Banks really do want to make home loans

In the aftermath of the housing bubble, there was a common perception that mortgages were impossible to obtain, that banks didn’t want to make home loans. Based on a recent publication from Oregon Community Credit Union on the home mortgage environment, that perception appears to persist. It’s worth remembering that one of the primary fallouts of

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ARM vs. fixed-rate loan: Which is right for you?

Even though interest rates for traditional 30-year mortgages are near the lowest on record, some home buyers in Bend, Oregon, take on adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs. These loans start, for a predetermined time, with an interest rate even lower than that of a traditional 30-year loan, after which the rate adjusts – and payments can

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How to find a lender that’s right for you

If you’re in the market to buy a home, you’re probably in the market for a mortgage, as well. Here are some suggestions on choosing a lender. Know your options for obtaining a mortgage. You’re not limited to a bank with nationwide branches or one of the big online lenders. Credit unions and regional banks

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Changes might bring banks back into the mortgage game

By Jason Boone Even as the housing market rebounded from the depths of the recession, big banks largely stood on the sideline. They watched as nonbank institutions — companies that only make loans and don’t offer traditional banking services such as savings and checking accounts — gobbled up more and more of the mortgage market. Deregulation

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Fed holds rate steady; what does it mean for Bend real estate market?

By Jason Boone Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen announced this month that the central bank would not raise its benchmark interest rate. What can be read into that for the housing market in Bend, Oregon? First understand that the Fed Funds Rate is used to set the rates of most bank loans. Also keep in mind

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How the ‘Brexit’ vote affected mortgage rates in the U.S.

By Jason Boone Voters in Great Britain helped make home ownership more affordable for buyers in the United States. The effect isn’t huge, but it’s there. The late-June “Brexit” referendum, which came down on the side of Britain leaving the European Union, had an immediate effect on U.S. financial markets. Stock indices plunged but recovered

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Fed rate stays steady, which should keep mortgage rates low

By Jason Boone Not that it was altogether unexpected, but the Federal Reserve voted on Wednesday to stand pat with its key federal funds rate. Still, such a move (or lack thereof) probably will be cause for relief for anyone worried that they might have missed their chance of grabbing a mortgage at a historically

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Could a negative interest rate policy affect Bend’s housing market?

By Jason Boone Negative interest rates have been a hot topic of late among those who follow fiscal policy. (And really, who doesn’t?) This is not without reason. Europe had already delved into negative interest policy when the Bank of Japan decided in January to follow suit. After that, you knew it would not take

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