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February 2011 Mortage Articles

Home price and sales data show weaker housing markets

February 28th, 2011

If you've been thinking 2011 is the year for you to purchase a new home you may be weighing whether to purchase before rates climb...  Read More

Trust yourself, trust your home

February 22nd, 2011

Every newspaper has a section where, if you are in it, you will not be able to read your name and the story. It is the obituary section. Reading...  Read More

Mortgage rates remain above 5 percent as consumer prices rise

February 18th, 2011

There is a relationship between prices you pay in the store and the rate on your new home loan or refinance mortgage. This week two key indexes on prices were...  Read More

No payments? No Closing Costs? Lower interest rate?

February 15th, 2011

There are many ways a seller can participate to assist you with your new home loan and home purchase. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA guidelines allow for the seller...  Read More

Rates at 10 month high, White House proposes changes for Fannie-Freddie

February 12th, 2011

While the world was focused on events in Egypt this week some major news was occurring at home for the mortgage industry. The industry took a look back and speculation...  Read More

More Americans decide to rent despite better home affordability

February 08th, 2011

Reports by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) indicate fewer mortgages are part of families’ new housing decisions. The philosophy of homeownership has also changed...  Read More

Mortgage rates rise for third straight week

February 04th, 2011

In spite of rising tensions in Egypt and elsewhere, it appears foreign affairs had little impact on mortgage rates this week. New home loan and mortgage refinance applicants are continuing...  Read More

Buying a new home? Will you need 20 percent down payment?

February 02nd, 2011

It is not unusual for legislation made in Washington to have unintended consequences in Madison, or Tulsa, or Denver. Such is the case with the Dodd-Frank Act that...  Read More