Posts by: Nat Criss

Nat Criss is one of the owners of ForTheBestRate.com. Nat has an extensive background in mortgage finance, real estate, and online marketing. Nat was previously the Marketing Director for AAXA Discount Mortgage, a mortgage company which conducted business in 26 states, and currently helps run CMG Equities, LLC and ILM Marketing. My Google Profile+

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Obama Administration Releases April Housing Scorecard

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Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its April 2013 edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard –...

Real Estate

Construction Spending Sinks to 7-Month Low

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While most of the stories coming out of the U.S. economy have been tremendously positive, there’s one area that seems to be suffering: Construction. Construction spending fell to a seven-month...

Real Estate

Most Young Renters Will Become Millennial Home Buyers

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National home builder PulteGroup, Inc. recently released its PulteGroup Home Index Survey (PGHI), showing that millenials are not likely to be life-long renters. Quite the contrary, as of those in...

Mortgage

Steps You Can Take To Get A Great Mortgage Rate

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Lately, it seems like mortgage interest rates have been dominating real estate and home financing news stories. Rates hit record lows not too long ago and while they’ve increased slightly,...

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Cons of Reverse Mortgages

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Although a reverse mortgage can be a highly beneficial financial choice for many seniors, it isn’t always the best choice for everyone. If you’re considering applying for a reverse mortgage,...

Mortgage

How long will it take to break even on a mortgage refinance?

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Refinancing can be a great way to reduce your monthly mortgage payment, pay your home loan off sooner or consolidate debt. But refinancing doesn’t always make good financial sense for every situation....

Mortgage

Mortgage Application Volume Falls 8.1% in January

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The first few weeks of the new year brought a strong surge of mortgage application activity, but it seems the initial momentum has faded some, as recent reports show mortgage...

Mortgage

U.S. Mortgage Services to Pay 8.5 Billion

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The Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or OCC, determined in early January that 10 of the nation’s largest mortgage companies must pay big bucks...

Mortgage

Major Valuation Company Goes Bankrupt

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Several online real estate sites have been following the story of yet another national valuation company’s bankruptcy declaration. At the end of December, it was reported that the Florida-based firm,...

Living

2013 Financial Checkup

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The arrival of another year typically motivates us to rid ourselves of bad habits and pick up a few newer, healthier, or more productive ones. Many of us vow to...

Mortgage

The Debate Over The Mortgage Deduction Continues

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The housing market is starting to recover in earnest, fueling a debate over the mortgage interest tax deduction, according to a recent article from CNN Money. Lobby groups and politicians on both...

Mortgage

Would You Take Out a Mortgage from Wal-Mart?

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These are interesting times for the mortgage industry in the US. The 2007-8 subprime lending crisis may have dealt a blow to the American economy, but it also damaged consumer...

Personal Finance

What is the Fiscal Cliff?

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The term “fiscal cliff” has become many things: a serious economic issue, a political football, and a cultural buzzword. Puzzling out what it actually means can be a daunting task,...