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VA Loans help active military and veterans qualify for homeownership, and if you already have a VA loan, now is a great time to refinance at today’s low rates. There are two programs that can be used to refinance an existing mortgage: VA Streamline Refinance or a VA Cash Out Refinance. Read More
Today’s low mortgage rates may cause many to start thinking about refinancing. To keep your loan moving through the potential application traffic, it might be wise to gather the following documentation now for less problems locating this information later. Read More
Is a new home mortgage in your future? That really depends on your unique financial situation and the short and long-term financial goals you’ve set for yourself and your family. However, there are at least 4 key questions that you should consider before refinancing. Read More
Want to give a younger relative a healthy head start financially, or to keep a sentimental home in the family? Whatever the situation, buying or selling a home to a family member can be a win-win situation. Here’s a few things you should know to help the transaction go smoothly. Read More
How Often Can You Refinance Your Home? So, you’ve bought a home. Maybe you’ve even refinanced it one or more times. Read More
When it comes to home designs, it’s obvious that there are many different styles of architecture to choose from.  Two of the more popular designs, craftsman and contemporary, offer distinctively different options with their own unique advantages, depending on what style and features appeal to the homebuyer. Read More

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Posted To: Pipeline Press

There are more stars in the universe than words ever uttered by all the humans who ever lived. (That’s a good line for tonight’s Happy Hour.) Money, on the other hand, is finite, and catching everyone’s attention this morning is a) Zillow telling us that 37% of U.S. homes are free and clear of a mortgage, and b) the Equifax settlement for $700 million in its 2017 data breach settlement from a consumer class action suit on behalf of 145 million people . The deal includes $77.5 million in attorney fees, per one story , and $300 million for credit monitoring – about $2 per head. I don’t know how this helps me, as my guess is that someone in a foreign land now has all of my “private” information. Can’t we take the billions that will be spent on space...(read more)

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MBS Week Ahead: 2 Ways to Look at Current Trends

Posted To: MBS Commentary

In the week just passed, bonds set to the task of confirming a ceiling in yields that had been forming at the end of the previous week. The friendly support put an end to the selling pressure that had been intact since the strong jobs report at the beginning of the month. European bond market strength and US stock market weakness were both generally supportive. But there wasn't quite enough momentum in the other direction to identify a new, positive trend. Bonds generally drifted sideways near the week's best levels on Thursday and Friday. In the week ahead, we'll have a moderate dose of data and events to digest in what otherwise will be a placeholder ahead of next week's Fed rate cut. Technically, next Wednesday should be referred to as a meeting or an announcement, but the...(read more)

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