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?”

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 haveContinue reading “Don’t lose that bid!!”

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”

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”

The Government Shut Down

The current shutdown of the Federal Government has left many homebuyers and real estate industry partners with many questions about how the shutdown will impact their ability to do business. Merrimack Mortgage will continue to operate at full capacity during the shutdown; however, the shutdown creates some challenges for lenders. We hope  you find thisContinue reading “The Government Shut Down”

What is Earnest Money?

Earnest money is a money deposit made by a buyer to a seller as a sign of good faith that you are seriously interested in buying a home.  This earnest money is credited to the down payment at closing.  It is held in a non-interest bearing trust account until the time of closing. Typically, theContinue reading “What is Earnest Money?”