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Did you know it takes 19 years and 4 months to pay your principle down by half on a 30 year amortization? If you can handle the payment on a shorter term it will save you a ton of money in the long run. To give you an idea: A 20 year mortgage payment is roughly 25% higher than a 30 year payment....
10/14/2014
I had this situation come up again last week, and I wanted to address it again with you… Did you realize that when buying a house from an immediate family member – the buyer doesn’t have to come out of pocket for a down payment with an FHA loan? (As long as it’s a owner occupied residence for se...
10/12/2014
I want you to be smart mortgage shoppers. So, I thought I would relate a cautionary tale that happened to me late last week. I had a potential client that was doing some mortgage shopping. She was comparing a payment estimate I had given her to a payment estimate given to her from one of the lar...
10/06/2014
I have two quick notes for you on our USDA program… 1) If you have a credit score we can go down to 580 on USDA. 2) If you have no credit scores at all we can still do a USDA loan for you! …We will require three non-traditional credit items such as rent, utilities, phone, insurance, etc. Remember...
09/30/2014
News on the USDA loan program… Those of you who are considering a USDA loan – you need to check and make sure the new maps will cover the areas you are interested in. New USDA loan eligibility maps will take effect on October 1, 2014 for purchase transactions. Here is a link to the USDA maps: Lin...
09/28/2014
Recently, the Federal Housing Administration announced that they are halting the policy of allowing lenders to collect interest to the end of the month when the homeowner’s FHA mortgage is paid off. Beginning in January of 2015, lenders will be able to collect interest until the day the loan is ...
09/22/2014
I probably don’t do this enough, but I wanted to take a minute to explain to exactly what I do. …that is to say what I’m good at. …what I specialize in. Yes, I’m in the mortgage industry. I make loans for people to buy and refinance houses. I can do all the mortgage loans any other bank or mortga...
09/16/2014
I have a mortgage rate update for you… The Fed has their meeting on Wednesday. This meeting will include their policy announcements, as well as the Fed’s economic projections. It is expected that the Fed will say they are going to continue their tapering of Bond purchases. This news will likely ...
09/14/2014
A quick note about interest rates…This past week’s jobs report gave us evidence that the economy is not about to overheat and thus the Federal Reserve Board is not likely to move on increasing interest rates more quickly than originally anticipated. According to the pundits at the Wall Street Jou...
09/09/2014
  You would be surprised but there are many realtors out there that are unaware of the USDA program. If you are looking for a home in the outter suburbs or in a rural area make sure your realtor knows about this great 100% financing program. Here are some quick bullit points on the USDA program… ...
09/07/2014
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