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10-Year Loans

Posted On: 07/19/2017
Question: We expect to retire in about decade and want our home paid off by then. Lenders make loans for 30 years and 15 years, do they also make them for 10 years? Answer: While it’s not especially common, lenders certainly can originate 10-year mortgages and will be happy to do so....

10-Year Loans

Posted On: 07/12/2017
Question: We expect to retire in about decade and want our home paid off by then. Lenders make loans for 30 years and 15 years, do they also make them for 10 years? Answer: While it’s not especially common, lenders certainly can originate 10-year mortgages and will be happy to do so....

6 Tips To Sell Fast

Posted On: 07/05/2017
Question: We want to sell our home this summer and are looking for a speedy sale. What are the best steps we can take to quickly find a buyer? Answer: While there are no guarantees, there are certainly steps you can take to boost your odds. A good basic list looks like this: First, it's...

Fast Money? Not So Fast

Posted On: 06/28/2017
Question: We received a letter from a major lender that says we’ve been prequalified to refinance. Since we already qualify for financing, if we say yes will the lender simply schedule closing and give us a check? Answer: Unfortunately that's not how the system works. To understand...

Fast Money? Not So Fast

Posted On: 06/21/2017
Question: We received a letter from a major lender that says we’ve been prequalified to refinance. Since we already qualify for financing, if we say yes will the lender simply schedule closing and give us a check? Answer: Unfortunately that's not how the system works. To understand...

Fast Money? Not So Fast

Posted On: 06/14/2017
Question: We received a letter from a major lender that says we’ve been prequalified to refinance. Since we already qualify for financing, if we say yes will the lender simply schedule closing and give us a check? Answer: Unfortunately that's not how the system works. To understand...

Money Shortage

Posted On: 06/07/2017
Question: We have run into financial problems because of a job loss and worry that we will lose our house. However, because home values have been rising we now have a lot of equity. Can we get a second mortgage or home equity line of credit to keep our heads above water? Answer: Let's imagine...

A New ARM?

Posted On: 05/31/2017
Question: We obtained a mortgage at 4.25 percent a few months ago. Now our loan officer has called and says we can get a 3/1 ARM with a start rate of just 3 percent. Should we take it? Answer: If an ARM is so attractive today, why was it not attractive when you got your current...

Non-Bank Benefits?

Posted On: 05/24/2017
Question: As a mortgage lender, I compete for business every day. So why is it fair that non-banks face less regulation and therefore fewer costs than traditional banks? Answer: Banks and non-banks are distinctive and different financial creatures. They are “alike” in the same way...

Inflated Escrow?

Posted On: 05/17/2017
Question: We just had closing and the lender took way more than needed for the escrow account. How is this possible? Answer: Most likely the lender is well within its rights to set aside a large escrow amount. In addition, you will benefit. The lender wants to make sure that the property...
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