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Posted by Cove Real Estate on 5/8/2015

To lock or not to lock that is always the question. If you are shopping for a home loan or refinancing a mortgage, your mortgage lender will require you to lock your rate on the amount borrowed no later than five days prior to closing. Locking a rate guarantees the interest rate for a set period of time. The decision to lock or not is a question of timing your purchase or refinance with the market. Consumers can get in trouble with a rate lock because there is a deadline on when escrow needs to close. Borrowers should comparison shop loans considering the mortgage rate locks vary in time length. If you are unable to meet the deadline the costs can accumulate. Here are some common options: 15-day lock: Is the “lowest-cost rate” available. The loan needs to be approved by underwriting to take advantage of this lock. 30-day lock: This is the fair market rate and is most commonly used for interest rate locking upfront before loan approval. 45-day lock: Used for transactions taking longer, whether the loan is approved or not. 60-day lock: Can be used in circumstances where the loan is prolonged. This option does not usually offer the best interest rate for the consumer. Interest rates can vary by as much as 0.25 percent on the longer rate locks compared against 30-day and 15-day rate locks. The bottom line, the longer the lock, the more risk the lender takes and the slightly more costly the loan.    





Posted by Cove Real Estate on 11/21/2014

The housing market may be in recovery and some analysts are predicting that mortgage rates will be heading upward. In that case, and in any case prospective, current home seekers as well as homeowners are always looking to lock into the lowest interest rate possible. Here are some tips to help home buyers shop for the best rate: Before you call your lender and ask for the best rate you need to know two things: 1. The number of points you want to pay. 2. The length of time you want to lock in the rate. Knowing what you are planning on doing with your home and how long you intend to stay there will give you a baseline for comparison of rates. Don't just call any old lender advertising the lowest rates. As not all real estate professionals are alike, neither are lenders. You need a reliable lender who will not try to trick you into a lower rate only to change the rate on you later. The best way to find a lender is through a referral.  Once you have found a lender you will want to shop around for a few more. Make sure to be up front with everyone, and be consistent. Call them all on the same day and provide the same information to everyone. The interest rate is not the only fee to consider when borrowing money to buy a house. Be sure to ask about all the additional fees associated with the loan. For more information check out the Truth in Lending Act.