Florida Mortgage Broker Shares His Thoughts!
Florida Mortgage Broker Shares Some Thoughts
Jim Kemish, the president of Power Mortgage Corp in Delray Beach Speaks out. His company has been in business since 1989 and serves Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Virginia.
The Single Largest Financial Obligation
Your mortgage is probably the single largest financial obligation that you will have in your life. The investment that you have in your home can have great long term value, but on a month by month basis it represents a significant expense. The math for most people is simple, the more you pay on your mortgage, the less you have to spend on other things. To underline this point it might be of interest to note that in 1980 the average person spent 25% of their gross monthly income on housing expenses. By 2005 that percentage had risen to over 43%. This is not really a surprise. We are all aware that home prices have risen significantly during this period of time. Income levels have not kept up with home prices and as a result home buyers are finding more of their paycheck going towards their mortgage payment. Florida mortgage holders have acutely felt the impact as home prices in recent years have rivaled those of California. Your mortgage may consume more or less than the average 43% of your gross monthly income, but it is probably safe to say that it deserves to be intelligently managed.
I've been a licensed Florida mortgage broker since 1989. My company Power Mortgage Corp. a Florida Mortgage Company is also a licensed Georgia mortgage broker, Massachusetts mortgage broker, and Virginia mortgage broker. Over the years I have originated, refinanced, and analyzed countless mortgages. I'm always happy when we can help a customer make an intelligent decision about their mortgage. Active, regular mortgage management can make a big difference in your life. The right choices will save you money. Sometimes lots of money.
To Refinance or Not to Refinance
Active mortgage management does not always mean taking action. Active mortgage management means an intelligent periodic review of available options. Call your friendly mortgage broker from time to time! We like to hear from you. We will always take the time to help you understand your options. And always make sure that you know all of the costs involved. Request a Good Faith Estimate. Make sure that your mortgage broker includes all third party charges and statutory costs along with the lender fees. It is equally important to consider your personal goals; how long will be in the home? Do you plan to retire soon? What type of personal saving plans do you have? What is your aversion to risk? Is an adjustable rate mortgage suitable?
Fixed or Adjustable
Fixed rate mortgages are pretty easy to understand. Adjustable rate mortgages on the other hand can be surprisingly complex. And there are literally thousands of variations of adjustable rate mortgages. Over the last five years negative amortization adjustable rate mortgages have become popular. Florida mortgage borrowers have embraced these programs for the advertised low payment rates. But these loans are complex; I believe that very few people that get this type of mortgage understand them. I also believe that there are mortgage brokers actively selling these programs that do not understand them. Please take your time. Ask lots of questions. Take notes. Ask more questions. Make sure you understand the index, the margin, the adjustment period for both the note and the payment. It wouldn't hurt to look at the worst case scenario. Can you live with it? If your mortgage broker can't answer your questions find a new mortgage broker. Your financial life may depend on it.
How About a 15 Year Fixed
There was a time when the interest rate on a 15 year fixed rate mortgage was consistently and significantly lower than the rate on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. Between June of 2004 and June of 2006 the Federal Reserve increased the Federal Funds rate 17 times. This rate directly impacts all short term interest rates such as the Prime Rate. During the same period of time the long term rates remained more or less steady. The net effect was to close the gap between rates on shorter term mortgages like the 15 year fixed and longer term mortgages like the 30 year fixed. At the time of this writing the rates on these two loan products happen to be exactly the same. But this should not take the 15 year fixed rate mortgage out of contention. For many people it is an excellent option. And it can still save lots of money.
For example, the payment on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage for $100,000 at 6% is $599.55. The payment on a 15 year fixed rate mortgage for $100,000 at 6% is $843.85. That is an extra $244.30 per month on the 15 year mortgage. But consider that the total payments made on the 30 year loan would be $215,838, versus $151,893 on the 15 year mortgage. By choosing the 15 year mortgage you would save $63,945. And you get to stop making mortgage payment in 15 years!
Given the high cost of homes it is no surprise that interest only programs have become so popular. Florida mortgage customers have flocked to these programs to make increasingly expensive homes affordable. An interest only mortgage can be appropriate if your sole concern is cash flow. During the interest only period you will not be paying any principle off. There are many types of interest only mortgage programs. Until recently all interest only mortgage programs were "fixed period adjustable rate mortgages". This means that they were typically fixed for a period of 3, 5, 7, or 10 year periods. The interest only period usually would correspond to the fixed rate period. Once the fixed rate period ended the mortgage would become adjustable. A new version of the interest only mortgage worth considering is the 30 year fixed rate mortgage with a 10 year interest only period. You get the benefits of the low interest only payment for 10 years with no adjustable rate risk waiting for you at the end of the interest only period.
It's Your Money
How often do you balance your checkbook, get a physical exam, go to the dentist? Your mortgage can have a huge impact on the quality of your life. Think of your mortgage from time to time. Call your friendly mortgage broker. Have a chat. Ask questions. It's your money.
Florida Mortgage Broker
President of Power Mortgage Corp
A Florida Mortgage Company
131 N. Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, Florida, 33444
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