The Insider Secret of a No Closing Cost Mortgage

Mortgage quotes come with options that you may not be aware exist, but definitely need to understand if you want the best mortgage for your unique situation. The terminology used by mortgage lenders to describe these options is probably foreign to most borrowers – par, above par and below par pricing. These mortgage terms also […]

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[Infographic] Home Sales At Highest Pace in 9 Years

Existing home sales rose 1.8 percent in May – their highest pace since February 2007 – according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) anticipated monthly report that came out this week. In total, 5.53 million single family, condo and townhome sales came to fruition. Strong numbers considering that inventory issues – especially on the […]

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What Brexit Means to the Mortgage Market

The United Kingdom – surprisingly and foolishly in my opinion – voted to exit the European Union yesterday. Brexit – dutifully dubbed by the acronym loving media – will have wide-ranging effects on multiple continents and countries – including right here in the USA. One of the biggest, and most immediate, effects for Americans is […]

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How Will Solar Panel Installation Affect My Mortgage?

Residential solar installations are rising dramatically — up by 50 percent per year since 2012. One of the most popular ways to reduce your energy bills and your environmental footprint is through the installation of solar panels. Why not? Not only do homeowners reap the monthly energy savings, but they also may be eligible for […]

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Home Sales Data Continues to Show Housing Market Strength

The beat plays on for housing sales. Numbers for existing home sales – as reported by the National Association of Realtors every month – continued to show the strength of the American housing market in April 2016. I’m starting to sound a bit like a broken record. Despite the strong numbers, we would have seen […]

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What to Expect from Mortgage Rates in the Second Half of 2016

Mortgage rates are a fickle beast affected by many factors. They can change on the drop of hat and fluctuate constantly. Your ultimate mortgage rate is determined by your overall risk as a borrower through a mechanism called loan level pricing (LLPA) which adds adjustments to your rate based on risk. Combine “base” rates – […]

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The Reason You Are Getting Higher Mortgage Rate Than Your Friend

You checked out Freddie Mac’s average mortgage rate report. You looked at Bankrate too. You called your mortgage lender – or multiple lenders – but your mortgage rate quote is higher than the rates you see online. Why? If you are consistently being quoted a higher rate than what you see listed online you likely […]

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CA Home Prices Will Appreciate by >6% In Next 12 Months

CoreLogic predicted that California Home Prices will continue to appreciate at a rapid pace. It will remain one of the hottest markets in the country with an appreciation rate of >6% in the next 12 months. The news will be equally good across the nation where home prices are expected to increase by 5.3%. With […]

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Home Sales Price Increase For 49th Consecutive Month

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their monthly numbers on total existing-home sales for March recently. The result? Once again – for the 49th consecutive month – the data was strong and shows year-to-year gains from 2015. Existing home sales are defined as closed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes and condos. They generally […]

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