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You Can You Still Get a Home Loan with Tighter Standards

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, millions of Americans have filed for unemployment. The resulting fear about being unable to pay for expenses has caused more than 3.5 million homeowners to apply for mortgage forbearance to date. That has put lenders in a tight spot. With so many borrowers delaying their mortgage payments, lenders have less cash on hand to make new home loans. Plus, the number of forbearance cases coupled with continued COVID-19 shutdowns has created increased the risk for lenders of mass loan defaults. In order to moderate that risk, lenders are tightening standards fo...

June 10th, 2020 You Can You Still Get a Home Loan with Tighter Standards

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Understanding Mortgage-related Insurance

When you buy a home with a mortgage, you will be required to pay all sorts of insurance, including homeowner’s insurance, title insurance and private mortgage insurance. What are all these policies and why do you have to pay for them? Homeowner’s Insurance Homeowner’s insurance is a policy that protects you against loss if your property or any structures on it are damaged. This covers damage from fire, storms, and vandalism. If you are unable to live in your home because of one of these issues, the insurance will also cover the cost of temporary housing while your home ...

June 3rd, 2020 Understanding Mortgage-related Insurance

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FHFA: Borrowers in Forbearance CAN Refinance

The onset of the COVID-19 crisis has forced millions of Americans into unemployment, resulting in over 4.1 million homeowners applying for mortgage forbearance. There has been plenty of confusion about how the rules of forbearance – a payment deferral plan – affect everything from credit scores to the ability to refinance or sell. Last week the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced changes to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac forbearance policy that will allow borrowers to refinance out of their modified loans. In the past, mortgage loans in forbearance could not be refinanced for a...

May 27th, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, FHFA: Borrowers in Forbearance CAN Refinance

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Is Now a Good Time for a Reverse Mortgage?

As the COVID-19 pandemic has roiled stock markets over the past few months, many Americans in or nearing retirement may be worried about their investment portfolios. Without the possibility to earn more money, more retirees, seeing a reduction in their nest eggs, are turning to reverse mortgages to supplement those savings.  In fact, March saw a 25% increase in the number of scheduled reverse mortgage counseling sessions compared with a year earlier, according to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. As financial counseling classes are a prerequisite to obtaining reverse m...

May 20th, 2020 | Reverse Mortgages, Is Now a Good Time for a Reverse Mortgage?

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The COVID-19 Housing Market is Better than the Great Recession Market

Coronavirus shutdowns have spooked many homebuyers and sellers out of the market for now. Millions of homeowners have applied for mortgage forbearance in fear they will be unable to make their payments due to unemployment. Lenders have been concerned about continuing to repay their investors while not receiving payments from borrowers. All of this has prompted some to wonder if we are likely to see another housing market crash like the one that led to the Great Recession. After looking at the numbers however, today’s homeowners are in a much better spot to weather an economic storm than ...

May 13th, 2020 The COVID-19 Housing Market is Better than the Great Recession Market

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How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?

Getting pre-approved before shopping for a new home is a smart idea, but what if you don’t find the right home quickly? How long does that pre-approval last? Pre-approval Defined Before going out with a real estate agent to look for the perfect property, it is wise to get pre-approved with a mortgage lender. This means allowing the lender to run your credit and take a look at your income and assets to determine how much mortgage funding you qualify for. A pre-approval gives you a top number for your house budget to help define your search.  It also gives you credibility wit...

May 6th, 2020 | Purchasing a Home, Preapproval, How Long Does a Pre-Approval Letter Last?