Lending

New Bill to Streamline Short Sales

A new bill introduced earlier this week aims to change long lender delays with short

HUD Announces New Reverse Mortgage Option

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced a new modified version of its Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) product. The HECM loan is a reverse mortgage insured by the federal government. It allows older home owners to tap into

Streamline Your Lending

By Winnie Uluocha With foreclosures on the rise around the country and many of those homes needing repairs, the FHA 203(k) Streamline Limited Repair Program has become a popular program in today’s market. The 203(k) streamline program allows the

Understanding Current Lending

By Tammy Hajjar Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy, AIG receives monetary infusion from the Fed, Bank of America acquires Merrill Lynch, the White House signs a $700 billion financial market bailout, JP Morgan Chase swoops in to save Washington

Buyers Beware

FRAUDULENT CREDIT REPAIR COMPANIES CAN MAKE MATTERS WORSE FOR YOUR CLIENTS By Douglas Muir The current credit crisis is hitting close to home. Foreclosures are on the rise and people face tough times when their adjustable-rate mortgages keep climbing.

Aging in Place

REVERSE MORTGAGES CAN HELP CLIENTS STAY AT HOME By Bernie Ockrim In the recent past, when older people had difficulty living on their own it was a signal that it was time to move in with family members or

Mortgage Pre-Approval Vs. Mortgage Pre-Qualification

By David Fialk Is there a difference between a mortgage pre-qualification letter and a mortgage pre-approval letter? The reality is that most buyers need to obtain a mortgage loan to purchase a home. Since mortgage approval is such an

Life After Your Client’s Bankruptcy

BY JOSE H. CARABALLO Bankruptcy is an uncomfortable subject for a variety of reasons. The most obvious is the potential havoc it can wreak on your client’s finances. Running a close second is the negative stigma which is often

Refinancing Back Into a 30-Year Loan

YOUR CLIENTS CAN REFINANCE THEIR MORTGAGE FOR RATE AND PAYMENT REDUCTIONS By Jose H. Caraballo One of the biggest reasons homeowners refinance their mortgage is to obtain a lower interest rate and lower their monthly payments. By refinancing, the

Staying Afloat Through Focus

Survive the real estate lull by doing what you do best while applying common sense By Steven D. Hayworth I moved to Miami in 1980, just as the real estate crisis of the early-1980s was about to reach a

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