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Politicians and realtors want to maintain a permanent government occupation of the housing market. If the hippies clogging the streets of major cities had any integrity for their cause, they'd speak out against mortgage lending practices that stick taxpayers with the bills when banks make bad loans. On Thursday night, the Senate voted 60-38 to do more of the same.
While champagne flutes, table linens and toasters are traditional wedding gifts, many of today's brides and grooms already have established a home together and have more than enough household goods. Yet asking for cash gifts is seen by many as a longtime etiquette no-no.
Wall Street stocks staged a convincing comeback after weeks of turmoil Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average first plumbing new lows near 10,500 before surging to end up 430 points in a lightning-fast rebound in the closing 45 minutes of trading.
Most prospective homebuyers are aware of today's stricter lending standards, but they also face another challenge when it comes to buying a home: the need for down-payment funds. At the height of the housing boom, a variety of no-down-payment loans were available, but those types of loans are rare in today's tightened credit market.
The subprime mortgage market is largely extinct, and this probably is a good thing. Partially filling the void left by subprime loans are Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans and Veterans Affairs (VA) loans. Last week, I discussed features and advantages of FHA mortgages. This week, I'd like to talk about VA loans.
The demise of subprime, no-documentation and no-down-payment loans is more than three years past. Many folks with less-than-perfect credit and little cash have turned to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) loans for their home financing needs.
Borrowers seeking Federal Housing Administration loans will soon feel the pinch, as mortgage insurance premiums on FHA loans have been increased along with borrowers' credit-score requirements.
Since it has been a couple of years since the peak of the mortgage meltdown, I thought I'd use today's column to update readers on available mortgage products. In short, most mortgage products are widely available, as long as it's not an "easy-money" mortgage loan. Much, but not all of this is good news. Let's recap a few old terms.