Mortgages Archives

SIgnal the Refi Boom Is Over: Banks Laying Off Mortgage Staff
By: Brian O'Connell
NEW YORK (sbup) — Mortgage rates are down this week, but the longer-term trend of rising rates over the past eight weeks has taken its toll, especially on refinancing rates. Read more»
Handling Extra Payments When You Have 2 Mortgages
By: Jeff Brown
NEW YORK (sbup) — It’s a good news/bad news situation. The bad news is you’ve been struggling with payments after taking out a second mortgage some time back. The good news is that you’re prospering and ready to make extra payments to trim your debt. So which loan should you focus on? The original mortgage or the second one? Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) — With so many young Americans out or work, or at least underemployed, the thinking among economists was that fewer consumers would be buying so-called starter homes. On the surface, that makes sense. Read more»
Is the Era Of Low Mortgage Rates Over?
By: Brian O'Connell
NEW YORK (sbup) — The dodo bird. The chances of the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. Mortgage rates below 4%. All of the above are either extinct already or heading in that direction. (But we’d love to see the Cubs prove us wrong.) Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) — Mortgage interest rates fell back last week after 30 days of upward momentum. The question homebuyers and real estate agents are asking is: Where will mortgage rates go now? Read more»
ARMs Especially Risky Now
By: Jeff Brown
NEW YORK (sbup) — For several years we’ve suggested that borrowers with a stomach for risk take a look at the five-year adjustable-rate mortgage, which could be considerably cheaper than the standard 30-year fixed-rate loan that dominates the market. Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) — Home mortgage consumers who’ve been sitting on the fence better hop off quick. Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) — About 29% of all U.S. homeowners own their homes outright – that’s more than 21 million Americans, according to Zillow.com. Of course, that means roughly 70% of homeowners haven’t paid off their mortgages, with many having a long way to go. Read more»
NEW YORK (sbup) — A growing number of reports say lenders are granting mortgages with down payments of 10% or less — good news for borrowers unable to meet the 20% requirement that’s been all too common in recent years. Read more»
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