Why You May Want to Switch Mortgage Companies

Loyalty? Not in the mortgage business. That is, if you actually want to save money on your home loan. A few years back, an HSBC survey revealed that 52% of U.S. homeowners “switched providers” (sorry, they’re British) when obtaining subsequent mortgages. This was mainly driven (53%) by the desire to get a better deal, aka [&hellip

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Higher Mortgage Rates May Exacerbate Already White-Hot Housing Market

You’ve seen the headlines – mortgage rates have jumped from recent all-time lows. And they’re seemingly on an upward spiral that can’t be stopped. Except, they’ve actually seen some improvement over the past few days, thanks in part to the recent stock market rout, coupled with an easing in the 10-year bond yield. Still, the [&hellip

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Locking vs. Floating Your Mortgage Rate

To mortgage folk across the country, it’s an age-old question: “Lock or float?” It’s a question loan officers and mortgage brokers get asked on a daily basis, often over and over again by panicked borrowers and first-time home buyers. And it might just be the most important answer a homeowner will come up with during [&hellip

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Why Does Everyone Want Us to Pay Down Our Mortgages?

You may have come across one of those articles lately that talks about how a couple paid off their mortgage in five years. Or some other absurdly-fast timeline. While it also sounds super enticing and perhaps inspiring, it’s often just a feel-good story that may not actually make a lot of sense financially. At least [&hellip

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Do Mortgage Brokers Offer Better Rates Than the Competition?

In your endless search to find the lowest mortgage rates on the planet, you may be wondering which route will lead to the biggest savings. Should you go to your local bank, try your luck with an online mortgage lender, visit a credit union, or consult with an independent mortgage broker/banker? You’ve Got a Lot [&hellip

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Are Mortgage Rates Going Down Again?

Just when you thought all hope was lost, mortgage rates appear to be going down again. It’s been a very tough start to 2021 with regard to mortgage rates, as the popular 30-year fixed climbed from around 2.75% to 3.35% in the span of about 60 days. This was clearly an unwelcome development for both [&hellip

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Why Are Refinance Rates Higher?

Mortgage Q&A: “Why are refinance rates higher?” If you’ve been comparing mortgage rates lately in an effort to save some money on your home loan, you may have noticed that refinance rates are higher than purchase loan rates. This seems to be the case for a lot of big banks out there, including Chase, Citi, [&hellip

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2021 Mortgage Rate Predictions: Mostly Flat But More Record Lows Possible

Yet another year is about to come to an end, and that means it’s time to look ahead to what next year has in store. I think just about everyone wants to see the back of 2020, though it wasn’t all bad news. The housing market actually held up surprisingly well, and mortgage lenders enjoyed [&hellip

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Mortgage Rates vs. the Coronavirus: We Might Test New All-Time Lows

Mortgage rates can be pretty volatile. Just like stocks, they can change daily depending on what’s happening in the economy. Beyond that, mortgage rates can move based on news that doesn’t involve a report on the economic calendar, such as a jobs report, GDP, housing starts, inflation, etc. Even if there isn’t a direct financial [&hellip

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Watch Out for Low Mortgage Rates You Have to Pay For

Mortgage rates keep on marching lower and lower, with new records broken seemingly every week. But with all the fervor surrounding mortgage rates, some lenders are playing the “how low can we appear to go” game. For example, mortgage lenders may be talking about their lowest rates (with multiple points required), as opposed to offering [&hellip

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