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If you’re considering getting a new home loan, getting pre-approved should be the first step in your homebuying process. With a mortgage pre-approval, your lender will look at your income, any debt that you may have and check your credit score. Read More
With all sorts of trends, signs, and predictions for what 2020 may hold for the housing market, one thing is for sure: there is no way to absolutely know what’s ahead. Today’s headlines offer a glimpse of what factors might impact the housing market this year. Read More
Due to their extensive size, millennials have turned out to be disrupters in many industries, and real estate is no exception. As millennials reach peak homebuying age, Real Estate Agents have started to pay attention to the way millennials prefer to move through the process. Read More
From the buyer and the seller to the Real Estate Agent and the Loan Officer, closing on a home has different implications for different individuals. However, there are some basic facts about what’s involved during this critical final stage of the homebuying process. Read More
Though it may not be a traditional time to purchase a property, buying a home in winter may be the right opportunity for you and your family. There can be great deals for the persistent and savvy buyer during the winter homebuying season. Read More
Looking for a loan but don’t know where to start? Have a non-traditional source of income and you’re not quite sure if you qualify for a typical loan? Perhaps you have had difficulty in the past getting approved for a mortgage and you’re exploring different options. Regardless, you’ll probably want to hear more about Qualified Mortgage (QM) loans and Non-Qualified (Non-QM) loans. Read More

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MBS RECAP: Bonds Cap Extraordinarily Tame Week Despite Excuses

Posted To: MBS Commentary

We've seen a whole lot more movement in the bond market for a whole lot less motivation than we had this week. Back to back econ data shockers (Philly Fed and Housing Starts) were scarcely able to get yields back up to Monday morning's highs, and yields hadn't fallen very much to begin with. In other words: "Housing Starts Surge 40% Annually to The Highest in 13 Years" isn't really a headline that jives with 10yr yields rising less than 2bps by the close of business. Oh, and stocks hit all time highs on 4 out of the 5 days. Oh, and the phase 1 trade deal signing went off without a hitch. All that to say that bonds were more than entitled to end up somewhere other than smack dab in the middle of the consolidation range that's been in effect for close to half a year...(read more)

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Mortgage Rates Off Recent Lows

Posted To: Mortgage Rate Watch

Mortgage rates moved slightly higher over the past two days as strong economic data and corporate earnings coaxed investors into riskier assets like stocks. Bonds (which dictate interest rates) are always being bought and sold, but demand varies depending on investors' risk appetite. If demand for bonds falls as it has in the 2nd half of this week, rates move higher. Fortunately, this move has been very small in the bigger picture. Mortgage rates, specifically, have moved even less than rates associated with other bonds. The average lender is still able to offer 30yr fixed rates of well under 4% on top tier scenarios. And the average borrower wouldn't see more than 0.00125% of difference from the lowest rates in more than 3 months. Bottom line, while rates are slightly higher than their best...(read more)

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