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What You Need To Know About Fixed Rate Mortgages

May 3rd, 2018 Comments off

For those of you who are new to mortgages or new to the process of applying for a home loan, this article will be a valuable resource to introduce you to the basic fixed rate mortgage. This is one of the easier mortgages to understand and also relatively easy to calculate. A basic understanding of the fixed rate mortgage will help you understand how other mortgage products may differ from the fixed rate, but also help you to ask intelligent questions when speaking with and evaluating a loan officer you may potentially be working with.

The fixed rate mortgage is by far the most common type of mortgage. When new homebuyers begin pricing loans, these are typically where people will start. Most fixed rate mortgages advertised also usually talk about the rate for a 30 year “fixed” rate. When people talk about their mortgage, there is a very good chance that they are referring to their 30 year fixed. A little less common are the adjustable rate mortgages. Of course there are dozens of different mortgage products available based on the needs you have. Interesting that the selling of “money” is basically packaged in different forms just like any other product or service.

The most common fixed rate mortgage is a 30 year mortgage. There are also other options including a 15, 20 and even a 40 year mortgage product. This may change in the future as well, but these are the most typical offers you’ll see when evaluating your options. The longer the mortgage term, the lower your interest rate may be, but you’ll typically pay more in interest over the life of the loan. This is why you’ll see a 15 year mortgage with a higher rate than a 30 year mortgage typically. The payments for a 15 year are higher as well simply because the loan amount may not change and to pay off your home in a shorter period, it will require higher monthly payments. Simple math I know, but better to not assume too much.

One of the main advantages to the fixed rate mortgage is that the rate doesn’t change. This can be great as your payment may stay low for the duration of the loan even if inflation or other financial considerations may change over that same period of time. Some mortgage programs also have a bi-weekly payment option where you’ll pay your mortgage every two weeks. Assuming your monthly mortgage was $2000 per month, this is broken down to about $1000 every two weeks which is nice because it has two benefits, one benefit is that it matches some pay structures, i.e. many companies in the US typically pay your salary every 2 weeks. Of course this also means that instead of 12 payments of $2000 or $24,000 per year, you’ll pay $1,000 every other week which would be 26 payments (52 weeks per year / 2 (every other week)). The total amount of funds that would then contribute to your loan amount would be $26,000 which would pay down your loan more this way or reduce your overall payment amount. Consult your loan officer for details on the bi-weekly payment plan.

With a fixed rate mortgage, at the end of the term, your home will be paid off completely. Several mortgage products have a balloon payment at the end of the term which means you’ll have a larger lump sum, usually a multiple of 10 to 20 times your monthly, or in the event of some interest only products, the principal would be due at the end of only a couple years into the mortgage product which would either require you to pay off the home completely or refinance the balance.

On a typical 30 year fixed rate mortgage, you’ll pay your monthly payment of which a percentage of that amount would go toward the principal and the other percentage goes towards interest. This is done on a sliding scale, so the first years of the mortgage, you’ll be paying more in interest to the bank than paying down your loan. This is as designed by the banks who fund these mortgages. Their expectation is that they get their interest paid to them before you’re “allowed” to use more of your regular monthly payment to go towards the principal. This is all done behind the scenes, but it is interesting to know that you won’t start paying more towards your principal than interest until year 22 of your mortgage. There isn’t anything to prevent you from paying down your mortgage early, however, and may be a very good idea depending on your life situation.

Establishing your first fixed rate mortgage or even refinancing for the 10th time shouldn’t be a complicated process. The key to getting this done is to find a loan officer you can trust who will work with you and educate you as needed so that you understand what you’re paying for. Because this is such a large dollar amount that you’ll typically be paying for a home, there are ways that you can get caught paying more than you should and even small percentage changes over the life of the loan may result in you paying thousands of dollars more in interest. There are a lot of mortgage calculators out there as well you can use to give you some rough estimates.

Did you find this article interesting at all? If so, I have a website that is dedicated to mortgages in Utah that covers not only the basics for the state of Utah, but mortgage information in general as well. You can also review additional information about mortgages from Brian’s other website about Salt Lake City Mortgages.

Questions To Answer Before Buying A House

April 22nd, 2018 Comments off

You saw a picture pretty home being sold online and you definitely want it. Should you buy it outright? Definitely you won’t. You’ll have to take a good and long hard look into it before you sign the dotted line and live in that house forever. That’s right. People are getting smarter when buying homes after the mortgage and real estate industry tripped.

If you are buying a home for the first time you should take the time to learn something about real estate. Make sure you understand the terms of real estate contracts and mortgages. Don’t buy a home that costs more than you can afford to spend. Make sure the house doesn’t need expensive repairs.

Consider the neighborhood. Are the other homes well kept? Look into crime statics for the area. Keep in mind that homes in upscale neighborhoods come with upscale price tags. Make sure the house is in good repair, or that the seller will do necessary repairs before the sale. Make sure you lender will provide a mortgage.

Needed home repairs can give a buyer a bargaining position on the price of the home. Check with your mortgage lender on their requirements. They may be unwilling to grant a mortgage on a home that needs repairs or they may require you to put the money for repairs in escrow. Make sure to check the basement and attic for evidence of flooding, leaks or other potential problems. Mold can be expensive to remove and unhealthy to live with.

In the kitchen, check how many appliances are there to estimate if your appliances can fit in without additional outlets; check the floor, is it level or does it shake? Inspect the floor for stain — can these be removed with the usual cleaning mop and cleansers? If the sink top is marble, examine if it needs to be re-polished. Inspect the plumbing. Are there leaks? How about the tap water? Does it run well or drips?

The bathroom is another expensive remodeling job. Are the tub/shower, the sink and the toilet in good condition? Is there any evidence of leaks? Any cracks? Are the cabinets in good shape? Do you see any sign of mold or mildew? Mold and mildew can be indicators of more serious problems. Are the floors buckled? That can indicate a plumbing problem.

Examine the attic carefully. Make sure it is well insulated so that you won’t lose heat from your home. Look for any signs of leaks. Sometimes even roofs that appear to be in good shape have leaks that can be expensive to fix. What sort of ventilation does that attic have? Look at the exterior and check the maintenance. Count the windows and doors.

If you are seriously considering a house, walk around the neighborhood in the evening when people are home. Is this a neighborhood of young families or retirees? Will you be comfortable living among these neighbors? Try to see the house in the rain. Problems that weren’t apparent before may show up when it rains. If everything checks out and the house is within your budget, now is the time to make your offer.

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The Foreclosure Process And What Happens

March 5th, 2018 Comments off

With the ongoing economic downturn, more and more homes and properties face foreclosure over the past year or two than ever before. Besides the poor economy overall, the biggest factor is the sub-prime lending spree of the past few years that created ballooning payments and allowed people to enter into mortgages that they couldn’t manage and shouldn’t have been given.

When a home goes into foreclosure, the lender obtains a court order to terminate the agreement and take possession of the property back from the signer. This is usually the bank that underwrote the mortgage agreement or loan.

When someone takes out a home loan or mortgage, the bank or lender gets a security interest from the borrower, in essence pledging the house or property as security for the loan. If they default on the payment terms, the bank or lender can try to repossess, or foreclose on the property.

Besides failing to pay the mortgage note or loan, other lien holders can also foreclose the owner’s right of redemption for other debts, such as for overdue taxes, unpaid contractors’ bills or overdue HOA dues or assessments.

For a residential mortgage loan, the actual process of foreclosure proceeding can begin after the owner has failed to meet the mortgage agreement terms. Then the bank or creditor may look to take possession of the property so that they can recover their principle by reselling the property.

After foreclosure, the creditor will likely try to sell the property and keep the proceeds in order to pay off its mortgage plus legal costs. This is what foreclosing on the mortgage or loan actually is. Though there are some possibilities for the homeowner to reclaim their property at that point, it’s clearly much more desirable to avoid going into foreclosure to begin with.

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Why Now Is The Time To Get A Fixed Rate Mortgage.

October 10th, 2017 Comments off

Right now is a buyer’s market in Minnesota, and that’s good news if you’re a first time home-buyer. It means there are lots of homes to choose from, and because there are so many properties on the market, you have a good chance of purchasing a starter home or the home of your dreams at a very reasonable price. First time home-buyers also often qualify for special incentives and perks that can make buying a home even more attractive than renting.

Unless you can pay for your home in cash at the time of the sale, you will need to take out a mortgage on the home you are buying. You will usually need to pay up to 20 percent of the home’s purchase price at the time of the sale sometimes less if you qualify for some of those first time home-buyers incentives but then you will need to borrow the rest of the purchase price from a bank, savings and loan, or other lending institution.

A mortgage will probably be the largest loan you ever take out, and one of the most important. For example, if you purchase a $100,000 home and pay a 20% down payment, you will need a mortgage in the amount of around $80,000, which is a lot of money for almost anybody. While making your monthly payments, a fraction will pay the principal amount you owe, and another fraction will go towards interest. If you are paying the minimum amount each month, your payments will basically be paying the interest rate instead of reducing the principal amount.

That being said, you want to find a favorable loan that offers the lowest interest rate. This will ensure the cost of your home will be as low as possible, and it will also help make it so your monthly payments actually reduce your principal debt and will not just be going towards the interest. A fixed rate home mortgage is a wonderful option because it guarantees that the interest you are being charged will always be the same as long as you are paying off the mortgage. If you take out a 30-year mortgage to pay for your home with a 5% interest on the unpaid principal every year, it does not matter if interest rates rise to 10 or 15 percent. No matter what happens you are guaranteed that 5% mortgage rate.

Another type that is not as favorable is the adjustable mortgage. As the name implies, the rates adjust to the national average every year or two. So if national interest rates rise, your home mortgage interest rate will increase. If your interest rate increases, so will your monthly payment because it reflects the entire loan and the interest terms that came with it.

Right now, with interest rates lower than they have been in years, is an unbeatable opportunity to get a low, fixed rate home mortgage. Purchasing your new home now, with the prices, interest, and the market being where they are, presents an opportunity you just cant pass up. Not to mention the peace of mind you get knowing exactly what your interest rate and monthly payment will be for the entire term of your loan.

Ben Olson is certified by the Minnesota Mortgage Association as a Minnesota Mortgage Specialist, and has earned their national designation, Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist, which puts him in the top 1% of his colleagues nationwide. Come learn about fixed rate mortgages and the

Expert Home Mortgage Information

May 24th, 2017 Comments off

Congratulations! For what you say? For choosing Dallas. If your reading this article then I can come to the assumption that your getting a Dallas mortgage to buy a house in Dallas. This great city has a population of over 1.3 million people and growing. To add to this the wider metropolitan area has over 6 million people! It is one of the largest in the united states and the fastest growing. This is great news since your buying into a growing market.

In general the real estate market for the entire United States was shocking. The only real exception to this was Texas. Now I know it didn’t do great, but compared to the rest of the country it fared pretty well. The majority of the country saw a deprecation in prices of 20 and 30%! Texas on the other hand only had on average a price reduction of 3%, and this includes Dallas. Even it can be said that Dallas has been hit by the down turn in the housing market, but this year it is all turning around. Prices have started to level and we are seeing the bottom of the market.

If your getting a Dallas home mortgage then this is some great news! You are buying at the bottom of the market. An investors dream! You do need to be very careful though when buying you home loan. If your not careful you could end up paying more than you have to and it may cost you bundle. Here are some things that may help.

1) Search everywhere: Shop until you cant walk anymore, search the internet until your eyes bleed. Get out there and find the best loan for you needs, and you wont know which one is for you until you see the full range of mortgage options available to you. Make sure you are making an informed choice by see all the options out there.

2) Your credit report: Understand this fully. I cannot stress this enough. You want to get pre-qualified for the mortgage loan of your dreams then make sure you have an outstanding credit score. Check not only one, but all three major credit reporting agencies. You never know which one your bank will use and this may very catch you off guard if you think you have a great report.

3) Set a budget: Set one and dont deviated from it. No one knows your fiances as well as you do. Make sure you know your limits. If a house is out of your price range then be prepared to pass on it and get another. The last thing you want is a huge mortgage loan that you cant meet the repayments on. The bank may foreclose on your house!

4) Trust your lender: If you feel like you cant trust your lender the it is best to choose someone else. Test out their customer service; ask them to change a term in the contract, ask them to reduce the closing costs, what are their reactions? If they wont help you now what chance do you have once the loan is closed?

Hopefully you can follow some (or all!) of these tips and grab a Dallas mortgage of your dreams. Don’t rush into things, take your time to understand the full complexities of your loan. You may be stuck paying it off for a LONG time. I hope this helps you obtain your Dallas home mortgage.

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