January is National Hobby Month! And you know what that means? It’s time to celebrate the majesty of this small, swift bird. The hobby is very similar to the falcon, but are often praised for their speed and aerial acrobatics…Wait. No. I’m sorry. Not that kind of hobby. The kind of hobby we’re celebrating this month is an activity that you do – that you enjoy – to pass the time.
According to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey report released this week, rates are starting to rise. By no means have you missed your opportunity to take advantage of low rates – they’re still pretty darn near to record lows – but the trend might be on the upswing, and I would be woefully remiss if I didn’t try to encourage you to get in while the gettin is good.
So you’re interested in a VA loan, but you’re confused about some of the terms? You’re not alone. One of the most common questions that’s asked about VA loans is “What is the funding fee?” Simply put, the funding fee is a cost associated with obtaining a VA loan. Because VA loans are paid for both by the government and taxpayer dollars, the funding fee helps to offset the cost of administering the loan.
Happy 2013! The new year is all about ritual and resolutions. Everyone plans to eat better, work out more, and get more organized or spend more time with friends and family. We’re all guilty of at least one of these, aren’t we? I wonder, did you, my mortgage-rate seeking friends, resolve anything fun this year? This year, I resolved to avoid a cliche resolution and promised to laugh more and worry less, and bring you the PMMS report every Thursday!
I may have mentioned once or twice (or several times) how strongly Quicken Loans supports our service men and women. But if that wasn’t enough, maybe I should tell you about the awesome charity fundraiser we had this afternoon for our friends at Operation Homefront. This afternoon, Operation Homefront Executive Director Sarah Davis, met with our incredible Cleveland banking team so we could present her and the organization with a check for $25,000!
Welcome to the last Primary Mortgage Market Survey of the year. And fortunately for all you rate watchers, it ends on a good note! 30-year fixed rates drop this week, landing near record lows!
A service dog is an irreplaceable benefit that provides not only physical assistance but emotional comfort as well for many veterans. And while these dogs are most often associated with physical disabilities, more veterans suffering from unseen disabilities, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are relying on service dogs for help.
Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said “the only constant is change.” As much as we would like things to remain the same – our babies to stay little, our waistlines to stay small, our mortgage rates to remain low – they never do, or will. This week’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey is out and rates are both higher and lower than last week. It just goes to show how quickly these crazy low rates can change. If you’re not refinancing into a lower rate, you may miss out on your opportunity. There is never going to be a better time, because tomorrow never comes.
There are only a handful of things that can be measured in “record lows” – temperature, birth rates, sea ice…um…oh, mortgage rates! Of course! And this week, my friends, mortgage rates dropped! It wasn’t a dramatic drop by any means, but a drop is a drop and that means more money in your pocket. What are you waiting for?
At Quicken Loans, we work extra hard to uphold our commitments to our nation’s veterans. Whether it’s through something as large as sponsoring a veteran’s career fair or the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic to something as small as a simple blog post about local veteran outreach, we remain dedicated to honoring those who have served – and are serving – our country. And today we honor those who served in by recognizing the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.