Mortgages Archives

Mortgage Trends This Week: Feb. 1
By: Brian O'Connell
Here’s a fact that could ruin your Monday morning (unless you’re a banker). Read more»
OK, times are tough — so tough that you might be considering taking on a boarder to meet your monthly mortgage. Read more»
In mortgage shopping, it’s easy to compare interest rates and points, but then things get tricky, as each mortgages also entail a battery of charges for origination, title insurance, transfer taxes, lawyers fees... the list goes on and on. Read more»
The stock market’s shaky foundation led to a decline in mortgage interest rates last week, as investors fled equities in favor of less risky investments, like U.S. Treasuries and bond mutual funds. Read more»
The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency is out with a brand new shiny toy that helps home borrowers figure out how much they’ll pay in closing costs from lender to lender. It’s called the Standard Good Faith Estimate (GFE) and the federal government is hoping that consumers will give it a close look. Read more»
The federal government is reporting that more than 60,000 U.S. homes have undergone successful home loan modifications in the past year. Maybe those homeowners realize it and maybe they don’t, but their credit scores will likely suffer. Read more»
Mortgage Rates Headed to 6%?
By: Brian O'Connell
A new study is out from the Mortgage Bankers Association that says mortgage rates will reach 6% mid-2010, then plateau for the rest of the year. But look out for 2011 — the MBS says rates will keep rising. Read more»
Savvy investors know that one of their most important decisions is how to divide a portfolio between stocks, bonds and cash. But how do you invest new money when one class flashes red? Read more»
By Alan Zibel, AP Real Estate Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's plan to fix the foreclosure crisis has been a dud, putting the housing market recovery at risk. Hopes were over-inflated when Obama unveiled the program before an adoring audience of Arizona high school students last February. Read more»
Mortgage Trends This Week: Jan. 18
By: Brian O'Connell
Among the back-and-forth volley over whether the economy is getting better or getting worse, one relevant fact is often overlooked — mortgage borrowers can still get a very good deal these days. Read more»
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