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Mortgage rates drop thanks to the employment report

January 13th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Job MarketThe economy, and by extension mortgage rates, is a funny thing. Over the last several weeks, the economy has been a steady drumbeat of positive economic data. The latest available GDP estimate was over four percent for the first time in a while. The Federal Reserve was confident enough in the economy that they finally decided to reduce their purchases of Treasuries and Mortgage Backed Securities.

But thanks to this positive data, mortgage rates began trending upward. Mortgage forecasters, us included, projected that mortgage rates would continue to trend upward during 2014 compared to the year before.

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Online mortgage tools help all borrowers regardless of income

January 8th, 2014 | 1 Comment | Posted in News by Marcie Geffner

Portrait of a relaxed young couple using a laptopIf you’re shopping for a mortgage, online tools could help you get lower costs, fewer surprises at closing and higher long-term satisfaction with your choice. In fact, if you don’t look online for mortgage rates, a lender or real estate agent, you might be selling yourself short.

That’s according to a new Fannie Mae study about how consumers leverage technology in buying a home or obtaining a mortgage.

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Mortgage rates closing in on multi-year highs

January 6th, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

The rise in mortgage rates that ensued after the October employment report was released in early November has sustained into the new year.

Current mortgage rates

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1. Seller’s remorse? How to back out of a home sale contract

January 1st, 2014 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Ticking money bombThe most popular article on HSH.com in 2013 was “Seller’s remorse? How to back out of a home sale contract.”

Like number two on our list, this article is about backing out of a contract. But this time it’s from the seller’s perspective. Again, we were really surprised that so many readers were interested in this subject matter.

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2: Can you get out of a home purchase contract?

December 31st, 2013 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

DeadlineI have to admit, I was a bit surprised this year when I saw “Can you get out of a home purchase contract?” as one of the most popular articles on our site week after week. One would assume that the uncertainty of the mortgage and real estate markets of 2011 (when this article was written) had passed.

Either more and more homebuyers were dropping out of sales contracts, or they wanted to be prepared just in case they had to.

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3: The salary you must earn to buy a home in 25 cities

December 30th, 2013 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Philadelphia_450x225The salary you must earn to buy a home in 25 cities,” number three on our list of the top-10 pieces of content for 2013, was one of our more recent, and as you can see, most popular pieces of 2013. This is the first slideshow on our list.

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4: 5 signs your neighbor will sabotage your home sale

December 27th, 2013 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Angry Dogs_RSNumber four on our list of the top-10 pieces of content for 2013 is “5 signs your neighbor will sabotage your home sale.”

Earlier in our list, we explained how difficult it was to get a home loan during the downturn. Since home prices tanked to such a great degree and because it was hard for consumers to buy houses, homeowners found it nearly impossible to sell for a profit.

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5. How to buy and finance apartment buildings

December 26th, 2013 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Real Estate Market-MoneyNumber five on our list of the top-10 articles for 2013 is “How to buy and finance apartment buildings.”

During 2013, real estate investors took advantage of low home prices and snatched up a large portion of the available housing inventory. That mad rush would explain the popularity of our older article “How to buy and finance apartment buildings.”

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6. How mortgage insurance works

December 25th, 2013 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

Foreclosure for SaleHow mortgage insurance works” is number six on our list of the top-10 articles of 2013.

What is mortgage insurance? Who is mortgage insurance for? What does mortgage insurance do for borrowers? Who pays for mortgage insurance? Is there anything else important to know?

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7. What documents will I need to apply for a mortgage?

December 24th, 2013 | Leave a Comment | Posted in News by Tim Manni

iStock_Stack of PaperworkNumber seven on our list of the top-10 articles of 2013 is another back-to-basics article from 2010 on the general documentation you will need to apply for a mortgage. The article is titled “What documents will I need to apply for a mortgage?

Preparation is such an important part of the mortgage process. And back in 2010 when it was quite difficult to get a home loan, borrowers had to be even more prepared due to lenders’ strict documentation requirements.

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HSH.com's daily blog focuses on the latest developments in the mortgage and housing markets. Our mission is to relate how changes in mortgage rates and housing policy, as well as the latest financial news, impacts consumers, homebuyers and industry insiders alike. Our 30-plus years of experience in the mortgage industry gives us an edge as we break down the latest changes in an ever-changing market.

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