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CoreLogic recently released a report entitled, United States Residential Foreclosure Crisis: 10 Years Later, in which they examined the years leading up to the crisis all the way through to present day. With a peak in 2010 when nearly 1.2 million homes were foreclosed on, over 7.7 million families lost their homes throughout the entire foreclosure crisis. Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, had this to say, “The country experienced a wild r... read more
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Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, along with Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors, is calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters. This has caused some purchasers to lament the fact they may no longer be able to get a rate below 4%. However, we must realize that current rates are still at historic low... read more
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What Do You Really Need to Qualify for a Mortgage?

Posted by Janice Ziesig on October 03, 2015 in  Buy  Fannie Mae  Millennials  Mortgage  Mortgage Loan
A recent survey by Ipsos found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is actually necessary to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The study pointed out two major misconceptions that we want to address today. 1. Down Payment The survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 36% think a 20% down payment is always required. In actuality, there are many loans written with... read more
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Should I Wait to Put Down a Bigger Down Payment?

Posted by Janice Ziesig on September 21, 2015 in  Buy  Fannie Mae  Mortgage  Mortgage Loan
Some experts are advising that first time and move-up buyers wait until they save up 20% before they move forward with their decision to purchase a home. One of the main reasons they suggest waiting is that a buyer must purchase private mortgage insurance if they have less than the 20%. That increases the monthly payment the buyer will be responsible for. In a recent article, Freddie Mac explained what this would mean for a $200,000 house: However, we must look at other aspe... read more
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Freddie Mac: Equity Matters (a Lot!)

Posted by Janice Ziesig on August 01, 2015 in  FANNIE MAE  MORTGAGE  Real Estate Market Statistics
According to a Merrill Lynch survey, over 80% of the people in this country believe that homeownership is still “an important part of the American Dream”. There are many financial and non-financial reasons people feel this way. One of the biggest reasons is because it helps build family wealth. Last week, Freddie Mac posted about the power of home equity. They explained: “In the simplest terms, equity is the difference between how much your home is worth and how much... read more
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