Chris & Shannan's Real Estate Insights!

Sept. 25, 2017

New MLS Area Map

With the recent upgrade in the MLS system - new MLS areas have been added and some boundaries have changed.  This is the current map.  Use these boundaries to adjust the search for your desired areas.

New MLS Areas

Sept. 20, 2017

FHA Loan Rules on Shared Wells

Here are the new basic rules for homes to qualifiy for FHA that have a shared water well:


“The Mortgagee must confirm that a Shared Well:

  • serves existing Properties that cannot feasibly be connected to an acceptable public or Community Water supply System;

  • is capable of providing a continuous supply of water to involved Dwelling Units so that each existing Property simultaneously will be assured of at least three gallons per minute (five gallons per minute for Proposed Construction) over a continuous four-hour period. (The well itself may have a lesser yield if pressurized storage is provided in an amount that will make 720 gallons of water available to each connected existing dwelling during a continuous four-hour period or 1,200 gallons of water available to each proposed dwelling during a continuous four-hour period. The shared well system yield must be demonstrated by a certified pumping test or other means acceptable to all agreeing parties.);

  • provides safe and potable water. An inspection is required under the same circumstances as an individual well. This may be evidenced by a letter from the health authority having jurisdiction or, in the absence of local health department standards, by a certified water quality analysis demonstrating that the well water complies with the EPAs National Interim Primary Drinking Water Regulations;

  • has a valve on each dwelling service line as it leaves the well so that water may be shut off to each served dwelling without interrupting service to the other Properties; and

  • serves no more than four living units or Properties.”

July 12, 2017

2nd Quarter Tucson MLS Market Report

Here is our

2017 2nd Quarter Tucson MLS Market Report  



Overall - prices are up and inventory is down.  See the report for more information!


Click HERE to See The Report

June 29, 2017

Home Loan Application Checklist

Home Loan Application Checklist

The thought of applying for a mortgage can be intimidating. In the past, the process was a complicated one. But mortgage companies have streamlined the process to make the application process easier. You may not need paper copies of everything since some mortgage companies can gather information electronically with your permission.

Personal information to gather would be to verify income, debts, credit score and assets. Of course, include a sales contract on the property to be acquired.

Download the Home Loan Application - CLICK HERE

June 12, 2017

Family Housing Resources Has Down Payment Assistance Funds Available

FHR has reserved its current allocation of WISH Funds

They still have HOME funds for 3.5% up to $3,700,

Which requires class prior to signing a contract


You must attend class and make appointment for counseling/eligibility

So they are ready when WISH funds become available later in the year

CLICK HERE for more information

June 2, 2017

Qualifying for Self-Employed Individuals

Qualifying for Self-Employed Individuals


Most loan programs require 2 years of self-employment for income from the business to be considered long-term and stable. Some exceptions do apply. These exceptions are most likely to be in the conventional, conforming loan programs rather than jumbo loans.


Individuals that have previous background in the same field of the newly established business may be able to get through the lending system with less than two years of self-employment.  For example, individuals who go from a W-2 position with their employer to a 1099’s position with the same employer may be able to demonstrate long-term and stable income with less than 2 years of self-employment. Professionals that move from employee to self-employed in the same line of work may be able to qualify with 1-2 years of self-employment.


These exceptions are made on a case by case basis so consult your lender.


May 26, 2017

Chris Pendleton & Shannan Marty - Accredited Better Business Bureau Real Estate Agents

Chris & Shannan are proud to announce that they are now Accredited Better Business Bureau Real Estate Agents!

Posted in Reviews
April 28, 2017

FNMA Eases Qualifying Rules on Student Loan Debt

FNMA Eases Qualifying Rules on Student Loan Debt

Student loan payments, even if deferred, are still counted in the debt ratio for mortgage qualifying. Previously, FNMA required 1% of the balance as a qualifying payment monthly.

FNMA will now allow the payment reported on the credit report to be used in qualifying. If the payment is 0 or not reported on the credit report, then lenders are required to use 1% of the balance or a fully amortized payment. This will make qualifying easier for may consumers.

Posted in Uncategorized
March 25, 2017

Chris & Shannan Announce Cutting Edge Technology to Sell Homes Faster!

Chris & Shannan today announced they have adopted the latest technology that allows them to do 3D 360 Virtual Tours of Homes. These specialized tours immerse the buyer into the property giving them the unique ability to take either self guided or automated tours of a home. This technology is the best way to showcase a home because of the high quality scans and the ability to add tags to special items in the home. Less than .002% of the real estate agents in the US have adopted this technology!

A sample of the technology is here:

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March 24, 2017

Keeping a Small Balance on Credit Cards Can Increase Your Credit Score

Paying off revolving accounts each month does not necessarily help your credit score. Keeping your balances at any one time under 30% of the limits will likely increase your score since it is when your credit card provider reports the balance that is one of the keys for credit scoring.

Studies also show that keeping a very small balance on revolving accounts, 1%-2% of the limit, will maximize the revolving component of your credit score. If your limit is $5,000, try to keep a balance of $50-$100 on your account to help improve your credit score over time.