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A loan closing attorney who, when reviewing the documents with a new Scottsdale mortgage borrower, used to jokingly say, “You’re welcome to read all these forms, and if you find anything in your favor the lender will be happy to correct that mistake!” Of course, he was only joking and he used that line as an ice-breaker. However, it’s very important that you review your closing documents to make sure they are correct.

Closing Your Scottsdale Mortgage Loan Accurately

Remember, you’re going to be asked to sign almost every document you'll see in the loan closing paperwork. You will be responsible for everything in those agreements. With mortgage terms up to 30 years, that’s a long-term commitment.

While most mortgage lenders are careful to make sure documents are accurate, mistakes do occur. One real estate expert says she has yet to see a loan closing where there wasn’t at least one typo, numerical error or other mistake. Her advice is to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

The recent TRID (Truth in Lending/Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure) rules require lenders to give borrowers Closing Disclosures at least three days before the loan closing. Mortgage insiders say borrowers should double-check three key areas: the loan amount, the personal and property information and the interest rate.

If you find an error, call your lender as soon as possible. It will either be corrected or new documents will be drawn up. If the mistake is serious, the lender may be required to restart the three-day disclosure period and delaying the loan closing. Such a delay could create a "domino effect" if the sellers need the proceeds from the closing to purchase their new house.

One last Scottsdale mortgage loan closing tip — and it may be the most important – remember this: "Read twice, sign once." Correcting the mistake may prevent problems later.
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Economists and mortgage lenders are still keeping a watchful eye on Scottsdale interest rates. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen recently told the House financial services committee that no immediate decision has been made to raise interest rates. However, she said a December rate hike was still a “live possibility.”

Will the Fed Raise Scottsdale Interest Rates in December?

Will Scottsdale Interest Rates Rise in December?

Anticipation and speculation over if and when the Fed will raise interest rates has been a hot topic. Housing experts have largely agreed that even a slight bump in Scottsdale interest rates would not have much impact on home mortgage rates. Still, the Fed is considering the possibility of a rate hike before the end of the year.

Yellen’s meeting before the House committee occurred one week after the Fed decided not to raise rates during October.

Yellen cited the U.S. economy as "performing well," saying domestic spending was increasing at a good rate. However, she cautioned that net exports and trade performance were slowing. She also referenced poor job gains in recent months. There were 64,000 fewer jobs added in September than had been projected. The U.S. economy added 271,000 jobs in October, and strong hiring drove unemployment figures down to 5%.

These and other factors may cause the Fed to raise Scottsdale interest rates during December.

Despite inflation currently below 2%, the widely accepted threshold established by the Federal Reserve, Yellen said that level is due to "declines in energy prices and the prices of non-energy imports." The Fed expects crude oil prices to rise slightly, then stabilize, moving the inflation rate back up to the 2% mark. Yellen says if that happens, "it could be appropriate to adjust rates in our next meeting."

The Fed chair reiterated there had been no firm decision made to raise interest rates in December. The decision will be based largely on the review of new data collected between now and then. Among the chief components of that data is one more jobs report for November. Whether Scottsdale interest rates will be affected will depend on how the Fed interprets the findings.

It’s important to note there is little correlation between a modest interest rate hike by the Fed and actual Scottsdale interest rates for mortgage loans. Historically, mortgage lending experts say a slight increase hasn’t had a big impact on home loan rates. A quarter-point rate increase on a $250,000 mortgage only increases the monthly payment by roughly $35. Lenders say it usually takes an increase of a full percentage point to have a noticeable effect on consumers.

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With the Federal Reserve being on the verge of raising Scottsdale interest rates for the first time in several years, at least one economist says there is little to fear. Mortgage rates will stay low for a good while, says the Wall Street Journal’s chief economics correspondent, Jon Hilsenrath, even if the Fed does decide in favor of a rate hike.

Scottsdale Interest Rates: Why They Won't Rise

Hilsenrath feels mortgage rates won’t be affected much, if any, despite what the Fed does for these main reasons:

1. The U.S. economy and, indeed, the global economy remain relatively weak, meaning the Fed won’t raise rates substantially in that environment.
2. The Fed has already said they don’t expect a big move primarily because inflation is so low.

Hilsenrath also points to the fact that we are entering a period of what will be a very slow progression of follow-up interest rate increases. The last time the Federal Reserve raised the interest rates, from 2004-2006, there wasn’t much of an increase in Scottsdale interest rates for mortgage loans, and the U.S. actually experienced a housing boom. Historically, therefore, he sees a precedent that most likely will be repeated — or, at a minimum, will not affect housing’s continued improvement.

Asked if the Fed does increase Scottsdale interest rates, will prospective home buyers rush to take action fearing other increases may occur, Hilsenrath said he doesn’t anticipate consumers will react out of fear. He thinks people will simply realize a rate increase “didn’t mean the world will end” and will go about their daily lives as if little had changed.

When asked about whether it was a good time for mortgage holders to refinance, Hilsenrath said the time for consumers to refinance is when it feels right to them. If there’s an opportunity now, people should probably take advantage of it.

The proverbial “bottom line” is this: don’t expect much, if any change in Scottsdale interest rates for home mortgages any time soon.
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Scottsdale mortgage rules may be about to take a big change, and the jury is still out as to whether it could be bad for the mortgage industry in the long haul.

If changes announced recently by Fannie Mae catch on, the process of having to fork over your pay stubs could go the way of 8-track tapes and cassettes.

Scottsdale mortgage rules could be changing like the way we listen to our music has changed

Need a Scottsdale Mortgage – Fannie Says Forget the Pay Stubs

Fannie Mae announced recently that it would allow lenders to use employment and income information from a database operated by credit bureau Equifax to verify borrowers’ creditworthiness rather than requiring lenders to rely on collecting physical copies of pay stubs and tax data, which has been the time-honored tradition when trying to buy a home.

Other Scottsdale mortgage rules may also be changing with the intent of broadening mortgage access for some borrowers. Fannie said it will ease the lender process for granting loans to borrowers who don’t have a credit score. Later in mid-2016 Fannie Mae will also require lenders to begin collecting "trended" credit data from Equifax and TransUnion, which includes longer-term borrower credit histories.

The extra information will help Fannie see if borrowers are paying off their credit card bill every month or just making the minimum payment or if they’re letting balances rise. Borrowers who are making the full payment could see perks then.

Some minority groups have had a hard time obtaining loans in recent years, in part because those groups also tend to have lower incomes or less money for a down payment but also because they sometimes don’t have traditional credit histories. The new Scottsdale mortgage rules are designed to hopefully change all this.

Advocates and industry groups have been pushing the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie and Freddie, to allow the companies to use alternative credit-score models that take into account utility or rent payments for potential borrowers who may not have a credit score. Borrowers who have a traditional score calculated by Fair Isaac will still need to meet the 620 minimum, on a scale of 300 to 850.

Stay tuned, we'll keep you up to date on these potential new Scottsdale mortgage rules and how they may affect the Scottsdale home buying market.

Scottsdale mortgage rates could still be on the uptick despite conflicting economic indicators. Scottsdale Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart, a highly-respected voting member on the Fed’s monetary policy committee, said there is "more downside risk" to the U.S. economy as a result of an international slowdown and stagnation in addition to the nation’s most recent disappointing jobs report.

Lockhart said the Fed will continue to monitor consumer strength and confidence signals in the next few weeks and coming months to decide whether to proceed with the first rate increase in almost a decade. He has publicly stated a rate hike is likely to occur before the end of this year.

Scottsdale Mortgage Rates: What an Increase May Mean

What an increase in Scottsdale mortgage rates may mean for housing

It’s important to note there is little correlation between a small interest rate hike orchestrated by the Federal Reserve and actual Scottsdale mortgage rates. Mortgage experts say historically a slight increase in the interest rates by the Fed hasn’t had a profound impact on Scottsdale mortgage rates. A quarter-point rate increase on a $250,000 mortgage only increases the monthly payment by roughly $35. Such a payment increase probably won’t prevent buyers from buying, but it could mean they may buy a slightly less expensive home. Experts say it usually takes an increase of a full percentage point to have a noticeable effect on consumers.

Some industry insiders say the potential threat for Scottsdale mortgage rates to increase could be the resulting effect on credit standards for prospective buyers trying to qualify for a mortgage. First time buyers may see loan qualifications tighten slightly as a safeguard against a repeat of the housing crisis of less than a decade ago are now in place.

A greater concern is how a rise in Scottsdale mortgage rates may affect consumer confidence. If consumers feel threatened or unassured that further increases are imminent they may elect to stay on the sidelines temporarily to see what happens.

Still, other experts say a rate hike could very well be the catalyst to motivate potential purchasers. If they’ve been waiting to purchase and now realize there’s no better time than the present to buy it could spur many to act rather than to continue to wait any longer.

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