Selling your Home in less than 10 Years?

An Adjustable Rate Mortgage provides a specific fixed rate term before becoming an adjustable mortgage.  An example: A 10/1 ARM is fixed for the first 10 years and then becomes a 1 year adjustable rate for the remaining term of the mortgage, thus giving you 10 years  of security at a fixed rate. Advantages: If you know …

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 blank …

How to Shop for a Mortgage

After hitting record lows of 3.250% last year, mortgage rates have inched up a little and in the grand scheme of things...it is only a little!  The trend of course is upwards and like the stock market, it is not a straight line up, we have good days and bad days in the markets and Mortgage …

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 and …

National Open House Weekend April 20 and April 21, 2013

Did you know it is National Open House Weekend?  The National Association of Realtors is expecting to sell almost 10% of the current inventory. With lots of homes on the market and great low rates, this spring market is turning out to be fantastic!  This weekend real estate agents from around the area will be …

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 of …

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, …

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 the …

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 and …

Is the Economy Stalling again?

Bill's Bottom Line:  Now is a great time to consider refinancing your current mortgage to avail yourself with extra cash.  By having extra cash, the consumer will continue to spend money on other items thus helping the economy to recover. U.S. economy moving sideways again.  Momentum unlikely to pick up much in third quarter By …