Posts tagged "Mortgages"

Housing Bubble 2.0: Predatory Lending Is Back

Housing Bubble 2.0: Predatory Lending Is Back
The popular narrative about the financial crisis/ housing bubble is that predatory lending practices tricked unsuspecting consumers into buying homes they couldn’t afford, driving up home prices to unsustainable levels in the process. Then when home prices inevitably went down the lenders took homes away from these people, making billions of dollars in exorbitant profits... Read more »

When A Mortgage Pre-Approval Is Not Worth The Paper It's Printed On

When A Mortgage Pre-Approval Is Not Worth The Paper It's Printed On
Many people, but not everyone, are aware of this but when submitting an offer to buy a home the buyer really should provide a pre-approval letter from a lender that basically says they look good for getting a mortgage for the purchase price less the down payment – assuming the buyer is going to be... Read more »

The Federal Reserve Is Not Raising Mortgage Rates This Week

The Federal Reserve Is Not Raising Mortgage Rates This Week
The Federal Reserve starts their Open Market Committee meeting tomorrow and the futures markets are basically giving an interest rate hike a 79% probability (as of last night). So, “interest rates” are going up and that means mortgage rates are going up and that means people will have to buy cheaper houses and that means... Read more »
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Why You May Not Want To Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Why You May Not Want To Pay Off Your Mortgage Early
A lot of people think that mortgages are bad and that you should use them sparingly, putting down as much cash as possible or taking every opportunity to pay off your mortgage early. The idea of owing that much money and having to make a payment every month makes them really nervous. My parents were... Read more »

What Will The Next Housing Crisis Look Like?

What Will The Next Housing Crisis Look Like?
On Monday I published a guest post on how mortgage lending standards have come full circle since the original housing crisis. In an effort to promote the American dream of home ownership regulators have once again eased up on the requirements for getting a mortgage. Meanwhile, it looks like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as... Read more »

Mortgage 360: Lending Standards Come Full Circle

Mortgage 360: Lending Standards Come Full Circle
The following guest post was written by Jackson Cooper of Jensen & Company. The Mortgage Bankers Association expects total mortgage originations to total $1.19 trillion in 2015, an increase of 7 percent from last year. Originations have increased every quarter since Q2 2014 after four consecutive quarters of steep declines. The National Association of Realtors... Read more »
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Too Much Time Shopping For A Mortgage Can Cost You That Home You Want To Buy

Too Much Time Shopping For A Mortgage Can Cost You That Home You Want To Buy
Let’s say you’ve been shopping for a home for a few months and you finally found one you like. You’ve negotiated the purchase price and you are now under contract. You probably think it’s all downhill from here and you have nothing to worry about. AllĀ  you need to do now is finish shopping for... Read more »

An Appraiser Responds To My Post On Bad Real Estate Appraisals

An Appraiser Responds To My Post On Bad Real Estate Appraisals
My post last week on Bad Real Estate Appraisals And The Appraisers Who Create Them got a lot of interest among appraisers and generated a ton of comments from them (go figure!). However, I received one particularly long and well articulated comment from one appraiser who ran into technical difficulties trying to post his comment.... Read more »

Bad Real Estate Appraisals And The Appraisers Who Create Them

Bad Real Estate Appraisals And The Appraisers Who Create Them
Every so often a real estate transaction can be a bit like Alice In Wonderland – especially when it comes to real estate appraisals. You see, in order for a buyer to get a mortgage his/ her lender has to appraise the property to ensure that it will provide adequate collateral for the mortgage. The... Read more »
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Ben Bernanke And The Bizarre World Of Mortgage Qualification

Ben Bernanke And The Bizarre World Of Mortgage Qualification
In case you missed the big mortgage news today Ben Bernanke, former head of the Federal Reserve Bank and the most powerful financial guy in the world, can’t refinance his home. And the story has become a symbol of the crazy mortgage qualification standards that are in place in the aftermath of the mortgage meltdown.... Read more »