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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

Soon the national conversation will turn to the vulnerability of top seeds, the “Sweet Sixteen,” and Cinderella stories. Many of us will pour over our brackets, taking part in March Madness, while the rest will be doing it out of a true love for the game. Read More

If you’re a Millennial and attended college, there is an excellent chance student debt is part of your financial life. Total U. Read More

For 2017, the Pantone Color of the Year is “ Read More

In the mortgage world, one area appears ready to take off: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans. Read More

While we all know you can’t put a price on love, this Valentine’s Day U. S. Read More

Can your position in the birth order of your siblings—or not having any siblings—influence your money management style and the decisions you make around finance? Numerous academic Read More

In recent decades, owning real estate has provided millions of people with an opportunity to create and retain personal wealth. For most, their home is their largest asset. Read More

While hosting an open house remains a tried-and-true way of connecting with qualified buyers and generating new client leads, results can vary. Read More

Whether it’s your nana, who has been coming through with a crisp $20 bill every birthday for years, or your unassuming father-in-law, if you are fortunate to be on the receiving end of help with a down payment, what’s your next move? After the expressions of heartfelt gratitude, it will require some strategy on your part.

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If 2017 is the year you plan to make your big move—whether it’s into your first home, trading up to your dream home, adding a vacation home, or starting to accumulate an investment property portfolio—here are 10 resolutions that can help you get that much closer to achieving your goal over the next 12 months.

Making Yourself at Home in 2017

  1. Review your credit scores and history, improve their accuracy by addressing any errors, and then look for ways to improve your score. Read More

2017 is around the corner! While it’s a fresh start for the calendar, many of the trends that were already underway in the real estate market in 2016 may carry through to the New Year. Read More

Ways to Hurt Your Credit Score Read More

Once you have spent time finding the home you love, it's important to keep in mind that it will take some time before homeownership is a reality. House hunting begins the journey but the home-buying process is another step-by-step procedure. Read More

Millions of homebuyers in the U. S. Read More

Coming up with enough for a down payment doesn’t have to be a reason to delay the purchase of a home. With over Read More

Moving into a new home is one of life’s most exciting, unforgettable events. However, once the excitement fades, the maintenance begins. Read More

Whether you’re considering a new career opportunity, desire to be closer to family, or have always wanted to live in a particular city, buying a home out of state is a big move. It may seem like a daunting task at first, but with proper planning and preparation, you’ll soon discover that by taking the right steps, you can simplify the process and turn an overwhelming transition into a well-thought-out, feasible relocation. Read More

New virtual alternatives are drawing attention and business away from professional services in all sorts of industries—from travel and marketing agencies to wealth management and banking. Yet, they haven’t made much of an impact on real estate professionals or their fees. Read More

Once you’ve obtained a preapproval or mortgage commitment letter, typically the lender approves your loan application based on conditions, which means you have to satisfy certain requirements before your loan is fully approved. Usually, those conditions fall into two categories: “prior to documents” conditions and “prior to funding” conditions. Read More

Really, this time the government means it! The Home Affordable Refinance Program® (better known as HARP) will now end Sept. 30, 2017. Read More

In the past, home buying was typically associated with couples and families. Today, more and more single people, of all ages, are heading into homeownership. Read More

Mortgage loans are like power tools: You get the best results by using the right one for the job at hand. For many borrowers that may mean bypassing the conventional route to find the one that fits your budget today and is the least likely to cause financial stress in the future. Read More

With the shocking pace at which mortgage rates have continued to fall, Freddie Mac has been in the spotlight quite a bit this past January.

Since the new year began, all eyes have been on the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which has shown a drop in mortgage rates for four consecutive weeks. Read More

The US Presidential election is on November 8th. There are two more FOMC meetings this year, November 2nd and December 14th. Read More

Buying a home is often considered a milestone in life as well as in a relationship. According to the National Association of Realtors, 67 percent of homebuyers were married couples, up from 58 percent five years ago. Read More

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Q3 was "Rough Patch" for Housing; Q4 Indicators Not Positive

Posted To: MND NewsWire

Housing activity in the third quarter of 2017 is described as "continuing its rough patch" in Fannie Mae's latest edition of Economic Developments . The company's economists say that activity pulled back across the board during the quarter. It was also the third in a row in which housing starts fell, although Friday's report on October residential construction signals a possible resurgence. New home sales were also down, despite an impressive 18.9 percent gain in September, a month in which existing home sales also rose for the first time in four months. The increase was not enough to bring the quarter into positive territory. The economists note that, while "the hurricanes disrupted activity in the South, housing weakness was present before the hurricanes and largely stems from the supply...(read more)

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MBS RECAP: Holiday Mode Engaged as Bonds Seek Center of Range

Posted To: MBS Commentary

With today's modest gains, bond markets did exactly what they need to in order to keep the medium term momentum technicals perfectly flat (that flatness was discussed in the Day Ahead , if you'd like to read more about it). That commentary mentioned bonds being "done for the holidays" in the title because the following week tends to be anyone's guess when it comes go market movement. We've seen Thanksgiving weeks that have been awesome, ugly, and perfectly flat. In almost all cases, the motivation for each of those movements is nowhere to be found. It's a random walk based on which traders are trading and whether or not they are actually trying to accomplish something on a week known for it's light liquidity. As for today, it started out with yields and MBS...(read more)

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