Another Reason to Own A Home

In case you need another reason to purchase a home for you and your family; Here is an article I just read in the National Mortgage Professional Magazine, “Study Concludes Homeownership Tied to Positive Outcomes for Children“.  According to a new study by professors Richard K. Green and Gary D. Painter at the University ofContinue reading “Another Reason to Own A Home”

6 Things to Know About Credit Scores

By Jessica L. Anderson | Kiplinger – Thu, Jul 12, 2012 FICO isn’t the only number in town. The score that counts is the one your lender uses. 1. There is no single number. The compilers of the widely accepted FICO credit score allow lenders to customize their system, so different lenders produce different scores. Plus, eachContinue reading “6 Things to Know About Credit Scores”

What is a Rate Lock?

Essentially a rate lock/lock-in is a commitment issued by a lender to a borrower or other mortgage originator guaranteeing a specified interest rate for a specified period of time.  Here is how rate locks work; Although lenders can differ in how they handle their own rate lock basics, a typical locking in of a rateContinue reading “What is a Rate Lock?”

What is a Business Cycle?

The “Books” say an average business cycle is 44.4 months and we have lived through many of them. Some longer than that and some as short as a season in New England.  A business cycle is like the exhibit from our youth…“What makes an ocean wave, wave” at the New England Aquarium.  In the exhibit,Continue reading “What is a Business Cycle?”

How Do We Get the Message Out that Mortgages Are NOT Car Loans?

Here is an interesting article written by Brian Koss of Mortgage Network, Inc. Find out what’s really going on with the industry. There was a time in the late 90’s when all the focus was on getting the manufacturing of mortgages to mirror the manufacturing of car loans. The idea was that technology was theContinue reading “How Do We Get the Message Out that Mortgages Are NOT Car Loans?”

Do I Really Need Title Insurance?

Title insurance is one of the important and least understood aspects of a real estate transaction. There are two types of title insurance; lenders’ coverage and owners’ coverage. Title insurance protects the lender and the owner against all types of title defects and also covers issues such as zoning, access, and protects the lender andContinue reading “Do I Really Need Title Insurance?”

My New Radio Gig

I’ve always wanted to be on the radio.  Host a show or be a DJ playing the hottest and best music!  Well, last month I got to be a guest speaker on a radio talk show called, The Friends of Kevin Radio Show.   The show airs on WSMN in Nashua on Mondays from 11am toContinue reading “My New Radio Gig”

U.S. Mortgage Rates Decline, With 30-Year at a Record-Low 3.56%

Check out this Bloomberg article!  NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY OR REFINANCE!! U.S. mortgage rates dropped, with 30-year loans reaching a record low for a fourth straight week, amid signs of improvement in the housing market. The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.56 percent in the week ended today, theContinue reading “U.S. Mortgage Rates Decline, With 30-Year at a Record-Low 3.56%”

FHA Streamline Refinance

Do you currently have an FHA mortgage?  And has it not made sense to refinance because of the High Mortgage Insurance Premiums?  Well, FHA just announced that it is going to reduce the Mortgage Insurance fees for current FHA mortgage holders.  But before you get excited, there are some rules to follow. You must haveContinue reading “FHA Streamline Refinance”

Appraisals

An appraisal is a detailed valuation of your home comparing it to other similar homes in your neighborhood in order to find the true value in dollars of your home.  A property owner may have an appraisal made of a specific property to: determine a reasonable offering price in a sale determine the value atContinue reading “Appraisals”