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Why Do Mortgage Rates Go Up and Down?

Mortgage interest rates fluctuate from week to week and they can make huge swings from decade to decade. In the early 1980s, for example, mortgage rates were as high as 18% while roughly 30 years later they are less than a third of that rate. What causes they changes in mortgage rates? What factors affect the direction of rates? The Fed The Federal Reserve is tasked with keeping balance between inflation and the national unemployment rate. One of the ways it influences this balance is with it federal funds rate – the interest rate that banks charge each other for overnight loans. T...

January 30th, 2019 | Interest Rates, Why Do Mortgage Rates Go Up and Down?

3 Things You Need to Know About ARM Loans

Adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) loans always grow in popularity when interest rates are on the rise. Some borrowers think ARMs are the best way to save money on their mortgage in a higher rate climate. ARM loans can also be helpful for those who do not plan to stay in their home more than a few years. Whatever the reason, if you are considering an adjustable rate mortgage here are three things you need to know before signing. 1. What type of ARM are you getting? Of course, you already know that an adjustable rate mortgage means that eventually your loan interest rate can adjust higher or ...

January 23rd, 2019 | Adjustable Rate Mortgages, Interest Rates, 3 Things You Need to Know About ARM Loans

First-time Homebuyers should avoid these 5 Mistakes

Buying a home for the first time is a very exciting adventure, but as with any new experience it can be easy to make plenty of mistakes. In order to make a satisfying purchase, try to avoid these 5 big first-timer blunders. 1. Get Pre-Approved before looking for a home If you are truly ready to make a home purchase, start with first things first. Contact Paramount Partners Group to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will give you a good idea of how much home you can afford and it will make you a viable buyer when you find the right house. Otherwise, you run the risk of falling in love with...

January 16th, 2019 | Purchasing a Home, First-time Homebuyers, Preapproval, First-time Homebuyers should avoid these 5 Mistakes

Interest Rate vs. APR

Interest rate and annual percentage rate (APR)-those are the same thing, right? Unfortunately, too many mortgage buyers don’t realize the answer is no. The interest rate on your mortgage loan is different from the APR and understanding both is important to getting the best deal on your mortgage. Interest Rate The interest rate on a loan is the cost for borrowing the mortgage principal. It is a percentage of the amount and can be either fixed or variable. The interest rate is amortized over the life of the loan and the interest payment is rolled into the monthly mortgage payment. ...

January 9th, 2019 | Interest Rates, Interest Rate vs. APR

The Ins and Outs of a Down Payment

Being able to purchase a home is often tied to how much of a down payment you have saved. If you have never bought a house before, you may not understand what a down payment is or why it is so important. Here’s the basics you need to know as you save up for your first home. A down payment is a portion of the purchase price paid up front to your mortgage lender. It is very important to lenders because it shows them you are serious about the purchase and committed to paying off your loan.  How Down Payments Affect Your Mortgage The size of your down payment can affect your mo...

January 2nd, 2019 | VA Loans, FHA Loans, Preapproval, Purchasing a Home, The Ins and Outs of a Down Payment

Home Equity Loan vs. HELOC

For many people, their home is their largest asset. And its value generally grows over time, producing more equity for the homeowners. How can homeowners make use of this equity without selling their house? A home equity loan or a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) are both popular options with different pros and cons. Home Equity Loan A home equity loan is a second mortgage that is structured very similar to a traditional mortgage. The amount of the loan will be based on the owner’s existing equity in the home as well as by income and credit history. If all the right factors are i...

December 26th, 2018 | Home Equity, Credit, Home Equity Loan vs. HELOC