Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mortgage and Construction Loans

Avoid the "bait and switch". The mortgage lending business is notorious for baiting and switching, which is when a loan officer or advertisement offers you one thing and then tries to sells you something else. Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure you always get your quote in writing.

Typical signs of baiting and switching are obvious, some basic examples are:
o Over the phone, you are offered a much lower rate than any other quote and once you've sent in your application the rate you were quoted has all of a sudden vanished.
o You are offered a construction loan with no points and no loan fees. What you are not told is that you are paying for it with a higher interest rate and the costs are built into the loan.
o You are told that you will not have any payments while you're building. What you're not told is that construction loans often have an option of "interest reserves" and the payments are added to the loan amount.

For upfront information on a mortgage loan or a construction loan, give us a call at 763-784-3400 or visit our website at

American Dream?

When will the nation’s property values begin to appreciate again? This is the $1MM question that real estate professionals, investors, and mortgage professionals would like to know. The truth is nobody can accurately predict the return of the real estate market. Like everyone else, we can’t predict the end of this crisis either, but what we can do is tell you what will have to happen to facilitate that change. The answer is quite simple: America must reinvest in herself once again.

Think back, or read a history book, about how families in the ’40s and ’50s used to buy homes. Young couples lived with Mom and Dad during the “courtship” prior to getting married, until they had saved 20% to put down on their “dream home”. They made an investment in America, (i.e. the American dream). In the years that followed we have devalued that investment in lieu of credit and the easy access to it. Property values rose artificially and our nation became addicted to credit.

The value of the dollar has been demolished due to the same principle. When we place value in assets based on their ability to be easily bought and sold versus the value that has been invested in the asset, we devalue its worth. For example, two years ago I could have bought an $600,000 house (and I assure you that I cannot afford a house that expensive). The owner of that asset (the $600k house) placed value on his asset based on the availability of buyers like me who could buy the home. The problem is, this homeowner probably had less than 5% invested in the home. Where do you think that homeowner is today?

Had he put 20% down on his home, he would then own a valuable asset in which he has a real investment. This outlay of cash forces him to buy and sell his home in the same manner he would move an $800k investment around in the stock market – very carefully. Thus, the home has REAL value. However, having bought the home with little or no money down, the asset became disposable and so follows the real estate market.

So, as I said earlier, I cannot predict when the real estate market will bounce back, but I can tell you what needs to happen before it does. America needs to reinvest in herself by getting back to solid buying and selling principles. This strengthens home values, which encourages investors who employ builders who employ carpenters, painters, real estate agents, loan officers and so on. America was built on the “American Dream”.

Call us if we can help you with your "American Dream" at 763-784-3400 or visit our website at

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Reminder - Take Advantage of the Tax Credit

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, and weren’t eligible for the first-time home buyer tax credit, here’s some good news: the housing tax credit has been expanded and extended.

President Obama signed into law the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, which enables many more Americans to take advantage of new government incentives to buy a home. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimates that close to 70 percent of all potential home buyers should now qualify for some form of the housing tax credit.

Congress has extended the time limit for the first-time home buyer tax credit, added repeat buyers and increased the income limits! Home buyers that didn’t qualify before may be eligible now, providing a great opportunity to market to higher-income or move-up buyers. Use these print ads, flyers, Web banners and other resources to let consumers know that buying a new home right now is the opportunity of a lifetime. NAHB’s consumer Web site will answer detailed questions: or give us a call at 763-784-3400 or visit out website at to see how we can help you find a home. We have bank owned properties in excellent repair! Give us a call.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Some Reasons Why You Need Title Insurance

There are many things that can come up in the time you own your property that cause title defects of one type or another. Lenders will require title insurance to make certain they are covered and owners should look into insurance and make certain they know what they are purchasing insurance for, or if they decide to forgo it, what they might be relinquishing as far as coverage. Some examples of title issues are:

Any forgery of documents in the chain of title

Any document signed by a person under age at the time of signing or signed by an insane person

The testator of a will might have had a child born after the execution of the will, a fact that would entitle the child to claim his or her share of the property.

Any document signed by a power of attorney and the power of attorney expired

An heir or other person presumed dead may appear and recover the property or an interest in the property

Title insurance covers attorneys’ fees and court costs

By having insurance, it simplifies the sale process

Title insurance reimburses you for the amount of your covered losses.

Each title insurance policy is paid in full with a one time premium for as long as you or your heirs own the property

Recording errors are covered under the policy

Marital status and validity of divorces come up frequently. Title insurance protects against claims made by non-existent or divorced "wives" or "husbands."

Over the last 24 years, claims have risen dramatically.

These are just a few of possible scenarios that title insurance would cover. When you intend to buy a property, carefully research the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing title insurance. It is probably the cheapest insurance you will buy. If you have questions about purchasing your property from us, please call one of our loan officers at 763-784-3400 or visit our website at

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Today's Mortgage Rates

Deciding to be a homeowner is one of the most important decisions you will make. So, having all of the facts in front of you is very important. We at Contractors Capital are ready to answer any questions that you may have and help you in your decision making process.

We are lending and open for business.

Act now, while the interest rates are still at an all-time low.

Loan Program
30 Year Fixed ~ 5.06%
15 Year Fixed ~ 4.49%
1 Year ARM ~ 3.79%
30 Year Fixed Jumbo ~ 5.88%
5/1 ARM ~ 4.10%
3/1 ARM ~ 4.68%

Please call on us at 763-784-3400 for assistance or visit our website at