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  • Strategies for getting a mortgage amid tougher federal rules

    WASHINGTON — The verdict was nearly unanimous at a recent hearing on Capitol Hill: The new federal "ability to repay" and "qualified mortgage" regulations that took effect Jan. 10 will make obtaining credit tougher, not easier, this year, and...
  • Not all mortgages are assumable

    Q: I read your recent column titled "Giving up interest does not free you from mortgage obligation." The ex-wife was willing to give up her claim on the home to her former spouse and receive a fixed payment once he refinanced. She chose to quitclaim...
  • When refinancing, always shop around

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I recently talked to Chase and Quicken Loans, and Quicken came back and said I could lower my monthly payment by $100 and go from a 5.75 percent to a 4.5 percent interest rate. The payment is only $100 cheaper a...
  • Investors continue to buy up single family houses: Will this end well?

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Mortgage interest rates ticked down again this week. But home buyers have already been spooked. They're worried that they can't afford to buy a home. And, in some cases, like when they're competing against hedge...
  • Prepayment penalties rare on home loans

    Q: You recently answered a question from a rental property owner about whether to refinance into a 15-year vs. a 30-year loan. I bought my house in 1976 for $70,000 with a 30-year loan where the mortgage payment was $410 per month. At some point, I...
  • Associations seeking ways to accommodate renters

    Associations seeking ways to accommodate renters
    The sentiment toward renters in community associations sways like a pendulum. During the construction boom of the 1990s, developers levied few restrictions so as not to deter prospective buyers. They wrote governing documents that largely permitted...
  • Finding ways to help young adults make their first home purchases

    WASHINGTON — Parents, grandparents and young adults know the problem only too well: Heavy student-debt loads, persistent employment troubles stemming from the recession, plus newly toughened mortgage underwriting standards are all standing in the...
  • New Year's resolutions for home buyers

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin The New Year is always a time for Americans to vow to eat less and save more. After all, who doesn't want to be thinner and richer next year? But a tradition of this column is to offer New Year's resolutions for...
  • The new mortgage rules for this year

    Big changes are sweeping through the mortgage market this year. The new rules, created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as mandated under the Dodd-Frank Act, ban some of the lending practices that contributed to the housing boom and...
  • 'Boomerang' buyers get another chance at homeownership

    'Boomerang' buyers get another chance at homeownership
    Just 10 days before Christmas 2009, Ganel Appolon found an envelope taped to his front door. He and his family were being evicted from their Tamarac home. Appolon had fallen behind on his mortgage payments, and the lender repossessed the property...
  • FHA loan limits to fall next year

    FHA loan limits to fall next year
    The federal government announced Friday it’s lowering home loan limits in South Florida and across the country next year. For borrowers in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the maximum loan amount backed by the Federal Housing Administration will...