Mortgage / Finance

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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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Supporters of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 are crying foul and claiming  Lenders have just dodged a bullet, but Have Lenders Just Dodged A Bullet, Or Was It Borrowers?   The answer to this question depends on a few things. Your understanding of the Lending Industry, and their present risk. Are you ...
By Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303)
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
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I was recently directed to an article on that was said to be a "great" (or similar words) explanation of the difference between "Interest Rate" and "Annual Percentage Rate".  The article explained that, "{t}he interest rate is the cost of borrowing the principal loan amount...."  The...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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Appraisal not done early is confusing and questionable. I need help from the Community because of a change in my area to the mortgage process. I am acquainted with the process, once a contract has been started of getting to the lender, and having the buyer start the process and submit their docum...
By Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage
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MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE LOCK ADVISORY October 31, 2014, 8:00 AM PST  Click for Updated Lock Advice   Fall Back 1 Hour Saturday, November 3rd LOCK ADVISORY 1-6 Day Close: FLOAT 7-15 Day Close: FLOAT 16-30 Day Close: LOCK The price for 3.50% Mortgage Loans based on MBS is currently Up 0.07 point. B...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
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Lender Won’t Close the FHA Condo Loan We have discussed in a previous article that an FHA condo loan can still close even if the condominium’s FHA approval has expired.  That is provided, however, that the FHA case number was assigned to the loan prior to the expiration of the approval.  The lend...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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Are you interested in Trust Deed Investing? Trust deed investments are incredibly appealing due to the fact that most investors make an Setabay Loan Trust Deed Investing average of 20-50% profit annually. However, trust deed investing are not for everyone and every situation. Very often people s...
By Deborah Bly, RE/MAX Realtor
(RE/MAX Space Center)
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Get Mortgage Ready | Premier Nationwide Lending | The Bly Team | 281-823-5775 Get Mortgage Ready!  What you should know when you're getting ready to buy a home. The more prepared you are, the easier & more favorable the loan process will be! Be organized! Gather current documentation - See Proces...
By Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303)
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
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I recently read a case entitled, Sumner v MERS.  It was a case involving a refinance of a mortgage in Massachusetts, and was heard before the federal district court in Massachusetts.  In Massachusetts, according to the case, they have a state law that is very similar to the federal TILA as do mos...
By Mike Bjork
(American Pacific Mortgage)
Comments 0 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 Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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Jim Bernhardt - CPA Extraordinaire Jim Bernhardt and I go back many  years to when I was asked to join a BNI group in Fairfield CT - and I found he and a few others so nice and friendly - how could I resist?    We had a CPA that we had been using, so I never had need to do more than ask Jim the o...
By Aaron Norris, MBA, APR, Hard money lending and real estate investments.
(The Norris Group Hard Money Lending)
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California hard money loan closed in Menifee, California. California trust deed at $75,000 at 9% on Menifee investment property. See more at For more information about The Norris Group's California hard money loans or our California Trust Deed, investments, call our office at ...
By Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert
(Movement Mortgage)
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VA Loan in Myrtle Beach SC  Designed for both active duty military and honorable discharged Veterans, Myrtle Beach South Carolina VA Loan is one of the best mortgage loan programs available today. Here are some of the main features of this great program: - Zero Down Payment, 100% financing. - No ...
By Tom Bailey
(Crystal Coast Realty & Home Services, LLC)
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This blog by George Souto is about a change to Fannie Mae rules that is good news for a lot of homeowners. It is really good news for us in Carteret County as we have lots of private roads and shared driveways. Thanks George. Fannie Mae Guideline Change For Properties On A Private Road.  I wrote ...
By Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert
(Movement Mortgage)
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VA Loan in Beaufort SC  It is one of the best mortgage loan programs available today. The Beaufort South Carolina VA Loan for both honorably discharged vets and active duty military personnel and if you want to know more about its features, read on. Here are the features of a VA loan program: Zer...
By Cinda Rose, Your West Valley Real Estate Expert!
(The West Valley Home Team at Realty ONE Group)
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USDA Loans for Buckeye Arizona Homes--Zero Down! USDA loans are available for eligible properties in certain rural areas such as Buckeye.  The USDA Rural Development Department offers a direct mortgage as well as a government guaranteed loan.  USDA loans offer zero money down.   There isn't a loa...
By Justin Fitzhugh, Mortgage branch opportunities in 47 states
(Nations Lending Corporation)
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized a rule that allows financial institutions to use an alternative delivery method to provide annual privacy notices through posting the annual notices on their Web sites if they meet certain conditions.    Now, financial institutions may use the al...
By Justin Fitzhugh, Mortgage branch opportunities in 47 states
(Nations Lending Corporation)
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- Qualifying a Borrower Earlier this week Fannie Mae releases Lender Letter LL-2014-05 announcing the suspension of Maryland Housing Fund as an approved mortgage insurer.   The company has not actively provided single-family mortgage insurance coverage for loans to be delivered to Fannie Mae for ...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Pay off Your Mortgage or Earn More than the Interest Rate   I am dealing with homeowners in RI who have money sitting in the bank earning .02% or not very much.  They ask me what am I to do to invest it? Should I buy more real estate? Well I am a RI real estate agent and not a CPA or accountant s...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“I Wasn’t Able to Get These Folks a Mortgage”   I wish I was successful 100% of the time, that will never happen, but I will always give 100% effort. It was rewarding to receive the email below for the folks I couldn’t get a mortgage for. It made me feel a little better.     DEAR JOE,   BOB AND I...
By Henry J. Daniels - Woodlands Texas Home Loans, Construction, Conv, VA, FHA & USDA Home Mortgages
(Henry J Daniels (936) 228-1944)
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A home Construction loan otherwise known as an Interim home Construction Loan is an easy way to get the home of your dreams.  No more are you stuck in a cookie cutter tract home subdivision that has as much personality as a cardboard box.  Instead you can start with the blank sheet of paper and ...