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 Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 41
    “NO ONE Can Re-Blog Any of My Posts”   I apologize once again to my AR family, I keep getting emails and comments from many of you, telling me that you still can’t re-blog any of my posts. This problem has been going on for months and it is not like efforts haven’t been made to correct the pr...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 11
A question I am asked by Borrowers who have gotten themselves in trouble financially in the past, and are now working to get their finances back in order is, Does Consumer Credit Counseling Disqualify A Borrower For A Mortgage?  The quick answer is NO, just participating in Consumer Credit Counse...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 38
“When Listing Agent and Selling Agents Can’t Stand Each Other”   Why do I need to get in the middle of this crap? I have been getting calls and emails from both of them, as they just won’t talk to each other. This is not part of my job description, as they each keep telling me stuff I just don’t ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 7
What!!!??? In the past, if you were to buy a short sale or any other home with an FHA loan you needed to own the home for at least 90 days before selling it.  Effective January 1, 2015 that will no longer be the case.  Investors can purchase a home via an FHA backed loan (think little money down ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 27
“Meet Up In Rhode Island”   From Left to Right: Conrad Allen, George Souto, Dagny Eason, Ginny Gorman, Praful Thakkar, Scott Hayes (definitely traveled the furthest, all the way from Austin, Texas), Christine Smith, Ed Silva or Santa, Yours Truly and Kyle Reyes   I don’t consider myself a newbie...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 2
“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 Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303) Your Dedicated Mortgage Consultant
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
Comments 3
In a blog appearing in the Wall Street Journal for December 19, 2014, the author is blaming loan servicers for the tight credit market despite the relaxation of the QM rule and the requirement that lenders retain a 5% stake in mortgages they sell that have LTVs of greater than 80%.  The blogger c...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 34
“Why Would Anyone Not Refinance at These Rates?”     I stopped to buy some groceries a few weeks ago and while walking down one of the isles I heard someone say,” that is OUR mortgage guy!” Don’t remember what else I was thinking at the time, but immediately was smiling from ear to ear.   Do you...
By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info)
Comments 6
Are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's newly announced 3% down program just another case of trying to prove how quickly we forget the past, or is a good move? http://www.housingwire.com/articles/32269-fannie-and-freddie-officially-approve-3-down-payment-mortgages I always see posts about how we need to...
By Kenny Salame, NMLS ID 313873
(All Western Mortgage Broker # 14210)
Comments 1
Closing a VA home loan in 30 days in Las Vegas, Nevada www.lasvegasmtg.com report: I've been a Mortgage Banker for over 20  years and I have been amazed at some of the misconceptions from Real Estate professionals regarding closing a VA home loan in 30 days in Las Vegas, Nevada. In today's Las Ve...
By Jeff Jensen
(Annie Mac Home Mortgage)
Comments 2
After yesterday's large rally in reaction to Fed chief Janet Yellen's press conference after the Fed's last Open Market Committee meeting of the year, stock futures were pointing skyward this morning.  Initial jobless claims were down to 289,000 and stocks were off to the races again today.  With...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 12
Dealing with Wells Fargo and Eliminating Mortgage Insurance -    Recently, I had the grand idea of getting rid of my Mortgage Insurance. I knew I would have to be Dealing with Wells Fargo to Eliminate Mortgage Insurance, but I figured I was game.   I should say that the only reason I have Mortgag...
By Justin Fitzhugh, Mortgage branch opportunities in 47 states
(Nations Lending Corporation)
Comments 1
Freddie Mac Chief Economist Frank E. Nothaft reviewed predictions made for 2014, and gave a general overview of what we can expect for 2015.    Mortgage Originations It was predicted refinance activity would drop and purchase-money origination would increase. Indeed, 2014 was the first purchase-m...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 79
“How to Handle Someone that Plans on Writing Negative Reviews”   A couple of weeks ago I received a call from someone letting me know they were planning on writing a negative review.   Have you ever heard beware of a dog that doesn’t bark. To me it is the same type of thing. She needed to bark a...
By Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage
Comments 2
MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE LOCK ADVISORY December 19, 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: 3.80% - Down 0.13 Point MBS (3.5%) - Currentl...
By Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303) Your Dedicated Mortgage Consultant
(Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
Comments 36
An article on CNBC this morning entitled, "Self-employed? Good luck getting a mortgage" caught my eye.  Tomorrow I will be doing my first mortgage application with a potential borrower who is self-employed.  I asked the lady to bring the usual items, last 2 years of tax returns, bank statements, ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 62
  “Why Do I Need an Inspection Report?”   I cringe when folks are buying directly from a seller, come to me for a mortgage and review the purchase agreement, there is no home inspection clause and then when I bring up home inspection, they ask why they need one.   I spent over a half hour explain...
By Terry Bishop, Earning Your Trust and Confidence...
(Terry Bishop Realty LLC)
Comments 1
    Tucson, as much of Arizona, has had more than its share of properties which have been underwater and sold as a short sale. The passage by Congress of the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act on Tuesday undoubtedly is welcome relief to those who had short sales during 2014. A short sale is when a pro...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 23
“Only One Plan for 2015”       When I first started in business, I had read everything imaginable about goal setting when it came to financial and business goals. I wrote them, memorized them and shared them with all the right people around me. For whatever reason, I was always disappointed. I e...
By Mike Bjork
(American Pacific Mortgage)
Comments 0
http://MikesDailyMarketReport.com: 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.  ...