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 5.25%  in October 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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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 …

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 …

The true costs of Renting vs. Owning

There’s more to comparing the costs of renting and owning than the dollar cost of payments. Even with numbers like these, some still say renting is better: "Investing in a home is riskier than renting." No risk, no reward. Besides, even studies conducted by the Federal Reserve show that owning can provide a net worth that is …

Let’s Talk Credit: Understanding your Credit Score

Did you know? FICO is an acronym for Fair Isaac and Company. In the 1950’s, Fair Isaac and company created the mathematical calculation that is used to determine your credit score.  It is a tool that was designed to determine one’s credit score and dependability in paying bills. The terms credit score and FICO score …

Is it too late 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 …

Can I give you a Piggy Back?

Whether you call them Piggy Back Loans, Blended Mortgages, A first and second, 80-10-10, these loans are extremely helpful in avoiding Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). When you have less than 20% to put down on a home, you are charged Private Mortgage Insurance, this added cost is based on the actual down payment as well …

Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. …

So Why Do Mortgage Rates Change So Much?

Have you ever called a mortgage company and received a quote and then called back the next day and the same rate was no longer available?? Mortgage companies, Banks and Credit Unions are subject to potential daily and even hourly shifts in the market. Interest rates fluctuate on the simple principal of supply and demand.    …

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 …