Lending / Financial

Buying real estate is even more challenging for those of us whose eyes glaze over at the mere mention of decimals, percentages or anything else that even hints of mathematics.

The financial aspect of purchasing the largest investment of your lifetime, though, is the most important. Nobody wants to lose money. Nobody wants to leave money on the table.

If you're in the market for information on mortgages, credit scores and interest rates, you've come to the right place. The financial and mortgage pros here at ActiveRain even tell you how to shop for and compare lenders, how to raise your credit score, how to get a mortgage after a short sale or foreclosure and how to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan. Even Mom and Dad can't give the great advice you'll find here at ActiveRain.

Plan to spend some time here because ActiveRain's content library is massive. Lucky for you we've arranged it so that it's über user-friendly. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to put your finger on just the information you're looking for without having to surf a million other pages.

Trending blogs on Lending / Financial

 
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team with Jefferson Properties)
Comments 32
Buying a Home While Self Employed This year my husband and I decided to purchase another investment property. If you have been reading my blog, you know we have purchased 8 properties over the last 14 years. In most of those cases the mortgage has gone into my husband's name simply because I ...
By Mark Taylor Mortgages, 602-361-0707 #MarkTaylor #Awesomerates NMLS#207897
(and for 1st Time Buyers, Move Up Buyers & Investors )
Comments 0
Home Sales Exceed Projections According To The National Association of REALTORS®     According to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales surpassed both May sales and expectations for June. Sales of previously owned homes increased by 2.60 percent in June and reached a seasonal...
By Brian Heckman, Brian Heckman- Florida Mortgage Lender
(The Heckman Group)
Comments 1
What is Mortgage Protection?             Generally, mortgage protection insurance will cover a certain % of your monthly mortgage bill in the event that you lose your job or become disabled, for various lengths of time. (Each Sate has different policy requirements)  Most of these policies will a...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
Comments 0
Interest rates may rise sooner than expected, according to the Federal Reserve this will hinge on the labor market, new article in the RealtorMag dated 07/16/2014 quoted Janet Yellen...... Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said that the Fed may need to raise interest rates sooner than expec...
By Chris Freck, TheChrisFreckTeam
(International City Mortgage)
Comments 0
Rural Housing Home Buyer Assistance Ready to Own Your Own Home? Low - Moderate Income Household? Live in a Rural Area? Rural Development May Be Able to Help Check out this special video USDA Rural Housing Loans ♦♦     No Down Payment Required ♦♦     No Pre-determined Purchase Price Limits*  ♦♦   ...
By Cheryl Powell, The Powell Team- Helping YOU make the right move!
(RE/MAX Executive Realty - The Powell Team)
Comments 20
Have you had a Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Short Sale or Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure and are wondering how long you have to wait before you can obtain a new home loan?  Here are the guidelines as of Februrary 2011, which I verified with a loan officer friend.  Of course, every rule is made to be bro...
By David Shamansky, Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs
(US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
Comments 8
Ever have this question run through your head? I know many do, especially when you are looking to purchase or refinance your home. In this market, which is abnormal in so many ways versus a normal (non fed controlled) market the answer becomes clear... WHO KNOWS! lol Now in reality the factors I ...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Comments 11
Chase Bank and The Widow: A Success Story   I occasionally go to dinner with a few other widows in my area. I am not a regular attender as for me it's best to move on from these kinds of labels and limitations. I have become good friends with one of the ladies in the group. We share a simila...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 3
Orange County, CA Homeowners Insurance   Service Spotlight        I'll be sporadically posting reviews and recommendations for service providers and businesses that I personally use and love (and who knows, maybe I'll start posting about the ones I don't love, too!), and terming the p...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 1
New lending guidelines are coming in a few weeks.  If you are on the fence, they may affect you if you had a short sale or foreclosure.  Now is the time to get preapproved and get under contract if more than 2 years has passed.  If you have questions, just give me a call!  I'll be glad to con...
By Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County
(One World Realty Inc.)
Comments 0
A poll conducted by Versta Research and commissioned by Discover Home Loans found that 94 percent of prospective buyers believe they're making a good investment by purchasing a home. Although 87 percent are confident they will find an affordable home loan, the poll shows many have not done th...
By Bill Zumwalt, Tax Coach, CPA
(William T. Zumwalt CPA, CTC "The Tax Coach for REALTORS")
Comments 0
Someday, the financial wizards who run things on Wall Street will realize there's "paper to be stacked" opening an Investor Hall of Fame. (Hey, the Rock and Roll Hall makes $40 million a year, and it's in Cleveland.) And when they do, they'll have to dedicate an entire wing ...
By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
Comments 0
  Pace, Florida: Flat Fee Property Management $50. Monthly in Pace, Fl. 32571 with NO other charges or hidden fees NO full months rent for finding a tenant, NO half a months rent for tenant renewals and NO 20% fee added to repairs. Full Service Property Management, Tenant Scoring to insure you ge...
By Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service
(The Jordon Wheeler Group)
Comments 3
What To Do With My Equity?  Hmmm.... A few weeks ago I had a conversation with one of my clients who bought his first property in 2010.  He has substantial equity in the property today, and I have been encouraging him to list it.  One of the options he is considering is taking out an equity loan ...
By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
Comments 0
Gulf Breeze, Florida: Homes in Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561 with buyer rebates, 32563, 32566,       Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.15% While that's up slightly from last week – and so is the 15-year FRM, which edged up to 3.24% – mortgage rates remain near historically low levels...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
Comments 0
Fixed Rate Mortgages Today there are many houses that you can buy. As such, there also several options on how to actually buy that house. Specifically, today we will discuss fixed rate mortgages, the pros and cons of 30 and 15-year fixed rate mortgages and the differences in interest paid over t...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
Comments 0
What is FHA mortgage insurance? An FHA mortgage is a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, insures loans so that lenders will offer appealing rates to less qualified borrowers at a lower down payment. Typica...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
Comments 0
Reverse Mortgages: Is a reverse mortgage right for you?  There seems to be a lot of curiosity (and skepticism) these days around the reverse mortgage products on the market. Of course, we have all seen the infomercials featuring Fred Thompson, Henry Winkler, and others touting the many virtues o...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
Comments 1
Avoiding an Audit Ellen Stark, with Money Magazine, posted some insightful wisdom regarding audits. Here, she briefly explains the importance of your risk of getting audited. We have included the article and a small comment. “The clock is ticking toward the tax filing deadline on April 15th.  We...
By Nancy Moeller
(Seven Gables Real Estate)
Comments 0
When it comes to real estate loans, you'll find that there are many options. Figuring out which loan or loans are best for your new property purchase can be confusing, but we can help. Here are some types of loans you might investigate. Mortgages: Conforming Loan: When a loan conforms to the ...