Mortgage Tips

Simple mortgage tips to help you better prepare for the mortgage process and ideally save money on your mortgage.

More Mortgage Woes

August 7, 2007 No Comments »

Just what is this whole mortgage business built on anyway? Check out my newly updated list of closed lenders! HomeBanc is exiting the mortgage loan business and seeking the sale of remaining assets. Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, will ... Read More »

Subprime Dead, Alt-A Next in Line

August 3, 2007 No Comments »

Now that subprime mortgage is completely blown out, many credit rating agencies are turning their attention towards Alt-A loans, which are typically reserved for borrowers with good, not great credit, and reduced documentation and limited reserve requirements. Below is a ... Read More »

New York Pledges $100 Million to SONYMA Refinance Program

July 30, 2007 No Comments »

The state of New York and the mortgage industry have come together to create a new program called “Keep the Dream” administered by the State of New York Mortgage Agency, or SONYMA, to stop loan foreclosure. The new loan program ... Read More »

Mortgage Bubble Byproduct: Homeowner Education

July 17, 2007 No Comments »

All this talk about the mortgage industry hitting a wall has actually turned into something really positive. The housing bubble and subprime blowout have generated a dialogue about mortgages nationwide, with the surprising byproduct being education. Through all the stories, ... Read More »

Pay Rate vs. Teaser Rate

June 28, 2007 No Comments »

If you scan through mortgage programs and lender rate sheets you may have come across mortgage lingo such as “pay rate” or “teaser rate”. Though the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably by loan officers, mortgage lenders, and mortgage brokers, ... Read More »

Predatory Lending Q & A

June 19, 2007 No Comments »

I did a recent interview regarding predatory lending. I thought I’d share it here to offer a better insight as to what predatory lending is, and how it can affect you and your family. 1. How would you define predatory ... Read More »

Historical Conforming Loan Limits

April 21, 2007 No Comments »

For those who are unaware, conforming mortgages are loans that fall within the guidelines of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest financiers of home loans in the United States. Conforming loans typically have the lowest mortgage rates, but ... Read More »

Portfolio Loans: A Solution for Hard to Close Mortgage Deals

April 12, 2007 No Comments »

If you’re having a tough time getting home loan financing using a mortgage broker or a local mortgage lender, consider contacting a portfolio lender directly to close your mortgage. They can offer solutions that others cannot, and may have just ... Read More »

Stated Income Loans Becoming Increasingly Difficult

April 11, 2007 No Comments »

Looks like the part is coming to an end; stated income loans, which dominated the mortgage market throughout the housing boom, are now being examined much more closely by underwriters amid the current mortgage crisis. Stated income, also known as ... Read More »

Fixed Mortgage Rates Pricing Lower than ARMs

April 10, 2007 No Comments »

When applying for a mortgage, be sure to look at all the available loan programs and their corresponding mortgage rates. Typically, fixed-rate mortgages come at a premium to adjustable-rate mortgages because of their perceived stability, but nowadays many investors are ... Read More »