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Monday, 19 June 2017 21:58

The Right Questions

When you’re shopping for a mortgage, it’s important to do your research and ask the right questions. The lending experts at Indigo Mortgage have seen many people opt to purchase a mortgage loan simply because of the low rate, without considering what it’s costing them to get that low rate. It’s important to recognize that a low rate doesn’t always translate to saved money.

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 21:52

KKOB on May 12

In this segment on KKOB, Ben Lucero disusses one of the major questions all shoppers should ask when looking for a mortgage loan, and why a low interest rate doesn't mean you're saving money!

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Monday, 01 May 2017 22:28

VA Jumbo Loans

Indigo Mortgage is one of the largest mortgage brokers in New Mexico, and as such, we close more VA Loans than anyone else in the state. In last week’s blog, we offered some general information about veteran’s loans, but this week we want to offer some more specific advice about VA Jumbo Loans.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 22:26

KKOB on April 25

Indigo Mortgage is New Mexico's #1 VA Loan mortgage broker. Ben Lucero discusses some of the basic information that every veteran should know about VA Loans.

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Monday, 24 April 2017 22:16

General Information About VA Loans

At Indigo Mortgage, our VA loan division closes more VA loans than any other mortgage company in New Mexico. Here’s some basic information for veterans who are interested in this type of loan.

Borrowers can have multiple VA loans. If all previous VA loans have been paid off, a veteran can take out another loan. In fact, a veteran can have two VA loans simultaneously. Borrowers can split their entitlement and purchase two properties, as long as both loans do not exceed a combined total of $417,000, the new loan is over $144,000, and the new VA loan is an owner-occupied loan.

VA allows 100% cash-out on refinances. If a lender tells you that they only allow 90%, keep looking. At Indigo Mortgage, we offer 100% cash out, without compromising our low rates.

VA now allows jumbo mortgages. Borrowers can get mortgage loans over $417,000.

The VA never requires mortgage insurance, but there is a funding fee. The funding fee can be waived if the veteran receives 10% or more disability.

Be wary of lenders offering outrageously low rates. Typically, when a lender offers unbelievably low rates, they’re adjustable rate mortgages, not fixed rate mortgages. These types of mortgages can be very expensive to buy down, and aren’t really worth it.

Keep it local. When you’re shopping for a VA loan, remember to shop local. A local mortgage broker like Indigo Mortgage is easier to work with face to face, and can often save you money!

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:21

KKOB on February 21

On KKOB today, Ben Lucero give listeners a quick update on what's going on right now in the mortgage market and what that means for homebuyers in New Mexico.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:56

Mortgage Market Update

Indigo Mortgage strives to stay up to date with market developments, and often we’re asked about trends in the mortgage industry. Here are some of our predictions for the rest of 2017:

Last year, we saw some of the lowest interest rates in history. While we do not expect rates to drop as low as they did in 2016, we do expect that they will stay steady throughout the rest of the year. Interest rates are still well below 5%, in the low 4’s on 30 year fixed mortgages, and in the mid 3’s for 15 year fixed mortgages. At Indigo Mortgage, we believe that now is a great opportunity for shoppers to purchase or refinance. If you’re hanging on to a home equity line of credit, now would be an excellent time to refinance and combine two mortgages into a low fixed rate.

Housing experts predict that 2017 will be a good year for real estate. If you’re looking for a new home, you can expect a lot of competition. Indigo Mortgage recommends getting pre-qualified well in advance. Ask your lender for a pre-qualification letter so you can have that ready when you want to make an offer on a home. A local lender can make the mortgage process easier, so turn to one of them first, instead of an online lender. You will get better service from Indigo Mortgage.

If you have any questions regarding the mortgage process or what’s going on in the market at the moment, contact Indigo Mortgage! Our experts keep up with market trends so we can help our valued New Mexico clients!

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Monday, 13 February 2017 23:32

Not So Rocket Fast

Obtaining a mortgage is not like buying a pair of shoes from Amazon. We’ve all seen the commercials for a quick loan, promising that it only takes a few clicks to get approval. But it’s really not that simple. At Indigo Mortgage, we advise borrowers to be cautious of national lenders that advertise easy, quick, one-size-fits-all loans.

Mortgages can be extremely complicated with many variables. Every mortgage application is unique, and requires the full attention of a licensed and trained mortgage broker. There is no way an automated loan service can answer all of your questions for you. Indigo Mortgage strongly encourages working with a local lender that can provide in-depth, face-to-face answers to your unique questions.

Working with a local mortgage lender means that your broker understands your personal circumstances and provides you with personalized help. National lenders that promise fast loans neglect the personal element of conducting business in person. We believe lenders should treat clients like people, not just digits on an internet application.

While national online lenders promise convenience and expediency, we still advise working with a local broker, and shopping around to make sure you’re getting the best rates and terms on your mortgage!

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 23:04

KKOB on February 14

Today on KKOB, Ben Lucero of Indigo Mortgage discusses why borrowers should be wary of national lenders that promise conventient online loans, and why it's more efficient to work with a local lender.

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Buying a new home has its advantages. You get to choose your amenities, select the location and neighborhood, perhaps even customize your floorplan. With a brand-new home, you don’t inherit someone else’s appliances or personal customizations. It’s fresh and clean, and completely yours. For these reasons, some homebuyers consider buying directly from a home builder. Often builders will waive closing fees to entice buyers to work directly with them, however, Indigo Mortgage urges homebuyers to be cautious about this option.

The first thing to consider when buying directly from a builder is that without a realtor on your side, you are completely at the mercy of the builder. It would be similar to walking into a courtroom without a lawyer. Working with a realtor, or buyer’s agent, is of benefit because they know the laws, they know the ins-and-outs of contracts, and they can help you navigate the process. A buyer’s realtor is paid for by the builder, so why not use one?

Another consideration when working with a builder, is that they will typically make it very difficult for a buyer to use a lender other than their in-house lender. In an effort to appeal to buyers, many builders will not require them to pay closing costs, however, this doesn’t necessarily save you money. If you qualify for a VA or FHA loan, you may be eligible for lender credits, which would cover your closing costs. Working with an outside lender will often get you lower interest rates as well.

A builder’s representative will most likely never offer a first-time home buying seminar for their clients or work hard to find the best rates and terms. Indigo Mortgage however, wants to equip all potential homebuyers with the knowledge needed to navigate the home buying process. That’s why we recommend working with a buyer’s agent, and shopping around to find the best mortgage loans. We’re here to help every step of the way!

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  • VA Jumbo Loans +

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  • General Information About VA Loans +

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