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The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

I just saw an ‘ad’ that came from the Royal Palm Association of Realtors that called mortgage brokers “middlemen” which I took as a dig against mortgage brokers, while the person in the ad stated: versus a “traditional bank or mortgage banker like himself” making it sound like that is better.  That is very interesting…

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Mortgage Rates Hitting Even Higher Highs

Mortgage rates had been drifting modestly higher in general in the past 2 weeks, but the pace is accelerating in the new year.  For some lenders, this occurred yesterday in response to heavy selling in the bond market (mortgage rates are based primarily on bonds).  Those lenders were forced to raise rates just a bit more today…

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HECM for Purchase (H4P) and Bankruptcy Qualification

Did you know that a Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy does not exclude a borrower for using a HECM for Purchase (H4P), a form of Reverse Mortgage, from purchasing a home?  Chapter 7 A Chapter 7 liquidation does not disqualify a borrower for a HECM for Purchase if, at the time of case number assignment,…

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Mortgage Rates: Higher Highs, and Higher Lows

By Mark E. Ary The average for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage continues to move notably higher over the last several weeks. Most noted factors are inflationary fears, global supply chain woes, and how the pandemic will continue to affect the economy today, and moving forward. Florida – The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged over 3.05%,…

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NAR Research: Student Loan Debt Makes Home Buying Difficult

How much does student-loan debt impact buyers? A three-year NAR study calls for reform, noting that millennials are “drowning in student loan debt.” WASHINGTON – Experts from the housing and higher-education fields joined policy thought leaders from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) last Wednesday to discuss the current student loan debt crisis and how…

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Mortgage Rates Surpass 3% Again – Hit a 6-Month High

By Kerry Smith Average mortgage rates continue to hover around 3%, but they’ve slowly ticked higher. This week, the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.05%. MCLEAN, Va. – At 3.05%, this week’s average, 30-year mortgage rate rose to a level unseen in six months, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly survey. “The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to…

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