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Maintaining your home is a work in progress. Not caring for it properly may result in expensive home repairs down the line that could have been avoided with a little prevention. Read More
With the rise of the internet and smartphones over the past 20 years, prospective homebuyers are steadily changing the way they shop for houses. Many homebuyers are beginning and ending their search online. Read More
For many first-time homebuyers, buying your first home may be overwhelming and all of the costs and fees involved may be confusing. But what exactly is a Loan Origination fee? It’s something every homeowner should understand when buying a house and the good news is, it’s not as complicated as you may think. Read More
One of the major challenges for homeowners, especially first-time homebuyers, is saving for a down payment. But before you start saving and figuring out how much of a down payment you need for your home, let’s take a closer look at what exactly a down payment is. Read More
You may have heard about rent-to-own homes or even seen them advertised on a sign in or around your neighborhood. They are often aimed at those with less-than-stellar credit or who can’t get conventional financing or don’t have enough for a down payment. Read More
VA Loans help active military and veterans qualify for homeownership, and if you already have a VA loan, now is a great time to refinance at today’s low rates. There are two programs that can be used to refinance an existing mortgage: VA Streamline Refinance or a VA Cash Out Refinance. Read More
Want to give a younger relative a healthy head start financially, or to keep a sentimental home in the family? Whatever the situation, buying or selling a home to a family member can be a win-win situation. Here’s a few things you should know to help the transaction go smoothly. Read More
Is a new home mortgage in your future? That really depends on your unique financial situation and the short and long-term financial goals you’ve set for yourself and your family. However, there are at least 4 key questions that you should consider before refinancing. Read More
When deciding between a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) and a 10/1 ARM, the distinction between the two is the initial fixed interest rate period. Both of these loans combine a variable-rate feature and a fixed-rate feature into one home loan. Read More
Today’s low mortgage rates may cause many to start thinking about refinancing. To keep your loan moving through the potential application traffic, it might be wise to gather the following documentation now for less problems locating this information later. Read More
SocialSurvey, an online reputation management service, has announced that 16 Loan Officers from New American Funding ranked in the Top 100 Loan Officers for Customer Satisfaction, which is the most representation from any mortgage company in the nation. New American Funding’s Amber Ernst tied for the #1 spot, Johnny Dykes ranked in the Top 10, and New American Funding won the award for Top 10 Large Mortgage Company for Customer Satisfaction. Read More

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MBS RECAP: Bonds Reject Bad Break, But What's Next?

Posted To: MBS Commentary

Bonds were breathing easy by the time the domestic session got underway. Before that, they kicked off the overnight session in lower yield territory. Modest gains meant a friendly break below the potentially troubling resistance trend that had developed over the past 2.5 days. Pictures are worth more than words here, so here is an hourly 10yr candlestick chart as of this morning: Very little changed after that. Notably, this is the 2nd straight day where Treasuries have followed European bonds overnight and then mostly side-stepped through the domestic hours. This won't necessarily be a trend, and it's not so much interesting as it is a reflection of the absence of domestic market movers during that time. That same absence won't be intact tomorrow as the Fed Minutes hit at 2pm ET...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Fairly Flat Today, But Volatility Could Increase

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates held steady today, for the most part. If there was a leaning, it was toward slightly lower rates, but not by a wide enough margin to be significant. At first glance, holding steady at the lowest levels in nearly 3 years is great! In fact, it's still great at second glance. But the more information we consider, the more we may wonder why they're not lower. Reason being: 10yr Treasury yields (which often move in the same direction as mortgage rates and by similar amounts) are noticeably lower today! So why aren't mortgages following? For the explanation, we can simply dust off last Friday's commentary: The reasons for the discrepancies have to do with the fundamental differences between mortgages and Treasuries as investments. Simply put, a mortgage can be paid off any time whereas...(read more)

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