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What Are Typical Mortgage Down Payments?

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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

What To Do When Mortgages Default

Mortgages default every day in the world and they are just a normal part of the business for mortgage lenders. There are a certain number of mortgages that will default every year and it is planned for accordingly. While it is common business practice for lenders, it can be devastating for you individually. If you default on a mortgage, it can ruin your credit and your financial outlook for the future. Mortgage default is a major setback for you, but it is not the end of the road. If you are faced with a default on your home, you can take measures to get back in good standing with the lender. more

The Mortgage101 Blog

FROM THE MORTGAGE101 BLOG

Low Inventory, Rising Prices Slow January Home Sales

Sales of existing U.S. homes dropped in January, according to the National Association of Realtors, a product of both seasonal and unique market factors. Total sales fell 4.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million in January, down from December’s 5.07 million. Even though sales decreased to their lowest rate in nine month, they were still 3.2 percent higher than the previous year. “January housing data can be volatile because of seasonal influences, but low housing supply and the ongoing rise in home prices above the pace of inflation appeared to slow sales despite interest rates remaining near historic lows,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun. “Realtors are reporting that low rates are attracting potential buyers, but the lack of new and affordable listings is leading some to delay decisions.” The median existing-home price rose to a national average of $199,600, a 6.2 percent increase from January 2014 and the 35th straight month over year-over-year price gains. Meanwhile, total inventory of existing-homes edged up 0.5 percent from December to 1.87 million available properties, but it remains 0.5 percent below the year-ago level. At the current sales pace, there is a 4.-7-month supply of homes on the market. And mortgage interest rates fell during January, with Freddie Mac reporting that the monthly average on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage slipped to 3.67 percent, a 20-month low, down from 3.86 percent in December. “Although sales cooled in January, home prices continued solid year-over-year growth,” Yun commented. “The labor market and economy are markedly improved compared to a year ago, which supports stronger buyer demand. The big test for housing will be the impact on affordability once rates rise.” more