Refinancing Traps

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Refinancing can be tricky, but a little preparation before starting the process goes a long way in avoiding mishaps along the way. Here are some common traps that many run into while refinancing their homes and ways you can avoid falling into the same traps.

 

The automatic payment trap

Did you know it can take up to two weeks to have automatic payments canceled? If your payments are made this way, be sure to turn it off before closing. You don’t want to pay for the same month twice!

The missed or late payment trap

Believe it or not, lots of people think they don’t have to keep making payments once they apply to refinance. Missing a payment could damage your credit and even preclude closing. Just be careful regarding your very last payment, as it should be made in time to assure it’s credited toward your payoff balance.

The tax escrow trap

The funds in any existing escrow account will typically be held until after the current loan is paid off. Since this money will not be available at closing, you need to be able to establish a new escrow account and/or pay any upcoming taxes from savings or the new loan proceeds.

The insufficient funds trap

The tax escrow trap can contribute to this, and so, too, can many other factors. For example, a low appraised value could limit your loan amount. As many loans are set up to cover all closing and escrow funds, it’s important to know that any necessary or unexpected adjustment could change the cash to close requirements accordingly.

 

We want you to be aware of these potential pitfalls before they have a chance to occur. Of course, we will work with you and on your behalf to prevent and avoid them.

 

Looking to start the refinance process? Find your local Inlanta loan officer here. Already going through the refinancing process? Reach out to your Inlanta representative whenever you have questions, and we’ll be happy to help.

 

Inlanta Mortgage, Inc. NMLS #1016.

 

Mortgage Applications on the Rise!

Mortgage Application Rise

According to a recently released survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), mortgage applications increased 1.3 percent from one week earlier for the week ending June 1,2012.

The refinance share of mortgages increased to 78 percent of total applications – and increase from 77 percent the previous week. Not since February 24, 2012 has refinance activitiy been so high. ARM refinancing activity accounts for 5 percent of all applications.

Most borrowers opted for fixed rate 30-year mortgage loans. In fact, 85 percent of all borrowers elected to go with 30 year fixed rate mortgages while 7 percent selected 15-year fixed rate mortgage loans. According to the MBA survey, the average contracted 15 and 30-year fixed mortgage rates are holding at the lowest recorded rates in history.

Are you a first time home buyer that understands that now is the right time to buy but still have questions? Consult our Mortgage Basics blog post for a general overview of the mortgage process and key mortgage terms. Visit our blog post of home ownership for further evidence that now may be the time to make the leap to home ownership.

Perhaps, you are one of the many homeowners considering your refinancing options. FHA refinancing options for existing FHA mortgage holders are better than ever. Inlanta Mortgage also offers HARP 2.0 refinancing options for home owners who own less than their homes are worth. Inlanta Mortgage has a number of other refinancing options as well. Consult a licensed mortgage loan professional near you for more information.

Required Disclosures: Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have adopted changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) and you may be eligible to take advantage of these changes. If your mortgage is owned or guaranteed by either Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae, you may be eligible to refinance your mortgage under the enhanced and expanded provisions of HARP. You can determine whether your mortgage is owned by either Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae by checking the following websites:

http://www.freddiemac.com/mymortgage/
http://www.fanniemae.com/loanlookup/

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage has recently earned the distinction of being named a 2012 Top Workplace in Southeastern Wisconsin.

HARP Refinance Progam

HARP for Underwater Mortgages

HARP 2.0 was formally released by Fannie Mae and Feddie Mac on March 17, 2012. HARP stands for Home Affordable Finance Program. This program is designed to assist eligible homeowners who have underwater mortgages – meaning they owe more on their homes then what their homes are worth.

In order to be eligible for the HARP refinance programs, your loan must be backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Click here to check and see if you have a Freddie Mac backed loan. Click here to see if you have a Fannie Mae backed loan. Other eligibility criteria include:

  • your mortgage must have a securitization date prior to May 31, 2009
  • you must be current on your loan with no 30-day late payments during the six months precending application and no more than one late payment during the last twelve months.

If you are interested in finding out if the HARP 2.0 program is right for you, please contact a licensed mortgage loan officer near you for more information.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016.

Required Disclosures: Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have adopted changes to the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) and you may be eligible to take advantage of these changes. If your mortgage is owned or guaranteed by either Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae, you may be eligible to refinance your mortgage under the enhanced and expanded provisions of HARP. You can determine whether your mortgage is owned by either Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae by checking the following websites:

http://www.freddiemac.com/mymortgage/
http://www.fanniemae.com/loanlookup/