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Month: July 2014

Las Vegas Short Sales: Upcoming Changes for Those Who Want to Purchase After Doing a Short Sale

Beginning August 16 2014. those who want to utilize aconventional loan to purchase a new home after previously selling a home on a short sale will face a longer eligibility period.  At present, buyers who sold their previous home as a short sale can purchase again after two years if they are putting down 20%. After August 16 the waiting period moves to four years when using conventional financing.

Fortunately, buyers can still purchase with FHA financing after 3 years.  This is the current guideline for FHA and no changes on the three years appear forthcoming.

Buyers who are looking to purchase quicker than three years after a short sale may have some options open to them utilizing credit repair companies but be careful who you use and try to only work with a company who has a track record. They must show you a successful track record and if they aren’t successful, offers you some reimbursement in the event they can’t deliver.

For more answers regarding short sales including your particular situation please contact Shelter Realty Inc., at 702-376- 7379 or by emailing info @ shelterrealty. com

Las Vegas High Rise Real Estate: Palms Place Offers Good Value on Their Condo Units

I attended a broker event yesterday at Palms Place, the Condo-Hotel development next door to the Palms Casino. They are currently releasing about 220 units of which 180 are studio suites and 40 are 1 bedroom suites. The studios are 615 square feet and start at $195,000 and the one bedroom units are 1220 square feet and begin at $325,000. Pricing will vary depending on view and height location of the unit. There is also a 3,900 square foot hundred penthouse for 1.8 million.

Out on the Penthouse Terrace!

Out on the Penthouse Terrace!

The services and amenities offered by Palms Place were impressive. I won’t list everything here but a sample list includes:

* Spa Services
* Limo and Car Services
* VIP Check-in lounge
* Personal Training
* Car Care
* Discounts at the majority of Palms Casino amenities
* Complimentary access to Palms nightlife and daylife venues
* Rental Pool Program for owners to rent out their unit
* Concierge Services
* Kerry Simon’s restaurant SIMON

The Palms property consists of three towers. The first if the casino/hotel, then there is the Fantasy Tower which was the former Playboy Tower and finally, Palms Place. Between all three towers there are numerous choices to play, relax and live a true Vegas lifestyle.

One of the things I love about the Palms is that you can have every amenity and choice of a Las Vegas Strip property but don’t have the traffic and congestion issues of being on the Strip. The location is less than five minutes from the Strip and there is convenient access to Interstate 15.

Paul Rowe is an agent with Shelter Realty and has extensive experience with Las Vegas high-rise living options. He may be reached by calling Shelter Realty at 702 376 7379 or by emailing “info @ shelterrealty.com”. You are also welcomed to fill out a contact form on this webpage as well.

Las Vegas Mortgage Credit Info: Experian and Transunion May Begin to Include Rental History as a Part of Credit Scores

Experian and Transunion May Begin to Include Rental History as a Part of Credit Scores

One of the challenges many first time home buyers often face when trying to purchase a home is a lack of established credit lines. Multiple credit lines such as credit cards, lines of credit, department cards, furniture store credit help build a person’s credit score when not overused and paid on time. Sometimes, people don’t have many trade lines of credit when first starting out or recovering from a financial crisis like a bankruptcy. In a bankruptcy the debt might be gone but also gone are the lines of credit the person had.

In an article published in the Columbus Dispatch “Credit Scores Might Soon Reflect Rental Payments,” Credit bureaus Experian and Transunion have begun incorporating some rental histories into credit scores.

A renter would have to pay through an authorized rent processing company contracted to work with the credit bureau. I recently spoke to a local Las Vegas mortgage broker, Leslie McGarry with CMG Financial. She said another alternative is to work with a good mortgage broker that can document your rental history and either have your rental history verified through another data collection agency and then added to your credit file as “supplemental info” or they can have the data added and request a rapid re-score with the credit bureau and obtain an updated credit score. This can be done in as quickly as one week.

Buyers should not assume they do not have the credit necessary when considering a home purchase. The best thing to do is find a real estate agent and consult an experienced loan officer. Not only are people’s credit sometimes better than they thought, but often the credit can be built and improved into the level of a qualified buyer.