Mortgage / Finance

Anybody that's hung around the ActiveRain “water cooler” for any length of time understands the value of the relationships built on the site. AR is so much more than a social networking site, however.

It's also the place to get up-to-the-minute information on topics that affect your clients. Ask yourself: what's the most confusing aspect of buying a home for the real estate consumer? The answer is most likely financing the purchase. Credit scores and how they affect the mortgage rate, types of loan products, points, fees – whew! -- there's a lot to know about mortgages.

To serve your clients effectively you need to know about this stuff and keep abreast of changes in the mortgage industry. Thankfully, ActiveRain is not only popular with real estate agents and brokers but with finance professionals as well.

Whether you're an agent trying to figure out what the Fed's latest move means to your clients or a mortgage pro who needs input on how to build relationships with real estate agents, ActiveRain is the place to tap into a wealth of knowledge.

Trending blogs on Mortgage / Finance

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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 Adjustable rate mortgages are loans with variable interest rates that change according to the market rates, as opposed to fixed rate mortgages, which guarantee a set rate for the entire period of the loan. ARMs may seem like a great idea some years, but in other years, you may wonder what you we...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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  “Some First Time Home Buyers Listen to the Wrong Advice” I will follow up on clients that I have done a pre-qualification for and haven’t heard from in 60 days after issuing the pre-qual letter: 1)      Do we need to make any adjustments? 2)      Have they stopped searching for a home? 3)      ...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Qualified Home Buyers Can Purchase For As Little As 5% Out Of Pocket     Introducing The New Lee County HFA Low Rate Loan with Second Mortgage Program To Piggy Back with Your FHA       • 30-year fixed rate mortgage loan • Up to $10,000 secured by your second mortgage • Proceeds may be used for d...
By zeta cross, Getting Greener Makes Your home worth more!
(Smart Green Realty)
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 Settlement is supposed to be a week from today. As a result of the building inspection, my buyers got a $500 credit toward their closing costs. I put that in an addendum. Last week seller's agent was out of town on vacation. I just got the signed addendum agreeing to the $500 credit back yesterd...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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  “It is Never Easy with No Agents” It becomes complicated when there are issues with the home inspection, the appraisal and the attorneys don’t get along. Yup, all these issues were part of this transaction.  Buyer and seller knew each other. The buyer had already been living in the property for...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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It is not uncommon for a Borrower to be surprised by the amount of the Monthly Mortgage Payment  on a property they want to purchase.  This is because many Borrowers go online and try to calculate the monthly mortgage payment on their own by using an Online Mortgage Calculator.  Online Mortgage C...
By Jennifer Provencio, The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist
(Fresno-Clovis-Visalia-Hanford-Tulare-Merced-Stockton-Modesto-Madera-San Luis Obispo-Bakersfield)
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One of the questions asked most frequently by seniors getting a reverse mortgage is,"How Much Money Can I Get From My Reverse Mortgage?"Many seniors believe that they will get a large check each month or even a large line of credit equal to the amount of their home.The rule of thumb is 50%.  Most...
By Ron Largent, Real Estate and Commercial Financing
(Real Estate and Gas Stations America)
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 How To Finance A Mobile Home Park  Mobile home parks have some uniquely attractive attributes, but one of the most appealing is the many different financing options available to buy a mobile home park. You will find more creative financing options in mobile home park investing than in all the ot...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Commercial Bond Yields   CMB         GoC         Floating RateInsured Cost of Funds 5 Year - 1.38%*Canada Housing 12/15/20 [-0.02]       5 Year - 0.81%CAN 3.50 03/01/20 [-0.02]       0.97% [-]                       10 Year - 2.27%*Canada Housing 12/15/25 [-0.04]       10 Year - 1.70%CAN 2.25 06/...
By Jeff Jensen
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All U.S. markets are closed today in early observation of the 4th of July.  Here in the northeast corrider Thursday was the major travel day for those heading out of town for the long weekend.  We had our town fireworks on Wednesday night.  The titanic booms coming from Long Island Sound caused m...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 6
When I meet my client, I tell them - now you are my responsibility and I need your cooperation (in either finding the house or selling the house!)And the same sentiments I see in this post from my friend Joe Petrowsky.     “The Responsibility of, I TRUST JOE”   I learned the word trust and what i...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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Working with a couple going through a divorce can be nearly as emotionally wrenching for the realtor as the clients involved. This blog by George Souto is a great one to bookmark and share with those clients, so that at least one aspect of the process - the impact to their credit - can be minimiz...
By Matt Brady, Lending With Competence And Character
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You’ve probably been through this before:You get a personalized letter in the mail from a lender offering you an insanely low interest rate for a mortgage, or you see an online ad offering something similar and with an offer of no closing costs. But when you inquire with a loan officer at your ba...
By David L. Britt, MBA
(Platinum Realty, LLC)
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  I'm honored to be an American and privileged to Celebrate the Birth of the Greatest Nation on Earth!  To those who serve in the military, we salute you and more importantly "Thank You" for your commitment and contribution to keeping our country and those who live here safe!  We are ever indebt...
By Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage
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MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE LOCK ADVISORY July 2 2015, 8:00 AM PST  Click for Continuously Updated Lock Advice   LOCK ADVISORY 1-7 Day Close: LOCK This Afternoon 8-14 Day Close: LOCK 15-30 Day Close: LOCK MORTGAGE MARKET INDICATORS Freddie Mac Average:30-Yr FRM, on: 6-25-15: 4.08% - Up 0.06 point Rate...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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  “Too Much Negotiation Can Be a Problem” A hand full of my clients that I have done pre-qualification letters for are all currently negotiating for homes and three of the five are in multiple bid situations. I have advised all to make the strongest possible offer, otherwise risk not getting the ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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  “I Am NOT a Fan of Jeb, Donald or Hillary” All are a gift to the process, are unelectable but all bring something valuable to the election process. They all demonstrate what I don’t like in a future President.  All leave much to be desired, as I couldn’t say that I trust any of them completely....
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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  “The Responsibility of, I TRUST JOE” I learned the word trust and what it means early on in my childhood. My parents used to use the statement, “Don’t dirty the steps to this home”. That was their way to teach us, the only thing you can consider yours, is your “WORD”, without that, you have not...
By Olga Simoncelli, Broker/Owner Veritas Prime Candlewood Lake Area CT
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
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Interest Rate Conundrum - Fed Watchers on Red Alert   Most consumers, particularly in the real estate market, view interest rates in terms of relative ease of buying a home, for indeed each 1% drop in the rate on a mortgage can translate to reduced monthly costs, making a home purchase more affor...
One of the more common methods that home loan applicants use to find the best loan program available is to compare interest rates, but choosing the lowest rate possible is not always the best option available. In fact, in some cases, it may be one of the least advantageous options when all factor...