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Applying for a Mortgage after a Bankruptcy

By understanding the requirements to get a mortgage after a bankruptcy and by carefully rebuilding your credit standing, you can apply for a loan and buy a home.

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What Are Typical Mortgage Down Payments?

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3 Warning Signs of Loan Modification Scams

Loan modification has become very popular in recent years with mortgage lenders. It has been used in a variety of different ways to change the existing terms of mortgages that they hold. While sometimes loan modification can be to your advantage, many times it is not. There are many loan modification scams out there that you should be aware of. Here are a few warning signs to watch out for with loan modification. more

FHA Loans for a First-Time Home Buyer

FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans are popular with first-time home buyers. FHA loans are easier to get and have some advantages over conventional mortgages. more

Adjustable Rate Mortgages

These mortgage loans, often referred to as ARMs, have interest rates that periodically adjust based on a variety of indices. ARMs usually allow borrowers to lower their initial payments, in exchange for assuming the risk of interest rate changes.

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Fixed Rate Mortgage - A loan with a constant interest rate that does not change throughout the duration of the loan.

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FHA Loan - A loan guaranteed by the Federal Housing Authority.

VA Loan - A loan offered to American veterans by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

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Lenders Step In For Secondary Market on Jumbo Loans

Most mortgage banks and lenders traditionally prefer to sell off any home loans they make to the secondary market as soon as they make them. But for one segment of the market – the jumbo loan – lenders are having a change of heart. The secondary market – investors who buy up securities made of mortgages that have been originate by banks and bundled together in groups – has only been able to purchase 2.3 percent of all jumbo loans made in the first half of 2014, according to industry newsletter Inside Mortgage Finance. When compared with the 49.3 percent of jumbo loans in 2005 that were securitized, you have to ask yourself why. For starters, mortgage loan standards have been severely restricted since the housing collapse six years ago. It has been much tougher for those with small down payments or less-than-perfect credit histories to obtain home loan financing. On the other hand, those seeking jumbo loans – mortgages over $417,000 in most of the country and $625,500 in the nation’s priciest areas – typically have very large down payments and great credit as well. These loans are viewed as safe bets and have become a highly desired commodity for banks and investors alike. Because these are the least risky mortgages and because the jumbo loan market is booming right now, many lenders are deciding to hold these loans on their books instead of selling them off. The lenders are making more money from those jumbo loans with annual interest rates of roughly 4.2 percent whereas the savings account rate is only around 1 percent a year these days. And the changes in the market are turning into benefits for jumbo borrowers as well. Lenders who plan to keep the loans themselves can usually offer better interest rates or more attractive loan terms. Says Guy Cecala, Inside Mortgage Finance CEO and publisher, “The case could be made that borrowers are better off without a mortgage-backed securities program than they were before,” he says. more

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