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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 ...

HUD Announces Agreement In Fair Housing Cases

HUD has announced agreements with insurance companies in Ohio and Florida following an investigation into violations of Fair Housing Act regulations. We occasionally devote space to these issues because even in situations where the violations involve rental housing or other ...

Cash Back To The Borrower and FHA Loans

Do FHA loans permit cash back to the borrower? We get many reader questions in our comments section about this subject. Some want to know if they can borrow more than the cost of the home and use the excess ...

Mortgage Rate Trends: Sharply Improved

Mortgage Loan Rate Trends

You may have noticed some extra coverage of mortgage rate trends in the last few weeks; rates have moved up and down in ways that seem to insist on added coverage, and Monday’s mortgage rate activity was definitely that. Rates ...

FHA Announces Suspension Of Earlier Policy Changes

Earlier in January 2017, we reported on changes in policy regarding FHA Mortgage Insurance Premiums. Mortgagee Letter 2017-01 announced revised, lower Mortgage Insurance Premiums, plus the elimination of the distinction in rates based on the base loan amount according to ...

FHA Updates PACE Policy

A new mortgagee letter updates FHA loan policy on properties bought with FHA loans that are “encumbered with a Property Assessed Clean Energy obligation”. Mortgagee Letter 2017-06 updates PACE policy starting with a reminder; “The terms and conditions of a ...