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Good Faith Estimate

Will CFPB's New Mortgage Disclosure Forms Help Borrowers Select the Best Mortgage Type?

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has developed two new disclosure forms designed to make the mortgage process more manageable for borrowers. But which will help borrowers select the type of mortgage that best meets their needs?

Will Borrowers Now Be Protected Against Unjustified Price Increases?

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 11.11.2014 | Money
Jack M. Guttentag

The applicant who sent the email wanted an answer to one simple question: Were the changes justified or not?

Can You Use the Good Faith Estimate to Shop Mortgage Prices?

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

There are two features of the home mortgage market that thwart all efforts to use the GFE as a shopping tool.

Memo to First Time Buyers: How to Avoid Closing Cost Sticker Shock

Ron Gitter | Posted 08.02.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

It never ceases to amaze me how little first-time buyers know about purchasing a home. It's difficult for a beginner to digest all of the facets of a real estate transaction.