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How Mortgages Work in the U.S.

  • How Mortgages Work in the U.S. How Mortgages Work in the U.S. 2:44
    How bad is it if I stop paying my mortgage during the pandemic? How bad is it if I stop paying my mortgage during the pandemic? 2:10
    Bankruptcy Is a 'Gift' for States, Former Illinois Pension Chair Says Bankruptcy Is a 'Gift' for States, Former Illinois Pension Chair Says 7:00
7:57 a.m. March 5, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates soar above 3% — how high can they go before they scare off homebuyers?Are there any upsides to rising interest rates?
3:10 a.m. March 5, 2021 - Barrons.com
Why This Crazy Market Makes Sense Powell won’t intervene to slow rising rates, mortgage rates hit 3%, oil is at its highest price since 2018, and other news to start your day.
6:15 a.m. March 4, 2021 - Barrons.com
Mortgage Rates Are Back Above 3%. Here’s Where They’re Headed Next. The average rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage increased to 3.02% this past week.
6:14 a.m. March 1, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
I have nearly $600,000 in student debt after getting four college degrees. Can I still buy a home?The coronavirus pandemic has complicated the process mortgage lenders use to underwrite home loans for people with student debt.
4:00 p.m. Feb. 26, 2021 - Barrons.com
Scorched Stock Bulls Learn That Bonds Aren’t So Boring, After All Rise in yields clobbers equity market and bond prices. Why one bond fan nonetheless views the swoon as a “gift from the gods.”
10:30 a.m. Feb. 26, 2021 - Barrons.com
Rocket Is Riding the Pandemic-Induced Surge in Home Buying The consumer lender said it would pay a special dividend after a jump in revenue and profit.
1:00 p.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates soar to the highest level in nearly six months and 6 million people aren’t eligible for a COVID-19 pause on student-debt payments Thursday's top personal finance stories Thursday's top personal finance storiesThursday's top personal finance stories
6:12 a.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Borrowers with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgages can receive up to 18 months of forbearance, regulator saysThe FHFA also amended its separate payment deferral option for homeowners so they can now miss up to 18 months of payments.
5:32 a.m. Feb. 25, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates jump to the highest level since August — is the refinance boom over?Rates continue to be low by historical standards, but perhaps not low enough to make refinancing attractive for many homeowners.
12:51 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
A pandemic paradox: Americans' credit scores continue to rise as economy struggles --- here's why'It’s been bizarre with this recession to see credit scores go up.'
9:32 a.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates soar to highest level in months amid inflation concerns‘The market’s outlook seems to suggest that the days of all-time low rates may be a thing of the past.’
9:55 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Wall Street takes fresh steps to kick $200 trillion Libor debt habitEnergy company Enbridge Inc. this week joins the group of borrowers using the alternative Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) benchmark, marking the first such U.S. financing of its kind outside of the financial sector.
8:25 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - Barrons.com
Four Things to Know About the Housing Market in 2021 Last year was an exceptional one for the housing market, which boomed in the second half. Some of the same trends may continue this year.
3:20 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - Barrons.com
Bitcoin’s Run Doesn’t Make Sense Berkshire Hathaway’s mystery investments are Verizon and Chevron, major winter storm slows U.S. vaccination effort, Epic Games takes Apple battle to Brussels, and other news to start your day.
1:00 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - Barrons.com
How Short-Term Treasury Yields Could Go Negative, and What It Means Unless policy makers act, some short-term bill yields could fall below zero in coming weeks, making cash even less attractive.
5:08 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Biden administration extends forbearance and foreclosure protections through JuneCurrently, roughly 5.4% of mortgages across the country are still in forbearance, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
3:00 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - Barrons.com
What the FHFA’s Forbearance Extension Could Mean for Homeowners and the Housing Market The move could have ripple effects for homeowners and the housing market, experts say.
5:24 a.m. Feb. 11, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates remain near historic lows — will they go lower?Mortgage rates moved higher in recent weeks, but their future trajectory depends on the pandemic.
12:32 p.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - By Elisabeth Buchwald
Borrowers with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgages can get additional forbearance and Jeff Bezos, Mike Bloomberg and an NBA legend were among America’s biggest donors to charity in 2020 Wednesday’s top personal finance stories Wednesday’s top personal finance stories Wednesday’s top personal finance stories
7:00 a.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - By MarketWatch
Trump’s second impeachment trial kicks off with video of siege, 56-44 vote in favor of its constitutionalityThe second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump gets going Tuesday with a focus on dramatic footage and the constitutionality of the proceedings.
6:44 a.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Borrowers with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac mortgages can get additional forbearance, regulator saysRoughly 3% of mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are currently in forbearance.
12:12 p.m. Feb. 9, 2021 - Barrons.com
FHFA Is Giving Mortgage Borrowers a Bigger Breathing Space Borrowers can now be in forbearance, a protection that allows homeowners to pause or reduce payments, for up to 15 months, compared with a year previously.
4:55 a.m. Feb. 9, 2021 - Barrons.com
Covid-19 Homeowner Protections Will Expire Soon. What You Need To Know. With a workforce destabilized by the pandemic, 2.7 million mortgages are in active forbearance plans.
6:48 a.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - Barrons.com
Home-Price Surge Says Inflation Is Real. The Fed Clings to Illusion It Isn’t. Central bank’s purchases of mortgage-backed securities help push down interest rates on home loans, boosting housing tabs and making homes unaffordable for many.
4:42 a.m. Feb. 2, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Why your Credit Karma score may be higher than your FICO score. 'Most people would seriously be stunned if they knew just how many credit scores there are'It’s a common misconception that you only have one credit score.
9:15 a.m. Jan. 28, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
I'm retired and won't live to see my mortgage paid off. Should I refinance to lower my monthly payment?'I need to lower the principal to help me stay in my home, because the cost of living is increasing every year.'
6:23 a.m. Jan. 28, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates dip — here's why you shouldn't bet on interest rates going much lowerEconomists still expect rates to rise as the economy improves amid the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
9:31 a.m. Jan. 26, 2021 - By Credible
Mortgage Rates Keep Sinking — Why It Might Be a Good Time to Refinance Your Home NowMortgage refinance rates have reached historic lows, but refinancing your home loan will soon get more expensive.
8:22 a.m. Jan. 26, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
This is the best time of year to get a mortgageA new study shows that home buyers can save a lot of money by timing their mortgage application right.
10:45 a.m. Jan. 23, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates break a rising trend and edge lower --- as Biden administration pushes $1.9-trillion stimulusThere’s one reason why Americans shouldn’t necessarily fear higher rate.
12:00 a.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - Barrons.com
Podcast: American Online Brokerage Tastytrade Acquired for $1 Billion The most commonly traded class of Fannie Mae’s preferred shares has fallen 40% since mid-November. ARK Investments’ assets grow. And online trading continues to be popular amid the pandemic.
7:31 p.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Biden administration extends nationwide eviction moratoriumHousing advocates say renters need more help beyond a pause on evictions.
12:03 a.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
This is what refinancing a mortgage can do to your credit scoreLocking in a lower interest rate by refinancing can save some serious cash, but your credit score might take a hit.
11:47 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - Barrons.com
FHFA Extends Foreclosure Moratorium for the Fifth Time. What to Know. The extension was previously set to expire on Jan. 31.
4:49 a.m. Jan. 17, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac can keep future earnings, per agreement between Treasury and regulators ‘Until the Enterprises can raise private capital, they are at risk of failing in the next housing crisis,’ Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria said‘Until the Enterprises can raise private capital, they are at risk of failing in the next housing crisis,’ Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria said, in announcing the agreement.
1:32 p.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
FHFA, Treasury agree to let Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac retain earningsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Treasury Department that will allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to keep their earnings for the foreseeable future, until they reach the capital targets needed to exit conservatorship. The agreement was solidified through amendments to the preferred stock purchase agreements held by Treasury. Last year, the two agencies reached an agreement to let the mortgage giants retain up to $25 billion in earnings. Prior to that, all of Fannie and Freddie's earnings were swept to the Treasury Department to repay the federal government for the funds used to bail the two enterprises out. FHFA Director Mark Calabria warned that retained earnings would not be enough to recapitalize Fannie and Freddie, and that without access to private capital they were still at risk of failing in a future housing crisis.
1:31 p.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
FHFA, Treasury agree to let Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac retain earningsThe Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Treasury Department that will allow Fannie Mae [s:FNMA] and Freddie Mac [s:FMCC] to keep their earnings for the foreseeable future, until they reach the capital targets needed to exit conservatorship. The agreement was solidified through amendments to the preferred stock purchase agreements held by Treasury. Last year, the two agencies reached an agreement to let the mortgage giants retain up to $25 billion in earnings. Prior to that, all of Fannie and Freddie's earnings were swept to the Treasury Department to repay the federal government for the funds used to bail the two enterprises out. FHFA Director Mark Calabria warned that retained earnings would not be enough to recapitalize Fannie and Freddie, and that without access to private capital they were still at risk of failing in a future housing crisis.
10:52 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - Barrons.com
Treasury Yields Are Rising. Get Ready for Higher Mortgage Rates. Even if mortgage rates rise this year, they have a long way to go before they reach historic highs.
5:35 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates surge higher as COVID-19 vaccines and stimulus roll outThe prospect of additional financial support for Americans could cause mortgage rates to move higher in the coming weeks.
3:09 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates hover near record lows to close out 2020 — now here’s the bad newsThroughout 2020, mortgage rates dropped to all-time lows on more than a dozen occasions.
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