Mortgages Blog

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 9:00 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

I didn’t make it to yesterday’s housing finance conference in Washington, but I had eyes and ears there: Christopher Cruise, a mortgage loan officer trainer, erstwhile loan officer, and part-time journalist. After the conference, Cruise caught up with Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer of PIMCO, the giant bond fund. In opening remarks, Gross had said

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:32 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Mortgage bond yields have been rising today, maybe enough to spur some lenders to hike mortgage rates by one-eighth of a percentage point. Pin it on rising stock prices, which compel investors to take money out of bonds so they can buy stocks. The result is rising bond yields and rising mortgage rates. Today there

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:39 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Regulators want to give you the right to cancel a mortgage application within three days and get a refund of the fees you paid. The little-noticed proposal was included in a 930-page document that the Federal Reserve published Monday in the Federal Register. Here’s the proposal; it’s a 6.9-megabyte PDF file. The Fed’s Proustian tome

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Monday, August 16, 2010 10:45 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

New York, as it often does, occupies the most expensive spot in Bankrate’s annual closing costs survey. Arkansas had the lowest closing costs in this year’s survey. Texas is the second-most expensive state for closing costs. It often is. New York and Texas usually find themselves in the top two, for a number of reasons.

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Tags: Mortgages
Monday, August 16, 2010 9:56 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

The economic calendar is rather light this week. In the mortgage world, this week’s economic calendar highlights come at 8:30 a.m. eastern time on Tuesday, when the feds come out with reports on housing, as well as wholesale prices. The Census will issue its report on housing starts, building permits and housing completions in July.

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Friday, August 13, 2010 3:40 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

I recently caught up with Andrew Schiller, founder of NeighborhoodScout.com, a site that helps homeowners find suitable neighborhoods. The idea is simple: a pair of empty nesters, a married couple with children, and a young single all are likely to have different ideas as to what constitutes a desirable neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout helps them to find

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Thursday, August 12, 2010 3:00 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

FHA-insured home loans are about to get more expensive. If you’re about to get a Federal Housing Administration-insured mortgage, you might want to act before October. But in some situations, you might want to wait. This is complicated, so bear with me. The FHA insures mortgages, and the insurance fund has taken a big hit

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Tags: FHA, home loans
Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:53 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Mortgage rates fell again to another record low in this week’s rate survey, with the 30-year fixed averaging 4.57 percent. Rates haven’t been this low since the mid-1950s. This is the fourth week in a row in which the 30-year fixed either tied or set a record low. A plurality of Rate Trend Index voters

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Monday, August 9, 2010 2:07 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Do you owe way more than your house is worth because property values went down? Are you on time with your mortgage payments? Are you optimistic and lucky? Is your mortgage not insured with the FHA? Do you have time and energy to spend countless hours on the phone with lenders, jawing with customer service

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Monday, August 9, 2010 7:06 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

The economic calendar has a slow start this week, after enduring Friday’s disappointing employment report. In that report, nonfarm payrolls plunged by 131,000 jobs in July, which was worse than expected. The revision for June magnified that month’s job losses, too. With all those lost jobs, the unemployment rate remained unchanged, at 9.5 percent. Was

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