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...]

Low Arizona Mortgage Rates Until 2014?

It's a fact, each time interest rates go down mortgage application activity goes up (and we are not just talking about refinances).  As an Arizona Mortgage Lender, I have seen this trend many times.  There is a distinct correlation between low rates and purchase activity.  Over the past few years we have talked about the Fed's plan to keep rates low in order (in part) to help promote the housing market.  Well, they have succeeded tremendously in accomplishing their goal. Whether or not you … [Read more...]

Mortgage Rates Roller Coaster Ride

Over the past month and a half we have seen some of the lowest mortgage rates in history! In fact, we have seen THE lowest mortgage rates in history. Interest rates however can move and change in the blink of an eye. Mortgage rates are tied to the financial markets and therefore no one is truly in "control" of where rates are. If you take a look at the image in this article you will see three distinct and very different trading patterns relative to mortgage rates. The chart shows the price … [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...]