What is a My Community Mortgage?

According to research of the foreclosures during the past 7 years, chief among the cited reasons were lack of down payment, undisclosed debt by the buyers, reduced credit requirements, and unstable income. In response to greater accountability to Washington lenders tightened there criteria…too tight by most industry experts. Thankfully, however lenders are beginning to see…

FAQ – How Will a Government Shut-down Delay My Mortgage Loan Application?

There’s been a lot of rhetoric coming from both sides of the congressional aisles these days; from Democratic and Republican parties and even a few in between. But  recently the media has begun reporting government shutdown fallacies as facts. I’ve stayed out of this very heated political discussion for obvious reasons, but when a client recently sent…

Private Mortgage Insurance helps lead the way in the Housing Recovery

Private Mortgage Insurers leading the way in housing recovery   One of the earliest indicators of the housing meltdown which began in 2007 was that issuers of Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) began to contract their underwriting guidelines for issuing PMI policies.  In fact, so bad was the meltdown that many PMI companies either stopped issuing…

Fannie Mae Introduces new Short Sale Tool

Even though the Great Recession has been with us for more than 4 years, and Short Sales have been around for years, nobody has really been able to find a way to deal with them very efficiently. Fannie Mae is attempting to change that with the launch of the new tool they call The HomePath for Short Sales tool. The tools is divided into three categories:

Important Changes to Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP)

Today the federal government  announced new rules that may allow homeowners who are struggling borrowers to refinance their mortgages at today’s ultra-low rates by  reducing monthly payments for some homeowners. The goal is that the monthly savings could provide a modest boost to the economy. It is important to note this help is NOT available…

Obama: Subprime lending immoral, not illegal

Obama: “Subprime lending immoral, not illegal” http://ow.ly/6PE2P Today the president took a question from a  reporter who asked him why his administration had failed to file suit or enforcement action against corporate leaders for the 2008 financial crisis that ultimately led to numerous bank, insurance, auto-maker and state bailouts. To that the president replied… “If someone has engaged in fraudulent…

The Trouble With Trial Mortgage Loan Modifications

These days there seems to be no shortage today of people or politicians angry at mortgage companies.  Most however tend to be  customers of the nations five largest mortgage servicers; Bank of America, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, JP Morgan Chase & Ally Financial. The source of anger tends to be  focused on  foreclosure, short sale request or loan modifications aka work-outs that never seem…

FEMA Declared Disaster Area – Loan Application in Process

Because of the plethora of natural disasters across the country it occurred to me that there may be a lot of Buyers and Sellers whose purchase or sale or mortgage refinance has been delayed for reasons they simply do not understand. This post is intended to be an overview of what additional inspections and verification a homeowner or seller can expect in the mortgage…