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Mortgage Update

by Ashton Gustafson

Good Monday morning to you!

Interest rates took another dip this week back to around 5% for the 30 year fixed and 4.5% for the 15 year fixed. I cannot stress enough how significant these rates, and they really have only one way they can go from here...up! See the graph below for some historical perspective.

While 1% may not seem like much, with a $200,000 loan there is a difference in total payments of $45,360 when comparing rates from 5% to 6%.

Call me today if you would like to set up a time to speak with someone about your next Real Estate loan.

Remember our sites for fast answers: - Info on all homes in MLS. - Weekly Foreclosure List - Thinking of Selling? - Behind on your mortgage payment? - Market Update Pod Cast

Make it a great week.

"He who says he can and he who says he can't are both usually right." Confucius


Ashton on the Radio - January 22, 2010

by Ashton Gustafson

Click here to listen to Ashton Gustafson and Denny Bishop on the Rise and Shine Show with Joe Tom White.    


HUD/FHA Press Release - Increased FMA MIP Premiums

by Ashton Gustafson
HUD No.10-016
Melanie Roussell
(202) 708-0980FOR RELEASE
January 20, 2010

FHA Announces Policy Changes to Address Risk and Strengthen Finances
New Measures Will Help FHA Better Manage Risk, While Maintaining Support for the Housing Market and Access for Underserved Communities
WASHINGTON – Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner David Stevens today announced a set of policy changes to strengthen the FHA’s capital reserves, while enabling the agency to continue to fulfill its mission to provide access to homeownership for underserved communities. The changes announced today are the latest in a series of changes Stevens has enacted in order to better position the FHA to manage its risk while continuing to support the nation’s housing market recovery.
The FHA will propose to take the following steps: increase the mortgage insurance premium (MIP); update the combination of FICO scores and down payments for new borrowers; reduce seller concessions to three percent, from six percent; and implement a series of significant measures aimed at increasing lender enforcement. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan previewed the changes in December of last year, noting that the FHA would announce additional details before the end of January.
“Striking the right balance between managing the FHA’s risk, continuing to provide access to underserved communities, and supporting the nation’s economic recovery is critically important,” said Commissioner Stevens. “When combined with the risk management measures announced in September of last year, these changes are among the most significant steps to address risk in the agency’s history. Additionally, by continuing to provide affordable, responsible mortgage products, FHA will support the housing market’s recovery. Importantly, FHA will remain the largest source of home purchase financing for underserved communities.”
Announced FHA Policy Changes:
Mortgage insurance premium (MIP) will be increased to build up capital reserves and bring back private lending
The first step will be to raise the up-front MIP by 50 bps to 2.25% and request legislative authority to increase the maximum annual MIP that the FHA can charge.
If this authority is granted, then the second step will be to shift some of the premium increase from the up-front MIP to the annual MIP.
This shift will allow for the capital reserves to increase with less impact to the consumer, because the annual MIP is paid over the life of the loan instead of at the time of closing
The initial up-front increase is included in a Mortgagee Letter to be released tomorrow, January 21st, and will go into effect in the spring.
Update the combination of FICO scores and down payments for new borrowers.
New borrowers will now be required to have a minimum FICO score of 580 to qualify for FHA's 3.5% down payment program. New borrowers with less than a 580 FICO score will be required to put down at least 10%.
This allows the FHA to better balance its risk and continue to provide access for those borrowers who have historically performed well.
This change will be posted in the Federal Register in February and, after a notice and comment period, would go into effect in the early summer.
Reduce allowable seller concessions from 6% to 3%
The current level exposes the FHA to excess risk by creating incentives to inflate appraised value. This change will bring FHA into conformity with industry standards on seller concessions.
This change will be posted in the Federal Register in February, and after a notice and comment period, would go into effect in the early summer.
Increase enforcement on FHA lenders
Publicly report lender performance rankings to complement currently available Neighborhood Watch data - Will be available on the HUD website on February 1.
This is an operational change to make information more user-friendly and hold lenders more accountable; it does not require new regulatory action as Neighborhood Watch data is currently publicly available.
Enhance monitoring of lender performance and compliance with FHA guidelines and standards.
Implement Credit Watch termination through lender underwriting ID in addition to originating ID.
This change is included in a Mortgagee Letter to be released tomorrow, January 21st, and is effective immediately.
Implement statutory authority through regulation of section 256 of the National Housing Act to enforce indemnification provisions for lenders using delegated insuring process
Specifications of this change will be posted in March, and after a notice and comment period, would go into effect in early summer.
HUD is pursuing legislative authority to increase enforcement on FHA lenders. Specific authority includes:
Amendment of section 256 of the National Housing Act to apply indemnification provisions to all Direct Endorsement lenders. This would require all approved mortgagees to assume liability for all of the loans that they originate and underwrite
Legislative authority permitting HUD maximum flexibility to establish separate "areas" for purposes of review and termination under the Credit Watch initiative. This would provide authority to withdraw originating and underwriting approval for a lender nationwide on the basis of the performance of its regional branches
In addition to the changes proposed today, the FHA is continuing to review its overall response to housing market conditions, and continuing to evaluate its mortgage insurance underwriting standards and its measures to help distressed and underwater borrowers through FHA/HAMP and other FHA initiatives going forward.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development ad enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at and

5110 Lake Wellington - For Sale - Wichita Falls, TX

by Ashton Gustafson

5110 Lake Wellington - $315,000 - 3 beds - office - 2 baths - 3 car garage

Wichita Falls, TX - Lake Wellington

Built by RJ Wachsman, this stunning home found in Lake Wellington is in mint condition and move in ready. It has everything one could look for: open floor plan, hardwoods and tile throughout, office space, sewing closet, 3 car garage, granite countertops, huge master closet, isolated master bedroom, fabulous kitchen...and the list goes on.

For more information call Ashton Gustafson @ 940.224.0881. - New Site Is Up

by Ashton Gustafson

Chances are, you or someone you know in Wichita Falls is facing the possibility of foreclosure. But you need to understand that you are not alone.

Today, 1 out of every 10 homeowners in America is behind on mortgage payments. These are tough and frustrating times. Now more than ever, it's important to identify your options. Foreclosure can be avoided, your credit can be saved, and your financial future can be salvaged.

Through my experience handling distressed properties at Bishop Realtor Group, I've found that homeowners today have more questions than answers about their circumstances. I have created this site to help you understand the possible solutions to foreclosure, as well as provide a detailed explanation of short sales, which may be the best course of action for some homeowners.

You may also have noticed that I'm offering you a FREE Report to explain your options and help you decide on a course of action. The idea of losing a home can be overwhelming, and I feel it is vital for you to have all the facts necessary to make an informed decision.

As an agent with the CDPE® Designation, I have a strong and unique appreciation of the factors affecting the market, and know that there are options available to you.

If you would like to know more about your options, please call me at (940) 224-0881.

I am here to help … in any way I can. See for more information.

Ashton Gustafson

Gustafson Becomes Wichita Falls First CDPE

by Ashton Gustafson

FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATELY                                                                                                                               For more information, please contact:

Ashton Gustafson


Ashton Gustafson Earns Real Estate, Short Sale Designation to Help Homeowners in Danger of Foreclosure

Scottsdale, AZ – Jan 12, 2009 – Ashton Gustafson of Bishop Realtor Group in Wichita Falls has earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert® (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance, with a particular emphasis on short sales. At a time when millions of homeowners are struggling with the possibility of foreclosure, the skills and education amassed by Gustafson will help benefit Wichita Falls-area residents and communities.

Short sales allow the distressed homeowner to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even if it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.

Today, more than 13 percent of homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage or in the foreclosure process. This is occurring across all price ranges, and the fastest-growing category of homes in foreclosure is the luxury home market.

“The CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with homeowners and lenders on complicated short sales,” said Gustafson. “It is so rewarding to be able to help families save their homes from foreclosure.”

Alex Charfen, co-founder and CEO of the Distressed Property Institute in Austin, Texas, said that agents such as Gustafson with the CDPE Designation have valuable perspective on the market, and training in short sales that can offer homeowners real alternatives to foreclosure, which can be devastating to credit ratings.

“These experts better understand market conditions than the average agent, and can help sellers through the complications of foreclosure avoidance,” he said.

The Distressed Property Institute provides live and online courses to train real estate professionals how to help homeowners in distress, with a strong focus on handling short sales.

“Our goal is to help as many homeowners as possible, by educating as many real estate professionals as possible,” Charfen said. “Gustafson has demonstrated a commitment to struggling homeowners, a commitment that can provide much-needed stabilization to the community.”

Wichita Falls Marriot Opens

by Ashton Gustafson

Wichita Falls Adds Another Hotel.

Wichita Falls Real Estate Web Sites

by Ashton Gustafson

Good morning to you!

We  wanted to remind those of you looking to buy or sell Real Estate in the Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Iowa Park, and Sheppard Air Force Areas about the sites we've created just for you. - For Sellers - 

Complete the required information on your home and you will receive a complimentary Computer Analysis, indicating your home's approximate present value on the market today. You will receive this information quickly, by email, and without having to speak with an agent! - For Buyers -

Receive FREE email alerts of new bank-owned properties for sale in the greater
Greater Wichita Falls Area.
Unsubscribe at any time. - Foreclosure prevention site. 

In an approved short sale, the lender agrees to accept less than is owed for the property, and the homeowner is relieved of the debt.  A lender may be willing to do this because it spares a lot of hassle and expense involved in executing a foreclosure.  And typically, a short sale does far less damage to the homeowner’s credit than a foreclosure does.

Please let us know if you have any problems navigating through these sites.

Wichita Falls, TX, Real Estate

New Financing Available in Wichita Falls

by Ashton Gustafson


Wichita Falls, TX - Real Estate Info You Should Know

Effective January 4th American National Bank will begin accepting loan applications for the above new 1st Time Home Buyers Loan Program.  The rate will be 4.75% with no down payment assistance (DPA) and 5.25% with 3% DPA.  The loan will have a 1% origination fee with standard closing costs.  The program is available under FHA, VA , or RHS (USDA Rural Housing) loans with standard qualifications. Veterans do not have to be first time home buyers to qualify for the program.  Loans may not close until January 18th, 2010 and the origination period is until December 24, 2010.

American National is very proud to be the lead lender in this program with $10MM dollars in funds available and is very happy that they were able to be instrumental in providing assistance to the HFC to insure that there was up to $450,000 in Down Payment Assistance for the program.  We will be providing additional information as it becomes available but please give any of us a call with questions or for application for you under this important program for our community.

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Contact Information

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Ashton Gustafson
The Bishop Realtor Group
1916 N. Elmwood Ave.
Wichita Falls TX 76308
Office: 940-691-7355
Fax: 940-691-7363