It seems the inevitable approaches for the US government and its "supported entities" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Both, moving in tight alignment, have lost over 60% of their market value in the preceding 30 days. Hovering dangerously between $3-$5 a share. Something is certain to break.
The lessons of the subprime mortgage crisis are obvious: If you have an adjustable-rate mortgage, refinancing to a fixed-rate home loan is a smart move. The sooner you act, the less likely you'll get caught between rising interest rates and declining home values.
One of the disturbing things that came to light during recent investigations into the credit crisis is that lenders often overcharge consumers when they take out mortgages or home equity loans. Before applying for a loan, know what closing costs to expect and how to reduce or avoid them, if possible.
The Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act targets predatory lending practices.
A mortgage is the biggest investment most people will ever make. If you're going to use a mortgage broker for such an important transaction, be sure that you're working with the best. Here are some distinctive traits of the top mortgage brokers.
A common fear is that multiple inquiries on your credit report will lower your score. That's partially true, based on who's doing the inquiring. If you're shopping for a car or home loan, inquiries won't lower your score. But if a landlord or credit card company takes a peek at your credit report, it's a different story.