Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, February 03, 2015 12:15 pm
By Holden Lewis ·

When 65 percent of homeowners say they are “very confident” that they know their mortgage rate, most of them are overconfident.

Monday, August 05, 2013 5:40 am
By Holden Lewis ·

Jeff Bartlett, deputy auto editor for Consumer Reports, explains whether he believes the impressive Impala is an outlier in the General Motors family, and how he measures affordability.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:47 pm
By Holden Lewis ·

You have been given a two-year extension to refinance your underwater home under HARP.

Monday, June 04, 2012 5:40 pm
By Judy Martel ·

With mortgage rates dropping, homeowners are quick to realize the double benefit of refinancing now. Not only do they get a low rate that reduces their monthly payments, they are also locking in a shorter duration to be free of debt sooner and build up home equity faster. Freddie Mac released a report recently that shows

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 6:38 pm
By Judy Martel ·

Banks are making money from fewer mortgages, but next year looks quite different.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 7:15 pm
By Claes Bell, CFA ·

It seems that mortgages, and the housing market in general, are on the front burner for the Obama administration heading into election season.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 6:32 pm
By Judy Martel ·

Applications for mortgages jumped 23 percent last week, largely due to homeowners taking advantage of record-low rates to refinance, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The refinance portion of total mortgage activity was 82 percent. But as a Bankrate article points out, although rates are low, mortgage fees are about to rise. Congress is set

Thursday, August 19, 2010 3:50 pm
By Holden Lewis ·

Hoisted from the comments to this post about a three-day shopping period for mortgages, reader Debra James explains why she reluctantly decided not to refinance into a 15-year mortgage, even though she will forfeit the application fee. Instead, she will keep the current mortgage and make extra payments that would pay off the loan in

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 2:07 pm
By Greg McBride, CFA ·

Yesterday the Federal Reserve took a symbolic step in the direction of more accommodative financial conditions by announcing that they will reinvest proceeds from maturing bonds back into Treasury securities. This will keep money in the financial system and help keep a lid on long-term interest rates, such as mortgages. But this is a small

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 9:40 am
By Holden Lewis ·

As I noted last week, the Home Affordable Refinance Program is a bust. And I’ve never succeeded in getting a straight answer as to why. In comments from a post last week,  Andy Boyum writes: “HARP is a joke!” He says that, because his loan has mortgage insurance, he can refinance only with his current

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