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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Mortgage Check-Up Q & A

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As we near the end of 2012, we thought we’d take a few moments to review some of the questions users have sent into ForTheBestrate.com throughout the year. We hope...

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What is a No Cost Refinance?

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You’ve likely heard radio commercials and received direct mail solicitations from mortgage companies offering “No Closing Cost Refinancing” and slinging promises of no attorney fees, zero appraisal costs, no lender...

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Mortgage Fees Increase November 1st, 2012

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently released some new information regarding mortgage fees. Apparently, the FHFA has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to raise guarantee fees (or g-fees) charged...

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43% of Complaints to the CFPB Related to Mortgage Products

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In a semi-annual report issued in July, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB, released findings regarding complaints the agency handled from July 21, 2011 through June...

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Freddie Mac to Expand HARP to Those with Greater Equity

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HARP is an acronym, which stands for, the Home Affordable Refinance Program. The federal government program came to be in March 2009 in an effort to provide assistance to approximately...

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Foreclosure Numbers Update – Rate Dipped 2.9% in July

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The real estate information company, RealtyTrac publishes a monthly report of foreclosure activity in the US. Although the initial findings are disturbing, the overall report shows that foreclosures across the...

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Energy Assistance Program For Manufactured Home Owners

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Owners of manufactured homes may be eligible for energy upgrades at little to no cost, thanks to a government-funded assistance program. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is...

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HUD Selling Off Severely Distressed Mortgages

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced that investors can now apply to purchase pools of severely distressed mortgages that were previously insured by the FHA....

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Home Values Rise for Fourth Straight Month

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For months now, blogs and news articles have all been buzzing that the housing market is demonstrably inching toward health and that recovery may finally be upon us. Adding to...