Christopher Greco Appraisal Services, Inc


New York Real Estate Appraisal and Inspection Services is pleased to inform you that we are New York FHA Appraiser approved and we are happy to assist you with any of your New York FHA Appraisal or Home Inspection needs.

In a world of uncertainties, protecting your interests and those of your clients is of the utmost importance. Why shouldn't you have the assurance that those in whom you place your good faith are trustworthy and dependable?  By using an New York FHA Certified Appraiser you have that certainty.

Being on the New York FHA Appraiser Roster is a guarantee to you that I have the industry experience and knowledge to assist you in meeting your clients' needs, as well as a testament to my history of professionalism and credibility in the Real Estate Industry. We offers Bronx FHA Appraisers, Brooklyn FHA Appraisers, Queens FHA Appraisers, Staten Island FHA Appraisers, New York City FHA Appraisers, Nassau County FHA Appraisers, Suffolk County FHA Appraisers, Westechster County FHA Appraisers, Rockland County FHA Appraisers, Dutchess County FHA Appraisers, Orange County FHA Appraisers and Putnam County FHA Appraisers

As a New York FHA Appraiser, I will ensure that:

  • You receive an accurate determination of property value
  • You receive your appraisal in a timely and efficient manner

Why worry about uncertainty? As a New York FHA Certified Appraiser, you have my pledge that I will provide a clear, fair, and objective determination of any property's value, and have the peace of mind in knowing that I am on your side to help protect your interests.

We proudly provide New York FHA Appraisals in New York County, Bronx County, Kings County (Brookyn), Richmond County (staten Island), Queens County, Westchester County, Rockland County, Orange County, Dutchess County, Nassau County and Suffolk County.  

Christopher Greco Appraisal Services Inc looks forward to assisting you with any of your FHA appraisals.

If you are new to FHA or just want further information regarding FHA loans please visit their website for further information.,1&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL




Refinancing a loan or purchasing a home is never a decision to make lightly, especially during unsettled times. Wise borrowing leads to financial security and there are 2,300 HUD-approved counseling programs around the country available to educate borrowers on housing issues. If you are in trouble due to an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), unsure about your ability to afford a mortgage, or unfamiliar with mortgage details, find an approved housing counseling agency on our website or call 1-800-569-4287.

When you are ready, an FHA-approved lender can provide you with a more sustainable alternative to costly subprime loans – one that can help you build wealth from your housing investment. Fortunately, it’s a buyer’s market.

Be informed about your choices. Get back-to-basics with FHA.


Common Questions About an FHA Loan

Why choose an FHA loan? - (Top)

There are lots of good reasons to choose an FHA loan, especially if one or more of the following apply to you:

  • You're a first-time homebuyer
  • You don't have a lot of money to put down on a house
  • You want to keep your monthly payments as low as possible
  • You're worried about your monthly payments going up
  • You're worried about qualifying for a loan
  • You don't have perfect credit
  • You're worried about what will happen if you fall behind on your payments

If any of these things describe you, then an FHA loan may be right for you. Why? FHA-insured loans offer many benefits and protections that you won't find in other loans including:

Lower cost: FHA loans have competitive interest rates because the Federal government insures the loans for lenders. Always compare an FHA loan with other loan types.

Smaller down payment: FHA loans have a low 3% down payment and the money can come from a family member, employer or charitable organization as a gift. Other loan programs don't allow this.

Easier qualification: Because FHA insures your mortgage, lenders may be more willing to give you loan terms that make it easier for you to qualify.

Less than perfect credit: You don't have to have perfect credit to get an FHA mortgage. In fact, even if you have had credit problems, such as a bankruptcy, it's easier for you to qualify for an FHA loan than a conventional loan.

More protection to keep your home: The FHA has been around since 1934 and will continue to be here to protect you. Should you encounter hard times after buying your home, the FHA has many options to help you keep you in your home and avoid foreclosure.

The FHA does not give money to people for a home and it does not set the interest rates on mortgages it insures. FHA insures loans for lenders against defaults. For the best interest rate and terms on a mortgage, you should compare mortgages from several different lenders. An FHA-approved lender can help you start the loan application process.

You may use an FHA-insured mortgage to purchase or refinance a new or existing 1-4 family home, a condominium unit or a manufactured or mobile home (provided it is on a permanent foundation).

What kinds of loans does FHA offer? - (Top)

Fixed rate loans - Most FHA loans are fixed-rate mortgages (loans). In a fixed rate mortgage, your interest rate stays the same during the whole loan period, normally 30 years. The advantage of a fixed-rate mortgage is that you always know exactly how much your monthly payment will be, and you can plan for it.

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Adjustable rate loans - Most first-time homebuyers are a little stretched financially, so they want payments as low as possible at the beginning. With FHA's adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), the initial interest rate and monthly payments are low, but these may change during the life of the loan. FHA uses the 1-Year Constant Maturity Treasury Index (1 Yr CMT the most widely used index, to calculate the changes in interest rates. An index is a measure of interest rate changes that determine how much the interest rate on an ARM will change over time.

The maximum amount that the interest rate on your loan may increase or decrease in any one year is 1 or 2 percentage points, depending upon the type of ARM you choose. Over the life of the loan, the maximum interest rate change is 5 or 6 percentage points from the initial rate, again depending upon the type of ARM you choose. The advantage of an ARM is that you may be able to afford more house because your initial interest rate will be lower, as will your payment. For a more in-depth explanation…

Purchase/rehabilitation loans - Sometimes you might see a home you'd like to buy, but it needs a lot of work. FHA has a loan for rehabilitating and repairing single-family properties called the SF Rehabilitation Loan program (203k). You can get just one mortgage loan which includes the mortgage and the cost of repairs combined. The mortgage amount is based on the projected value of the property with the work completed, taking into account the cost of the work. The advantage of this loan is that you can buy a home that needs a lot of work, but you still have only one mortgage payment, and you can complete the repairs after buying the home.
Read more about these loans.

Indian Reservations and Other Restricted Lands  - A family who purchases a home under this program can apply for financing through a FHA approved lending institution such as a bank, savings and loan, or a mortgage company. To qualify, the borrower must meet standard FHA credit qualifications. An eligible borrower can receive approximately 97% financing. An eligible party can produce a gift for the down payment. Closing cost can be financed; covered by a gift, grant or secondary financing; or paid by the seller without reduction in value. More... 

How do FHA loans compare to conventional loans? - (Top)

Conventional loans usually require a larger down payment. And, if you have less than perfect credit you may not qualify for many conventional loans and find yourself being offered loans with higher interest rates and/or fees than you expected. The best thing to do is compare the cost of the conventional loan to an FHA loan line-by-line. What are the fees on each? What is the interest rate? How much is the mortgage insurance on each? How much down payment is required? For some borrowers, a conventional loan may be less expensive. For many others, it will be more expensive than FHA.

Do you have to buy mortgage insurance on an FHA loan? - (Top)

Yes - as you will with most all of them. There is an up front mortgage insurance premium equal to 1.5% of the loan amount that is paid at settlement. In most cases, this mortgage insurance premium is included in your loan amount, so you are really paying it over the life of the loan. In addition, on loans with a term of greater than 15 years and a loan-to-value ratio of 90% or greater (meaning you are borrowing more than 90% of the value of the home), you will pay an annual mortgage insurance premium of 0.5% of the loan amount in monthly installments.


Up Front Mortgage Insurance Premium
Mortgage amount: $100,000 X 1.5% = $1,500 @ 6.5% for 30 years = $ 9.48 per month


Annual Mortgage Insurance Premium
Mortgage amount: $100,000 X 0.5% = $ 500/12 months = $41.67 per month


Total Mortgage Insurance Premium $51.15 per month

Most loans require mortgage insurance when your down payment is less than 20% of the sales price. On conventional and subprime loans, mortgage insurance is provided by private companies. Whether private mortgage insurance is less than, equal to, or more than FHA loan insurance will depend upon the loan program and your qualifications.

Compare the cost of FHA over the life of your loan and how much it costs monthly to subprime and conventional types of loans. With the protection you get with FHA - it's a very good deal.



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