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Here's how to repair your credit score -- and how it affects mortgage applications.
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Data from Black Knight shows the oil price plunge is starting to impact homeowners.
Motley Fool  Oct 25  Comment 
Mortgages can be problematic and even unsafe in a number of ways. Learn what to look out for and how to reduce your risk.
Reuters  Oct 24  Comment 
Fannie Mae said on Monday it has launched a program to streamline its underwriting on mortgages for some borrowers that uses electronic data instead of physical proof of their income, assets and employment.
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Lowering your monthly mortgage payment may be a lot easier than you realize.
Forbes  Oct 20  Comment 
Mortgages are the next big area to face disruption from digital startups. Proptech, as the larger sector is termed, is growing rapidly and now a new mortgage finder has teamed up with Zoopla to offer a better house hunting experience.
Forbes  Oct 20  Comment 
Mortgage rates rose this week to their highest level in four months, with indications that continued increases may take place in the new year.


A mortgage is a method of using property (real or personal) as security for the performance of an obligation, usually the payment of a debt.

The term <a href=">mortgage</a> refers to the legal device used for this purpose, but it is also commonly used to refer to the debt secured by the mortgage, the mortgage loan. With the advent of the mortgage backed securities, the market for mortgage loan has been growing quickly and is estimated as large as the Treasury debt market.

In most jurisdictions mortgages are strongly associated with loans secured on real estate rather than other property (such as ships) and in some cases only land may be mortgaged. Arranging a mortgage is seen as the standard method by which individuals and businesses can purchase residential and commercial real estate without the need to pay the full value immediately.

The interest rate required of a mortgage is determined by the credit rating of the borrower -- most often divided into prime and subprime mortgage. It may also be related to the strategy of the lender in that, depending on growth targets and competition, the lender may offer more competitive rates.

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