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20 December 2013
Did the Federal Reserve jump the gun? The day after the Fed announced the long-expected reduction in its economic stimulus program, there were some major signs that the economy, and the housing market in particular may not be doing as well as expected.
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17 December 2013
There's a big jump in mortgage fees coming this spring and it's headed straight for borrowers with good credit.
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14 December 2013
Changes at the top of federal bureaucracies often seem to have little effect on the average person.But this week's confirmation of former U.S.Rep.
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9 December 2013
Starting on New Year's Day, high-value homebuyers will have to scale their ambitions back a bit if they plan to use an FHA mortgage.
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6 December 2013
New mortgage rules taking effect next month won't change anything on homeowner's current mortgages and it won't prevent borrowers from taking out home loans with debt-to-income ratios above 43 percent, despite widespread claims to the contrary.
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26 November 2013
A new mortgage crisis, this one in home equity loans, could be brewing as payments are due to rise sharply for borrowers who took out such loans during the years of the housing bubble.
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22 November 2013
Mortgage borrowers will be getting simplified and more streamlined disclosures spelling out the terms of their loans, now that the new forms have been finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
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22 November 2013
The decision by Senate Democrats to push the button on the "nuclear option" will likely have a significant impact on home loans by clearing the way for two Obama nominees to key posts with major influence over the mortgage markets.
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20 November 2013
Home purchase mortgages are expected to outnumber refinances next year for the first time since the turn of the century, according to a new forecast from Freddie Mac.
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29 October 2013
Mortgage lending for home purchases is expected to increase by 9 percent next year, but overall lending is still expected to be down by nearly a third due to a continuing decline in refinance activity.
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25 October 2013
Looking for a good deal on a modestly priced home? You might have some serious competition from deep-pocketed investors.
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23 October 2013
House flipping - the practice of buying and quickly reselling homes for a quick profit - dropped sharply in the third quarter of the year, after surging in late 2012.
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17 October 2013
Home improvement activity kicked into high gear in the third quarter of the year and is expected to continue to show strong gains well into 2014, according to a leading indicator from Harvard University.
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16 October 2013
It's gotten easier to obtain a mortgage loan over the past year, but credit requirements still remain high, particularly for borrowers seeking a standard conforming loan.
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11 October 2013
Housing and mortgage industry trade groups are banding together to press the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to hold off on its plans to reduce the size of mortgages that can be approved by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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11 October 2013
Getting a preapproval has long been considered the first step in lining up a mortgage to buy a home.But like so many other things in the housing market these days, that's increasingly not the case.
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7 October 2013
If you missed your chance at refinancing your mortgage at a super-low rate, the standoff over the raising the federal debt limit is giving you what may be one final opportunity.
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2 October 2013
The FHA and VA are still processing mortgages, but an inability to get critical information from other federal agencies could throw a wrench into mortgage applications across the board during the government shutdown.
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26 September 2013
Fixed mortgage rates dropped to their lowest levels since mid-July this past week, following the Federal Reserve's decision to maintain its current level of economic stimulus for the time being.
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24 September 2013
U.S.home prices continued to show strong gains in July, according to two major indices released today.
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