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Category Archives: mortgage commentary

06 May

Considering Buying or Refinancing a Home? Read This….

According to a survey conducted by J.D. Power, 27% of new homeowners ultimately came to regret their choice of lender. Twenty seven percent. The major reason for the dissatisfaction was overall poor customer experience. That's pretty vague so let's dive further. A lack of communication or unmet expectations (again back to communication) topped the "poor customer experience" sub list. Other regrets listed included pressure from the lender to choose a particular product/loan and not closing on time. Communication is a two way street. As a homeowner or potential homebuyer, you can remove some of the tension and turmoil of home...

09 Jan

First-Time Homeowners and our Existing FHA Clients

Federal Housing Administration announced they will reduce the annual premiums most borrowers will pay by a quarter of a percent. The new rates are projected to save new FHA-insured homeowners an average of $500 this year said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. This announcement along with Efinity's Mortgage's pledge to get our FHA borrowers into homes for only the required 3.5% down payment makes this the time to call us and get your home loan started. Efinity Group 817.581.8878 o888.638.5030 817.581.8898 finfo@efinitygroup.comwww.efinitygroup.comINSURANCE | INVESTMENTS | MORTGAGEAnnouncement & Source: https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2017/HUDNo_17-003

10 Nov

Low Interest Rate Train is Leaving the Station

If you currently are or have been considering refinancing your home loan but have put if off because life happens, your opportunity may be coming to a close. Trump's victory speech in the early hours of Wednesday included a pledge to spend on rebuilding America's infrastructure — a plan that should stir economic growth and mean substantial new debt. These comments might be what the US economy needs to get moving again after 4+ years of relatively flat growth. They are also inflationary in nature. Which is bad for borrowing rates.This new exacerbates the fact, mortgage application volume fell 1.2...

13 Jul

It’s SUMMER TIME!

It's SUMMER TIME! Many of our Mortgage clients are asking us about financing pools. There are a few different options for this. For those of you buying a new home and leveraging a conventional loan, Efinity Mortgage offers the Fannie Mae Homestyle program. This allows our clients to finance the cost of improvements (pools included) into the home loan. The original appraisal is completed subject to the improvements being completed. Additional downpayments may be required depending on the final valuation. If you are an existing homeowner and looking to add a pool to your home, there are a number of...

01 Jul

Do You “Really” Want to Be a Landlord

This week was pretty unusual for the Efinity Mortgage staff. Seemingly out of nowhere we had several new clients come in requesting financing for investment (rental) properties. As if there was a sign on our door which read "Efinity Mortgage; The Rental King". It's not that we don't finance investment properties but to have several new transactions in a week is highly unusual as the majority (99%) of our business comes from realtors and builders seeking to assist a family in buying a primary residence. All of that said, I do want to share a story of one couple in...

21 Jun

Buying a Home and Have Questions?

Wonderful! Congrats on the decision. We have pulled together some helpful tips to get you started. These go pretty much in order, as most in the real estate industry will tell you it is important to stick with this road map to save yourself and others much anxiety. How Much House Can You Afford?Buying a new house is a big investment. You want to be sure that you have all the right finances before proceeding. Spend the time to do a serious audit of your finances and determine a budget. Use an Affordability Calculator to estimate how much you can...

18 Dec

Learn the Facts & Myths of Reverse Mortgages

I had a lengthy conversation yesterday with one of my trusted realtors regarding Reverse Mortgages. While this is not been in Efinity Group's typical space, I was shocked at the misinformation that was understood as fact regarding this program. Similar to what we have done in the past I wanted to put something together to get the facts out there for our reading audience. Taking equity from a house is large decision for most seniors. It's not a decision that should be taken lightly. That said, a Reverse Mortgage is designed to allow seniors to improve their lives by freeing...

13 Jan

The Fiscal Cliff

Following numerous requests from our clients, we thought we would put some effort on summarizing the tax related measures which resulted from the eleventh hour Fiscal Cliff agreement. These new laws are detailed in Senate Amendment to H.R. 8 and are collectively called The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. For those unfamiliar with the Fiscal Cliff, hopefully this may provide valuable background information. We now await the political brinkmanship associated with the negotiations to raise the U.S. Debt Ceiling. Two New Taxes for 2013 Two new taxes go into effect starting January 1, 2013: 1. A 3.8% Net Investment...

12 Apr

Welcome to Spring – Home Buying Time!!

With Spring upon us, and new buyers out looking for houses, we thought today might be a good time to review the basics of what lenders look for as they decide to approve (or deny) mortgage applications. For at least the last two decades we have heard them called “The 4 C’s of Underwriting”- Capacity, Credit, Cash, and Collateral. Guidelines and risk tolerances change, but the core criteria do not.CAPACITYCAPACITY is the analysis of comparing a borrower’s income to their proposed debt. It considers the borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage. Lenders look at two calculations (we call ratios). The...

03 Nov

Damn’d if you Do and Damn’d if you Don’t

A state court judge has ruled that Illinois can move forward with a lawsuit alleging that Wells Fargo & Co. steered minority borrowers into risky mortgages at the height of the housing bubble. Important to note the court DID NOT find that Wells Fargo engaged in discriminatory lending but the Illinois action is the first fair-lending lawsuit brought by a state attorney general against a national bank to reach discovery, attorneys familiar with the case said. After discovery, Illinois may be able to bring the case to trial. We believe this is a poor decision. Here are the underlying issues...