Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loan hit new record low: 3.49 percent!!

Based on an article in the Washington post from 07-26-2012. The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell again, this time dropping below 3.50 percent for the first time on records dating back 60 years.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan declined to 3.49 percent. That's down from 3.53 percent last week and the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.The average rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage, a popular refinancing option, dipped to 2.80 percent. That's below last week's previous record of 2.83 percent..The rate on the 30-year loan has fallen to or matched record-low levels in 13 of the past 14 weeks. Cheaper mortgages have helped drive a modest but uneven housing recovery this year. Sales of new and previously occupied homes fell in June but were higher than the same month last year. Home prices have started to stabilize in many large markets. And builders are more confident and are putting up more houses than they have in nearly four years. Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, the National Association of Realtors said in a separate report Thursday. The group's index of sales agreements fell to 99.3, down from May's reading of 100.7.A reading of 100 is considered healthy. The index is 9.5 percent higher than it was a year ago. There's generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed deal. Low mortgage rates could also provide some help to the economy if more people refinance. When people refinance at lower rates, they pay less interest on their loans and have more money to spend. Many homeowners use the savings on renovations, furniture, appliances and other improvements, which help drive growth.Still, the pace of home sales remains well below healthy levels. Many people are still having difficulty qualifying for home loans or can't afford larger down payments required by banks.The sluggish job market could deter some from making a purchase this year.U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the government reported last week. Slower job creation has caused consumers to pull back on spending. Mortgage rates have been dropping because they tend to track the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. A weaker U.S. economy and uncertainty about how Europe will resolve its debt crisis have led investors to buy more Treasury securities, which are considered safe investments. As demand for Treasurys increase, the yield falls. To calculate average rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country on Monday through Wednesday of each week.The average does not include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount. The average fee for 30-year loans was 0.7 point, unchanged from last week. The fee for 15-year loans rose to 0.7 point from 0.6 the previous week.The average rate on one-year adjustable rate mortgages rose to 2.71 percent from 2.69 percent. The fee for one-year adjustable rate loans edged up to 0.5 point from 0.4 point.The average rate on five-year adjustable rate mortgages jumped to 2.74 percent from 2.69 percent last week. The fee was unchanged at 0.6 point.To find out the rates on a Oklahoma Mortgage Today. Log on to or call ZFG Mortgage at 1-877-205-7266

Friday, May 4, 2012

Record Low Mortgage Rates: What to do now

According to a CBS Money Watch article from 05-04-2012 Mortgage interest rates have hit record lows. That's according to the most recent Freddie Mac survey of conforming mortgage rates released this week.

Rates on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.84%, down from 3.88% last week and 4.71% a year ago. Fifteen-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.07%, down from 3.89% a year ago and rates on 5-year Treasury-indexed adjustable-rate mortgages averaged 2.85%, which is down from 3.47% a year ago. You can get a survey and track mortgage rates at

Homebuyers who have applied for a mortgage should probably lock in their mortgage rate now. Homeowners who have a mortgage should consider their refinancing options, while mortgage rates are this low. Here are a few things for refinancers to consider:

Folks who can reduce their mortgage interest rate by at least one percent should look into their refinancing options. Also, if you have an adjustable rate mortgage, you should still think about this opportunity to lock in the certainty of a low fixed rate, even if your current adjustable rate is lower than the fixed rate.

If the lower payment of your new mortgage recoups the closing costs in 24 months or less and you plan to keep the home for at least that long, then refinancing can be worth it. If you refinanced in the last year or two, just be sure to consider any closing costs from your last refinance that have not yet been recovered.

Homeowners with larger mortgages should definitely look at refinancing again, even if they refinanced in the last year or two. The monthly savings from lower interest rates for larger mortgages are greater and can recover the costs of a refinancing more quickly.

Today's mortgage refinancing reality is that for folks who are unable to prove their income and assets with verifiable documentation will struggle to find any reasonable refinancing options. Expect to provide full documentation of income and assets with your mortgage application. This includes pay statements from the past three pay periods, three months of bank statements and tax returns for the past two years. Requirements may also include having cash in reserve equal to six to 12 months of mortgage, insurance and tax payments. In most cases, 70 percent of retirement account balances count towards this requirement.

If you can provide documentation of the income and assets required, your credit score is 700 or higher, have no late payments, your mortgage loan amount is less than 80 percent of the homes appraised value, and the loan is at the conforming limit (not more than $417,000 and up to $625,500 in designated High Cost Areas) then you'll have plenty of lenders offering attractive refinancing options.

Some borrowers will not be able to refinance: For folks who are working but are making a lot less than they were, or who are unemployed, refinancing is generally not an available option.

Don't wait to catch the bottom in mortgage rates: If your financial condition unexpectedly takes a turn for the worse (you lose your job, etc) while you wait, you may not qualify to refinance and could miss out on what could be the lowest mortgage interest rates you'll ever see.

If you would like a "FREE" Mortgage Check-Up, Log-on to our website or give us a call today! Act now before the rates to go back to normal levels!!

ZFG Mortgage

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Oklahoma Mortgage rates hit a new low: 30-year fixed at 3.87%

According to a CNN Money Article from 2-2-2012
Just one day after President Obama detailed a proposal to enable millions of homeowners to refinance to record-low mortgage rates, those rates notched another record.

The 30-year, fixed rate fell to an average of 3.87% and the 15-year fixed dropped to 3.14% for the week ending February 2, both the lowest rates ever recorded in the 40-year history of the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist at Freddie Mac said the rates fell to new lows after the fourth quarter gross domestic product report last week showed that the economy was growing at a rate that fell short of expectations.

The new record rates were "fortuitously timed" for the Obama administration to announce its latest refinancing proposal, said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at

The plan, which requires approval by Congress, would allow borrowers who are current on their mortgage to save an average of $3,000 a year by refinancing into loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration

To Apply for a mortgage Refinance or Purchase and take advantage of the low rates today, log on to our website

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oklahoma Mortgage Tips for the New Year

There is no time like the present to make changes to your Oklahoma mortgage loan, changes that could save you hundreds of dollars this year. You may already realize that you can save a lot in interest by refinancing your loan into one with a lower rate, due to the historically low current mortgage rates. You may also know that if you have paid down your home balance and acquired 20% equity in your property, you can save hundreds by canceling your private mortgage insurance policy ”PMI”. If you have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) that will be resetting this year, you may also know that refinancing into a fixed rate loan could save you from the impending “payment shock.” Even knowing all this, depending on your situation, there may be other valuable tips that can help you have a more productive mortgage this year.

If you do not have a fixed rate mortgage or a traditional ARM, you may have an option ARM loan that is not a very common loan in today’s mortgage market. This type of a loan allows you to decide between four different payment amounts each month for a certain amount of time. It may be tempting to stick with the lowest payment option, but if you can at all afford it, try to make the monthly payment that would allow you to pay off your mortgage in 30 years. If you can’t make that payment every time this year, at least try to make the interest-only payment during those months that you cannot make the 30-year payment option. If you consistently make the minimum payment option, not only will you be making no contribution to your loan’s principal, but you will not be covering the monthly interest charges and the negative balance gets added to your loan total. This means your loan balance is actually increases, instead of decreasing each time you make the minimum payment! With today’s real estate property values decreasing due to the high amount of foreclosures & un-employment, If you are planning on staying in your home for many more years you should consider simply refinancing into a 30 or 15 year fixed rate mortgage loan to avoid the temptation to make the minimum payment.

No matter what type of Oklahoma mortgage loan you have, it is often a good idea to make at least one extra payment to principle to further pay down the balance on your home loan. In fact, if you can consistently make one extra payment a year towards the principle balance on your loan, you will be able to pay off a 30-year mortgage loan in only 25 years, and in the process you will save yourself thousands in interest charges over the life of the loan.

Another tip is to consider the lifestyle changes you expect this year. If you are adding a new family member to your household this year, whether it be a new baby or an aging relative, you may need to get a cash-out refinance or a home equity loan in order to add on that new room or make necessary repairs or remodeling. If you have a child leaving for college this year or simply moving out, you may want to make a financial plan to throw more money toward your mortgage than you could have realistically done before. Another common reason that home owners obtain a cash-out mortgage refinance is to do some debt-consolidation mortgage.
These types of mortgages help homeowners lower their monthly bills by taking all of their current loans and rolling them into one. This means that multiple loans are replaced with a single loan and that single loan usually becomes due over a longer period of time at a lower interest rate, therefore lowering the amount due per month drastically. This also makes it easier for homeowners to keep track of their bills with one easy payment. If you have credit cards, a car loan, and a student loan, it can become difficult to keep track of due dates. After consolidating your loans you no longer have to worry about keeping track of multiple due dates as well.

Every homeowner’s mortgage situation is unique, but regardless of your particular home loan type, you should take some time to sit down and evaluate how your mortgage is working for you. Making some small changes may net you hundreds in savings this year!!

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