Women “less familiar” with mortgage options than men



Women on average tend to be less aware than men of the various mortgage options they have when it comes to applying for a home loan. As a result, they often end up paying thousands of dollars more, according to a new LendingTree study that tracked data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The study […]

Most consumers don’t know what it takes to qualify for a mortgage



Many consumers have misconceptions about what it takes to secure a mortgage, so much so that some won’t even try to apply for one as they believe they won’t qualify. Consumers often overestimate the minimum credit score and down payment that’s required to obtain a mortgage, even though such information is readily available online. They’re […]

Can You Still Get a Mortgage with Bad Credit?



Can You Still Get a Mortgage with Bad Credit Many home buyers remember the housing collapse and mortgage crisis of 2008. Up until that time, anyone with a social security number could get a mortgage regardless as to whether they had bad credit or even a job. Soon after, those mortgage options disappeared leaving few […]

Ohio Bill Would Create Credit Protection Type Laws for Land Contracts



A land contract provides a rent-to-own structure which enables someone to purchase real estate with little to no cash down payment.  Called contracts for deed or land installment contracts in some states, land contracts require the buyer to make monthly payments towards purchase of the real estate to the seller. Part of each month’s payments […]

5.9 million homeowners could benefit from refinancing



The recent fall in mortgage rates won’t just benefit those looking to buy a home, but also those who’ve already purchased a property, should they decide to take advantage and refinance, experts say. Around 5.9 million borrowers in the U.S. could see their mortgage rates fall by at least 75 basis points if they decide […]

Report shows how mortgage firms stole black wealth in Chicago



Researchers from Duke University claim that African American homeowners in Chicago missed out on billions of dollars in wealth from 1950 to 1970, due to what it says were “racist real estate policies”. Throughout that 20-year period, African Americans living in Chicago bought 60,100 homes, of which, around 70% were sold on contracts that enabled […]

Bank of America announces $0 origination fees for low-income borrowers



As lenders struggle with the impact of reduced home sales on the mortgage business, some banks are coming up with new ways to make their offerings more attractive to borrowers. The Bank of America for example, recently said it would give “eligible borrowers” up to $10,000 to be used towards their down payment or closing […]

Report: Lenders snubbing low-end borrowers



People in the low- and middle-income bracket are increasingly struggling to obtain smaller mortgages, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The report says that “low-end borrowers” are seeing their mortgage applications denied at higher rates than those who apply for bigger loans, even though many of those borrowers have a similar credit […]

FHA bids to clarify mortgage origination rules



The Federal Housing Adminstration is trying to boost the mortgage industry by clarifying lending certification requirements in order to create more choices for borrowers, especially first-time buyers and those from ethnic minorities. The announcement comes at a time when the number of banks that participate in the FHA’s single-family mortgage insurance program is declining. HousingWire […]

Ginnie Mae warns against repeated refinancing



Although many lenders continue to advocate the apparent benefits of refinancing on a mortgage, Ginnie Mae has come out with advice to the contrary, suggesting that repeated refinances could actually be harmful to many borrowers and investors. Ginnie Mae, which is a government-backed entity similar to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with a focus on […]