Home Mortgage Interest Rates

It has been a while since I last provided an interest rate chart on this blog. Plus I was curious to see what the graph would look like. I knew rates were lower than earlier this year, but it’s always nice to see it plotted out.

As you can see in the chart below, after peaking at about 5.60% in the first week of June this year, the 30 year fixed rate has been hovering very close to 5.00%. The 15 year mortgage is also on a similar trend but at a slightly lower rate.

Home Mortgage Interest Rates

The good news is rates remain at historically low levels. The graph above is based on an average weekly mortgage rates provided by Freddie Mac. Of course the exact rate you receive is dependent on many factors.

FHA: Some Facts and Tidbits

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Now that subprime loans are a faint memory of the past, we often look to the FHA loans to fill in the void. Not that we miss those ugly sub primes all that much. But alas, FHA does provide a hearty loan for those who may have had a shaky credit past.  So, here are a few fun facts and figures on the famous FHA loan.

1)  You do not have to have perfect credit to qualify for an FHA loan! Yes, this is great news. In fact, even with a bankruptcy or a mortgage late, it is easier for you to qualify for an FHA loan than a conventional loan.

2)  FHA loans have a low 3.5% down payment. This money can come from a family member, an employer or even from a charitable organization as a gift. Most other loan programs do not allow this unless you have a much larger down payment or 5% of your own money invested.

3)  FHA rates are competitive! Believe it or not, because the Federal government insures these loans, they offer comparable rates. Your rate won’t be sky high if you opt for FHA instead of a conventional mortgage. The government makes sure of this!

4)  FHA helps you stay in your home. This may have sounded funny a few years ago. But today this is extremely relevant! The FHA has been in place since 1934. They want to protect the folks who have bought. FHA has various options to help keep you in your home should you run into difficulties and to help you avoid foreclosure in the long-run.

5)  You can buy or refinance various types of new or existing homes on an FHA loan: A one-unit, single family home; a duplex, triplex or four-plex; a condominium unit or even a manufactured home (provided the manufactured unit is on a permanent foundation). Sorry, no houseboats as of yet!

6)  Finally, for qualified buyers FHA mortgages are assumable!  This means a buyer of your home may take over your existing mortgage if they qualify.  This may help you sell a home with an FHA mortgage down the road if interest rates have gone up.

So, there you go. A few little details on the famous FHA loan.  Most likely tidbits you have heard before, but worth remembering for the day you may choose to use an FHA loan.

HUD’s internet site provides plenty of additional information. I also suggest talking to your realtor about their experience with FHA clients.  And, if you want to see if you qualify for the FHA loan, just give Mike or me a call. We can let you know in no time!

Creative Commons License photo credit: Kamal H.

$8000 Tax Credit May be Extended

The much coveted, desired and advertised $8,000 first time homebuyer tax credit may be extended after all.  Here is the latest:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate should act later this week to extend a $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers that is scheduled to expire soon, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said on Monday.

“We should be able to extend that later this week,” Nelson, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, told reporters before joining President Barack Obama on an Air Force One flight to Florida.

“The existing law ceases to exist on November 1. This would be an extension for a limited period of time,” Nelson said.

We’ll keep you posted.

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