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DANGER! Home Equity Lines & Inflation

A borrower reached out to me for a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) recently, and I referred her to a local bank that we work with that offers the best service and rates. She came back to me the next day and said: “my friends say I should consider a cash-out refi instead…” And […]Read More

Record Equity + Certain Inflation + Uncertain Economy = Cash-Out Now (4 Reasons Why)

TOTAL HOME EQUITY SURGES TO INSANE RECORD Prior to the 2008 meltdown, total home equity (the value of all homes minus all mortgage debt) in the U.S. peaked in 2005 at $14.4 TRILLION. Last year, total home equity hit $21.1 trillion – crushing the 2005 record (here is a table showing total home equity from […]Read More

What Is A Cash-Out Refinance In Texas?

Homeowners in Texas continue to see an increase in home value and are now finding themselves with more equity in their homes. Many Texas homeowners are eligible to utilize a cash-out refinance to convert some of their equity into cash, but what exactly is s cash-out refinance? What is a Cash-Out Refinance? A cash-out refinance […]Read More

6 Reasons Why Refis Are SO MUCH EASIER Than Purchases

We often see borrowers who are reluctant to refinance into a lower rate – even when the new loan will be “no cost” and save them hundreds of dollars every month. Unfortunately, this reluctance is sometimes fostered by the stress those borrowers endured during their purchase. As a result we like to emphatically remind everyone […]Read More

BEST NEWS EVER! Fannie And Freddie Eliminate “Adverse Market Fee;” Reduce Rates By 1/4%!

I can think of many examples of things that would constitute “the best news ever.” Hearing “snow day/school canceled” announced on the radio when I was a kid on Western Minnesota’s prairie is definitely up there. And, so is the time my friend’s older brother scored us not one but TWO kegs of beer for […]Read More

Mortgage Applications Down 30%; What Does It Mean For Borrowers? Refi Boom Coming?

2020 = BEST YEAR EVER FOR MORTGAGE INDUSTRY The mortgage industry had its best year ever last year (over $4 trillion of funded loans), as rates fell to all-time lows and both purchases and refis shot up to record levels. Industry capacity could not come close to meeting demand, and lenders were able to charge […]Read More

Student Loan Cash-Out Refinances

Millennials are one of the largest demographics and have taken the housing market by storm. Millennials accounted for 38 percent of home purchases in 2020 and more than half of all new mortgages. Yet, while millennials make up a sizeable portion of the housing market, over 45% of millennials have student loan debt. For homeowners […]Read More

Fed Speaks – Rates Up; Paying Off Student Loans With Mortgage; Interest-Only Loans

Fed Chair Powell spoke yesterday and sent the bond market into a tizzy, as investors sold off their bonds and pushed rates sharply higher. What crazy thing did Powell have the audacity to say? He acknowledged that the economy is strengthening and that there is an uptick in inflation. In addition, a statement by the […]Read More

Your Home Just Appreciated 25% – Now What?

Home values in the U.S. increased an average of almost 12% over the last 12 months, according to Zillow. But, in some markets – like Austin, TX – we saw appreciation of over 25%! Dallas saw almost 11%, while Sacramento saw 15%. Poor San Francisco was the outlier with DEPRECIATION of almost 3%! So – […]Read More

There’s A HUGE GLUT OF WOOD, So Why’s Lumber So Expensive?

On Friday, I blogged about whether or not borrowers can roll their closing costs into their loans. Several savvy agents responded and pointed out that I forgot one more way borrowers can get credits for closing costs: agents can credit a portion of their commissions too if they so desire.  We never recommend that to […]Read More

What Credit Score Is Needed To Refinance A House?

What Credit Score Do You Need To Refinance? Many borrowers want to know what credit score they need to refinance. Credit scores play a significant role in determining what mortgage rate you qualify for when refinancing. There is no “one interest rate” that lenders quote each day because of the many factors that affect individual […]Read More

Why Refi Into A Higher Rate? Debt Consolidation!

BORROWER REFIS INTO HIGHER RATE We recently had a borrower who had over $110,000 of consumer debt (credit cards and personal loans). The borrower had a very low fixed-rate mortgage too that we could not match b/c rates have gone up and b/c the borrower’s credit score had dropped so much b/c of the consumer […]Read More

Difference Between Purchase and Refinance Mortgages

Purchase mortgages and refinances are both home loans, but they serve very different purposes. A purchase mortgage is a type of loan that homebuyers apply to finance the purchase of a new home. A refinance mortgage is the process homeowners go through to change their mortgage rate and terms. What Is A Purchase Mortgage A […]Read More

Why Should You Refinance Your Mortgage?

What Is Refinancing Refinancing is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to change their mortgage rate and terms to lower their interest rate, monthly payment, or cash out some of their property’s accumulated equity.  There are two types of refinances available for homeowners:  Rate/Term Refinance: A rate and term refinance is the refinancing of an existing […]Read More

Mortgage Rates Way UP; Refi Now… Or Forever Hold Your Peace

Remember last year when I said rates could either go up, go down or stay the same? Well, I was right. 😊 OK – I was actually right about the rates going up part. And I was just repeating what Barry Habib was saying. Habib thought rates would go up early this year and then […]Read More

Are Home Equity Loans Tax Deductible?

Homeowners cannot claim tax deductions on home equity loans in some cases. However, they can still benefit from cash-out refinancing programs to use the equity they’ve accrued in their homes. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by President Trump in December 2017, introduced this change. Interest paid on home equity loans is no longer […]Read More

This Decade’s Popular Home Upgrades

If you compare a home from 2010 to one from 2020, you will notice quite a few significant contrasts. The American home is ever-changing, the most recent shifts being more technological home upgrades. Keep reading to find out what home features have become increasingly popular in today’s home design. 1. Smart Home Upgrades As more […]Read More

How To Refinance Without Closing Costs

Refinancing is an excellent way for homeowners to benefit from low-interest rates, saving themselves a lot of money in the long run. There are two options borrowers have when refinancing with JVM to avoid closing costs: a “No Cost Refinance” and a “No Money Out of Pocket” loan. No Cost Refinance When a lender offers […]Read More

Shopping For A Mortgage With JVM Lending

Whether you’re purchasing a home or refinancing an existing mortgage, it’s crucial to get the best deal possible. At JVM Lending, we make it easy with our Mortgage Calculator. Enter the details of your loan to receive rates and closing costs instantly and specific to your situation. We’re a local, unique, and experienced mortgage firm […]Read More

Real Estate Definitions: The Right To Cancel

Your Right To Cancel A Loan Here is one of a few real estate terms you should know if you are receiving a loan. The Federal Truth-in-Lending Act allows three days for homeowners who are refinancing to reconsider a loan during which they can cancel their refinance without penalty. The Right to Cancel protects homeowners […]Read More

Is It A Good Idea To Refinance My Mortgage To Pay Off Credit Cards?

Many homebuyers think that refinancing and taking cash out from their home’s equity may be a good way to pay off any credit card debt. But – homebuyers should be cautioned, financing credit card debt through a refinance may not be the right move for everyone. While your total monthly expenses will drop significantly, the […]Read More

Fannie Mae Re-Slams Mortgage Industry With 1/2 Point Refi Fee

In August, I blogged about Fannie Mae Slamming Refi Borrowers With A New 1/2 Point Fee. And then later in August, I blogged about Fannie Mae Yanking Its 1/2 Point Fee In Response to Industry Pressure. But, Fannie only postponed its refi fee until December 1st. So all refinance loans sold to Fannie Mae and/or […]Read More

Beware Of Fake Vendors Pretending To Be Us; Paying Off HELOC = Cash Out

BEWARE OF VENDORS IMPERSONATING LENDERS This is a quick reminder that some vendors, particularly sellers of “mortgage protection insurance” or other insurance products, often reach out to new homebuyers shortly after close. These vendors often see the name of the funding mortgage bank on county records and then reach out to homebuyers, pretending to be […]Read More

Different Types Of Mortgage Loans For Homebuyers

Homebuyers have many options when it comes to mortgage loans. Whichever loan you choose should be the best fit for your specific situation. Each program has particular qualifications and requirements. This blog will explain the details of the different types of loans that most homebuyers will encounter when planning their home purchase. FIXED-RATE LOANS Fixed-rate […]Read More

How To Refinance A Home With Low Income

Here’s a common situation many homeowners face: the old mortgage has a much higher interest rate than the rates available today, and you could save hundreds of dollars each month by refinancing. Your home has built up plenty of equity, so no problems there. However, there is one issue; you don’t have enough income to […]Read More

Fires, Hurricanes, Appraisals & Delays; Agent Resource Guide

In Friday’s Blog, I mentioned how we were losing Appraisal or Property Inspection Waivers (PIWs) b/c of the fires in NorCal, but I made an error. Underwriters are not always requiring full appraisals in lieu of PIWs in fire areas; in most cases they are just requiring simple inspections, with no value attributed, that certify […]Read More

Fannie Mae’s New 50 Basis Point Fee Slams Refinance Borrowers

As I mentioned yesterday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac imposed a new fee of 1/2 point, or 50 basis points, on all refinance loans – catching the entire mortgage world completely off guard. What the new fee means in reality is that all refinance borrowers will now face 1/8 to 1/4 percent higher rates when […]Read More

Explaining The Basics of Refinancing A Mortgage

There are many possible benefits to refinancing your home mortgage. You may have heard from friends or neighbors who have already refinanced about some of the various advantages connected to refinancing your mortgage. For instance, refinancing can lead to a lower mortgage payment, a quicker timeline for paying off your mortgage, a lower interest rate, […]Read More

7 Ways To Increase Your Home Value

Everyone wants to increase the value of their home, but many are stumped by where to start. So, we’ve included practical tips and tricks to inspire you to create a plan today. Congratulations! You’ve just purchased a home and made one of the most significant purchases of your life. Within the walls and roof surrounding […]Read More

Refinancing After Forbearance; Credit Inquiries

Over 4 million borrowers went into mortgage payment “forbearance” during the COVID-19 crisis, and many are now starting to end their forbearance periods – and wondering if they can refinance. Here are some of the guidelines. AUTHORIZED FORBEARANCE – PAST BALANCES PAID If borrowers with a formally authorized (by their servicer) forbearance formally end their […]Read More

Are Cash Out Refinances A Good Idea?

When homeowners purchase a new home, they instantly start to accumulate equity in their new home. For some homeowners, taking cash out from their home equity can be a great way to pay off credit card bills, purchase a new home, pay for college, or invest in home improvement projects. HOW DO CASH OUT REFINANCES […]Read More

Why “Now” Is Always The Best Time To Refi; Jumbo Returns :)

GREAT NEWS – JUMBO HAS RETURNED! As expected and hoped for, one of our best jumbo investors returned to the market today with far lower rates. We are now very close to where we were prior to the COVID-19 crisis. WHY “NOW” IS A GOOD TIME TO REFI – IT IS NOT JUST B/C WE […]Read More

Refinancing FAQs; Essential Info for EVERY Borrower

With rates this low, $4 to $5 trillion of mortgages are now eligible for refinancing. This is more than twice the mortgage industry’s annual capacity and rates look to stay low for some time. Because refis are now such a hot topic and will continue to be for months (if not years), we recently added […]Read More

Should You Refinance Your Mortgage?

Mortgage rates are trending down, and many homeowners are considering refinancing their mortgage. Homeowners should reach out to a Mortgage Analyst about refinancing their mortgage if rates have dropped significantly lower and if their home value has increased. THE MYTH OF STARTING AMORTIZATION OVER Amortization is the process of spreading out a loan amount into […]Read More

5 Bold Predictions For The Post COVID-19 World; COVID-19 Updates; Reason to Refi

Forbes Publisher, Rich Karlgaard, published 5 Bold Predictions for the Post COVID-19 World. He imagined what we might see by the Spring of 2021 and predicted the following: A rebounding world economy with a fantastic global growth rate of 4%. Fully resumed global travel b/c human nature makes people want to travel no matter what. […]Read More

Rates 1/2 Percent HIGHER Than On Monday; Early Pay-Off Penalties

Mortgage Interest Rates remain a full 1/2% higher than where they were on Monday, and 5/8% higher than where they were last week. So, while the 10-Year Treasury Bond (government debt) remains in record-low territory, mortgage rates are up considerably as the industry tries to stem excess volume. EARLY PAY-OFF PENALTIES – HOLDING ON TO […]Read More

The Myth of “Starting Amortization Over” When Borrowers Refinance – Save the Savings!

I received the below email from a borrower this week: “I’m about 3 years into my current loan, and am looking into another refi. My monthly payment savings will be about $400 per month. How do you figure out the savings overall when you consider a new loan will cost about $80k in additional interest […]Read More

Low Rates & Early Pay Off Penalties; Six Months Is All We Ask

Rates have fallen about 1/4 percent over the last few weeks and they are almost 1% lower than their peak only a few months back. As a result, everyone is rushing to refinance again, as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog. Mortgage lenders love the onslaught of business even though it fosters some major risks. One […]Read More

When Does It Make Sense to Refinance? Rules of Thumb

When I was researching today’s blog, I came across a December of 2010 blog of mine that said: “The refi boom is officially over.” I found that amusing b/c rates were about 1/2 percent higher than they are today, b/c rates fell almost a full percentage point in 2011, and b/c we have had so […]Read More

Cash-Out Refinance in California

House values are continuing to increase across the state of California, and homeowners are now finding themselves with more equity in their homes. Many homeowners utilize a cash-out refinance to convert some of their equity into cash. What is a Cash-Out Refinance? A cash-out refinance loan refers to the refinancing of an existing mortgage into […]Read More

Technology, Hand-Holding, & Big Bank Horror Story

Team Member’s Mom Goes to the Competition One of our team member’s Moms went to the “competition” for a refi, and we were mortified… OK – actually, we weren’t. She has a very unique situation in regard to zoning that a big bank signed off on before, so she went back to them to refinance. […]Read More

Can Trump’s Deregulation Bring Back Sub-Prime Craziness? Heck No

Refinance volume is at its lowest level since June of 2009. With lenders desperate to increase volume and President Trump showing a strong desire to deregulate financial markets, people are wondering if we could return to the wild sub-prime lending days of pre-2008. The answer is: No way. Would you buy a bond that was […]Read More

More Purchase Tips For Refi Guys; Giving Away JVM’s Playbook

On Friday, we provided tips to help refi guys close purchases now that rates are up. The tips included rush appraisals; reviewing contracts for addenda, reports and condition issues; and hiring a skilled appraisal manager. Several people, however, chastised us for “giving away JVM’s playbook.” We responded by saying: A. We always like to help; […]Read More

Must Be On Title to Be On Loan; Must Refi to Get “Off” Loan

We sometimes have borrowers who want to be “on the loan,” but not “on title” (for tax reasons usually). This is impossible, however, as lenders require all borrowers qualifying for a loan to also be on title. Conversely, we often have borrowers who want to be on title, but not on the loan, and that […]Read More

Why We Hate Paying Points (Or Think Buyers Shouldn’t)

Borrowers constantly ask if they should pay points or origination fees to buy down a loan. Our constant refrain is no, and here are the reasons why: 1. Borrowers get too little bang for their buck. In the current market, paying a point will often only improve the rate by as little as 1/8 percent, […]Read More

When Does It Make Sense to Refi? Rule of Thumb; VA LOANS

Quick Reminder: JVM does VA loans (often in fact). The drawbacks to VA, however, include the restriction that we can only use VA appraisers, and that all section I work needs to be complete. We are often asked when it makes sense to refinance? No Cost Loans: If a loan is “no cost” (the lender […]Read More

Must Wait Six Months From Purchase For Higher Appraised Value

We often have borrowers buy under market value or buy in quickly appreciating markets. They always ask how soon they can refinance into a better loan when their loan-to-value ratios improve. Lenders almost always correlate values to the purchase price for six months. This means that buyers need to wait six months before they can […]Read More

Refi Boom; What It Means?

Rates dropped again this morning to shockingly low levels not seen since early 2013. A lack of inflation, falling oil prices, weak economies, stock sell-offs, and other factors are all working together to push rates to amazingly low levels. This will affect turn-times at lenders everywhere as no lender was prepared for a surge in […]Read More

Refi Options Now Better Than Ever; Values Up; Rates Down

With values higher than they were a year ago (especially in certain areas) and with rates shockingly low once again, every buyer who puts down less than 20% should evaluate refinance options. We are of course more than happy to conduct free analyses for everyone. We analyze current estimated property values, current available interest rates […]Read More

Can Use 75% of Rents for Income; 85% for FHA

We discussed rental income in previous blogs and had questions in regard to how much of the rental income we can use. For a refinance, we use the income from the Schedule E on a borrower’s tax returns, irrespective of market rents. We can add back “non-cash” expenses like depreciation. For conventional purchases, we use […]Read More