Mortgage News

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Carrington Mortgage Launches Line of Subprime Mortgages

Carrington Mortgage Launches Line of Subprime Mortgages
April 5, 2018 No Comments »

Here we go again? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, Carrington Mortgage Services has launched a new line of subprime mortgages available to the 100 million odd U.S. consumers who have less than perfect credit. For the record, Carrington already offers subprime ... Read More »

The Top 10 Cities Where Cash-Out Refinances Are King

The Top 10 Cities Where Cash-Out Refinances Are King
April 3, 2018 No Comments »

Despite being nowhere close to levels seen just over a decade ago, cash-out refinance loans are on the rise, this according to a new data dive by LendingTree. The company reported that 62% of those who refinanced in the first ... Read More »

What Will Happen to Home Sales If Mortgage Rates Rise to 9%?

What Will Happen to Home Sales If Mortgage Rates Rise to 9%?
March 21, 2018 No Comments »

There’s been a lot of hubbub about mortgage rates since the start of the year. It’s not unwarranted, given the fact that 30-year fixed rates increased from 3.95% to 4.46% from January through early March, per Freddie Mac data. But ... Read More »

MassHousing Launches Zero Down Mortgage

MassHousing Launches Zero Down Mortgage
March 19, 2018 No Comments »

There is yet another zero down mortgage option available to prospective home buyers, the latest being offered by The Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MassHousing). The quasi-public agency already offers 30-year fixed-rate mortgages up to 97% loan-to-value (LTV), but launched its ... Read More »

Amazon Mortgage Might Be a Thing Soon

Amazon Mortgage Might Be a Thing Soon
March 9, 2018 No Comments »

There have been a lot of so-called mortgage disruptors entering the space of late, but this might be the biggest yet. Could Amazon Mortgage be in the works? One recent clue says yes. Earlier this week, HousingWire noted that Amazon ... Read More »

More than Half of Consumers Switch Mortgage Companies

More than Half of Consumers Switch Mortgage Companies
March 7, 2018 No Comments »

Loyalty? Not in the mortgage business. A new survey from HSBC revealed that 52% of U.S. homeowners “switched providers” (sorry, they’re British) when obtaining subsequent mortgages. This was mainly driven (53%) by the desire to get a better deal, aka ... Read More »

Ideal Credit Union Is Offering a Zero Down Mortgage with a Catch

Ideal Credit Union Is Offering a Zero Down Mortgage with a Catch
March 5, 2018 No Comments »

Ideal Credit Union, which has six locations scattered across Minnesota, is the latest mortgage company to offer a no down payment mortgage. But theirs is a little different than the rest. Instead of pitching the portfolio loan product to those ... Read More »

2017 Was the Best Year for Home Purchase Mortgages Since the Market Peak

2017 Was the Best Year for Home Purchase Mortgages Since the Market Peak
March 1, 2018 No Comments »

It turns out 2017 was a banner year for mortgages, just not all of them. A total of $1.148 trillion in home purchase mortgages were funded last year, the highest total since 2006, per new data from Inside Mortgage Finance. ... Read More »

There Are Still Nearly 90,000 Borrowers Who Could Benefit from a HARP Refinance

There Are Still Nearly 90,000 Borrowers Who Could Benefit from a HARP Refinance
February 19, 2018 No Comments »

Before mortgage rates began their recent upward trajectory to start off 2018, quite a few mortgage refinances squeaked through the door. Some 446,295 refinances were completed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the fourth quarter of 2017, up considerably ... Read More »

loanDepot Has a 150-Day Rate Lock for Those Who Want Today’s Rates This Summer

loanDepot Has a 150-Day Rate Lock for Those Who Want Today’s Rates This Summer
February 14, 2018 No Comments »

I came across a flyer today from loanDepot advertising a 150-day rate lock for borrowers interested in today’s mortgage rates, who are worried (like everyone else) that they’ll be a lot higher later this year. It’s not unusual for mortgage ... Read More »