Mortgage rates continue to hover near record lows with the Corona virus taking most of the credit! The market flight to security caused a dip in the stock market which provided a boost to US treasuries.
What does it all mean? Right now is a great time to pull cash out of your home for improvements or remodeling, while rates are low. Home prices have continued to increase, as there isn’t a lot of inventory out there, which means it is a great time to sell if you are so inclined.
If you haven’t refinanced recently you can likely lower your rate and payments, even if you aren’t pulling cash out.
Loan limits have increased again for FNMA, Freddie and FHA/VA loans. The high-cost counties, such as Orange and Los Angeles, are up to $765,500 loan limits… which makes it easier to qualify for mortgage financing.
Reverse loans continue to gain in popularity although I still hear some of the myths repeated, such as “the bank owns your home.” NOT!!!
Please reach out to me or Katie with any questions. We are here to help! Visit our website at www.card-team.com.
FAMILY - TRAVEL
We continue to enjoy spending time with our adult children, grandchildren, and friends. The grandchildren, now numbering five, are ages 7,5,3,2 and 1. We took a camping trip to El Capitan, north of Santa Barbara in September, and most of our crew joined us. The weather cooperated and we had a blast swimming and playing on the beach. I actually tried boogie-boarding for the first time, what a hoot.
November saw us traveling to Maui with friends where we stayed at Ka’anapali. We enjoyed hiking to the blowhole, swimming, snorkeling, and got in a number of scuba dives. We saw more sea turtles than ever before, and had our first sighting of Manta Rays. What a delight! One day we did four dives. Water Warriors!
Steve’s boys played at The Troubador last month and they have released an album. WOW! They are amazing. Just search for Little Dume on Spotify or YouTube to tune in and enjoy! They played earlier in the year at our Yacht Club and were a fabulous success. We hope to host them again there soon.
Here is hoping you all have a wonderful 2020!