Wes Moore

NMLS# 205189

Senior Loan Officer

Wes Moore
Senior Loan Officer

NMLS# 205189
State Lic: CO # 100507547; NM # 205189; AZ # 0940893;
6733 Academy Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Direct: (505) 249-4506
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For me, It’s all about service, and I have been serving families across New Mexico since 1988. In fact, NOW I am licensed in both Colorado, and Arizona!

I joined Academy because of its strong reputation for integrity—based mortgage lending, its unwavering commitment to responsible lending practices, and for its broad portfolio of mortgage solutions and tools.

Since joining Academy, I have helped many individuals and families attain the dream of homeownership. Whether you want to buy a new home or refinance an existing mortgage, I will provide a customized solution for you at competitive rates. No brokering, no middleman, no hassle, no surprises.

Academy is a direct lender, which means that my Branch and Regional Offices are equipped to complete the entire loan process in—house—all loan processing, underwriting, closings, and funding are handled locally. As a result, we have a proven track record of closing loans as quickly and efficiently as possible

I will be in control of your loan file from start to finish, and I will be up—to—date on the status of your loan at all times. I understand the importance of maintaining continuous communication throughout the loan process and commit to providing you accurate, timely, and honest mortgage advice.

I invite you to put us to the test. Let me show you how simple and easy securing a mortgage can be.

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NMLS# 205189

State Lic: CO: 100507547; NM: 205189; AZ: 0940893;

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Debunked: 5 down payment myths you probably still believe

More than 200 million Americans live in homes they own themselves, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Still, despite the large percentage of the population that has successfully gone through the homebuying process, it remains a mystery to many citizens. For those considering a home purchase this year, myths about what is necessary to buy a home may keep them from joining the 64 percent of the country who live in owner-occupied houses.

Here are 5 down payment myths you probably still believe, but shouldn't:

Myth No. 5: I need a 20% down payment.

Many people have heard that a 20% down payment - at minimum - is required to obtain a residential mortgage. This myth became popular because it's generally recommended that most people have a 20% down payment ready when they wish to buy a home. However, that doesn't mean it's necessary. In fact, the typical down payment today is between 5 and 10%, according to SmartAsset.

Myth No. 4: My down payment has to be all my own money.

For many people, the most challenging aspect of buying a home is saving for the down payment, according to the National Association of Realtors. While the majority of people use their own money for the down payment, this is hardly required. Freddie Mac pointed out that there are several options for those saving up for a home, including:

Myth No. 3: Down payment assistance programs are only for first-timers.

Down payment assistance programs can be a wonderful help to first-time homebuyers who are new to the world of real estate. But, as any second-time homebuyer may tell you, it's not always smooth sailing on your second go-round.

This is particularly true for those who haven't gone through the homebuying process in several years. And, considering the average time spent in a home is a decade, it seems safe to say that most home sellers are out of practice when it comes to navigating a home purchase.

Because of this, the definition of "first-time homebuyer" is a bit more complicated than one might assume. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a first-time homebuyer is someone who:

Beyond these many definitions, it's important to note that not all down payment assistance programs specify that they're only available to first-timers.

Myth No. 2: Programs are only available in big cities.

Down payment and homebuyer assistance programs are available in every corner of the country. Every homebuyer, whether they're living in a big, bustling city like Los Angeles or New York City, or in a tiny, rural community, has access to a program that can simplify the homebuying journey. To find one for you, begin by browsing through the state housing agency loans available through Academy Mortgage.

Myth No. 1: Down payments are always required.

Not every home purchase is secured with a down payment. Crazy as it sounds (especially if you believed you needed as much as 20%), some homes can be bought with no cash down. Here are two popular 100% financing options you can look into:

VA Loans

If you or your spouse is a veteran, an active-duty service member or a part of a reserve program, you could qualify for a VA loan, and may not be required to make a down payment upfront.

USDA Loans

Also called farmers' or rural loans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture backs these loans which encourage buyers to make a home purchase in qualifying areas of the country. While their name suggests that it only applies to far-away plains, it actually encompasses some surprisingly suburban areas. While you won't find a qualifying home in the center of a major metropolitan area, you'll likely find one within driving distance. Check out the USDA website to explore eligible areas.

Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2015 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. Visit www.academymortgage.com to find a loan, get a rate, or calculate your payment today.


Fannie Mae just made getting a mortgage easier for some student loan borrowers

In an effort to reach out to homebuyers and owners juggling student loan and mortgage payments, Fannie Mae announced several new policies that ease some of the challenges these people face.

There are three major changes that are expected to make obtaining a residential mortgage easier for borrowers with student debt.

Three new rule changes

The first is the student loan cash-out refinance. This allows borrowers to refinance a current mortgage to use the funds to pay down the remainder of their student loans. They could also potentially get a lower mortgage rate in the process.

"44.2 million Americans are paying down student debt."

The second change applies to borrowers who have some debt that's paid by others, such as a borrower whose parents pay down the monthly credit card, auto loan or student loan payments.

Under the old rule, these balances would be included in a borrower's debt-to-income ratio - a measure lenders look at as one way to determine the risk associated with a potential borrower. The new rules state that they can be excluded from the DTI calculation, as long as they meet two requirements:

The third new rule allows lenders to look at student loan debt and the actual payments being made as part of the DTI calculation. Previously, lenders were required to factor in 1% of the total student loan debt. The problem with this practice is that many students paid less than 1% on a monthly basis.

According to Student Loan Hero, 44.2 million Americans are paying down student debt, and the typical graduate is leaving college with around $30,000 in debt; 1% of this amount would be $300. While the average monthly student loan payment is higher than this - $351 - the median monthly student loan payment is just $203.

Many times, factoring in an amount that was different than borrowers' actual loan payments artificially increased their DTI calculation and disqualified them from getting an affordable home loan with many lenders.

Addressing a growing trend

Fannie Mae announced these rules in response to an obstacle many prospective homebuyers have encountered in recent years. While there are many ways people can balance student loan debt and mortgage payments, it isn't easy. The National Association of Realtors found that 13 percent of homebuyers in 2016 said saving for a down payment was the hardest part of the homebuying process. Nearly half of these respondents said it was student loans that held them back.

"We understand the significant role that a monthly student loan payment plays in a potential home buyer's consideration to take on a mortgage, and we want to be a part of the solution," Jonathan Lawless, Fannie Mae's vice president of customer solutions, explained in a statement. "These new policies provide three flexible payment solutions to future and current homeowners and, in turn, allow lenders to serve more borrowers."

While these new rules are designed to aid borrowers, there is always a risk associated with new programs such as these. Some worry that, by changing the DTI formula, lenders won't get as accurate a picture of a borrower's actual ability to pay down their mortgage, The Washington Post reported. In reality, these rules will likely be a wonderful help for some borrowers, but not quite the right solution for others. To determine whether any of them are a good option for you, reach out to Academy Mortgage.

Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2015 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. Visit www.academymortgage.com to find a loan, get a rate, or calculate your payment today.


Down payment assistance programs can help alleviate savings stress

Buying a house for the first time can be a confusing and complicated experience. Most first-time buyers find there is a lot more to the purchase than they expected. One of the biggest obstacles consumers face is the price.

The median U.S. home price in 2015 was $296,000, a figure that has progressively inched higher since 2009, when the median was $216,700, according to data from the Census Bureau. Most industry experts will advise homebuyers, if they can afford it, to make a 20% down payment. Doing so will likely help them secure a low interest rate on a residential mortgage while also avoiding the cost of private mortgage insurance.

The daunting down payment

Still, coming up with 20% of nearly $300,000 is a lot to ask - it rounds out to nearly $60,000. Most homebuyers source their down payments from their personal savings, according to the National Association of Realtors' Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. But a 2015 GOBankingRates survey found that just 14% of people have more than $10,000 in their savings accounts. As such, it doesn't come as a surprise that the typical down payment is well below the 20% mark:

Fortunately, there are plenty of options for those homebuyers who are lacking in the savings department. More than 24,000 homebuyer programs are available to consumers, with down payment assistance programs being among the most popular, according to Down Payment Resource.

DPAs can be helpful resources to prospective homebuyers who don't have enough money in savings for a substantial down payment. But they also help communities, noted Leslie Darling, the executive director of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, which debuted a new DPA in May, 2016.

"More than 24,000 homebuyer programs are available to consumers."

"We know where there is more home ownership in a community it makes for a greater community and a safer community," she explained to a group of real estate agents, according to DNAinfo.

How to research DPAs

1. Find programs in your area

DPAs are often offered through state, county and city governments, wrote Danny Gardner, Freddie Mac's vice president of Single-Family Affordable Lending and Access to Credit. Your mortgage lender may have one available to you, or know about programs in your community.

2. Research eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements vary between programs, and might include:

If you qualify, you could receive a couple thousand dollars or more toward your down payment or closing costs.

Gardner noted that some programs require borrowers to attend homebuyer education counseling.

Since DPAs are usually available through a government source, funds are often limited. Most programs are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

While DPAs are commonly regarded as programs for first-time homebuyers, don't worry if you've already owned a home. DPR explained that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development considers anyone who hasn't owned a home for three or more years a first-timer. Plus, there are plenty of programs that don't have a first-time buyer requirement.

3. Ask about payment plans

Repayment requirements also vary. Some programs want all money repaid, while others don't ask for any payments, according to The Mortgage Reports.

At a time when home prices are continuing their rise, an inventory shortage is inspiring bidding wars in many areas, and monetary policy changes are pushing mortgage rates higher, DPAs could become a key aspect of the homebuying process. Making sure you know all options available to you is crucial in making an informed purchasing decision.

Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2015 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. Visit www.academymortgage.com to find a loan, get a rate, or calculate your payment today.