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 Steve Vondran, Real Estate Lawyer
(The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.)
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Hi again, this post provides general legal information that every real estate broker and agent in the United States should be aware of.  I will be discussing the recent UNANIMOUS United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Jesinoski v. C0untrywide Home Loans  If you are the kind of person...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Timesaving Strategies for Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- Concierge Service)
Comments 5
Dear Readers -   GEORGE SOUTO from Middletown, CT teaches us with every post he wries about Mortgages. His local event posts are interesting as well.   Agents ask prospective Clients if they have their "Mortgage Letter" and then the prospective Client asks, "What is that?" Here George offers a CO...
By Karen Schimpf
(Commercial Capital Ltd.)
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This borrower had 5 condos in a condo community, what is called a fractured condo. In other words, he did not own all the condo’s in the complex-just a hodgepodge of them. We did a blanket loan on the 5 condo’s and got a huge assortment of debts refinanced freeing up his balance sheet and improv...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 38
“Seniors Beware”I have had clients contact me, asking if they should get a reverse mortgage. They often talk about an ad they saw on TV, hosted by Robert Wagner, Fred Thompson or some other notable spokesperson. I have often wondered if they would get a reverse mortgage themselves. The stories ar...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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A Mortgage Pre-Approval Process is a process a Borrower goes through in order to determine the price home they will be able to qualify to purchase.  Once a Borrower has gone through this process with a qualified Mortgage Loan Originator, the Loan Originator will provide them with a letter which ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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The biggest delay today in processing a mortgage is collecting all of the documentation required before the loan can be approved.  So once a Borrower starts the Homebuying Process they should begin to put together all the documents that will be required when they go to apply for a Mortgage.  When...
By Gay E. Rosen, Honest, Hardworking and always Professional!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
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          As a member of RE Vamp (a real estate networking group that meets once a month, and is currently being considered for Continuing Education credits by NYSAR), it has been an enjoyable experience. Our saying is “where you can dine and opine” and we do just that. We meet at the Westchester...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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FHA Mortgage Guide Updates - Deferment & Interest     With FHA loans seeing a resurgence in the marketplace thanks to the recently reduced mortgage insurance premiums, it's once again important to keep up to date on the program changes, which happen pretty often as the program changes with the ma...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Sweet and Low: Why Aren’t More Buyers Putting Down 3%?   Where you put down roots says a lot about you. Suburb vs. city; condo vs. single-family house—these are all decisions that home buyers tackle, and what they decide speaks to who they are. Also telling is how much they can afford to put down...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 55
“I Always Read Your Blogs even though you’re Not in My Industry”   While attending my weekly BNI meeting, a guest was attending that I had met many years before. He made the comment that he always looks forward to reading my posts on Linkedin. David gave me a really nice commercial, it was great...
By yanni raz
(hml investments)
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Private Lending: Stated Income Mortgage Loans The Federal Government recently announced that it plans to taper off its purchasing of mortgages on the secondary market. This decision has left those in the mortgage business very concerned on how this will effect mortgage rates. Following the subpri...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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When asked what it costs to sell a house it isn't fair to give an answer because there is so much more involved. than just calculating the commission. In fact it is doing a disservice to declare a rate without having first going through the package of services being offered but only after viewing...
By David Krichmar,
(, FHA, VA, USDA, HomePath, Jumbo)
Comments 7
  As you may already know, when getting a FHA mortgage you can have your Parent’s gift you your whole down payment.  But did you know that there are other ways to have you down payment gifted to you?  If not this is the article for you as I will go over the list of acceptable forms of gifted down...
By Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage
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MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE LOCK ADVISORY February 27, 2015, 8:00 AM PST  Click for Updated Lock Advice   LOCK ADVISORY 1-6 Day Close:  FLOAT With Caution 7-15 Day Close: FLOAT With Caution 16-30 Day Close: FLOAT With Caution MORTGAGE MARKET INDICATORS Freddie Mac Average:30-Yr FRM, on: 2-26-15: 3.80...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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    “Yes, it Closed, In Spite of the Arrest”     Many have asked me to let you know what happened with this transaction. I’ve included the original post. The commercial transaction closed, the loa...
By Mercatus Realty LLC, Making Dreams a Reality, One home at a time!
(Mercatus Realty LLC)
Comments 2
                                                  It's that time of the year, Tax time!  Don't miss these deductions and take advantage of owning a home during this time of year!  If you're a homeowner, there are tax benefits available to lessen the pain... Houselogic has put together a general l...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 15
“The Short Sale Decision”   It seems like the majority of people that own a home that may be worth less than the debt often feel there is no hope. Many want to get out from under and purchase another home, sometimes larger, other times smaller. Yet others had a short sale over the last few years...
By Jeff Jensen
(Annie Mac Home Mortgage)
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Stock futures looked for improvement this morning in reaction  to gains in global markets prior to the open.  Weekly initial jobless claim came in over 300,000 last week which was the highest number since January 10.  Orders for durable goods, those which will last more than three years,  showed ...
By Mike Bjork
(American Pacific Mortgage)
Comments 2 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
(Annie Mac Home Mortgage)
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With stocks trading near all time highs. S & P futures pointed slightly downward this morning.  While the revised 4th quarter GDP fell from the initial estimate of 2.6% to 2.2% it still exceeded expectations.  The good news in the number was that consumer spending was up a robust 4.2%  which repr...