interest: Three Tips for Shopping Your Home Loan and Saving Big - 09/27/13 07:30 AM
One of your biggest savings when buying a home can come from the simple act of shopping your home loan. 
Shopping for the best mortgage can save you thousands of dollars in up-front costs, and many thousands more over the life of the loan. 
Most lenders are good people trying to provide for their family within the framework of the company they work for. The fact is, however, some loan originators simply cannot offer you the best rate and terms available to you. What they offer depends a lot on how much volume their company does, how much overhead the company has, … (0 comments)

interest: 2012 Salt Lake Housing Forecast Report - 01/18/12 07:34 AM

I attended the 2012 Salt Lake Housing Forecast Meeting this morning. The two presenters this year were Eric Belsky, Managing Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University and James Wood, director of the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. While Mr. Wood's remarks were pointedly local, Mr. Belsky's report covered the state of the housing market nationally, with concluding remarks to show where Utah stacks up among the states.
The expectations? Cautiously and realistically optimistic. Realistically meaning that while there were no bold statements of certain recovery, the outlook is that things are … (0 comments)

interest: First Time Buyers - Should You Buy a Home in 2012? - 11/09/11 06:32 AM
Low interest rates and still falling home prices make it tempting to buy a house now, but before purchasing, wise buyers are looking at their big picture.Most of those who will buy homes in 2012 will buy because it makes sense for them to do so. Security (at their current employer and in their current field) has a strong impact on the decision to purchase or not, even more than low interest rates.Interest Rates and Mortgage Insurance
Low interest rates sound good, and are good, but what isn't talked about much is that the cost of mortgage insurance has almost doubled … (0 comments)

interest: Research Scientists Share Benefits of Hiring an Exclusive Buyer's Agent when Buying a Home - 10/18/11 07:01 PM
Our Exclusive Buyers Agent (EBA) was a pleasure to work with because of his laid back, no-pressure approach. His only motivation was to help us find the right house for us, not to sell a home.  He never pressured us to consider a home we were not interested in. Rather, he suggested we see many homes so we could figure out what we actually wanted, and what we did not want. When we had a disagreement on which house we liked better, he made sure to let us come to our own conclusion. We are very happy with how it turned out, and … (1 comments)

interest: How to "Shop" Loans and Lenders Part 1 of 7 (How to Shop Mortgage Loan Series) - 08/01/09 08:48 AM
Many Buyers pay 1-3% too much for their loan in up-front costs, even after "shopping" for lenders. Some choose a lender solely based on which one has the lowest up-front costs, but they end up paying for it by getting an interest rate that is higher than they qualify for. Others unnecessarily pay too much in fees in order to get the lowest interest rate.
Shopping for a loan does not have to be difficult or complicated. The key is to take control of the process, get organized, and make sure you do it right.
Here are some basics on ONE … (6 comments)

interest: How to "Shop" Loans and Lenders Part 2 of 7 (Same Day - Same Time) - 08/01/09 08:46 AM
Many Buyers pay 1-3% too much for their loan in up-front costs, even after "shopping" for lenders. Some choose a lender solely based on which one has the lowest up-front costs, but they end up paying for it by getting an interest rate that is higher than they qualify for. Others unnecessarily pay too much in fees in order to get the lowest interest rate.
Shopping for a loan does not have to be difficult or complicated. The key is to take control of the process, get organized, and make sure you do it right.
Here are some basics on ONE … (0 comments)

interest: How to "Shop" Loans and Lenders Part 3 of 7 (Same Facts) - 08/01/09 08:45 AM
Many Buyers pay 1-3% too much for their loan in up-front costs, even after "shopping" for lenders. Some choose a lender solely based on which one has the lowest up-front costs, but they end up paying for it by getting an interest rate that is higher than they qualify for. Others unnecessarily pay too much in fees in order to get the lowest interest rate.
Shopping for a loan does not have to be difficult or complicated. The key is to take control of the process, get organized, and make sure you do it right.
Here are some basics on ONE … (0 comments)

interest: How to "Shop" Loans and Lenders Part 4 of 7 (TOTAL Cost) - 08/01/09 08:43 AM
Many Buyers pay 1-3% too much for their loan in up-front costs, even after "shopping" for lenders. Some choose a lender solely based on which one has the lowest up-front costs, but they end up paying for it by getting an interest rate that is higher than they qualify for. Others unnecessarily pay too much in fees in order to get the lowest interest rate.
Shopping for a loan does not have to be difficult or complicated. The key is to take control of the process, get organized, and make sure you do it right.
Here are some basics on ONE … (0 comments)

interest: How to "Shop" Loans and Lenders Part 5 of 7 (Friend/Special Deal) - 08/01/09 08:39 AM
Many Buyers pay 1-3% too much for their loan in up-front costs, even after "shopping" for lenders. Some choose a lender solely based on which one has the lowest up-front costs, but they end up paying for it by getting an interest rate that is higher than they qualify for. Others unnecessarily pay too much in fees in order to get the lowest interest rate.
Shopping for a loan does not have to be difficult or complicated. The key is to take control of the process, get organized, and make sure you do it right.
Here are some basics on ONE … (0 comments)

interest: How to "Shop" Loans and Lenders Part 6 of 7 (References) - 08/01/09 08:38 AM
Many Buyers pay 1-3% too much for their loan in up-front costs, even after "shopping" for lenders. Some choose a lender solely based on which one has the lowest up-front costs, but they end up paying for it by getting an interest rate that is higher than they qualify for. Others unnecessarily pay too much in fees in order to get the lowest interest rate.
Shopping for a loan does not have to be difficult or complicated. The key is to take control of the process, get organized, and make sure you do it right.
Here are some basics on ONE … (0 comments)

interest: How to "Shop" Loans and Lenders Part 7 of 7 (Extras/Additional Information) - 08/01/09 08:36 AM
Many Buyers pay 1-3% too much for their loan in up-front costs, even after "shopping" for lenders. Some choose a lender solely based on which one has the lowest up-front costs, but they end up paying for it by getting an interest rate that is higher than they qualify for. Others unnecessarily pay too much in fees in order to get the lowest interest rate.
Shopping for a loan does not have to be difficult or complicated. The key is to take control of the process, get organized, and make sure you do it right.
Here are some basics on ONE … (0 comments)

interest: Beware the Bailout Buzzwords - 04/20/09 03:19 PM
Beware the Buzzwords.
I had a recent experience with my current mortgage holder that makes me wonder if consumers are accepting "deals" from banks that are not "deals" at all.
First, to be clear: I have equity in my home and I don't need a loan modification. I'm just in the market to refinance because rates are pretty good right now.
I called to get a payoff on my existing loan. I got transferred to a loan retention department where they had a "special deal" for me if I stayed with them. I think it was something like 1/8 less than … (10 comments)

interest: Are Downpayment Assistance Programs Bad? - 10/03/08 07:49 AM
So were (are?) Downpayment Assistance Programs bad? I don't think DAPs are bad in and of themselves. But coupled with additional items from the lender's bags-of-tricks, they likely contributed to a number of defaulted mortgages, including some that will continue to default as adjustment dates and balloons come due.
(Click Here to read How a Downpayment Assistance Program Works)
Here's why: In many cases, those who got this "help" from down payment assistance programs, unfortunately also bought more home than they should have. They went for the big new home instead of the more traditional "starter" home.
In order to buy … (0 comments)

interest: The wrong mortgage can cost thousands of dollars in needless fees, interest and other costs - 05/08/07 10:17 AM
The wrong mortgage can cost thousands of dollars in needless fees, interest and other costs.Many lenders have a handful of loan types that they use with almost all of their customers. You may qualify for special programs, but never hear of them. Many lenders use the loans that are most similar to what the Buyer is familiar with, but which provides the lender with the highest yield or fees (the loan that will put the most money in their pocket...)
Others will find out what your "hot-button" is: lowest interest rate, lowest fees, lowest payment (to name a few).
They will quote you … (2 comments)

 
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