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In addition to mortgage loans for home purchases, there are also other loans available for various purposes that use the home for collateral.


Mortgage interest rates are determined by credit history strength, the number of points you pay, the size of your down payment and the type of loan program you choose.

Home Buying

Obtaining funding is crucial to buying a home. This requires applying for a mortgage, choosing a house that meets the appraisal standards, and determining the amount of the down payment.


There are dozens of different types of mortgage loan programs. They have been created to suit the varying needs of homebuyers.


When making a big move, it's essential to find out as much as possible about the schools, the neighborhoods, the housing costs and the community resources.


What Are Typical Mortgage Down Payments?

Traditional mortgage down payments have always been 10 to 25 percent of the total purchase price of the property. more

Home Equity Loans for People with Bad Credit

It is possible, although difficult, to obtain home equity loans for people with bad credit. The tightening of credit requirements in the wake of the banking and credit crisis have made banks less willing to extend credit terms to borrowers with bad credit. A homeowner who has a bad credit rating will need to do a lot of work to convince a lender that he/she is creditworthy and responsible enough to obtain that loan. more

Appraisal Basics

A real estate appraisal is an evaluation that determines the value of a property. There can be many different reasons for having an appraisal conducted, but one of the most common purposes is to determine the market value of a house before a mortgage transaction. more

The Mortgage101 Blog


Tight Lending Standards Have Erased 4 Million Potential Mortgage Loans

Because lending standards have been ratcheted down so tightly since the beginning of the Great Recession, there have been roughly 4 million “missed” mortgage loans between 2009 and 2013, according to a recent study. The Urban Institute, a policy research group, found that lending standards are tighter today than they were even before the housing boom. If lenders had moved back to their 2001 credit standards when the housing market crashed, there would have been a potential for an additional mortgage loans since then. Taz George, a research associate with the Urban Institute says that borrowers’ FICO credit scores have become the biggest determining factor for mortgage qualification. The study reported that in 2013, less than 40 percent of borrowers getting home-purchase loans had FICO scores below 720. (FICO scores run from 300 to 850.) Compare that with 2001 when lending standards will still much more cautious than during the housing bubble. In 2001 more than 50 percent of borrowers had scores below 720. “When you look at more moderate credit score borrowers, those with a FICO of between 660 and 720, that’s a score that in a year like 2001 we would consider eligible for a purchase mortgage, but today we see a 37 percent decline in the number of loans in that category,” George said. The paranoia in mortgage credit standards stems from all the soured home loans big banks were forced to buy back as well as legislation after the financial crash that threatened to make banks keep a portion of all mortgages made on their books. The risk has outweighed the benefits of lending for several years now. Americans are also in greater debt today than they were back in 2001. Student loans loom large for many potential first-time home buyers and credit card and auto debt have hit record highs lately. As financial regulations have been more clearly defined recently and government agencies are trying to lower certain fees for lenders, perhaps 2015 will see credit loosen enough to keep the mortgage market recovering. more