February modifications and foreclosures down

HOPE NOW, a private sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers, and non-profit counselors, estimated 45,000 homeowners received permanent, non-HAMP loan modifications from mortgage servicers during February 2012, down from 56,000, or 20 percent, compared to the month before in January. While modifications were down, foreclosure sales and foreclosure starts also declined on a …

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11 must-knows about early mortgage payoff

Q: Will I save money if I make my regular monthly payment early? A: No, paying early merely allows the firm servicing your loan to earn interest on your money until the payment due date. This is not the case, however, if you have a simple interest mortgage (SIM). Because it accrues interest daily, the …

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Mortgage aid open to more Calif. borrowers

A state-run program that helps homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages now has broader eligibility guidelines, opening up help to borrowers who did “cash-out” refinances and own multiple properties, said California Housing Finance Agency officials on Monday. The mortgage-aid effort, called Keep Your Home California, so far has helped close to 8,000 low- and moderate-income …

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