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It’s 2009 and a new year has begun!.. We at Ford Financial would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!! I’ve set a goal to blog much more on here with all the activity going on in our economy, my fellow bloggers can definitely use my point of view.. See you all soon!!

interest-rates-headlineIf you haven’t noticed, mortgage rates are at a new low. But does that mean our economy is at a new low or is it on the rise?  Probably both, I really don’t know.

It kind of sucks because people have been hearing “record low interest rates” or “lowest rates in 30 years” for a while now but those are only sales terms.. They finally have a new connotation. Rates really are at a new low which explains why mortgage applications have shot up to a record 5 year high.. thats back in 2003. 80% of that rise in applications are Refinances. Rates have dropped because of The Federal Reserves pledge of billions of dollars just one month ago.

For people with REALLY poor credit… example.. you haven’t paid your mortgage/bills in over 3 months. Anything over 600 credit score is kosher for a new interest rate around 5.18% … This is real.. 5.18% is very low. The lowest Freddie mac has recorded since 1971.

But say you have ok credit.. and you have some equity in your house. The 30 year fixed rate is at 5.18%.. cheap money right? You can pick up a 15 year extension on your mortgage, Cash out with a rate of 4.92%..

Even 5 year Adjustable rates are low.. around 5.49%

I would say all of these low rates is going to be the stick of dynamite needed to break up the clogged log fluke and bring home sales back up from the free fall it was in.  It might be able to stir up our economy too with all the homeowners cashing out.

So if your in New Jersey and you are wondering what to do because you’re short on money and you just spent a good portion of your reserves on christmas presents, give us a call. See what we can do for you over at Ford Financial!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANNUKAH, And A GREAT KWANZA

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I found a great resource for people looking for ways to save tons of money on accumilating interest.
Its called “How to knock 9 years off your mortgage.”

I feel that mortgage brokers should be the “good guys” when it comes to owning a home. When a lot of money is moved around in real estate there is definitely room for greed’s nasty face to show up. If banks had it their way they would be constantly lending money to you and gaining tons of interest on that money. It’s what they’re good at. Although its not all that bad. If you know how to make it work to your advantage! Do your homework. Study how a mortgage can work for you. And if youre reading this, you are moving in the right direction.

The reason why we should be the good guys is that we’ve already done the homework, we know the material. We should be guiding clients in the best possible direction just as a financial planner would. We should be earning our comission through good sound advice and life long/Mortgage long guidance. We SHOULDN’T be putting people into loans we know they can barely make it by. Why let the public suffer with a sub par quality of life paying tons of money towards a mortgage they cant afford? But thats what was happening for a while.. knowlegeable mortgage brokers letting their loan officers solicit without the clients best interest in mind. Greed played a big part in the mortgage meltdown. I’m hoping to help turn it around one loan at a time.

*UPDATE* I am a finishing up my degree and classes had just started a week ago. There is a lot of transformations going on and I would like to apologize to the readers of this blog for not posting regularly like I should. There has been a few changes.

The Down Payment Assistance programs are most likely going to be non existant by october 1st of this year. This is very close. It will be one of the Bush administration’s final blow to the mortgage industry. Although I understand the reasoning behind its dismantlement, the down payment assistance program helps alot of renters that don’t want to throw their money out the window with monthly payments to their landlords. It will be devistating to many.

*Exciting News* – Ford Financial is now one of 3 institutions helping with a 220 apartment units transition into condominiums. This is great for us because the other two banks have a limit credit score or they can’t do the conversion. I know we will help alot of people stay in their homes.

If you have any questions about your current mortgage, credit repair, or getting a mortgage please contact us today!

Hello everyone! We are in the process of creating a fully functional website. This is taking a while because we are looking into several different website services. We want the best serviced website to match the service we give to each and every client. This is the site that we have up right now. We hope we will be making the mortgage process a painless procedure. You can apply online, fax all the documents you need, log in to our site and get updates about where you stand in the loan process. Also, by doing this maybe we can save some trees!

I suggest you check it out. Especially if your in the market right now looking for a top notch mortgage professional to finance your dreams.

When it comes to Ditech, you’ve got a big name your dealing with. I’m sure everyone’s seen the commercials offering low rates. What I don’t understand is how they can run an ad with a set rate when rates can change HOURLY. Must be all that fine print. Ever read all that fine print? There are alot of fee’s involved in that fine print that your local mortgage broker (Ford Financial) won’t ever charge you. Like a “Lock in Fee”. They actually charge you money to lock in an interest rate.

..Like you even know when the best time to lock in a rate is?

That’s not meant as an insult in anyway, one of the advantages you get with us is the expertise of when to lock in the rate. Usually, our clients say. “ok I trust you just lock me in whenever you feel it will be the lowest”. This could mean saving you a hundred bucks every single month because you went with a knowlegable loan officer rather than a profit machine. So Whatever you do, if you dont use us here at ford financial, just please dont use Ditech.

Disclaimer – Ditech is probably an upstanding mortgage company that will finance/refinance your home. What it comes down to is EVERYONE offers the same low rates, Ditech is no lower than our rates, the difference is the knowledge our loan officers have in getting you the perfect loan while giving you the perfect service. So, go ahead and give us a look, you’ll be glad you did.

As you probably have noticed there are a ton of acronyms in the mortgage industry. I guess it just makes it easier for the average not-so-smart loan officer to remember every new program that comes out. Anyways.. What EEM stands for is Energy Efficient Mortgage. You maybe asking yourself what is a Energy Efficient Mortgage?

Ill tell you.

An EEM (or Energy Efficient Mortgage) is a program sponsored by the government that can be added on to any other government insured loan such as a traditional 30 year fixed. What happens is you can receive up to an extra $8,000 on your original loan for things such as replacing that old furnace you noticed in the basement for a brand new energy efficient furnace, new windows, etc. etc…

So whether your looking to go green with the purchase of your next home, want to refinance and get some energy efficient appliances, or just want some new stuff.. let us know over here at Ford Financial we’ll be glad to help!

“The Byrdman”

There is a Woman were dealing with right now and she filed for bankruptcy about 7 months ago. Most people wouldnt think they could get a mortgage after a chapter 13 medical bankruptcy, but we are getting it done here at Ford Financial. Thats what makes us REALLY different, Sharon has the connections to get things done whether you are a perfect borrower and are looking for a traditional 30 year fixed rate mortgage or not so perfect and are still looking for a loan. 

So what does someone like this need to know?

You dont need to wait 4 years, 3 years, or even 2 years from the date you filed for bankruptcy. All you need to do is wait 1 year, pay all of your bills on time, and write up a really heart felt explanation letter about why you filed, and the circumstances life threw at you. If your self employed  you need to also show letters that you still have that client base that you had before the bankruptcy and business is still strong.

ALSO it doesnt hurt to have some credit repair done.. We now also have a new LLC called Ford Credit Restoration which I will most likely post about in the near future. Its amazing what theyre doing with credit repair today.

I had an idea to create a monthly blog called Today’s Market. I won’t do any analysis just yet about what I think is happening in today’s Banking/Mortgage Market But I will tell you what myself and a lot of other mortgage brokers are working on to help more people and bring themselves more business.

FSBO’s- It’s nothing new but It is a buyers market right now. It takes more than the average person to list and sell your house while balancing your career and your personal life at the same time.

Contractor’s/Home Remodeling – Programs like the 203(k) rehab and the 203(k) streamline are making it possible to get extra money for repairs or even structural work (turn a one family into a two family and earn extra income)

Renters – Like I said it is a buyers market. It will continue to be a buyers market until about 2013 according to Rene Pharisien’s article “Why the housing market will not rebound until 2013”. There are also several other very well educated people saying the same thing, and I’m going to have to agree with them.

After some time well spent, we can proudly say that we are FHA GURU’s. Sooo lets begin..

What is FHA?

The Federal Housing Administration. Although you probably are hearing more and more about FHA government loans it is NOT some new program. It has only been since the mortgage meltdown that FHA loan programs have risen to the top and are helping LOTS of people!!

Why FHA?

FHA doesn’t provide the money, they just provide the insurance on the money. Because of the declining housing market and increasing foreclosures/defaulting loans, mortagage insurance companies are becoming more and more strict about whose loans they insure and it’s coming back to bite YOU, the consumer, in the behind. FHA is the governments way of “coming to the rescue”.

Can you benefit from FHA?

Yes. There is a VERY VERY high possibility that a FHA government issued loan/refinance can help you get out of financial troubles.

Ford Financial as a mortgage company is adapting to these current changes. Now-a-days you have to put up your left leg and first born to the big bankers to get a decent interest rate on a loan. We know the “In’s and out’s” of the FHA loan programs.

The next few blogs will be all information about FHA so come back and learn a little will ya?

Realize how YOU can benefit.

OK… so let me introduce myself. My name is Eric Byrd and am part owner in my mother’s mortgage business. Yes, yes.. I know we have different last names.. Byrd Financial just doesn’t seem to have the same “ring” to it.

I’m a full time student here at Quinnipiac getting my bachelor’s. Theres not much I can do during the school year.. BUT I do intend to blog on here as much as possible adding anything I can. I plan to add a section with different articles of the wall street journal that is specific to the mortgage industry right now. I also plan to add some lessons I am taking away from my classes to share with you all.

I look forward to getting more involved with this, so should you!