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House Hunting? A Pre-Approval Could Make a Purchase more Viable

For the last several years, the lack of residential property inventory has been a plaguing issue with too few homes available on the market for too many active buyers. This phenomenon, coupled with historically low interest rates, has driven contract prices higher, often above the (asking) list price of the subject unit. Those searching for a home today will find themselves competing with multiple offers and having to distinguish themselves.

As a buyer in this highly competitive market, what can you do to make your proposal more attractive than your opposition?

While “cash is king,” most prospective buyers lack enough of…


In Times of Crisis a Relationship with your Lender is Key

The pandemic has left many businesses facing financial hardships. Stay-at-home orders, capacity limitations and other guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 have negatively impacted our economy. Many businesses have had their revenues substantially reduced and have struggled to remain current with their expenses, including rent, which is causing landlords to fall short on commercial mortgage payments.

According to a survey taken by The Main Street Alliance at the end of June, approximately 60 percent of its members had delayed or reduced their rent payments in the past four months. The coronavirus outbreak has caused a chain reaction…


How is COVID Impacting the Real Estate Market?

What started as a health crisis earlier this year, has impacted millions of Americans and quickly become a financial crisis as well. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current economic climate is being compared to the 2008 financial crisis which resulted in a housing crash due to subprime lending, builder new home overstock, rising interest rates, plummeting property values and record foreclosures.

To stop the spread of the virus, social distancing was introduced in early March. Many states implemented stay-at-home orders resulting in the closure of many businesses. This led to more than 36.5 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits….


How the ‘Convenience Economy’ Impacts Commercial Real Estate

In today’s economy, everything is about convenience, from food delivery apps to the ability to shop for just about anything online to the growing trend of living, working and recreating in the same complex. This need for convenience has been exacerbated as the coronavirus pandemic has many working from home and ordering everything from groceries to cleaning supplies to retail items online. The desire and need for convenience is impacting every industry, including commercial real estate.

Two key areas seeing increased demand during this unique time as Americans continue the shift towards a convenience economy are industrial warehousing and mixed-use…


COVID’s Impact on Mortgage Financing

Only a few months ago, the United States economy was chugging along at a respectable pace with low interest rates, a record-high stock market and 3% unemployment. These impressive stats supported a seemingly financially sound and stable 2020, but the arrival of COVID-19 quickly dispelled this Goldilocks story before the end of the first quarter. With businesses forced to close amid stay-at-home orders, unemployment skyrocketed which, quite obviously, impacted the normally robust spring real estate market.

With unemployment at its highest level in decades, lenders have been forced to verify and redocument income and employment status for clients up until…


Is Now the Time to Refinance Your Home?

“Lowest mortgage rates since 2012 spur refinancing wave” – CBS News

“All-time low mortgage rates will create all-time high confusion tomorrow” – MortgageNewsDaily

“Mortgage rates sink to their second-lowest levels in three years” – Washington Post

There you have it—mortgage rates are very low. And with that come many companies competing to refinance your mortgage, likely your largest expense. The COVID-19 outbreak has had major impacts on the economy and, during the first week of March, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported the highest level of refinancing applications since April 2009.

Some customers get sucked in with 800-number mailers or…


Is Now the Time to Buy a Home?

There are many questions when it comes to buying a home. Two of the most common are – when is the right time to buy? And, should you buy now or wait until you have more money saved for a larger down payment? Most of us would probably agree that having more money to put down is generally a good thing. However, the current availability of loan programs that require a low down payment coupled with historically low rates might be enough to encourage folks to buy now.

Let’s consider the value of low rates in terms of purchasing power….


What’s the Best Time to Lock-In Your Mortgage Rate?

Let me start by saying, if I knew in advance when interest rates would move up or down, I would be so in demand that I would not have any time to write this blog. There is no guaranteed way to determine the perfect moment to lock in your interest rate.

You are able to lock your interest rate when you apply for the mortgage. The lock-in window starts for every mortgage consumer when a loan application begins the approval to closing process. Standard industry rate lock periods are 60 calendar days or less from the date of your application….


Is It Time To Refi Your Commercial Property?

On September 18, 2019, the Fed reduced prime interest rates for the second time in 2019. With falling interest rates, you may be considering a refinance of your commercial property. There are many reasons why this could benefit your business. Perhaps you want to look into a cash-out refinance to utilize the equity you’ve been building in your property to use for renovations or other investment activities. Maybe you want to switch from a variable to a fixed rate in order to lock in some financial security. Perhaps you have an upcoming balloon payment that you’d like to avoid….


What Homebuyers Need to Know About Interest Rates

As a home buyer, one of the biggest questions you probably have when looking for a mortgage lender is, “what is your rate?” The answer is there are lots of factors that influence a consumer’s mortgage interest. You have probably heard that the Federal Reserve (Fed), or, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), officially cut benchmark interest rates on September 18 for the second time in two months following a 10-year U.S. economic expansion. As a consumer, and specifically a homebuyer, what does this mean?

The Fed’s rate cuts directly impact debt with terms of 10 years or less (“short-term” interest…

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