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The rise of the refi

Oct 11, 2013
Americans used to believe that when you retired, your house should be paid off. That was, of course, before the refinancing boom.
Posted In: mortgage refinance, mortgage, refinancing, Housing

5 years after Lehman, subprime mortgages return

Sep 12, 2013
Mortgage lenders fueled the financial collapse by marketing subprime loans to people who couldn't afford them. They disappeared as the housing market crashed, but subprime mortgages could return.
Posted In: subprime, mortgage, mortgage crisis, Housing, home loans

What to do with your mortgage when you retire

Sep 6, 2013
Traditional wisdom says you should pay off your mortgage before you retire, but sometimes that's not the best choice.
Posted In: mortgage, Retirement

Farewell, Fannie and Freddie? How a privatized mortgage industry affects you

Aug 9, 2013
Congress's proposed plans to phase out government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will almost certainly mean higher mortgage rates for consumers.
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, mortgage, housing crisis

A new, old plan to help struggling homeowners refinance

Aug 1, 2013
When it comes to helping homeowners struggling with mortgages, is President Obama taking a page out of Mitt Romney's playbook?
Posted In: mortgage, housing market, Obama

Many would-be first-time homebuyers fear taking the plunge

Jun 3, 2013
Would-be homebuyers are nervous because of the housing crash and the instability of the job market.
Posted In: Housing, housing market, mortgage

How the financial crisis messed up all our benchmarks

May 30, 2013
OMG! Mortgage rates are surging to 4 percent! The financial crisis and recession distorted our perception of what a normal benchmark should be.
Posted In: recession, benchmarks, mortgage

Obama to announce expansion of mortgage modification program

May 30, 2013
With signs of vigor returning to the real estate market, it's easy to miss the other reality: Many people got stuck with terrible mortgages during the boom years and the Obama administration says they still need help.
Posted In: housing market, housing crisis, mortgage

Is the era of super-low mortgages over?

May 29, 2013
The value of the benchmark 10-year Treasury note is down, amid signs the U.S. economy is gathering strength. The yield is up to 2.14 percent, and 30-year mortgage rates are inching close to 4 percent, the highest in a year.
Posted In: housing market, interest rates, mortgage, bonds

About face on the home front: Interest rates spike

May 29, 2013
For a moment there, things were looking really peachy in housing.
Posted In: mortgage, interest rates, bonds, Ben Bernanke

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