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First Bank And Trust
(504) 586-2773
909 Poydras St Ste 100
New Orleans, LA
 
First Service Mortgage Inc
(404) 761-1111
320 N. Carrollton Ave. #102
New Orleans, LA
 
Mortgae One Inc
(504) 486-2327
1820 Saint Charles Ave Ste 205
New Orleans, LA
 
Eustis Mortgage Corporation
(504) 586-0075
1100 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA
 
Amerifund Financial Inc
(504) 891-1307
2014 1St St
New Orleans, LA
 
Johnson Mortgage Corporation
(504) 821-4999
2714 Canal Street Suite 507
New Orleans, LA
 
Column Guaranteed LLC
(504) 585-0590
701 Poydras St Ste 310
New Orleans, LA
 
L And J Gilyot Mortgage Inc
(504) 486-1646
120 South Cortez Street
New Orleans, LA
 
Dryades Savings Bank Fsb
(504) 598-7200
233 Carondelet St # 200
New Orleans, LA
 
United Bank And Trust Company
(504) 827-0060
2714 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA
 

Green Mortgages Offer New Growth

If you could save up to $200 a month in energy bills for 30 years, would you be willing to borrow an extra $5,000 for a home loan upfront? Probably yes.

That’s the power of energy-efficient mortgages, or “green” mortgages. Now, legislators, lenders, brokers and consumers are pushing for their wider use. Advocates say green mortgages can help solve several of the nation’s broader problems, including the energy crisis, the mortgage implosion and the slowing economy. 

“These programs can offer significant solutions,” said Norm Ferrier, owner of Security Mortgage Corporation, which specializes in green loans, “because homeowners are desperately seeking ways to lower their energy costs.”

Installing energy efficient windows
Green mortgages save money and energy over time by improving energy-efficiency Green mortgages allow home buyers to add as much as an additional 15 percent of the sale price into the loan, for upgrades such as energy-efficient windows, water heaters, or solar panels. The savings in energy bills offset the higher monthly mortgage payments and create more savings in the long run.

Since the 1970s, major lenders backed by Fannie, Freddie, and the VA, have financed green mortgages, which are currently promoted under the Energy Star program. But these products languished during years of cheap oil and easy, sub-prime loans. Lenders and brokers avoided green loans because they took longer to close, but yielded no extra profits.

Now, as the energy crunch and mortgage crises converge, lawmakers and lenders regard green mortgages as a solution to both. Residential and commercial investors also see new opportunities in green loans. “We are an emerging market at a time when the traditional market has imploded,” said Jeffrey Cole, founder of myenergyloan.com. “The secondary market is embracing green mortgages.”

Legislators are rushing to support green mortgages. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, signed by President Bush last month, includes a provision to streamline and promote green mortgages. The bill authorizes federal agencies to identify obstacles to existing products, recommend changes and educate the public.

Another federal bill would provide incentives to lenders offering lower interest rates on green residential and commercial mortgages. The Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods Act, introduced by U.S. Rep Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), passed the House Financial Services Committee in June and now awaits a House hearing.

A sign of green appeal across industries, the bill was broadly supported by 30 national organizations, including lenders, real estate agents, developers, housing groups, environmentalists and scientists. “We are at a crossroads with our housing markets and our energy consumption,” said Leslie Oliver, communications and policy director for Rep. Perlmutter. “There was incentive and buy-in from organizations across th...

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Opinion Corner
People in Louisiana shared their opinions about Home Mortgage
Do you own or rent a home?
Own: 44%
Rent: 41%
Other: 13%
The recent credit crisis seems to have affected everyone. How has it affected you?
I have lost my home: 0%
I have had to downgrade my home: 0%
I am living paycheck to paycheck: 53%
I have eliminated some of my expenses in order to keep my home: 7%
It has not affected me: 38%
Other: 0%
What is the value of your house in relation to your outstanding mortgage?
I am in the red: 0%
I have some equity in my home: 46%
I own my home outright: 23%
I have no idea: 30%
Other: 0%
Have you been able to take advantage of the lower interest rates and refinance your mortgage?
Yes: 30%
I have tried but have not been successful: 30%
No: 40%
Have your savings/retirement funds been affected?
No, haven’t touched my savings/retirement: 58%
Yes, they were slightly affected: 25%
Yes, they were significantly affected/drained: 16%
Source: Survey.com