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In spite of what you may have heard – it is possible to close a loan quickly. I had a borrower contact me recently. She said that she was purchasing a house – and she wanted to close quickly. She signed her loan package on a Tuesday. …and, she got me everything I had asked her for from the check...
It’s not unusual at all for an underwriter to request that disputes be removed from a disputed account. In the past we have used a simple letter from the consumer to have these disputes removed. I wanted to let you know that as of January 19th, 2015 Experian will now require a letter from the re...
I’ve written about this before, but I think it’s a good idea to touch on it again… If you need financing to purchase a home in the country I would use either USDA, FHA, or VA. The reason I didn’t mention conventional is that a conventional loan generally will have more restrictions on the compar...
I wanted to follow up on the FHA news about lowering their monthly mortgage insurance… The recent history of FHA MI rates on 30 yr mortgages are as follows… In April of 2011 FHA’s MI rate went from .55% to 1.15%. In April of 2012 the MI rate went from 1.15% to 1.25%. In April of 2013 the MI rate...
I mentioned this might happen earlier, and now it’s going to happen on the 26th of January 2015. FHA is reducing their monthly mortgage insurance premium on a 30 year mortgage from 1.35bps to .85bps. The result of this is that it puts it back squarely in competition with Conventional Mortgages. ...
There is a push in congress to lower FHA MI rates. A group of 18 U.S. Senators and the Mortgage Bankers Association both sent letters to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, stating that the time has come for the Federal Housing Administration to lower its mortgage insurance pre...
I hope you had a safe New Years! I think we’ll all have a great year this year. Mortgage News… One of the programs we were looking forward to this year was FHA’s HAWK program. Now it looks like HAWK isn’t going to happen – at least for another year. This is due to congressional budget restrictio...


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