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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87% of First-Time Homebuyers Don’t Foresee Payment Troubles

Prospective homebuyers cite worries about future unemployment, concerns about property affordability, and the local economic outlook as issues that hold them back from jumping into the market, according to an industry survey commissioned by Genworth. But the Virginia-based mortgage insurer says these economic concerns have not translated into excessive mortgage stress among recent U.S. homebuyers. …

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HUD’s Inventory of REOs More Than Double a Year Ago

HUD has released a report detailing recent business activity at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). It shows that the federal agency’s inventory of REO homes has ballooned as sales from this portfolio fell sharply during the final months of 2010 and early part of this year. The number of repossessed single-family properties held at the …

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PMI Expands LTVs and Credit Scores in Distressed Markets

PMI Mortgage Insurance Co. is seeing signs of strengthening in markets the firm classifies as “distressed,” enough so that the private mortgage insurer is relaxing its requirements for loan-to-value (LTV) ratios and minimum credit scores. The California-based insurer issued a bulletin last week announcing that it is raising the LTV to 95 percent for both …

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