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Signs of how strict lending has become

With 30-year mortgage rates hitting new lows and recent borrowers’ payment performance the best by far in decades, you’d think that banks and other lenders might be loosening up on their hyper-strict underwriting standards. But...

Signs of how strict lending has become
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Despite new guidelines, short-selling buyers’ FICO scores will take a hit

With generous new guidelines from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac likely to stimulate large numbers of short sales by...

Despite new guidelines, short-selling buyers’ FICO scores will take a hit
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Mortgage loosening? Don’t bet on it

With home prices rising in many markets around the country, might mortgage lenders start loosening up on their hyper-strict underwriting rules and extend loans to buyers who now find themselves on the sidelines? Could...

Mortgage loosening? Don’t bet on it
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Mortgage standards arguably tougher than ever

How do you stack up as a potential mortgage candidate in this year’s increasingly tough underwriting environment? Do you...

Mortgage standards arguably tougher than ever
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Keeping score on a bust’s devastation

How big a whack did your credit scores take during the grim years of economic distress following the housing bust? Was it 20 points, 50 points, 100 points — or maybe no drop at...

Keeping score on a bust’s devastation
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Rescoring can score better credit<

Call it the great real estate disconnect of 2010: Mortgage rates have been at half-century lows and home prices have stabilized, but applications for mortgages to buy houses have declined most weeks during the...

Rescoring can score better credit<
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