What to Do When Your Appraisal Runs Into Problems

Earlier this summer, a friend of mine was looking to buy a house and although their Realtor assured them that it was a slam dunk and everything was fine with their paperwork and they had a legitimately significant down payment, there were complications. In fact, their appraisal came in a little over eight percent short.… Continue Reading

6 Ways to Prepare for Your Conventional Loan Application

When you think of the word “conventional,” I know it brings to mind images of things that are considered “normal” or “standard” in our culture. That kind of thinking has caused a great deal of confusion among mortgage-seekers for a very long time because a Conventional mortgage isn’t the default choice for many buyers. For… Continue Reading

First Quarter is Over, How Are Things Looking?

There are four really important times of the year for everybody who is anybody in the financial, mortgage or related industries — they happen around the middle of April, July, October and January. These are the times when we get all sorts of quarterly reports in, and those numbers can tell us a lot about… Continue Reading

Comparing FHA, VA, Conventional, Jumbo and USDA Loans

So you’ve finally landed that promotion, finished college, gotten married or have just gotten tired of throwing your rent money into an endless pit and are starting to investigate the housing market.  Maybe you’ve even spotted a house that you feel a deep emotional attachment to – but before you step one foot inside, you… Continue Reading

New Mortgage Rules in 2014

In 2013, we finally saw hard evidence that the real estate market is ready for some positive changes: home values have increased, bringing many underwater mortgages to value or better, foreclosures have slowed and everybody is generally in a pretty good mood. If you’ve been putting off buying a home, 2014 is your year. There… Continue Reading

2014: Predictions for the U.S. housing market

2013 saw a lot of changes to the U.S. mortgage industry, from Fannie Mae’s elimination of 97 percent loans and the appointment of a new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency to nation-wide changes to provide more leniency through FHA programs for troubled borrowers. The Ability-to-Repay Rule and Qualified Mortgage Rule made headlines and… Continue Reading

2013: A year of widespread market improvements

Mortgage news of the early bust years was filled with drama, doom and gloom, but at last, in 2013, the news is getting better.  Delinquencies are down, rates are up and guidelines are getting tighter again as lenders and government agencies struggle to find a balance between customer safety and profitability.  There was a lot… Continue Reading