rate: How to Calculate the Cost vs. Benefit of Refinancing - 10/12/11 10:27 AM
How to calculate the cost vs. benefit of refinancing
Whether or not you should refinance will depend at least 3 things:
The costs associated with refinancing The total monthly savings the refinance equates to. How long you plan to stay in the home or hold the loan Once you calculate how many months of savings it will take to cover all the costs of refinancing (including any costs added to the principle balance of your loan) you can more easily assess whether or not it makes sense for YOU to refinance.
Here is an example. The numbers I'm using make for … (0 comments)

rate: The New Good Faith Estimate (GFE) Form, Page 2 Section A - 11/11/09 05:24 PM
Page 2 of the new Good Faith Estimate (GFE) will look significantly different from Good Faith Estimates of the past.
Section A has 2 parts.
Item 1 is the origination charge, or what the lender is charging you for the loan. This number includes ALL lender fees, combined into one figure. These fees include all the items one used to see listed on Good Fath Estimates as separate line items under such names as:
Application Fee Origination Fee Processing Fee Underwriting Fee Document Preparation Fee Administration Fee Wire Transfer Fee etc. It may also will include any Yield Spread Premium … (0 comments)

rate: 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)

rate: 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)

rate: 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)

rate: 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)

rate: 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)

rate: 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)

rate: 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)

rate: 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)

rate: Salt Lake Real Estate over the past year (April 2007-April 2008) - 04/16/08 05:08 AM

A year ago Salt Lake was seeing appreciation rates in the 15-20% range. Today, appreciation is somewhere between 0 and +3% (My best guess - Official Data won't be out until the 20th).
There was a 6 month stretch with fewer home sales, making it harder to find comparable sales for new contracts and appraisals.
Many Buyers went into hiding while at the same time many owners decided to put their homes on the market. This is also true of Builders. Historically builders would list one or two homes with the intent of bringing buyers into their office. Then they would … (0 comments)

rate: Hot markets - can you trust the national media? - 01/09/08 02:49 AM
OK. Don't get me wrong. The real estate market in Salt Lake is doing better than most places in the country.
I just want to point out to the person who isn't involved in real estate on a daily basis (i.e. the consumer) that the actual truth about the market is often slightly different than what you hear in the media.
In an age of instant messaging, blogs and fiber-optic data transmission, you would expect to be able to keep a pulse on something so large as the housing market.
In a recent Money Magazine article, Real Estate: Last of the red-hot markets printed … (6 comments)

 
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