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Mortgage Rates Move Modestly Lower Ahead of Holiday
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:12:23 GMT - Mortgage rates fell modestly today, with bond market strength both before and after the release of the Fed Minutes (a more detailed account of the Fed meeting that took place 3 weeks ago). Stronger bond markets correlate with lower rates. Bonds tend to benefit from weak economic data, low inflation expectations, and an accommodative monetary policy stance from the Fed. Today's economic data was generally weaker, but of particular importance at the moment were the inflation expectations in the consumer sentiment data, which came in near the lowest levels since the financial crisis. The Fed Minutes also mentioned some concern over intractably low inflation, though they continue to expect a rebound based on a strong labor market. Bond markets are already well aware the Fed is planning on hiking
Mortgage Rates Holding Steady in Recent Range
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:18:20 GMT - Mortgage rates were unchanged today, on average, although a few lenders made small adjustments to rates sheets in response to bond market volatility. Bond markets began the day heading into stronger territory (which implies lower rates), but gave up much of the gains by early afternoon. That prompted a few lenders to raise the costs associated with prevailing rates. In other words, markets didn't move enough for published interest rates to change. Those tend to move in .125% increments and it takes an uncommonly big day in bond markets to push mortgage rates higher or lower by that much. The "upfront costs" associated with a mortgage (origination and discount, typically) give lenders a way to fine-tune the overall cost of financing. It's those costs that moved higher, but again, only for a
Mortgage Rates Higher to Begin Holiday-Shortened Week
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:59:11 GMT - Mortgage rates moved slightly higher today against the backdrop of the unique bond market conditions seen on Thanksgiving week. Bond markets underlie mortgage rates, and there's generally a certain level of participation that traders and mortgage lenders can count on. That participation wanes on major holiday weeks and the remaining players tend to behave a bit more conservatively. This is seen in the form of interest rates staying inside recent boundaries and mortgage lenders not getting too aggressive with pricing. Inside those boundaries, however, movement is far less predictable . After all, with fewer players in the game, each trader has a bigger say in the direction rates will move. If there are more bonds being sold than bought, regardless of the motivation, rates will move higher. This
Mortgage Rates Unchanged Heading Into Holiday Week
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:28:42 GMT - Mortgage rates barely budged today--not too surprising considering today's bond market levels (which underlie rates) were roughly in line with yesterday's. The average lender is quoting conventional 30yr fixed rates of 4.0% or slightly lower for top tier scenarios. Movement has been minimal since October with day-over-day change most frequently occurring at the "cost" level. In other words, bond markets don't move enough every day for lenders to change interest rates by their standard 0.125% increments. Instead, the cost (or rebate) associated with any given rate serves as a fine-tuning adjustment. The cost is typically calculated based on a percentage of the loan amount. It can move by more than half a perfect in some cases ($500 for every $100k borrowed) before it would make sense for some
Mortgage Rates Slightly Higher
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:17:30 GMT - Mortgage rates moved higher today, but the changes were minimal for most lenders. Bond markets (which underlie interest rates) have been searching for inspiration recently and largely coming up short. This morning contained several economic reports and the House passed its tax bill in the afternoon, but none of those events caused much of a stir for bonds. In fact, all of the bond market movement responsible for today's higher rates occurred during Asian and European trading hours. When US traders got in for the day, bonds were almost perfectly sideways through 3pm. With next week bringing the Thanksgiving holiday and with the Senate not even taking up the tax bill debate until the following week (they're out all of next week), it's fair to wonder how much worse the lack of inspiration will
Private Mortgages

Private Mortgages

5 tips for doing a private mortgage

It's tough to find certificates of deposit that pay 2% a year. But if you're a bank lending to 30-year fixed-rate mortgage borrowers, you can earn 4%. At I Want a Better Mortgage, our specialists can help cut through the red tape and help you succeed in getting the loan you want.

Wouldn't it be great to be a bank?

Pros and cons

When Pittsburgh accountant and attorney James Lange bought his mother's house, he paid her half the purchase price over time, using what's often called a family or private mortgage. The transaction, he says, "worked out beautifully."

Yet he sounds a note of caution. "With this one, I've seen more problems than good situations," Mr. Lange warns. "If it's a choice between making a car payment and paying Dad, the kid will make the car payment, because Dad isn't going to foreclose."

Failing to pay is clearly the biggest potential problem—and it could have financial reverberations. If the child miss's payments, the parents will likely want to make it up to their other children, either by making gifts or adjusting their estate plan.

Even if the child pays on time, the deal may create family tension, perhaps because the parents start questioning the child's financial decisions or because the child fears their disapproval. On top of this, the child's regular mortgage payments won't help his or her credit score. To set up the private mortgage, you may need legal help—and the attorney involved could charge a hefty sum, given that this isn't your typical real-estate deal.

Set against these pitfalls are some key advantages. "It saves on closing costs and private mortgage insurance," notes Allan Roth, a financial planner in Colorado Springs, Colo. "I've set it up as a win-win, where the kid gets a low-cost mortgage and the parents get cash flow. But I've also done it as a wealth transfer, so you charge the lowest interest rate the government allows."

Five Tips

I have mentioned the notion of private mortgages to many folks, and the reactions are all over the place. Some think it's financially foolish. Others find the idea clever. Are you among those who are intrigued? Here are five tips:

You have to charge interest

To avoid tax headaches, you need to collect at least a minimum amount of interest, which is the IRS's "applicable federal rate."

You'll need a promissory note

This spells out the terms of the mortgage, including the interest rate and the repayment period.

You'll need a deed of trust

Also known as a mortgage or security deed, this establishes that the loan is secured by the property and the lender has the right to take the property back, should the borrower fail to pay. For your son or daughter to deduct the loan's interest payments, the deed of trust needs to be recorded with the appropriate local authority.

All this might sound complicated, but there's a four-year-old firm, National Family Mortgage, that will do the necessary paperwork for $725. The Waltham, Mass., company will also oversee payments for a fee of $15 a month and up, including providing monthly statements and annual tax reporting. "For a lot of families, it's all about keeping this relationship as business-like as possible," says National Family Mortgage's chief executive, Timothy Burke.

Get title insurance

Your child should talk to his or her attorney about getting title insurance, but you might save money by not bothering with a separate lender's policy, Mr. Burke says.

Think through the risks involved

As a rule, if your child couldn't qualify for a mortgage from a bank, you probably shouldn't be lending, either. Sure, there may be circumstances that you know about that perhaps a bank would be reluctant to consider. For instance, maybe your daughter is about to graduate and start a well-paying job.

You also shouldn't write a private mortgage if you can't afford to lose the money involved.

Pros and cons of private-mortgage loans

The problem for most borrowers in recent years hasn't been low mortgage rates, it has been the strict lending requirements imposed by most lenders. If you're having trouble qualifying for a conventional mortgage, a private-mortgage lender may be an option.

Private money funds, also known as "hard money," usually come from private investors or private lending companies who are willing to loan homebuyers money to purchase a specific property.

Homebuyers can often find these lenders by joining a real estate investment club in their area, Martin says, but these loans are most often secured by home investors. Unfortunately, not every homeowner will be successful getting money from a private lender.

Here are the pros and cons regarding private mortgage loans:

Pro: Easy to qualify

The loans could be a great option for homebuyers who are not able to qualify for a traditional mortgage because of less-than-perfect credit, debt or for self-employed individuals who can't always provide proof of a steady income.

The underwriting of the hard money loan is not so 'person' focused as it is 'property' focused. A person with poor credit can get a hard money loan if the project shows a likely profit."

Con: Short payback period

Private loans aren't paid back over 30 years like a traditional mortgage. Many private-money lenders expect the loan to be repaid within an extremely short time period, such as six to 12 months

Private lenders are often looking for a quick return for their money, and they usually aren't set up to service a loan for several years the way a typical mortgage company is.

For this reason alone, most homebuyers should look elsewhere for mortgages.

Pro: Great for 'flippers'

However, you might consider such a short repayment period if you plan to sell or "flip" the house within that timeframe, or expect to be able to qualify for a conventional refinance within a few months after acquiring the property.

If you plan to make extensive renovations in a short time period that will boost the value of the home, it is possible that you could sell or refinance the property fairly quickly.

Pro: Geared toward 'fixer-upper' properties

Homes that need extensive renovations generally can't qualify for conventional mortgages, no matter how good the borrower's credit is. In those cases, private money can play an important role, he says.

Some vacant homes may have been vandalized or someone may have stolen the plumbing. A private lender could step in and provide financing to get the house in sellable condition, and then "flip" the house.

Con: High interest rates

Interest rates are much higher with private-money lending than with conventional loans, Curtis says. In fact, mortgage rates are sometimes more than double typical 30-year mortgage rates, often 12 to 20 percent per year, he says.

Mortgage rates are so high because private lenders don't usually require perfect credit. Loans from private lenders are generally secured by the property in question, so it's usually not as important to the lender if the borrower has pristine credit.

Pro: Short approval process

If you have a house that you believe is a candidate for a private loan, the approval process often takes just a couple of weeks, as opposed to 30 to 45 days for a conventional loan.

For many borrowers, getting a loan that quick is a good tradeoff for higher interest rates. Private money lenders don't require a long drawn-out loan process like a conventional mortgage does.

If you have a house you want to rehab, and you feel that you could improve it enough to boost its worth in a short period of time that would allow you to pay off a private loan and replace it with a conventional refinance or sale, then getting a private loan is a viable option.

As long as you understand the caveats and do your research, it is possible to successfully secure a property without a conventional loan.

Having problems securing a mortgage? You're not alone. There are many reasons why someone may fall outside of the borrowing guidelines of institutional lenders. At iWantaBetterMortgage, we can help find the right lender for you.

Whether you have less than perfect credit, a reduced income, or a life event that has impacted your current financial situation, a private mortgage may be an option for you.

We'll sit down with you and discuss your current situation, and we'll look into financing options that may be suited to your needs.  Star your search at I Want a Better Mortgage.

 

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