Ingrid B. Quinn

NMLS ID #211652 Arizona, Loan Consultant


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Will Technology Replace Realtors & LOs?

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Though many homebuyers start their home purchase process on the internet, do you really believe the whole transaction will or can be completed on a computer? I guess we may be there in some cases, but for most folks purchasing a home is the largest personal purchase that they may make. A Ferrari or Lamborghini may be more but would you buy one without driving one first? Most people want to walk into the home they are considering purchasing. There is something to be said about the “feel” of a home. The “smell” of the home may be equally important. Are you near a farm or business that if the wind blew a certain way you would be affected? I think it highly unlikely that Realtors will be replaced by technology. Technology has made the process easier though with e-signing contracts and presenting offers, though what happened to the good old days when a buyer’s agent could present an offer to a seller personally on their client’s behalf?

As far as the mortgage process, applications submitted online could be a whole different story. I do not feel that a computer can do my job 100%. Getting a loan for a client is not just about getting the loan. It’s about the service that I provide to the client. There is a relationship and trust established. In a matter of minutes, I know quite a lot about that borrower. Not everyone has a deal that will just sail through an automated system. Especially today in the mortgage market, it is important to have a partner who will navigate you through the lending process from start to finish. Not everyone who begins a prequalification process will be eligible to buy today. They need help with credit issues, saving money or whittling down debt to qualify for a home mortgage. It is important to find a knowledgeable lender who will work with you and stick with you through the process.

While the internet has been a great educational tool and a good place to start, the human experience is important in a real estate transaction. Don’t you agree? For questions or comments, please respond here or contact me Ingrid.quinn@cobaltmortgage.com or visit http://www.cobaltmortgage.com/ingridquinn or http://www.scottsdalemortgageexpert.com.


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Arizona Bike Week Returns to Scottsdale

Out and About in Scottsdale AZ

One of the most exciting events in the state, Arizona Bike Week Cyclefest, returns to Scottsdale this year on April 2 and continues through April 6.

Organizers are expecting nearly 60,000 people to attend the sensational gathering, and all motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to ride into town and stay at one of the fine local hotels, such as the Best Western Plus Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites.

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Enjoy Daily Events at Cyclefest

In addition to the charity rides, factory demo rides, vendors and attractions, several nationally recognized stars are slated to appear throughout Bike Week. The event kicks off on March 29 with the 2nd Annual Tillman’s Pre-Rally Ride at 9:00 a.m. and is followed by seven other rides:

  • Wednesday, April 2 – Peace Out Prostate Cancer Ride
  • Thursday, April 3 – Ninth Annual T-Bar Trail Ride, Helping with Horsepower Ride and Drive
  • Friday, April 4 – Saddle Up for Kids Ride…

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Paying Off Your Mortgage Loan and FHA rules

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Why Is the Payoff Balance on a Loan Usually Higher than the Current Balance on your Statement?

When you receive your monthly statement from your mortgage lender, the unpaid balance IS NOT the amount necessary to pay the loan in full. This is merely the principal balance as of the first day of the previous month.

Your March statement shows a balance owing of $200,000. This figure is what is owed as of February 1 – not March 1. Why? Because when you made your February payment to the mortgage lender, you were paying interest in arrears – you pay the interest for the previous month – in this case interest that was due from January 1 through January 31.
You will pay interest to the lender until it receives the payoff from your settlement agent. The settlement agent will determine the amount to collect for payoff. At times there will be a few days interest as a cushion. Keep in mind that the lender being paid-off will refund to you any overpayment in daily interest.

So how do you determine your payoff amount?
The title company will order a payoff letter from your mortgage servicer to find out the precise payoff amount.

What if you’re trying to prepare an estimate and would like a figure?
You can always call your lender and obtain a payoff from them over the phone. Some lenders will calculate a payoff amount for you online as well. Just remember to add a few days to the closing date so that you have allowed for a cushion.

To estimate, use this trick: take your principal balance and add to it a monthly payment. Assuming that you are on time with your payments, this number should always be a bit higher than your actual payoff, but at least this way you will be overestimating instead of underestimating, which is typically the case when you use the principal balance as the payoff amount.

Paying Off an FHA Loan
The daily interest covers the period until the payoff date, except on FHA mortgages, where the payment covers the entire month. Evidently FHA’s accounting system can’t deal with days, only months. That means that it is a good idea for borrowers refinancing out of an FHA to close as close to the end of the month as possible. This rule may be changed in 2015.

For questions or comments please contact me at Ingrid.quinn@cobaltmortgage.com or visit http://www.cobaltmortgage.com/ingridquinn or http://www.scottsdalemortgageexpert.com.