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Women "less familiar" with mortgage options than men

By Mike Wheatley | June 17, 2019
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 […]
Mortgage, US Real Estate

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

By Mike Wheatley | March 6, 2019
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 […]

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

By Mike Wheatley | February 11, 2019
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 […]
Crowdfunding, Featured News, Real Estate Investing, US Real Estate

Cash-strapped buyers turn to crowdfunding to raise a down payment

By Mike Wheatley | May 16, 2018
A growing number of aspiring homeowners are turning to crowdfunding platforms as a way of raising funds to cover their down payments. Crowdfunding platforms such as HomeFundMe and Feather the Nest have recently emerged, catering specifically for the home down payment market, reports. The idea is that wannabe homeowners can use the platforms to […]
Mortgage, US Real Estate

Subprime loans are making a comeback under a new name

By Mike Wheatley | April 18, 2018
The subprime mortgage that were said to be responsible for the last housing crisis are making a comeback – but this time they’re being called “nonprime” loans
Mortgage, Real Estate, US Real Estate

Home equity available to borrowers hits all-time high

By Mike Wheatley | April 5, 2018
Rising home values mean that homeowners are getting richer. Now, the amount of equity available to homeowners is at an all-time high, according to mortgage industry solution provider Black Knight Financial Services.
Mortgage, US Real Estate

Here's why loan officers should attend closings

By Mike Wheatley | March 19, 2018
Buyers should consider requesting that a loan officer is present on closing day if they want to be more satisfied with their deal, according to a new survey.
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