Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Final Days for a Mortgage in 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to consider if you want to make any last-minute purchases before the year is up. When looking into investments, buying a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks may seem extravagant, but there are some great reasons why this could be a great choice for you. If you enjoy having investment properties or have been thinking about buying a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks, here are a few reasons why you may want to invest before the end of the year!

Low-Interest Rates

This fall brought some awesome interest rates and now is still as good of a time as any to make your investment strictly based on interest rates. You never know when they are going to change, and with as low as they’ve been lately, it could be an unexpected change. Even if rates increase an extra half-point, it can make a big difference in your monthly payments as well as the lifetime cost of your mortgage.

More Inventory, Less Competition

It’s not surprising that real estate sales tend to slow down a bit during the fourth quarter. This can be for many reasons, sometimes people get busy with school and holidays, the inclement weather makes it less appealing to venture out and look and homes, and for many housing markets, it’s just a slower season. This, however, can be great news for you! With fewer people looking for homes, you have more to choose from, and may even find a home faster than you had expected.

Tax Deductions

Buying a home comes with several different types of tax benefits. One of the biggest is being able to deduct the mortgage interest from your taxes, you may also be able to reduce the amount of federal income tax withheld from your income, which could result in a higher paycheck each month. These are things that you can speak with your financial advisor about, but some closing costs and property taxes can also be tax-deductible, as well.

Low Down Payment Options

20% has been considered the magic number when planning a down payment for your mortgage. Anything less and you may end up paying an additional cost in the form of private mortgage insurance (PMI). However, there are now some options for borrowers that qualify, and even with less than 20%, you may come out ahead. Your interest rate may be affected, but you’ll never know until you start the process.

Mortgages at the Lake of the Ozarks

There is still a timeline for getting a mortgage started and finished, so if you need to get it finalized by the end of the year, is time to get started! Visit our website at to fill about your pre-approval information, and be sure to get in contact with us about your timeline. We look forward to working with you, and helping you purchase the vacation home of your dreams!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 

Michael Lasson
Senior Loan Officer
NMLS #: 493712

4655 B Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Direct: (573) 746-7211

**The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent First State Bank of St Charles’s positions, strategies, or opinions.

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