Refinance or modify while it’s still possible

Interest rates have been very low for several years, and right now they are lower than ever, yet millions of mortgage borrowers who could profit from a refinance haven’t. Similarly, millions of borrowers who are having trouble making their mortgage payments but want to remain in their homes could have their mortgages modified to make …

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Renting vs. Buying in 2011

This year California housing market conditions make a strong and compelling case for homeownership. With prices still well below the historic highs of just a few years ago and attractive mortgage rates, qualified buyers have a unique opportunity to own their own home. As seen below, a rigorous analysis of renting versus buying hears this …

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Online mortgage shopping made easier

The vast amount of information available online about mortgages – such as interest rates, loan benchmarks, prepayment penalties, and the like – can cause home buyers to feel confused and overwhelmed when shopping for a mortgage.  Most surprisingly, a recent survey found that only 61 percent of homeowners surveyed said they comparison shopped for a …

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The price of a “no-cost” loan

Some home buyers who may be concerned about paying high closing costs might be tempted by a “zero-cost” or “no-cost” loan option, which requires no cash outlay, but typically adds a half percentage point to the rate.  However, some financial consultants say these loans tend to be most beneficial to buyers planning to have the …

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