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Stories by Ken Cook


Closing costs vs. cash to close

Failure to communicate is one of the greatest reasons for complaints in any transaction.  Truly it makes no difference what […]


What is a "loan servicer"?

In the mortgage industry as in many industry there are words tossed around like school house chatter which have a […]

5 Tips for Analyzing and Understanding Comparables

Property values can be great fodder for everything from smiles to frowns and on rare occasion even lead to shouting […]


How to Improve Your Credit Score

If you have found this post because you have either been turned down for a mortgage application or you are […]

Lowest mortgage rate: at what cost?

“What are your rates today?” Many years ago we established a policy we still live by today, “My goal is […]

FHA loans set to require minimum 640 middle score

Image via Wikipedia The numbers have been considered and tossed around for some time and now most lenders and banks […]

Should I refinance my home loan?

One sure way to start an argument between mortgage brokers, mortgage bankers, financial planners and consumer advocates is to answer […]

FHA monthly mortgage insurance increases

Effective for FHA loans for which the case number is assigned on or after October 4, 2010 the Upfront Mortgage Insurance […]


FHA monthly mortgage insurance premiums to rise

Image via Wikipedia Although there are many posts on the internet about FHA MIP rising to 1.55% that is factually […]

Housing bailout fall out - yet another failure

It must have seemed like a great plan to the president. Mortgage modifications certainly seem like the best choice to […]

Improve your credit score, guaranteed.

Image via Wikipedia Not so fast.Preying on people who have a real need and are often blinded by their own […]

China's bubble troubles

Image via Wikipedia Is it possible to get a Zestimate on the Great Wall of China? According to the latest […]

USDA guaranteed home loans - who qualifies?

Image via Wikipedia Major metropolitan cities and even some outlying towns often have more of the focus of government on […]

Sweeping financial regulatory changes signed by Obama

Image via Wikipedia Surrounded by Democratic lawmakers Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, and Chris Dodd – all of whom […]

How long does it take to close on a home mortgage?

Image by The Ken Cook via Flickr Turn that around with another question, “how long does it take to get […]

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