Fannie and Freddie automate mortgage applications for self-employed workers



Self-employed and freelance workers should find it easier to apply for a mortgage thanks to a newly automated system created by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Previously, many self-employed and freelance workers have struggled to qualify for a mortgage, as they need to provide a ton of additional paperwork to prove their incomes. The process […]

Homeowners saw big equity gains in 2018



Homeowners saw yet another increase in home equity in the fourth quarter of 2018, with rising home prices helping to boost their profits. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Equity Report published last week, U.S. homeowners with a mortgage saw equity gains of 8.1 percent year over year. The average homeowner saw gains of $9,000 in […]

Borrowers are increasingly keeping up with mortgage payments, but for how long?



The number of Americans who’re keeping up with their mortgage payments has hit a twenty-year high, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association. The MBA notes that delinquency rates are a key measure of economic success, and are closely watched by economists. It says the last time that a significant number of borrowers stopped […]

The “Bank of Mom & Dad” is the 7th biggest mortgage lender in the U.S., study finds



Young adults are increasingly relying on financial help from their parents in order to buy their first homes. In fact, the extent of this financial assistance is so great, that if parents were considered a financial institution, they would be the seventh largest mortgage lender in the U.S. The surprising finding was announced in a […]

The Best Home-Buying Strategy, Even with Rising Mortgage Rates



Mortgage rates have been on the rise over the years, making it an unsustainable option for most Americans who would like to own a home. Transunion, one of the credit reporting agencies, predicts a significant rise in rates on 30-year mortgages, by as much as 5%. Another deterrent for most people looking to own homes […]

Chase will give customers $1K if it fails to close a mortgage in 21 days



Chase bank reckons it can now close on mortgage applications within just three weeks, and is so confident of its claim that it’s willing to cough up $1,000 if it fails to do so. The offer is being made via Chase’s new “Closing Guarantee” program for existing customers, the Houston Chronicle reported. The program is […]

High credit scores no longer necessary for the best rates, study finds



Experts say that home buyers don’t necessarily need an 800+ FICO score in order to be guaranteed the best rates on their mortgage. These days, some buyers in the 700 FICO score range can also secure the most attractive rates, according to a new analysis of one million loan offers by Lending Tree that was […]

Don’t worry about adjustable-rate mortgages, experts say



Housing analysts have raised concerns that borrowers are becoming increasingly reckless when taking out so-called adjustable-rate mortgages, similar to the way they were abused in the years before the Great Recession more than a decade ago. The problem is that borrowers are asking for much higher loan amounts than they have been in recent years. […]

Feds likely to pause interest rate hikes, for now



After raising interest rates several times in 2018, the Federal Reserve seems likely to hold off on any further increases. During the Fed’s latest meeting this month, board members agreed not to raise the benchmark interest rate now or at its next meeting in March. Still, Federal Reserve officials did say they can expect to […]

Fannie Mae provides guidance for mortgage issuers



Fannie Mae has issued guidance to lenders this week, explaining how they can continue to originate mortgages during the government shutdown. The guidance is necessary because verification of employment, social security numbers and other details could be troublesome at this time, officials said. The partial government shutdown has now been ongoing for 14 days, and […]