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Conforming loan limits increase in first time since 2006

Good news on the loan front! For the first time in a decade Conforming loan limits have increased, offering a little bit of relief and flexibility for borrowers that otherwise would be stuck exhausting more of their resources on a larger down payment, or forced into the Jumbo market.

The new Conforming loan limit for […]

HARP myths debunked…

Tracy Mooney, Senior Vice President of Freddie Mac put out an insight on the mortgage giant’s blog today discussing some common misconceptions about the HARP program. Here is the link, check it out for the top 9 myths about HARP (such as myriad of ideas people have as to why they do not qualify for […]

Conforming loan limits stay the same for 2014…

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), overseer of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSE’s), has decided to leave the maximum loan limits for loans they guarantee unchanged for 2014. The maximum conforming loan limit will remain at $417,000.

As has been the case since 2008 some areas considered “high […]

Bill in congress attempts to open up refinancing for more worthy homeowners (will it work)?

The ‘Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2013’ has been (re)introduced in the US Senate. This bill’s aim is to help homeowners that are not otherwise eligible to refinance through another program (such as HARP or Home Affordable Refinance Program) to take advantage of today’s historically low rates.

Originally introduced last year […]

Fannie & Freddie making important policy changes…

If you’re unemployed and in danger of going into default on your mortgage the nation’s Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE’s), Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, are making some important changes to their foreclosure and forbearance (when the bank suspends collection of payments for a period of time, kind of like a timeout on making […]

New Mortgage Help Center in Sacramento

When it opens in a few days, Sacramento area homeowners will have a new resource in Fannie Mae’s new Mortgage Help Center. The new center will provide counseling for homeowners that owe more on their home than it is worth as well as those seeking to modify their loans. To qualify for the […]

Fannie Mae brings back closing cost assistance, and improves it even more!

I have some GREAT news. Government-chartered mortgage giant, Fannie Mae announced they are bringing back closing cost assistance to buyers of HomePath-eligible homes. People buying one of the Fannie Mae owned REO’s will receive a 3.5% credit towards closing costs. In most cases this 3.5% should be enough to cover 100% of the […]

Neither the best of times, nor the worst of times…

This is a great article by one of our nation’s top independent financial professionals, Ric Edleman. Ric talks about today’s real estate market, the different perspective between buyers and sellers, and why this difference may be slowing down the normal real estate cycle.

Ric’s article <- click

Homepath Incentives, AGAIN!

Fannie Mae is offering buyers up to 3.5% in closing cost assistance on HomePath® properties. HomePath homes are REO’s that have already been taken back by Fannie Mae and put on the market at a certain price as HomePath eligible. I did a complete breakdown of the HomePath on a previous post but here is […]