Saturday, May 5, 2018

How Will 5% Mortgage Rates Impact Buyers In 2018

Mortgage rates have not been 5% since 2011 and we are starting to see rates getting close to 5%.
The 30-year mortgage average rate is now about 4.5% for most borrowers but if your credit scores are low making you a higher risk, get ready for a higher rate closer to 5%.

For the first time in years we will see buyers with less buying power, they will qualify for less as we see increasing housing prices.  On the brighter side, I always look for a silver lining. Lenders are scrambling to provide new loan programs and guidelines to adjust to the raising rates.

Even with rates on the increase we are still seeing more buyers then housing inventory on the market. Making it a seller’s market and increasing prices.  If you are a buyer and thinking about buying this year you should be planning and preparing early, don’t wait to get pre-qualified, do it now. Your approval will be good for 90 days while you look for a home. If you go beyond those 90 days, it’s quick and easy to renew your approval for another 90 days. It’s very important you know how much you qualify for before you start shopping with your Realtor.  You can apply online on my secure website, you can upload needed documents making it very easy to get started.
I am offering a buyer’s mortgage coupon $1000 off your closing cost to help make purchasing a bit more affordable. Request your coupon by sending me an email;

The volatility in the market is due to the wide swings in the stock market. Mortgage rates tend to follow the 10-year Treasury yield. Yesterday’s bond market opened flat after economic data helped erase overnight lost. To get a full mortgage rate update each day you can visit my website,
This tool can be very helpful to know if locking your rate or letting it float is best.

If you would like my weekly mortgage rate update emailed to you, shoot me an email requesting to be added to my distribution list.
If you are a Realtor I can keep you informed on the market with this weekly mortgage rate update and my monthly newsletter that focuses on Real Estate trends and updates. Both allow for co-branding to help with your marketing efforts.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I encourage you to leave a comment or questions. Let me know if my blog has helped you. I would love to hear your thoughts and any ideas for future posts.

Roxy Redenbaugh
ACMC Loan Consultant
Mortgage Coach
Branch Manager
NMLS #269926

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Why You Need An Annual Mortgage Analysis

Give your mortgage an annual once over
If the last time you looked at your mortgage was when you closed on your loan, it’s time to take it out for an annual once over.New loan programs and opportunities to leverage your home equity can bring you lower mortgage payments and new investment opportunities.

Is a fixed rate mortgage the best choice for you?
Many of us opt for the certainty of a 20 year or 30 year fixed rate mortgage when we get our first mortgage.If you anticipate selling your home within the next 10 years, one of our new hybrid loans may be a better financial fit for you.Hybrid loans typically have a lower fixed rate than a traditional 20 or 30 year mortgage.The savings you receive can well be worth switching to a hybrid loan.

Are you paying for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?
There are a lot of new loan programs available that can help you eliminate PMI, even if you have less than 20% equity in your home. The monthly savings adds up quickly.  This money can be put to better use to help you achieve other short-term and long-term financial goals.

Are your taxes and insurance up to date?
Even though your mortgage servicer is responsible for paying your taxes and insurance out of your escrow account, it just makes sense to periodically check to see that these payments are being made properly. While you’re at it, you’ll want to review your homeowner’s insurance policy. It’s a good idea to review your policy every two to three years to make sure it covers recent home improvements, replacement costs for the contents of your home, and that its reconstruction coverage is keeping pace with inflation.

rightDo you have a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) for emergencies?
Many homeowners are making the proactive choice to secure a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) for emergencies.  A HELOC is a revolving line of credit that only charges interest when you actually draw money from the line of credit. As you repay the balance of the draw, the credit becomes available again. Securing a HELOC in advance can be a great help if you’re ever laid off or have an unexpected medical or other emergency.

How’s your credit report?
The information in your credit report has a huge impact on whether or not you will again qualify for a mortgage loan.  That’s why it’s important to periodically check your credit report.

Now it’s even easy to do so. A recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) mandates that each credit reporting company provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once a year. To request your free credit report, visit 

Are you making the most of your home’s equity?
With rising home prices, you may have more equity in your home than you realize.  Taking out a home equity loan to payoff credit card debt, car loans and other higher interest debts makes good financial sense.

leftIs it time to refinance?
The timing might be right to refinance your mortgage loan.  New rates may help you significantly lower your monthly payment. Or you might want to “cash out” some of the built-up equity in your home, which you can use to consolidate debt, improve your home, take a vacation - whatever! Perhaps by refinancing you can even pay off your mortgage sooner! 

I will work with you to determine if the timing is right to change your loan program, considering your cash on hand, how likely you are to sell your home in the near future, and what effect refinancing might have on your future plans.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I encourage you to leave a comment or questions. Let me know if my blog has helped you. I would love to hear your thoughts and any ideas for future posts.

Roxy Redenbaugh
ACMC Loan Consultant
Mortgage Coach
Branch Manager
NMLS #269926

Friday, March 30, 2018

Why You Should Get A Home Inspection

Whether you are buying or selling a home, you should have a professional home inspection performed.
A home inspection will look at the systems that make up the building such as:
  • Structural elements, foundation, framing etc.
  • Plumbing systems
  • Roofing
  • Electrical systems
  • Cosmetic condition, paint, siding etc.
If you are buying a home, you need to know exactly what you are getting. A home inspection, performed by a professional home inspector, will reveal any hidden problems with the home so that they may be addressed BEFORE the deal is closed. You should require an inspection at the time you make a formal offer. Make sure the contract has an inspection contingency. Then, hire your own inspector and pay close attention to the inspection report. If you aren't comfortable with what he finds, you should kill the deal.
Likewise, if you are selling a home, you want to know about such potential hidden problems before your house goes on the market. Almost all contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection. And most buyers are going to insist that the inspection be a professional home inspection, usually by an inspector they hire. If the buyer's inspector finds a problem, it can cause the buyer to get cold feet and the deal can often fall through. At best, surprise problems uncovered by the buyer's inspector will cause delays in closing, and usually you will have to pay for repairs at the last minute or take a lower price on your home.
It's better to pay for your own inspection before putting your home on the market. Find out about any hidden problems and correct them in advance. Otherwise, you can count on the buyer's inspector finding them, at the worst possible time.
Thank you for visiting my blog, I encourage you to leave a comment or questions. Let me know if my blog has helped you. I would love to hear your thoughts and any ideas for future posts. 
Roxy Redenbaugh
ACMC Loan Consultant
Mortgage Coach
Branch Manager
NMLS #269926

Monday, January 1, 2018

TIPS On Getting Your Finances In Order for 2018

Like many families we need a bit of help organizing our finances to make sure we are in the best financial health, based on our own personal situations. I’ve put together some tips that will help you and possibly some areas where you can find money within your budget and spending habits to save and maybe even invest for your future.  
  1.  Savings, we all try but many are not able to save even 5% of our annual salary each year. Having an automatic savings that is forced is a great way. I know you may have heard this before but it’s important you pay yourself before you pay anyone else. By having an automatic savings deduction from your payroll or from your checking account that goes directly into a saving account is key. If you are not doing this, try it. Even if it’s a small amount it will add up over time. Having a nest egg for emergencies is critical, set your goal for one -two months of reserves. What I mean by this is add up all your monthly liabilities, times two and this should be your immediate goal to save and have on hand for an emergency or life changing event. 
  2. Analyzing your 401K, you should be watching your 401K for performance and make sure 
    you are experiencing gain and not losses, if you are losing money, contact your account manager and make some changes to your investments. It’s crazy not to do this, remember if you don’t, no one will.  Another tip on 401K is your contributions, are you over funding your 401K based on its performance. Maybe you could be investing the same money in a different type of account with a higher return. Also is your employer contributing to your 401k, hopefully they are to some degree but if not you might be better off with an IRA or ROTH IRA.
  3.  Insurance Policies are another great way to invest and can be added to your investment
    portfolio and paid with money from an over funded 401K. Life insurance policies have great rates of return and grow in cash value over time. If you already have a policy go over it and make sure you have enough coverage. Over time we increase our liabilities and networth so it is important to increase policies values. Insurance is a great way to invest long term and protect your family.
  4.  Budget is another thing you need to analyze. Many don’t even have one, so first it’s important to establish a budget. If this is you then please take some notes. Having a plan is critical to financial stability. Having no plan can be the reason you never have money and live from pay check to pay check. Many banks like BofA, Wells Fargo and others have spending reports you can run now that reflect your spending habits, use these reports to help you see where you can cut back your spending. This will help you free up money you didn’t think you had. You can also go through your bank statements to track your spending if reports are not available at your bank. Understanding where your money is going is the first step to controlling your budget.   
  5. Mortgage Analysis, it's important to look at the financing on your home and any other 
    property you own. Rates and programs change frequently.
    Do you have the best mortgage available that will save you money and reduce your interest paid each year. If you are paying mortgage insurance (MI) this step is critical to review 
    even twice a year and a must do each year. The value of your home is most likely increasing by 6% to 10% annually. This is why it's important to keep track of values because once you reach 80% loan to value you can request your MI be removed from your monthly payment. If you have an FHA loan you will need to refinance into a conventional loan to get your MI removed. 
  6. Start getting your documents in order for tax time. Remember to save your last paycheck stub for 2017, it will come in handy if you want to start your tax preparation early. 
I hope this post has been informative and will be helpful in 2018. I am here to help with any of these steps just contact me with any questions and I always welcome your comments and questions here on my blog. Thank you for stopping by!

Roxy Redenbaugh
ACMC Loan Consultant
Mortgage Coach
Branch Manager
NMLS #269926