If youâve been researching mortgages, or are in the process of taking out a home loan, youâve probably come across the term âimpoundsâ or âescrows.â When you hear these seemingly scary words, the loan officer or mortgage broker is referring to an impound account, also known as an escrow account. You may even be told [&hellip
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What Iâve seen and heard through the years is certain lenders not being so forthcoming with existing customers wanting to refinance their mortgage. For example, when a homeowner goes to inquire about the âawesome low rates,â their first instinct may be to pick up the phone and call the lender who gave them their current [&hellip
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Everyone likes a discount, right, even if itâs on a small one-time purchase that equates to a nominal amount. For one reason or another, it just feels like a win. Itâs obviously even sweeter if you get a discount on a big-ticket item, as the savings will be much larger. Better yet, how about a [&hellip
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Loyalty? Not in the mortgage business. That is, if you actually want to save money on your home loan. A few years back, an HSBC survey revealed that 52% of U.S. homeowners âswitched providersâ (sorry, theyâre British) when obtaining subsequent mortgages. This was mainly driven (53%) by the desire to get a better deal, aka [&hellip
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While 30-year fixed mortgage rates tend to steal all the headlines, 15-year fixed mortgage rates quietly reached record lows this week as well, per Freddie Macâs weekly survey. This morning, Freddie announced that the 30-year fixed fell to a new record low 2.65%, down from 2.67% last week. That was the first record low of [&hellip
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Itâs time for another mortgage match-up folks. Today, weâll look at 10-year mortgages versus the 30-year fixed mortgage to see how these home loans stack up against one another. Before we get started, itâs important to note that there are two very different types of 10-year mortgages out there. One a fixed-rate mortgage that is [&hellip
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A lot of homeowners are looking to refinance their mortgages at the moment. Thatâs abundantly clear based on the record volume of refis expected this year, per the MBA. And while mortgage rates are in record low territory, thus making the decision to refinance an easy one for most, it still pays to shop around. [&hellip
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Similar to the increased waiting times to get a COVID-19 test these days, itâs taking an extended amount of time to get a mortgage to the finish line. The reason is simply unprecedented demand, just like those COVID-19 tests. The more people that need one, the longer the wait, period. This is the downside to [&hellip
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Mortgage Q&A: âDoes a refinance require an appraisal?â A reader recently asked if they needed an appraisal to refinance their existing mortgage, knowing they can often add weeks to the loan process. As with anything in the mortgage realm, the answer is it depends. Mainly, it depends on the type of loan you plan to [&hellip
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The CEO of a Tech-Enabled Loan Servicer Believes We Might Be on the Cusp of Another Foreclosure Crisis
The co-founder and CEO of a so-called âtech-enabled residential mortgage servicerâ named Valon (formerly Peach Street) has warned we could be on the brink of another foreclosure crisis. While real estate is flying high at the moment, itâs appears that two very different stories are unfolding at the same exact time. On the one hand, [&hellip
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