Choosing a reverse mortgage: fixed vs. adjustable

Choosing a reverse mortgage: fixed vs. adjustable FHA-insured reverse mortgages, called Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs), can be a life-saver for elderly homeowners short of income. While aftershocks from the financial crisis have caused the amounts that homeowners can draw under the program to be reduced, borrowers now have more options than they had before …

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Mortgage Rates Up, With 30-Year Fixed Above 4 Percent

Moving along side higher yields on bonds, mortgage rates continued to climb upwards, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage above the 4 percent benchmark for the first time since October 27, 2011, according Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. “Bond yields rose over the past two weeks in part due to an improving assessment of the …

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Mortgage Rates Head Higher on Positive Economic Data

Mortgage Rates Head Higher on Positive Economic Data Rates for all mortgage loan products headed higher this week as positive employment indicators rolled in, with job growth over the last six months the strongest it’s been since 2006. That, coupled with the Greek debt restructuring on the international front and the results of the Federal …

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Thirty-Year Fixed-Rate Matches All-Time Low

Fixed mortgage rates started the year at or near their all-time record lows, according to market data published by Freddie Mac Thursday. The GSE reports the interest rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage averaged 3.91 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending January 5, 2012. That’s down from 3.95 percent the previous week and matches …

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