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 ByContinue reading “Is the Economy Stalling again?”

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%”

SELLERS: 5 Musts for Generating Multiple Offers

Selling your home?  Interested in getting multiple offers on your home?  Check out this article from Trulia blogger Tara. As you might have heard by now, multiple offers are the new black. Well – kind of; if your own home is on the market or soon to be, it can seem like you break yourContinue reading “SELLERS: 5 Musts for Generating Multiple Offers”

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”

Mortgage Rates: Can They Go Down Even More?

Good Morning!  It’s the start of another great week in the lending world.  Check out what is going on in the market this week! This Week in Mortgage Rates; The Treasury will auction $99 Billion of notes beginning Tuesday through Thursday. The 10 year note yield fell to 1.70% last week, a key resistance levelContinue reading “Mortgage Rates: Can They Go Down Even More?”

Mortgage Rates still Trending Down

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure

The KCM blog publishes news and information daily about the real estate market.  It’s a great source of what is the hot topic at the moment.  In their blog today, they talk about the Short Sale versus Foreclosure.  The information gives the consumer a better idea of what each of these processes entails. KCM Blog: Continue reading “Short Sale vs. Foreclosure”

Truth in Lending

The History:  The Consumer Credit Protection Act, more commonly known as the Truth-in-Lending Act, went into effect in 1968. The law is intended to protect borrowers from predatory lending by requiring lenders to fully disclose all costs associated with securing a mortgage loan. Prior to the implementation of the act, borrowers routinely were paying considerablyContinue reading “Truth in Lending”

Featured Open House Recipe

Occasionally I am asked by a realtor to sponsor a luncheon for their open house.  I have found that by making something special for the luncheon, the realtors slow down and take a moment to truly enjoy the lunch which tends to promote more conversation about the home they are viewing.  I greatly enjoy theseContinue reading “Featured Open House Recipe”