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 Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Officer
(Norcom Mortgage)
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Changes in FNMA Guidelines Enables Norcom Mortgage to Close More Conventional Loans  Here’s What’s New … 1.   Unreimbursed Business Expenses. Buyers earning 2.   Move Up Buyers. Buyers moving up to a bigger home and converting their current residence to investment property no longer need a minimu...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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  “Shopping for the Lowest Rate” I did a pre-qualification for a client a few months ago. As part of the process we discussed interest rates and a monthly payment that would be comfortable for him. I explained that interest rates were starting to move upward and to keep that in mind.  I had reach...
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 Buyer to try to purchase a property while they are in the process of changing jobs.  This is usually not a big deal if the Borrower is changing his or her job soon, and is not already under the process of obtaining a mortgage.  However, if the Borrower is not going to beg...
By Judy Wahba Realtor-Broker/Owner Steve Houck Realtor/Partner
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
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It has come to my attention, after talking with many potential buyers, that the general public doesn't know how to shop for a mortgage loan. Most people will ask "what interest rate are you offering" and that is their only question. I don't know about you,but I am constantly getting junk mail off...
By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageguy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com, FHA, VA, USDA, HomePath, Jumbo)
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 My credit wasn't the best before I applied for the mortgage loan. Thanks to Mr. Krichmar's knowledge about the industry and his effort to get me into a home, I was able to come away with the best possible financing situation. Mr. Krichmar has extensive knowledge and is willing to share it! This ...
By Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage
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MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE LOCK ADVISORY July 28 2015, 8:00 AM PST  Click for Updated Lock Advice   LOCK ADVISORY 1-7 Day Close: LOCK 8-14 Day Close: LOCK 15-30 Day Close: LOCK MORTGAGE MARKET INDICATORS Freddie Mac Average:30-Yr FRM, on: 7-23-15: 4.04% - Down 0.05 pointRate Price Based on 3% MBS - 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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In a previous post, I wrote about the advantages or pros of the reverse mortgage, which you can read HERE. It helps so many people and can be such a blessing to seniors who are struggling to make it month-to-month. However, one of the things I often hear is that the reverse mortgage sounds too go...
By Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert
(Movement Mortgage)
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Economic News in Review Greenville SCHere is last week’s Economic News in Review Greenville SC. Existing home sales outpaced expectations to hit an eight-year high, while new home sales were at a seven-month low. Meanwhile, lay-offs shrank to their smallest rate in more than 40 years.  Existing H...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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  “Why Don’t More Multifamily Homeowners Refinance?” I am always amazed when someone comes to me for a new mortgage that currently has a high interest rate on their property and they are not planning on selling. So often the property is a multifamily that was originally financed with an FHA mortg...
By Jennifer Provencio, The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist
(Fresno-Clovis-Visalia-Hanford-Tulare-Merced-Stockton-Modesto-Madera-San Luis Obispo-Bakersfield)
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Do you have a retirement strategy? Have you developed a plan? Are you maximizing your home's equity? Would you like to create a lifetime income stream? Have you planned for long term care? If you do not have a plan or strategy, you need to attend this free retirement seminar! Our financial strate...
By Jennifer Provencio, The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist
(Fresno-Clovis-Visalia-Hanford-Tulare-Merced-Stockton-Modesto-Madera-San Luis Obispo-Bakersfield)
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 For the last thirty to forty years, you have continually invested your hard-earned money into your home. Even when times were tough and you were raising children and then putting them through college, you still continued to put money into your home. Not necessarily just from mortgage payments, b...
By Jennifer Provencio, The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist
(Fresno-Clovis-Visalia-Hanford-Tulare-Merced-Stockton-Modesto-Madera-San Luis Obispo-Bakersfield)
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  Beautiful Fresno Home, Great for a Senior. Make no monthly mortgage payments with a Reverse Mortgage!   Property Features Location Information  County: Fresno  MLS Area: 705  Cross Street: N/McKinley W/Palm  Directions: From Palm/McKinley, travel West on McKinley to Arthur, turn North. Travel ...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
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Can We Use Reserve Funds for Landscaping During Drought?We receive a lot of questions from associations on how they are able to use their reserve funds and still be eligible for FHA condominium project approval.  Up in our neck of the woods in New England, these questions are primarily geared tow...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
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FHA Won’t Dictate How You Run Your CondominiumWe have been working with one of our clients for many months because the Board has been reluctant to provide the necessary information to us.  It recently surfaced that they have concerns that once the condominium is approved by FHA, the Federal Gover...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“What do you mean Your Realtor Recommended that a Home Inspection NOT be Done” I did a Pre-Qualification for a client and at the time I was told that a home was being considered that needed work, so we discussed a 203 K Streamline loan. That seemed to be the perfect solution. A Realtor was alread...
By Matt Brady, Lending With Competence And Character
(Skyline Home Loans)
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Do you have clients that have incorrect information on their credit report? The answer is yes for a LOT of people. Most people dispute the incorrect information, and as a matter of principal want it corrected.Well as lenders we were not allowed to give someone a new mortgage if they had a dispute...
By Jeff Jensen
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After 6 days of losses, the stock market had a positive day today.  The Fed began its today Open Market Committee meeting today which will culminate with a monetary policy statement tomorrow at 2 PM.  It is widely thought that there will be no increase until at least September with many pundits t...
By Bob Elliot
(RE/MAX Advisors)
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The United States government established the HARP program, otherwise known as the Home Affordable Refinance Program, to assist homeowners who are struggling with their mortgage payments. Initially, the program was founded in March 2009, and it has provided many homeowners with an easier route to ...
By Mike Bjork
(American Pacific Mortgage)
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http://MikesDailyMarketReport.com: 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 Jeff Jensen
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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) closed down 6 basis points today at 103.41 having remained above support offered by the 50 day moving average and just27 basis points below important resistance at the 103.68.  If MBS bonds can re-take that level, we could see some nice improvement in interest rat...