Refinancing is Popular When Rates are Low

With home loan and lending rates at historic lows, now is the best time to borrow money to make investments that you have always wanted to make but have been waiting for the right time.

Lending rates are at their lowest since 1961, and aren’t likely to be this low ever again.

Although irresponsible lending and borrowing was one of the causes of the economic breakdown in 2008, borrowing is now one of the best options for those who are looking to make investments that will pay off in the future. The Federal Reserve has announced that they plan to keep interest rates as low as possible through the year 2014, but this does not mean that they will stay down as far as they are now. Rates are almost certain to go up over the next few years, making now the best time to borrow money if you are considering it. Here are three great ways to take advantage of low rates. 

  1. Buy a home, rental property, or second home. With home loan rates as low as they have been in history, there has never been a better time to buy than right now. Loan rates have been cut almost in half since the economic crash, and lenders are pulling out all the stops to make it as easy as possible for buyers to get into the home of their dreams. Little or no money down up front, low interest rates, and low or no closing fees once everything has been said and done are just a few of the ways that lenders are trying to get people to buy in this down economy. If you have the extra income, now is the best time to buy additional properties and use them as rentals or vacation homes. Prices are starting to rise back up, and home values are only going to increase as the housing market is on the mend. If you want to buy, do it now.
  2. Refinancing your home is another great option to help you take advantage of low rates. If you bought a home before 2008, you are likely paying an interest rate that is much higher than what is being offered to home buyers now. If you have a rate that is about 4%, you can contact your lender and ask about their various refinancing programs. For example the HARP refinance program is popular as well as . Look for streamline refinance options, as these are very cheap and quick and will help you start saving hundreds of dollars right away.
  3. Improving your home is one of the other ways that you can take advantage of low rates and still make a profit on your investment. Borrowing money on a home improvement loan is a great way to get a low rate and add value to your home. Consider remodeling the kitchen, adding another bedroom or bathroom, or finishing the basement and adding hardwood floors. All of these improvements can be funded with a home improvement loan and will add significant value to your home if you ever want to sell.

With the low rates that are available now, there has never been a better time to borrow and make your financial dreams a reality. Be sure to shop around with different lenders (and make sure they are FHA and HUD approved because that is a popular loan option) to make sure you are getting the best rates. Start looking for the best rate in your area today with one of our loan officers who is waiting to help you.

2012 Willo Home Tour

One of the highlights of the downtown housing areas is the Willo Historic District. It is a popular destination to just drive through and see the homes. The annual 2012 Willo Historic District Home Tour attracts thousands of people each year because of this love affair with cool homes in this awesome downtown Phoenix location.

The Willo home tour is a self guided tour and lets you peek into some of the best houses as well as see the tree lined streets and there are also shuttle busses as well.

There will be 13 homes on the tour and the historic firehouse at 13th and Jewel will also be available for a tour. In addition to touring the homes, there is a LOT of excitement around the Willo street fair that will have food, artisans, music and more. Its a great way to spend a Sunday.

2012 Willo Home Tour:

Date: Sunday, February 12th, 2012
Time: Tour open 10am-4pm ( pick up will call tickets starting at 9am)
Place: Willo! ( McDowell to Thomas 1st Ave to 7th Ave
Tickets: You can BUY TICKETS for $15.75 before the tour, $18.00 day of tour
Parking: Free parking at 1st Ave and Holly ( just north of Chateau )

If you don’t already live in downtown Phoenix, here is an idea – TAKE LIGHT RAIL! Just a hunch, but I think it might just make the parking situation slightly better for you and your family.

Here is a video that gives a great overview of what to expect at the Willo home tour:

The Willo home tour is a family friendly way to see plenty of homes in the historic Willo district in a fun way. Maybe that is why many people come back for the Willo home tour year after year!

Buying An Arizona Home – Where To Start?

Buying an Arizona Home – Where To Start?

Nowadays – 2011 – most home buyers start their home search online. This is unlike how our parents and grandparents did it. Today, we have access to homes for sale on the Internet and we can get mortgage rates in just a few clicks with our mouse. In our parents day they had to contact a real estate agent to show them paper copies of homes for sale and they had to go down to the bank to physically speak with the local banker. With this said, here is a brief list of some of the steps you might consider taking if you are looking at buying a home.

  • Determine your financial position first
  • Determine a wish list for your home.
  • Pick a real estate agent

Determine your financial position first.

Believe it or not, buying a home doesn’t start with a real estate agent, it starts with conversations with mortgage lenders. You must determine what kind of loan program you can qualify for and what home price you can afford. Are you going to take advantage of low VA rates as a VET or use an 203K rehab loan from FHA? Are you going to pay points or how much downpayment will you need? How does your credit look?

Determine a wish list for your home.

It helps to determine what you want in a home before you start looking. You waste a lot of time looking at homes that don’t fit your needs – it can also be frustrating sorting through homes that are in your price range but don’t have what you want or need. Also, by putting together a list of things you want in your home you can help your real estate agent (once you pick one) get right to the types of homes best suited for you.

Pick a real estate agent.

There are a lot of steps to buying a home and real estate agents walk people through the home buyer process all the time. You don’t want to miss something as it may end up costing you a bunch of money and time. Once you get a sense of what, where, when etc. it’s time to hook up with a real estate agent. You’ll want to get an agent to represent you with submitting purchase offers and negotiating.

It’s Up To You

Do some snooping. With the Internet making home searches so easy, take some time to start looking around to see what’s out there. You need a real estate a lot less than you used to when it comes to looking homes for sale.

Hopefully this list will help you through the early stages of looking for a home.

This site is for informational purposes only. It is not sponsored or in any way affiliated with the government. If you are in need of a mortgage loan, consult with a licensed mortgage professional. All fair housing and equal housing opportunity laws apply when applying for a mortgage or buying a home. Copyright 2012.