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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Real estate tips to guard against losing your home

Real estate tips to guard against losing your home Time and time again, home-buyer wannabes state that the reason they are still fence-sitting is that they don’t want to end up in the same trouble the last generation of homeowners did. Well, there’s a very slim chance of that happening, given the changes in the …

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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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Break on larger loans near end

Price limits for cheaper rates to expire Oct. 1 The chief economist of the California Association of Realtors says her group is resigned to seeing high-dollar limits on lower-cost “conforming” loans expire on Oct. 1, resulting in greater financing costs for people buying pricier homes. Leslie Appleton-Young said Realtors fought to extend the limit, but …

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