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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 costs. Un...

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

What is Mortgage Amortization?

If you have a fixed-rate home mortgage, you pay the exact same amount 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 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 end up paying way more than that price to you...

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

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 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 mortgage loan amou...

February 6th, 2019 | Interest Rates, Conventional Loans, Fixed Rate Mortgages, What Are Mortgage Points?

Why Do Mortgage Rates Go Up and Down?

Mortgage interest 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 they changes in mortgage rates? 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. T...

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

3 Things You Need to Know About ARM Loans

Adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) loans always grow in popularity when interest rates are on the rise. Some borrowers think ARMs are the best way to save money on their mortgage in a higher rate climate. ARM loans can also be helpful for those who do not plan to stay in their home more than a few years. Whatever the reason, if you are considering an adjustable rate mortgage here are three things you need to know before signing. 1. What type of ARM are you getting? Of course, you already know that an adjustable rate mortgage means that eventually your loan interest rate can adjust higher or ...

January 23rd, 2019 | Adjustable Rate Mortgages, Interest Rates, 3 Things You Need to Know About ARM Loans

Interest Rate vs. APR

Interest rate and annual percentage rate (APR)-those are the same thing, right? Unfortunately, too many mortgage buyers don’t realize the answer is no. The interest rate on your mortgage loan is different from the APR and understanding both is important to getting the best deal on your mortgage. Interest Rate The interest rate on a loan is the cost for borrowing the mortgage principal. It is a percentage of the amount and can be either fixed or variable. The interest rate is amortized over the life of the loan and the interest payment is rolled into the monthly mortgage payment. ...

January 9th, 2019 | Interest Rates, Interest Rate vs. APR

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