Tax Change on Mortgages Could Shake Up the Housing Market

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The Republican tax plan unveiled on Thursday takes aim at the most sacred of cows: the provision that subsidizes homeownership by allowing the deduction of interest on mortgage debt. For most of America, the impact would be minimal. The proposed bill would make the interest deduction available on mortgage debt of up to $500,000 — half the current ceiling. But that is still more than double the median home price in the United States of roughly $200,000. Fewer than 3 percent of home mortgages are more than $500,000, according to…

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US 30-Year Mortgage Rates Average Rises To 3.85 Percent

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Long-term mortgage rates ticked up slightly this week as the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.85 percent from 3.83 percent a week ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the 15-year home loan, often used by homeowners who refinanced their mortgages, also rose slightly to 3.15 percent from 3.13. While near historically low, mortgage rates are higher than they are a year ago. The increase reflects in part the expectation that President Donald Trump and the Republican majority Congress will approve tax cuts that are meant to stimulate growth and…

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How Home Buyers Who Aren’t Citizens Can Get a Mortgage

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Home buyers don’t have to be citizens or residents to get a mortgage in the U.S. In fact, the credit and financial requirements are essentially the same for any buyer. But there is a difference: Home buyers who don’t live in the U.S. or who aren’t citizens can find it challenging to produce the required documentation for a mortgage. Because most U.S. lenders work with standard forms and reports, they aren’t set up to easily help a borrower who can’t produce a FICO score or a U.S. tax return .…

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Mortgage Rejection: How To Reduce Your Chance of Refusal

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Your home loan application was denied. These words sound unforgiving, however they don’t generally mean you can’t get a home loan. About 1 in 2 applications for a home loan gets rejected by lenders according to the Mortgage Bankers Association or about 30 percent of mortgage applications for new purchases. Regardless of the tight lending condition, borrowers shouldn’t generally take “no” for an answer. At times, they simply need to apply with a different lender or find a way to improve their credit. Once denied, find out exactly why the lender turned you down. By…

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