Author Archives: Maria Macri

Loans Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All

Just as homes come in various styles and at different price points, so do the ways you can finance them. There are a number of loan options to choose from, but deciding which kind is best for you requires a little bit of time and research. Many home shoppers assume the best choice is the […]

What is an FHA Loan?

An FHA loan is a mortgage that’s insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). They are popular especially among first time home buyers because they allow down payments of 3.5% for credit scores of 580+. However, borrowers must pay mortgage insurance premiums, which protects the lender if a borrower defaults. Borrowers can qualify for an FHA loan with a down payment […]

What is a Cash Out Refinance?

A cash-out refinance is a refinancing of an existing mortgage loan, where the new mortgage loan is for a larger amount than the existing mortgage loan, and you (the borrower) get the difference between the two loans in cash. Basically, homeowners do cash-out refinances so they can turn some of the equity they’ve built up […]

Homeowners continue to enjoy price gains.

According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), a typical homeowner in the U.S. saw his or her housing wealth increase by $9,500 over the past year.  Yun commented in NAR’s first quarter report on existing home sales that the quarter had been beneficial to homeowners as “the majority of […]

Low Mortgage Rates

Mortgage rates change daily, but they have remained in a historically low range for quite some time. If you’re in the market for a mortgage, it could make sense to lock if you see a rate you like. Just make sure you’ve looked around for the best rate first.

Mortgage Rates Are Actually Higher This Week

Mortgage ratesdidn’t move much today, but the average lender is quoting microscopically higher rates, if anything.  Week-over-week, it wouldn’t be unfair to claim that rates are slightly lower.  Today’s average news coverage suggests the same due to the weekly release of Freddie Mac’s mortgage rate survey. 

Lower Rates

Mortgage rates moved lower at their best pace in several weeks today, with the average lender making it back to levels not seen since April 12th.

The next housing boom looks more sustainable.

Rising minimum wages will allow many working-class Americans to buy a first home.  The housing boom doesn’t have to be followed by a painful bust. The boom of the last decade was powered by speculative froth and lax mortgage underwriting – and it ended predictably badly. The present day, with large employers continuing to raise […]

Lowest Rates In April

Mortgage rates dropped yesterday. It wasn’t a huge move, but they didn’t have to go very far to get to the best levels of the month. To be fair, many prospective borrowers are still seeing the same interest rate at the top of a loan quote that they would have seen any time in the […]

Home Buyers (And Sellers) Much More Upbeat in March

A few couple of warm days, the appearance of a few tulips, and wham, homebuyer sentiment goes through the roof.  At least the results from the March National Housing Survey (NHS) seem to support that theory.  Net positive responses to whether it is currently a good time to buy and/or sell a home shot up 7 […]