While we are all getting a little freaked out looking at our 401K’s, this past month has provided opportunities to refinance and purchase new homes that have not been seen since 2012 and prior to that you had to go back to the 1940s to see interest rates as low. These rates are being driven lower because investors flee to the safety of bonds in times of turmoil. The Coronavirus has been the catalyst because of what started in China ...Continue Reading →
The housing market has started off much stronger this year than it did last year. Lower mortgage interest rates have been a driving factor in that change. The average 30-year rate in 2019, according to Freddie Mac, was 3.94%. Today that rate is closer to 3.5%.
The Census Bureau also just reported the highest homeownership rate since 2014 for people under 35. This is evidence that owning their own home is becoming more important to Millennials as they reach the age where marriage and children are part ...Continue Reading →
If you are considering purchasing a home and you have student loan debt, consider speaking with a mortgage professional as a starting point. There are all kinds of rules around how these are treated when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage. How your student loans are structured or in what stage of repayment they are in may dictate what type of loan program you will qualify for.
For example – most people incorrectly assume that if your loans ...Continue Reading →
The mainstream mortgage market is no longer run or controlled by the banks. Wall Street has replaced the traditional bank and now pulls purse strings of this vast mortgage market via “mortgage backed securities.” A mortgage backed security (MBS) is simply a bond instrument in which anyone can invest. MBS’s are trading in the free and open market everyday just like stocks and bonds. The collateral for this investment is a group or “pool” of home mortgages just like the ...Continue Reading →