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New American Funding, a national mortgage banker, has been named a winner in nine categories for the 15 Read More

Grand Opening Marks Fifth Illinois Location for National Mortgage Banker

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Do you offer your clients an annual loan review after their mortgages close? Now would be a good time to start. Read More

There are many considerations when deciding between renting and buying. Renting may seem like the cheaper option, but that may not necessarily be the case once you look at your possible deductions. Read More

Even with current rate trends, refinancing remains an attractive option for many clients. Read More

Moving during childhood is something many of us did as kids. Whether a move is to a bigger home or a school district with more resources or related to a parent’s career or a change in marital status, it can be challenging for children. Read More

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Competition Lowers Credit Standards and Profit Expectations

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Since the fourth quarter of 2016, lenders have increasingly reported to Fannie Mae that they have been loosening their home mortgage credit standards. The company's third quarter 2017 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey has those responses at a survey high. Fannie Mae attributes the apparent easing in part to increased competition. Across all loan types - GSE Eligible, Non-GSE Eligible, and Government - the net share of lenders who reported easing rather than tightening credit standards over the prior three months was up, ranging from a net of 12 percent for government loans to 25 percent for GSE eligible loans. Very few lenders said they were tightening standards - between 1 and 3 percent across loan types. When asked about their intentions for the next three months there were similar responses...(read more)

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Housing Market "Funk" Doesn't Reflect Consumer Attitudes

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Home sales might be a bit disappointing, but the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) says consumer attitudes about the economy are not the reason why . NAR's third quarter Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey found increasing confidence among respondents about the direction of the national economy and their own finances. There were also more responses that it was a good time to sell a house, and among renters, that it is a good time to buy. With home prices appreciating rapidly, it is no surprise that the share of homeowners that believe now is a good time to sell is moving higher. A survey high 80 percent of homeowners said this is now a good time to list their home for sale, up from a second quarter total of 75 percent, and 13 percentage points above such responses...(read more)

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