Thursday, January 22, 2015

When to shop for a cheaper closing...

This article some great points but a few things to point out--title insurance rates are set by the title insurance company here in GA; we use Old Republic Title as they offer solid service/reliability and great common-sense underwriting (and fair fees too!). For the record, most title companies in GA do not offer re-issue rates so ignore that part of the story.

One other comment that needs to be 'tweaked' is about closing on the last day of the month. YES you'd save the most in interest if you close the last day of the month or close to it (call me and I will explain). BUT how much is your time worth? Or better yet-how much is your STRESS level worth? I can guarantee that MOST closing issues are due to rushed deals such as on month-end or for FRIDAY closings. If it were me (after 20 years doing closings) I'd prefer to close the week of the 25th or so on a Wednesday. Why Wednesday? People think they have to close on Friday so they can move the next day. If there is a problem with your closing (perhaps your wire didn't come in time) then you won't fund. If you have no money, you're not getting keys! Back when I closed for a National builder, if you don't have money, you don't get keys (actually the best policy). Did they care about that $150/hour moving company idling in the cul-de-sac? NO. If you close on Wednesday, you STILL move on Friday and you also have 2 bonus days to 'fix' problems like missing wires, walk-through issues, etc.

Finally, DO check into the firm where you're 'told' to close. Are they customer-service driven like us? If not, why are you closing there??? Give us a call today and schedule YOUR closing with US!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Want to shorten the length of your mortgage? Avoid Bi-Weekly payment plans!

Some of my standard closing table banter is chatting about paying down your mortgage WITHOUT using a bi-weekly payment plan. Why not? Well, as the article suggests, you typically are charged for that 'service' and at the end of the day you won't save as much interest over the life of the loan. In simple terms, most bi-weekly offers I've ever seen typically quote 5.5 to 6.5 years interest savings. If you paid ONE extra payment per year***, you'd save greater than SEVEN years worth of interest. Why choose a bi-weekly payment plan at all?

Click HERE for the article!

***As an example, if your principal and interest payment is $1200 per year, you would pay one extra payment towards principal per year OR pay an extra $100 monthly (principal/interest payment, divided by 12)