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Mortgage Lenders Loosen Credit

Mortgage credit was more readily available in November to borrowers, as lenders loosened their underwriting standards slightly, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA’s Mortgage Credit Availability increase 1.1% from October to a reading of 188.8, the highest level since the housing crash. Lenders have been making more loan programs available to those with lower credit scores and higher loan-to-value ratios, in response to growing demand among first-time homebuyers, the MBA said.

December 11th, 2018 | Mortgage News, Mortgage Lenders Loosen Credit

"We want what we don't have, be careful what you ask for"... Everclear

As it pertains to low interest rates "Be careful what you ask for" - it will likely take pain, chaos, fear and uncertainty to get them.  This past Thursday, thanks to uncertainty around the U.S. and China trade deal, fear of slowing global economic growth, a roughed-up Stock market and the likelihood of fewer Fed rate hikes, the Bond market and home loan rates hit their best levels in three months.  On Friday, the Labor Department reported that 155,000 jobs were created in November, a bit less than expectations of 189,000. The labor market remains incredibly strong an...

December 10th, 2018 | Mortgage News, "We want what we don't have, be careful what you ask for"... Everclear

Mortgage Applications Rise as Rates Fall for Third Week

More mortgage borrowers turned in loan applications this week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, in response to another week of falling interest rates. The MBA’s Mortgage Composite index – a measure of mortgage application volume - rose 2% during the week ended Nov. 23, 2018, while mortgage rates dropped for the third straight week to 5.08%. Refinance applications were more popular as rated declined, making up 40.4% of all requests, an increase from 37.9% the week before.

December 7th, 2018 | Mortgage News, Mortgage Applications Rise as Rates Fall for Third Week

Difference Between a Mortgage Interest Rate and an APR?

What is the Difference between a mortgage interest rate and an APR? Answer: An annual percentage rate (APR) reflects the mortgage interest rate plus other charges. There are costs associated with getting a mortgage loan in Utah. These include, but not limited to: Interest Rate Discount Points Fees or Closing Costs Other charges The interest rate is the cost you will pay each year to borrow the money, expressed as a percentage rate. It does not reflect fees or any other charges you may have to pay for the loan. An ...

December 5th, 2018 | Interest Rates, Mortgage Basics, Difference Between a Mortgage Interest Rate and an APR?

Should I Pay Off My Utah Home Mortgage Before Retirement?

As you near retirement, you may be anxious to completely pay off your Utah home mortgage and be debt-free before your traditional income stops. In most cases, this is the best plan but there are situations when holding on to your mortgage into retirement may make more sense.   Why You Should Pay Off Your Mortgage Being debt-free as you start retirement can make the transition to a fixed-income much smoother. Those who do not have their mortgage paid off yet sometimes have to dip into their investments to make their payments. That can result in higher taxes and fewer reserves f...

December 5th, 2018 | Reverse Mortgages, Refinance, Retirement, Should I Pay Off My Utah Home Mortgage Before Retirement?

Home Price Gains Slow Down in October 2018

CoreLogic reports that home prices, including distressed sales, rose 5.4 percent from October 2017 to October 2018. That is down from the 7 percent gain seen year over year in March of this year. On a month over month basis, prices rose 0.5 percent from September 2018 to October 2018. Looking ahead, CoreLogic sees a 4.8 percent increase from Oct0ber 2018 to October 2019. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic says, "Rising prices and interest rates have reduced home buyer activity and led to a gradual slowing in appreciation (in prices)." This is good news for Utah homebuyers.

December 4th, 2018 | Mortgage News, Home Price Gains Slow Down in October 2018