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Nathan Pierce

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NMLS ID 12920

801-272-0600 nathan@advancedfunding.com

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How Does the Stock Market Affect Mortgage Rates?

When there are dramatic swings in the stock market, you may wonder how mortgage interest rates will be affected. What is the relationship between mortgage rates and stock prices? Do they move together or in opposite directions?   Stocks and Mortgage Rates Both Mimic the Economy While the stock market is not directly related to mortgage rates, both are based on the basic movement of the economy.  When things are going swimmingly, both stock prices and mortgage rates tend to rise. They both generally fall when the economy is faltering. When investors are concerned about national...

September 4th, 2019 | Interest Rates, Mortgage Basics, How Does the Stock Market Affect Mortgage Rates?

What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

When buying a home, there are several factors that affect how much mortgage you can afford. Two of the most important are the property prices and current mortgage interest rates. Is it better to search for the absolute lowest rate or is it more helpful to choose a less-expensive home? Here’s how the two factors are related and how to make the right choice.   Mortgage Rate/Home Price Relationship Since higher mortgage rates make homebuying more expensive for buyers, you might think that home prices would tend to fall during high rate climates in order to compensate for those c...

July 31st, 2019 | Home Buying or Selling, Interest Rates, What’s More Important: Lower Home Prices or Mortgage Rates?

What is a Loan-to-Value Ratio?

Once you get serious about buying a home or refinancing your current mortgage, you will probably hear the term “loan-to-value ratio” mentioned by your mortgage broker. What is this ratio and how does it affect your Utah mortgage?   Loan-to-Value Ratio Defined A Loan-to-value ratio, also known as an LTV ratio, is the calculation of how large your mortgage is compared to the value of your property. In order to find your LTV,  divide your loan amount by the appraised value or the purchase price, whichever is lower, of the property in question. In general, the low...

July 10th, 2019 | Home Buying or Selling, Credit and Debt, Interest Rates, What is a Loan-to-Value Ratio?

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

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