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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?

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4 Refinancing Mistakes to Avoid

Mortgage interest rates have been low for several years and have recently fallen near record-lows. While it is a great time to refinance your home loan, there are several mistakes to be sure to avoid during the process. Mistake #1 - Assuming You Can Get Yesterday’s Rate Today If you’ve seen mortgage rates drop recently, you may figure that rate will be available for several days. The truth is that mortgage rates fluctuate daily. When you find that rates have dropped low enough to make refinancing worthwhile, you may want to consider locking in your rate with a lender. So...

April 29th, 2020 | Refinancing a Home, 4 Refinancing Mistakes to Avoid

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What You Need to Know About Mortgage Forbearance

If you are one of the 22 million Americans who have filed for coronavirus-related unemployment in the past few weeks, you may also be wondering if you are going to be able to make your mortgage payments. If your income has vanished or been reduced due to COVID-19 shutdowns, you can appeal to your mortgage lender for payment forbearance. Before you do, there are several questions you need to ask to understand how it will affect your situation. Is My Loan Covered by the CARES Act? In the wake of the COVID-19 economic fallout, the U.S. government recently passed the CARES Act to provide mor...

April 22nd, 2020 | Mortgage Advice, Credit, What You Need to Know About Mortgage Forbearance