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 George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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At the end of last month I posted a blog titled "What Can Trigger A New Closing Disclosure And Waiting Period" One of the Member who commented on the blog was Fred Cope  who suggested I "consider doing a post detailing items that impact APR" since an increase in the APR of .125% is one of the rea...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“YES, You have to Source Large CASH Deposits”   Anyone in the mortgage business will cringe when we are told “we deposited $25,000 in cash last week”. Of course I need to ask where this money came from, “it was a gift from my parents”. You can’t be doing stuff like this as it creates all kinds of...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Breaking News! Update on TRID: The United States House of Representative passed a “Grace-Period for TRID”  Update on TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure):  Defying the threat of a White House Veto, the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon passed a bipartisan legislatio...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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Unless...  You MUST be in a new home 6 months before you can take cash out with conventional financing... ...unless it's an inherited property, then you can waive the 6 month requirement  You MUST be in a new home 6 months prior to taking cash out... ...unless you meet the provisions for delayed ...
By Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage
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MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE LOCK ADVISORY October 9, 2015, 8:00 AM PST    LOCK ADVISORY -  Click for current Lock Advice 1-14 Day Close: FLOAT With Caution  15-30 Day Close: FLOAT With Caution  31-45 Day Close: FLOAT With Caution  Recommendations can change throughout the day.    MORTGAGE MARKET INDIC...
By Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert
(Movement Mortgage)
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Selling Your Home During the HolidaysConventional wisdom used to be that trying to sell your home during the holiday season was a terrible idea. Real estate agents often counseled clients to take their homes off the market between Thanksgiving and New Year’s! Luckily, we know better now. By follo...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“This was One Way to Get to Know the Neighbor”   “I know it’s been a while since we spoke, when you flipped the house next to me. However the reason why I am writing to you is, because I am getting ready to sell my house at 40 cedar street and I have to give it a fresh look before selling, I did...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“I’m Self-Employed; I’ll need a Mortgage in the Future”  There are a number reasons some folks have difficulty getting a mortgage. Credit challenges are right up there, too much debt to be able to qualify especially when there are student loans, even the other extreme of too little or no credit a...
By Real Estate, Buy-Sell-Rent
(Success Realty )
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Mortgage Insurance why do I have to pay?The biggest hurdle many buyers face today when it comes to owning a home is the down payment. How much do I have to put down and can I really afford this. Luckily there are FHA loans that don’t require an astronomical down payment in order to get your home;...
By Bruce Reichstein, Mortgage Industry Professional - 3 Decades
(Mortgage Industry Professional, Westbound Bank Chairman)
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Recently there was FHA/HUD press release issued, announcing action against a Pennsylvania landlord who allegedly discriminated against families with children in his rental practices. The same kinds of violations of the Fair Housing Act can occur when trying to buy a home, and such cases are impor...
By Russell Smith
(OVM Financial)
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Often you hear many complaining about no one can get a loan, guidelines are too strict, & lenders won’t go the extra mile.  So that is why we LOVE sharing our buyers’ success stories.  Check out these 3 VA Home Loan Successes!Contrary to belief, VA will allow excess acreage on appraisals:Most thi...
By Mike Bjork
(American Pacific Mortgage)
Comments 1 Provides the mortgage interest rate trends and navigates through the current interest rates for home loans.  Mike Bjork provides this daily service by watching the interest rates in California by projecting his thoughts on the mortgage interest rates forecast.  ...
By Valerie McEvoy, Oklahoma Real Estate and Homes
(RE/MAX Preferred Properties)
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Get the best home loan mortgage rate when you buy a home!If you are planning on buying a home in 2015, then you are aware of the constant concern about interest rates and the possibility of mortgage rates rising. Stay on top of the mortgage home loan interest rates and know about changes that mig...
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 - 1.50%Canada Housing 12/15/20 [+0.04]       5 Year - 0.87%CAN 0.75 09/01/20 [+0.06]       0.80% [-]                       10 Year - 2.18%Canada Housing 12/15/25 [+0.06]       10 Year - 1.51%CAN 2.25 06/01...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Terms Posted Rates Preferred Rates 6 MONTHS 3.14% 3.10% 1 YEAR 2.89% 2.29% 2 YEARS 2.84% 2.19% 3 YEARS 3.39% 2.34% 4 YEARS 3.89% 2.49% 5 YEARS 4.64% 2.59% 7 YEARS 5.30% 3.39% 10 YEARS 6.10% 3.84% Rates are subject to change without notice. OAC E&OE  Prime Rate 2.70% 5 yr variable 2.05%
By Rekha Vyas
(Keller Williams Realty of Brevard)
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Thought I'd share this interesting post with all of you. TRID FAQ        With the TILA-Respa Integrated Disclosure (TRID, that famous acronym for an acronym) right around the corner, I'm anxious to get started with the new way of doing business.  I'm looking forward to the implementation of TRID ...
By Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage
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MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE LOCK ADVISORY October 8, 2015, 8:20 AM PST    LOCK ADVISORY 1-14 Day Close: LOCK   15-30 Day Close: FLOAT  31-45 Day Close: FLOAT   Recommendations can change throughout the day.   Click for current Lock Advice MORTGAGE MARKET INDICATORS Freddie Mac Average:30-Yr FRM, on: 1...
  Home buying in Lafayette and West Lafayette area - Will the new Fed regulation of TRID hold you back from purchasing your dream home? In short, “No”, as long as you have an expert Loan Officer, like myself.  Never has it been more crucial than it is now to choose a Loan Officer who will stay on...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
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9 Types of Condo Projects that Must be Reviewed by HUD/HRAPWhile HUD allows lenders with Direct Endorsement authority to review and approve condominium projects on HUD’s behalf (DELRAP), there are 9 different circumstances where the condominium must be reviewed directly by HUD (HRAP). Condominium...
 TRID First, what is TRID? -- it is an acronym that stands for TILA and RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule. (Now don't get too bored) TILA - stands for Truth-in-lending Act.  This regulates all consumer lending not just mortgage- i.e. credit cards and gives the consumer the information of the actua...