Author Archives: Tom Murphy

About Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy grew up in La Jolla, California surfing and carving his niche in the local real estate market. Mr Murphy has a stellar record as a loan officer with over a decade of experience helping people secure the right home loan.

I’m Self Employed, Should I Apply for a Stated Income Mortgage?

Many Americans believe that quitting their job and going to work for themselves is a major part of the American Dream, just as much as owning their own home. The good thing is that today, it is possible to be self-employed and own your own home with attractive stated income mortgage products becoming available this… Read More »

Can Trump Can Get the Federal Reserve to Stopping Raising Rates?

The Federal Reserve last week increased its benchmark interest rate .25%, and clearly is anticipating more economic growth this year and next year. The latest increase takes the benchmark rate from 2% to 2.25%. It has not been this high since April 2008. It is the 8th increase since the Fed started to increase rates… Read More »

Reduced Doc and Stated Income Loan Programs for First Time Home Buyers

Reduced documentation and stated income home loan programs almost disappeared after the last financial downturn. Too many people who had questionable income sources were not fully verified and vetted by mortgage loan companies, and many could not afford to pay their mortgage payments when interest rates increased almost a decade ago. After the mortgage meltdown,… Read More »

Pros and Cons of a Mortgage Rate Lock in this Market

As mortgage rates have been steadily rising in 2018 into the 5% range from less than 4% a year ago for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, more home buyers are asking when if and when they should lock their rate in this market. If you are worried that rates will rise before you close, a… Read More »

7 Ways Trump Can Improve the CFPB in 2019 and Help the Housing Market

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB continues to change and evolve, there are ways that Trump and other individuals may be able to improve it so that it better serves the American people. A recent report from the Office of Inspector General for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has determined some areas of… Read More »

When a Private Money Loan Makes Sense

There are some situations where getting a private money loan or hard money financing can make sense for some borrowers. A private money mortgage is typically funded by a single private investor or a group of private investors. A private money borrower usually secures the loan through the value of the property and not their… Read More »

How to Finance an Apartment or Multi-Family Residence

You can get an apartment loan or multi-family financing that is either short term or permanent to fund the purchase or renovation of the building, with rates that typically range from 5% to 12%. Investors usually use the financing of apartment buildings to buy properties with more than five units to produce cash flow and… Read More »

Everything You Need to Know About Vacant Land Loans

Buying a piece of land allows you to build your dream home or to simply maintain a piece of nature. But land can be pricey in higher demand areas, so you cold need to find a vacant land loan to fund your purchase. You might think that a land loan will be easy and low… Read More »

How Much Savings Do You Need for Home Loan This Year?

Most Americans need to get a mortgage to buy a home; current statistics state that 87% of home buyers use mortgage financing. But it is rare in 2018 to be able to buy a home for 100% of the purchase price. In most instances banks and lenders want the borrower to have skin in the… Read More »

4 Helpful Tips to Qualify for a Great Mortgage After a Bankruptcy

If you are like millions of Americans after the last financial downturn, you may have had to file for bankruptcy. Whether you could not keep up with your mortgage or had financial problems with your business, having a bankruptcy on your credit report can complicate getting a mortgage loan. But it is not impossible by… Read More »

The Essential Refinance Mortgage Loans Guide for New Homeowners

2019 is just around the corner and refinance mortgage rates are on the way up. According to Freddie Mac, the average rate on mortgage refinance loans today is 4.6%. If you been considering a refinance as a new home owner, you may want to get it done sooner than later. Some experts believe that with… Read More »

Pros and Cons of Paying Off Your Mortgage Loan Early

If you are like most Americans who own a home, you probably have a mortgage. As the years go by, you may wonder if it is worth it to pay off your mortgage ahead of schedule. This may be a possibility for some homeowners who come into a lot of money through an inheritance or… Read More »

Guide to Mortgage Loan Calculators in 2018

Most people wanting to buy a home with a mortgage usually have two major concerns: How much will the interest rate be, and can I afford the monthly payments? There are many good online mortgage calculators that can assist you in making these important financial calculations when you are deciding to buy a home. There… Read More »

8 Easy Ways to Save Money Refinancing Your Mortgage

Are you considering a refinance of your mortgage? Interest rates are very low in 2018 but could rise soon, so now may be the time to apply for a refinance mortgage. If you are considering a home refinance, you will want to save as much money as you can to make the process worth it.… Read More »