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 Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303) Your Dedicated Mortgage Consultant
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
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Another group of mortgage lenders has contacted HUD Secretary Julian Castro, urging him to lower the FHA mortgage insurance fees.  In a letter dated December 18, 2014, Bill Cosgrove, Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, indicated that, "MBA thinks mortgage insurance premiums are counterp...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 15
My first blog in this series on waiting periods on Mortgage Programs after a Foreclosure and Short Sale was "Fannie Mae Waiting Periods For Foreclosures And Short Sales".  Today I will continue the second blog in the series with FHA Waiting Periods For Foreclosures And Short Sales.  As I stated i...
By Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage
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MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE LOCK ADVISORY December 26, 2014, 8:00 AM PST  Click for Updated Lock Advice   LOCK ADVISORY 1-6 Day Close:  LOCK 7-15 Day Close: LOCK 16-30 Day Close: LOCK MORTGAGE MARKET INDICATORS FHLMC Weekly Average:30-Yr FRM, on 12-18-14: 3.83% - Up 0.03%MBS (3.5%) - Currently, 103.8...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“It’s OK, if You Don’t Read My Blogs”     I had to laugh when I got the message below, letting me know he doesn’t like having to open so many of my posts. OK, I admit it, I post a least one blog per day, but this was a new one on me. I was not aware that I had to open anyone’s post or how about ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“If I’m a Seller and This is this the Best the Agent Can Do?”     I just don’t get it, the property this was being offered was priced at $99,900 and this is the image that is shown in the MLS system.  To me, it doesn’t matter the price, but a photo, best possible photo needs to put a property in...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 13
  Fannie Mae Waiting Periods For Foreclosures And Short Sales.  While Foreclosures and Short Sales have substantially decreased in many parts of the County, here in Connecticut and other parts of the Northeast we continue to see more than our fair share of them, so it is important to continue to...
By Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog
(Remax Estate Properties - BRE #01368971)
Comments 1
Interest rates for buying a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula remained steady this week.The following are excerpts from the newsletter on interest rates published by HSH Associates :   "Quiet financial markets are typical this time of year, and even though equity markets continue to notch new hi...
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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Knowing FHA Short Sale and Foreclosure Waiting Periods   George Soutu, Connecticut mortgage lender, simply puts it out there to know and be aware of the facts, not fallacies, of the waiting periods required to buy another home after a FHA short sale or foreclosure.  Many real estate agents will t...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 17
“28 Months to Get a Mortgage”       Not a misprint and very proud of the result and was my way to “Pay it Forward”. This woman was referred to me by a bankruptcy attorney. He felt for the amount of debt it might not make sense for her to file bankruptcy, a total of $10,000 in credit card debt.  ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 27
“Websites that are NOT App Friendly”     I owe a special thanks to Kyle Reyes for this website coaching on how to get better results. He asked me one day about the analytics for my website. “What the heck does that mean?” I asked.  I gave him the information he requested and he told me,  “you ar...
By Jeff Jensen
(Annie Mac Home Mortgage)
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Stocks forged farther into record territory as the "Santa Claus" rally continued today.  It is rather remarkable that the last week of the year experiences rallies about 73% of the time.  There certainly is a lot to be known about trends and resistance and support when trading stocks, bonds and c...
By Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303) Your Dedicated Mortgage Consultant
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
Comments 6
In a statement released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency and reported in DS news the Federal Housing Finance Agency ("FHFA") has indicated that it will aggressively protect the lien position of mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Certain energy retrofit financing programs adopte...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 1
  There's still time to enter the "Show Us Your Home for the Holidays" December contest. It will run until December 31st. The response has been great. Everyone has such wonderful holiday spirit, and I'm really enjoying seeing the holiday photos from all. I'm going to be re blogging as many entrie...
By Jeff Jensen
(Annie Mac Home Mortgage)
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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) closed up 16 basis points today at 103.94 having drifted up to almost touch resistance offered by the 25 day moving average prior to stalling.  With no economic reporting due out and a light staffed trading report, MBS bonds did well to stay near recent highs.  Th...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Celebrating Christmas in Florida… Years ago when we moved to Florida from Houston, I couldn’t imagine how we were going to celebrate Christmas in 80-degree weather amongst palm trees and all this water.  Well, we may not have snow covered mountains or trees, and there may not be a need for workin...
By JoAnn Moore, Home Loans in Delaware
(The Mortgage Market of Delaware)
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Curious About Reverse Mortgages? If you are looking for a way to increase your retirement income, a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured reverse mortgage may be just what you are looking for. A reverse mortgage allows you to access a portion of the equity in your home to obtain tax-free i...
By Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com)
Comments 25
David has shared some excellent advice for anyone who is considering buying a home and needing financing for their purchase. These three pieces of advice can not only prevent new homeowners from financial hardship, but could also save them thousands of dollars in interest over the years.  When yo...
By Susan Haughton, Your Client-centric Alexandria VA REALTOR
(Long & Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 84
While thinking about what to write about today, I was struck by inspiration while reading Joe Petrowsky's post "Samuel Referred Me..."  in which he mentions giving prospective buyers a road map to follow in getting them credit worthy.   It reminded me of one of my earliest days in real estate;  I...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 41
“Offended by Christmas”   Are you kidding me, I am sick and tired of the attacks on Christmas and what Christmas stands for. I keep hearing about certain groups being offended by all the decorations and message.   Here is the thing, I don’t celebrate Christmas, but we personally like what Christm...
By Jamie Chambers, USDA /FHA Mortgage Source
(USDA / FHA Mortgage Source)
Comments 0
Florida teachers can still purchase home with $0 down payment thanks to the 100% USDA RD home loan.  The USDA loan has many advantages for all FL public service workers like teachers, police and firefighters. The best part is there is no first time buyers class, long wait or special approval need...