1% increase in mortgage rates will cost you $50k in Buying Power!

We have seen mortgage rates as low as 3.250% in Fall of 2016 to a high of 5.00%  in May 2018.  We have to readjust our purchasing power and how these rates can affect how much we can afford for a home.  This means going to your lender and having your "Pre-Approval" updated to reflect the current …

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5% Down and No Mortgage Insurance on 2, 3 and 4 Family Homes

With the announcement from Fannie Mae of increased loan limits for 2018. Not only are the Fannie Mae loans benefitting, so are the MassHousing loans!  Did you know that Mass Housing (MHFA) loans are a safe and affordable alternative to FHA Mortgages.  Did you know the Mortgage Insurance for FHA never goes away!  Mass Housing still …

Don’t lose that bid!!

In the housing market, the best deal doesn’t always come with the lowest price. Price vs. Payments - If you're financing your purchase, you'll probably never come close to paying the actual price. You're making a comparatively small down payment and then paying interest on the loan until you refinance or sell. Yes, you will have …

When is right to Refinance?

The “Experts” Say…“Rates need to be 2% lower to justify refinancing.” Ever hear something like this and take it at face value? In the mortgage business, we hear recitals of old rules all the time. They often come from so-called experts, but frankly, there are times when their advice could lead you down the wrong …

What are Closing Costs?

Closing costs are an accumulation of charges paid to different entities associated with the buying and selling of real estate. For buyers in Massachusetts, closing costs will come to about $2600 plus lenders title insurance and any pre-paid items such as real estate taxes, insurance and interest. There may be closing costs customary or unique …

The Dreaded Blank Page

Having your bank account statements in order and avoiding the deposit traps will help assure a smooth mortgage application and approval process. Follow these simple steps and remember, if you have a question, just ask me!! Document the source and purpose of deposits not clearly identifiable as being from your employer. If a deposit does …

You don’t have to worry about Owner Occupancy Rate!

Are you Buying or Selling a Condominium?  Worried that you don't meet the old rule of 50% owner occupancy rate?  Worry no longer!! As long as you purchasing your new condo with the intent to occupy this condo as your Primary Residence, Fannie Mae no longer requires a specific occupancy rate in order to obtain …

Still Writing Checks to the Landlord?

Home loan payments are now often less than rent payments! If you don’t intend to stay in your home long, need extra mobility or are unsure about your employment prospects, renting probably makes good sense for you. But if you're planning to stick around, owning may prove to be more rewarding. Here are five good …

If you can afford to Rent, Then you can afford to Buy!

If You Can Afford to Rent...Then You Can Probably Afford to Own. Interest rates are near historic lows. Purchasing power has increased, and the cost of renting in many areas is now greater than the cost to buy. Some say mortgage loans are impossible to obtain without perfect credit and 20% down. Want the truth? Read …

Using Gift Funds for your Mortgage?

Getting Gift Funds for the purchase of your new home?  Whether the funds are for the down payment, reserves or even closing costs, here is what you need to know. The "Donor" of the gift must be a family member, fiancé or domestic partner. They must prove they have the ability to provide you with …