Mortgages Blog

Friday, April 8, 2011 11:26 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Mortgage interest rates rose again this week in Bankrate’s weekly survey, creating a dilemma for homebuyers: Act now to avoid the risk that rates might rise further or wait and hope that prices will drop more. Either way, it’s not an easy choice. Mortgage and realty brokers tend to emphasize the risk of rates rising.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 4:57 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

If the government shuts down, lenders would still be able to process and close VA-backed mortgages, says Barbara Sheehan, assistant vice president of mortgage products for Navy Credit Union in Vienna, Va. Sheehan says she doesn’t expect borrowers to encounter major issues when they try to close on a VA loan next week, as long

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 3:21 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

If the government shuts down the impact on mortgage loans will go beyond FHA. Government officials and lenders say loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won’t be affected by the shutdown because those agencies operate separately from the government, even though they have been under federal control since 2008. But Fannie and Freddie,

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 1:09 pm
By Polyana da Costa · Bankrate.com

If you are scheduled to close on an FHA loan or are in the process of obtaining one you should hope for the best and brace for the worst. If lawmakers can’t reach an agreement on budget issues before midnight on Friday government will shut down and so will the Federal Housing Administration, which insures

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 9:05 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

When is permanent permanent? When is a reduction a reduction? An estimated 87,000 homeowners got “permanent” loan modifications in February, a reduction from January’s 100,000 modifications, according to Hope Now, a consortium of mortgage servicers and debt counselors. Calling a new mortgage modification “permanent” is premature. Perhaps the leaders of Hope Now formerly worked in

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Thursday, April 7, 2011 8:50 am
By ReneePorsia · Bankrate.com

Normally it’s the renter who needs to prove their creditworthiness to the landlord. But with the current state of the housing market, it may be time for the landlord to prove to the renter that their credit is not in the toilet. With so many homeowners going into foreclosure each and every month at outstanding

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011 8:41 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Economic data show a “very modest, but still painfully slow recovery” from the Great Recession, and one clear cause of that pain is the mortgage and foreclosure crisis, according to Harris Interactive, a polling firm based in New York, which suggested the crisis would continue “until the economy is much stronger or house prices recover.”

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Friday, April 1, 2011 10:25 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

You’ll be able to get an adjustable-rate mortgage at a relatively attractive rate, even after regulators impose stricter underwriting rules. This week, the feds proposed tight underwriting standards for “qualified residential mortgages,” or QRMs. I’ll explain further in a later paragraph because I don’t want your eyes to glaze over yet. Suffice to say that

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Friday, April 1, 2011 9:34 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Not much reaction so far this morning to the March employment report, which was released today and says the economy added a net 216,000 jobs in the third month. That’s a bit better than expected. The unemployment rate fell from 8.9 percent to 8.8 percent. Not a big deal. The jobless rate is too high

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Friday, April 1, 2011 8:42 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Once upon a time, say, before the recent housing crisis, homeowners made every possible effort to make their monthly mortgage payment, even if that meant they couldn’t meet other financial obligations. Now, however, there’s a new payment priority in which many homeowners choose to let the mortgage slide into delinquency and default while they continue

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