Mortgages Blog

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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Monday, July 18, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Just six months into her job as assistant director of the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Holly Petraeus is kicking butts and taking names of mortgage lenders who dare to mess with America’s military families. Last week, Petraeus, the wife of Gen. David Petraeus and daughter of Gen. William Knowlton,

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:42 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

As you might have heard by now, more help is on the way for unemployed homeowners who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments. But not all of those who are jobless and delinquent on their mortgages will qualify for assistance. The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that starting Aug.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:17 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

The bond-rating companies have waded into the scrum over the debt limit. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s jumped off the bench and onto the field and are throwing punches. They’re not dispassionately reporting from the press box. Please keep in mind, when you read and watch articles about the debt debate, that Moody’s and S&P

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:50 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Mortgage rates fell this week after release of a dismal employment report. Read Polyana da Costa’s report. In the Rate Trend Index, the majority predict that mortgage rates will remain relatively unchanged this week. Polyana agrees with the majority, and I think rates will rise. In the last few weeks, when we have disagreed, she

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