Don’t overpay for title insurance

Don’t overpay for title insurance Many refinancing borrowers continue to overpay for title insurance because they don’t know enough to ask. Not everyone is eligible, however. Cutoff dates In most states, insurers set a cutoff on how old a mortgage can be to be eligible for a reissue rate. The most common cutoff is 10 …

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Valuations and Sales Discounts Eat Away at Foreclosure Proceeds

Low property valuations and steep sales discounts reduce the proceeds from liquidated loans by almost a third, according to Moody’s Investors Service. As home prices drop, equity erosion drives most of the losses incurred on defaulted mortgage loans, but the analysts at Moody’s say in today’s environment that’s not the whole story. They maintain that …

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Senators Want Answers on Bonuses

Lawmakers Want Answers on Bonuses to GSE Execs Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are up in arms over the news that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) approved $12.79 million in bonus pay for 10 executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Sixty senators put their partisan differences aside and presented a united front in a …

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Obama Pledges to Refinance Millions of Mortgages at Today’s Rates

Housing got only a brief mention in President Obama’s highly anticipated jobs speech last Thursday night. But it was a pledge that some pundits say is finally a step in the right direction. Others say it’s likely to have little impact. Obama told Congress that his administration is going to work with federal agencies to …

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