mortgage rate trends: Hope for Homeowners - 03/28/10 08:42 PM
Hope for Homeowners program was enacted to assist homeowners either in default or at risk of foreclosure. It began in October of 2008 and will end on September 30, 2011. Those eligible for the program will be provided a new 30-year, fixed-rate FHA-insured mortgage. For homeowners finding it hard to pay their existing mortgages, this may provide an avenue to refinance their current mortgage into one that they can afford.

Both lender and homeowner must formally agree to participate before a new mortgage can be approved.

Some of the program requirements are as follows:

* Your home … (0 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Determining Whether to Refinance Your Mortgage - 02/08/10 04:17 PM
With interest rates near all-time lows, it is tempting for many to refinance their home loans. Before you find yourself in the throes of refinancing, you'll need to determine several things.

* Are payments for PMI included in your current home loan schedule? If have you paid, at least, 20 percent on the principal of your mortgage, your lender is required by law to remove the PMI.
* Do you owe more on your home than it is worth? If you probably will not be approved for a refinance loan. The exception is the Home Affordable refinance program. If you … (0 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae - Who Are They? - 01/24/10 05:36 PM
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae are common names associated with federal lending and home loans. They have offerings that stem from no down payment home loans to helping dislocated residents of disaster areas, to providing assistance to the elderly. If you are any age and are considering a home loan, you're struggling with mortgage payments and need assistance, or you're elderly and cannot afford repairs on your home, one of these entities may be able to assist.

Who Are Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie?

The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), better known as Fannie Mae, and the … (2 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Reverse Mortgage - Is It For You? - 12/14/09 05:06 PM
Reverse mortgages have been around for a while and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was one of the first to offer them.

Before diving into the deep end of a reverse mortgage, you need to make sure you understand what it is, if you are eligible, and what will be expected if you decide on one.

A reverse mortgage is a home loan that allows you to borrow against the equity you've built up in your home over the years. The main differences between a reverse mortgage and a … (0 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Financial Regulation: What Went Wrong? - 12/05/09 06:30 PM
In 1803, Lazare Carnot began the the study of entropy in thermodynamics, suggesting that natural processes become disorganized over time, leading to waste and inefficiency. So too, in economics does this now taken-for-granted law seem to be in clear effect: recession's end has thus far led to little change in the regulatory structure of the Fed and other responsible bodies. The notable exception is the bill now before the House which aims to severely curtail the role of the Fed. Opinions on the extent and type of reform necessary are vehement and divisive. Suffice it to say that the US regulatory … (27 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Preparing to Buy a Home - 11/15/09 05:06 PM
Are you preparing to buy a home for the first time? Or have you closed on a number of homes in the past and are preparing to buy your next home? Regardless, you'll want to keep in mind the steps necessary to successfully navigate the preparations for buying that next home.

Initially, you'll want to determine your income, debts and savings and decide what you can afford. Instead of doing all the calculations and attempting to make the determinations yourself, you may want to decide on a reputable lender and have them do it for you through a prequalification. If … (4 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Mortgage Rates Fall Back Below 5.00 - 11/05/09 07:06 PM
After rising steadily for the last 3 weeks mortgage rates fell back down this week. The 30 year rate fell from 5.03 to 4.98. The 15 year rate fell from 4.46 to 4.40. The 5 and 1 year arm fell from 4.42 to 4.35 and 4.57 to 4.47 respectively. This looks like more of a hiccup as mortgage rates steadily start there rise. At this point the overwhelming consensus is that mortgage rates are going to rise in the next six months. But the lowered rates do provide an opportunity for potential homeowners to lock in rates at sub 5.00 rates. … (1 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Mortgage Rates Continue to Fall - 10/06/09 06:18 PM
Mortgage Rates Fell yet again this week. The 30 year fell from 5.04 to 4.94. This marks the 5th week in a row where mortgage rates have either fallen or held steady. For the most part rates have been slowly falling. In fact this week accounts for half of the total fall in the last five weeks. So how does 4.94 look in a historical context. It is the lowest rate we have seen since May 28th. More importantly though it is lower than any rate we have seen prior to March 26, 2009 in the 40 years we have been … (0 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Mortgage Rates and the Economy - 08/24/09 06:58 PM
Mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest point since May 28, 2009. Whether May 28, 2009 is the summer is open to some debate. The summer solstice usually is considered the technical beginning of summer which occurred on June 21st this year. Some consider Memorial Day the beginning of summer which was May 25th. Either way this is the lowest we have seen the 30 year mortgage rate in the last 3 months.

The question of course is why mortgage rates are falling. Generally once the economy starts improving interest rates should rise. I think what has happened … (0 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Mortgage Fraud at All-Time High - 08/10/09 04:29 PM
From sea to shining sea, lenders struggle with costly mortgage fraud. Although, the fraud itself is not new, a recent FBI report reveals that the numbers are mounting and the methods used by scammers are becoming more, well, creative.

From 2007 to 2008, the FBI's annual report showed that the industry experienced an increase of more than 83.4 percent in actual mortgage fraud dollars. Last year mortgage fraud cost lenders in excess of $1.4 billion in liability, says the FBI report, and higher figures are expected for the 2009 fiscal year. Just through June of 2009, fraud figures exceeded … (2 comments)

mortgage rate trends: Mortgage Interest Rates Jump Up - 06/13/08 07:02 PM

After several weeks of staying relatively flat mortgage interest rates jumped up this week. 30 Year mortgage went from 6.09 to 6.32. 15 Year Mortgage moved from 5.65 to 5.93. 5 Year rates went from 5.51 to 5.70. The only rate that was somewhat stable was 1 Year Arms which went up from 5.06 to 5.09. Two weeks ago we predicted that rates would increase over the summer and they seem to be doing exactly that.
June 12,2008
30-yr 6.32 15-yr 5.93 5-yr ARM 5.70 1-yr ARM 5.09
June 5,2008
30-yr 6.09 15-yr 5.65 5-yr ARM 5.51 1-yr … (4 comments)

mortgage rate trends: What Is Going On With Mortgage Rates This Week - 06/06/08 07:33 PM

Rates on 15 and 30 Year Fixed loans were pretty much stable this week. Rates on 5 and 1 year ARMs both fell. With 1 Year ARMs falling from 5.22 to 5.06. This is the lowest 1 Year Arms have been since early March. Its a little wierd considering banks are losing a lot of money on ARMs from people going into foreclosure when their ARMs reset. So one would think that banks would be discouraging people from getting 5 and 1 year ARMs. But instead with a full point difference between 30 Year Fixed and One Year Arms they … (6 comments)