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Old 12-01-2009, 04:03 PM   #1
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Pen Fed 5/5 ARM on special again

No telling how long it will last, but Pen Fed is again offering its 5/5 ARM for 4% with no points. I recently completed a refi into this loan and the experience was pretty good.
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:44 PM   #2
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What kind of costs did they throw in Brewer?
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I saw on your other thread that your costs were between $1000-2000. Can you make a rough breakdown of the costs?

I also notice that their website does not indicate a 1% origination fee on the 5/5 ARM products that are non-jumbo (under $417,000).

Ima have to see if I can get me one of these I think.

CORRECTION: I just talked to penfed and their website is inaccurate or at the least misleading. The 5/5 ARM DOES carry a 1% origination fee and they don't pay any closing costs. They told me roughly $2000 in closing costs for a mortgage a bit under $100k.
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Here's what I get when filling out their app online. FWIW, I am seeing the 1% origination fee.

Pentagon Federal Credit Union Fees

Origination Fee $1,900.00
CLO Access Fee $65.00

Total Pentagon Federal Credit Union Fees $1,965.00

Third Party Fees

Appraisal Fee $425.00
Credit Report $12.66
Flood Certification Fee $7.00
Settlement or Closing Fee $900.00
Title Insurance $775.00

Total Third Party Fees $2,119.66

Taxes and other Unavoidable Fees

Recording Fee $65.00
Lien Release $40.00

Total Taxes and other Unavoidable Fees $105.00

Total Closing Fees $4,189.66

Brewer, I take it you called and haggled with them a bit?
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They picked up the settlement fee, appraisal fee, credit report, tax service and flood cert fees, adding up to about $650. My out of pocket to do the deal was about $1600, including a quarter point (about $400). Most of my out of pocket was title insurance ($725) and mortgage recording taxes ($320). This was on a 157k loan.

They did not charge me the 1% fee, so I would call and get that clarified.
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We have a bit over $155k at 5% on our home through PenFed - Refi-ed back a couple years ago back on 1/27/08 when it was a zero cost loan. As a ten year amortization the monthly cost is stiff but doable. If we bought the 1% lower 5/5 thirty year amortization loan our monthly payment would drop by $1167 - but we would be locked into this house for at least several years just to break even. Did notice that the 5/5 is assumable by approved new people for $500. An assumable low interest mortgage might be real attractive in a sale. hmm. While low interest is always attractive I think I'll keep my options more open and wait.

4.000% 0.000% 4.643% $751.32 $3,388.38
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I called tonight. I think their policies changed very recently because what they told me while reading from a data sheet about the 5/5 loan did not agree with their website regarding fee waivers and origination fees. Basically this loan has a 1% orig fee, plus you pay all loan fees and closing costs (which they used to waive). For me, I would save $5000 over roughly eight years by paying another .5% buydown to 3.75% and spending $2500 to do so. NPV of the $5000 savings is probably $4300 or so. Not hardly worth the hassle given a few other factors particular to my property.
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Interesting. They move their fees and rates around a lot, so I think it is worth watching. They may get loopy again like on 9/30.
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I heard on the fat wallet forum that when it gets very busy at Penfed they put on the 1%origination Fee then take it off when they are not busy. I don't know if this is true but it makes some sense.
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Down to 3.875, now.
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Down to 3.875, now.

Don't know how long it's been this way, or how long it will be... but, it's down to 3.875 for a 5/5 ARM. I don't see where ARM's are charged the 1% fee anymore, either, only on fixed.

Rate Points APR
3.875 0.000 3.552
3.750 0.125 3.518
3.625 0.500 3.504

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Home equity loans just dropped to 3.99% fixed rate as well for up to 60 months. May do that instead depending on closing costs. Time for some analysis...
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Just talked to mortgage department at penfed. 1% origination fee IS waived on this one. They also waive around $450 in appraisal fees if you are refinancing from outside of penfed, otherwise you pay the $450. For a $100,000 loan they told me $1400 in closing costs (essentially all closing attorney fees plus title insurance). That $1400 was much lower the last couple of property transactions we did including refi's and purchases.

Decisions decisions... 30 year for flexibility but pay some closing costs, or 5 year for up front cost savings and HAVING NO MORTGAGE IN 5 YEARS!!! My monthly payment would go up about $500/month for the 5 year option vs the roughly 8 years I have left on the 5% fixed loan right now. DW did just get a big raise... time to bust out the spreadsheet I guess.
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Just called back a second time to confirm. Apparently they also pay attorney's fees if you use their selected attorney/closing agents. Title insurance and recording fees are all that you pay (unless refinancing an existing penfed mortgage). Couple hundred bucks. Refi-ing a penfed home equity loan IS NOT refinancing a "first mortgage" (which is what I'm doing) so I still get the low closing cost deal.

Also, anyone with an ARM from Penfed, they apparently are allowing buy downs without refinancing. You pay 1% and they basically do a redo on the 5 year initial fixed portion and bring it down to 4% (per fatwallet). That may be 3.875 now.
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And... approved. I hit submit, they played a little elevator music and a minute later I was approved. Of course the incomes listed were significantly greater than the loan requested, and assets listed were over 5 times the loan requested. Apparently having 50+ credit cards, probably a dozen of which I obtained in the last year, wasn't a problem. Credit is tight!!

We went with the 30 year 5/5 ARM at 3.75% and 0.125% discount points. Hopefully it will just be a few hundred net out of pocket from what it sounds like.

We'll probably save somewhere around $5000 over the anticipated 8 year repayment of the loan by knocking 1.25% off the rate (for the next 5 years at least) versus our current 5% loan. Who would have thought rates would be this cheap? How low can they go?

Thanks CCdaCE for saving me a couple of bucks!

Note: one little problem I noticed was that they never disclosed the margin on the index that our adjustable rate is tied to. It is tied to the weekly 5 year Constant Maturity Treasury Index, but they never disclosed the margin. Very disconcerting that I probably just read through or skimmed closed to 100 pages of boilerplate disclosures, and the key term I was looking for was not disclosed at all. Good think we have all those consumer protection laws in place. Maybe they buried the margin term somewhere in a subclause on page 87?? I'll have to reread the docs tomorrow to see if I missed it somehow. Should be in the big bold box disclosure on page 1 where the other key terms were.
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Just called penfed. The margin for the 5/5 is 1% above the 5 year CMT index. 5 yr CMT = 2.41 right now, so the ARM would readjust to 3.375% if it reset today (the contract says round to nearest 1/8).
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Thanks for all the "nuts and bolts" info.

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Ya know, sometimes people are just too busy to make money. Conversely, an idler like meself can spend an hour or so to refi his 1/2008 4.99% Penfed loan with 8 years left on it into a 3.875% 5/5 ARM and save $5-6k over the next 5-8 years. Figure we will make a single payment equal to the difference in the annual payments on the first of every year and by the time year 5 rolls around we can either pay the loan off or let it ride the remaining 3 years. Once again Pen fed will be paying us a bit more on CDs than they are charging us on the loan. Something about that appeals to me....
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Ya know, sometimes people are just too busy to make money. Conversely, an idler like meself can spend an hour or so to refi his 1/2008 4.99% Penfed loan with 8 years left on it into a 3.875% 5/5 ARM and save $5-6k over the next 5-8 years. Figure we will make a single payment equal to the difference in the annual payments on the first of every year and by the time year 5 rolls around we can either pay the loan off or let it ride the remaining 3 years. Once again Pen fed will be paying us a bit more on CDs than they are charging us on the loan. Something about that appeals to me....
I see you had the same loan as I did before and went into the same loan as I did. And plan on saving the same amount. I noticed that the CD rates are just a touch below where the 5/5 interest rates are. Not sure how they are making money...
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I see you had the same loan as I did before and went into the same loan as I did. And plan on saving the same amount. I noticed that the CD rates are just a touch below where the 5/5 interest rates are. Not sure how they are making money...
4.99% PenFed Home Equity Loan message 26

long as they want to keep loaning at those rates and paying at those rates I'm a happy happy boy. It allows us to keep a chunk = to what we owe on the house in savings at no cost as a safety cushion. Inflation or deflation have no effect since we owe and earn about the same amount and the cushion just sits there. Thanks PenFed!

O - they're paying us 4% APY, so thats a bit better than we pay them. of course they rack up some fees up front on the loan, so they probably do a tiny bit of profit for themselves, but not going to begrudge them that...
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Didn't last long... 5/5 ARM is back to 4%.

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