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

With the announcement from Fannie Mae of increased loan limits for 2019. Not only are the Fannie Mae loans benefiting, 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 HousingContinue reading “3% Down and No Mortgage Insurance on 2, 3 and 4 Family Homes”

Have a Great Labor Day!

What does Labor Day mean to us? To many, it means the end of summer. To others, it means the beginning of school. Those are accurate assumptions but Labor Day is really much more. Labor Day  will be observed on Monday, Sept. 3 2018. Labor Day: How it Came About & What it Means LaborContinue reading “Have a Great Labor Day!”

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 $3500 plus lenders title insurance and any pre-paid items such as real estate taxes, insurance and interest. There may be closing costs customary or uniqueContinue reading “What are Closing Costs?”

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?”

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.Continue reading “Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?”

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.   Continue reading “So Why Do Mortgage Rates Change So Much?”

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 isContinue reading “The true costs of Renting vs. Owning”

The True Meaning of National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day started in 1938  as a fund raiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army. Their goal was to help the needy during the Great Depression, and to honor The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers in the First World War. Soon after the US entrance into World War IContinue reading “The True Meaning of National Doughnut Day”

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 doesContinue reading “The Dreaded Blank Page”

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 withContinue reading “Using Gift Funds for your Mortgage?”