Mortgage Financing Archive

Jumbo Freeze Might be Thawing

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine It’s still early but there are signs the availability of jumbo financing might be improving—although underwriting standards probably won’t ease any time soon. That means the days of creditworthy borrowers having a...
October 15, 2009

Bonds Are Back—Tax-Exempt Bonds, That Is

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Since the credit crunch hit a couple of years ago, investors have been shying away from tax-exempt bonds. That’s one aspect of the financial crisis that never received that much attention in...
August 22, 2009

Thought About Lease-to-Own Transactions?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The news on housing has been good lately, with existing-home sales up for the last several months, but we’re still in a very difficult market, particularly with move-up homes. Not only have...
August 6, 2009

Brokerages Get Financing Help

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Much of what NAR gets involved in at the federal level is high-profile, like protecting the mortgage interest deduction, but the association on a daily basis is involved in initiatives that fly...
July 28, 2009

Connecting Joblessness to Houselessness

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Although it isn’t difficult to establish a connection between rising unemployment and the crisis in the housing market, I haven’t come across many things that demonstrate this relationship more starkly than a...
June 8, 2009

Lender Logic Meltdown

By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor,  REALTOR® Magazine Thought I would share this mind-boggling post from one of my REALTOR® friends on Facebook. Jennifer Bunker is the savvy broker-owner at Coldwater Creek Properties, an environmentally-conscious brokerage in Ogden, Utah: “Today Wells Fargo...
May 21, 2009

What Can the Government Do to Boost the Housing Industry?

Is the first-time home buyer tax credit enough to kick-start home sales? Should banks do more to make mortgages available? Recent government action aims to help housing–but are the measures enough? We put these questions to you. REALTOR® Magazine...
May 13, 2009