Equity is Increasing!


If you think 2020 hasn’t been full of much good news, we do have some actual good news for just about everybody who is reading this. The amount available to homeowners to borrow against their house hit a record high of $6.5 trillion earlier this year. Additionally, 9 in 10 homeowners currently have a primary rate at least 0.75 percent above the prevailing market average rate as mortgage interest rates continue to hit record lows. If that isn’t good news, then we don’t know what is! 

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Are we over it yet?

Do you know when you feel yourself getting over a cold? It’s when you can finally get out of bed and walk around without a Kleenex in your hand. You’re not 100%, but hey, you’re active, getting in the car, playing with the kids, and suddenly you see the light of big breaths at the end of dark, mucus-filled days (I know, the irony of starting this post off with a cold analogy). As we enter the start of June, there are signs that the worst of the coronavirus shutdowns and the economic impact may be over. For example, we saw an increase in new home sales for April, well above expectations. In addition, more people applied to open new businesses. Two great things!

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Do you know your mortgage type?

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, two geese. So one moose, two meese? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? Likewise, figuring out which mortgage program you qualify for can be just as twisted. Let me shed some light on many of the common terms you may hear as you embark on the mortgage process.

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What is next for the economy?

In this post, I’m going to educate you about what is going on in the economy. Most any economic indicator (GDP, New Home Sales, Jobless Claims, etc.) from Q1 and Q2 is going to be, in the words of Billie Eilish, “baaaaaaaaaaad.” Don’t reach for your mid-day cocktail yet, I have some good news for you.The market is already looking forward to Q3 and Q4 numbers while closely monitoring the pace at which states are opening back up and how citizens are responding. The positive news is that the amount of money being pumped into the economy through unemployment programs and the PPP will be enough stimulant to lead to better numbers in the back half of the year.  Additionally, the Fed has done a phenomenal job rolling out the 2008 ready-made playbook and more since this crisis began. The circumstances surrounding this crisis—caused by a virus, and not from bad actors in the financial markets world—has allowed the Fed to act swiftly and effectively.Both Fed Chairman Powell and Secretary Mnuchin say they are ready with even more liquidity injections if needed. Fortunately, for mortgage rates, the volatility has died off, and that should give buyers a lot more confidence to lock their loans. The Fed will be careful not to say or do anything that has a chance of upsetting the apple cart for the foreseeable future. In fact, the Fed has ramped up the programs they already have in place to help areas of economic stress that have arisen and may arise going forward. For you as a potential home buyer or refinancer, it is amazing news that the Fed signaled that interest rates will be at zero until they are sure we are out of this economic overhang from the virus. As a result, it’s a great time to reach out to your mortgage professional and stay on top of exactly what is going on in the market. Whether or not we can win your business, we are happy to be an amazing resource in your home buying journey.

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Ready to get out of your home?

Three months ago, I was sitting on my couch thinking how nice it would be if I could spend every day here. Well, my dream came true! Now as the world re-opens, I can’t help but feel hesitation to get out of here, even though I’ve been desperate to get back to my favorite restaurants. Not to mention the gym! But home seems to winning again. The comfort and safety of home is undeniable which is why we should really consider homeownership from all angles in this current environment. Given that interest rates are likely to remain low for a long while, but economy may not get back to full strength for years, how do we see the prospects for the home buyer going forward?

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Scared to go back into the world?

Quarantine life with kids at home going on SEVEN weeks, oil prices in the red, rising unemployment, the declining economy, forbearance payback terror, the corona virus crossing the one million cases mark, and the country is re-opening.  Wow, that is more drama than all of Bravo’s Housewives…every city and all seasons combined.

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LOOK OUT, RATES ARE LIKELY TO GO UP!

There has been a massive refi boom over the last month due to low rates, so you’re wondering, “Should I refi too? Will rates go lower?”  If you go look at rates now, it’s likely they won’t be as low as you expected. Not only are we going to explain why, we’re going to show you why NOW is the time to refinance because rates are set to go UP! 

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