Benefits of Rate Locking Before Home Shopping

Benefits of Rate Locking Before Home Shopping

Is a new home on your Christmas list this year? Then consider locking your interest rate before you start shopping and take the time you need to find just the right home for you and your family!

Here’s why:

Eliminates Rates Change Anxiety – With mortgage rates changing almost daily, locking your interest rate at the right time can make all the difference in where your final monthly mortgage payment ends up. If you’re on a tight budget, then even the smallest rate increase could mean a potential problem in keeping your mortgage payment within budget. With the Inlanta’s Lock and Shop program, you can better plan your budget and help keep your finances in check by knowing what your interest rate will be before you find your home.

Have the Upper Hand – Once you’ve found your dream home, there’s a good chance in today’s competitive market that you’ll be competing with other buyers.  To win the deal, you can set yourself apart from other buyers with a rate lock and a fully underwritten pre-approval that shows you’re not only ready to buy, but you’re more likely to close and the home buying process will be expedited.

Gain Peace of Mind – The home buying process can feel overwhelming at times. Give yourself some peace of mind by locking in your rate and getting pre-approved before you even begin your home search. A rate lock eliminates potential delays in closing caused by waiting for lenders to prepare, document, and evaluate your loan application. During that time, the cost of your mortgage could increase and create unexpected complications.­­­

NO Fees! – If you’re worried about how much it will cost you to take advantage of Inlanta’s Lock and Shop program, you’re in luck! Our program offers no fees to lock and hold your rate so you can save your money for more important things – like your down payment or furniture for your new home.

Wondering if you qualify for Inlanta’s Lock and Shop Program?  Features and eligibility requirements include:

  • No property address at time of lock
  • Fixed purchase mortgage only
  • Minimum FICO score of 680
  • 72-day lock period, *extension limits apply
  • One-time only rate renegotiation when property is selected

To learn how the Lock and Shop program could make your holiday dreams of new home ownership come true, speak to one of our expert loan officers in your area or apply today.

*Lock extensions are limited to no more than 30 days past the original 72-day expiration. . Restrictions apply on locked loan amount changing and product locked cannot be changed without voiding price protection. The loan must be conventional, FHA, USDA, or VA and carry a fixed rate. The final loan amount cannot vary by more than 20% of the original lock protected loan amount. The loan program may not be changed without voiding the rate lock protection. If a property is not found within lock period, the lock is cancelled.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages – How Do They Work?

How do Adjustable Rate Mortgages Works?

During the last decade, Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) have increased in popularity among consumers. These days, few homeowners (especially first-time buyers) remain in their homes for more than seven years. In this case, it may make sense to get an adjustable rate mortgage with a lower rate, especially one with a 5-year or 7-year fixed portion, since they won’t have the loan long enough to be concerned about rate fluctuation.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages have three main features: Margin, Index, and Caps. The Margin is the fixed portion of the adjustable rate. It remains the same for the duration of the loan. The Index is the variable portion. This is what makes an ARM adjustable. Margin + Index = Interest Rate.

It’s important to understand that there are many different indices: The 11th District Cost of Funds (COFI), the Monthly Treasury Average (MTA), The One Year Treasury Bill, the Six Month Libor, etc. Each index has its own strengths and weaknesses; some are slow moving, others are more aggressive.

The third and final component of Adjustable Rate Mortgages is Caps. Caps limit how much the rate can fluctuate over time. Annual Caps limit changes to the annual rate, whereas Life Caps provide a worst case scenario over the life of the loan.

Adjustable Rate Mortgages – How Do They Work? was written by Jim Marcinkowski of Inlanta Mortgage in Ft. Myers, Florida (NMLS# 182565). Jim is a licensed mortgage loan originator and the branch manager of the Ft. Myers branch. If you would like to contact Jim, you can reach him at 239-936-4232, through email at jimmarcinkowski@inlanta.com or find him online at www.teaminlanta.com.

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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.

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