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 Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage
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MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE LOCK ADVISORY March 3, 2015, 8:00 AM PST  Click for Updated Lock Advice   LOCK ADVISORY 1-6 Day Close:  LOCK 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% - Up 0.04 Point ...
By Todd & Danielle Millar, A decade of excellence!
(Glenn Simon Inc.)
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Alberta Oil Sands Investment Real Estate News® Glenn Simon Inc., Suite 1217, 5328 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Tel 1-888-780-5940 Fax 1-888-276-4517   email:     March 3, 2015 Volume 18, Issue 4   Dear Friends and Partners,   If you wan...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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A survey conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts shows that half of Americans (49%) do not feel financially secure at this time. It took place from November 6th to December 3rd of last year and the actual number of respondents was 7,845. Many of the people surveyed stated that they spend all of t...
By Alan Gross
(PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company)
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It's Coming - Are You Ready? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has changed mortgage disclosures used at real estate settlements. The new forms go into effect on August 1st. According to the CFPB "Mortgages are complex transactions that may include risky features. Consumers currently...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“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 Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“It is Never Fun Telling Someone that They Can’t Afford their Dream House”     I met with clients to get them pre-qualified for a mortgage, not just any mortgage, but one that would purchase their dream home. Being a numbers guy, I will review the numbers and often the numbers beyond the numbers...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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I don't get out very much to mingle with other people unless I'm with my husband or my team members, so it was doubly nice for me to attend a birthday party last night at the Riverside Clubhouse in Land Park for an agent in my office who turned 80. She is such an inspiration to me -- to everybody...
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 Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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When you work with buyers, these documents are very important - and have their own significance. They are different - and in this informative re-blog George Souto goes over the differences. A Mortgage Pre-Approval Process is a process a Borrower goes through in order to determine the price home t...
By Scott Fenner
(AmeriFirst Financial)
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By Jeff Jensen
(Annie Mac Home Mortgage)
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With no economic reports due out today, stocks looked to continue their profit taking after Friday's highs.  Netanyahu's theatrics while addressing Congress caught the eye of some traders  and others failed to pick up on the many corporate officers who are considering capital purchases in the nex...
By Jeff Jensen
(Annie Mac Home Mortgage)
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Mortgage backed securities (MBS) closed down 22 basis points today at 101.31 having fallen through support offered by the high 12/17/14 and tumbled downward toward support at the 100 day moving average just 12 basis points below.  Despite the fact that stocks were falling throughout the day, mass...
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 Lynn B. Friedman, Timesaving Strategies for Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- Concierge Service)
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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 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 San Pedro, California. California trust deed at $480,000 at 10.5% on San Pedro 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 of...
By yanni raz
(hml investments)
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Stated Income Lending While the real estate mortgage market forecasts and opinions are constantly in motion, one thing is true about the mortgage market today: stated income lending is becoming more and more prevalent. Reemerging as a popular alternative financing vehicle for lenders and borrower...
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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There is a big difference between those three type of letters. The Pre-qualification letter is the easiest one to get because it has the least amount of research involved and usually is based on a quick credit check and information given by the borrower. The other two are verified and have much m...
By Bill Kamboukos
(Strategic Mortgage)
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Recently we have seen an increased demand for clients looking to purchase condos. The important thing to remember however that financing for condos is different than that of single family residence homes. In today's market, in order to finance or refinance a condo, the property needs to fall int...
By Ron Saporito, Palm Desert, CA Real Estate & Mortgage Broker Since 2003, Call (760)574-8486.
(Ronald Christopher & Associates at Vanmar Realty. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.)
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What Closing Documents Should I Keep Buying a new home is an exciting process and sometimes a little overwhelming with the piles of paperwork and reports you accumulate throughout the process. Finally the closing day is here and good riddance of all that paperwork! Here's a short list of the most...
By David Krichmar,
(, FHA, VA, USDA, HomePath, Jumbo)
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  We purchased our first home and got our mortgage through David.   We were a few months away from our wedding when we started the process.  Needless to say we were expecting it to be a decision we may be regretting as the wedding got closer however we were shocked at how easy and effortless Davi...