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    Zero Down Mortgages

    September 18, 2010 // No Comments »

    There are a lot of people who are having difficulty acquiring mortgages due to the credit crunch. Even though many banks and our own government want to convince people that the credit crunch is over, it is not and it is still affecting a lot of people. Within the past couple of years many products regarding mortgages have been taken off the market but as of lately the amount of mortgage products available to the public is increasing once again. Although the availability of mortgage products is increasing, people are still having trouble finding a product that best fits them. This may be due to the fact that many lenders are changing the way they provide mortgages to the public.

    A large amount of products with fixed terms have had their mortgage rates reduced by lenders over the past few months. Even though the rates are decreasing the product itself along with its arrangement fees have gone up; the standard variable rates of these products has significantly increased and are now much higher than they were originally. You should be cautious and not so hasty to make a deal because even if the overall rates seem low the standard variable rates should be reviewed thoroughly, and you should also think about how your financial situations may change over next 2 or 3 years.

    Other fees that have also shown an increase are the product and arrangement fees. You should check with more than one bank and see if any of them are offering special offers and if so which offer is the best overall deal.

    People would be smart if they read up on the latest mortgage products so that they will be well informed when making a decision as to which one to use. Gather as much information as possible on the newest deals that are being provided by lenders and updated rates that have been applied to old products. These numbers will most likely change every day, so research should be performed on a daily basis to ensure that the information is current.

    Zero down mortgages used to be much easier to acquire before the problem of the credit crunch arose which as a result decreased to 60 and 70 percent mortgages. Lately the government has been advocating how important it is for banks to be willing to lend more money to homeowners and business people; as a result some people may be able to get 80 to 95 percent mortgages.

    You should check the news everyday about new mortgage rates and deals if you are trying to get a new mortgage or are just interested in refinancing. Even though it is important to conduct research it may also prove to be helpful to get the advice of a professional.

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    Kaneohe real estate market

    June 8, 2010 // No Comments »

    Byodo-In Temple, Kaneohe, HI
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    The Kaneohe real estate market, a sector of the Oahu housing market, seemed to be trending towards a continued recovery despite uncertainty about a few indicators. According to a May 13, 2010 article in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, although the state of Hawaii overall faced a higher foreclosure rate, the island of Oahu did much better in comparison. This piece noted that “Oahu remained well below the national rate of foreclosures in April, but the Big Island and Maui markets took large hits.” The article, written by Gene Park, went on to say that “Oahu fared the best, with one in every 580 homes…Nationwide the number of homes facing foreclosure fell 2.4 percent from a year ago in April. James Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac, said the April national numbers indicate a plateau in foreclosures, but ‘at a very high level that will not drop off in the near future.’”

    The average purchase price of a Kaneohe or Oahu home for sale increased in the most recent tracking period, according to a June 3, 2010 article from the Pacific Business News. This piece noted that “Oahu home prices are up 5.1 on average over the past year, according to a report released Thursday by a provider of real estate valuation and risk assessment for financial services companies.” The article went on to say that “Comparing the three months end[ing] May 31 with the same period last year, California-based Clear Capital ranked Oahu as the seventh-highest performing major market nationally, with a 2.2 percent price increase, behind Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Houston and Minneapolis. The number of bank-owned properties on Oahu – 7.5 percent of the total – remains modest.”

    Uncertainty over where exactly home prices stand in the Oahu and Kaneohe real estate market has proven to be controversial, according to a May 26, 2010 article in the Honolulu Advertiser. This piece by Andrew Gomes noted that “The Federal Housing Finance Agency yesterday reported that Oahu single-family home values in the first quarter were down 4.5 percent compared with the same quarter last year. The figures compares with a 4.4 percent rise in the median price for Oahu single-family homes sold in the first quarter as reported by the Honolulu Board of Realtors. It’s debatable which assessment is more accurate.”

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    The Perfect Mortgage for your Perfect Home

    May 19, 2010 // No Comments »

    Downtown Honolulu, HI, view from Punch Bowl.
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    Nowadays with more mortgages coming on the specific market it seems that buying yourself a house will definitely represent a challenge. The best tip that one can assimilate in this respect is to find all the knowledge one can get to learn about the mortgage loans. Setting your mind on looking for the suitable mortgage you will find a wide range of such products with various circumstances, these ones reflecting your own needs.

    Consider the matter from your point of view: you live for instance in Hawaii and have little knowledge about Hawaii home loans, in fact the whole process seems to be very confusing to you. The next move you could do is to search for the assistance of a financial adviser; these professionals can advise you to go for the best mortgage that suits the best your needs and the financial powers for the future.

    Or if you want to find a product of the Hawaii mortgage loans which is right for you then appealing to a mortgage broker can be a great idea. Professionals in this industry have a large number of lenders as connections and they can work as well as intermediaries between you and the mortgage lender and their policy.

    Calling in the assistance of a mortgage broker you have to know that there is only an application form that needs to be filled and this one will be passed over different lenders and as such reaching for the best deal of a mortgage.

    You will soon realize that this professional will save you a lot of time and of the pressure involved in the search of a mortgage lender. After filling the application form and having already the connections in the mortgage market, the mortgage broker will know in advance which lender will approve your application and which one won’t approve it.

    A mortgage broker also known as mortgage adviser has knowledge about the Hawaii mortgage loans, but before considering approaching one in this matter, it would be a great idea to do some research regarding the different options available for mortgage loans.

    In this way you will have a pretty idea of the type of mortgage you might want to choose. This will be a decisive matter in respect to the option preferred: a repayment mortgage or an interest only mortgage. For example, what is the best for you: a fixed mortgage rate, a variable mortgage rate or offset mortgage?

    In case the confusion is still with you in what regards Hawaii home loans, but you are in great need of one, then the option of online searching is again one of the best. Information is available in all types and accessible terms. As such you will get at least a better picture on what is mortgage loan all about and find out what is the best for your own needs.

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