The Mortgage Files

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

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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how to time when to buy a home

How time to the market to buy a home

By Scott Sheldon / November 5, 2023

Everyone looking to buy a house is looking to get a “deal” to some degree. The home has to fit within the monthly budget in support of a sound financial decision. Part of this process is identifying marketing time so you can buy a home successfully… The great investor warren, Buffett has been quoted of…

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Why failing banks is good new for mortgage rates

Why failing banks is good news for mortgage rates

By Scott Sheldon / May 22, 2023

In the last few weeks, a handful of big banks have failed including Silicon Valley bank signature bank, and now First Republic Bank. While this is not a repeat of 2008, it does signal instability in the broader mortgage market which may be good news for long-term mortgage rates. Hear some things to consider… First…

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What the bank or credit union may not be telling about their juicy mortgage offer

What the bank or credit union may not be telling about their juicy mortgage offer

By Scott Sheldon / May 14, 2023

You just went into a contract to buy a home, and now it’s time to get a mortgage loan to close escrow. If you decide to ask your local credit union or bank for mortgage info, make sure to read all the fine print. Here is some practical information to be aware of before you…

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What are the financial risks in buying a home today?

What are the risks of buying a home?

By Scott Sheldon / August 24, 2022

When you’re buying a home, you should be thinking about not just the purchase price of the house, but you should be really thinking about your household budget. Saving money and being able to have a life without letting debt get the better of you should be a goal as it relates to deciding whether…

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

Why do mortgage companies have to pull a credit report?

By Scott Sheldon / August 21, 2022

When you apply to purchase or refinance a home the mortgage company is required to pull a copy of your credit report in order to issue a credit decision. Here are things you need to be aware of as it relates to your credit report and credit score from a financial services provider…   The…

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Why chasing the utopian mortgage loan is not a practical long term solution

Why focusing on finding the right home is better solution than searching loan programs

By Scott Sheldon / August 14, 2022

Most families would agree they would prefer to buy a home vs renting a home. Buying a home is not for everyone and it does require a certain degree of financial aptitude and ability. Most people begin researching mortgage loans online. The Internet is a wonderful tool to get a feel for what you might…

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How to decide when is the right time to buy a house

When is the right time to buy a house

By Scott Sheldon / July 17, 2022

You want to buy a house but you’re not sure if now is the right time with all the variables up in the air. It’s a big decision and one that should not be taken lightly. If you’re thinking about purchasing a home in the next few years, here are some things you should give…

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