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Guaranteed Rate Launches New Jumbo Loan with Interest-Only Option

Guaranteed Rate Launches New Jumbo Loan with Interest-Only Option
January 2, 2018 No Comments »

Well, it’s a new year, and with that comes new and exciting home loan programs to help borrowers purchase homes or refinance existing mortgages. The newest one comes courtesy of Guaranteed Rate, which launched its “GR Flex Power” mortgage that ... Read More »

2018 Real Estate and Mortgage Predictions

2018 Real Estate and Mortgage Predictions
December 29, 2017 1 Comment »

Just like that, another year has gone by, well, almost. There are still a few days left and anything can happen. In the meantime, I present my latest installment of real estate and mortgage predictions for the year 2018, which ... Read More »

See How Exuberant Your Housing Market Is

See How Exuberant Your Housing Market Is
December 20, 2017 No Comments »

Back in the mid-1990s, former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan used the phrase “irrational exuberance,” which served as a warning that the stock market may have been overextended. This was around the time of the dot-com bubble and there ... Read More »

2018 Mortgage Rate Forecast: Overall It’s Looking Pretty Good

2018 Mortgage Rate Forecast: Overall It’s Looking Pretty Good
December 13, 2017 No Comments »

It’s that time of the year again, when we take a look at what’s in store for mortgage rates the following year. So without further ado, here is the “2018 mortgage rate forecast” from a variety of different housing and ... Read More »

Will 2018 Be the Last Great Year for This Real Estate Boom?

Will 2018 Be the Last Great Year for This Real Estate Boom?
December 11, 2017 No Comments »

A new survey of housing experts and economists led by Zillow sees home prices rising 4.1% in 2018 before annual gains normalize at around three percent per year. So far this year, home prices have risen about 6.5% (through October), ... Read More »

2018 FHA Loan Limit Floor Increased to $294,515

2018 FHA Loan Limit Floor Increased to $294,515
December 7, 2017 No Comments »

Just like the 2018 conforming loan limits, the FHA will see its 2018 loan limits increase as well, which is welcome news for home buyers in more expensive areas of the country. For FHA case numbers assigned on or after ... Read More »

Guaranteed Rate Brings Back Same Day Mortgage Underwriting

Guaranteed Rate Brings Back Same Day Mortgage Underwriting
December 4, 2017 No Comments »

Back in the good old days, pre-mortgage crisis, you could get a fully underwritten mortgage approval the same day. In fact, you could get approved for a mortgage by the early afternoon if you submitted a complete loan package that ... Read More »

Can You Pay the Mortgage with Bitcoin?

Can You Pay the Mortgage with Bitcoin?
November 30, 2017 No Comments »

Mortgage Q&A: “Can you pay the mortgage with bitcoin?” First off, I apologize for writing an article about bitcoin. I know it’s all the rage right now and I’m just adding to the hype, but it’s newfound relevancy warrants this ... Read More »

New Program Allows Renters to Get a Mortgage with as Little as a Security Deposit

New Program Allows Renters to Get a Mortgage with as Little as a Security Deposit
November 29, 2017 No Comments »

Home Partners of America and New Penn Financial have joined forces to offer renters the ability to get a mortgage with as little as their security deposit. The joint venture aims to alleviate one of the main obstacles to owning ... Read More »

2018 Conforming Loan Limit Jumps to $453,100

2018 Conforming Loan Limit Jumps to $453,100
November 28, 2017 No Comments »

It’s that time of year again, when the FHFA announces the conforming loan limit for the upcoming year. And like last year, it’s going up! This marks just the second increase in the past decade thanks to that pesky housing ... Read More »