Average Texas Monthly Mortgage Payment In 2021

How much can homebuyers expect to pay every month for their mortgage in Texas? Based on existing median home values in Texas and a current mortgage interest rate of 2.65%, the average monthly payment for a 30-year mortgage is approximately $1,179. Average Texas Monthly Mortgage Payment In 2021 Mortgage rates are continually fluctuating due to […]Read More

Three Factors That Influence Your Mortgage Interest Rate

The interest rate tied to your mortgage directly affects how much you are required to pay over the term of your loan. If you are considering purchasing a home, researching the market’s current interest rate is essential. There are three major factors that can influence the interest rate you can lock in for your mortgage. […]Read More

How Do Credit Scores Affect Your Mortgage Rate

Credit scores are among the most critical factors that lenders look at to assess a homebuyer’s loan qualifications. Credit scores can affect the mortgage interest rate homebuyers receive from their lender. WHAT DETERMINES A MORTGAGE RATE? Many factors affect your mortgage rate, especially your credit scores. Here are a few of the most common and […]Read More

7 Myths About Mortgage Interest Rates

We’ve refinanced hundreds of clients recently and in doing so, encountered several commonly believed myths about mortgage interest rates – here are a few: MYTH #1 – Borrowers will keep their loan for 30 years so the rate is extremely important. This is something we hit hard with first-time homebuyers especially because they are utterly […]Read More

7 Myths About Motorcycles and Mortgage Rates

OK – I am not really going to blog about motorcycles, but I did see a video last night called 7 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Motorcycles, and it got 2.3 million views! The video maker joked about how well list-style-video-descriptors attract viewers (which is a great marketing reminder). So, I thought I’d try it […]Read More

Fed Rate Cuts Don’t Mean Mortgage Rate Cuts

We were asked a variance of the below question over and over yesterday: “I heard that the Fed cut the rate by 1/2 percent; can I lower my mortgage rate by 1/2 percent?” We would respond by explaining that the “Fed Funds Rate” often does not correlate to mortgage rates for a variety of reasons. […]Read More

What It Means to “Lock” In an Interest Rate

An interest rate lock is a commitment issued by a lender to a borrower guaranteeing a specified interest rate for a specified period of time. Typical lock periods are 15 days (for approved loans), 30 days for most purchases, and 45 days for most refinances in a high volume market. Interest rates change every day […]Read More

PMI (Mortgage Insurance) Is Back for The Better!

Mortgage Insurance is back. MGIC, our favorite provider of mortgage insurance, recently lowered all of their rates, and they increased their Maximum LTVs. This is extremely good news, as PMI is a welcome alternative to FHA. The reasons are two-fold: (1) PMI has NO UP FRONT Mortgage Insurance (while FHA currently requires 2.25% of loan […]Read More

FHA Mortgage Ins. for 5 Years; Up Front MI Goes Up To 2.25%

Remember that FHA Monthly Mortgage Insurance must remain in place for at least 5 years (even if the LTV is 50%), but borrowers can eliminate MI after 5 years IF they can prove they have 22% Equity (their LTV is 78% or lower). Remember too that FHA’s “Up-Front-Mortgage-Insurance” jumps up to 2.25% (of the loan […]Read More

Rates Off a Bit; FLIP Rules Explained Again

We are still getting FLIP questions. We have both FHA and Conventional lenders that allow for FLIP Transactions. A FLIP is a property getting re-sold by a party (other than a bank) that took possession in the last 90 days. Our FHA FLIP lenders typically request two appraisals to ensure the value is there and […]Read More

Rates Will Shoot Up No Matter What the Fed Does

Our continued reminder to our clients is that rates will increase, and increase sharply, no matter what the Fed does. The Fed does NOT have 100% control over market interest rates. The Fed’s limited tools are not enough to control the interest rates in the way many think they can. What will spike rates: (1) […]Read More

Why Buy Now?

We have a first time buyer who has been making offers continually for over 18 months. His problem is not a lack of inventory; his problem, we think, is that he is too obsessed with getting a “good deal” and he underbids time and time time again. We tell him to bid more aggressively and […]Read More

Debt Ratios To 60% OK; New Regulations Not a Concern

We had two purchases come to us in the last week that were denied at other lenders because of High Debt ratios. Remember that different lenders have different debt ratio ceilings, and relying on a single lender is risky. Most of our lenders cap ratios (per Fannie Mae guides) at 45%, but Met Life goes […]Read More

Options With Less Than 20% Down; No More 2nds; MI Is Best if Borrower Is Very Strong

If a buyer has less than 20% of the Purchase Price for a Down Payment, there are far fewer options than there were two years ago. Concurrently funded 2nd mortgages and/or equity lines no longer exist. The only options now are Mortgage Insurance or FHA Financing. For well qualified borrowers, Mortgage Insurance is still the […]Read More

Investors Can Own Ten Properties with Mortgages; CAL STRS Loans

With respect to gold prices, even though near-record gold prices in excess of $1,000 per ounce make people nervous, keep in mind that gold prices would have to exceed $2,300 in “inflation- adjusted” dollars to equal the highs we hit in the early 1980s. So, don’t panic until you see gold prices above $2,000 per […]Read More

Google Enters the Mortgage Arena – Industry Too Complex Now

The New York Times announced that Google will soon enter the mortgage arena by offering rate quotes. Lending Tree, a company that also offers on-line quotes, is upset about this because Google will be using the same supposedly exclusive technology that Lending Tree uses. Here at JVM we could not be more bemused by all […]Read More

Two Schools of Thought – Inflation School Winning; Other Lender Had Purchase Since February!

Right now there is a “tug of war” between two schools of thought. On the one hand, the economy remains weak, and the government is buying huge portions of mortgage backed securities in an effort to keep rates low. The economy remains weak enough that there is no threat of inflation. Mr. Bernanke, our Fed […]Read More

Huge Rate Variance Among Lenders

The market appears to believe a recovery is in the works, so money continues to leave Bonds (and mortgage backed securities) for the Stock Market, which has improved almost 34% since March lows. Because higher rates will put a damper on the expected recovery, many analysts expect one or more dips in rates before the […]Read More

Traders Focus on Excess Debt; Financing Ten Investment Properties; Inventory Absorbed

Rates edged up as the market appears to be concerned again about the record levels of debt that will be coming to market this year. Traders are uncertain that the market can absorb all the debt. Housing inventory in California is now at only 6.5 months’ supply, down from 15.3 months a year ago. This […]Read More