Opinion Poll: Drop Mortgage Rates to Aid Housing Markets

Opinion Poll: Drop Mortgage Rates to Aid Housing Markets Slightly more than 3 out of 4 surveyed say lower mortgage interest rates would help the battered housing market, according to the latest Housing Predictor opinion poll. The online survey found the huge majority of those polled feel even lower interest rates would aid in the… Continue reading Opinion Poll: Drop Mortgage Rates to Aid Housing Markets

Housing Recovery Likely as Home Sales Rise

Applications to purchase home mortgages increased for the week marking the first rise in home sales since the federal government’s tax credit expired, indicating that a housing recovery is possible nationally as sales improve, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Refinancing also shot up. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume,… Continue reading Housing Recovery Likely as Home Sales Rise

New Law Forces Banks to Pay Up

By Kevin Chiu A new law that forces banks to pay up delinquent homeowner association fees, could signal the beginning of a national movement. The new state law, known as the Distressed Community Association Relief Act was signed by Florida Governor (R) Charlie Christ and is intended to help condo and homeowner associations that are… Continue reading New Law Forces Banks to Pay Up

Mortgage Fraud Crackdown Charges Record 1200 Perpetrators

By Mike Colpitts The U.S. Justice Department has charged more than 1,200 perpetrators with mortgage fraud in a major nationwide crackdown involving more than $2.3-billion in losses, stemming from the real estate collapse leading to the foreclosure crisis. The sweep represents the largest crackdown yet by law enforcement against perpetrators of white collar crime in… Continue reading Mortgage Fraud Crackdown Charges Record 1200 Perpetrators

Foreclosures Eclipse Record in 2009

A record 2.8–million U.S. properties had foreclosure filings filed against them in 2009, representing a 21% increase in the number over the previous year and 120% above 2007, according to RealtyTrac’s annual year-end report. The history breaking numbers closely match the Housing Predictor foreclosure forecast, which calls for a total of 17-million foreclosures in the… Continue reading Foreclosures Eclipse Record in 2009

Buying a Home after Foreclosure

By Lindsey Hadwin Of the millions of Americans who have lost their homes in the foreclosure crisis, many dream of buying a home again. As a result of more than 19.2-million vacant homes nationally, securing a mortgage in the future is possible in less time than ever before. Re-establishing creditworthiness can provide a key to… Continue reading Buying a Home after Foreclosure

Mortgage Rates and Home Buyers Decline

By Cheryl Reams Mortgage rates declined seven-one-hundredths of one percent this week to hover near the record low at an average of 4.72% on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage, while the number of home buyers applying for mortgages also dropped. It is unlikely rates will get lower any time soon. The number of homeowners… Continue reading Mortgage Rates and Home Buyers Decline

BP Oil Spill Devastation Grows in Gulf of Mexico, Relocations Expected

By Kevin Chiu and Mike Colpitts Destin, Florida – The devastation that the BP oil spill is producing to the Gulf of Mexico is at least the size of all five Great Lakes as America’s greatest environmental disaster. It is likely to force hundreds of thousands of residents to relocate their homes to other areas… Continue reading BP Oil Spill Devastation Grows in Gulf of Mexico, Relocations Expected

Future Foreclosure Notices Drop, While Final Foreclosures Rise

By Kevin Chiu An increase in home refinancing, mortgage modifications and bank work-outs led to a possible drop in future foreclosures with a decline in formal notices of default in May. The decrease marked a seven percent decline for the month and accounts for a 22% drop from year ago levels. But bank repossessions for… Continue reading Future Foreclosure Notices Drop, While Final Foreclosures Rise