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+

Mortgage

More Homeowners Taking Advantage of HARP Refinancing

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Last fall, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which become the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac back in 2008, made several key changes to the Obama Administration’s Home Affordable...

Real Estate

Trulia Looks to Raise $66 Million in IPO

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Move over Zillow and Realtor.com!  The final member of the “big three” real estate research sites, Trulia, is finally going public. Following in the footsteps of the other two online...

Mortgage

Refinance Applications Decline in August

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Mortgage refinance applications dropped in August, while total mortgage applications fell 7.4 percent, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending...

Real Estate

Real Estate Prices Predicted to Rise in Spring of 2013

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Things continue to look up for the US housing market and more positive predictions were released in August. The global technology provider Fiserv, Inc. published an analysis, which examined home...

Mortgage

Americans Still Dream of Homeownership

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You may think that after almost five years of dealing with the mortgage crisis and its aftereffects that many Americans would have soured on the idea of homeownership. Au contraire!...

Mortgage

FHA Mobile Home Guidelines

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Thinking of purchasing a mobile home, but not sure about financing? Take a look at the popular FHA Mobile Home Loan program. With low money down options and easier qualification...

Mortgage

Quicken Loans Adds Staff in Charlotte, NC

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Quicken Loans Mortgage Services, a division of Quicken Loans, says it will be adding 50 new hires by the end of the year. Based in Charlotte, NC, Quicken Loans Mortgage...

Mortgage

Subordinating a Second Mortgage

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It was not that many years ago that a large percentage of home buyers took about second mortgage to finance their properties to avoid having to pay private mortgage insurance...

Mortgage

U.S. foreclosure activity increased 9 percent in May

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U.S. foreclosure activity increased 9 percent in May, according to the most recent data from RealtyTrac®, an online real estate resource. RealtyTrac® released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™ for May...

Living

4 Great Neighborhoods in Asheville

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Looking for the perfect place to call home in Asheville? With a number of attractive neighborhood options to choose from, you’re sure to find a great community to put down...

Personal Finance

What Is A REIT?

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A REIT is an acronym for Real Estate Investment Trust – a company that owns income-producing properties. These are a form of known as “pass through” investment vehicles, meaning the profits are...

Real Estate

Condo Sales Report – Positive Signs

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Condominium and co-op sales rose in April and remain higher than a year ago, according to a recent report released by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). The report revealed...

Mortgage

Where Can I Find Construction Loans?

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Due to the current real estate environment, many lenders have terminated their construction loan programs. As a real estate market cools, builders get stuck with excess inventory and defaults rates...

Living

Tips for Preventing House Fires

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The devastation caused by many fires is preventable. According to the US Fire Administration, 18,000 Americans are injured and 3,500 die each year in fire related accidents. Although some fires...