From Dennis and Jane and Lee Guertin | Guertin Family Realty | (952) 442-1300 |
Interest rates are enticingly low, but shopping for the best refinance or home loan can be confusing! Here are two quick techniques that make it easy to compare loan quotes. (And, in the spirit of the season, a few tips on late summer gardening as well.)
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Dennis and Jane and Lee Guertin
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How to Shop for the Best Refinance or Mortgage Loan

1. Get Multiple Quotes At the Same Interest Rate

The two main variables when it comes to loan shopping are 1) interest rate, and 2) costs paid at closing.  The problem is that things get confusing when you receive multiple quotes with different amounts for each variable.

For example, if one lender quotes you a 3.75% interest rate with $2,000 in closing costs, while another quotes 3.875% with $300 in closing costs, how do you know which mortgage is a better deal?

The answer depends in part on how long you intend to hold the loan, but here's an easy way to address the main question:

--> Get quotes with one of the two variables held constant.

For example: Ask each lender for a quote at 3.75%. If you do, the only other variable that will change is the cost you pay at closing, so you can easily compare quotes to see which loan is less expensive.

Tip: This removes the confusion associated with paying points, which is when you buy down your interest rate in the very beginning by paying a higher amount at closing. Loans quoted with points typically have lower interest rates, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're always the best deal.

2. Let a Smart Calculator Do the Work For You


Technology to the rescue! :) If you head over to the Mortgage Professor website you'll find a mortgage calculator comparison tool for nearly any situation.

This makes it very easy to determine if you'll save money by refinancing, and if so, how long you'll need to hold the loan before you start saving. Another calculator lets you compare the costs of two fixed-rate mortgage quotes.

Here are two helpful links from the Mortgage Professor website:

Mortgage Comparison Calculators

Refinance Comparison Calculators

Tip: "FRM" means Fixed-Rate Mortgage.

(The site does look a little old school, but it's an excellent source of tools and resources.) As always, please verify all information with your trusted mortgage professional.

Late Summer Garden Tips

Now Is the Time to Plant Fall Harvest Vegetables

Late summer is a great time to plant vegetables that love cool weather, such as broccoli, peas, radishes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and carrots. Many of these can be grown in containers, making them suitable for either country or condo balcony gardening.

Here's a list of late summer vegetable planting tips.

For Late Summer Flowers, Consider Sage

Fall-blooming ornamental sage (also called Salvia) is a colorful addition to an outdoor or container garden. Salvia comes in many different varieties and colors, with some that are hardy down to Climate Zone 4.

Late-blooming flowers like this are also good for migrating hummingbirds, who tend to transition from an insect-rich diet to a more nectar-based diet prior to their journey in the fall.

Here's a good list of ornamental sage varieties categorized by Climate Zone hardiness.

What the lawyers make us say: The information here is not presented as expert legal or financial advice. Please use your best judgment and consult professionals when necessary.
Recent Market Highlights

- U.S. home prices rose 3.4 percent year-to-year in May, according to a recent S&P/Case-Shiller report.  They rose 3.4 percent year-to-year in June, according to CoreLogic, a data and analytics company.

- The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is around 3.75 percent.

The June Pending Home Sales Index increased 1.6 percent year-to-year, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
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Links that Make Life Easier

Sometimes real estate-related, sometimes not... these are assorted links that come in handy:

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Some amazing before-and-after examples of home exteriors, great for ideas and inspiration!

Acme How-To DIY Guides
An extensive library of how-to guides for do-it-yourselfers, ranging from electrical to pest control and gardening.

Hummingbird Cake Recipe
A luscious pineapple-banana spice cake with cream cheese frosting.

The Lighter Side


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Quick thinking by emergency personnel saved the lives of two raccoons who were trapped on the roof of a burning warehouse in Indiana. Firefighters set up a ladder hoping that the raccoons would use it to escape, and they were more than happy to oblige! (Credit goes to the quick-thinking raccoons as well. :)

Click here or on the image above to watch the video on the family-friendly Sunny Skyz website.

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Have a great day,

Dennis and Jane and Lee Guertin
Broker/Owner, REALTOR®, SFR, CBR, e-PRO, GRI, BA
Guertin Family Realty
Dennis:  (952) 451-4989
Jane: (952) 451-5217

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