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Worst Week in Stock Market Doesn’t Affect Mortgage Rates Nationwide

RISMEDIA, Oct. 16, 2008-Mortgage rates remained steady over the past week, with rates for 30-year fixed mortgages decreasing slightly to 5.95%, down from 5.97% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by real estate website Zillow.com(R). Mortgage rates for 15-year fixed rose slightly to 5.65% from ...


Industry Consultants Kotar Associates Launch New Site, Several Training Courses Now Available

RISMEDIA, Oct. 16, 2008-Kotar Associates, a Florida-based education and consulting firm for the real estate and home building industries, has launched a new website, www.KotarAssociates.com, which outlines its many service offerings. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, Oct. 16, 2008-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 10, 2008. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 489.3, an increase of 5.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis from 465.5 one week earlier. On an ...


Work Now, Avoid Panic in April

By David Burge ...


Homeowners Have Options for Handling Mortgage Arrears

By Patricia Kitchen ...


What’s Next for Mortgages, Consumers?

By Chris Kissell ...


Making Matters Worse or a Worthy Foreclosure Rescue?

By Alan J. Heavens ...


NAHB – Housing Jobs Key to State and Local Economic Recovery

RISMEDIA, Oct. 13, 2008-Job losses and declining tax revenues resulting from the deep housing slump and the decline in property values require state and local governments to consider innovative ideas to help put the housing market back on track, according to Sandy Dunn, chairman of the National Association of Home ...


How Women are Drastically Affected by the Current Economy

RISMEDIA, Oct. 10, 2008-Anxiety, insomnia, fear-women are being drastically affected by the economic downturn both in their spending habits and their psychological well being, according to a survey by BettyConfidential.com. In the survey of more than 100 women, 75% of respondents indicated that on a scale of 1 to 10 ...


Mortgage Applications Increase Slightly in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, Oct. 9, 2008-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 3, 2008. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 465.5, an increase of 2.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis from 455.4 one week earlier. On an ...


MBA Study Shows Mortgage Industry Production Profits Fell Again in 2007

RISMEDIA, Oct. 8, 2008-Mortgage companies lost an average of $560 on every loan they originated last year, a drop from the $50 per loan they lost in 2006, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) annual cost study. While loan origination and ancillary fees grew on a per-loan basis, they ...


Tips to Help You Start Planning for Your Own Financial Rescue

By Susan Tompor ...


College Savings, Strategies Key as Credit Crunch Hits Loan Market

By Andrea Coombes ...


The Crisis Continues – Unemployment Claims Just Shy of 160,000 in September

By Jane M. Von Bergen ...


HUD to Host National Housing Summit in Washington

RISMEDIA, Oct. 6, 2008-Federal, state, and community leaders from around the nation will be gathering in Washington this week for a two-day national Summit on Housing sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Steve Preston invited key housing and finance staffs from state, city and ...