Archive for the ‘Mortgage Rates’ Category

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    The BEST WAY to access your Home Equity is

  • Mortgage Rates Return To 2017 Low

    Sep 11, 17 • Huggy • Home Buyers, Mortgage RatesNo CommentsRead More »

    by Francis Monfort | 28 Aug 2017 | Mortgage Professional America  Mortgage rates fell back during the week to their lowest level for the year, Bankrate.com said as it released its weekly national survey. The benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 4.02%, down from 4.05% last week and tying with the rate last seen June 14, which was the lowest rate since November 2016. The average rate had average discount and origination points of 0.31. The average rate for the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.03%, while the average 15-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 3.23% from last week’s 3.27% average rate. The latter mortgage type had average points of 0.25. Average rates for adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) rose this week. The 5-year ARM climbed to 3.50% from 3.49% a week ago and had 0.35 average discount and origination points. The 3-year ARM increased to 3.62% and the 7-year ARM climbed to 3.68%. Bankrate.com said the decrease follows a shift among investors to safe-haven government bonds given high valuations in the stock market. While markets have until recently ignored political and geopolitical issues, they are no longer immune to these developments, the company said. Following recent tensions with North Korea, markets have also been affected by Washington politics and the recent Barcelona terrorist attack. Previously, markets ignored these issues and moved higher given strong corporate earnings, improvements in the economy, and

  • Looming Threat Posed by Air Conditioning Units

    There is a significant, Looming Threat Posed by Air Conditioning Units to home buyers, home sellers and any homeowner that owns an older central A/C unit.  And this threat can mean a BIG hit to your pocketbook! For more information, please call or email me, I am happy to help: Craig Sutliff, Real Estate Consultant & Mortgage Planner The GreenHouse Group Cell: 619-857-4954 Email:  Craig@GreenMeansGrow.com BRE Lic# 01735288 NMLS ID

  • How to Beat the Jumbo Loan

    How to Beat the Jumbo Loan

    Why 2 loans can be better than 1: As housing prices continue to rise, so do loan amounts.  You may know that each county has something called a County Loan Limit (You can click here to see them).  But did you know once you go over those limits your loan is considered to be Non-Conforming, or “Jumbo”?  So what?  Well, once you’re in that category many things can change.  Here are just a few: Higher Credit requirements Larger down payment requirements Property restricitons Borrower restrictions Higher Rates So you can see that it would be valuable to avoid these issues.  Let’s talk about How to Beat the Jumbo Loan. One of the most effective ways to do this is with a 2-loan combo.  To do this, we do a first loan up to the highest amount possible, while maintaining the best parameters.  That might mean considering things like loan amount, Loan-To-Value ratio, etc.  Then we add a 2nd loan that makes up for the difference. For example: Purchase Price = 850k 1st loan of 600k 2nd loan of 165k This gives us the best rates and terms on the first loan, and as a bonus, allows us only 10% down payment!  Using this method could save you hundreds of dollars a month, and 10’s of thousands over the life of the loan. So why doesn’t everyone do this?  Good questions

  • New Guidelines = You Qualify for More Home

    New Guidelines = You Qualify for More Home

    Have you been pre-approved but not for enough to buy the home you want?  Well, new guidelines recently released mean you may qualify for a bigger loan than before. Of course, this isn’t’ appropriate for everyone.  But if you have been in a situation where you were hoping for just a little bit more purchase power, you might be in luck.  Recent changes are now letting borrowers qualify for larger loans (relative t their income) than before.  They’re doing this by expanding something called the DTI cap.  That’s basically the relationship between your income and your debts.  Standard expectations were previously set at 45% for conforming loans.  But they’re now pushing that upto 50%.  For example, depending on your income, that could be an increase of 50k or more! Two things to consider You still need to be comfortable with your payment.  So doing the math and affordability calculations with me is critical. Getting a FULL pre-approval (like we do here at the GHG) is vital to making this work. If you’d like to learn more about expanding your purchase power simply click here and shoot me an email.  Or you can call me directly for a quick chat. Jeremy Beck 858-863-0262 Co-Founder / Mortgage Planner

  • Expect Mortgage Rates To Keep Rising This Year, Says Freddie

    Mar 24, 17 • Huggy • How To Buy A Home, Mortgage RatesNo CommentsRead More »

    by Ryan Smith | 17 Mar 2017 Mortgage Professional America | www.mpamag.com Mortgage rates were up for the second consecutive week this week – and originators should expect that upward trajectory to continue as the Fed keeps raising the benchmark rate, according to Freddie Mac. The Federal Reserve fulfilled market expectations by raising the federal funds rate by a quarter of a percent this week – only the third time in a decade the rate has been raised. However, Fed officials had signaled their intentions leading up to the agency’s meeting this week – so clearly, in fact, that market expectations of a March rate hike shot from only around 30% to 80% in advance of the meeting. Those expectations drove mortgage rates up even before the Fed made its benchmark rate hike official, according to Sean Becketti, chief economist for Freddie Mac. “As expected, the FOMC announced its first rate hike of 2017 and hinted at additional increases throughout the remainder of the year,” Becketti said. “Although our survey was conducted prior to the Fed’s decision, the release of the February jobs report all but guaranteed a rate hike and boosted the 30-year mortgage rate nine basis points to 4.30% this week.” The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage also rose this week, with its average rate spiking to 3.50% from last week’s 3.42%. And the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage rose from 3.23%

  • Beware of Poor Home Flips! Lurking in the Kitchen

    Beware of Poor Home Flips!  Lurking in the Kitchen

  • What Happens To Home Buying Power As Rates Rise?

    By Eric J Martin of The Mortgage Reports Originally posted on November 21, 2016   Mortgage Rates’ Profound Effect On Affordability The mortgage interest rate you find plays a large part in how much money your lender will let you borrow. That affects how much home you can buy. That begs the question: how does your purchasing power change if rates creep up a half a point or even one full percentage point? Much more than you might think, which is why it pays to shop for a home now, and lock in a favorable fixed rate at historical lows. Many home buyers realize that rising home prices can limit their ability to buy. However, rising interest rates can alter home-buying plans even more. The current rate environment is likely a narrow window of opportunity in which to claim a low rate and a still-reasonable home price. Housing agency Freddie Mac recently predicted that mortgage rates will rise to 4.0% in 2017. That’s more than 50 basis points (0.50%) higher than the current mortgage rate average. Today’s rates maximize your ability to buy a better home with affordable payments. Click to see today’s rates (Feb 13th, 2017) The Cost Of Rising Rates Today’s lenders qualify home buyers based on several factors, not the least of which is something called a debt-to-income ratio (DTI). A low DTI demonstrates that you have a healthy balance between income and debt. Lenders generally cap the allowable DTI at

  • Your Last Chance To Grab A Low Interest Rate This Year

    Nov 7, 16 • Huggy • Loan Programs, Mortgage RatesNo CommentsRead More »
    Your Last Chance To Grab A Low Interest Rate This Year

    This year we’ve seen very low interest rates. In September we saw them match the lowest rates in history which was back in May of 2013.  Have you noticed lately rates are steadily creeping up?  There are several reasons for this like a slowly improving economy, dropping unemployment, the Federal Reserve looking to increase the overnight lending rate, and inflation creeping up.  All of these factors are bad for bond investment which are tied to long term interest rates. While many economists are predicting that this upward trend will continue in 2017 I’ve been reading lately that the last meeting of the Federal Reserves in December could trigger a temporary rate drop.  This means December could be your last chance to grab a low interest rate for awhile. Grabbing that low rate to end the year starts with the right mortgage plan.  To get yourself in the best position possible to grab a low rate click this link.     By David Hughson Mortgage Planner

  • Scariest Situations for Home Buyers & Sellers – Part 4

    Scariest Situations for Home Buyers & Sellers – Part 4 So, where are we?  We have an accepted offer, the home inspection went well, we successfully negotiated a Request for Repairs, the appraisal supported the purchase price, the buyer has removed all contingencies and now it is an unconditional offer.  The finish line is in sight.  But, there are still a few more “scary” steps ahead of you.  For one, the lender needs to get the final loan documents to the escrow company so the buyer can meet with a Notary to sign everything.  Now that part can be a little intimidating and nerve-racking for a buyer.  That is why it is very important for the loan officer to review the Estimated Settlement Statement or Loan Estimate with the buyer(s) BEFORE they sit down with the Notary.  This ensures a less-stressful, and less-scary, loan signing.  Next is for the buyers to conduct the Final Walkthrough of the home, contractually this is to be done 5 days before the close of escrow.  This is important to confirm that the home is in relatively the same condition as when the offer was accepted and no damage was done when the seller moved out.  Now the seller is also supposed to remove all personal items from the home, but often some things are left behind, like yard products (fertilizers, bug sprays, etc.)  And while the seller is required

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