Mortgages Blog

Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:13 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

Mortgage brokers say since rates plummeted this week, they have been swamped with calls from borrowers who want to refinance. But many of these calls don’t have a happy ending. Why? Because millions of borrowers can’t refinance. Nearly one in four homeowners is underwater, meaning the borrower owes more on the mortgage than what the

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011 3:13 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Now that President Barack Obama has averted the first-ever U.S. default by signing off on a higher U.S. debt ceiling, the country is returning its focus to the sluggish economic and housing recovery. A consequence of plummeting Treasury yields surrounding the default uncertainty has been lower mortgage rates — average 30-year-fixed mortgage rates are well

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Monday, August 1, 2011 3:53 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The sluggish housing recovery is prompting President Barack Obama to consider ways to take foreclosed properties off the market and rent them until prices stabilize. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, home prices nationally were 7.4 percent lower in May than they were a year earlier, but when distressed and foreclosed properties are

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Monday, August 1, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

While we continue to closely monitor the toll that residential foreclosures are taking on our home values, the long-feared second wave of economic trouble from all those deserted strip malls, office parks and industrial complexes across the land has so far failed to materialize. For more than a year, analysts have been predicting that a

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Friday, July 29, 2011 12:17 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

If you plan to buy a home or refinance your mortgage with a USDA loan, you better act soon. USDA mortgages are about to get more expensive.

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Tags: Mortgages, USDA
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 3:45 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Average jumbo mortgage rates are lower than they have been in years, driving high-end home sales. But the deals won’t last long. “Jumbo mortgage rates, currently averaging 5.17 percent, are near record lows and the spread between jumbo and conforming mortgage rates has narrowed to approximately one-half percentage point,” says Greg McBride, CFA,┬ásenior financial analyst

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 11:49 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Tick. Tick. Ticktickticktickticktickticktick. That might be the sound of the fast-approaching deadline for the federal government to raise the national debt ceiling prior to a default on the government’s obligations. Homeowners, homebuyers and home sellers might well wonder what that has to do with real estate, housing or mortgages; however, one possible answer is the

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:41 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Once the benchmark of personal success, the American dream of homeownership is waning as more would-be homeowners are choosing to rent, according to a report by Morgan Stanley. U.S. homeownership has fallen below 60 percent, to 59.7 percent, not including 7.5 million delinquent mortgage borrowers. The lowest recorded rate was 62.9 percent in 1965, the

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Friday, July 22, 2011 3:09 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

Here is something you don’t hear every day: your lender was accused of lying and is now required to give you some money to make up for it. The Federal Trade Commission today started mailing out a total of $108 million in refund checks to 450,177 homeowners who were allegedly overcharged by Countrywide Home Loans,

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 3:02 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

The clock is ticking. In less than three months, Fannie, Freddie and Federal Housing Administration loans will get smaller. But some lawmakers are poised to prevent the lower loan limits from going into effect on Oct. 1. A bipartisan bill introduced last week seeks to keep the current loan limits for another two years. That

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