Mortgage Rates Archive
RISMEDIA, January 18, 2011—(MCT)—The housing industry is girding for a fight in Congress to protect the mortgage interest deduction, along with a number of other housing-related tax breaks. The National Association of Home Builders is putting a high priority on lobbying in favor of
RISMEDIA, January 12, 2011—CoreLogic, a leading provider of information, analytics and business services released its November 2010 Home Price Index (HPI) which shows that home prices in the U.S. declined for the fourth month in a row. According to the CoreLogic HPI, national
RISMEDIA, January 11, 2011—The federal tax credit extension, coupled with an uptick in seasonal buying, helped keep the real estate market on its tracks in the first two quarters of 2010, according to RE/MAX of New England. Single-family home sales across New England showed the
RISMEDIA, January 10, 2011—(MCT)—In former home-building hot spots, the housing bust has created a new kind of declining city, different from the nation's traditional rusting centers of industry that could languish for years.
RISMEDIA, January 7, 2011—One of the nation’s largest real estate appraisal organizations called on the Federal Reserve last week to require appraisal management companies to disclose their fees to consumers as the Fed implements landmark appraisal regulatory reforms passed by Congress.
RISMEDIA, January 6, 2011—The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) released guidance to homeowners and lenders that use the reverse mortgage or Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) program and are dealing with outstanding property taxes and unpaid hazard insurance premiums. FHA’s guidance is intended to assist elderly borrowers who have neglected to pay these expenses and may face foreclosure.
RISMEDIA, January 4, 2011—If you’ve been in the real estate industry for a long time, probably the last place you’d expect to see Brien McMahon is standing amidst a sea of pink flamingos. But McMahon is making a statement here. While his personal career path has indeed changed, more importantly, so has the consumer’s path to homeownership. In his new role as chief franchise officer for Philadelphia-based Radian Guaranty, McMahon is leading the charge to educate the lending and real estate communities about the benefits of private mortgage insurance (MI)—the fact of the matter is, MI is not ‘just another fee’ but rather a financially sound way
RISMEDIA, January 3, 2011—(MCT)—A behind-the-scenes battle is forming over a provision to the sweeping bank reform law that will affect mortgage availability. At issue is a provision in the sweeping Dodd-Frank Act that requires banks to have "skin in the game" by retaining
RISMEDIA, December 29, 2010—(MCT)—The Federal Reserve's bold but mysterious plan to purchase $600 billion in long-term government bonds through June will be under the microscope in 2011—even if it works—in part because determining that is anything but simple.
RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—Improvements in consumer spending and consumer confidence, increased demand for goods and services, and falling unemployment claims are all positive factors for a brighter outlook as we move into 2011, according to the December 2010 Economic Outlook released today by Fannie Mae's (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) Economics & Mortgage Market Analysis Group.
RISMEDIA, December 28, 2010—(MCT)—A Bank of America freeze on foreclosure sales spread Friday to the Inland Empire in California after the biggest bank in the U.S. announced it was broadening an investigation into its foreclosure practices to all 50 states.
The halt, which took effect yesterday, adds to growing concerns that lenders have been repossessing homes without following proper protocol.
RISMEDIA, December 27, 2010—Refinancings through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) increased 26% in the third quarter of 2010. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan modifications through the Home Affordable
RISMEDIA, December 23, 2010—(MCT)—Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to modify the mortgages of nearly 15,000 California homeowners who teeter on the brink of foreclosure under a $2 billion deal with state officials. San Francisco-based Wells Fargo and the California attorney
RISMEDIA, December 22, 2010—Improvements in consumer spending and consumer confidence, increased demand for goods and services, and falling unemployment claims are all positive factors for a brighter outlook as we move into 2011, according to the December 2010 Economic
RISMEDIA, December 20, 2010—(MCT)—Last spring, in the waning days of the first-time home buyer tax credit, Stephen Ploski made an offer on a foreclosed home in Farmington Hills, Mich. He said the 1,400-square-foot home was livable, but needed serious updates. He was willing to do the work, and take the risk. In exchange, he got a deal. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home was his for $49,000. He lives in the home with his wife, Ashley and their daughter Lana.