Your ARM May Not Be Broken

Mpj040739600001_1You may have noticed on the evening news and the local papers all the bad press about mortgages lately.   Specifically sub-prime, negative amortized ARMs a.k.a. payment option plans (which I am opposed to for 99% of the population), 100% financing and interest-only ARMs…to name a few.  Many sub prime lenders are restating their earnings and are suffering losses.  Some are closing their doors and the remaining are changing their underwriting guidelines.   It use to be very easy to obtain 100% financing with a credit score of 600…some lenders would even consider 580.   Now, the benchmark is 620.   Throughout history, lenders change underwriting guidelines based on market conditions.

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