home buying

What Is a Mortgage Rate Lock?

A mortgage rate lock offers protection in a rising interest rate environment

What is a Mortgage Rate Lock? A mortgage rate lock allows customers in need of mortgage financing to “lock” in their interest rate.  This is an important feature of mortgages because the markets that influence mortgage rates (Mortgage backed securities, or MBS) trade each day and in certain markets can be very volatile.  Rates can…

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MasonMac’s Lock & Shop Loan Program

MasonMac's Lock & Shop mortgage allows home buyers to search for a home with interest rate protection in place.

In a volatile interest rate market, one of the most stressful parts of home buying can be trying to find the perfect home while trying to keep track of rates, payments, and affordability.  In a relatively calm market, it may not be a big deal, but in 2022, when rates have moved upward faster than any time…

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How Do Renovation Loans Work

Renovation Mortgage

Renovation loans, or renovation mortgages, can be a great way for home buyers to find a house and turn it into their dream home.  It can also be a great way for home owners to stay in a home they love while making the updates that they want or need.  Renovation loans can be used…

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Will Inflation Go Down?

Broken piggy bank with band aid bandage or plaster finance background

Will Inflation Go Down?   There’s a lot of economic jargon being tossed around in headlines these days, and one of the hot topics out there is inflation.  To start, it’s important to understand what inflation is.  When the value of a currency diminishes, the result is inflation – basically, you get less for the…

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What is a Rent Back?

Can a rent back help me get an offer accepted

What is a Rent Back? In today’s housing market inventory is low and buyer demand is high.  In such a market, many buyers need to get creative in structuring their offer on a home, and many sellers (future buyers) need to consider the fact that they, too, will soon encounter the same challenges that buyers…

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Giving Our Buyers the Edge with Buyer’s Advantage

Buyer's Advantage helps home buyers get their offer accepted amongst competition

At MasonMac, we work to consistently give our home buying customers an advantage in the market place.  In today’s market, more than ever, it’s important that buyers have an edge and every advantage they can get, and that’s where MasonMac’s Buyer’s Advantage program comes in!   With Buyer’s Advantage, MasonMac not only preapproves customers through…

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Why Do So Many Mortgage Companies Call?

Why do you get so many calls after applying for a mortgage?

If you’ve recently applied for a mortgage loan, you may have noticed a trend – your phone is ringing (even more than usual) with numbers on the caller ID you don’t recognize.  If you answer, you’re likely getting pitched for a mortgage from a company you never contacted and a loan officer or dialer you…

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Homeowners Should Expect Appreciation in 2022

Home prices are forecast to continue to rise in 2022

Home Appreciation Expected to Continue Through 2022   With the final quarter of 2021 under way, we expect to see a lot of forecasts and announcements around changes as we head into another new year.  Over the next month, 2022 loan limits will be announced, lenders will begin to make a final push to finalize…

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Why Credit Scoring Models Show Different Scores

Credit scoring models vary from one bureau and model to another

Why Are Credit Scores Different?   If you’ve shopped around for a mortgage loan, one of the things you’ve likely seen is that credit scores lenders pull tend to be different (sometimes by quite a lot) from what you see when tracking your own credit scores.  Why is that?  It comes down to how credit information is reported, which scoring…

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3 Tips to Increase Credit Scores FAST

Use these tips to increase credit scores quickly!

3 Tips to Increase Credit Scores FAST   When applying for debt, a lot of weight is put on credit scoring. The difference between ultra competitive rates, terms, and lenders practically begging for your business and seeing terms that come with astronomical rates and costs can sometimes be just a few points in credit scoring.…

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Mason-McDuffie Mortgage

12647 Alcosta Boulevard
Suite 300
San Ramon CA. 94583

Phone: 925-242-4400
Fax: 866-743-0260
Toll-Free: 877-275-6662
info@masonmac.com

Licensing

Licensed by The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. NMLS# 1141
NMLS Consumer Access Site

Not  a  commitment  to  lend. Rates  and  terms  subject  to  change  without  notice. Licensed by The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation under  the  California  Residential  Mortgage Act  No. 4130968; AL  #22653; AR  #32700; Colorado regulated by the Division of Real Estate; DE #019623; FL #MLD819; Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee #20924; ID #MBL-5861; Kansas Licensed Mortgage Company #MC.0025601; KY: #MC701698; MD: #16927; Mississippi Licensed Mortgage Company Licensed by the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance; Licensed by the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance; NC: L-152867; NV: #3681; OK: #ML012358; Licensed by the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation #ML-3808; PA: #37008; TN: #112513; Licensed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission #MC-5579, WV: #ML-31523/MB31759, WY: #3964. NMLS #1141. www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org

CONSUMERS WISHING TO FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST A MORTGAGE BANKER OR A LICENSED MORTGAGE BANKER RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR SHOULD COMPLETE AND SEND A COMPLAINT FORM TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF SAVINGS AND MORTGAGE LENDING, 2601 NORTH LAMAR, SUITE 201, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78705. COMPLAINT FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S WEBSITE AT WWW.SML.TEXAS.GOV. A TOLL-FREE CONSUMER HOTLINE IS AVAILABLE AT 1-877-276-5550.
THE DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS A RECOVERY FUND TO MAKE PAYMENTS OF CERTAIN ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET DAMAGES SUSTAINED BY BORROWERS CAUSED BY ACTS OF LICENSED MORTGAGE BANKER RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS. A WRITTEN APPLICATION FOR REIMBURSEMENT FROM THE RECOVERY FUND MUST BE FILED WITH AND INVESTIGATED BY THE DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO THE PAYMENT OF A CLAIM. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RECOVERY FUND, PLEASE CONSULT THE DEPARTMENT’S WEBSITE AT WWW.SML.TEXAS.GOV.

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