• Banking and Mortgage

    Lending Update – May 2021

    Friends of Restaino and Associates- I hope this note finds you safe and healthy.   What a year 2021 has been in real estate thus far!  I am sure many of you would agree, the real estate market has never been this competitive.  With the sun coming out, warmer weather on the horizon, and your continued hard work, we are all hoping more listings are on their way.  My name is Joe Boyle, and I originate mortgages with Cornerstone Home Lending.  Thank you for reading some of my thoughts below.  On the lending side of things, the pressure is on!  To accommodate the market of today, we have had to be…

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    2021 Real Estate and Mortgage Market Trends

    As 2021 began, mortgage rates continued to be at historic lows. Refinancing has dominated the mortgage market for 2020 and the start of 2021. The mortgage lending team at One Community Bank, has noticed a significant rise in clients taking advantage of these low rates since the dropped in 2019. As the economy begins to stabilize, mortgage rates have started to increase. With only a two-month supply of inventory in Dane County, which is well below average six-month supply, Dane County’s housing market is considered a strong sellers’ market. With such a competitive market, home sellers are receiving multiple offers on their homes, at or above asking price. Home prices…

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    The “Do’s and Don’ts” During The Home Lending Process

    You’ve made the decision to buy a home. Congratulations! From now until you close, your actions matter to us, as your lender. Here’s a helpful list of Do’s and Don’ts to keep you “moving”:  DON’T – Make any sudden career changes. If you are contemplating changing jobs, talk to your loan officer. Generally, it isn’t advised until you close, but may be allowed for the right upward position. This is not the time to start a new business since you will then need tax returns filed for us to consider it. Income stability and predictability are crucial for loan approval. Love your job…at least for now.  DO – Start filing and stop…

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    It May Not Count – But It Always Matters

    Baseball has spring training, football has training camps, and golfers do… whatever golfers do (putt putt maybe?). In most sports, there’s a preseason. Why don’t we just get on with the games that matter? These practice games and matches are vitally important even though they don’t count toward player statistics or the tally of wins and losses. Why?  Because practice makes progress.  Perfect practice makes the best progress of all. So, you might say that: proper prior planning prevents poor performance. Whatever cute saying you choose the lesson is the same; it may not count, but it always matters. In theatre, before opening night in front of a live audience,…

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    One Loan to Purchase and Renovate Your Home

    Do you have a listing that won’t sell because the kitchen and bathroom are outdated?  Does the home need new windows or flooring?  Associated Bank may be able to help with Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Renovation loan.  HomeStyle Renovation makes it easy to finance your home improvements as part of the first mortgage.  Down payment as low as 5%.  Competitive fixed rate and only one closing required.  Borrow up to 75% of the as-completed appraised value of the property for renovations.  This loan program is eligible for primary residences, second homes and investment properties.  Single family detached homes, condos, townhouses, PUDs, manufactured homes and 2-4 unit properties as well.     Borrower…

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    Economists Upgrade Forecasts for 2021

    It is great to turn the page on 2020 and look to 2021 for a return to a more normal way of life. The pandemic has had a huge impact on our daily lives and caused tremendous stress on many financial markets. Through all this, the housing market in Dane and surrounding counties remained strong. Rates at historic lows helped buyers’ purchasing power. Our area has a great mix of homes. The newly increased confirming loan limit of $548,250 will also help buyers purchasing higher value homes to take advantage of the low rates in the mortgage market. Additionally, these rates are now expected to remain low through 2021. Fannie Mae is currently predicting…

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    Thompson Kane Mortgage Update

    A MARKET UPDATE FROM THE DESK OF TOM HOTTER… 2020 has certainly been a wild ride in our industry. Real estate and mortgage lending have experienced a year of unprecedented opportunities and challenges not seen in our lifetimes. So, what does the future hold in 2021? Here are a few things to stay mindful of while still in the midst of a global health pandemic, a volatile job market & economy and an ongoing hotly contested presidential election. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association all project mortgage rates to remain low, with rates forecasted to stay at historically low levels. Home prices and sales are likely to rise, particularly…

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    Mortgage Update – November 2020

    So far, 2020 has been a year of unpredictability, a trend that is very likely to continue as we head toward the end of the year. While it’s expected that short-term interest rates will remain low for quite some time, mortgage rates could be more volatile, due, in part, to the following factors. Presidential Election The presidential election will likely cause some temporary uneasiness. This election, more than any other in recent memory, has the potential to move rates, and it’s hard to know just how markets will react. Will there be a clear winner on November 3rd? 4th? 5th? Just how long will it take to determine who the next occupant of the Oval…

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    Patience in a Pandemic

    Whether you need more space, less maintenance, more country, less rent – you are ready to buy a home during a pandemic. Like most everything else in 2020, the mortgage experience has changed and practicing patience has never been a more important part of the home financing process.   Buying a home even in “normal” times can be a time consuming task, but preparing for an unusually long journey will help minimize stress for both you and your home-buying partners. In a world of instant digital answers – what’s the hold up?   Your lender is juggling a continued robust purchase market along with an all-time high refinance demand. Some…

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    Mortgage Update – September 2020

    With 30- year rates continuing to hover below 3%, the refinance and purchase market is exceptionally strong. I hope this note finds you all safe and healthy!  My name is Joe Boyle, and I am a Mortgage Loan Originator with Cornerstone Home Lending, LLC. What a year 2020 has been thus far.  Sitting down to write a column regarding the mortgage business is tough today for one reason!  Where do I start!?  Covid-19, mortgage backed securities, interest rates, supply/demand, a looming Presidential Election, volume/capacity, liquidity crunches, margin compression, governmental regulation, forbearance, furlough…. these are all items we in the mortgage business and real estate industry are dealing with.  First off,…