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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Housing Relief Bill, Will it help You - July 31, 2008
We have received a ton of inquiries about this bill, so we decided to post this encore podcast for those who can't find it. There were a few changes in the final bill signed by the president, but nothing earth shattering. The best part of the bill is the tax credit for home purchases. This latest economic stimulus type Bill has the following three goals: 1. Help distressed homeowners, 2. Tax credit for First time homebuyers and 3. Permanently increase Fannie Mae loan limits to $625,000. Mortgages Made Simple logo

The most shocking provision of the Bill requires lenders to reduce a borrower's loan balance to 85% of the home's appraised value. The distressed borrower will then be able to refinance to an FHA loan.

The tax credit for first time homebuyers will be $7,500. However, it will only be eligible for homes purchased from April 9, 2008 until July 1, 2009. And finally, it will increase loan limits to $625,000 to try and keep the high cost states humming along.




If you have any questions you would like us to answer on our show, please call our listener line at 714-519-7833 or email mortgagepodcast@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Home prices actually going up?
According to National Association of Realtors median housing prices reached a low in February 2008 of $195,600 from the $230,200 peak reached in July 2006. However, since February, prices have risen for 4 months to a median price of $208,600, a 6.6% increase. Is now the time to buy? Has housing reached its bottom? No one ever knows, but if you can afford to jump into the housing market and you're buying a home for the right reasons, you know like shelter and a long term nestegg, it may be right for you. You can read the whole story here. Housing Prices Rise For 4 Months

if you're planning to really splurge, check out these nice little beach houses!



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Portabello, Corona Del Mar, CA

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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Mortgage Payments and Stated Income Loans - July 24, 2008
Will the Housing relief bill help? This week we answer a listener's question whether or not the new housing bill will help him. We also had another listener ask us why he just can't seem to get a loan to buy a house. Mortgages Made Simple logo He has perfect credit, makes good money, and is putting in a big down payment. But he is self employed and his income is seasonal, high in the summer and low in the winter. He is a perfect candidate for a stated income loan. However, those loans do not exist anymore.



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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Best Places to live 2008 - July 22, 2008
CNNMoney pulls out their list of Best Places to Live 2008. This is the latest compilation of the best places to live in the U.S. They even have a nifty table to search your own criteria. Mortgages Made Simple logo I'm partial to California, so now I have to move to Irvine? I'll stick with North OC for now.

The top 10 are:
1 Plymouth, MN
2 Fort Collins, CO
3 Naperville, IL
4 Irvine, CA
5 Franklin Township, NJ
6 Norman, OK
7 Round Rock, TX
8 Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
9 Overland Park, KS
10 Fishers, IN

Best Places to Live

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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Indymac, Fannie, Freddie and You - July 17, 2008
This week brought the collapse of Indymac Bank. Their collapse wreaked havoc in the financial markets, but it can have a greater effect on individual depositor's stress levels. This could be witnessed in the unnecessary bank run on Indymac this week. Many people do not realize they should not keep more than $100,000 in any bank. Mortgages Made Simple logo Insurance only covers up to $100,000 in deposits, any amount over that is negotiable to as low as 50 cents on the dollar. But for those who have a smaller amount on deposit, don't worry, you will get every penny back.

We also discuss Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's current troubles and why they are so important to the housing market.



If you have any questions you would like us to answer on our show, please call our listener line at 714-519-7833 or email mortgagepodcast@gmail.com.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Housing Relief Bill, Will it help You - July 10, 2008
The House of Representatives recently passed the Housing Relief Bill. This latest economic stimulus type Bill which must still pass the Senate has the following three goals: 1. Help distressed homeowners, 2. Tax credit for First time homebuyers and 3. Permanently increase Fannie Mae loan limits to $625,000. Mortgages Made Simple logo

The most shocking provision of the Bill requires lenders to reduce a borrower's loan balance to 85% of the home's appraised value. The distressed borrower will then be able to refinance to an FHA loan.

The tax credit for first time homebuyers will be $8,000. However, it will only be eligible for homes purchased from April 2008 until April 1, 2009. And finally, it will increase loan limits to $625,000 to try and keep the high cost states humming along.




If you have any questions you would like us to answer on our show, please call our listener line at 714-519-7833 or email mortgagepodcast@gmail.com.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008
Top Places to live from CNNMoney.com
Even though the list is from 2007, it's an interesting compilation of the best places to live in the U.S. They even have a nifty table to search your own criteria. Mortgages Made Simple logo I'm partial to California, so maybe Claremont is the place to be.

The top 10 are:
1 Middleton, WI
2 Hanover, NH
3 Louisville, CO
4 Lake Mary, FL
5 Claremont, CA
6 Papillion, NE
7 Milton, MA
8 Chaska, MN
9 Nether Providence (Wallingford), PA
10 Suwanee, GA

Best Places to Live

If you have any questions you would like us to answer on our show, please call our listener line at 714-519-7833 or email mortgagepodcast@gmail.com.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008
Low Rates versus Low Prices - July 3, 2008
This week we help out a listener who couldn't get a straight answer to a simple question.....Is it better to buy when interest rates are low or house prices are low? Mortgages Made Simple logo Our listener asked several people, but unfortunately, this industry is still full of inexperienced people who don't know a 30 year T-bond from a Fannie MBS. Fortunately we want you to be armed with knowledge so you get the best loan possible. We answer this question in depth and take a quick step on the soapbox about the real estate industry.



If you have any questions you would like us to answer on our show, please call our listener line at 714-519-7833 or email mortgagepodcast@gmail.com.

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