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Pros And Cons Of Making Biweekly Mortgage Payments

This is for sample purposes. Call me for your analysis.

This is for sample purposes. Call me for your analysis.

Have you ever considered paying off the mortgage on your home in two biweekly payments rather than one monthly payment? It might seem like this wouldn’t make a difference, but the truth is that biweekly payments really do add up more quickly.

Since there are 52 weeks in a year you will end up making 26 payments in total – which is equal to 13 months rather than 12. This means that your mortgage will be paid off more quickly and you will save money on interest payments in the long run. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Mortgage Tips

 

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It’s Back! Down Payment Assistance for Buyers!

breaking-newsCan you imagine buying a new home with little to nothing down? Don’t worry, this is not too good to be true, it’s a pure and simple government backed loan (FHA) with the help of our new Grant Program.

We have added this wonderful assistance program to our ever-growing arsenal of loan programs, and now I can finally spread the news! This Grant may help you take advantage of this very attractive real estate market and possibly be the difference in purchasing that home you have had your eyes on. But, with any program, it’s important to read the fine print to make sure this is something that will work for you. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Mortgage Blog

 

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Should I Lock or Float? This Week- November 18, 2013

November_18th_2013_Mortgage_MarketThe Non-Farm Payroll numbers came in on the 8th of this month, well above expectations with 204K versus an estimate of 125K new jobs. In addition, revisions added 60,000 more jobs to the prior two month
releases and thus mortgage rates took a significant one-day beating – noted by the long red column shown on the far right of this graph. Prices are now almost back where they were before that report was announced.

For those of you shopping for a good mortgage rate, who did not lock at the time, may have just gotten your reprieve!

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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Mortgage Rates

 

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Does Zillow Work?

What is my home worthDoes Zillow work, and will it give you a good approximation of the market value for the home you want to buy, or sell? My simple answer – “Sometimes it’s close and sometimes it’s not even on the same planet.”  While Zillow offers many services, it is primarily known as a free website to help folks obtain a property value, without paying for an actual appraisal. It brings out the Curious George in all of us! Below, I will show you a few Zillow estimates and then compare them with an actual appraisal. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Home Buyer Tips, Home Financing Tips

 

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Sacramento Beware Of Zombie Titles! Boooo

Zombie Outbreak on HalloweenWith the economic downturn, anyone dealing in real estate in Sacramento quickly became familiar with previously little-known terms such as foreclosure and short sale. Now that the housing market is picking back up and people are moving on, a new term is coming to light — zombie titles.

The Zombie Title

This is when a home has been vacated because the owners defaulted on their loan and their bank started the foreclosure process. However, for some reason or another the bank never completed the foreclosure and sold the home. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Home Buyer Tips

 

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Should I Lock or Float? This Week- August 19, 2013

Mortgage Rates Monday the 19th, 2013The market has opened this morning right where it left off last week. It continues to deteriorate. But, first let’s recap what happened last week. Looking at the graph to your right, the last 5 out of 6 trading days got worse for mortgage rates – note the “red escalator” on the far right of the chart. In addition, last week wasn’t kind to stock market investors as well.

Here is a review of the major events of the week: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Housing Analysis

 

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Watch Out for these Mortgage Application Deal-Killers

house-of-cardsThe mortgage process can be a lot like a house of cards. It is carefully, and painstakingly put together to build the perfect structure – or in this case, an approved loan. Then just as the ink is drying on your final loan papers, someone pulls the virtual card (aka deal killer) from the bottom and whoosh! – the house of cards and your loan come crashing down. A mortgage loan approval is never final until it’s funded.

Mortgages are made up of many moving parts, any of which might “go wrong” while your home loan is underway. We get so focused on getting the best interest rate, and we forget there is much more to this process than picking a loan officer, locking your rate and waiting 30 days till you close. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Mortgage Tips

 

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