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Co-Signing for your childs loan; St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update

As your kids grow up, you support them through their bumps and bruises, pay for their braces, school and much, much more.

Over the past few years, I have run into the issue of young adults not being able to qualify for a mortgage without a parent’s help. So, the big question […]

Online Mortgage Qualifier; St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update

The first step in buying a house is determining your budget.

This calculator steps you through the process of finding out how much you can borrow. Fill in the entry fields and click on the “View Report” button to see a complete amortization schedule of your mortgage payments:

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Cash-In Refis; St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update

CASH-IN REFIS…

Over the past years, many of Americans pulled money out their homes through “cash-out” refis. Today, many of my clients are bringing cash into their refinance transactions. Money is flowing in the opposite direction.

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Freddie Mac Suspends Evictions Over Holidays; St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update

Freddie Mac announced today it has ordered all evictions involving foreclosed occupied single family and 2-4 unit properties that had Freddie Mac mortgages to be suspended from December 20, 2010 to January 3, 2011.

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Additional payment paydown calculator and St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update

How much interest can you save by increasing your mortgage payment? Check out the link below and the financial calculator will help you determine your savings. Click the “View Report” button to see a complete amortization payment schedule, and how much you can save on your mortgage!

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Mortgage Loans 101 and St. Louis Mortgage Rate Update

Obtaining a mortgage to buy a home, or to refinance an existing mortgage, can sometimes be a little intimidating to borrowers, but it needn’t be. Granted, this is something the typical person only does every few years at most and regulations continually change the process, but that’s where lenders such as myself come in […]

Understanding the Types of Home Loans Available; St Louis Mortgage Watch

Conventional Loan Programs

Conventional loans are traditional home mortgages, not backed by any government program of insurance or guarantee. There are standard underwriting guidelines for conventional conforming loans up to $417,000. These loans can carry fixed or variable (ARM) rates and a variety of repayment terms can be tailored to your individual needs. Buyers […]

How to Reduce your Mortgage; St Louis Mortgage Watch

One Additional Mortgage Payment a Year

There’s a simple trick to significantly reduce the length of your mortgage and save you thousands of dollars. The trick is to make one extra mortgage payment a year and apply that payment toward your loan’s principal.

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Private Mortgage Insurance helps you get the loan; St Louis Mortgage Watch

Mortgage Insurance, also known as PMI, is a supplemental insurance policy you may be required to obtain in order to get a mortgage loan. PMI is provided by private (non-government) companies and is usually required when your loan-to-value ratio — the amount of your mortgage loan divided by the value of your home — is […]

The home loan process; St Louis Mortgage Watch

A critical step in the mortgage loan application process is to verify the sources for your down payment, closing costs and assets, as well as documenting income and debts. The lender uses this step to determine your qualifications as a borrower.

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What is the difference between the interest rate and the A.P.R.?; St Louis Mortgage Watch

You’ll see an interest rate and an Annual Percentage Rate (A.P.R.) for each mortgage loan you see advertised. The easy answer to “why” is that federal law requires the lender to tell you both.

The A.P.R. is a tool for comparing different loans, which will include different interest rates but also different points and other […]

Home Loan Application Checklist; St Louis Mortgage Watch

If you have bought a house and are getting ready to apply for your home mortgage, or perhaps you are about to refinance your existing mortgage to take advantage of the dirt-cheap interest rates, this handy loan application checklist will help you be prepared and make the process smoother and quicker:

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A Condensed Guide to Closing Costs; St Louis Mortgage Watch

There are so many different charges involved in buying a home, it is important to know what to expect at the settlement. Your lender is required to give you a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) of your settlement costs within three business days of your loan application. Once you get it, review the charges below to […]

No Money Down Home Loans for Members of the Armed Forces; St Louis Mortgage Watch

A Special Program for Members of the Armed Forces: VA LOANS

No Down Payment 100% Loan Financing No Mortgage Insurance Required 30-Year Fixed Rate or 3-Year Arms No Pre-Payment Penalty […]

Costly Mistakes of First-Time Homebuyers; St Louis Mortgage Watch

The following are the four common first-time home-buyers mistakes:

Spending the maximum on housing:

First-time buyers can be overly optimistic and excited about buying a home, so they tend to borrow the absolute maximum they qualify for (on paper), not necessarily worrying about a budget or other expenses. Lenders qualify buyers based on their incomes […]

The Do’s and Don’ts When Financing Your Home; St. Louis Mortgage Watch

As the mortgage industry adjusts to new financial regulations, it is more important than ever to ensure that the financing of your new home goes smoothly. Your loan approval is subject to the financial information you provide at the time of your loan approval. Any subsequent changes in your financial situation before the […]

Six Important Steps on How to Buy a Home; St Louis Mortgage Watch

STEP 1 Get pre-qualified for a loan: talk with your mortgage banker.

Determine your “mortgage goals.” Review your credit history and sources of income. Do you have money set aside for a down payment? Do you have an “ideal payment range” you would be comfortable with? What are your expectations.

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Which refinancing option is best for you?; St. Louis Mortgage Watch

Every borrower’s situation is different. My goal is to provide various options/loan programs that are available to meet the borrower’s needs. When considering a refinance, the following are typical situations borrowers face:

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FHA Expected to Announce Further Policy Changes to Address Risk and Strengthen Finances; St. Louis Mortgage Watch

In the next few days, look for FHA to implement further changes to strengthen its financial situation. An audit in late 2009 showed that the capital ratio of its Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMIF) had fallen below its statutorily mandated threshold. Over the past few months, FHA has raised premiums on its FHA […]

Mortgage Tips From a Pro; St. Louis Mortgage Watch

A home mortgage is the largest debt of most consumers and is nothing to take lightly or approach without diligence and care.

Here are some tips to help guide you and help you avoid the pitfalls that are out there:

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Fannie Mae Tightens Rules; St. Louis Mortgage Watch

Fannie Mae Rolls out New Loan Quality Initiative (LQI) Program – Tightens underwriting requirements and aims to reduce borrower fraud.

These rules could derail some closings for buyers who rack up purchases or even take out new store credit cards before their home sales have closed.

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De-Mystifying Credit Scores; Update on St. Louis Rates

WHAT IS A CREDIT SCORE?

Simply stated, credit scores area statistically-based tool to assess the future performance of a borrower.

Scores are derived from the history of a borrower as it is reported to the credit repositories from any creditor. Credit scores are a proven indicator of the likelihood to repay a loan […]

Questions Home-buyers should ask their lender; Update on St. Louis Rates

The mortgage industry has underwent some dramatic changes in the past year as has the regulations and rules the industry must comply with. Lender’s are barely able to keep up with everything new so it’s not surprising home-buyers have many questions when it comes to obtaining a mortgage to buy a home. Therefore, […]

Tax Credits and Flood Insurance Extended; St Louis Interest Rates Near Historic Lows

After a close brush with a deadline that could have impacted tens of thousands of home buyers, Congress passed an extension of the Home buyer Tax Credit closing deadline.

The extension is included in the Home Buyer Assistance and Improvement Act and will prevent as many as 180,000 home buyers from losing their eligibility […]

Deadline Looms for Missouri’s HOPE Tax Credit; St. Louis Interest Rates Drop

The state of Missouri funded a $15 million tax credit incentive program in January of this year to help spur home sales, but few have taken advantage of the program.

Now, Missouri home buyers must complete the purchase of their home by August 31, 2010 to take advantage of the program. The Missouri Housing […]

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Become Landlords; St. Louis Interest Rates Remain Low and Should Stay Low

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have become two of the nation’s largest landlords. Both institutions took over a foreclosed home roughly every 90 seconds during the first three months of the year. As of the end of March, they owned over 160,000 houses.

The inventory of Fannie and Freddie continue to increase, but their inventory […]

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to Delist Shares on NYSE; St. Louis Interest Rates Remain Low

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac notified the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) of its intent to delist its common and preferred stock. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the conservator for Fannie and Freddie, has directed the companies to delist their common stock and their preferred stock from the NYSE. “FHFA’s determination to direct each […]

Bank Of America to Pay $108 Million to Countrywide Borrowers; Interest Rates in St. Louis drop this week

Bank of America has agreed to pay $108 million to about 200,000 homeowners who paid improper and inflated charges to the defunct subprime mortgage lender that became the poster child of the housing apocalypse, Countrywide Financial. The Federal Trade Commission said two mortgage-servicing units of Countrywide, which BofA acquired in 2008, “deceived homeowners who […]

St Louis Mortgage Interest Rates Remain Low but obtaining mortgage is more challenging

After the problems we have seen over the past couple of years in the real estate, mortgage and banking industries it is not surprising we have seen massive legislative changes brought about which make it more challenging for a home-buyer to obtain a mortgage. Some of the changes borrowers will see when they attempt […]

National Flood Insurance Program Expiring Again; St Louis Interest Rates Drop Again

The National Flood Insurance Program, known as the NFIP, lapsed March 28 this year and left many pending home sales in limbo.

Congress and President Barack Obama temporarily reinstated the program 18 days later on April 16 as part of a bill that also extended unemployment benefits and Medicare reimbursement for doctors. However, the […]