All Blog Entries by Kim Jones-Zweig

Kim has been a mortgage consultant since 2001, after spending 15 years working in the technology industry. She understands that everyone cannot meet with their mortgage lender during normal 9 to 5 hours, so she makes herself available during evenings and on weekends when necessary. She understands the forces that drive interest rates and the importance of sound financial planning. She can advise you on strategies for getting the best type of loan and rate to suit your goals. She is very knowledgeable and experienced in all loan programs including Jumbo, Conventional, Construction, FHA, VA, USDA, and Renovation.

In a continuously changing industry, the guidelines and products are rapidly modified. Capitalizing on cutting-edge technology in communication, processing, and in-house underwriting, Kim has the tools available to close your loan on time. She enjoys educating her clients on how the loan process works and spend the time necessary to make sure each borrower is comfortable, and well-informed throughout the loan process and after closing.

Found 13 blog entries published by Kim Jones-Zweig.



If you have been self-employed for a minimum of 2 years, and you maximize your tax deductions to minimize your tax liability but have excellent cash flow, it is now possible to document your income by adding up the deposits on your 24 most recent bank statements. The total deposits will replace the income reporting on your tax returns for qualifying.   Taking this different perspective can make the difference to get you to qualify for your home loan.

Below are the features of our Bank Statement Loan Program:

  •   Can use Business or Personal Bank Statements

  •   All owners of bank accounts used must be on loan

  •   100% of deposits can be used


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Construction Loans ~ Which are best?

There are two types of construction loans used by homeowners;
1. One-time-close loans
2. Two-time-close loans

With all construction loans, money is disbursed by the lender based on a pre-established construction draw schedule. The goal is to only pay for what has been completed, minus retainage, typically 10% of the cost of the project, which is held back until everything is completed properly and the owner has issued a certificate of occupancy (CO).

One-Time-Close Construction Loans...

This loan has one approval process, and one closing, simplifying the process and reducing the closing costs. Typically, the borrower can choose from the portfolio of mortgages offered by the lender such as 30-year-fixed, or

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What is the difference between Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when you need to use monthly income from assets?

Fannie Mae:

• 1-2 Unit primary residence or second home only. For purchase or rate/term refinance transactions
• Maximum Loan to Value is 80%
• Assets must be employee-related
• When assets have assessed a penalty, the penalty must be included in the calculation and deducted from the asset amount
• Calculating the net amount to use for monthly income form the asset, Minus 30%, if the assets are in the form of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
• Your calculation is applicable to the term of the loan in months such as 360,180, etc.
• The asset must be liquid and available to the borrower and must be one of the

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HomeOne mortgage is a new conventional 3% down payment option for qualified first-time home buyers. HomeOne mortgage serves borrowers without geographic or income restrictions.  The HomeOne mortgage will provide home buyers the flexibility they need to help buyers achieve the milestone of home ownership and overcome the common down payment resource hurdle.

Below are the highlights of the HomeOne Loan Program: 

  • Financing with just 3% down

  • Lower Mortgage Insurance requirements than standard rates

  • No Income Limits

  • Homeownership education course required for at least one borrower

  • Must be an owner-occupied property

  • Includes 1-unit single-family residences, condos and townhouses

  • Must be a

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HARP REFINANCE REPLACEMENT!  High Loan-to-Value Refinance Option

The High Loan-to-Value (LTV) Refinance loan option provides refinance opportunities to borrowers with existing Fannie Mae mortgages who are making their mortgage payments on time, but whose LTV ratio for a new mortgage exceeds the maximum allowed for standard limited cash-out refinance options.

The High LTV refi option replaces the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), which ended Dec. 31, 2018.

Borrowers must benefit from the refinance in at least one of the following ways:

  1. Reduced monthly principal and interest payment

  2. Lower mortgage rate

  3. Shorter amortization term

  4. More stable mortgage product, such as moving from an adjustable-rate

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Fidelity offers borrowers an affordable option that could help you qualify for a home loan. Whether you want to purchase or refinance, we are able to help lower your initial monthly mortgage payment with a temporary mortgage rate buydown.

The principle behind the 2/1 buydown loan using the standard 15 and 30-year terms, is to decrease your mortgage payment ratio, and overall debt ratio. This loan option is beneficial for those who might not otherwise have the necessary ratios for qualifying. 

The temporary buydown option allows you to prepay some of the interest on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in exchange for a discounted interest rate for the first one-to-three years of your mortgage. The rate will gradually increase to the agreed-upon

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  • What is Asset Dissipation? (A/KA Asset Depletion)

    Using assets for qualifying income to demonstrate an ability to make mortgage payments. Asset depletion mortgages, also known as asset dissipation mortgages, enable borrowers to use liquid assets to qualify for a mortgage.  Asset depletion mortgages are good for borrowers with relatively minimal income or no verifiable employment but significant assets such as funds in a bank, investment or retirement account.  Examples of potentially applicable borrowers include the self-employed, retired (or almost retired) and wealthy.

    Fidelity Bank Mortgage uses a formula to calculate the income that could be generated by depleting a borrower’s liquid assets over a fixed period of time and use that

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As an active duty service member, Veteran, or surviving spouse of a Veteran, you have sacrificed and served our country well. Fidelity Bank Mortgage appreciates your service! We’re here to thank you for your sacrifice and contribution with our VA loans. You deserve the home of your dreams and we offer a VA loan that can help you get there.

What is a VA Loan?

A VA loan is insured by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and issued by VA approved lenders. This government guaranteed loan enables these approved lenders to lend with more flexible and lenient qualifying guidelines. Since this military loan guarantee program was first created in 1944, more than 20 million Veterans and their families have been helped with affordable home financing.

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The reason it seems like it is so hard to get a mortgage approved when you are self-employed is actually twofold. First, the document-gathering-discovery-phase is especially rigorous and second, the evidence requirements have so many more moving parts and potential landmines.

Just what is the liquidity test?

The liquidity test measures the ratio of liquid and near-liquid assets to current liabilities.  There is no liquidity test for all regular W2 income folks.

Self-employed folks documentation begins with 2 years of tax returns; personal and business, all pages, all schedules, all everything. Add in the year-to-date Profit & Loss Statement, current Balance Sheet, a letter from an accountant proclaiming that the business has been a going

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I initially began purchasing rental property as a way to diversify my wealth-building strategy. After I acquired three houses, I noticed that over the course of six months, my rentals were far out-performing my IRA and 401(k). I decided to pull my money out of the financial markets and reinvest it into building a strong rental portfolio. I’m not saying that this is a strategy everyone should employ, but I will say that anyone looking to build wealth should at least review the real estate investment vehicle.

The housing market crash has become a distant memory, and home prices are looking healthy again. That means there are good opportunities for investing in the residential real estate market.

If you’re ready to borrow for a residential

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