Half of Homebuyers Don’t Shop for the Best Mortgage, and It Costs Them Plenty
Half of Homebuyers Don’t Shop for the Best Mortgage, and It Costs Them Plenty

on January 13, 2015

The CFPB says nearly half of U.S. homebuyers don’t shop around to find the best mortgage loan and seriously consider only one lender. To address the problem, it’s unveiled a new website.

The Most Expensive Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make
The Most Expensive Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make

on October 21, 2014

We all make financial missteps, but mistakes made when buying a home can really be magnified. Here are four mortgage mistakes you can’t afford to make.

Millennials Are Best About Paying Their Mortgages on Time
Millennials Are Best About Paying Their Mortgages on Time

on August 27, 2014

A new report from TransUnion finds that Americans overall have gotten much better about making their mortgage payments in a timely fashion.

Ask Stacy: Will the $16.65B Bank of America Settlement Help Me With My Mortgage?
Ask Stacy: Will the $16.65B Bank of America Settlement Help Me With My Mortgage?

on August 26, 2014

If you have a mortgage from Bank of America or Countrywide, you need to read this. Added bonus: If you don’t understand the financial crisis that caused the Great Recession, here’s a simple explanation.

B of A Reportedly Agrees to Record-Setting $17 Billion Mortgage Fraud Settlement
B of A Reportedly Agrees to Record-Setting $17 Billion Mortgage Fraud Settlement

on August 8, 2014

According to news reports, Bank of America has agreed to the largest single federal settlement in U.S. corporate history, stemming from the sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities.

A Mortgage Shocker That’s on the Way for 800,000 Homeowners
A Mortgage Shocker That’s on the Way for 800,000 Homeowners

on July 22, 2014

At-risk homeowners who modified their mortgages through HAMP to help them stave off foreclosure have a new problem: looming interest rate increases.

New Reverse Mortgage Rules Protect Widow(er)s From Eviction
New Reverse Mortgage Rules Protect Widow(er)s From Eviction

on July 14, 2014

The rules for buying the most common reverse mortgages are changing to protect borrowers. That’s a mixed blessing, though, and not everyone’s covered.

Should You Get an Energy-Efficient Mortgage?
Should You Get an Energy-Efficient Mortgage?

on June 16, 2014

So-called “green” mortgages are one of the banking industry’s best-kept secrets. These loans help homeowners finance more energy-efficient homes. How come you’ve never heard of them?

Take a Class, Get a Cheaper Mortgage
Take a Class, Get a Cheaper Mortgage

on June 13, 2014

First-time homebuyers can save up to $10,000 on their FHA home loan by taking a homeownership class.

7 Tips to Help Get Your Mortgage Application Approved
7 Tips to Help Get Your Mortgage Application Approved

on June 3, 2014

In the market for a mortgage? Here are seven simple actions you can take to tip the application process in your favor.

Can You Get One of the New Subprime Mortgages?
Can You Get One of the New Subprime Mortgages?

on April 15, 2014

Some would say that subprime loans are back. But they’re not like the subprime loans that gained notoriety during the housing bust.

More Seniors Are Doing Reverse Mortgages. Is This a Good Idea?
More Seniors Are Doing Reverse Mortgages. Is This a Good Idea?

on April 4, 2014

The concern is that many boomers are using reverse mortgages to drain their home equity too early, leaving them nothing to fall back on in 15 or 20 years.

Ask Stacy: Should I Use a Mortgage Broker or a Bank?
Ask Stacy: Should I Use a Mortgage Broker or a Bank?

on March 18, 2014

When you’re borrowing big, like for a mortgage, even a tiny difference in interest can mean big bucks over time. So what’s the best way to find the best deal?

Check Out the CFPB’s New Online Mortgage Tool
Check Out the CFPB’s New Online Mortgage Tool

on February 8, 2014

The CFPB has released a new online tool that allows people to sift through data on home loans made in their communities and compare it with other locations.

Will New Mortgage Rules Mean Fewer Lenders?
Will New Mortgage Rules Mean Fewer Lenders?

on December 4, 2013

Banking industry representatives say smaller lenders may not be able to handle new rules designed to make mortgages safer for consumers, which could hurt potential homebuyers. Are they right?

Want Your Mortgage Approved? Might Want to Skip Chase, Try SunTrust
Want Your Mortgage Approved? Might Want to Skip Chase, Try SunTrust

on November 28, 2013

Sensitive to rejection? Here are the big lenders who approve the most mortgage applications and those who’re toughest.

Assumable Mortgages Can Be a Home Buyer’s Best Friend
Assumable Mortgages Can Be a Home Buyer’s Best Friend

on November 15, 2013

If rates rise to 5 percent or more, wouldn’t it be great to find a seller who could pass along a 3.35 percent mortgage when you buy their home?

Mortgage Interest Deduction and Other Homeowner Tax Breaks Are Safe — for Now
Mortgage Interest Deduction and Other Homeowner Tax Breaks Are Safe — for Now

on November 8, 2013

Any plans to do away with the mortgage interest deduction and other tax breaks some homeowners enjoy aren’t likely to pass Congress in the next year.

Getting a Mortgage is About to Get Harder
Getting a Mortgage is About to Get Harder

on November 6, 2013

New mortgage rules are going into effect Jan. 10 to protect homeowners and investors from the kinds of risky mortgages that were sold during the recent real estate bubble and led so many people into foreclosure.

Mortgage Rates Are Up, Down, All Around. When’s the Time to Pounce?
Mortgage Rates Are Up, Down, All Around. When’s the Time to Pounce?

on November 6, 2013

Mortgage interest rates are probably headed up. The better the economy gets, the more apt they are to rise. Experts predict rates will hit 5 percent in 2014 and 5.3 percent in 2015.

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