The Mortgage Files

Nationally syndicated mortgage news and advice from Senior Loan Officer Scott Sheldon.

How to determine which mortgage loan program is best based on your credit score

How to determine which mortgage loan program is best based on your credit score

By Scott Sheldon / January 28, 2024

Choosing the right mortgage is crucial when you’re looking to finance your dream home. Two popular options are FHA loans and conventional loans, each with its own set of guidelines and requirements. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key differences between FHA and conventional loans, focusing on credit scores and how recent updates in…

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5 practical ways to increase your purchasing power when buying a home

Here is a quick formula for determining how much income you need to buy a home

By Scott Sheldon / January 19, 2024

Buying a home is a big financial decision, and affordability is the number one factor to consider. To determine how much home you can afford based on your income, you can use a simple formula… First, take your annual income gross pre-tax and multiply it by five. For example, if your annual income is $100,000,…

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Why Refinancing Today Trumps Waiting for Lower Rates Tomorrow

Do future Fed cuts mean lower mortgage rates?

By Scott Sheldon / January 11, 2024

When the Federal Reserve Bank increases or cuts the Fed funds rate, many people believe that it automatically makes mortgage rates go up or down. However, it’s not that simple. The relationship between the Fed’s actions on monetary policy and mortgage rates is a little more complex than that. When the Fed is increasing interest…

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Unlocking Dreams: A Festive Dip in Interest Rates

Building or Buying a Home with Little or No Down Payment: What to Consider

By Scott Sheldon / January 7, 2024

Title: Building or Buying a Home with Little or No Down Payment: What to Consider Are you dreaming of owning a home, but have little or no cash for a down payment? If you’re in this situation, you might be wondering whether building or buying a home is the right option for you. Both scenarios…

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How buying a condo may carry the same mortgage payment as a single family home

How buying a condo may carry the same mortgage payment as a single family home

By Scott Sheldon / December 30, 2023

If you’re debating between purchasing a condominium unit versus a single-family home, there are several factors to consider. You’ll want to evaluate the monthly mortgage payment, market conditions, and whether you can handle the mortgage payment affordably. Typically, condominium units are less expensive than single-family homes, sometimes by as much as $100,000 or more. However,…

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New Fannie Mae rule for using social security income to get a mortgage

New Fannie Mae rule for using social security income to get a mortgage

By Scott Sheldon / December 27, 2023

Are you or someone you know planning to purchase or refinance a home using Social Security income? If so, there’s some good news! Fannie Mae has recently announced new guidelines that will make it easier for families with Social Security income to qualify for a mortgage loan… Under the new guidelines, mortgage lenders can now…

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Unlocking Dreams: A Festive Dip in Interest Rates

Unlocking Dreams: A Festive Dip in Interest Rates

By Scott Sheldon / December 21, 2023

As we step into a new season, the mortgage landscape is adorned with a delightful surprise—interest rates taking a graceful descent. In Sonoma County, California, this financial waltz is not just a trend; it’s a game-changer that’s about to redefine the home-buying experience…   From the High Sevens to the Mid-Sixes **The Tale of Interest…

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how lower rate changes your purchasing power

How improving mortgage rates drive purchasing power

By Scott Sheldon / December 17, 2023

Are you in the market for a new home? You might want to take advantage of the current trend in interest rates. In recent weeks, interest rates have come down by about half a percent, which can mean a significant increase in your purchasing power. If you are pre-approved with a mortgage company and looking…

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