• When it comes to developing...

    "When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home's potential for positive influence."
    -Stephen Covey

  • A house is not a home...

    "A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."
    -Benjamin Franklin

  • He is happiest...

    "He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home."
    -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Rates won't stay this low forever states RANLife's VP

When it comes to 30 year fixed rate mortgages, there’s good news and bad news. First, the good news: With a 30 year home loan, a payment will likely be lower than with a shorter loan, and the home buyer might be able to afford a pricier house than otherwise.

The bad news? The homeowner will pay more over the long term, and it’s a very long term, indeed. Which means they will be waiting a lot longer to truly own the home.

But there’s even more good news: A homeowner can easily convert that 30 year fixed rate mortgage to a 15 year fixed rate mortgage. Over the life of the loan, there are many opportunities to switch to a 15 year term, and there are many compelling reasons to do exactly that.

“Rates won’t stay this low forever. The best opportunity for homeowners to take advantage of the lowest rates is to refinance from a 30 year fixed rate mortgage to a 15 year fixed rate mortgage.” States Adam Hamilton VP Lending Manager of RANLife, Inc. He further states, “The payment difference between the two terms isn't as extreme as most people would think.”

Why consider converting to a 15 year fixed rate mortgage?

The most obvious benefit of converting a mortgage from a 30 year fixed rate mortgage to a 15 year fixed rate mortgage term is that the home will belong to the home buyer much sooner. Less obvious but even more important is the fact that they will save huge sums of money, beginning almost immediately.

A faster, less costly path to mortgage freedom

The 15 year fixed rate mortgage loans typically have lower interest rates. The homeowner will save a tidy sum in interest over the life of the loan, and more of the money from each payment they make will go toward the balance of the principal. Because the loan’s principal drops faster, there’s also less interest to pay. For more information about interest savings scenarios visit RANLife, Inc.

If a homeowner can easily afford a home with a 15 year loan, converting from a 30 year is a great investment. And with interest rates so low, it may be less costly than people think. Rates won't stay this low forever. By eliminating 15 years from the mortgage term, a homeowner could keep tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in their pocket.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

RANLife Real Estate Announces Record Sales For 2015 1st QTR After Two Utah Cities Rank High For Best Housing Markets

RANLife Real Estate sees a hot 2015 Utah real estate market unfold as Provo, Utah was ranked as the second best housing market to invest in during 2015 according to a report that was first published in Forbes magazine on 1/9/2015. Not one but two cities in Utah made the list of the Top 20 Housing Markets in the United States to invest in during 2015.

Britton Sharp RANLife Real Estate's principal broker states, "We have already seen a drastic increase in real estate transactions in first quarter of 2015 and believe that Utah will continue to outperform other markets. RANLife Real Estate is on track to significantly increase prior year's production. We started 2015 with a record breaking first quarter."

Provo, Utah was ranked as the second best housing market to invest in during 2015, with a current average home price of around $211,000. A number of factors were said to contribute to this boom in the area, including the stunning population growth the area experienced from 2010 to 2013 and the annual job growth of 3 percent during the same period of time. The population growth in Utah during 2010 to 2013 alone was 6.2 percent per year.

Salt Lake City also made the list of the top markets to invest in, although it came in a bit lower at number 12. The average home price in that area is currently around $250,000. The annual job growth for Salt Lake City is also a bit lower than Provo, coming in at around 2.9 percent.

People who are interested in dipping their toe into the real estate investment market by purchasing some rental properties or just looking for the best area of the country for finding your first home, along the Wasatch front in Utah is undoubtedly one of the top places that you should be looking, according to the experts at Forbes. For more information contact the experts at RANLife Real Estate, Inc. and RANLife Home Loans.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

RANLife Home Loans Shares News of Lowered FHA Annual Insurance Premiums

RANLife is responding to a recent announcement made by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to lower annual insurance premiums on FHA Home Loans. 

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) January 22, 2015

RANLife, a Utah based mortgage lender, is offering free advice and guidance to current and prospective homeowners that are interested in possibly qualifying for less expensive insurance premiums on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Home Loans. This reaction is in response to an announcement made recently by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that they will be lowering annual insurance premiums on FHA Loans.

To combat decreasing homeownership rates, congress is forcing HUD to lower the premium. On January 8th, 2014, U.S. HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced that FHA will reduce the annual premiums new borrowers will pay by half of a percent. This lowers premiums from the current 1.35% on a 30-year-fixed loan to .85%. This change will allow homeowners to drop their monthly MIP payments if they choose to refinance to the lower rate. Combined with current low interest rates homeowners have a great opportunity to drop their monthly payments even lower.

The trend during the past few years has been that clients couldn’t afford to go the FHA route because the monthly payments were too high. That’s not going to be the case anymore. According to HUD, this adjustment is expected to save more than 2 million FHA homeowners an average of $900 annually and enable $250,000 new homebuyers to purchase their first home over the next 3 years.

FHA’s new annual premium prices are expected to go into effect later this month.

RANLife advises that anyone with an FHA loan currently should look into doing a FHA streamline. There are no income or appraisal documents needed to qualify. Qualifications include but are not limited to:

-Positive payment history on existing mortgage
-5% minimum monthly savings
-Must currently have an FHA loan
-Most lenders require a credit score of 620 although some will go to 580

RANLife encourages anyone who thinks they might qualify for the program to give them a call or fill out an application online. They are committed to educating homeowners who are currently paying high mortgage insurance rates and help offer a less expensive option. For more detailed information, homeowners are encouraged to visit RANLife’s website at www.RANLife.com

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Week 7: Reasons to Buy a Home

This week marks week 7 in our 26 Weeks of Reasons to Buy a Home.  When you have a family and it comes time to looking for a home, it's not just you and your spouse that you think about but it's also your children.  Is the home in a good school zone? Does the neighborhood have other kids close in age? What is the crime rate like? These are all questions you'll probably find yourself asking when it comes time to buying a home.  As a homeowner, you get to choose what home and neighborhood is right for you and your family.

Monday, August 11, 2014

What To Consider If You Are Anxious About Beginning the Mortgage Process

Once you've started thinking about a mortgage and buying a new home you pretty much can't stop. You probably feel very excited but also very nervous thinking, where do I even begin? Well, if you're anxious about getting a mortgage and you're here reading this article, than you are already on your way to homeownership. Research and self-education is the most important thing a home buyer can do before signing any loan documents. Online reading is where most people begin, according to research from the National Association of Realtors, or NAR. Not only can Researching online help you get comfortable with the process but it can also help you find mortgage and Real Estate professionals to contact.

Down Payment Myths

Many prospective home buyers still think they need 20 percent down to own a home.  However, that myth is long overdue.  An FHA loan in 2014 only requires 3.5 percent down.  Conventional loans with low MI require as little as 5 percent down.  Often times it's mortgage misconceptions like this that keep first time home buyers from ever beginning the mortgage process.

According to the National Association of Realtors the top 5 sources of down payment for first time homebuyers are: Savings accounts, gift from a friend or relative, 401k, sale of stock or bonds, or a loan from a relative or friend.   Note, that not every loan program allows the borrower to get help from someone else for the down payment but it's definitely an option worth considering if that's the route you have to take.

Choosing Your Team of Professionals

It's crucial that you find a Realtor and Lender that will work with you to ensure the smoothest loan closing and also give you a good deal.  Start by doing research online and reading reviews.  Many first-time home buyers prefer to work with a Realtor Lender team such as, RANLife, because it makes it easier to have your team of professionals together in one building.

It's important you find a good lender right away so that you can get pre-approved for a mortgage.  Most Realtors won't even want to work with you until they know you are approved and able to buy.  Once you've found good experts to work with, you can finally start thinking about the exciting part of shopping for homes.

Getting Your Finances In Order and Signing Loan Documentation

As you can probably imagine, the mortgage process can be quite lengthy.  Your lender will be asking you for lots of financial documents such as your W-2's, tax paperwork, bank statements, etc.  It's vital that you have this information on hand when they ask for it so you do not delay the mortgage process and risk the chance of having to close after your loan closing date.

Besides preparing your own documentation, you must be prepared to sign a lot of documents.  In fact, sometimes paperwork will come in packets at a time that will need a signature from you on every page.  It's okay, don't panic.  A good tip is to ask your lender to underline everywhere they want you to sign so that you don't miss any spaces and have to go back and resign paperwork again.

Knowing Your Comfort Level

After reading all of this, are you still freaked out about getting a mortgage? If so, you might want to talk to a professional directly and have them give you an opinion of where you stand in the mortgage process.

Also, just because you get approved doesn't mean you have to jump the wagon.  Make sure you take time shopping for a home and you are 100 percent happy with everything.  A mortgage is a big commitment but it does not have to be decided on overnight.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Week 6: Reasons to Buy a Home

This week marks week #6 of our 26 Reasons to Buy a Home.  Have you ever felt like you don't have enough space at home to feel comfortable and put all of your things? The amount of living space is a common problem with renters and rental properties.  When buying a home, you have the freedom to choose whatever space works best for you. Whether you desire a big kitchen or spacious living room, having enough living space is vital to our happiness at home.  

Check out the other 26 reasons here.

New Updates to Mortgage-Rules Could Be Detrimental to Short-Sellers

If you're one of the millions of homeowners who had to undergo a short-sale in the last few years you may have to add some waiting time before your next chance at home ownership.  The new mortgage-rules, which take effect August 16th, will add about two years to the waiting period after a short-sale.

How will this affect home buyers? 

Currently as the rule stands you can buy a primary, secondary, or even income property just two years after a short sale.  But the waiting time to obtain a new mortgage will rise from two years after a short sale to four years.  Any home buyers with loan applications dated after the August 16th effective date will be affected by this new rule.

What can home buyers do? 

The best approach that a previous short-seller can take is to talk with a lender who can provide accurate waiting times for you and your particular situation.  It's possible that your lender will consider other compensating factors when reviewing your mortgage application.

Other than that, it's important that short-sellers immediately start to rebuild their credit.  A lot of the times derogatory items can be mistakenly put on a credit report after an event such as a short-sale or foreclosure so it's important to monitor it and make sure that everything is reporting accurately.  Over time, credit can be rebuilt and will help make a huge difference when trying to buy a home the second time around.

Get a Free Consultation from one of our expert mortgage officers and find out how you can become a homeowner again.