Home Purchase Loan

There’s no shortage of data on America’s housing market. Analysts constantly review new and existing home sales, building permits, available housing units, and other metrics to gauge the health of the market and to assess its likely direction. ATTOM Data Solutions, a national property data warehouse with information on 150 million U.S. properties, adds another
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For the unprepared, the mortgage process can be a whirlwind of unfamiliar terms and procedures followed by stacks of confusing paperwork. Were you truly ready for the process when you bought your first home – or, if you are a prospective first-time homebuyer, are you ready now? A recent survey by FREEandCLEAR suggests that while
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What is the best day of the month to close on your mortgage? Not everyone will have the same answer to that question, as it depends on your specific mortgage situation. Many homebuyers consider the end of the month to be the best time to close. Data released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR)
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Stocks Outpace Housing Few can argue that the stock market has experienced great growth under President Trump. The “Trump Bump” consists of an approximate 20% increase in both the Dow Jones and S&P 500 during the President’s first year in office. Does the same Trump Bump translate to the housing market? A recent study by
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If you are attempting to buy a home on a low or intermediate income, you need every bit of help that you can get. Mortgage credit certificates are one of the lesser-known ways that the federal government can help. A mortgage credit certificate (MCC) is essentially a form of tax savings. The mortgage interest that
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Home sellers and their agents may be limiting their potential base of buyers by ignoring a growing pool of them. Inside Mortgage Finance recently noted that loans acquired through the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department are rapidly increasing, reaching a holding level of one-quarter of primary insured home loans. This tops the number of loans backed
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Veteran’s Administration (VA) loans are invaluable for homebuyers. Their advantages include little or no money down, qualifying with a lower credit score, competitive interest rates, potentially lower closing and auxiliary costs, and no private mortgage insurance requirements. VA loans are administered through approved lending institutions, and backed through an entitlement of up to $36,000. This
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An Unexpected Increase The housing market received an unexpected surprise as new home sales rose to an annually adjusted rate of 667,000 homes in September 2017, far exceeding the slight decline predicted by experts. September’s new home sales value was the highest in ten years, and the 18.9% jump was the largest monthly increase since
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E-mail scams can take many forms, but did you realize that an e-mail scam could scuttle your home purchase? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a blog warning homebuyers of a housing-related e-mail fraud that can drain your housing funds. Thieves initiate the swindle by hacking into the e-mail accounts of homebuyers, real estate
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Electronic closing of a mortgage loan has been around for years – in a manner of speaking. Generally, some element of the transaction still requires traditional methods such as the physical presence of a notary public or signing of original documents in ink. Most, if not all, of the parties involved are still in the
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When you are shopping for a home mortgage, you will probably be given the opportunity to “lock in” an interest rate when you are initially approved for your loan. This enables you to fix the interest rate you’re quoted upon loan approval for a limited period of time. Mortgage interest rates can be volatile, changing
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Student loan debt has made it difficult for many young Americans to enter the housing market. A recent survey from the National Association of Realtors found that 71% of student loan borrowers cited their student loan burden as a reason to delay buying a home. The student loan plight may be a major factor in
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Treasury Report Targets Dodd-Frank In February of 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13772, which gave the Secretary of the Treasury 120 days to create a report reviewing financial laws and regulations with respect to seven “Core Principles”. Those principles are generally related to streamlining the financial markets and, in the President’s opinion, reducing constraints
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America Breaks the Debt Record According to the New York Fed’s recent Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, America has more debt than ever before. Do you? Should you be concerned in either case? The report shows that American household debt reached $12.73 trillion in the first quarter of 2017. That tops the previous
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If you are a first-time homebuyer, you may be aware of mortgage insurance but you may not know that there are two different types. Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) and Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) both have the same general purpose: to offset the default risk to lenders when borrowers have purchased homes with low down payments
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April is National Financial Literacy Month. Why do we dedicate this calendar page to highlighting financial skills and education? The tax deadline? Sound financial decisions are important all year long, but most Americans never learned how to manage money or save for goals, so financial security is a bigger challenge than it needs to be.
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The housing market has shown signs of strength recently, but momentum remains elusive. Will this be the year that housing breaks out? Expert opinions vary, but most see a moderating market that will continue to pose a challenge for new homebuyers. Mortgage rates – Most estimates for mortgage rates suggest the post-election trend of sharply
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You have agreed to terms with the seller for your new home, and are now preparing to enter the closing phase. Unfortunately, closing on a house is considerably more complicated than buying a new appliance, or even a car. The closing process typically takes 30-45 days and requires several preliminary steps before the actual closing
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Recent research shows that as banks step back from offering risky loans, non-banking lenders have stepped in to fill the breach. Though banks once ruled the mortgage sector in the U.S, they now have less than a 50 percent share. According to the latest figures, the amount of mortgage dollars offered by traditional banking institutions
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According to a statement made on Monday, by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a large number of mortgage lenders are now following the new regulations implemented last year by the Dodd-Frank Act. These new regulations govern mortgage originations and the dispersal of information to borrowers, among other things. Other rules apply to a borrower’s
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Americans who have a down payment of around 20 percent or less may have to get mortgage insurance to qualify for the loan. However, some lenders do not explain what this is, and some borrowers walk away because they don’t believe they should buy mortgage insurance. Mortgage insurance provides lenders with a guarantee if the
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Jumbo mortgages made at the six largest U.S. banks accounted for 24 percent of all mortgages in 2015. That’s an increase from 21 percent in 2014. All of these jumbo mortgages were larger than $417,000. Since 2008, they have become more popular with the larger banks, including Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citigroup, PNC
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On Tuesday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that they will soon be releasing a new set of guidelines for the sale of all mortgages that were once guaranteed by the US government. These new regulations come in response to a number of legislators criticizing the loan sales, saying that they allowed
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