How Interest Rates Work

Many people are surprised when they learn how mortgage interest rates are determined. Most people understand the fundamental principle: the lowest interest rates cost more to obtain and the higher interest rates cost less. The graph above shows how you can obtain rates where there are “no real costs” (often absorbed by the lender offering

Qualifying / Pre-Qualifying for Mortgages

  At Black Diamond Mortgage Corporation, we receive a lot of requests for loans. Many times people wonder how the decision is made to approve or deny their loan application. While there are thousands of pages of guidelines used in determining the quality of a borrower’s loan application, there are 3 categories of important criteria

Is a short sale better than a long sale?

Don’t we all want a short sale?        Well, not necessarily… it depends… by guest blogger:  Jill Carter-Jones Broker, Realtor, e-Pro, Short Sale Certified What is a short sale? A short sale is the process that occurs when a lender or bank agrees to accept less money for a property than the amount that is

Noah’s Ark-Underwater Mortgages

Yes, in Noah’s time, EVERYTHING was under water. Today, half of homes in some cities are underwater. This means that the homeowner’s mortgages are larger than the current home value. Since 2009, the government has created programs to refinance underwater homes. Black Diamond Mortgage Corporation is in partnership to deliver many of these loan programs and can

Mortgage Checklist – Documents We May Require

***Are you getting an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)? Please review this disclosure and CHARM information packet from the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). ***Are you Buying a Home? Please review the Home Loan Toolkit disclosure and information packet from the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). The following verifications can take place during the loan process: Online or

Credit Repair

Is your credit affecting your loan approval? Is your interest rate on your mortgage going to be affected by your credit score? If you have not seen your credit score in a while, we are happy to inform you of your credit information as part of our standard loan application process. Often, we are able

Mortgage Glossary – Words That We Use (?)

Here is an alphabetical glossary or words commonly used in the mortgage business Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM) A mortgage with an interest rate that changes during the life of the loan according to movements in an index rate. Sometimes called AMLs (adjustable mortgage loans) or VRMs (variable-rate mortgages). Adjustment Date The date that the interest rate