The busiest home buying season of the year

10229396 - house in the treesApril, May, June and July are the busiest months of the year for residential real estate. Have you ever wondered why? There are actually a number of reasons why spring and summer are such busy home buying and selling seasons.

One of the biggest reasons is that most children with traditional school schedules are released in May or early June and return to school in August. As a result, many home buyers with children want to schedule moves in June and July. That means starting the home buying process as early as April and May. Many corporate relocations are announced in the first quarter of the year as well, which put home sales and purchases into the spring-summer time period.

Spring and summer are also great times of the year to showcase a property. The grass is getting green again, flowers are blooming and it’s warm outside. And there’s nothing quite like a beautiful lawn and flowering plants and trees to put anyone in the home buying mood. It’s also easier and more enjoyable to shop for a home when the weather is good, especially for those who live in areas with harsh winters. It’s easier to move when the weather is good.

Another reason spring and summer are such popular home buying seasons: Finances. Most Americans receive tax refunds each year, with the average refund check totaling about $3,000. Some families receive refunds of $4,000 to $10,000 or more. That extra cash can provide a much-needed boost to the home buying process. Most families have paid off their holiday bills by spring as well.

This year, another factor is mortgage rates. Home loan rates are still incredibly low, but there’s a fear that rates will start to rise later this year. Low mortgage rates help families stretch their home buying dollars and lock in a low rate for years to come. At Primary Residential Mortgage, we offer a variety of home loan programs. Ready to take the next step toward homeownership? Let us know right here and one of our financial experts will be in touch.

The first step toward pursuing the American Dream

22903134 - usa real estate concept: house against american flagReady to pursue the American Dream of homeownership? Our company has helped more than 200,000 people become homeowners. We would love to help you, too.

We offer a variety of home loan options for home buyers. We proudly work with the FHA and VA home loan programs. If you meet the qualifications, you can enjoy lower closing costs, lower mortgage payments, and the possibility of no down payment. It’s an incredible benefit for military personnel, veterans, and military families.

Buying a home that needs a lot of work can be challenging in more ways than one. That’s why we work the FHA 203(k) home loan program. Eligible borrowers can purchase a fixer-upper with one loan for both the purchase price and improvements. It’s another low-downpayment option that provides our customers with even more flexibility in their home buying choices.

Ever heard of a USDA home loan? It’s not for people buying farms! This no-downpayment program allows eligible borrowers to purchase homes in rural areas. The USDA determines what “rural” means, and that varies widely by state. If the home you’re buying qualifies, it could be a good choice for you and your family.

At PRMI, we also offer conventional loans, jumbo loans, reverse mortgages and more. As one of the top mortgage companies nationwide, we have a full and unwavering commitment to helping you realize your dream of home ownership. And with more than 280 locations and growing, chances are we are convenient to you!

Top honors for our loan originators

29880491 - businessman hand showing excellence word in crystal ballAt PRMI, we are dedicated to excellence. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that more than two dozen of our company’s loan originators have been recognized by three national publications as being among the best loan officers in the country.

The loan officers were selected from thousands of mortgage professionals across the country. These prestigious rankings, compiled by Scotsman Guide, National Mortgage News and Mortgage Executive Magazine, recognize loan originators who distinguished themselves by producing a personal volume of at least $30 million in home loans in 2016. The purpose of these awards is to recognize and celebrate the service, dedication and hard work loan officers put into serving their customers during the home loan process.

“We are extremely proud of our loan officers here at PRMI and to have them listed among the top in the nation really speaks to their ability and dedication to families across America,” said David Zitting, PRMI’s CEO. “We are both honored and privileged that they have chosen to be part of our organization.”

The PRMI loan originators honored are:

Lane Baron (branch #5325) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Nicholas Barta (branch #6066) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%, National Mortgage News Top Producer, and Scotsman Guide Top Originator

Matthew Belmont (branch #4450) –Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Brandon Brotsky (branch #4393) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Charles Campbell (branch #6283) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Greg Carll (branch #2260) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Brian Coutu (branch #4116) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Linda Cox (branch #1054) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

DeAnn Ellis (branch #5303) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

David Epstein (branch 4240) – Scotsman Guide Top Originators

Michael Jones (branch #4237) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Toni Jones (branch #4074) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Michael Koran (branch #2023) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

David Lesjak (branch #6066) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Ronald Mammano (branch #2241) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%, National Mortgage News Top Producer

Dane Moler (branch #2288) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Kent Nielson (branch #4237) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Kenneth O’Brien (branch #4171) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Stacy Orozco (branch #4450) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Kathleen Redman (branch #5391) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Bradley Roche (branch #5397) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Geoff Rooker (branch #4450) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Jeffrey Senker (branch #2297) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Matthew Shanlian (branch #4480) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Dale Stanford (branch #1028) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

John Thomas (branch #2007) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%, National Mortgage News Top Producer and Scotsman Guide Top Originator

Jeffrey Tisdale (branch #4237) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

Jonathan Wald (branch #2183) – Mortgage Executive Magazine Top 1%

May: It’s a magic month to sell a home

47945268 - little wooden house in spring with blossom cherry flower sakuraDid you know that April showers bring … a blooming real estate market? Housing website Zillow crunched the numbers and found that homes that are listed for sale in May are likely to sell faster and for a higher price compared with nearly all other times of the year.

In 20 of the 25 largest metro areas, the best month to put a home on the market is April or May, according to Zillow. The company found that homes listed in the first half of May sold nine days faster and for almost 1 percent more money than average listings.

Why is this the case? The low supply of homes on the market in many areas of the country could be pushing the ideal selling window later in the spring. Additionally, many home buyers who start searching for a home in early spring may need to look at several homes and make multiple offers and may still be home shopping weeks later. By May, many buyers want to close a deal as soon as possible so that they can have their family settled by the end of the summer and ready for a new school year.

For more information about the Zillow report, go to this link.

Where in the world is your family moving?

46285504_SDid you know that the average American moves 12 times over a lifetime? That’s a lot of moving around each year! To find out where people are moving, check out the newly-released United Van Lines’ Migration Study. This annual report tracks the states the company’s customers are moving to and from over the course of each year.

The states with the most people moving in are South Dakota, followed by Vermont, Oregon, Idaho, South Carolina, Washington, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Nevada and Arizona. Markets ‘in balance,’ meaning that there’s about the same number of people moving in as are moving out, include states such as California, New Mexico and Delaware. The survey includes people moving for employment as well as retirees.

Which states are people leaving? New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Connecticut and Kansas round out to the top five states with more people moving away than moving in. For more results of this annual study, go to this link. United Van Lines is the nation’s largest moving company.

If moving is in your future this year, remember that Primary Residential Mortgage has more than 280 locations nationwide. Chances are, we’re somewhere you want to find us. And we’re growing! Stop by and see how we can help you with a wide variety of mortgage needs.

A smooth and stress-free closing experience

39394642_SAt PRMI, we are dedicated to providing a smooth and pleasant closing experience. Are you buying your first home? Here are some of the things you can expect when you meet to finalize your home loan.

A lot of signing and initialing. Carefully read your closing disclosure information. None of the numbers you see at closing should be a surprise. Double check that items such as your loan, loan amount, loan term, estimated total monthly payment and mortgage rate are what you expected. Don’t feel rushed! Take your time to read through all of your paperwork before signing or initialing.

Pay your downpayment and/or closing costs. At closing, you’ll be paying for your share of the closing costs and any down payment. If you need private mortgage insurance, your first month’s premium also will be due. For your closing costs, you’ll need to bring a certified check or cashier’s check. Don’t worry — you’ll get the exact amount you need to bring with you a few days before closing. At closing, you also will be required to show proof of identification, such as your driver’s license or passport to prove that you’re you.

Provide proof of insurance: You’ll also need documentation proving you have obtained homeowner’s insurance, and if it’s also required as a condition of your loan, flood insurance. Most lenders require you pay one-sixth of the annual insurance premium at close, to be placed in your escrow account.

Once you’ve completed the process of closing, your home purchase will be recorded with the appropriate county or other government entity. That’s why your closing costs include a recording/government filing fee. This fee pays for the cost of officially filing your property information at the local county courthouse; includes recording your ownership and transferring taxes and documents to your name. Once that’s done, you get the keys and you’re officially ready to move in.

Should you select a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate home loan?

19750953 - mortgage application form with a calculator and house  3dMost home buyers today opt for fixed-rate home loans. With consistent monthly principal and interest payments, it’s an ideal choice if you plan to stay in your home seven years or longer. But if you’re planning on staying put for less time than that, an ARM could be a good option for you.

With an adjustable-rate loan, you also get a fixed rate, but only for a set number of years — typically 3, 5, 7 or 10 years — before the mortgage adjusts annually based on a particular index. With an ARM, your introductory rate is typically lower than the rate you would get with a fixed-rate loan. But with an ARM, you run the risk of a higher mortgage rate once the fixed-rate period is over and the rate adjusts.

While fixed-rate mortgages often make sense for people who plan to live in their home for seven years or longer, adjustable-rate loans can be a good choice for home buyers who are planning to sell or refinance their homes before their rate adjusts. Questions? We have offices in 49 states. Give us a call at 844-500-2845.

Five of the most common questions we get about mortgages

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At PRMI, we get a lot of questions about mortgages. And we’re happy to answer them! We love educating families about the home-buying process. Here are five of the most common questions from first-time home buyers – along with the answers.

What is the difference between pre-approved and pre-qualified? There is a big difference between the two. When a homebuyer is pre-qualified, he or she has provided the lender with basic information to determine which loan program the homebuyer may qualify for. When a homebuyer is pre-approved, the lender has collected, verified and presented the information needed for underwriting and approval. Many home sellers will accept offers only from pre-approved home buyers.

What is the difference between interest rate and APR? Your interest rate is the monthly cost of the unpaid balance of your home loan. An Annual Percentage Rate (APR) includes both your interest rate and any additional costs or prepaid finance charges such as the origination fee, points, private mortgage insurance, underwriting and processing fees (your actual fees may not include all of these items). While your interest rate is the rate at which you will make your monthly mortgage payments, the APR is a universal measurement that can assist you in comparing the cost of mortgage loans offered by different lenders.

What are closing costs? Closing costs include an assortment of costs, such as appraisal fees, title insurance fees, attorney fees, pre-paid interest and documentation fees. These items are usually different for each customer due to differences in the type of mortgage, the property location and other factors. You will receive a Good Faith Estimate of your closing costs in advance of your closing date for your review.

Which amounts are included in my monthly payments? If you have a fully amortizing mortgage, portions of your monthly mortgage payment go toward loan principal and interest.(Interest-only mortgage payments include only the interest that is due on the outstanding principal balance.) If your mortgage carries mortgage insurance, a portion of your monthly mortgage payment will include this as well, unless the lender has paid your mortgage insurance or you have paid your mortgage insurance upfront. If you have set up an escrow account for your mortgage, then a portion of your monthly payment will go toward your property taxes and homeowners insurance.

What is PMI? Private Mortgage Insurance is provided by a private mortgage insurance company to protect lenders against loss if a borrower defaults. Studies show that generally, the lower the downpayment a homebuyer makes, the greater the risk of default. That’s why typically, PMI is required if your down payment is less than 20 percent of the value of the home you are purchasing or refinancing. The cost of PMI is customarily added to your monthly mortgage payment.

An incredible journey of public service

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 8.34.13 PMAt PRMI, we strive to be much more than a great mortgage lender and employer. We also are dedicated to being a company that gives back — not only to the communities we serve but those in need around the world. Join us in looking back at our incredible journey of public service in 2016.

In early December, more than 30 PRMI employees from across the nation flew to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to help 79 children living at the SOS Children’s Village. The private, non-profit organization helps protect orphaned and abandoned children, ensuring that each child grows up with love, security, education and respect.

PRMI employees planted fruit trees, shrubs and a garden, painted homes, served food and provided early Christmas gifts to the children and caretakers. The group also gave a fresh makeover of paint to the tennis court and playground area.

Screen Shot 2017-01-04 at 8.26.36 PMAlso in December, PRMI’s corporate office held its annual winter clothing drive and donated more than 200 articles of clothing to the Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City and volunteered to help sort and distribute donations. PRMI employees also volunteered at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake to help prepare its annual Christmas dinner, which served more than 1,400 people in need.

image003Earlier in the year, PRMI partnered with Feeding America during its annual Hunger Action Month campaign. We were able to raise $152,052 in just eight weeks! The donations will help provide more than 1.68 million meals to children, families and seniors nationwide. It was an amazing way to give back to the communities we serve.

“Primary Residential Mortgage has fully embraced the need for a strong, united hunger-relief effort in order to feed the individuals and families struggling with hunger in the United States,” said Nancy Curby, interim senior vice president of development at Feeding America. “We’re grateful to have their support and know that the meals they’ve raised will provide hope for thousands of people.”

At PRMI, everyone — from our employees to our executive team — are involved in giving back to our communities. It was an extraordinary year for our company and we’re looking forward to making an even greater impact in 2017.

You can let your home work for you

41521125 - happy elderly couple posing against the skyAt PRMI, we are dedicated to providing a wide range of options, including reverse mortgages. Reverse mortgages give seniors the ability to use their home’s equity as cash and eliminate monthly mortgage payments. Common uses of reverse mortgage income include paying off debt, assisting with everyday living, covering costly medical bills, home repairs, vacations and more! We offer a type of reverse mortgage called a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), a federally-insured reverse mortgage backed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Reverse mortgage programs can be an important financial tool for seniors, especially those with low to moderate incomes. This type of mortgage has no credit or income requirements other than the borrower must demonstrate a financial ability to pay ongoing property expenses.

To be eligible for a reverse mortgage, a borrower must be at least 62 year of age and have the ability to pay ongoing property expenses, including taxes and insurance. Borrowers must occupy the property as their primary residence and either own their property outright or have only a small mortgage balance. They must not be delinquent on their mortgage or have any federal debt.

Since reverse mortgages are much different than traditional mortgage loans, borrowers must meet with a counselor from an independent government-approved housing counseling agency before applying for one. Once they know it’s right for them, it’s important to contact a lender that is experienced in these types of loans. That’s us! Contact one of our offices today to learn more about reverse mortgages.