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By Brian Heckman, Brian Heckman- Florida Mortgage Lender
(The Heckman Group)
The Mortgage Rates today has moved slightly lower lining with the low rates for the month. The recent improvements are somewhat contradicting as rates usually go high together with stronger data payrolls, that was presented last Friday. Low Mortgage Rates this December. ...
(William T. Zumwalt CPA, CTC "The Tax Coach for REALTORS")
Tax collectors generally don't choose their line of work for the pay. Glassdoor.com, a gossipy website covering salaries and careers, reports the average Revenue Agent earns $73,967. Careerbliss.com tells us the average criminal investigator earns $99,000 — which makes sense considering there's...
FHA loan limits are set to decrease in many counties throughout the country and we will feel the effects of these changes here in Arizona. Every county besides Coconino County in Arizona, will have an FHA loan limit of $271,050 for new FHA home purchase loans after January 1, 2014. In Maricopa a...
Have you ever considered paying off the mortgage on your home in two biweekly payments rather than one monthly payment? It might seem like this wouldn’t make a difference, but the truth is that biweekly payments really do add up more quickly. Since there are 52 weeks in a year you will end up m...
By Randy Mitchelson, Entrepreneur, Author, Activist
(Homeland Heroes Home Loans)
I read. A lot. Always have. Newspapers, magazines, industry publications, books, online articles, blogs. You name it, I read it. Not all authors are created equal. When you read a lot you sometimes come across questionable things. For example, there was an article about credit which contained Wro...
By the BRILLIANT real estate marketing team, We help people buy and sell ~ Brilliantly!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The new Qualified Mortgage Rule goes into effect in January: What you and your buyers need to know January 2014 will usher in new, more stringent mortgage regulations, designed to protect consumers from risky mortgage practices and to stabilize the mortgage market. The Consumer Financial Protec...
Loan limits are appropriately named. They are the maximum allowable loan size for a mortgage. Loan limits vary by product and region, and are included in a program's specific mortgage guidelines. In Clark County the cure FHA loan limit is $400K for a single family, but beginning in 2014 they will...
Politicians and their minions of bureaucrats have long since given up serving the public instead they rule in the name of protection! They are at it again! Attacking home owners in blitz creed described as "mortgage reform!" In an e-mail today "Short Sale Expediters" reported on the to "protect t...
Loan limits are appropriately named. They are the maximum allowable loan size for a mortgage. Loan limits vary by product and region, and are included in a program's specific mortgage guidelines. In Orange County CA the current FHA loan limit is $729,750.00 for a single family, but beginning in 2...
By Eric Gausepohl, Eric Gausepohl - Summit Lending
For qualified veterans, a VA loan is a great product and refinancing with a VA loan may be easier than you think! Basically, there are two reasons why you may want to refinance with a VA loan. The first scenario is you are currently in a conventional loan and want to refinance to get into a VA...
By Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent
(Century 21 New Millennium MD)
Be prepared the: FHA LOAN LIMITS are DECREASING on January 1, 2014 in CHARLES, CALVERT and ST MARY'S COUNTY MARYLAND Southern Maryland is not the only area impacted by the FHA Loan Limit changes. In many areas the Loan Limits are going down. County Current Loan ...
Thinking of getting a loan in Vallejo Ca or areas near Vallejo? I work very close to some of the best lenders in Vallejo if you are considering a home loan. There are Vallejo Loan options available with little down payment because of assistance programs. There are also Vallejo Home Loan...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Just In. This may not apply to many ActiveRain ares, but it surely does here. I'm in Loudoun County which is covered. Also my network includes Alex., Arlington, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Stafford County in Virginia AND Montgomery County, Prince George's County in MD. Talk to yo...
Below is the daily mortgage market and interest rate commentary from Bruce Brown, CMPS with Prime Lending and radio host of Dollars and Homes on KCMO Talk Radio 710. To view my daily blog please visit my website at www.dollarsandhomes.com/blog.
By Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert
Economic News in Review Greenville SC Here is last week's economic news in review Greenville SC. Could the economy be seeing a solidifying recovery? Last week’s spate of reassuring economic headlines definitely offered some optimism in that regard. Employment, consumer activity, and real estate...
By Joe Gonzalez, King of Prussia FHA Jumbo Mortgage Pre-Approval
(Gateway Funding DMS, L.P.)
Mortgage 101 - Understanding the HUD-1 Form When preparing for a closing on your refinance or home purchase, one of the documents you will be provided with a few days before closing is a HUD-1 Form. This form provides you with valuable information about your loan. While at first, this three pa...
By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,FHA 203k,Jumbo Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
When preparing for a closing on your refinance or home purchase, one of the documents you will be provided with a few days before closing is a HUD-1 Form. This form provides you with valuable information about your loan. While at first, this three page document may seem intimidating, if you under...
Home owners who supplement their mortgage payments with a basement apartment will now need a license. The City of Mississauga has finally made a response to Bill 140 and the affordable Housing Act. As of January 2, 2014, legal second units must have a City of Mississauga licence per City By-l...
What goes up, must come down. Who thought this would apply to FHA loan caps? Beginning right at the stroke of mid-night of 2014, the current FHA loan cap of $729,750 will be reduced to $625,500 in high-cost areas. FHA will keep its current loan limits in place in areas where housing costs are l...
By Sharon Lord, Argent Décor - AZ Vacation Home Furnishing Service
If you are considering buying a home in Maricopa County, Arizona and plan to use an FHA 3.5% down loan, LISTEN UP! Effective 1/1/14, the Maximum Loan Amount will drop from $346,250 all the way down to $271,050!!! That's a MASSIVE reduction in potential home price! If you plan to put the minim...