Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

Debbie brings in Loan Officer and Real-Estate Veteran Heather Barkley-Kilpatrick to talk everything Mortgage and Real-Estate.

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We are LIVE on YOUTUBE every Wednesday. Watch us record our show! Ask us your questions right in the feed or call in and we will answer them for you LIVE. Text “MOM” to 844-935-3634 for a weekly link to join when we get started.

Mortgage Mom Radio equips you with all the mortgage education that you could ask for right at your fingertips! Listen to our Podcast with hours of shows and topics, download our PHONE APP loaded with every mortgage tool that you could need, and finally, watch our HOMEBUYER WORKSHOP SERIES on YouTube!

Debbie Marcoux is licensed by the Department of Financial Institutions under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS ID 237926, also licensed in AZ-0941504, FL-LO76508, GA-69178, ID-167867, ID – MLO 2080237926, IL-031.0058339, NV-57237, OR, TN-184373, TX, WA-MLO-237926

Mortgage Mom Radio Workshop – Understanding your credit score and tips and tricks to increase it.

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We are LIVE on YOUTUBE every Wednesday. Watch us record our show! Ask us your questions right in the feed or call in and we will answer them for you LIVE. Text “MOM” to 844-935-3634 for a weekly link to join when we get started.

Mortgage Mom Radio equips you with all the mortgage education that you could ask for right at your fingertips! Listen to our Podcast with hours of shows and topics, download our PHONE APP loaded with every mortgage tool that you could need, and finally, watch our HOMEBUYER WORKSHOP SERIES on YouTube!

Debbie Marcoux is licensed by the Department of Financial Institutions under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS ID 237926, also licensed in AZ-0941504, FL-LO76508, GA-69178, ID-167867, ID – MLO 2080237926, IL-031.0058339, NV-57237, OR, TN-184373, TX, WA-MLO-237926

 

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

RE: Locking in your interest rate – Can you still make changes?

Debbie’s co-host today is, mortgage educator and loan officer, Larry Ehrlich, or more lovingly referred to at the company as, our mortgage dad 🙂

At the top of the show they discuss the incredibly hot weather in Valencia, Debbie’s new pink boat and other fun topics like “pumpkin spice weather.”

Debbie tells her audience that her team is a “One Stop Shop” and are here to help seven days a week. The team is very reachable. Quoting Debbie, “All you have to do is reach out, no matter what state you are in!” If you are looking to buy, sell, refinance, or all three, they can get you moved forward in the right direction.

Debbie and Larry jump into Mortgage after their quick catch up and begin to discuss the dynamics of locking in your interest rate. When clients ask about locking in rates, Larry says that rates are always constantly changing and that it’s always a risk as to whether it will be decent one day but better the next, and vice versa.

Diving deeper, interest rates are based upon the client’s FICO score and financial history says Debbie. She also says that the applications need to be filled out completely in order to get an accurate interest rate, especially when it comes to your debt to income ratio.  Larry says that once you are locked into a rate you are locked in! If the rates get worse during your lock period, you are still locked in. Or if the rates get better, you are locked in! So it can go both ways. The market is very volatile says Larry.

Debbie mentions that in order to keep the locked in “agreed upon” rate, the client must be ready within that rate lock period, typically 30 days. If you are not ready to close within your rate lock term, an extension fee will be incurred. We want to avoid that if at all possible. How do you make sure that you do not get hit with that rate lock extension fee? Be responsive and get in all of your documentation as fast as possible upon request.

Debbie discusses the rate lock being tied to the day that it was requested, not your loan amount or loan program or term. All of those things can be changed along the way but your interest rate is tied to the rate sheet and what was available on the rate sheet issued when the lock was originally requested.

Larry’s opinion, “If clients are happy with their rate, lock it, especially because rates are on an upward trend at this time within the market.”

The Mortgage Mom team is here every step of the way to help their clients through the application process. Debbie says, “Use the Mortgage Mom Radio App, send us an e-mail or just call in! Getting a free phone consultation is your first step in this process!” The whole goal of Mortgage Mom Radio is to create a game plan for our clients and to educate them. It is the very best way to see your goal past the finish line.

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Thinking of buying your first home and you have no idea where to start? Watch our HOMEBUYER WORKSHOP SERIES on YouTube!

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Debbie Marcoux is licensed by the Department of Financial Innovations under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS ID 237926, also licensed in AZ-0941504, FL-LO76508, GA-69178, ID – MLO 2080237926, IL-031.0058339, NV-57237, OR, TN-184373, TX, WA-MLO-237926

Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

What happened on today’s show?

At the top of the show, Debbie and Heidi go into their segment, “Catching Up With Mom” where they reflect on their weekends. Heidi talks about Las Vegas and Debbie talks about Lake Havasu. Debbie pleads for her audience to contact her if they have any “mom” remedies to cure car sickness for children.

Debbie reminds her listeners that her team is open for business 7 days a week for phone appointments.

She is also excited to talk about the Mortgage Mom Radio Phone App is highly efficient and a great way to get things started. You can do EVERYTHING through that App. Heidi drills down on her favorite features of the App, especially the mortgage calculator. Heidi also gives great examples on how to use that calculator with various mortgage and lending-related scenarios, including mortgage insurance calculations. The efficiency of this App is awesome and it helps with giving a very realistic estimate for their clients.

Debbie and Heidi go on to discuss bonus income: Retention bonuses, guaranteed bonuses and sign-on bonuses.

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Clients and audience members must text the word “mom” to the phone number 844-935-3634 (We Lend 4 You) in order to get updates and links. So do that TODAY!

How do you schedule a phone consultation with mom? BOOK NOW Get your free consultation today!

We are LIVE on YOUTUBE every Wednesday. Watch us record our show! Ask us your questions right in the feed or call in and we will answer them for you LIVE. Text “MOM” to 844-935-3634 for a weekly link to join when we get started.

Mortgage Mom Radio equips you with all the mortgage education that you could ask for right at your fingertips! Listen to our Podcast with hours of shows and topics, download our PHONE APP loaded with every mortgage tool that you could need, and finally, watch our HOMEBUYER WORKSHOP SERIES on YouTube!

Debbie Marcoux is licensed by the Department of Financial Institutions under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS ID 237926, also licensed in AZ-0941504, FL-LO76508, GA-69178, ID-167867, ID – MLO 2080237926, IL-031.0058339, NV-57237, OR, TN-184373, TX, WA-MLO-237926

 

 

Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Tons of great questions from today’s show, both through YouTube comments and phone calls! Here is a brief rundown from the show this week.

A caller asks Debbie why she decided to create Mortgage Mom Radio? Debbie answers and talks with Heidi about their friendship and how she twisted her arm to be on air.

Debbie and Heidi then take a call LIVE on air with an audience member with some important questions. The caller asks about a rate quote she received from another lender that sounded too good to be true. Debbie and Heidi are there to answer everything in detail, hence giving the caller great direction. After analyzing this call, Debbie points out the ongoing trend of solicitation when it comes to loan opportunities from other lenders. She urges her audience to ALWAYS call in or go to the website and make an appointment with the MMR Team. It’s the best way for clients and audience members to receive the correct information and make the best decisions for themselves with knowledge.

Debbie and Heidi answer more questions LIVE and through social media. The question they always get is: “When is it a good time to buy?” They both agree that it’s always a good time to buy, but not always a good time to sell. Heidi says that right now rates are still low and it’s always better to own something than to rent, especially because rental costs are “insane in every state!” Debbie drills down on the benefit of owning a home versus renting a home when it comes to tax write offs and other long-term benefits. They go on to talk property types, loan to values, credit scores, debt to income ratios and how all these elements affect people differently depending on their background and financial status. “Every situation is different, so call in today!” They say!

Debbie talks about the benefits of the MMR phone App and the new “official” Mortgage Mom Radio Store where you can purchase beer stein/mugs, wine glasses and tumblers. They’ve got beach bags, hats, T-shirts and more!

Debbie reminds her listeners that she is NOT affiliated with Movement Mortgage and that they have been trying to solicit her previous clients by claiming to be working with her and her team. This is clearly a blatant misrepresentation because the solicitors are using Debbie’s name. VERY IMPORTANT: Reach out and contact Mortgage Mom directly, ALWAYS and for everything, even if you get an e-mail saying it’s from Debbie!

Debbie and Heidi move on to talk about VA Cash Out Loans and how 90% financing is the norm right now even though 100% can be available for these types of loans. They take a deep dive on how to get to that 100%. The bottom line, 100% is available and you can obtain the cash you are looking for if you are a veteran. If you have been told that you are limited to 90% then call our team.

Debbie then clarifies that questions from clients and audience members NEED to be sent through e-mail and NOT through TEXT. Clients and audience members must text the word “MOM” to the phone number 844-935-3634 (WE LEND 4 U) to get the phone app and links to watch each live show.

Debbie also announces that her team will be moving back into office space this week, which they are very excited about.

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Mortgage Mom Radio equips you with all the mortgage education that you could ask for right at your fingertips! Listen to our Podcast with hours of shows and topics, download our PHONE APP loaded with every mortgage tool that you could need, and finally, watch our HOMEBUYER WORKSHOP SERIES on YouTube!

Debbie Marcoux is licensed by the Department of Financial Institutions under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS ID 237926, also licensed in AZ-0941504, FL-LO76508, GA-69178, ID-167867, ID – MLO 2080237926, IL-031.0058339, NV-57237, OR, TN-184373, TX, WA-MLO-237926

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

What is going on in this week’s show?

Debbie Marcoux, the Mortgage Mom, brings in Co-Host, Heidi Slagle-Points, to talk Lending and Mortgage. They start off the show with their segment “Catching Up with Mom” where they both reflect on their weekends. Debbie asks her sound editor, Drewin Young, to write another jingle for her toll-free number.

Debbie gives a shot out to Seattle, WA and Las Vegas, NV since she is now on radio stations in those states.

She offers to interview, both on camera and on radio, any previous client willing to talk about their experience with her company. What better way to get the word out then real testimonials! YOU too can be on the show, just give Mortgage Mom Radio a call!

Since the show is interactive, the questions asked by listeners this week were as follows:

Debbie will take your questions “live” during the show. Text “MOM” to 844-935-3634 to receive the link to get in each week. You must call in during that hour while they are streaming live if you would like to be part of the show.

Debbie and Heidi talk current interest rates and Pace Hero Loans (loans for energy efficient improvements). Heidi drills down on this subject of Pace Hero Loans and expands on the benefits of refinancing them to lower monthly payments and monthly property taxes. Debbie then gets very detailed on how this Pace Hero Loan process works by giving different types of scenarios.

We are LIVE on YOUTUBE every Wednesday. Watch us record our show! Ask us your questions right in the feed or call in and we will answer them for you LIVE. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to our channel and turn on your notifications to know when we get started. Or text “MOM” to 844-935-3634 for a weekly reminder link when we get started.

Mortgage Mom Radio equips you with all the mortgage education that you could ask for right at your fingertips! Listen to our Podcast with hours of shows and topics, download our PHONE APP loaded with every mortgage tool that you could need, and finally, watch our HOMEBUYER WORKSHOP SERIES on YouTube!

How do you schedule a phone consultation with mom? BOOK NOW Get your free consultation today!

Debbie Marcoux is licensed by the Department of Financial Institutions under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS ID 237926, also licensed in AZ-0941504, FL-LO76508, GA-69178, ID-167867, ID – MLO 2080237926, IL-031.0058339, NV-57237, OR, TN-184373, TX, WA-MLO-237926

 

A Look Into the Markets

 

 

As we enter the second half of 2021, we want to review where we are with the economy, rates, and what to look for in the second half of the year. The 10-year note yield, a proxy for long-term rates, is hovering near 1.45%, matching multi-month lows. This has helped keep mortgage rates near 3%, below many economist expectations.

What happened? Why are rates still low, providing yet another opportunity for would-be homeowners? The bond market is forward-looking and is seeing slower progress on the job creation front. At the moment, there are still over 9M job openings, a record high. Additionally, while fears of higher and sustained inflation are all over the place, the bond market is currently telling us the fears are misguided. If future inflation is to be higher and persistent, rates would already be creeping higher.

This does not mean it’s clear sailing ahead for continued low rates. Over the next couple of months, we will be watching both the inflation a nd jobs data to determine when the Fed might start tapering bond purchases.

There are rumors amongst Wall Street that the Federal Reserve will start tapering mortgage bonds purchases first, meaning they will gradually buy fewer bonds. When the Fed mentions they will start buying less, that may be the start to higher mortgage rates. The main reason is mounting pressure to start buying fewer bonds and ultimately stop buying them all together, which means rates in the second half of 2021 are likely to be higher than they are right now.

On today’s show, Debbie brings in Team Member and Loan Assistant Heidi Slagle-Points to talk shop and other interesting topics.

Debbie is excited to finally announce that her 1-800 number is now available, which also accepts texts.

They talk about Arizona heat vs. Southern California heat. The conversation leads to how now is the perfect time to get home improvements done. From putting in pools, replacing windows, air conditioning units breaking down, now is a great time to refinance and pull cash out for these repairs because interest rates are still good.

They talk credit card debt, lines of credit, blended rates/consolidation, equity loans vs. equity lines and the benefits of canceling mortgage insurance.

Debbie and Heidi drill down on FHA’s, modifications, conventional and USDA loans.

They educate their audience with details of deferment and forbearances and how it all works. She also tells her audience that disclosing forbearance/deferment history is imperative when talking with her team.

The Mortgage Mom Radio Team is there to help you every step of the way! Debbie also talks about the efficiency of her new phone App and how interactive it is for her audience. All you have to do is reach out!

We are LIVE on YouTube every Wednesday at 5 PM. Watch us record our show! Ask us your questions right in the feed, we’ll read those and answer them for you. Make sure to subscribe to our channel and turn on your notifications to know when we get started.

Mortgage Mom Radio equips you with all of the mortgage education that you could ask for right at your fingertips! Listen to our Podcast with hours of shows and topics, download our PHONE APP loaded with every mortgage tool that you could need, and last but not least, watch our weekly Homebuyer Workshop Series on YouTube! Mortgage Mom Radio

How do you schedule a phone appointment with mom? Call our office, 844-935-3634. Get your free consultation today! Do you want our phone app to have the tools you need at your fingertips? Click the link: PHONE APP

Debbie Marcoux is licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS ID 237926, also licensed in AZ-0941504, FL-LO76508, GA-69178, IL-031.0058339, NV-57237, OR, TN-184373, TX, WA-MLO-237926 | Heidi Slagle-Points CA NMLS ID 1666881

Mortgage Mom Radio airs weekly focusing on topics that will educate our listeners around mortgage lending. This week Debbie is joined by returning guest Escrow Officer Jennifer Davidson to continue the 2021 Homebuyers Workshop series by covering what escrow is and important tips to move your loan smoothly through the loan process.

We are LIVE on YouTube every Wednesday at 5 PM. Watch us record our show! Ask us your questions right in the feed, we’ll read those and answer them for you. Make sure to subscribe to our channel and turn on your notifications to know when we get started.

Mortgage Mom Radio equips you with all of the mortgage education that you could ask for right at your fingertips! Listen to our Podcast with hours of shows and topics, download our PHONE APP loaded with every mortgage tool that you could need, and last but not least, watch our weekly Homebuyer Workshop Series on YouTube! Mortgage Mom Radio

How do you schedule a phone appointment with mom? Call our office, 844-935-3634. Get your free consultation today! Do you want our phone app to have the tools you need at your fingertips? Click the link: PHONE APP

Debbie Marcoux is licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS ID 237926, also licensed in AZ-0941504, FL-LO76508, GA-69178, IL-031.0058339, NV-57237, OR, TN-184373, TX, WA-MLO-237926 | Heidi Slagle-Points CA NMLS ID 1666881

Mortgage Mom Radio airs weekly focusing on topics that will educate our listeners around mortgage lending. This week Debbie and Heidi discuss the new Experian Boost feature and explain everything you need to know if you are about to apply or are in the middle of applying for a mortgage.


In This Issue

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare

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What To Watch

Sell in May and Go Away – Explained

Each spring, the same phrase pops up for stock investors: “Sell in May and go away.” It’s important to track, as generally stocks go down, and so do rates.

That question is whether or not stock market investors will see “Sell in May and go away” this season. Yahoo Finance tells us that the full axiom was originally, “Sell in May and go away, and come on back on St. Leger’s Day.” It has its roots in the city of London. Financial professionals would go on holiday in May for approximately four months to escape the summer heat and return for the St. Leger derby in mid-September. Traders and bankers in the U.S. appropriated the aphorism over the years and condensed it to its current form.

The current form is based on the historical tendency for the stock market to produce its best gains between Halloween and May Day (the so-called “winter” months) and to produce well-below-average returns the other six months of the year (the “summer” months).

We did not see “Sell in May” last year, as the stock markets were on a big surge higher after the huge losses seen in March due to the shutdowns. But with stocks at record high levels and high market volatility, there is a possibility of a move lower in stock prices after earnings season winds down at the end of the month. Despite never-ending stimulus, which stocks love, they cannot go straight up, and corrections big and small are always healthy and expected.

If this were to occur, it could shift some investing dollars from stocks into bonds, which would help to further stabilize or cap the recent rise in mortgage rates that was seen from mid-January until the end of March.

If “Sell in May” does not take place this year, do not get too worried. The Federal Reserve continues to try and hold rates at historically low levels and will do so until we see full employment and ideal inflation. Can mortgage rates increase marginally if the economy continues to grow? Yes, that would be normal in an an expanding economy. If the economy is strong, and if the job market continues to rebound, modestly higher rates should not be a deterrent to homeownership.

Bottom line: Rates are still historically low, and now is still a great time to either refinance or consider purchasing a home.

Source: Mortgage Market Guide

 

Housing News

2021 Housing Market Predictions

The housing market is tricky to predict, especially since 2020 was a year full of unpredictability. Although no one can forecast what will happen with entire certainty, housing trends can give you an idea about what to expect when it comes to buying or selling a home.

It should come as no surprise that 2020 saw huge fluctuations in the housing market as the country was hit with massive amounts of unemployment and extensive shelter-in-place orders. However, the housing market saw an uptick in pending home sales and rebounded much faster than other sectors of the economy. In fact, 2020 was a record-breaking year for the market with 5.64 million homes sold, the most since the Great Depression.

For 2021, experts predict that the housing market will continue to thrive, thanks to several key features:

While 2021 looks to be competitive for buyers, resulting in quick-selling homes and higher prices, sellers should feel pretty good about the housing market. Reach out to your real estate expert if you’re ready to make the jump in 2021.

Sources: Financialsamurai.com, Daveramsey.com, Noradarealestate.com

 

Home Improvement

Turn an Old Dresser Into a Unique Sink

Have you ever gotten the urge to turn an old piece of furniture into something fabulous but were scared about tackling the project? Don’t let your fears get in the way of creating a unique sink out of an old dresser. Not only will the outcome look stunning, but you can save the money you would spend on a brand-new piece.

  1. Select a dresser that fits the space and make sure it’s sturdy. It’s best to use one that’s made out of solid wood to support the weight of the sink and faucet.
  2. Purchase a drop-in sink and place it upside down in the center of the dresser’s top. Trace an outline of the sink and draw a line about 1 inch inside the line to mark the cut line.
  3. Use a jigsaw drill and cut the sink hole out of the dresser.
  4. Coat the dresser top with water-based polyurethane. You might need to apply four or five coats.
  5. When the top is dry, apply a bead of clear caulking around the rim of the opening. Set the sink on top and press down lightly.
  6. Use the jigsaw to cut a square out of the back of the dresser for plumbing.
  7. Secure the dresser to the wall.
  8. Attach the faucet and plumbing to the dresser. Make sure to remove the drawers so you can access the area better.
  9. Cut out indents in the drawers so the plumbing fits.

There’s no better time to get started on a DIY project. Even if you don’t have an old dresser just lying around, a quick stop at an antique store can get you started on this unique project.

Sources: Anoregoncottage.com, HGTV.com, Thisoldhouse.com

 

Q&A

Can You Qualify for a Mortgage Without Credit?

QUESTION: How do you qualify for a mortgage with no credit?

ANSWER: It is possible to obtain a mortgage if you have little or no credit, but you might need to look a little harder to find the right mortgage. Also, you might need to provide additional documentation to prove that you have a history of paying bills on time.

It’s important to remember that there’s a difference between having poor credit and having no credit. With poor credit, you’ve had a few bumps and may have a low credit score as a result. Although you might be able to qualify for a mortgage with a low score, you could end up paying a higher interest rate compared to someone with a higher score.

On the other hand, if you have no credit, that means you don’t have a history of dealing with credit accounts. As a result, it’s difficult for creditors to determine your risk since there’s nothing for them to gauge about loaning you money.

There are many options to obtain a mortgage without credit. Some mortgages have more lienint guidelines such as Government backed mortgages (FHA, VA or USDA). Other options include conventional mortgages through Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. Each lender and loan program has its own requirements, but you usually need to make 12 months of on-time payments to two or three continuing obligations, such as utilities, insurance, and housing.

Just because you don’t have any credit, it doesn’t mean you won’t qualify for a mortgage. If you’re still unsure which way to go when it comes to finding a mortgage, reach out to your loan officer who can guide you.

Sources: Daveramsey.com, Nerdwallet.com


We are LIVE on YouTube every Wednesday at 5 PM. Watch us record our show! Ask us your questions right in the feed, we’ll read those and answer them for you. Make sure to subscribe to our channel and turn on your notifications to know when we get started.

Mortgage Mom Radio equips you with all of the mortgage education that you could ask for right at your fingertips! Listen to our Podcast with hours of shows and topics, download our PHONE APP loaded with every mortgage tool that you could need, and last but not least, watch our weekly Homebuyer Workshop Series on YouTube! Mortgage Mom Radio

How do you schedule a phone appointment with mom? Call our office, 844-935-3634. Get your free consultation today! Do you want our phone app to have the tools you need at your fingertips? Click the link: PHONE APP

Debbie Marcoux is licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS ID 237926, also licensed in AZ-0941504, FL-LO76508, GA-69178, IL-031.0058339, NV-57237, OR, TN-184373, TX, WA-MLO-237926 | Heidi Slagle-Points CA NMLS ID 1666881