Mortgages Archives

NEW YORK (sbup) -- The Libor rate-fixing scandal makes for juicy news, but does it really affect us ordinary folk? Depending on your interactions with the financial markets, you could have lost money, or made it -- but probably not a lot either way unless you’re a big player.  Read more»
 NEW YORK (sbup) -- If the financial crisis had a silver lining, maybe it was that most of the complex, confusing and toxic mortgage products that contributed to the mess were pulled from the market. It turned out many were as hazardous to the lenders and mortgage investors as they were to homeowners. Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) -- The next time Uncle Ralph hits you up for a loan to rehab that ’57 Chevy or your kids need some cash for a down payment on a new fixer-upper, pay close attention to an otherwise overlooked issue -- taxes.  Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) -- After the mortgage is improved and the home purchase is closed, what comes next? For many borrowers, a bottle of champagne. After all, once the deal is done, it’s pretty hard for the lender to undo it. Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Although the 15-year mortgage is invariably cheaper than the 30-year variety, it often gets little respect because of its larger monthly payments. Not so today. The 15-year deal is, in fact, quite appealing, offering substantial savings through rock-bottom rates. Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) — Trouble abounds in the U.S. economy, and in the nation’s long-suffering housing sector. Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- It’s a nasty situation for everyone. Mom and Dad earn next to nothing on their cash and short-term bonds, their kids want to buy a home but can’t afford the high down payment the banks want, or can’t qualify for a mortgage for some other reason.  Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Just when you thought the U.S. housing market was getting up off the canvass, along comes a one-two punch that threatens to put homeowners down for the count.  Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Mortgage shoppers who have spurned 15-year loans in favor of 30-year deals should think again: Read more»
5-Year ARM Hits New Low
By: Jeff Brown
NEW YORK (MainStreet) --At, we’ve been watching five-year ARMs for a couple of years, pointing out the appeal of being able to lock in a low rate for 60 months. Read more»
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