lunes, 27 de septiembre de 2010

Real Estate: New FHA program offers relief for underwater homeowners

Three and a half years ago, Sara Timmons and her husband bought a new house in Sparks that she thought would be the family's permanent home.

But it has lost nearly $100,000 in value and, though they are current on their payments, the monthly mortgage combined with other expenses is a struggle.

"We don't want to move out of our home," she said. "We bought a home to live in, not to invest in. But it's hard to enjoy that when you're always stressing about the money you're putting into it."

Timmons worries her dream of homeownership might be in jeopardy. The 29-year-old is not alone.

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jueves, 16 de septiembre de 2010

FHA Loans Popular Despite Rising Costs, Rates Low

( – Since the housing bust that began in 2007, FHA loans have continued to dominate the mortgage market. Looking back to pre 2007, the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) was attracting very little mortgage business when sub-prime lending entered the market and took over potential FHA borrowers. Today, with sub-prime a mere memory of the past, FHA loans, offering rates that are low, are again popular despite rising costs.

With more credit restrictions and tougher underwriting guidelines issued for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, FHA’s presence in the mortgage industry has soared. At the same time, due to their popularity, their risks have also increased which has forced them to increase their fees. In order to rebuild their reserves at a faster pace, FHA had already increased the upfront mortgage insurance premium to 2.25%. As of October 4th, the UFMIP will decrease to 1%, but the monthly mortgage insurance premium will be increased from .50% to .85% for a mortgage with an LTV up to and including 95% and up to .90% for a mortgage with an LTV above 95%.

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martes, 14 de septiembre de 2010

HECM Saver: The Impact of FHA’s New Reverse Mortgage Program

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to roll out the HECM Saver in the coming weeks, no one knows what sort of impact the HECM Saver will have on the marketplace.

Designed to address one of the biggest complaints of reverse mortgages, the HECM Saver offers borrowers less money at a lower cost.

When it’s rolled out, the product will reportedly have a 0.01% upfront mortgage insurance premium and 1.25% annual MIP. Much lower than the 2% upfront MIP and 1.25% annual MIP charged to HECM Standard borrowers. In theory, lowering the upfront costs should expand the number of reverse mortgages borrowers, but the industry isn’t so sure.

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sábado, 11 de septiembre de 2010

FHA Mortgage Refinancing Program

A new government program got underway this week, that could help homeowners who feel they're drowning in their mortgage to come up for air. It's called the FHA Short Refinance Option, and it allows borrowers who owe more on their home than the home is worth to refinance into a government-backed FHA Loan.

Nicolas Retsinas, a Senior Lecturer in Real Estate at the Harvard Business School, explains.

Retsinas predicts the program won't prevent all foreclosures, and certainly won't turn around the housing market by itself, but it can't hurt.

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lunes, 6 de septiembre de 2010

Mortgage Rates 9/5: Mortgage Rates May Tick Up Tuesday

September 5, 2010 ( – Mortgage rates may tick up Tuesday following Friday’s decline in mortgage-backed securities prices -10/32 (FNMA 30-yr 4.0 at 102.24), which move mortgage rates in the opposite direction. Further deterioration of MBS prices is what could drive current mortgage rates higher.

Current 30-year fixed mortgage rates are at 4% for now for well-qualified consumers who pay a standard .07 to 1 point origination. Current 15-year fixed mortgage rates are at 3.625%. Both fixed mortgage interest rates today are at all-time record lows.

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jueves, 2 de septiembre de 2010

Mortgage Rates & Trends: Mortgage Blog

Total Mortgage currently offers one of the lowest FHA mortgage rates in Connecticut. At Total Mortgage a 30 year fixed FHA loan is available at 4.000% rate with 5.178% APR. FHA mortgages have become more and more popular over the last four years, and now is a great time to take advantage of record low mortgages rates whether you are a first-time home-buyer or if you are refinancing your current mortgage.

A fixed FHA mortgage loan is similar to a fixed conventional mortgage loan in that the interest rate remains the same for the life of the loan. There are several benefits to FHA mortgages compared to traditional mortgages. Down payments can be as low as 3.5 percent. Additionally, credit requirements for FHA mortgages are often not as stringent for standard mortgages because they are insured by the FHA. One of the downsides is that FHA mortgages cost more than traditional mortgages because the borrower needs to pay for mortgage insurance.

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martes, 31 de agosto de 2010

Underwater Mortgage Refinancing Brings More Affordable Payments On Home Loans

Underwater mortgage refinancing opportunities may allow homeowners who have seen their home’s value drop obtain a more affordable payment on their mortgage. Home loan repayments for homeowners who have an underwater mortgage have become difficult in some cases so certain refinancing opportunities have been made available or are set to be begin in the near future.

For some, the Home Affordable Refinancing Program may help them obtain a more affordable underwater home loan payment thanks to the Obama Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program. The Refinancing Program, which is an extension of the Home Affordable Program, may help homeowners by allowing them to refinance their underwater mortgage to take advantage of a lower mortgage rate.

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