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Nathan Pierce

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What is Mortgage Amortization?

If you have a fixed-rate home mortgage, you pay the exact same amount of principal and interest each month. But did you know that the amount of principal you pay toward the balance of your loan changes from month to month? This is called mortgage amortization and it is a method of distributing the interest and principal over the course of a loan so that it is completely paid off by the end of the loan term. Understanding how it works could help save you plenty of interest on your mortgage.   How does it work? When you agree to buy a house at a certain price, in reality, you will en...

May 8th, 2019 | Credit and Debt, Interest Rates, Mortgage Basics, What is Mortgage Amortization?

What is a 5/5 ARM?

If you are familiar with adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), you have probably heard of the 5/1 ARM or even the 10/1 or 1/1 ARM. There is a newer ARM loan available that is growing in popularity: the 5/5. Here’s everything you need to know about this unique loan product.   What is it? The first number in an ARM refers to how long the initial fixed-rate period is, and the second number tells how often the mortgage rate can adjust thereafter. Thus a 5/5 ARM is one with a fixed interest rate for the first 5 years that will adjust every 5 years from that point on. While having a...

April 3rd, 2019 | Loan Programs, Interest Rates, What is a 5/5 ARM?

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Mortgage

Mortgage interest rates have been near rock-bottom lows for many years but are likely to increase over the next few years. Even though you can no longer count on record low interest rates, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure you save money on your mortgage loan. Here are the top five:   1. Increase Your Down Payment By saving a little longer, getting money gifted to you by relatives, or selling off big assets, you could pull together a larger down payment. If you can bump up your down payment to 20% or more, you will avoid paying for private mortgage insurance, savin...

March 27th, 2019 | Credit and Debt, Saving Money, Interest Rates, 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Mortgage

How Does My Credit Score Affect My Mortgage Rate?

How much you will pay for a mortgage loan and even whether you can qualify for a mortgage will have a lot to do with your credit score. Higher credit scores will help you get the best terms possible while lower scores could keep you from your dream of homeownership. Lower scores can also impact your mortgage interest rate.   What Makes Up a Credit Score? Most lenders use FICO scores to determine creditworthiness. These are three-digit numbers put together using data from the Fair Isaac Co. that are supposed to determine the likelihood of you keeping up with your financial obligatio...

March 6th, 2019 | Interest Rates, Credit and Debt, How Does My Credit Score Affect My Mortgage Rate?

What Are Mortgage Points?

If you have ever checked out the current status of mortgage interest rates, you may have seen the average points listed next to the rates. What are these mortgage points and how do they affect your interest rate?   Points Defined Mortgage points, or discount points, are upfront fees paid to your lender that allow you to “buy down” your interest rate on your home loan. The idea is that you are prepaying some of the interest on the mortgage, which gives you a lower rate. The more points you pay, the lower your interest rate will be. One point is equal to 1% of the total m...

February 6th, 2019 | Home Buying or Selling, Conventional Loans, VA Loans, FHA Loans, Mortgage Basics, Interest Rates, What Are Mortgage Points?

Why Do Mortgage Rates Go Up and Down?

Mortgage rates fluctuate from week to week and they can make huge swings from decade to decade. In the early 1980s, for example, mortgage rates were as high as 18% while roughly 30 years later they are less than a third of that rate. What causes Utah interest rates to change? What factors affect the direction of rates?   The Fed The Federal Reserve is tasked with keeping balance between inflation and the national unemployment rate. One of the ways it influences this balance is with it federal funds rate – the interest rate that banks charge each other for overnight loans. The...

January 30th, 2019 | Mortgage Basics, Interest Rates, Why Do Mortgage Rates Go Up and Down?

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