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Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: A Reader Question

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A reader got in touch recently about issues related to Chapter 13 bankruptcy and FHA mortgage loans. “I made all payments for 6 years on my chapter 13 and they said I have to wait 2 more years to be ...

Mortgage Markets and FHA Loans

At the beginning of 2017, Forbes.com published a housing outlook for 2017 which included predictions from experts about what could happen this year. Three months into the new year, how accurate were some of the highlights of this piece? How ...

Mortgage Loan Interest Rates Surging Higher Ahead of Fed

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Since our last report, mortgage rates have pushed significantly higher. Industry professionals are watching the Fed very carefully at the moment as it’s expected that the Fed will hike interest rates soon. Any indication of that hike, the timing of ...

Mortgage Rates Sharply Higher

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

This week we’ve devoted a bit more column space to mortgage rate trends, and for good reason. Markets hate uncertainty, investors tend to move to “safe haven” investments in times like these, and we’re seeing plenty of activity in markets ...

Mortgage Rate Trends: Edging Higher

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Since our last report, mortgage rates had one day of mild recovery, but yesterday rates took an upward turn. Many industry professionals are keen on next week’s Fed meeting as a potential make-or-break in terms of short-term rate trends. Will ...

HUD Announces Relief For Louisiana Tornado Victims

Federal relief is available for those affected by tornadoes in Louisiana. On Monday, February 13th 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it will “speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Louisiana and provide support ...

Mortgage Rate Trends: Higher

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage loan interest rates went higher on Friday, undoing some of the gains made earlier in the week but keeping things within the range we’ve been looking at since the start of 2017. The move higher wasn’t enough to push ...

Mortgage Rate Trends: Improving

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

There are factors that directly affect mortgage loan interest rates, and there are those that work more indirectly. Economic data, breaking news, and sometimes even the overall mood of investors on a given day or in a given week could ...

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Two-Week Lows

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Mortgage rates took a move lower on Monday to levels many have been hoping to see more of in the last two weeks. Though the move does not dramatically change mortgage loan interest rate numbers, could we be on the ...

Mortgage Loan Interest Rate Trends: Edging Higher

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

Much attention was given to the Fed on Wednesday, but there was no hint of another planned rate hike; good news for now but that did not help mortgage loan rates in the end as stronger-than-expected jobs data helped put ...