Are you tired of paying for a house that isn’t yours? Don’t! Renting is a waste of money. Buying your first home can be an intimidating process that many people don’t understand without the assistance of a professional. Doing some homework on how to qualify for a home loan can help you avoid mistakes that many first-time buyers make. Here are some tips on how to qualify for a home loan that every home buyer should be aware of before applying.

Before you start the process of looking at properties and buying a home, it’s a good idea to determine how much you can afford. The amount of your income, your down payment, and how much debt you have will determine how much you can afford for a house.

One important factor that determines your eligibility for a home loan is your credit score. Maintaining a higher credit score will earn you the most favorable mortgage rates. The mortgage industry uses a tri-merged credit report which accesses all three of your credit scores and typically uses the middle score for qualification purposes.  If your credit score is below 720 you can still be approved for a home loan, you just might not qualify for the lowest rates available. If your credit score is less than 620 your application may be denied! This doesn’t mean you have no chance. As credit experts, we can review your credit situation and can usually recommend a specific pathway forward to improve your credit scores.

Mortgage lenders usually require that your total monthly debt should be no more than 41% of your gross monthly income. This is your debt-to-income ratio, and will include what is owed for credit cards, student loans, and car loans. Consider paying on your high interest credit cards first to get below required limits. Also, when planning your budget remember that your mortgage payment will also include taxes and property insurance.

Another factor to consider is a down payment. VA loans and USDA Rural Development loans don’t require a down payment and FHA loans only require a minimal down payment.  Conventional loans usually require at least a 5% down payment.  To avoid Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), which is an additional cost added to your loan, you’ll need to have a down payment of at least 20%.  VA loans don’t have a monthly PMI cost which makes it a great home financing option for our veterans.  Most of our loan programs allow for an immediate family member to help you with all or part of your down payment by providing a gift of funds.

Another important consideration when applying for a home loan is your job history. If you have been working the same job for years in a row, you will receive a more favorable consideration than a person who jumps from job to job with no longevity. Your lender will review your paystubs, W-2s and bank statements, and if self-employed or if your work is based on commissions, your last two years tax returns to prove employment and income history.

We know applying for a home loan can be scary and quite stressful. We understand your desire to own a home and we take great pride in helping our clients! Our commitment to integrity is one of the many attributes that has helped us earn our client’s trust and has made us the preferred lender in our area. Choose Southpoint Financial to assist you in the process of buying a home. We are your mortgage and home loan experts of Pensacola and are ready to provide you with nothing less than exceptional service!


Call us at (850) 936-0422 or prequalify online to begin the process!

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At Southpoint Financial, we are your Pensacola home loan experts. Since the start of our operation, we have dedicated ourselves to exceeding your expectations and guaranteeing your satisfaction!

Getting a loan can be quite confusing and overwhelming. We understand the loan business and believe there is more to home financing than just the interest rate. We ask lots of questions and take the time to understand your financial situation. We are here to take the confusion out of the equation and offer the best option for you, whether it’s purchasing your first home, your second or preparing for retirement!

Mortgage loans are unique to the individual, so we offer loan options in Pensacola that are specific to your needs. This includes VA, FHA, USDA RD, and Conventional home financing, low credit score programs, fixed mortgage rates, Reverse Mortgage options and much more.

Are you looking for a Pensacola mortgage refinancing company? We have the perfect loan for you! When interest rates fall below your mortgage rate, it’s a great time to refinance. We can help you choose the ideal program with the lowest annual percentage rate and payments that will fit your personal needs.  There’s a variety of loans you can choose from and we will always help you determine which one suits you best.

If you are trying to find the best Pensacola mortgage lenders or are looking to purchase a new home, we will be happy to provide any assistance or advice you may need. Give us a call at (850) 936-0422 today and let’s explore your options.

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There are a lot of mortgage companies out there.  While using a mortgage company to help you find the best rate makes sense, it’s important to select the right company.  Here are a few tips for selecting a good mortgage company for your needs:

  1. Be careful of special promotions that have hidden fees. Many of the deals you may see on television or in the papers may try to win your business with an extremely low rate, but once you factor in all the hidden costs, you’re not saving at all!
  2. Be sure you know each fee up front and what it is for. As touched on in point #1, some companies may tack on additional costs that are not disclosed right away. A good company will make all of this information readily available to you.
  3. Be aware of application and appraisal fees. Some mortgage companies charge huge amounts for these but don’t really offer anything to justify the cost. Track down the best service at the lowest cost.
  4. Service is the most important factor when considering a Pensacola Mortgage Company. Unfortunately there are some companies that are committed more to their bottom line than they are to their customers.  You should choose a mortgage company that will take the time to get to know you and your needs, and formulate a plan that works for you!

We will do whatever it takes to become your Pensacola Mortgage Company. Let us answer your questions and win your trust by calling us at 850-936-0422 today!

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Should you use a broker?

Obviously, the goal is to find the most competitive interest rate available.  Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to go about this. More than 50% of homebuyers tend to accept the first rate their bank offers!

Not only does that mean most of them are settling for the first rate given, but that the majority of them are not using a broker.

A Pensacola Mortgage Broker is a certified professional who seeks the best mortgage terms for you through their access to a network of lenders including banks, trust companies, credit unions and finance companies. These resources provide the broker with rates on almost a daily basis. They will then sift through to find the best rate available to you.  Most importantly, they will save you the laborious and sometimes undignified task of approaching the various lending institutions yourself.

If we can be of any assistance in finding the best rate for your Pensacola Mortgage please give us a call at 850-936-0422 so we can explore your options today!

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When should you decide to refinance your mortgage?  That depends on a number of factors.  Right now may, or may not be the best time in history to make this decision, but predicting this move perfect would require a bit of psychic ability on your part.  Many experts recommend that if you find a good deal that saves you a significant amount of money, it’s probably worth taking the deal rather than waiting to beat it.

The three major factors are simple:

  • How much will you reduce your interest rate?
  • How much will you pay in closing costs?
  • How long do you plan on keeping the house?

The old rule was that you should refinance if you could get a rate two points lower than your current rate. Now, mortgage experts say to look into it if you can reduce your rate by even half a point. Many people decide that one full point is reason enough to look into your Pensacola mortgage refinance options.  The longer you plan to keep the house, the smaller the reduction that will benefit you because you’ll have enough time to regain your closing costs.

If you are considering refinancing, we’d be happy to provide any assistance or advice you might need.  Just give us a call at 850-936-0422 today so we can explore your options.

Contact Pensacola Mortgage today!

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Pensacola Mortgage Firm reports how credit scores can impact your mortgage or refinance rates, and what you can do to fix it.


PENSACOLA, FL – The refinance boom has lasted 7 months thus far, and rates have been falling since early April of this year. Recent news from sources like and NBC’s The Today Show point out how your credit score may impact your refinance rates and what you can do about it. The FICO scoring system is used by credit companies to determine a potential client’s creditworthiness. Whether you’re looking for a Pensacola Refinance or are planning on buying a home and need a Pensacola mortgage, you need to know if you will qualify for the low rates available today.

To put the low rates within reach, Pensacola mortgage lenders look for strong credit, good income and equity.  The three work in conjunction to judge which refinance rate you qualify for.  Although you may not have immediate control over salary and equity, you can do something about your credit score.
On NBC’s The Today Show segment titled “Is your credit score hurting refinancing?” we are given a few points on credit score basics:

•   There is no “quick fix” for credit. Time plus good credit equals better FICOs.
•   Don’t close old credit cards.
•   Pay every bill before it is due. A single late payment can damage your credit score.

The segment also advises to stop worrying about whether rates have bottomed out. Refinance your Pensacola mortgage today if it makes good financial sense. If rates fall in the future, you are still able to refinance again in the future. has recently published some common financial issues and how certain actions can impact your score.

Maxing Out a Credit Card:
•   Initial Score of 780: 25-45 point drop
•   Initial Score of 680: 10-30 point drop

A 30-day Delinquency:
•   Initial Score of 780: 90-110 point drop
•   Initial Score of 680: 60-80 point drop

•   Initial Score of 780: 140-160 point drop
•   Initial Score of 680: 85-105 point drop

Since credit scores are meant to predict a loan default, the higher your score, the more a financial problem can drop your FICO. Financial advisors point out that you should be using 10-30% of your available credit, and if you’re considering a mortgage or refinance you should avoid opening new credit accounts.

Since improving your credit score is something that you can begin today, you should make the decision to talk to your Pensacola Mortgage broker not only to start the process, but to seek out advice on how to obtain the target credit score you need in order to secure the best rates available in today’s market.

Each client’s Pensacola Mortgage situation is unique and we will work together to develop plan that is best for you. Understanding how credit scores work is the first step. Visit // to find out more today!

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Recent news reports are bringing a great deal of interest in a new FHA program designed to help homeowners who are “underwater” on their mortgages. The new program modifies the Making Home Affordable program and the FHA’s own refinancing programs, allowing FHA lenders to offer FHA refinancing loans that forgive at least 10% of a qualifying borrower’s original mortgage principal.

These loans are for home owners making payments on a conventional or sub prime mortgage for a property not worth as much as the borrower owes on the original loan (also known as a “negative equity position”.) To qualify, applicants must owe at least 15% more on the property than it’s actually worth.

According to a press release by the FHA, the program is “designed to maintain home ownership by providing borrowers, who owe more on their mortgage than the value of their home, opportunities to refinance into an affordable FHA loan.”

The new program offers important help for those who qualify—ten percent a respectable amount of money to have taken off any amount owed on a mortgage—but the Department of Housing and Urban Development reminds potential borrowers that this particular refinancing program is only for those who are current on their mortgage payments.

There are other FHA requirements for this refinancing loan, including residency—the borrower must be living in the home being refinanced as their primary residence. The borrower must qualify with a credit score of at least 500.

It’s also important to know this FHA program is designed for homeowners with conventional or sub-prime loans. It is not intended for borrowers with FHA mortgages. There is also a time limit on this program; qualified borrowers may apply for refinancing for loans with case numbers issued on or after September 7th 2010 and closed on or before the end of 2012.

This refinancing program can help homeowners avoid default and foreclosure on an existing conventional or sub-prime mortgage, but FHA requirements for lenders include a warning that borrowers should be aware of: the FHA requires lenders to inform applicants that this loan forgiveness program may, “be reflected as a negative feature on a borrower’s credit score.” The FHA also advises borrowers to check with a tax professional to learn what tax implications might come with having 10% or more of the original home loan amount forgiven.

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