERenovation Mortgage?

Should you Buy an Investment Property?

Real estate can be a very profitable source of investment. Property values generally rise over time, giving owners equity and rental income at the same time. Owning an investment property is not without risks and challenges though. There are several factors to consider in deciding whether an investment property is right for you. Pros Investment properties can provide many financial benefits. They can produce a steady, fixed stream of income for you and plenty of equity should you decide to sell down the road. In addition to increasing equity over time, rental properties can provide so...

August 14th, 2019 Should you Buy an Investment Property?

smartARM *Only 5% Down, Up to $750,000, NO MI

Adjustable Rate Mortgage program for primary residences. Qualify at the start rate plus no mortgage insurance equals more buying power. Local in-house underwriters providing excellent and timely customer service. • 5/5 or 10/5 ARM products, with fixed rate for first 5 or 10 years • NO mortgage insurance (MI) up to 95% LTV • Available for Purchase, Refinance (Rate/Term or Cash Out) • Owner Occupied and 2nd Home *The above are general guidelines. Additional restrictions and loan qualifications apply. Farmers Bank Home Mortgage reserves t...

August 5th, 2019 smartARM *Only 5% Down, Up to $750,000, NO MI

What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

When buying a home, there are several factors that affect how much mortgage you can afford. Two of the most important are the property prices and current mortgage interest rates. Is it better to search for the absolute lowest rate or is it more helpful to choose a less-expensive home? Here’s how the two factors are related and how to make the right choice. Mortgage Rate/Home Price Relationship Since higher mortgage rates make homebuying more expensive for buyers, you might think that home prices would tend to fall during high rate climates in order to compensate for those costs. Un...

July 31st, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, Interest Rates, What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

The federal government has aimed to help increase homeownership for decades. One of the Federal Housing Administration’s many programs to help Americans in their homeownership dreams is the Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM). Many homes, especially older ones, could be much more affordable if they were updated to be more energy efficient. The EEM allows borrows to make those updates and save money as new homeowners. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first created the Energy Efficient Mortgage program in 1992 and piloted it in five states. It was extended to al...

July 17th, 2019 | FHA Loans, Government Loans, Energy Efficient Mortgage Program

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