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Friday, January 22, 2010

FHA Gets Tougher on Down Payment Rules

The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) is going to be requiring higher, 10 percent down payments from those borrowers with credit scores below 580 in order to shore up their finances. Borrowers with a credit score above 580 will continue to be able to do the 3.5 percent down payment.

FHA will also increase its upfront private mortgage insurance premium from 1.75 to 2.25 precent. The agency is expected to get congressional approval to raise the annual mortgage insurance premiums above the current .55 percent maximum, although it was not been announced as to what they are looking to raise it to.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Rogers Park Rentals Have Green Touch

A new development located in East Rogers Park is perfect for those thinking "green". The development, located at 1340 W. Morse and 1345 W. Lunt, totes high-reflective and hyper-insulated roof, new windows with low-emissivity thermal pane glass filled with argon gas, low-VOC paint, and new energy-efficient lighting.

A section of the parking area was also converted into a patio garden and barbecue area with gas grills, surrounded by rain gardens for nature storm water control. The units have upgraded kitchens with quartz countertops, birch hardwood cabinets and GE Energy Star appliances.

Studios, 1-2 bedrooms are available from $770-$1,365 and the building has a fitness center and 24-hour concierge. 

It's a great addition to the neighborhood! For more information, click here.



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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mortgage Rates Dip, But Stay Above 5%
An ever-so-slight dip in interest rates -- but not enough to send them below 5 percent -- perked consumer's appetite for refinancing their mortgages last week, according to data released Wednesday.

The Mortgage Bankers Association said for the week ended Jan. 8, applications to refinance loans increased 21.8 percent from a week earlier, causing the refinance share of mortgage activity to increase to 71.5 percent of all applications.

Meanwhile, purchase applications increased 0.8 percent from a week earlier.

The average contract interest rate for a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage last week was 5.13 percent with 1.17 points, compared with 5.18 percent and 1.28 points the previous week, the trade group said.

On a 15-year mortgage, the average rate slipped to 4.45 percent from 4.62 percent, and the average points paid were 1.04, compared to 0.98 point a week earlier.

1:19 pm cst 

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