Why a Fed Rate Hike Won’t Affect Mortgage Rates in the Short Term

Normal media channels do a terrible job of explaining what affects mortgage interest rates. And rest assured, every time the Fed talks about or raises interest rates, the cable news networks start shrieking about how mortgage rates are going up in a cloud of their own ignorance.  An appetite for investors to buy Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) and US Treasury Notes, particularly the 10 Year Treasury Note (10 Year UST), are in fact the driving factors of mortgage rates and that appetite continues to be healthy.  When people invest in Treasuries and MBS, the yields drop and when their yields …

How to Improve Your Credit Prior to Buying a Home

iLoan recommends iQualifier as a powerful credit analytics tool to show you the way. If you’re looking to pre-qualify for a home and want a lower rate or better loan program, iLoan recommends iQualifier to enable you to analyze your credit history with the same tools that lenders and credit agencies use. Additionally, it takes you beyond that analysis demonstrating how different financial decisions may affect your credit in the months ahead. iQualifier can help you: • Better understand your credit standing • Improve your financial decision making • Achieve your financial goals (& target credit score) • Save money …

Today’s Rate vs. Today’s Rates – Mortgage as a Second Language

The mortgage industry is almost cruelly filled with nearly impossible jargon.  Most of it is inconsequential from the consumer’s perspective and only serves to make communication easier for industry insiders.  However, when it comes to the concept of choosing an interest rate from your lender par rate, buy ups, buy downs, discount points and lender credits are a must know. Definitions: Today’s Rate – “Today’s Rate” is a myth perpetrated as a reality.  It is something the mortgage lending industry came up with because it’s an intellectually condescending industry that doesn’t believe that its clients can do math or understand …

The iLoan Lock and Shop Program

Many buyers are concerned about rising mortgage rates and the implications on their plan to buy a home or sell their home and then buy another home.  The frequent question is, “Can I lock in my interest rate before I find my home?”  Typically one can’t do this until they have a fully executed purchase agreement and this amplifies a homebuyer’s fear prior to going under contract to buy their dream house.  Now, with the iLoan Lock-N-Shop program, this fear can be put to rest. Here’s an outline of how it works: The lock may be for 60 or 75 …

Principles of Locking or Floating Your Mortgage Rate

At some point during the application process, your mortgage rate needs to be locked in.  This short video will provide you with the basics regarding “locking” or “floating.”  For more information, follow our interest rate forecasting page or call your loan officer for details.  Enjoy the show! Charles Dailey – Branch Manager, Loan Officer, Certified Military Housing Specialist – CA DOC, MN DOC & WI DFI The Home Buyers Scouting Report® is provided directly to the buyer by HBM II, a licensed national real estate brokerage service company, not to or through a lender. The FREE home finding service is …

How to Choose a Mortgage Lender When Buying Your Home

This episode of the Twin Cities Real Estate Radio Show covers different considerations when choosing a mortgage lender for a home purchase. Charles Dailey – Branch Manager, Loan Officer, Certified Military Housing Specialist – CA DOC, MN DOC & WI DFI The Home Buyers Scouting Report® is provided directly to the buyer by HBM II, a licensed national real estate brokerage service company, not to or through a lender. The FREE home finding service is provided directly to prospective homebuyers by HBM II and its real estate brokers, as part of their ordinary real estate brokerage services. HBM II, Inc. …

The Return of the Subprime Mortgage

Fear, regulatory uncertainty, market instability and a lack of consumer confidence has kept the reemergence of these products at bay.  Make no mistake though; the money for these products is there.  Reemerging market stability has helped to abate the fears of some mortgage investors on the secondary market.  Consumer confidence has not recovered but it is up.  The big issue has been regulatory clarity.  Two significant events are unfolding that are likely to bring that to an end. The first is the move by the FDIC to provide the new definition of subprime mortgages.  The first thing they did was rename subprime loans as …

The Cost of Waiting to Buy a Home in fall of 2013 vs. Now

With all of the recent strength in the Twin Cities housing market and Minnesota’s relatively low unemployment rate one might be confused about why we’re experiencing all-time lows (ours are even lower) in mortgage rates since typically the beginning of a recovery is followed by higher interest rates. But the truth is that the Minnesota story is not the national or global story. Events on the national and international stage have caused the Federal Reserve and global bond markets to drive US mortgage rates down. This too will end and will carry a cost to those contemplating a mortgage. First, …

Say Goodbye to the Lowest Minnesota Mortgage Rates in History

The market is at a turning point for the worse due to growing worries about inflation. While it is not a problem right now (although the consumer price index did just rise the most in 10 months), there are several strong economic factors emerging that typically lead to higher prices to the consumer and thus higher mortgage interest rates down the road. While the Federal Reserve said they wouldn’t raise rates until 2014, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics and many more economists don’t believe that they’ll be able to stick to that promise. A stronger dollar, improving jobs …

Minnesota Mortgage Refinance and Purchase Mortgage Calculators

You are in your jammies, its 1:00 AM and visions of new homes are dancing in your head.  How much is this going to cost?  What interest rate will you get?  Who are you gonna call?  No need, my friend…the internet has got you covered! Information is GOLDEN.  And if you are like most, you are a do-it-yourself-er (DIY).  You want and expect information at your fingertips until you reach a certain point in the home buying process. I GET THAT. Most people prefer to browse and learn online before shopping with the aid of a real estate or lending …

Fannie Mae and Freddie Make Mac Move to NO Loan to Value Limit Loans on HARP

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has announced a series of changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). This program was designed to be able to help people who were in a position of negative equity. Now, it someone is upside down on their home, there will be no limit to how far upside down they are in order to qualify for these loans. This program will continue to be available to borrowers with loans sold to the Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac on or before May 31, 2009 with current loan-to-value (LTV) ratios …

Criteria NEEDED by all Loan Originators to quote you a rate.

The lending environment has changed. I’m sure we’ve all heard this on the radio and TV for years now… right? We also know that the Government wants to make “mortgage rates” a commodity and make it EASY to shop for. But the problem arises when someone calls up and says “whats your rate?” and truly expects to get an instant answer back. I certainly wish I could answer that question with a simple “we’re at 4.25% today” or “3.5% for a 15 yr”… but its not that simple. In general I (and everyone else you talk to) needs to get …

Understanding Your Mortgage Costs and Fees on Minnesota Loans

Mortgage fees can be difficult to understand.  Often times fees exist for things that don’t match what they are named, sometimes they are omitted or expectations can be mismanaged.  A lack of clarity, omissions and mismanaged expectations will always lead to a poor experience and worse yet, a loan that is inferior to what you could have had.  It’s important to make sure that they are clearly understood, presented accurately and can be relied upon throughout your transaction.  This video does not seek to interpret how other companies represent their closing costs.  It has been prepared for you, iLoan’s customer …

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? The million dollar question, should I stay, and continue renting, or should I go, and become a homeowner? Sometimes, I think first time homebuyers are looking at this question as a million dollar question, and really, it is not. Are we at the bottom of the declining market, or still dropping? There are “experts” all over the internet in both camps telling us we are at the bottom, and others saying more to come. This is making it a more difficult decision for the first time homebuyer than what is needed. The …

The New Real Estate Boom(ers): Purchasing with Reverse Mortgages

In October of 2008, HUD rolled out their reverse mortgage product and in March of 2009, they perfected it. With rates expected to rise and the tax credit setto expire, many real estate professionals are looking for new and under-served markets to reach out to. Since HUD has perfected their reverse mortgage, the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and the market for US residents 62 or older is expected to nearly double between now and 2050, perhaps now is their time. A reverse mortgage is a loan where home equity is converted into a lump sum payment or series of payments to …

The Statistical Relevancy of the 7/1 ARM vs. the 30 Year Fixed

Each person’s personal circumstances and long term objectives determine the type of mortgage they choose. For the past couple of years, the clear favorite has been the 30 year fixed rate mortgage because the yield curve between short term and long term bonds has been flat.  When this happens, there is very little difference in the interest rates between adjustable rate mortgages (ARM’s) and fixed rate mortgages.  But things are changing.  That yield curve is bending and significant differences between fixed rate mortgages and ARM’s are emerging.  What’s more, people are becoming more and more mobile.  Consequently, they don’t need as …

FHA Premium Rate Increase Makes PMI a Better Option for Many Borrowers

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) implemented a 25 bps increase to its annual premium rates on April 18, resulting in a payment increase for FHA borrowers. With this change, RMIC (an iLoan preferred mortgage insurer) offers equal or lower monthly premium rates on all LTVs with no upfront premium. RMIC Monthy PMI vs. FHA MIP · Lower Total MI Premiums 30-Year Fixed · Purchase1 Unit Primary Residence Loan Amount £ $417,000 > 95% LTV · 35% Coverage 95% LTV · 30% Coverage FICO 720+ FICO 700+ RMIC FHA RMIC FHA Upfront — 1.00% — 1.00% Year 1 1.15% 1.15% 0.94% …

Mortgages for Saint Paul, Minnesota Community Land Trusts (CLT) Housing

Community land trusts are created to preserve long-term affordable housing by purchasing homes in their communities, then leasing the land using a long-term ground lease to low-income and moderate-income families at affordable monthly ground rents. Community Land Trusts (CLT) have had a foothold in the Twin Cities for decades. More broadly, the leasehold form of home ownership is more common in Minnesota than many would think. It is a market that Realtors would do well to be skilled in. More especially, it is a market that is crying out for more readily available, quality financing through Fannie Mae. For the …

Wanna Be a Good Mortgage Applicant? . . Then it’s Time to Get Naked!

Qualifying for a Mortgage, we went from one extreme to the next!  3 years ago, if you had a social security number, stated your income and ordered an appraisal (with practically a stated value), you were good to go. Today, when The Mortgage Lady meets with a potential client, one of the opening statements is “we are going to be required to document your documents” and, ask them to not be insulted when the investor has conditions that are beyond what they would expect. We live in a country where our justice says, we are innocent until proven guilty, everyone …

C’Mon Minnesota Legislature, . . Just Ban Deficiency Judgments

In some regards, the MN legislature was ahead of the curve on the mortgage and housing crisis. They regulated non-bank lenders and brokers in ways that other states hadn’t even considered. They got ahead of abusive practices towards distressed homeowners and shady loan modification companies. What they have unequivocally failed at is aiding homeowners who are upside down on their homes. Their greatest impact could be with those contemplating a short sale. Other states have already taken steps. Perhaps the best example would be those taken in California. For some time now, CA has not allowed deficiency judgments in the …