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Mortgage Matters

There is a great blog you should read every day. There’s a link, below, plus I copied a whole entry into my journal, so you can see how good he is. You should add this to your “Favorites” folder. It’s useful advice…and where else are you going to get that on the Internet? Throw Back […]

The new mortgage rules might actually help the housing market

Here’s a surprise: New mortgage regulations that were implemented last Friday might actually help consumers. The bottom line, according to this Zillow report, is that many lenders have already adopted new practices now required by the recently established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). As a result, not a whole lot will change in the mortgage […]

And beware of Grinches offering bogus mortgage modifications

This is depressing. First, the fraudsters entangled people in ridiculously complex and costly mortgages. Then they turned around and hit up the same desperate people with bogus mortgage modifications schemes. Keep in mind: This scheme, in which a West Newbury man allegedly played a central part, took place right as Lehman Brothers was collapsing… Continue reading

So much for those ever rising mortgage interest rates

Sure, interest rates started to rise last spring, as many predicted. But they sure didn’t rise as much as predicted, with a weaker-than-expected economic recovery and with the Fed back-peddling from its previous vow that it would reduce its stimulus practices by the end of this year. The result: Interest rate have actually been falling […]

Government shutdown hits mortgage applications

Oh great. Just what the housing market needs: Before closing on a mortgage backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, banks must verify a borrower’s income with the IRS. But IRS operations are curtailed because of the shutdown, and the agency won’t be available to handle the paperwork the banks need to close on the […]

Here come the new lending rules

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s director is vowing a crack down on permissive lending practices. Two immediate thoughts: 1.) “Oh, no. Here come the bureaucrats.” 2.) “Just what we said was needed.” Handled right, the new rules are probably necessary, considering we got into the financial crisis largely due to absurd and shabby lending […]

Fifteen-year mortgages gaining in popularity

It seems more and more people are using the low-interest-rate environment to take out or switch to 15-year mortgages, allowing people to pay off their houses earlier and to build up equity faster. The trend is the opposite of what normally happens when interest rates fall. Though there are great arguments on both sides about […]

Will mortgage interest rates stay low?

That mortgage loan prices are at historic lows is widely known (my email’s spam folder is full of reminders). What’s not as clear is why are rates so low and, more importantly, will they continue to stay low. The Wall Street Journal has a fine article out today, Reasons Why Mortgage Rates Are Staying Low, […]

Condo sales could become easier under new FHA rules

The FHA is thinking of relaxing its rules regarding condo owners whose units qualify for low-downpayment mortgages. This could be a big deal for a lot of people, allowing more units to be sold and purchased through FDA-backed loans. File under: Every little bit helps… Continue reading

What Will Happen with Massachusetts Mortgage Rates this Week? 3/12th

Good morning, I hope all is well. Please let me know if you have any questions, 617-771-5021 Overall, look for Tuesday or Friday to be the most important day of the week due to the importance of those day’s reports and the FOMC meeting. Tomorrow will likely be the least active day for mortgage […]

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