Tag: <span>#Oregon</span>

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WE CAN COUNSEL YOU, WE’RE HERE TO HELP

If you are looking for financing to purchase a home, or refinancing options, we can help you. Whether you have perfect credit, a great job, or less than perfect credit and no job due to unprecedented current conditions, we can counsel you to help you access the options. We are mortgage brokers and have access...

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HOW MUCH OF A DOWN PAYMENT DO I NEED?

How much money should you put down on the purchase of a property? If you just want to put the minimum down, then you are generally looking at 3% down for a primary residence (unless it is a down payment assistance, VA, or USDA loan), 10% down for a second/vacation home, and 20% down for...

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BORROWING MONEY

Borrow money at the lowest rate and costs. This is common sense. So, why do many people continue to borrow mortgage loans at higher rates and costs? Because, they do not consult with a mortgage broker. Mortgage brokers work with lenders in the wholesale marketplace and pass on these rates and costs to their customers....

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ARE YOU CONSIDERING INVESTMENT OPTIONS?

The following is a little help to analyze your options. Let’s say you worked hard and saved money over the years. It is sitting in your checking or savings account, and making little or no interest. You’d like to have your money work for you. You are considering investment options, such as stocks, mutual funds...

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IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE

We named our company Counsel Mortgage because this is what we do. We provide counsel to help you find the right mortgage. We are a mortgage broker, and search wholesale lenders to find the best rate and costs. That is it. It’s pretty simple.   When you are searching for a mortgage company to help...

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WHAT ABOUT THAT “OTHER” SBA LOAN?

Today’s post is written by Michael Green, Commercial Loan Originator for Counsel Mortgage Group, LLC. Most people talk about SBA loans as if there’s only one, and that typically being the 7(a). The other equally useful in the right situation is the 504. This doesn’t get much exposure, probably because it’s more complex. I recently...

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BANKS ARE REVERTING TO OLD BAD HABITS

Today’s post is written by Michael Green, Commercial Loan Originator for Counsel Mortgage Group, LLC.   Banks could be slipping into old bad habits. Last year, as interest rates fell, banks started to loosen underwriting standards reminiscent of the last cycle—the kinds of missteps that ultimately led to the great recession. This includes high loan-to-value...

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NO DISCRIMINATION IN LENDING

As we honor Martin Luther King Jr. today and his fight for civil rights, we want to let you know that, when it comes to lending, there is no discrimination. The Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status,...

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BUYING DOWN RATES

Let’s say you are looking to buy a $350,000 home with 20% down for a loan amount of $280,000. You want a 30-year fixed mortgage, and assume the rate is 4.25%; the principal and interest payment would be $1,377.43. If you paid a point, assume the rate would be 3.875% and the payment is $1,316.66....

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LOW INTEREST RATES SPUR MORE REFINANCING ACTIVITY

  Today’s post is written by Michael Green, Commercial Loan Originator for Counsel Mortgage Group, LLC. Even more favorable rates have unleashed a fresh wave of refinancing activity during H2-19. Borrowers have been enjoying a low interest rate environment for some time. Yet the Fed’s last 3 rate cuts in H2-19 have stoked a surge...