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Archive for September, 2007

Countrywide Financial and The HOPE Program

Sep 30th, 2007 @ 9:37 AM by Alden Smith

I read with a great deal of interest a report on Countrywide Financial Corp’s CEO, Angelo Mozilo, and his aggressive plan to sell stock options at a time when CFC is in dire straits. It seems he had changed his trading plans in Oct. 2006, when Mozilo adopted a stock trading plan that called for […]

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Monitoring Existing Home Sales

Sep 29th, 2007 @ 4:56 PM by Alden Smith

With things still very much up in the air in the mortgage market, we see from newly released figures that there is a glut of homes on the market, and they aren’t moving. This comes as no surprise when you figure that 15-20% of people looking for a mortgage loan do not qualify at this […]

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Home Sales Drop 8.3 Percent

Sep 28th, 2007 @ 7:40 AM by Alden Smith

Reporting on the market and everything that affects it can be a daunting task. There has been so much doom and gloom in the market this year that it sometimes feels as if I am being negative and reporting what I see as the “bad” things in the mortgage market. However, this isn’t true. I […]

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FICO Scores and Mortgages

Sep 28th, 2007 @ 6:18 AM by MortgageMentor

Would you believe that not too many years ago, credit scoring had little to do with the way banks chose to issue mortgage loans? It’s true. In the past, very few people went into foreclosure. But as foreclosures have grown in number , lenders have begun to study the relationship of FICO scores to the […]

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Avoiding Jumbo Mortgage Rates

Sep 26th, 2007 @ 1:05 PM by MortgageMentor

There has been a lot of press lately about the large point spread between interest rates on conforming mortgages and non-conforming, or “jumbo” loans. In particular, this has impacted borrowers who need regular thirty year fixed rates for loans above $417,000 which is the cut off for conforming mortgages. At one point, some lenders were […]

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Mortgage Fraud Hurts Lenders

Sep 25th, 2007 @ 6:19 PM by MortgageMentor

Have you heard about Mortgage Fraud? Mortgage fraud is becoming more prevalent now that there is no equity cushion for most sellers. It’s a scheme that goes something like this: Say your home is listed on the market for $300,000. The listing agent raises your sales price to an even higher amount. The appraiser then […]

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Mortgage News To Make Your Day

Sep 23rd, 2007 @ 9:22 AM by Alden Smith

In my search this morning for relevant content, I ran across a very interesting site. The site, “The Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter“, gives an indication of how many mortgage lenders have gone belly up since December of 2006. Since that time, 159 major U.S. lending operations have “imploded”. Scary indeed. What was scary to me was […]

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Housing, Rent, and the Consumer Price Index

Sep 22nd, 2007 @ 10:10 AM by Alden Smith

FT.com reports today that the sales of homes over $1 million has fallen. I have to ask myself how many people averaging over the country buy $1 million homes? Regardless, this indicator is not good. One of the things most people do not understand is that the Consumer Price Index is not an indicator of […]

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Fed Cuts Rates One Half Percent

Sep 21st, 2007 @ 6:45 AM by Alden Smith

In a move to bolster the economy, the Fed dropped both the federal funds rate and the discount rate by a half percentage point to 4.75 percent on Tuesday. Seen as a good move by the markets, only time can give us a good picture whether or not it is working. The Fed in its […]

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Tax Escrows: Consider Waiving Them

Sep 19th, 2007 @ 9:34 AM by MortgageMentor

By default, most mortgage lenders will set up a tax escrow on your behalf to handle the property taxes on your home.  When you make your monthly mortgage payment the lender will also collect 1/12th of your annual property tax bill.  When the bill comes due in your area, the lender will pay it on […]

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