Summer is just around the corner and it seems nothing can stop serious homebuyers from fulfilling their homeownership dreams even during a pandemic. If you’re planning to put your home on the market, it’s important that you practice safety measures to ensure that your family and potential homebuyers are protected from the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19).
Mortgage interest rates are at tempting levels that could make you wonder if it’s the right time to reap the rewards of your investment as a homeowner. Cash-out refinancing could be an option if you want to take advantage of the historically low interest rates and augment your finances especially during this difficult time as the nation deals with a health crisis.
More homebuyers are now ready to attend open houses compared with those who rely on virtual home tours. Although virtual tours are convenient and safe in this time of the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, attending an open house in-person lets homebuyers get to experience what it feels like while inside the home that they want to buy.
“One call could save you $1,500” – Freddie Mac research
Serious homebuyers know the importance of getting a mortgage pre-approval first before touring a prospective home. Getting a mortgage pre-approval means that a lender has thoroughly checked and verified your credit, and for a period of time, determines that you could borrow the amount you’re applying for to buy a home. Lenders, however, have recently become stricter with lending requirements because of the uncertainty that this COVID-19 pandemic brings where millions of people have filed for unemployment claims.
It’s important that you check your monthly mortgage statement for any changes to avoid unwanted surprises.
Loan forbearance is a viable option you may consider if you experience financial hardship and start missing your monthly mortgage payments. It allows you to reduce or suspend your payments for a period of time and determine a plan on how to repay them after.
Homeowners must notify their mortgage servicer or lender immediately if they experience financial hardship and find it difficult to repay their monthly mortgage. Working out with your servicer is important if you want to protect your home from foreclosure especially during this time that the federal government has declared a national emergency against the COVID-19 pandemic. Applying for any loss mitigation like a loan forbearance could be an option to keep your family safe.
When you take out a conventional mortgage to buy a home, your lender will require you to pay a premium for a private mortgage insurance (PMI) coverage if you opt to put a low down payment. Like the majority of homebuyers, a PMI gets you an approved mortgage that you would barely qualify to take. After several years of repaying your monthly mortgage, you’ll realize that your PMI becomes a burden and canceling it could help increase your savings.
For millions of borrowers who are struggling to pay their mortgage, help is on the way under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Act a.k.a. the CARES Act. When you contact your mortgage servicer or lender to get financial relief, it’s important that you know your rights as a homeowner.