Jenine Atencio Caucutt takes Leasing Agent of the Year 2016 Trophy Home

We are proud to announce that our wonderful and very dedicated AMSI staff member Jenine Atencio Caucutt has been awarded Leasing Agent of the Year 2016 by the San Francisco Apartment Association. She is the third staff member in a row to take this trophy home after Dawn Cusulos in 2014 and Danny Liu in 2015. 

Jenine says “I am passionate about maximizing opportunities for all of my clients.” This surely reflects in her professionalism and wonderful personality. We congratulate her for the well-deserved recognition by the San Francisco Apartment Association. 

The company’s industry standing has made AMSI the number one contact for renters seeking furnished and unfurnished rentals in many prime locations across the United States. Additionally, affiliations with property owner’s worldwide have expanded our available accommodations internationally. 

AMSI has earned a respected reputation since the company’s inception in 1970 and has been honored for innovation and business achievements. 

Jenine Atencio Caucutt
AMSI Executive Leasing, Relocation, Real Estate Sales and Property Management Specialist
Phone: 415-447-2022
Jenine’s staff website

Danny Liu is SFAA Leasing Agent of The Year 2015

We are very proud for Danny Liu being awarded San Francisco Apartment Association’s Leasing Agent of The Year 2015.

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Find all the winners the SFAA Trophy Awards 2015 including AMSI’s Danny Liu here 

His AMSI underpinnings, detail oriented training, and real estate background have allowed him to become a valuable asset to his clients.

“I focus on my clients needs and goals to produce a dialogue of a clear plan of action. My client-oriented service combined with open communication and transparency, and AMSI support staff have yielded extremely satisfied clients and long lasting relationships.” ~Danny Liu

If you are searching for a property leasing professional or property manager Danny will to help you to obtain your goals.

Danny’s Page

FHA Streamline Refinance: No Appraisal or Income Verification

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Guest Post by Optimal Loans Oakland, CA optimal loans oaklandAn FHA Streamline is a special loan product for individuals that have an existing FHA mortgage. It is a very easy and pain free process that does not require a Home appraisal and income verification. One of the perks of not having an appraisal is that you can refinance your loan even if your loan amount is higher than the value of the property. Also you don’t have to worry about paying for an appraisal. The FHA encourages folks that are underwater to refinance their property and lower their monthly payment. This is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity because the requirements to qualify are very lenient and simple. And most importantly the interest rates are the lowest they have been in the last 2 years. Also the MIP has been reduced dramatically. The reduction amount is dependent on your loan amount and amortization. Please refer to the MIP Chart towards the bottom of this article to understand this better.

Requirements of the FHA streamline program:

We wanted to dig in deeper to help you understand what lenders actually require from you to get this deal done. Income verification is not required in an FHA loan. When applying for a Streamline loan you do not need to provide W2, 1099 or Tax returns. Lot of articles online state that no job verification is required. However most lenders will do a Verification of Employment before the loan funds. This is merely a call to your employer to ensure that you have a job.

Mortgage only Credit Report
In an FHA streamline loan the lenders do not require a credit report but they require a Mortgage Only Tri-merged Credit report. They want to verify if you have had any late payments in the previous year. You are only allowed to have one late payment on your mortgage in the last 12 months. Also most lenders require a minimum credit score of 620 on Conforming FHA loans and 640 on Jumbo FHA loans.

Other Requirements
In order to qualify for this mortgage there must be a 5% reduction in P&I and MI. FHA streamline loans do not allow lender cashback and all credit from the lender will be applied to the reduction of the principal balance. Streamline loans are only for owner occupied properties. The borrower must have made at least 6 payments on the FHA mortgage that is being refinanced to qualify for a Streamline Refinance. At least 210 days must have passed on the FHA mortgage before it can be considered. You may not increase loan balance to cover for loan closing costs. The borrower must pay for closing costs out of pocket or cover them with lender credit. The closing costs consist of lender origination charges and title/escrow charges. This is not something that should worry you given today’s lending market. Most lenders are giving plenty of credit on interest rates that cover for your closing costs. It is very common to find a zero cost streamline loan or a loan that requires very low closing costs.

Upfront Mortgage Insurance Premiums
All loans that were endorsed by the FHA on or after June 1st, 2009 will have an Upfront Charge of 1.75% of the loan amount. This will be added to your loan balance. For example if the loan amount you are applying for is $200,000 then your upfront will be $3500. UFMIP formula = 1.75% X Current Loan amount. If you are refinancing within 3 years of your initial loan, FHA will provide a refund on previously paid upfront MIP. The size of the refund decreases as your 3 year time frame diminishes. Contact your Loan officer to get an exact figure of how much your refund will be.

Now that we have discussed the requirements. Let’s tell you why you should apply for a FHA Streamline Refinance. -First and most importantly the Annual MIP has decreased on January 26th, 2015. Even if you have a great Interest Rate you can save a lot on the MIP itself. Refer to the charts and example below.

Term > 15 years

Base Loan Amount LTV Previous MIP New MIP
< $625,500 < 95.00% 130bps 80bps
< $625,500 > 95.00% 135bps 85bps
>$625,500 <95.00% 150bps 100bps
>$625,500 >95.00% 155bps 105bps
Terms < 15 Years
Base Loan Amount LTV Previous MIP New MIP
<$625,500 78.01%-90.00% 45bps 45bps
<$625,500 >90.00% 70bps 70bps
>$625,500 78.01%-90.00% 70bps 70bps
>$625,500 >90.00% 95bps 95bps

For example: If your FHA loan amount is $525,000 and your MIP is at 130bps. You are paying $568.75 in Monthly MIP. Now, if you were to refinance with the Streamline program you can decrease your MIP from 130bps to 80bps. So your new monthly MIP will be $350. That is a $218.75 saving on your monthly payment. And you can do this without an appraisal!!

  • Very little paperwork required for a streamline. Which means very little time and effort required to get the deal done.
  • You can lock in a great interest rate in today’s Market. Ask your loan officer for a rate quote!
  • It is very common to find a loan that will cost you close to nothing as lenders are offering credit on interest rates. This depends on what rate you chose. Ask your Loan Officer about this.

In general this is a great time to refinance any Home mortgage given the current interest rate market. But if you are on the Streamline path it is the best time. You may be wondering why the FHA is allowing such a great loan program. Well, by allowing borrowers to lower their mortgage payments they reduce the risk of defaults on FHA mortgages. As the FHA insures these mortgages made by lenders it is the FHA’s goal to reduce risk on its overall portfolio. If you have a FHA Mortgage then don’t wait because it is a guaranteed saving and practically very minimal effort from your end. Optimal Loans

Dawn Cusulos Has Been Awarded Leasing Agent of The Year

AMSI leasing agent of the yearWe congratulate AMSI agent Dawn Cusulos for having been awarded Leasing Agent of the Year by the San Francisco Apartment Association

Dawn once said that what she likes the most about working in Real Estate is that it gives her great pleasure to see people happy once they have found a home, whether it’s a buyer or tenant. This is what makes her so special, she is truly dedicated to her work and always wants the best for her clients.

Dawn is a very dedicated and top producing Real Estate Agent and has been with AMSI for many years, specializing in Property Leasing and Real Estate Sales in San Francisco. If you want to learn more about Dawn please read this Q&A with Dawn Cusulos a Top Producing Real Estate Agent, a Superwoman.

Dawn Cusulos
Phone: 415-678-8854
AMSI Real Estate Services
2800 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco