Does it Make Sense to Refinance My Mortgage?



If you are asking yourself, “should I refinance?” there are many things to consider. Homes are normally the largest expense people ever commit to and one that can have far-reaching consequences on their financial future. Looking at refinance mortgage options should provide you a way to deal with unexpected expenses, better plan your retirement, or […]

Compass partners with Guaranteed Rate to launch OriginPoint mortgage services



Tech-powered real estate brokerage Compass has officially entered the mortgage business. The company has announced it’s forming a new mortgage origination firm in partnership with Guaranteed Rate Inc. Compass, which is best known for its technology tools that assist real estate agents in marketing themselves and their listings online, wants to expand its business by […]

Homeowners are NOT Using Second Mortgages



One intuitive conclusion about the tight inventory of houses for sale is that the amount of equity owners have in their homes has been rising for several years. Long-term ownership, along with rapid price appreciation, results in homeowners having ten and hundreds of thousands of dollars of wealth built up as home equity. But you […]

Spike in foreclosures is unlikely, analysts say



Forbearance programs for federally backed mortgages are rapidly coming to an end, but the National Association of Realtors has said its research shows that there won’t be a glut of foreclosed homes hitting the market, as some had warned. The national forbearance moratorium will end on July 31, but most homeowners are expected to end […]

Mortgage servicers brace themselves as forbearance programs edge towards expiration



Mortgage servicers are preparing for a wave of delinquent mortgages and possible foreclosures to hit the market, but say they have already taken steps to mitigate their impact. The U.S. government made mortgage forbearance available to any home loan borrowers in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who took up the option […]

Fannie Mae chair warns against cash-out refinancing



Housing industry experts have been pretty vocal about the benefits of refinancing a mortgage lately, saying homeowners can benefit from current low interest rates to save potentially hundreds of dollars a month on their loan repayments. But Sheila Bair (pictured), chair of the board of directors at Fannie Mae this week warned that refinancing is […]

Benefits of Private Mortgage Lenders



When most homeowners seek a mortgage, they go to a bank, credit union, or other financial institution, but sometimes, these lenders won’t lend them money for a variety of reasons. When looking for a mortgage broker Barrie homeowners who are having a hard time getting approved for a loan may want to consider a private […]

Zombie foreclosures rise despite existing moratorium



Research shows that so-called “zombie foreclosures” are emerging in much bigger numbers again as distressed homeowners abandon their properties in the belief that they will soon be repossessed. Around 1.4 million residential homes in the U.S. stood vacant in the second quarter, amounting to 1.4% of all homes, ATTOM Data Solutions said in a new […]

Foreclosure activity to resume in July, some banks say



Some of America’s biggest banks have said they’ll start resuming foreclosures on delinquent mortgages this summer when COVID-19 forbearance programs expire. The Mortgage Bankers Association says over 2.1 million American homeowners are still in forbearance plans that suspend their mortgage payments and protect them from eviction. Meanwhile, around 1.8 million more are not in forbearance […]

Many homeowners regret not refinancing earlier, survey finds



A large number of homeowners have expressed regret that they missed out on the 2020 refinancing wave, which saw many take advantage of record-low interest rates to reduce their monthly mortgage payments. A new survey from LendingTree found that 36% of homeowners who missed the chance to refinance say they regret not doing so. Many […]