Two possibilities for expanding private sector lending

Two possibilities for expanding private sector lending The future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two secondary market behemoths that became wards of the federal government in September 2008, is in limbo. Virtually all politicians on the national scene would like to get rid of them, none more than their previous political champions for …

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FHA mortgages are poised to get more expensive

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plans to impose significant restrictions on the amount of money that sellers can contribute at closing in the near future. The FHA also will be raising its mortgage insurance premiums during the coming weeks, increasing charges for new purchases across the board. Making sense of the story: One reason for …

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Help With a Down Payment

With most lenders requiring borrowers to put down at least 20 percent as a down payment – unless using an FHA or VA loan, or purchasing mortgage insurance – the best holiday gift some people might receive would be help with a down payment on a house. Making sense of the story According to a …

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Try a new real estate price-cut strategy

During the bubble housing market, a price reduction was considered a stigma. This was a time when most listings sold reasonably quickly. A price reduction meant there was probably something wrong with the property. That’s not the case today. Price reductions are common. Often a search of the multiple listing service (MLS) will reveal more …

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