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...]

Debt to Income Ratio on Home Loans

When an Arizona mortgage lender evaluates a prospective borrower's mortgage application, one of the main elements used to approve or decline each borrower is something called a "Debt to Income Ratio." What is Your Debt to Income Ratio?  The Debt to Income Ratio (or "DTI" for short) is a method used to determine how much debt a mortgage loan applicant has in comparison to their gross income.  Each different type of Arizona mortgage (Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, Jumbo etc..) sets a maximum … [Read more...]

AZ Home Loan Pre-Approval & the PQF

Most Arizona home-buyers know the best possible thing to do before embarking on their home buying journey is to work with a Phoenix mortgage lender to get fully pre-approved.   This way the buyer knows how much they can afford.  Getting Pre-Approved also helps an Arizona buyer determine out what monthly payment, down payment and loan type they are comfortable with before looking at homes. Home Loan Pre-Approval in Arizona In Arizona, each home buyer must present an Arizona specific … [Read more...]