Mortgages Archives

NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- U.S. Housing prices are up in the West and down in the East, and some areas are seeing spikes and declines in pricing levels at $200,000 and $300,000. What's up with the gyrations in U.S. real estate, and why is the West leading a tepid market recovery? Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- In a candid moment overheard by reporters, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently said he might target the mortgage interest deduction long available to owners of second homes. So, if you have been thinking of picking up a vacation or investment property, should you abandon the idea? Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Last week's disappointing jobs report has experts scrambling for answers. It looks like hopes for an accelerating economic recovery were a bit premature. Then again, maybe this was just a bump in the road. Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- The Federal Housing Administration has delayed, and will likely revamp a rule that says consumers with more than $1,000 in "collections debt" cannot get a federally backed mortgage. The FHA has put the rule on ice until July and is weighing changes to it as well, the agency reports. Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Hooking a good mortgage is one of the most important financial steps a consumer will ever make. But who offers the better deal, banks or credit unions? A new survey says the choice is a tough one, but the better prepared you are, the easier the decision will be. But first, how do consumers view credit unions and banks? Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Freddie Mac is hinting that government-sponsored home mortgages may soon offer for a big “out” for troubled homeowners – reduced principal on their mortgages. Is it too good to be true? Maybe not. Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) - What would you have to do to get your underwater mortgage above water, and how long would it take? Read more»
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Talk about manna from heaven. Fifteen-year mortgage rates are down near 3%, a historic low, and at the same a great opportunity for U.S. homeowners to pay down their mortgage debts early, and at a bargain-basement interest rate in the process. How long can the low rates last? From index to index, the 15-year rates do vary. Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) – It’s a strange economic “recovery” when 22.8% of all residential properties with a mortgage – 11.1 million in all – were financially under water at the end of last quarter. These startling findings come from a report by housing monitor CoreLogic, and are up from 10.7 million in the third quarter of 2011. Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) – When 40% of consumers who are about to spend a few hundred thousand dollars on a product don’t completely understand the terms of the deal, that's a problem. Unfortunately, it’s also reality when it comes to new homes and mortgages. Read more»
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