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Some of these home-based business ideas may not be suitable for everyone, but I can tell you this: I have made a lot of money working from my home for the last 40 years.There are other things also that I have done, but that would be a book.

Just because you can borrow a certain amount of money, doesn’t mean that you should borrow that amount of money. You’ll want to determine how much cash you’ll have to invest in your mortgage each and every month for the duration of the loan. Remember you’ll also need to pay property taxes and home owners insurance each year as well.

He agreed to buy the home “as is” and to do some repairs himself. No home inspection was needed; no appraisal was needed; no repairs had to be made; no real estate agent needed to be paid; and no survey had to be ordered. The buyer paid all of the closing costs which were far less than he would have paid if he had used a real estate agent and a used a closing agent who is very familiar with transactions of this type, which she calls “unacknowledged wrap sales.” Our closing agent has become a friend and has spoken at our local Real Estate Investment Club.

I cautioned the buyer that he should seek a loan other than an FHA loan since we had not held title to the property long enough for FHA to approve a new loan. In case you didn’t know, FHA recently changed a rule that now requires a property to be on title at least 90 days before they will approve a new loan. So guess what the buyer did?

A good rule of thumb is that your front end ratio should not exceed 28% of your gross monthly income and your back end ration should not exceed 36% of your gross monthly income.

Next, you need to decide what your investment goals are. What do you want to achieve? Predictable cash flow, or large gains in property value? You can achieve both, but identify exactly what your goals are – but be realistic. Do not think you will start with $5,000 today and retire next year. It’s not going to happen.

I hope these few tips will help your next home loan be the perfect mortgage solution for you. It is my philosophy not only to get you the best rate at the lowest cost in the marketplace but to help you understand the process along the way. Only then will you be able to protect yourself from the sharks in the water.