Tag Archives: Banks

Mortgage alert: Borrowers change how they cheat

The good news: Fewer borrowers are lying on their mortgage applications. The bad news: The remaining cheaters may be pulling a more dangerous scam. Instead of inflating their home prices, they are now inflating their incomes and assets, according to … Continue reading

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Mortgage delinquencies take a sharp turn up

The Home Affordable Modification Program has helped 865,100 homeowners avoid foreclosure, but more than 306,000 could not keep up with even the modified monthly payments, according to the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The program does … Continue reading

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Rising Mortgage Rates Cause ‘Rush to ARMs’

“Mortgage rates increased by the most in a single week since 2011, and refinance application volume dropped to its lowest level in almost two years. However, applications for conventional purchase loans picked up by more than 3 percent over the … Continue reading

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Rising Home Prices Are ‘Unsustainable’—Realtors

Also weighing on home prices are rising mortgage rates. May’s existing home sales report from the Realtors represents closed sales, so contracts and interest rates would have been signed and locked in March or April, before rates began to rise. … Continue reading

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Home Builder Confidence Soars

Home builders have been hampered recently, due to lack of labor, land and supplies. As demand finally comes back to the housing market, many builders have had trouble meeting it; others have slowed production intentionally to take advantage of rising … Continue reading

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