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May 14, 2018

Mortgage Loans in Pennsylvania

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You’ve found a beautiful piece of property in one of the upscale areas of Pennsylvania and you’re wondering if you can get the best mortgage loan that’s available in the market.

If you’re new to the area, you might want to study the local market, meet with some real estate agents and mortgage brokers, speak to a few financial institutions and do comparison shopping for mortgage loans in Pennsylvania. Don’t be in a rush to settle for the first mortgage loan that’s offered to you. It pays to do a bit of due diligence and to acquaint yourself with local conditions. Only a reputable real estate expert can clue you into the best type of mortgage loan that will suit your budget and lifestyle.

Types of mortgage loans in Pennsylvania

Like most American states, Pennsylvania offers homebuyers many types of mortgage loans:

ARM (adjustable rate mortgage) – the one thing to remember about ARMs is that they have a low initial rate and a low payment, but they last for one, three or five years. There are different types of ARMs and are usually ideal for people with special circumstances; that is, they have varying income levels during the year and only want to engage in short term borrowing. Pennsylvania borrowers who require low mortgage payments but expect to be able to make larger payments later choose ARMs.

Fixed rate mortgage – unlike adjustable rate mortgages, fixed rate mortgages have a fixed interest rate and can go for as long as 10, 20, 25, 30 and even 40 years. This is the perfect mortgage loan for people who have steady incomes and stable jobs and want to pay a fixed amount every month. They can’t tolerate variable rate mortgages because they want to stick to their budget and want the security of one regular payment either weekly or monthly.

Interest only mortgage – this is a type of mortgage loan that is becoming popular among people who cannot afford to make payments towards the principal and interest of a mortgage loan. As the name suggests, homebuyers pay only the interest on the mortgage. This type of loan, however, cannot go on indefinitely as there is a fixed time period for making interest payments – usually five to ten years. In this type of mortgage loan, the borrowers only pay interest leaving the principal amount unchanged. This means that if you borrow $200,000.00 at 5% for 2 years, you will only pay the interest of $10,000 divided over 12 months, but your mortgage loan remains at $200,000.00, even if you choose to pay more interest than the 5%.

Fixed rate second mortgages – these are also called home equity loans. Borrowers borrow money against the equity of their first home if they have certain expenses to meet such as their children’s university education or a kitchen renovation they’ve been wanting to undertake. An alternative to a home equity loan is a refinanced mortgage, but note that home equity loans may have lower closing costs but higher interest rates.

Mortgage loans: a few pointers

When shopping for the best mortgage loan rates, consider the following:

Study the APR (annual percentage rate). This allows you to compare different mortgage loans in Pennsylvania with different closing costs; Amortization – this is important because it pays to know how the payments are applied to the debt balance over a period of time.

Term – people are tempted to stretch their mortgage loans to 30 or 35 years because monthly payments are lower. Remember, however, that while monthly payments would be lower, you could be paying higher interest rates in the end. Some people like a short mortgage – say 10 years – and while they do end up paying larger monthly amounts, they at least save on interest charges.

Low payments – be wary when a mortgage lender offers you very low payments. Consider it within the context of the amortization. While low payments may be affordable in the next 24, 36 or 48 months, the loan could cost you an arm and a leg in terms of interest. Second mortgages – remember the rule of thumb: second mortgages have higher rates than refinanced mortgages.

Before you make a final decision on the mortgage loan you’re obtaining in Pennsylvania, do some research on local mortgage lenders and compare their rates to national lenders. Find out as much as you can about the Pennsylvania housing market and lastly, compare terms and rates and convince lenders to come up with a better offer.

Brian Jenkins is a freelance writer who writes about topics pertaining to the mortgage industry such as a Pennsylvania Mortgage

February 19, 2014

Pennsylvania Mortgage Laws

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Recent developments relating to mortgage laws are going to make Pennsylvania homebuyers happy. In the online version of the Philadelphia Inquirer, an important news article was published on July 8, 2008 regarding five bills that were signed by Governor Rendell. These bills are intended to provide added layers of protection for Pennsylvania homebuyers with their mortgages as well as to keep a tight rein on the state’s mortgage industry.

Foreclosure: an essential element in mortgage laws

The term “mortgage” encompasses a whole gamut of other concepts such as “default” and “foreclosure.” In light of the present economic situation and sub-prime mortgages causing people to lose their homes, it is good to be aware of what the law provides in case of a foreclosure in Pennsylvania.

First, let’s tackle foreclosure. Pennsylvania laws stipulate that uncontested foreclosures take 120 days or longer before they can take effect. To execute on a foreclosure, lenders go to court and have what is called a judicial foreclosure. The court that decides the foreclosure case is called a Court of Common Pleas. After deliberations, the property is then sold.

Note, however, that when a homeowner defaults on a loan, foreclosure is not automatic. Generally, it is when a homeowner misses a payment for two consecutive months that lenders take action. Lenders will issue a lis pendens – a written and registered document that issues a public notice that the property is being foreclosed upon.

Mortgage laws require that there be two pre-foreclosure notices. The first falls under Act 6 which is a notification of the intention to foreclose. This is sent to the homeowner within 60 days of defaulting. The second one is under Act 91 wherein the homeowner is advised that he or she may qualify for financial assistance under the HEMAP – homeowners emergency mortgage assistance program.

Five bills signed by Governor Rendell

On July 8, 2008, Governor Rendell signed five bills that were drafted to protect homebuyers and to eliminate any risks for improper activity and behavior on the part of mortgage lenders and brokers.

Generally, these bills provide that:

people who sell mortgage loans must now be licensed by the state. Not only a background check is required, but also proof that the mortgage loan seller has completed training and is certified by the Department of Banking of Pennsylvania. prepayment penalties be strictly regulated real estate appraisers be penalized for misconduct require mortgage companies to provide state notification when they intend to foreclose on a property the state will make public enforcement activities against mortgage companies

Pennsylvania’s Department of Banking’s HB 2179 oversees the licensing and training of individuals who sell mortgage loans. They must demonstrate competence in the mortgage loan industry and must undergo certification.

As for prepayment penalties, the new mortgage laws provide that homeowners don’t end up having to pay for expensive and rising mortgage rates because of some prepayment penalty provisions. This bill will apply to mortgage amounts of $217,873,000 or less.

Senate Bill 484 (SB 484) on the other hand makes provisions for homebuyers to gain access to additional information about potential mortgage companies or sales people, while Senate Bill 485 was drawn up in order for homebuyers to have more confidence that the appraised value of a property is sound and reflects current market values.

Misconduct on the part of an appraiser is subject to a penalty of $10K per violation.

It used to be that when a foreclosure notice is issued, it is sent only to the homeowner and then filed in the borrower’s home county. Senate Bill 486 has changed that. It now requires every foreclosure notice to be sent to the Penssylvania Housing Finance Agency so that the foreclosure can be monitored in real time. In this manner, the state can spot potential trouble areas enabling it to intervene in a timely manner.

People who have mortgages will also be delighted about the two new loan programs launched by the Governor: Refinance to an Affordable Loan program (REAL) and Homeowner Equity Recovery Opportunity (HERO) which was put in place to help homeowners facing foreclosure.

In fact, in a separate online article, Governor Rendell was saying that all homeowners in Pennsylvania who have any concerns about meeting their mortgage obligations should call the state for assistance immediately .

These bills – or reforms as viewed by many – arose from a 2005 report released by Pennsylvania’s Department of Banking. The report was entitled Losing the American Dream: A Report on Residential Mortgage Foreclosures and Abusive Lending Practices in Pennsylvania.

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