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Some Helpful Tips on Securing a Mortgage

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Understandably, guidelines on securing a mortgage have become more challenging. It is crucial that you are prepared for tougher, but not unreasonable, requirements. You will be asked to provide important, timely documentation to the lender/underwriter(Person who reviews your information for the mortgage company).  You should always stay informed and up-to-date on the latest regulatory changes. Most professional mortgage agents will walk you through the steps necessary to help secure your loan.  Rest assured, there are systems in place to help you achieve your short and long-term goals with ease.  If you keep composed and patient, your loan will be secured in a timely fashion. Although many of our clients are “Conforming”(A loan Under $523,570 if you put down 20+%) or cash buyers, it is important to remain informed. Buyers sometimes overlook the challenges involved with securing financing for a new home.  Just remember, be patient, be prepared, and be thorough, it is not as difficult as you may initially think.

Guest Mortgage Blogger – Jesse Kenner – Senior Loan Officer

Monday, August 24th, 2009
Jesse Kenner - Met Life Home Loans

Jesse Kenner - Senior Loan Officer

A good friend of mine, Jesse Kenner, who is a Senior Mortgage Sales Manager with a national lender, has agreed to give us an update of the current Mortgage Market as of today, August 24th.

He Writes:

Mortgage markets finished the week unchanged last week but don’t let that make you think the markets were flat.  It was a rough five days and rates
were up and down. Later in the week, Friday, was the toughest. An all-day deterioration, sparked by better-than-expected housing data, caused mortgage rates to tack on a quarter-percent by the noon hour and markets never recovered. Rates closed out at their worst/highest levels of the week and the unfavorable momentum figures to carry into this week’s trading, too.

There are two major reasons why rates could rise higher this week:
1.      Fed Chairman Bernanke said Friday that the near-term growth prospects “appear good”. Comments like this draw money from bond issues to the stock market — a move that’s bad for rates.
2.      Crude oil hit a 10 month high, a potentially inflationary development. During high Inflation, mortgage rates trend higher higher. During Jimmy Carter’s presidency, inflation was at one of its highest points in American peacetime history. This lead a spike in interest rates to 18% plus.  Great if you were hording cash in money market accounts, but terrible if you were trying to buy real estate.

Furthermore, rate shoppers should take note that this week will feature the release of two key housing reports — the Case-Shiller Index (Tuesday) and the New Homes Sales report (Wednesday). Both have handily beat expectations in recent months and should that trend continue, mortgage rates would likely rise because of renewed economic optimism.

What’s good for the economy, lately, has tended to be bad for rates. Whether you’re shopping for a new home or looking to refinance an existing one, be wary of the ever-changing mortgage market.  Rates move quickly and without warning. However, they tend to rise faster than they fall.

Today’s average 30 Yr Fixed Rate is 5.25%

15 Yr fixed Rate is 4.75%,

5 Yr Arm is 4%

7 Yr Arm is 4.5%

10 Yr Arm is 4.875%

We highly recommend Jesse as a great resource for mortgages in and around Boston.

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