Ups and Downs: 6 Years of FHA Mortgage Insurance Volatility

History of FHA Mortgage Insurance

FHA mortgage insurance rates have just been reduced in an unexpected move that offers the housing market a much needed boost. This .5% across the board MIP reduction will help more home shoppers become homeowners in 2015 and also reduce costs for thousands of borrowers looking to refinance. Read More

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage: ARM yourself with knowledge

Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Once thought of as the agile, exuberant cheerleader of home loans, the adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) accounted for as many as one in four mortgages in 2006. A few years later, when ARMs became branded one of the risky, greed-filled indulgences of the financial crisis, their number fell dramatically. Yet ARMs have seen a recent uptick in popularity, but with a much clearer view of what they really are and who can benefit from their flexibility. Read More

Home Equity Loans: Tapping your home’s value

Home Equity Loans

If you would like to get a fixed amount of cash for some of the equity in your house, a home equity loan is an option worth considering. A home equity loan, sometimes known as a second mortgage, is a loan you take in addition your original mortgage that provides cash for some of the equity you have built up. Home equity loans are usually issued for a fixed amount for a fixed term at a fixed interest rate. Read More

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