Michael L. Louden

NMLS# 400921

Branch Manager, Producing

Michael L. Louden
Branch Manager, Producing

NMLS# 400921
State Lic: CO # 100039010; MN # MN-MLO-400921; WI # 400921;
235 1st Ave E
Shakopee, MN 55379
Branch: (952) 777-2205
Mobile: (612) 578-8874
Fax: (952) 674-3838

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It’s all about service at Academy Mortgage, and our company has been meeting the needs of homebuyers across the United States since 1988. I joined Academy because of its strong reputation for integrity-based mortgage lending, its unwavering commitment to responsible lending practices, and for its broad portfolio of mortgage solutions and tools.

Since joining Academy, I have helped many individuals and families attain the dream of homeownership. Whether you want to buy a new home or refinance an existing mortgage, I will provide a customized solution for you at competitive rates. No brokering, no middleman, no hassle, no surprises.

Academy is a direct lender, which means that my Branch and Regional Offices are equipped to complete the entire loan process in-house—all loan processing, underwriting, closings, and funding are handled locally. As a result, we have a proven track record of closing loans as quickly and efficiently as possible.

I will be in control of your loan file from start to finish, and I will be up-to-date on the status of your loan at all times. I understand the importance of maintaining continuous communication throughout the loan process and commit to providing you accurate, timely, and honest mortgage advice.

I invite you to put us to the test. Let me show you how simple and easy securing a mortgage can be.

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NMLS# 400921

State Lic: CO: 100039010; MN: MN-MLO-400921; WI: 400921;

Corp Lic: CO: 3113; MN: MN-MO-40125689; WI: 3113BA and 3113BR;


Tips for simple loan approval

Here is a list of useful tips to facilitate an effortless loan process. These DO’s and DON’Ts will help you avoid any delays and costly challenges with your loan approval. If you encounter a special situation like identify theft, it is best to mention it to us right away so we can help you determine the best way to achieve your goals. DO’S DO call us if you have any questions. DO provide requested documentation promptly and in its entirety. DO continue living at your current residence. DO continue making your mortgage or rent payments. DO continue to use your credit as normal. DO keep working at your current employer. DO keep your same insurance company. DO stay current on all existing accounts. DO expect requests for additional documentation throughout the loan process. DO let us know if you will be receiving gift money before it is deposited into your account. DONT’S DON’T change your employment status. DON’T make any major purchases (car, furniture, jewelry, etc.). DON’T change bank accounts. DON’T make any large cash deposits into your bank accounts. DON’T transfer any balances from one account to another. DON’T close any credit card accounts. DON’T consolidate your debt onto one or two credit cards. DON’T apply for new credit or open a new credit card. DON’T max out or overcharge on your credit card accounts. DON’T take out a new loan or co-sign on a loan. DON’T pay off any loans or credit cards, charge offs, or collections without discussing it with us first. DON’T finance any elective medical procedure. DON’T join a new fitness club. DON’T open a new cellular phone account. DON’T have your credit pulled or dispute any information on your credit report. DON’T pack away or store any important documents, even if they aren’t initially requested. Let us show you how simple securing a home loan can be. ×

Home sales and starts increased in October

The housing market showed some improvement in October, according to data collected by the National Association of Realtors. Existing-home sales increased 2% to 5.48 million, while pending home sales had their best month since June. The Pending Home Sales Index increased to 109.3, a 3.5% increase over September's rating.

While the month-over-month change looks promising, both figures came in below those of October 2016. The Pending Home Sales Index was 0.6% higher in October 2016 than it was this year, and existing-home sales were 0.9% higher last year as well.

A major factor that contributed to the year-over-year decline has been a continuous theme over the past year: A lack of inventory that prevents prospective homebuyers from finding a home in their ideal location and price range.

"Home shoppers had better luck finding a home to buy in October, but slim pickings and consistently fast price gains continue to frustrate and prevent too many would-be buyers from reaching the market," Lawrence Yun, the NAR's chief economist, explained in a press release.

Economic advances lend to greater homebuying activity

Though an inventory deficit prevented some home shoppers from making a purchase, other factors lent to the increase in activity compared to September 2017. Yun pointed out that job growth and wage increases have allowed some consumers to consider buying a home.

In October, 261,000 nonfarm payroll positions were added throughout the U.S., and unemployment ticked down to 4.1%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hourly earnings didn't change much from the month prior, but September boasted an impressive 12-cent increase in the average pay per hour. As such, the average hourly pay of $26.53 seen in October is a positive indicator for the jobs landscape.

Hurricane-related setbacks ease up

After the U.S. was impacted by a string of hurricanes, it was understandable that homebuying activities would slow down for some time. However, the most recent data released by NAR suggests that the negative effects of the natural disasters are reducing.

"The residual effects on sales from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are still seen in parts of Texas and Florida," Yun explained. "However, sales should completely bounce back to their pre-storm levels by the end of the year, as demand for buying in these areas was very strong before the storms."

Homebuilding was strong in October

In addition to the positive gains in home sales, October also experienced an uptick in housing starts, according to information released by the U.S. Census Bureau. There were 1.3 million housing starts in October, a 13.9% increase over September's estimated numbers. Despite the increase, however, this remains 2.9% lower than the number of housing starts realized in October 2016.

About two-thirds of the housing starts were single-family homes, the most popular housing type among homebuyers. The remaining units were constructed in buildings with five units or more.

Housing completions were up 12.2%, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.2 million. Slightly fewer than two-thirds of these were single-family homes.

The future for home construction looks bright as well, with 1.3 million building permits authorized in October. This is an increase of 0.9% over October 2016's numbers and 5.9% higher than September 2017.

Prospective homebuyers hoping to purchase a home yet this year may want to get preapproved for a residential mortgage to help the closing process go faster and more smoothly. To find out what loan programs would best suit you, reach out to Academy Mortgage.

Academy Mortgage is one of the top independent purchase lenders in the country as ranked in the 2016 CoreLogic Marketrac Report. Visit www.academymortgage.com to find a loan, get a rate, or calculate your payment today.


Buying vs. Renting

For many, the benefits of buying a home outweigh the advantages of renting. With today's low mortgage interest rates and rents on the rise, now is an affordable time to finance a mortgage with a fixed monthly payment lower than rent. If you plan to stay in your home for more than six years, buying a home could save you thousands of dollars over renting. And don't forget about the noisy neighbors upstairs. THE BENEFITS OF BUYING TAX SAVINGS Mortgage loan interest may be deducted from your state and federal income taxes and a portion of your property taxes may also be deducted. STABILITY Fixed mortgage payments (principal and interest) will not change during the loan term whereas rent payments may increase annually. BUILD EQUITY Owing a home long term allows equity to build and thus your home investment to grow. THE BENEFITS OF RENTING FLEXIBILITY Renting may be the preferred option for those planning or needing to make a move in less than six years. LITTLE OR NO MAINTENANCE Renters are often able to rely on landlords and property managers to pay for and make necessary home repairs. UTILITIES MAY BE COVERED Some utility expenses may be included in monthly rent payments. Contact me today to start realizing the benefits of homeownership. Please consult a tax professional about your specific situation and the tax savings benefits of homeownership. ×