Mortgages Blog

Here you can find news and advice about mortgage rates, real estate, mortgage servicing, the housing market and how they are affected by the economy. Our reporters offer relevant information and useful tips for homeowners, those looking to buy a home, refinance or get a home equity loan or line of credit. See the latest Mortgage Blog posts below.
Monday, October 27, 2014 3:30 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Mortgage rates are influenced by bond prices, and when bond prices go up, yields and interest rates go down. But why? Here’s a brief, simplified explanation.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 5:40 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

A bunch of agencies are trying to expand the number of would-be homeowners who can qualify for mortgages. But I’m skeptical that these efforts will help many people.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:58 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

I have an idea: Let’s set up a network of mortgage inspectors.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 5:23 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

In 10 months, it’s going to be easier to shop for a mortgage. And those intervening 10 months aren’t going to be easy at all for mortgage companies.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 4:51 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Beginning Aug. 1, 2015, the Good Faith Estimate and Truth in Lending statement will be replaced by one brand-new document called the Loan Estimate. The new disclosure is a big improvement.

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Friday, October 3, 2014 5:19 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com

Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke recently admitted he was rejected for a refinance on his Washington, D.C., home. What does that say about the mortgage market?

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Monday, September 29, 2014 5:04 pm
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

The Michigan-based bank is paying the price for breaking the CFPB’s new mortgage-servicing rules.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:09 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

The new housing secretary delivered his first major speech since taking office. What’s his top priority? He doesn’t say.

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Friday, September 5, 2014 10:59 am
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

The August employment report was a disaster, but that’s good news for those looking to get a mortgage.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:30 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

Home price growth has slowed significantly. Should you be concerned?

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