Feds leave rates unchanged

The Federal Reserve left borrowing costs unchanged, continuing to delay any rate moves amid persistently low inflation. The U.S. central bank voted unanimously Wednesday to maintain its benchmark interest rate in a range of 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent, a move that many anticipated despite stronger-than-expected growth in the first quarter of 2019 and anContinue reading “Feds leave rates unchanged”

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 wellContinue reading “Can I give you a Piggy Back?”

Mortgage Document Checklist

Mortgage documents….not sure what that means?  Not sure what’s being asked of you to provide for your loan application?  The list of documents necessary to process your application is relatively short but it contains specific items that are needed.  And in some cases, you are given very specific directions like provide all pages…including the blankContinue reading “Mortgage Document Checklist”

Understanding how your Credit Works

Credit scores were developed by Fair Isaac and company (FICO). The models created using FICO take all the detailed information about your credit report and produce your credit score using different weights and factors contained in the FICO scoring models. The purpose of a FICO score is to show how likely you are to becomeContinue reading “Understanding how your Credit Works”

3.5% down on FHA Rehab Loans

Have you ever wanted to buy a fixer upper?  Did you know FHA offers a few different types of rehabilitation loans?  The Streamline FHA is one of the most common loans available.  This allows you to add an additional $35,000 to your base mortgage to improve or upgrade your home prior to moving in. TheContinue reading “3.5% down on FHA Rehab Loans”

Lock your Rate up to 180 Days, then Re-Lock it!

What if I were to tell you that I have a special mortgage program?? What if I were to tell you I have some of the best mortgage rates?? What if I were to tell you I have very competitive closing costs?? Yup…ordinary, just like all the other mortgage companies, banks, credit unions etc!  PrettyContinue reading “Lock your Rate up to 180 Days, then Re-Lock it!”

The Good Faith Estimate

A good faith estimate (GFE) must be provided by a mortgage lender or broker in the United States to a customer.  The estimate must include an itemized list of fees and costs associated with the loan and must be provided within three business days of applying for a loan.  These mortgage fees, closing costs andContinue reading “The Good Faith Estimate”

10 Tips for First Time Homebuyers

1.  Be picky, but don’t be unrealistic.  Your first home may need a little work, some paint, carpet and perhaps some other updates.  Remember, this is your first home and the first step in investing in your future. Don’t avoid a home because it has bright pink walls or ugly floors.  Do avoid a homeContinue reading “10 Tips for First Time Homebuyers”

As the Dust settles…mortgage rates improve!!

As I spoke a little the other day in the midst of the mortgage rate meltdown, many of us suspected that this was Wall Street overreacting to the Fed’s comments.  Now, before I say I told you so, we have to analyze what Ben Bernanke said last week.  It was clear and there were twoContinue reading “As the Dust settles…mortgage rates improve!!”

So…What happend to Mortgage Rates??

As we have learned…The Fed, The Economy and Wall Street are very similar to the weather here in New England, just wait 5 minutes and it will be different. In this case it was a True Nor’ Eastah!! The Fed, which can be a love hate relationship, has a strategy that has been open-ended, itContinue reading “So…What happend to Mortgage Rates??”