How to get $1/2 Million Dollars Ahead.

27 12 2011

Small steps for big results.

In life, there are a few small actions that you can do that will have a tremendous benefit for you.  The biggest is to start and grow your own successful business.  But whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, everyone needs a roof over their head.  And how you finance that roof can put over $500,000 in your pocket or someone else’s.

The average renter in Oklahoma pays about $750 per month in rent.  Property values and rent typically rise about 3% per year in Oklahoma, and over the 30 years that typically make up your working life, you would have spent $435,019 in rent, and have not even on cent of equity.  That’s what I call a terrible deal.

By buying a home with a similar monthly payment, not only would you own a paid-for home worth $327,680, but you would have saved $53,640 on your taxes as well.  By year five in your home, you would have received more back on your tax returns than you put down for the down payment.  The IRS pays you back for your investment, you make the same monthly payment for a house that pays YOU back.  That’s what I call a smart deal.

Let’s look at the math:

Renting:

Costs                                             $-488,659.00

Benefits                                                      $0.00

Total                                             $-488,659.00

Owning a home:

Costs:                                            $-237,172.00

Benefits, equity                            $327,680.00

Benefits, tax savings                      $53,640.00

Total                                                $144,148.00

So you can pay almost $1/2 Million to a landlord for no benefits, or you can pay yourself and come out over $1/2 Million ahead.  It’s your choice.  And when you’re ready to make a smart choice for you, I’d like to help you.

Wilhelm Koenig

405.249.5993 cell

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3.5 Ways to buy a home for little or no money down

21 10 2011

Does your rental house feel like the one in the picture?

Rickety, drafty homes that cost a fortune to heat in the winter and never cool down in the summer?  No privacy?  No security from the shady neighbors?  Worn, smelly, stained carpets?   And your landlord…don’t even get me started.

In the words of Dylan, “It ain’t a way to live, sister.”

Most renters are stuck here until they can save the money for the down payment.  Fortunately, I have 3.5 solutions to help you get into your first home so you can ENJOY living in your house.

1. VA Loan- if you are an active duty servicemember or the spouse of a deceased servicemember, you may qualify for a VA loan.  No down payment is required, and you pay no monthly mortgage insurance.  This helps you buy a better home and get a lower payment.  Thanks Uncle Sam!

2. USDA Loan- 90% of Oklahoma is considered rural, and if you plan to buy outside of OKC limits, you could buy a home for no money down and pay no monthly mortgage insurance.  Your taxes and the sales price of the home will probably be lower, too.

3. Section 184 Loan- If you are a member of an Indian nation, you may be eligible for a Section 184 loan.  You could buy a home anywhere in OK, pay no mortgage insurance, and pay a small down payment.  Plus, many tribes have down payment assistance to help you get into your new home.

3.5 FHA Loan- If none of the above apply to you, you can always buy a home with an FHA loan.  FHA requires a down payment of 3.5% of the sales price, but this can be a gift from a family member.  If your family can’t help you out, contact me– I have 18 other ways to get the money for the down payment that FHA allows.  We’ll go through all the options that could help you.

Wilhelm Koenig

405.249.5993





Why do I get to skip a payment when I buy or refi?

3 10 2011

In some situations, you could skip two payments.  But let’s take a closer look at what is happening with the first payment on your loan.

Interest is always paid in arrears on a loan.  This means that the interest has to accumulate before there is anything to pay.  It’s like a water bill- you use the water first, the utility company checks to see how much you owe, and then bills you the next month for the previous month’s usage.  So the interest accrues during your skipped month and your first payment applies to the interest from the previous month and the loan principal.  That’s why you get to skip a month.

How do I get to skip two months?  If your loan funds during the first 5 days of the month, you could pay less closing costs and skip one payment, or pay slightly more and skip two.  Since you are only paying the interest for the skipped month, it’s usually only about 2/3rds of what the normal payment would be.

Many times a home purchase or refinance happens when you’re going through a life change– a new marriage, baby, job relocation, divorce or death in the family—and many times skipping one or two payments helps with all the small “other” costs that go along with these life changes, whether they are diapers for babies or diapers for taking in elderly parents.

I am honored to help you save money on your home financing, especially when you are going through these life transitions.  So far I have saved fellow Oklahomans $18.3 million on their homes this year, and I want to help you be a part of that savings.  Please reach out to me, and I’m happy to help.

As always, here to serve,

Wilhelm Koenig

405.249.5993





Are you a member of a Native American tribe?

13 06 2011


If so, you may be eligible for one of the best loan products available, the section 184 loan.  It is a loan for registered members of Indian nations or their spouses, which allows you to put very little (or no money, depending on your tribe) down, receive a low interest rate and pay no monthly mortgage insurance.  It also is a loan type with common-sense underwriting guidelines, so if you have some unique situations that keep you from qualifying for a conventional loan, you may still qualify for a section 184 loan.

While close to 50% of the section 184 loans in the US are in Oklahoma, very few lenders offer it, and even fewer do it well, making the process simple for you.  We love our clients, and we especially love helping clients with Native Americans citizenship finance their homes on great terms.

Please reach out to us to start your approval process.  Thank you!