Low Rates, High Obstacles to Refinancing Mortgage

As interest rates have slid over the past couple of years, Gabriel Bousbib of Englewood, N.J., refinanced his 15-year mortgage not once, but twice-cutting his interest rate in two steps from about 4.6 percent to 3.375 percent. He’s one of a number of homeowners who refinanced just a year or two ago, but decided it …

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OCC Publicizes Independent Foreclosure Reviews

Advertisements informing the public about the independent foreclosure reviews underway at 14 servicers hit the presses and the radio airwaves Wednesday. Released by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the advertisements inform the public that those who underwent foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 might be eligible for an independent review if there …

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Top six reasons mortgage applications are rejected

Half of refinance applications are abandoned or rejected, as are 30 percent of purchase mortgage applications, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. All told, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) says that well over 2 million mortgage applications were rejected last year. Want to avoid falling into that number? It’s tough — especially in …

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More Californians able to afford homes

Lower home prices and interest rates led to an increase in home affordability in the third quarter, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS┬« reported. Making sense of the story: The percentage of California households that could afford to purchase a median-priced home of $292,120 rose to 52 percent in the third quarter, up from 51 percent …

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