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Articles about Interest Rates


Residential | July 2005 
Knowledge is key with interest-only option
It seems as though everyone has an opinion on interest-only loans. These loans inspire discussion from a variety of perspectives, from borrowers to brokers to lenders. An interest-only l...
By William J. Lopez, director of mortgage banking, Wholesale Lending Online

Commercial | April 2007 
Lift Your Cap
Finding properties that have reasonable returns of 5 percent to 6 percent is fairly straightforward for most commercial brokers. Understanding the potential of that same property to make a better re...
By Phil Sblendorio, senior vice president, Farmers & Merchants Bank

Residential | October 2007 
Wanted: Smarter Interest Rates
There’s been no shortage of finger-pointing during the current nonprime–loan crisis. Congress, the Federal Reserve System and the media often are looking for someone to blame, and their fingers ofte...
By Richard Littlefield, owner, Sophisticated Financial and Real Estate

Residential | August 2007 
Rules to the Rate Game
Mortgage customers want the lowest interest rates and demand even lower. As a mortgage broker, you have no control over what interest rates lenders are charging, but clients may force you to keep s...
By Victor Hunt, president, GLE Inc.

Residential | May 2007 
You’re Special — So Show It
I’m no psychic, but I would be willing to guess that a prospect has questioned you about your rates and fees at least once. There’s an easy way to prevent this from happening, however. Es...
By Andy Lockwood, author, MortgageMarketingWhiz

Residential | March 2007 
Increase Business with Investor Clients
I’m not a mortgage broker or even a Realtor. I’m simply a client or prospect with a difference — I’m a real estate investor. Investors like me make much of your business possible, especial...
By Dr. Ken Rich, retired physician, professional real estate investor

Residential | January 2007 
Q&A: David Seiders, National Association of Home Builders
Despite all the talk of a housing slowdown, NAHB chief economist David Seiders doesn’t see this year as all doom and gloom. He opines that the current slowdown is just what the real estate market ne...
By Melinda Young, associate editor, Scotsman Guide Media, Inc

Residential | January 2007 
Why Rate Volatility is Good for Business
In the mortgage industry, rising and falling interest rates can offer brokers the opportunity to work with past clients. Be sure and take advantage of this opportunity to grow your business. ...
By Thomas E. Jandt, CEO, i3 Financial Inc

Commercial | October 2008 
Rates of Interest
Where interest rates are heading seems to be one of the most-popular questions borrowers ask. Conventional wisdom says that slow economic growth and a presidential election indicate lower mortgage r...
By Robert W. Dudek, chief lending officer, Statewide Home Loan Corp.

Residential | October 2008 
Build Business by Helping Clients Creatively
As many mortgage brokers know, helping clients find the best solution for financing takes creativity, especially in the current market. By educating your clients about their options, you can build c...
By Anthony L. Porro, founder, Research Realty Services LLC

Residential | August 2008 
Insuring Your Company’s Future
Many people wonder why the nonprime-mortgage market collapsed, and many find it even more mysterious to comprehend where the money that the market thought once existed went. Therein lies ...
By J. Craig Williams, civil-trial advocate, The Williams Lindberg Law Firm PC

Residential | May 2008 
Forget About Rates and Fees
Across the country, when people look at the Sunday newspaper’s real estate section or turn on the radio, they are exposed to a deluge of mortgage advertisements. In most cases, if the company names ...
By Todd Armstrong, communication manager, GB Mortgage

Commercial | December 2014 
Minimize the Impact of Rising Interest Rates
When asked about the future direction of the stock market, legendary financier John Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan reportedly said, “It will fluctuate.” As mortgage and financial industry professionals know, ...
By Jerry Sager, senior managing director, First National

Residential | May 2009 
Behind the Veil of Market Reports
It seems as if every new day brings fresh headlines about the housing market. But there's more than meets the eye when it comes to economic indicators and our industry. Mortgage brokers should know ...
By Steve Cook, managing editor, Real Estate Economy Watch and UPI Real Estate

Commercial | March 2009 
SBA May Save the Day
This past year was a tough one for the commercial mortgage industry. Numbers were down across the board as lending slowed. The slowdown included U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) l...
By Jeff Rauth, vice president of business development, Celtic Bank


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