Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7th isn't a day that we celebrate, but it is a day that will live in our history. When Pearl Harbor was bombed on that Sunday morning by the Japanese it marked a turning point in the war, but also a turning point in the minds of Americans. We were no longer able to sit back, an attack had occurred on our soil and something had to be done about it. In my family's recent trip to Oahu we went to Pearl Harbor and visited the Missouri and gazed upon the Arizona Memorial. The sight is truly humbling as the lives that were lost are counted. To hear the stories and wonder what life on the islands must have been like at that time. To imagine what that day meant to the soon to be written history that is World War II. Take a minute of your time today to remember those soldiers and their families. Be thankful for what you have and what has been given to protect it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's December 6th...Already

Where is the time going? Not only is it time to decorate for the holidays again, but it is time to start setting our goals for 2011. I always seem to think that next week, next month, next...my life will calm down then. I guess it is time to realize if you are living, then your life is not calming down anytime soon and it is time to just embrace it. Time flies by, but as long as we make the most of it, it will be worth it! Have a great day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Inflation Worries

Even with the Fed verbalizing their QE2 decisions, China's inflation numbers have wreaked havoc on the bond market today. The bond market has lost ground 5 of the last 6 days. It also appears that this may be the trend as we finish out 2010. Interest rates have been so low for so long that just like the California housing market, they too may have to "pop." I don't think we will see interest rates rise to double digits in the next 30 days, but I do think we will watch as the Mortgage Backed Securities market starts an uphill drive.
This should not scare away potential buyers or potential refinancers, but it should open your eyes that now is the best time to achieve rates of a lifetime.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


In my education, at a Junior College, State School and later Private University; something I learned in every business class I took was that competition is good. It is good for the consumer, good for the provider and is a desirable condition to have. Our government has worked diligently in past years to make sure companies like Microsoft didn't have a monopoly in the IT market. Why is it then, our government has backed every bill that will give the FOUR big banks a monopoly on mortgage lending. They helped to bail these companies out, or encouraged mergers or acquisitions and then made the rules different for banks versus brokers. Brokers are competition and with the new legislation, brokers are almost completely forced out of the market. Funny how the banks all backed that legislation. You can check out this link:
Big Banks Slashing Retail LO Compensation - 10.06.10 Real Estate News for Real Estate and Mortgage Professionals http://t.co/X5n18R0
from Think Big Work Small and see what others in this industry are saying.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Back in the Saddle again....Mortgage Insurance explained as an interest rate.

Here I am, blogging once again. But I do have loan news to share today. As of yesterday, 10/4/10, the new FHA upfront and monthly mortgage insurance premiums have been changed for any case numbers pulled on or after 10/4/10. Just looking at the numbers doesn't mean much, but seeing them as a percentage rate makes them more understandable. For a client who would like to purchase a home today they will end up paying approximately .375% higher for their loan than those whose case numbers were issued prior to Monday. Now of course it won't be in your interest rate, but that is what the new premiums do to the payments. I understand that FHA has taken losses over the past few years and that our industry is still reeling, but when interest rates start moving up, buyers will have less and less ability to purchase. Also, this new increase hinders current FHA borrowers to take advantage of these amazingly low rates, because the savings is negated in the almost double mortgage insurance. I hope this move does what the government thinks it will do.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October Already!

I desperately want to be a good blogger. But I have never been good at keeping a journal or a diary. So much changes daily in our lives; work, family, friends. We have this great new world of media that allows us to touch base, but do we have the social interaction that we really need? I wonder if in the years and generations to come we will see a bigger split from family and friends? Do we really know one another? How easy is it to be whomever you want on this great wide web that we post to? You can tweet, facebook, blog, etc...whatever you want, but can you hold a conversation. I wonder where it will all lead...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's Not Too Late!

The interest rate market has been on a roller coaster in the last month. When the American Government stopped purchasing mortgage backed securities on March 31 the market went into massive volatility. Today the stock market joined the roller coaster ride as it has seen losses up to 1000 points ending the day down only 347 points. These types of turns prove just how important the "global market" truly is. The issues facing Greece are causing volatility around the world.
The good news for those of you looking to purchase a home, rates improved today, significantly. Call or email me for more information.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Loan Modification Scams

Loan Modification is a word that is thrown around quite liberally these days. In essence, a loan modification is a changing of the original terms of a mortgage note that; may or may not be permanent, may or may not negatively impact your credit, and that may or may not directly reduce the principle amount due on the note.
Everyone should be very wary of companies in the market place looking to "scam" current home owner's who are desperate to keep their home. You should look at the following website, which FHA, HUD, FANNIE MAE and FREDDIE MAC all support: http://www.loanscamalert.org/ .
Most loan modifications can be done by the consumer themselves, if they just have patience. It is a long, arduous process, but in the long run can be very beneficial for the homeowner.
HUD has Loan Counselors to help answer questions you may have and talking to your current mortgage holder is always good idea.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Things are a Changing!

Ability Mortgage has undergone some major changes in the last few weeks. The most important change is that we are now a direct lender. We have made this change to be more competitive for our clients. In the ever changing environment that mortgages are in, new laws make it harder and harder to close a file in a timely manner. This is just one step we have taken to keep ourselves competitive.
We are very excited about the change and even though we are learning a new system, we can already see the difference it is making for our clients. Feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email if you have any questions about our newest endeavor.

Also remember: to qualify for the $8k tax credit you must me in contract by Friday April 30, 2010.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Change is in the air!

2010 will continue adding changes to the lending environment. There are new RESPA guidelines that need to be followed, specifically the 2010 Good Faith Estimate. Even though the government had the best intentions, I don't know if they consulted anyone who actually conducts business in the mortgage field. The new Good Faith puts restrictions on the buyer that I don't believe were the intentions of the government. It also gives the buyer a lot less information than they should have. It has some promise, but there are changes to be made. And the one thing I am sure about in our industry is that we can handle change.