Navigating the Waves: Why Now Is Still a Good Time to Buy and Sell Amidst Interest Rate Changes

In the dynamic world of real estate, the ebb and flow of interest rates play a crucial role in shaping the landscape for both buyers and sellers. As we find ourselves at the intersection of economic shifts and market trends, the question arises: Is now a good time to dive into the real estate market?

One of the primary factors influencing the real estate market is interest rates. These rates, set by central banks, directly impact the cost of borrowing for potential homebuyers. The prevailing sentiment may be one of caution as interest rates fluctuate, but there are compelling reasons why now remains an opportune time for both buyers and sellers.

For buyers, the current environment offers a silver lining. Despite recent adjustments in interest rates, they remain relatively low compared to historical averages. Low-interest rates translate into more affordable mortgage payments, making homeownership a more realistic goal for many. This affordability factor can stimulate demand, creating a robust market for sellers looking to make a move.

On the flip side, sellers can also capitalize on the market conditions. The low-interest-rate environment often leads to increased buyer activity, providing a larger pool of potential purchasers. Additionally, the urgency to lock in favorable rates may motivate buyers to expedite their decision-making process, reducing the time a property spends on the market. For sellers, this translates into faster transactions and, potentially, more favorable selling prices.

It’s essential for both buyers and sellers to stay informed and work closely with experienced real estate professionals to navigate the nuances of the current market. While interest rates are a key consideration, other factors such as local market trends, job growth, and housing inventory also play pivotal roles in the decision-making process.

In conclusion, despite the ever-changing landscape of interest rates, now is still a good time to engage in real estate transactions. Low-interest rates create a favorable environment for buyers, while sellers can leverage increased demand to their advantage. As we navigate the waves of economic fluctuations, staying informed and making well-informed decisions will ensure a smooth and successful real estate journey for all parties involved.

Let’s Talk Mortgages

Let’s talk mortgages. Did you know that when you apply for a loan to buy a home, you can shop around to more than one lender? In fact, shopping around for your mortgage can actually help you get a better interest rate and save money. For a typical $250,000 mortgage, a borrower who got one extra rate quote saved an average of $1,435 over the life of the loan, according to Freddie Mac. Borrowers who got five rate quotes saved $2,914 – on average!

Every bank and lender will be able to offer you a different loan program and it might take a few before you find the right one. Before you start shopping, know the difference between the two primary mortgage types: fixed-rate and adjustable-rate.

A fixed-rate mortgage charges a set rate of interest throughout the duration of the loan. Although the amount of principal and interest might from payment to payment, the total payment remains the same, which makes it easier to predict and budget for monthly expenses.

An adjustable-rate mortgage carries an initial interest rate set below the market rate on a comparable fixed-rate loan, but then the rate rises as time goes on. Depending on how long the ARM is held, the interest rate will typically surpass the going rate for fixed-rate loans.

If you have questions about what type of loan is right for you, give us a call! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

What to Ask Your Lender

When it comes to buying a home, there’s one person who’s just about as important as your agent: your lender! Lenders are a wealth of knowledge, so take advantage of that and make sure you ask these six questions. Getting these questions answered will ensure that you get the best mortgage with the best terms possible. Future-you will be super happy that you took the time to get all the details on mortgages while buying your home.

1-What is the best type of loan for me and why?

2- Do I qualify for any special loan programs or discounts?

3- What interest rates can you offer?

4- When can you lock in my rate?

5- What fees will I need to pay you?

6- What will my closing costs be?


Mortgage Pre-Approval Letters

A mortgage pre-approval letter is not a guarantee your loan application will be approved, but pre-approval at least shows the seller you mean business and are likely to secure the financing needed to seal the deal. Furthermore, some sellers require a pre-qualification or pre-approval letter before they will consider or accept your offer.

Depending on the mortgage lender you work with and whether you qualify, you could get a pre-approval in as little as one business day, but it usually takes a few days or even a week to receive – and, if you have to undergo an income audit or other verifications, it can take longer than that.
Mortgage pre-approval letters can last anywhere from 30-90 days, so it’s important to check with your lender prior to submitting any offers to make sure your letter is valid. The letter expires so lenders know exactly where your finances stand prior to buying a home.
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What to Know About Property Taxes

First-time homebuyers, this ones for you! Property taxes are an important thing to consider when you’re looking at homes because they can add a lot of money to your monthly mortgage payment. The amount you pay in property taxes depends on the property value and where the property is located since each state and city has a different tax rate. If you have a mortgage, your property taxes are usually wrapped into your monthly payment. If you’ve paid off your mortgage or bought in cash, you are still responsible for paying the tax and the bill will usually get sent by mail. When you’re looking at homes, pay attention to the mortgage breakdown to see how the property taxes add up.

Have any other questions about property taxes? Give us a call! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

Closing Costs Explained

home soldMost anyone who has ever been involved in buying a house, or even watched a few real estate shows on HGTV, is familiar with closing costs. But what exactly are closing costs? Here’s a quick rundown of these additional fees.

Closing costs are additional fees associated with processing the mortgage and are not paid to the mortgage company. Generally speaking, closing costs are assumed by the buyer of the property (VA mortgages are one exception to this rule) and are paid at the time of closing of escrow. The bulk of closing costs is comprised of the lender’s fees. These fees include the appraisal fee, which is an independent assessment of the value of the property being purchased, as well as the credit report and any property taxes. The lender’s fees also include mortgage and homeowner’s insurance, as well as any flood certification and pre-paid interest charges. These fees may also include origination and discount points depending on your lender, as well as loan application and loan processing fees.

Title fees are also part of closing costs. These fees include the title service fee, which covers the handling of title documents and funds, as well as half of the settlement and escrow fees, which cover the fees for the title search and examination.  Finally, title fees also include any title insurance. Recording fees are another part of closing costs and include recording fees, transfer taxes, and an affidavit of property value. HOA transfer fees and HOA dues are typically also included within closing costs.

While this is a brief overview of closing costs and is by no means a thorough list, we hope this sheds some light on these necessary real estate transaction fees.  Every transaction is different, and while we am unable to give legal, tax or accounting advice, we look forward to helping you navigate your own process with ease and clarity. Feel free to call us with any additional questions! Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

Record Low Mortage Interest Rates

If you’re on the fence about buying a house, now may be time to go for it! Now is a great time to take advantage of the affordability that comes with low mortgage rates. This is especially great news for many buyers who were unable to purchase last year, or earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With rates reaching all-time lows, it’s actually less expensive now to borrow money. According to Freddie Mac, mortgage interest rates are currently hovering near a 5-decade low. As a result, buyers can afford 10% more home than they could a year ago, all while keeping the same monthly mortgage payment. Subsequently making homes more affordable over the lifetime of the loan. The impact your interest rate has on your monthly mortgage payment is significant. For example, an increase of just $250 in your monthly payment can add up to $3000 per year or $90,000 over the life of your loan.

Whether you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year, there are extra advantages today that are rarely available. When you’re ready to learn more about how record low-interest rates can help you buy your dream home, call mortgage lending experts Matt Baker (602-522-9494) or Eric Murietta (480-223-6788).

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5 Types of Mortgages

coins and houseBefore you purchase a home, it’s important to educate yourself on the various types of mortgages you can get so you can make the right decision when the time comes to choose yours.

CONVENTIONAL MORTGAGE A conventional mortgage is a home loan that’s not insured by the federal government. There are two types of conventional loans: conforming and non-conforming. Conforming loans are loans for amounts that fall within the maximum limits set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (government agencies that back most U.S. mortgages). Loans that do not meet these guidelines are considered non-conforming. Jumbo loans are the most common type of con-conforming loans.

JUMBO MORTGAGE Jumbo mortgages are conventional loans that have non-conforming loan limits. Your credit score generally must exceed 700 and you are required to make a larger down payment. However, it allows buyers to to borrow more money to purchase a more expensive home.

GOVERNMENT-INSURED MORTGAGE The U.S. Government is not a mortgage lender, but it plays a role in helping more Americans become homeowners. There are several types of government backed mortgages including Federal Housing Administration (FHA loans) , U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA loans), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA loans) and more. Government-insured loans are ideal for buyers who do not have funds for aa large down payment and can not qualify for a conventional loan.

FIXED-RATE MORTGAGE The most popular mortgage is the fixed-rate mortgage. It is ideal for homeowners who expect to stay in their home for many years. With a fixed-rate mortgage the interest rate stays the same over the the life of the loan. Fixed-rate loans are typically available in terms of 15 years, 20 years or 30 years.

ADJUSTABLE-RATE MORTGAGE This type of mortgage offers a lower interest rate and monthly payment at first, then slowly increases as time goes on. An adjustable-rate mortgage can be beneficial if you only plan to own the home for a few years.

Do you have more questions about the different types of mortgages? Give us a call, we would love to discuss the different types of mortgages of available. Chris 480-754-9077 & Cheryl 480-754-9477

Real Estate Terms Every First Time Homebuyer Should Know

chair with dog photoWhen your buying your first home, it’s a big, exciting step.  But, it can also be overwhelming to try to understand the process and all the real estate terminology thrown your way.  Buying your first home should be a great experience, and one way to make that happen is to educate yourself as to what some of the words your agent and mortgage broker will mention mean.

Adjustable Rate Mortgage

An Adjustable Rate Mortgage means that your interest rate will fluctuate throughout the life of your loan. Usually, this type of mortgage has a lower interest rate initially but can go up or down depending on different factors. Adjustable Rate Mortgages are typically meant for short term ownership.

Fixed Rate Mortgage

With a Fixed Rate Mortgage your interest rate will be locked in for the duration of the repayment period. If you plan on owning the home for longer than five years a Fixed Rate Mortgage can be your best option.

Earnest Money

Also known as a “good faith” deposit, Earnest Money is a deposit made by the potential buyer to show they are serious about buying the house. These funds are held by a neutral party and typically put towards closing costs or your down payment at the time of closing.


A contingency is a condition that must be meant before a contract is legal. It is meant to protect the party from liability if certain conditions are not met. One example would be when a buyer specifies that a contract is not binding until a satisfactory home inspection is completed by a reputable home inspector.

Origination Points

Origination Points compensate a lender or loan officer for evaluating, processing and approving your mortgage loan. A point is 1% of your loan amount. Origination point fees are paid at closing.

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Property Taxes: What to Expect

laptops photoAre you a first-time homebuyer or someone who hasn’t purchased a home in a long time? Do you find yourself wondering what to expect when it comes to property taxes? This is a common question that tends to come up pretty quickly when the topic of buying a home is addressed. Many first-time homebuyers are cautioned to keep their property taxes in mind when budgeting for their new home, and with good reason. Depending on where you live, your property taxes could be significant, and they could make a big difference in the overall price of your home and your monthly mortgage payment as well. Below, we’ve outlined some important information to help you learn what you can about what to expect and how to prepare for your property taxes.

How is property tax calculated?

Property taxes were created as a way to pay government employees of your town or county (such as police officers, firefighters and others) for their work. Therefore, it’s up to your local government to determine your property taxes. In order to do this, your home and the property it sits on are both assessed based on the market value of other houses that have sold recently in your area. You can also figure out an estimated property tax price by multiplying the tax rate you pay in your area by the value of your home in its assessment. You can do this yourself, and you can also ask your realtor to help you determine the property taxes on any home you’re looking into purchasing. You should have at least some idea of property taxes before you make an offer on your home.

When are property taxes paid?

When you purchase your home, you will need to pay property taxes as part of your closing costs. Depending on how you are buying your home, the way in which you make this payment may differ. For example, in some instances, you’ll need to pay these through a cashier’s check or another similar method. In other instances, you can group the payment into the same check you use to pay the rest of your closing costs. The time of year in which you close on your home will affect how much you need to pay in property taxes at the time, too; the rate will be prorated so that you only pay for the months in which you will own the home in the given year. When the next year begins, your taxes will go up to their normal annual amount.

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