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How to Convert Your Equity into Cash

Today, let’s talk about the ways that home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) can benefit you as a homeowner.   Unlike a traditional mortgage, with a home equity line of credit (HELOC), you’ll only be charged interest on a given month based on the amount that you’ve used. That means, as you use the HELOC […]

Part 6 of 7: The Ability to Repay Law & Quali...

Welcome to part six of my seven-part series about the big changes that have happened since the mortgage meltdown! Today I’ll discuss the Ability to Repay Law and the Qualified Mortgage Rule. Giving loans to people without validating their ability to repay them is called “blind lending,” and this partially contributed to the 2008 market […]

Part 4 of 7: The Loan Officer Compensation Rule

The Dodd-Frank Act ensures that loan officers can’t ever earn any more or less money by selling a specific loan.   It’s time for section four of our seven-part series talking about reform and mortgages. Specifically, today we’re going to talk about how lenders and loan officers get paid. In the past, loan officers and lenders […]

Part 2 of 7: The Dodd-Frank Act and CFPB

The Dodd-Frank Act created the CFPB, one of the strongest federal agencies we’ve ever seen. Here’s why it was created and how it works. On part two of our series about what has changed since the mortgage meltdown, we’re taking a closer look at the Dodd-Frank Act and specifically, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. The […]