Win The Mortgage Rate Lock Game

One of the most critical components to structuring an Arizona Mortgage Plan when purchasing a home or refinancing an existing mortgage is interest rate.   As Arizona mortgage rates continue to move daily, putting together a strategic and effective game plan with your loan officer to capture the lowest rate is vital. Secure the Lowest the Lowest Mortgage Rate The challenge mortgage applicants face with regard to locking looks like this - If mortgage rates look good today and we lock in what … [Read more...]

HARP 2 Makes Inequity Refi Simple

As you may have heard, the government is overhauling it's HARP refinance program.  This upgrade will drastically improve the existing HARP (“upside down/no equity refi program”) that may finally allow this program to reach the millions of American and Arizona homeowners that need it. However, there are 3 key proposed changes that would allow many more Arizona homeowners to take advantages of HARP2:   1. The new proposed HARP 2 refinance eliminates the 125% cap meaning that there is … [Read more...]

“Operation Twist” mean Lower Mortgage Rates?

The Federal Reserve made an announcement today that pushed mortgage backed securities higher than ever before. The Fed Reserve announced "Operation Twist."  In short, the Fed decides to sell $400 billion in short term securities and reinvest that same $400 billion in long term securities - specifically mortgage backed securities.  This move will support current low (maybe even lower) mortgage rates. Why is this important to what you and I do?  In the short term it is significant because today’s … [Read more...]

Refinancing When you are Upside Down

Great News!!!  Rates are at all time lows. Frustrating News!!!  Many people don't have enough equity to refinance their homes. While not everyone that is the lucky owner of a home that has decreased in value has an option to refinance, many equity deficient homeowners have options.  Phoenix Area Mortgage Rates are at all time lows and now is the time to take advantage!  Here are a few options for homeowners that do not have equity in their current home: 1. FHA, VA and USDA homeowners: … [Read more...]

Buy New Home While Upside Down

If I told someone I was upside down back in the 90's they would think I was confused, lost or just nutz!  Today, everyone immediately knows that "upside down" means your house is worth less than you owe.  I receive calls on a daily basis from clients wanting to know if the fact that they are upside down on their current home will prohibit them from buying a new home.   They want to take advantage of record low mortgage rates and home prices in the greater Phoenix Area (and across the … [Read more...]