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The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, recently announced an extra 0.5% fee for all refinance transactions. The fee hike was initially set to kick in on September 1. However, the implementation date was extended to December 1. This gives the industry more time to prepare, and it could trigger...
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Interest rates are currently hovering at all-time lows. Will that change after the Presidential election? Let’s take a look at what’s happened after each Presidential election during the past 20 years: 2016: interest rates shot up by approx. 1% within 60 days. This was due to the huge stock market rally after Trump won the election....
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A “mortgage forbearance” is when the lender allows the borrower to defer their mortgage payments to a future date. The payments are not forgiven. They are simply postponed into the future. As required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, many lenders are allowing homeowners to defer their monthly payments for a...
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Interest rates on home loans that conform to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guidelines tend to be lower than non-conforming loans.  That’s why it’s good news that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced that the conforming loan limits have increased to $510,400 in 2020.  This is a $26,050 increase from the $484,350...
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Many people aren’t aware of the fact that, in most situations, there really is no gift tax. Here’s why… $15,000 ANNUAL EXCLUSION The federal government gives each of us an allowance to gift anybody $15,000 per year without incurring any gift tax. This $15,000/year replenishes every year, and it’s $15,000 per person. So, theoretically, I...
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Congratulations on your mortgage closing!  Here is a general overview of some information that may be helpful to you and your CPA as you prepare your 2019 tax returns (the return you’ll normally file by April 2020 – but now extended to July 2020 as a result of recent events).NOTE: these items are only deductible if...
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Here are four major ways that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act benefits homeowners and buyers: 1 – “Economic Impact” Checks of $1,200Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and...
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An insurance agent, mortgage originator, and real estate agent all walk into their local bar… Well actually, their local bar association… These three salespeople have an annual income that would make the average attorney blush. Further, none of these three professionals graduated with student loan debt. Seem plausible? Absolutely! The insurance, mortgage, and real estate...
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Yes, the Fed lowered short-term rates to 0%. Yes, the Fed is embarking on a massive $700 billion bond-buying spree that’s supposed to lower interest rates. Yes, mortgage rates actually went UP last week… in a big way.  What gives?! Supply and DemandThe Fed doesn’t control mortgage rates. Mortgage rates are determined by the supply and demand for...
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Monday, March 16, 2020This is a special report to illustrate how mortgage rates have responded to coronavirus fears and financial market volatility. It’s certainly been a roller-coaster ride! Part 1: Mortgage Rates Dropped to Historic Levels Mortgage rates are determined by the supply and demand for mortgage bonds in the bond market. When mortgage bond...
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