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When you sign up for the BWA newsletter you will receive our bimonthly Mortgage Market Update e-mail, with valuable information and insight from our President and Broker Floyd Walters. With 30 years of experience in the mortgage industry, these updates always prove interesting and useful.

 


 

What’s New In The World Of Mortgages In 2021!

2021 comes in “roaring like a lion” in the world of mortgages with interest rates the lowest in US history! Here's a few other key points as we start off 2021! The Federal Reserve promises to keep “short term interest rates” low for an indefinite period of time and for now that’s helping to keep “long term interest rates” (like home mortgages) at historic lows. Lenders are still making loans, lots of them! All lenders are busy, but we are working with our clients to set expectations and more importantly close their loans! Many borrowers...

January 10th, 2021 What’s New In The World Of Mortgages In 2021!

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Mortgage Lingo 101

As a first-time home buyer, you will hear lots of words that you may not be familiar with. Just like every industry, the real estate market has its own lingo, and it can be confusing for newbies. Here is a list of the most common mortgage jargon to help you navigate the home loan process: Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) – loans that provide an extra-low interest rate for an initial period of 5,7, or 10 years, after which the rate is allowed to move up or down once a year based on market indexes. Amortization – spreading the principal and interest into equal payments over the c...

January 6th, 2021 Mortgage Lingo 101

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Should I Pay Mortgage Taxes and Insurance on My Own?

When you buy a home or refinance, your lender will talk about setting up an “escrow” account. They may also refer to the charges in that account at “impounds.” If you are new to mortgage loans, you may not understand what these terms mean. And even if you’ve been around the mortgage block a few times, you may wonder if you’d be better off handling the impounds yourself. What are Escrow Accounts and Impounds?  Escrow is a third party-managed account that collects money for your property taxes and homeowner insurance, paying them off when the bills ...

December 30th, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Should I Pay Mortgage Taxes and Insurance on My Own?

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

All of us at BWA Mortgage would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope that 2021 is a year full of happiness, health and prosperity for you and your loved ones. All the Best, BWA Mortgage

December 23rd, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, Credit, Home Equity, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

Buying a home or refinancing usually involves taking out the biggest loan of your life. It's important to make sure you understand everything that goes into that mortgage and what will be required of you as a borrower. Here are the most essential questions to ask your lender before you sign on the dotted line. What types of mortgage loans are available? There are dozens of mortgage types out there: conventional or government-backed (FHA, VA, and USDA), fixed-rate or adjustable-rate, jumbo, reverse, etc. Ask your lender to explain your options and which ones would be a good fit for ...

December 16th, 2020 | Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Questions to Ask Your Mortgage Lender

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How Much of My Income Should Go to My Mortgage?

Back in the U.S. housing boom in the early 2000s, mortgage money flowed freely, with many borrowers being qualified for more loan than they could actually afford. When the housing bubble burst and the entire economy took a hit, those same home buyers often had a hard time keeping up with their home loan payments and ended up in foreclosure.  Today, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people have lost jobs or had work hours reduced. While lending regulations have been tightened since the Great Recession, it is still possible for home buyers to be approved for more money t...

December 9th, 2020 | Interest Rates, Preapproval, Mortgage Advice, How Much of My Income Should Go to My Mortgage?