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Maintaining your home is a work in progress. Not caring for it properly may result in expensive home repairs down the line that could have been avoided with a little prevention. Read More
With the rise of the internet and smartphones over the past 20 years, prospective homebuyers are steadily changing the way they shop for houses. Many homebuyers are beginning and ending their search online. Read More
For many first-time homebuyers, buying your first home may be overwhelming and all of the costs and fees involved may be confusing. But what exactly is a Loan Origination fee? It’s something every homeowner should understand when buying a house and the good news is, it’s not as complicated as you may think. Read More
One of the major challenges for homeowners, especially first-time homebuyers, is saving for a down payment. But before you start saving and figuring out how much of a down payment you need for your home, let’s take a closer look at what exactly a down payment is. Read More
Are you conflicted between buying a condo or renting an apartment? Choosing one over the other presents a very different type of lifestyle and it may be difficult to even know what the difference is between a condo and an apartment. So, which is better for your living situation? Let’s take a look at the differences to help you figure out which works better for you: a condo or an apartment? LEARN MORE What is a condo? A condo, also known as a condominium, is a private residence purchased by an individual homeowner or family in a building or community with several units. Read More
It doesn’t have to be expensive to keep your home looking stylish. And if a major makeover isn’t in your home’s immediate future, there are still many ways to keep your home looking contemporary without breaking the bank. Read More
You may have heard about rent-to-own homes or even seen them advertised on a sign in or around your neighborhood. They are often aimed at those with less-than-stellar credit or who can’t get conventional financing or don’t have enough for a down payment. Read More
It doesn’t have to be expensive to keep your home looking stylish. And if a major makeover isn’t in your home’s immediate future, there are still many ways to keep your home looking contemporary without breaking the bank. Read More
You may have heard about rent-to-own homes or even seen them advertised on a sign in or around your neighborhood. They are often aimed at those with less-than-stellar credit or who can’t get conventional financing or don’t have enough for a down payment. Read More
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
Investing in real estate can be a successful way to boost your net worth if you know where and how to invest. If you are looking for a good location to put your money, consider the 10 cities below. Read More
When you make the decision to buy a home, there are several things to think about. One of the biggest considerations is affordability. 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
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
When deciding between a 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) and a 10/1 ARM, the distinction between the two is the initial fixed interest rate period. Both of these loans combine a variable-rate feature and a fixed-rate feature into one home loan. Read More
It's important to protect our environment and preserve its natural resources for current and future generations.  It’s even more essential when you consider how much money you can save by working “green” elements into your home. Read More

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MBS RECAP: That Escalated Quickly, But MBS Recovered Fairly Nicely

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That Escalated Quickly, But MBS Recovered Fairly Nicely After weeks and weeks (6, to be specific) of extraordinarily calm and narrow trading ranges in ultra-low-yield territory, the bond market has suddenly decided it's time to jump back up toward higher yields. The move is fairly large, abrupt, and serious. It was made all the more serious by the most terribly botched NFP forecast in history. So are the good times over? Econ Data / Events 11:30-11:50 AM (ET) - Fed 30yr UMBS Buying Nonfarm Payrolls: +2.509m vs -8.000m forecast (biggest beat ever, by a wide margin) Unemployment Rate: 13.3% vs 19.8% forecast, 14.7% previously Market Movement Recap 08:16 AM More pain overnight as the broad recovery mentality barrels ahead at full throttle. Stocks surged. Bonds utterly capitaluated (there was...(read more)

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CFPB Warns Servicers and Lenders to Adhere to CARES Act

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A joint release from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors cautions mortgage servicers about their obligations in complying with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act includes provisions granting a right to forbearance to mortgaged homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under these provisions, servicers of federally-backed mortgages including those from the GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as FHA, the VA, and USDA must grant forbearance to borrowers with pandemic-related hardships for as long as two consecutive 180-day periods during the National Emergency declared in response to the outbreak. Servicers are advised by CFPB and the Supervisors that they can approve a shorter than 180-day plan...(read more)

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