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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 14:58

KKOB -April 2nd, 2019

<>Ben Lucero speaks about the latest on interest rates in the market.
Published in Radio
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 16:43

Rising Interest Rate Dangers

Residents of Albuquerque understand that mortgage rates are on the rise, which will affect those with adjustable rate mortgages as well as those just beginning the home buying process and don’t have financing secured.

The dangers that higher interest rates present, affect Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) and high interest credit cards. When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates each quarter, the effect causes increased payments on HELOCS and credit cards.

If borrowers have to pay more interest within their payment they won’t be able to make a dent in the principle. If the borrower has equity in their home a great option is to refinance and pay off the HELOC and/or high interest credit cards. The paradox here is that mortgage rates are increasing as well. So, the longer the borrower waits, the higher the refinance rates will be. The sooner that a borrower consolidates these into one mortgage, the better.

Indigo Mortgage offers a different option for people looking to purchase with LOCK and SHOP. Indigo Mortgage can lock-in today’s rate for 90 days even if the borrower hasn’t pick out a house yet! This is an exciting opportunity, so call Indigo Mortgage for more details.

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 15:55

Lock Your Interest Rate

Albuquerque’s Mortgage Rates are on the rise and this worries borrowers who are shopping for a home. Indigo Mortgage has a new loan product called Lock and Shop. Lock and Shop allows borrowers to purchase a home with the opportunity to lock in today’s mortgage rates before they even find a home. In the past, borrowers had to have the home under contract before locking in a mortgage rate. But because we are in a rising rate environment, this loan allows the borrower to lock in a rate for up to ninety days. The rate is preserved for this term and the mortgage loan must close within that rate’s lock period. If for some reason the rate drops in that lock period, we will float down the rate for the borrower.

At Indigo Mortgage we caution home buyers from using lenders who are out of state. Most than likely, their rates will be higher than what we can offer. However, if the interest rate is the same, it’s much more convenient for a borrower to stay local. With an out of state lender, it can (and will be) frustrating trying to coordinate a loan with voice mail and people who are not familiar with or invested in the transaction. Why not stay local if we can offer the same or better rates to Albuquerque and New Mexico home buyers?

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 23:55

Confident Borrowers

At Indigo Mortgage, we believe knowledge is power. The more you know about the mortgage process and the state of the market, the more likely you are to find a great deal that works for your lifestyle. A recent study conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau delved into the shopping habits of homebuyers revealed that buyers in the know are more likely to shop around for the best rates and terms.

When consumers are confident in their knowledge about the mortgage process, they are more likely to shop around. The CFPB survey showed however, that only 55% of people felt confident in their knowledge about interest rates. This means that over half of homebuyers could be paying more than they need to on their home!

In order to find the best rates and terms on the market, homebuyers benefit from shopping around and asking questions. A trusted Albuquerque mortgage company like Indigo Mortgage will be happy to speak openly with you about your options. We are always happy to provide shoppers with a complete cost breakdown and overview of what an interest rate should look like at their particular credit score. So give us a call. We will show you how to comparison shop, so you can find a mortgage loan that works for you!

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:30

KKOB October 3

Today on KKOB Ben Lucero discusses why it's important to get a second opinion, and not just go with the first loan you come across.

Published in Radio
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 14:42

Low VA Rate Mailers

Indigo Mortgage is proud to be the top broker in New Mexico for VA Loans. Because we work with so many of our veterans, we have a unique understanding of their concerns and needs. So, when veterans call Indigo Mortgage and say they received a letter from a mortgage lender offering them unbelievably low rates, we always check to see if those offers are legitimate, because, as we say, no one cares more about you and your loan than we do.

Many lenders will claim they can offer interest rates as low as 2.5% or 2.75% on 30-year mortgages. They send out mailers advertising these rates to veterans. Upon further investigation though, these are not 30-year fixed mortgages. They’re only fixed for 3-5 years, and then after 3-5 years, these interest rates are adjusted – which will almost always raise your monthly payment.

In other cases, the rate may be fixed for 30 years, but borrowers pay a full 2 points in discount and origination fees! That’s a full 2% of the loan – on a $200,000 mortgage, that means a veteran would pay an extra $4,000 just to buy the interest rate down to below 3%. Both of these tactics are misleading. As a general guideline, veterans can expect an interest rate in the mid 3% range for 30-year VA loans, without any origination, discount or lender fees. Shopping around is important because it can mean a .5-1% difference, depending on the lender.

Keeping your loan local means personalized customer service. When you work with Indigo Mortgage for your VA loan, we look for the best rates and terms, without any unnecessary fees. Contact us to learn more about VA loans!

Published in Blog
Monday, 10 July 2017 06:00

KKOB on July 11

On KKOB this morning, Ben Lucero discusses why it's so important to shop around before accepting a loan proposal. Learn how you can save money on your mortgage loan.

Published in Radio
Monday, 10 July 2017 06:00

13 Billion Dollar Shopping Cost

At Indigo Mortgage, we always urge our clients to shop around for their mortgage loans, and for good reason. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal governing agency responsible for consumer financial protection, just conducted a national survey and found that only 50% of consumers bothered to shop around and research their mortgage loan. Those consumers who did not shop around ended up having to pay $13 billion in fees, fees that could have been avoided.

According to the CFPB’s findings, borrowers took their first offer from a large institutional lender, internet lender, or a national bank. “Consumers put great thought into the choice of a home, but the mortgage process continues to be intimidating” says CFPB Director Richard Cordray, “Shopping for a loan can save big dollars in the long run.”

Rates can vary as much as ½ a percent from one lender to the next, and even at the same rate, the closing costs can vary by several thousand dollars. Don’t assume that your lender is going to give you the best deal. At Indigo Mortgage, we believe that an educated borrower can save themselves thousands of dollars by making an informed choice. If you have any questions about your mortgage loan, call Indigo Mortgage, we will be happy to answer your questions and show you the important elements of loan proposals, so you can save money!

Published in Blog
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!

Published in Radio
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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