DON’T SIGN THAT RENEWAL AGREEMENT BEFORE SPEAKING WITH YOUR BROKER!
Summer is a great time. Vacations, time off, no school, sun and fun. It’s also a time when most of our mortgages come up for renewal. This year, things are a little different. The loooong winter is really making us cherish the precious few months of summer. We want to soak up as much of this warmer weather as possible.
This relaxed mindset appears to be making us easier prey for the BANKS mortgage renewal departments. Mortgage renewals will typically follow the same process. You get a renewal offer anywhere from 120 to 30 days prior to maturity. The BANKS will offer you a rate that may be lower than their posted rate but, it’s much higher than the market rate, and some of us will go back and negotiate, some will call a mortgage broker to get unbiased and true market rates, and some of us will just sign that renewal and send it back in.
In the old days, most of us would just sign and return that renewal to our BANKS. But that trend started to change over the last 10 years. Consumers were shopping, calling mortgage brokers and seeking out better products. Until this summer…. Read the rest of this entry »