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Fannie Mae to raise modification interest rate

New rate effective on Oct. 14
Ben Lane
“The Fannie Mae Standard Modification interest rate is not determined on a preset schedule,” Fannie said in the note to its servicers. “The interest rate is subject to periodic adjustments based on an evaluation of prevailing market conditions.”
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Even Ben Bernanke can’t refinance right now

Suggests lenders may have “gone a little bit too far"
Ben Lane
Speaking at a conference of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care in Chicago, Bernanke said that the market is so tight right now that he was unable to refinance his own home loan recently.
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates barely nudge

Rates stagnant amid weak housing data
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates barely moved from the week prior amid mixed housing data, with the 30-year, fixed rate mortgage averaging 4.20% for the week ended Sept. 25.
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Here’s why mortgage rates won’t hit 2014 expectations

Originally estimated to reach 5%
Brena Swanson
Mortgage rates have continuously defied expectations in 2014. Originally estimated to hit 5% by the end of this year, September's 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.12%.
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Here’s why some homeowners throw away $11,500 a year on mortgage payments

Borrowers fail to refinance despite great market conditions
Brena Swanson
While buying and financing is one of the most important financial decisions a household can make, they are failing at making it to the next step: refinancing. Here's why.
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Freedom Mortgage found guilty of defrauding homeowner

Court rules lender violated New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act
Ben Lane
“These facts then lead to the conclusion that the loan was granted in order to engender fees for the lender and not for the benefit of the borrower,” Bergen County Superior Court Judge Gerald Escala wrote in his decision.
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Mortgage applications dip 2.7%

Rates post little movement
Brena Swanson
Mortgage applications fell 2.7% from one week earlier, losing any gains made last week. Meanwhile, the refinance share of mortgage activity declined to 54% of total applications from 55% the previous week.
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GIF: 4 charts, 1 changed housing market

Purchase vs. refinance
Brena Swanson
Although rates have managed to stay surprisingly low, this is the first time since 2000 that the purchase market is dominating the mortgage market.
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FHFA: Are you eligible for HARP?

Chart shows massive amount of eligible borrowers left
Brena Swanson
In the first quarter of 2014, the number of mortgages refinanced through the program was 76,930. Meanwhile, in the state of Florida alone, there are 82,435 loans eligible for HARP now. But the FHFA is quickly shifting into overdrive to change this.
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Mortgage applications flat for the week, purchases down

This despite 30-year fixed rates at one-year low
Trey Garrison
Mortgage applications increased 0.9% from one week earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 16, 2014.
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