Finance Matters

Finance Matters

There’s no question that Americans need to make some tough choices about priorities. Changes in policies supporting home ownership potentially impact your own family and wallet as well as our recovering housing market and broader economy and the institution of home ownership – the American Dream itself – for generations to come. It remains to be seen how Americans feel about preserving policies that support and encourage home ownership.

Will Rising Interest Rates Threaten Your Home Value?
One of the ways our government keeps the economy on track is by influencing interest rates. Think of interest as the cost to borrow and use money. Lowering rates encourages people and businesses to borrow and spend, which helps grow jobs and the economy. Conversely, raising rates has the opposite effect, moderating growth and controlling inflation.
Are Recent Changes at FHA Threatening Your Home Value and Economic Growth?
Before the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was created in 1934, only folks with lot of cash — enough for at least a 50% percent down payment — could get a home loan.. Even then, they had to repay those loans in just a few years because before FHA, there was no such thing as a 30-year mortgage.
Are Credit Report Mistakes Costing You?
Your credit score comes from several pieces of information about you including whether you make payments on time and how much you spend. Nowadays just about everyone, from landlords to lenders, judges you based on your credit score.
Is the Government Doing Enough on Housing?
Almost 70% of voters surveyed recently believe the home mortgage interest tax deduction shouldn’t be repealed as a way to cut the massive federal deficit, according to a national voter survey sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.
Why is it getting harder to get a mortgage? What does it mean for you?
We all remember the “liar loans” and fraud uncovered in the mortgage business when the real estate bubble burst. To try to prevent that from happening again, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010.
Get to Know Federal Housing Administration-Backed Loans
Becoming a home owner is a significant event in most peoples’ lives. Despite this, many are unfamiliar with government programs that can help them become home owners. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that sponsors many of these programs.

Protect Your Home Tax Deduction

Don’t let Congress take away your Home Interest Deductions!
Changes to the Mortgage Interest and Real Property Tax Deductions will harm the financial stability of American families. Urge Congress to oppose any changes to income tax deductions on your home.

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