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Good News for Military Vets

Effective October 1, 2011, the costs associated with getting a VA mortgage are going DOWN! An overview: VA mortgages are bundled, securitized and sold in the secondary market with the backing of the Federal Government. In order to insure these mortgages, the government charges a type of insurance premium, called a VA Funding Fee, which …

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U.S. May Back Refinance Plan for Mortgages

The Obama administration is considering further actions to strengthen the housing market, but the bar is high: plans must help a broad swath of homeowners, stimulate the economy and cost next to nothing. One proposal would allow millions of homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance them at today’s lower interest rates, about 4 percent, according to …

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U.S. Shadow Inventory Months-to-Clear Estimate Down

In the second quarter of 2011, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services’ estimate of the months to clear the supply of distressed homes on the market in the U.S. fell for the first time since mid-2009. The current estimate is 47 months, a five-month decline from our first-quarter estimate and the largest quarter-to-quarter drop since mid-2008. …

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Assets and Your Mortgage Application

When lenders evaluate mortgage borrowers, we look at four things: income (the ability to repay), credit (the willingness to repay), collateral (appraised value and property condition) and assets (cash in the deal and cash reserves after closing, mostly). Of the “four legs of the table”, assets are the least discussed, and yet may be the …

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Are Banks Ready to Lend Again?

Major U.S. banks appear to be finally opening the lending spigot. Second-quarter earnings reports due this month are likely to reveal a slight reversal of the long-term shrinkage in bank loan books, one of several positive signs for investors, bank analysts said. …”Banks are beginning to lend again and that’s a good sign,” said Timothy …

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