This holiday season is going to look drastically different from those of previous years and huge family gatherings will most likely need to adapt to the current state of the world. Since the coronavirus is still a threat, we want to make sure you are enjoying the holidays as safely as possible. We have compiled a list of recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) so you can feel more informed about how to stay happy, healthy, and jolly.
With the recent election, many have found distraction from the ongoing pandemic. Now that the election is finished (for the most part), the reality of social distancing has started setting back in, causing ongoing stress and anxiety to almost every family across the nation. With varying safety protocols and restrictions being imposed, an increased number of people are looking for ways to alleviate the strain. Below are a few ways to help the situation.
Summer is in full swing, 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).
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.
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.
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!
Staying at home may significantly reduce your chances of getting infected by the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19). As you stay in the comfort of your home, you might be at risk of falling victim to scams. This is especially true if you’re one of the millions of people who lost their jobs and fearing that you could miss your mortgage payments in the coming months.
Millions of mortgage borrowers have already applied for loan forbearance because of the uncertainty brought by the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19). However, some homeowners who have called their servicers were advised that they need to make a balloon payment once the deferment period ends. A balloon payment could be overwhelming if the pandemic has affected your finances.
When refinancing your mortgage, the lender will order an appraisal to determine if your property has enough value to secure the new loan that you’re about to take. Just like homebuying, an appraisal is one of the most crucial steps when refinancing.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently clarified that the lump sum repayment at the end of the loan forbearance plan “is an option for repaying missed payments”. The two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) also explained the other options for repaying the missed payments amid growing confusion among millions of homeowners who have sought forbearance after being affected by the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.