Mortgages Blog

Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:57 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Two federal government agencies have unveiled a website that allows homeowners who are struggling with their mortgage payments to run their own net present value (NPV) tests. These calculations, which use dozens of inputs to compute the NPV of a house or condominium, are a crucial test in whether a homeowner will qualify for easier

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 2:58 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

House Republicans have proposed a bill to “strengthen FHA” by raising the minimum down payment for FHA loans from 3.5 percent to 5 percent. They also want to prohibit FHA borrowers from financing their closing costs and to lower the limits on FHA loans (FHA’s maximum loan limits are already scheduled to fall in October.

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Tags: FHA, Mortgages
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:36 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Victims of mortgage scams have a new cop on the beat in California. The U.S. Department of Justice and California Attorney General’s office have teamed up to create a joint mortgage fraud task force of 25 attorneys and investigators who will monitor, investigate and prosecute both civil and criminal mortgage-related scams and frauds in the

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 10:48 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Why were you turned down for a HAMP modification? That’s the question that the U.S. Treasury aims to answer with an online calculator that was posted yesterday. It also can help answer the question: Will I be approved for a HAMP mod? The calculator can be found at the dreadful URL CheckMyNPV.com. For search engine

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Monday, May 23, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Following on the heels of its overhaul of credit card disclosures announced in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, last week launched its “Know Before You Owe” project, a similar attempt to streamline and clarify government-required mortgage disclosures. “Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions most Americans will ever make.

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Friday, May 20, 2011 10:25 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Mortgage loan disclosure forms are notoriously complicated and difficult for borrowers to understand, despite the fact that these miserable pieces of paper have been debated, analyzed, focus-grouped, revised and reimagined to the “nth” degree in recent years. Still, the newly minted federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking another run at the problem, trying to

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Friday, May 20, 2011 8:06 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

The U.S. mortgage market appears to be on the mend. Except, that is, for the usual hot spots, where loan delinquencies and foreclosures remain so elevated they render the national statistics “somewhat meaningless.” That’s according to the latest survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., and commentary by MBA Chief Economist Jay Brinkmann.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 1:17 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures have declined in the first quarter, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The percentage of loans that were delinquent for 90 days or more dropped half a percentage point to 8.1 percent in the first three months of the year, compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. The share of mortgages

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Tags: Mortgages
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 10:51 am
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

The foreclosure crisis is far from over and the situation could worsen if home prices continue to decline, according to data from a housing and mortgage trends report released by the real estate and financial information firm CoreLogic. Nearly one in four borrowers, or 11 million people, owes more on their mortgage than what their

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Friday, May 13, 2011 3:18 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

There is no question the lack of regulatory oversight played a huge role in the collapse of the mortgage and housing markets. Yet, the concept of creating a more efficient system to help protect consumers’ interest against the predatory lending practices that contributed to this crisis seems to be viewed as absurd by some banks

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