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COFI Falls Further
Index at lowest level since 1994 November 1
German Banks To Merge Mortgage Units

New name is Eurohypo October 31

Life In The Village
Last week's mortgage ratings actions October 31
Anthrax Scare To Fuel e-Lending?
Origination and servicing may be affected
click here for Mortgage Technology News October 29
Are "Conforming" Loans Always Conforming?
A look at conforming loan limits and how they are determined October 29
D.C. Scams: Little Protection
Previous Capital City Mortgage investigation halted due to lack of funding October 28
Mortgage broker's no-points offer is really a royal rip-off
Garbage fees line pockets of mortgage broker October 28
Some crafty maneuvering can bring mortgage down
A look at how second mortgage can be used to reduce costs October 28
Rates Up, Refis Down
More borrowers take cash out October 26
Illinois Rep's Bill Would Expand Sect 32 To Purchases
Congressman calls for Treasuries plus 5% as trigger
click here for Subprime Mortgage News October 26

The Case For Yield Spread Premiums
A look at how YSP's can benefit consumers October 24
"Upcharging" On The Outs, Says HUD
Hud seeks to quash any belief elsewhere in the country that upcharges are now permissible October 22
See You In Seattle

Last week's residential mortgage industry ratings actions October 22

Who can you trust?
Law prohibits loan providers from paying for referrals, but it is not enforceable and violations occur October 22
Mortgage Market Reshaped by Terrorist Attacks But Proving Resilient
RMBS market well positioned for economic downturn October 22

Questions to ask before starting a re-fi
Consider monthly savings, upfront fees and desire for cashout October 21
Getting your name off a mortgage is almost impossible
Pitfalls of co-signing October 21
Refis Jump 22.5%; Set New Record
Rates little changed October 19

Is Now The Time To Lock-In?
1998 rate cuts kept mortgage rates at their lowest point for just a few days October 19
$59 Billion Real Estate Package Proposed For Washington
Since January, 2001 the mortgage industry added 25,300 jobs October 19
State licenses for mortgage brokers nixed
No need to license Colorado mortgage brokers, review finds October 19
Mortgage Market Commentary
A refinance is not a wash or roll-over transaction in the mortgage backed securities (MBS) market October 19
Mortgage Fraud Case May Upset Balance Of Power In NY County
Nassau County legislator denies $1.28 million scam October 18
Mortgage Broker Sentenced

False tax forms used to obtain loan approvals October 18
Has Your Credit Changed?
A look at front & back ratios and how to improve them October 17
How To Assure Loan Rates
Practice of 'Bait & Switch' is minimal, but get it in writing October 17
Freddie Sees 30-yr At 6.6% For Remainder Of 2001
Economist says rates should stay under 7% through 2002 October 16

HUD Clarifies YSP's
Funding increased for RESPA enforcement October 16
Mortgage Bankers Seek Real Estate Stimulus Package
Package to be unveiled at annual conference in Toronto on Monday October 15
What Happens When Surprise Liens Are Found?
Consider clearing unreleased liens before they hold up a refinance or sale October 15
How Low Can Rates Go?
At 6.58%, Not Much Lower. But Inflation Holds the Key to Future Moves October 15

Mortgage Brokers Likely to Disclose Fees Under New U.S. Guidelines
Drafts of proposed contract spell out brokers' duties to borrower, max fees & points to be paid to broker, by borrower or wholesale lender October 15
15-yr Rate At Decade Low Level
Refi apps near record levels October 12

Anthrax Scare At Standard Federal
Michigan Health Department clears Troy building October 12
Getting Extra Value From Appraisals
A look at appraisal valuation process October 12
How To Get The Best Appraisal
A Look At How Appraisals Affect Purchase Transactions October 12

Biggest Refi Wave In History
Research firm predicts record refinance activity October 11

Thrift Banks Lose Investment Appeal
Current ARM outflow taking its toll at Golden West, Washington Mutual October 11
E-Loan Expects 4th Quarter Profit
3rd quarter mortgage production $702.3 million October 10

How To Profitably Refinance
Tips for consumers October 10
Homeland Ratings
Last week's residential mortgage ratings actions October 8

Loan Denial Disparity Between White & African Americans Greatest In Chicago
Acorn Study Looks At Denial Rates October 8

To Float Or Lock, That Is The Rate Question
If a lender arbitrarily and capriciously cancels a lock-in rate, that is a breach of contract, and the borrower has legal recourse October 8

Consider refinancing your loan again

Fall's low rates make programs attractive October 7

Southeast 15-Year Fixed Rate At 6.03%
Rates expected to continue falling as refi apps climb October 5
Will Your Lender Count All Your Income?
A look at income calculations October 5

Treasury sale averts a crisis in `repo' market
Sudden arrival of new supply sent 10-yr prices down 7/32, increasing the yield 0.027% to 4.508% after reaching 3-year low of 4.44% October 5
Telling Tales
Florida mortgage firm accussed of fraud, sexual harrassment October 3

Trouble In Texas
Allied Mortgage defends use of name; Money Mortgage faces cash crunch October 3

Appraisers get opt-out option
AIRD offers participants chance to restrict sale of their data for statistical analyses October 02
Home In The Range Of AAA
This week's residential mortgage ratings actions October 1

COFI Tumbles
Monthly data from FHLB San Francisco October 1
Who Will Pay For Interest Losses?
Fannie, Freddie & Ginnie to pay differential between 6% and reservists' rate October 1
Refis Soar
Lower rates fuel activity September 28

Federal Reserve joins investigation into questionable home loans in Poconos
Investigation is 5th probe into Poconos real estate launched by a public agency this year September 28
Giving Mortgage Brokers Super Powers
Entrust empowering brokers with automated approval September 27
New Take On Mortgage Fraud: Undue Enrichment
Loan officer sentenced to 20 months of house arrest and ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution for falsifying income statements on 4 loan applications September 26

ABN AMRO Clarifies Bin Laden Connection
CFO: "We have no reason to question the fact that all links between the Saudi Binladin Group and the terrorist have indeed effectively been terminated a long time ago" September 26
Find Your Way Back

Shares of mortgage-related companies climbing, but still below pre-attack levels September 25

Miami Vices
Couple, daughter swindle lenders out of $3.8 million from mortgage fraud ring September 24

Weighted Averages
This week's residential mortgage ratings actions September 24

Does HUD protect borrowers against unjustified yield spread premiums?
There are no generally accepted standards as to what constitutes "reasonable" compensation September 24

Average 15-year Fixed Rate At 6.30%
Rate outlook mixed, Refis down September 21

Would I Lie To You?

Maryland tops fraud index, followed by CA, AZ & GA September 20

Financial Privacy
FTC Proposes Rule on Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information Sepember 20
Dazed And Confused

Shares of mortgage-related companies give a mixed performance on 'not-so-black Monday' September 18

Sitting On The Dock of The Bay
This week's residential mortgage ratings actions September 17

Mortgage Relief Available For Homeowner Victim
Options include counseling, payment extensions, credit forbearance, foreclosure delays and revised payment schedules September 17
Average mortgage payment nearly doubles over a decade
Last year, 41% of homebuyers made down payments of less than 20%, and 15 percent put 4% or less down September 16
Mortgage Market Commentary
Wartime borrowing, spending results in inflation, rising interest rates September 14
U.S. mortgage industry back on track after attacks
Overnight packages, interest rate quotes were disrupted August 14
30-yr Fixed Rate Hits 30 Month Low
Rates may continue falling September 14

$1 Billion CMBS Backed By WTC
Two World Trade Center CMBS deals were sold just weeks ago in offerings
click here for the commercial mortgage news page September 13

Mortgage Rates Poised To Fall
Terrorists attacks encourage move to 'safe haven' September 12

Trade Center Tenants
List of banking and mortgage-related company tenants September 12

Delinquent Or Not? reports that Conseco is hiding bad loans
click here for subprime news page September 11

US mortgage prepayments rise on rates
Of all current outstanding mortgages, 24% -- which support 30-yr, 7% MBS -- are refinanceable while another 36% -- which support 6.5% MBS -- could become refinanceable if 30-yr rates fall another 10 BPS+/- September 11
'D' For Default
This week's residential mortgage ratings actions September 10
Online Mortgage Broker A Sham
California couple defrauded investors of $100 million September 10

Online Survey Alleges Privacy Violations
Center for Democracy and Technology alleges that Advantage Mortgage, Ameriwest Mortgage, Central New England Mortgage, G.M. Mortgage, & Online Mortgage Corporation failed to comply with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
click here for mortgage technology news section September 7
Refis Keep Climbing
Rate at lowest point since March September 7

Washington Mutual Rumored To Be Interested In Homeside
National Australia Bank to write down $1.6 billion Homeside investment September 5

Innovators and innovations
E-Loan CEO says plan is "imminent" to compensate real estate agents September 5
7th Monthly COFI Decline
Monthly data from FHLB San Francisco September 4

Triple 'A' Or Less
This week's residential mortgage ratings actions September 4

Opening the Door To Cut-Rate Closing Costs
Radian Lien Protection may reduce $800 title services cost to $275, and the appraisal cost of $400 to $50 using AVM September 1

Popular Archive Stories

Top Factors Consumers Use To Pick Lender
Results from American Express survey August 31
MCA Executives Charged With Fraud
Securities fraud case is largest in Michigan's history August 31

How To Re-Finance With An Eye Toward Future Rates

In a market where rates may head lower it can pay to consider still-another refinancing even August 31

Murdered Mortgage Broker Involved In Scam
Las Vegas Ponzi scheme cost investors $4 - $6 million August 30

FBI Investigating Massive Mortgage Fraud Case In Spokane
$25,000,000+ In Property Value Vanished In Alleged Fraud August 29

Major Fee Dispute Goes Forward In Court
Cost estimates of a class action judgment against Irwin Mortgage go as high as
$135 million August 27
Mortgage Company Operator Sentenced
Southern California scam cost investors $7 million August 16

Mortgage Broker Pleads Guilty
Massachusetts man faces five years July 11
Sales Techniques For Realty Pros
Simple, but effective strategies for successful sales May 30

Minor Changes Yield Major Benefits With Debt Ratios
Some nontraditional ways to reduce debt ratios May 1

How To Get Mortgage Leads Regardless Of Rates
Brainstorming tips August 5

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