The best way to refinance: Avoid these 6 mistakes

Reduce your refinance costs

Starting the mortgage refinance process can be intimidating.

The goal is to trade in your current mortgage for a new one that helps you reduce your rate and build equity faster.

But making mistakes during the process can result in higher costs.

The best way to refinance...

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Mortgage and refinance rates today, September 18, 2020

Today’s mortgage and refinance rates 

Average mortgage rates edged lower yesterday. Assuming you’re not affected by the surcharge on certain Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac refinances, yours may have changed little this week. And conventional loans today start at 2.875% (2.875% APR) for a 30-year, ...

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Vials, syringes, packaging: The small but vital components of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen above 30 million.

As infections surge across Europe, the continent’s travel and tourism industry is calling for a common coronavirus testing system to replace national quarantine measures...

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Refinance soon to avoid the FHFA adverse market refinance fee

FHFA fee starts on December 1, but rates will go up before that

Starting on December 1, a new “Adverse Market Refinance Fee” will be imposed on most conventional refinances.

Homeowners won’t pay the new fee at closing.

Instead, lenders will cover it by raising refinance rates — likely by as...

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Trump administration bans WeChat, TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday

The Trump administration is moving ahead with a ban on the use of the messaging app WeChat in the United States starting this coming Sunday night.

The ban was proposed in August, but the order for ByteDance of China to divest the U.S...

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The U.S. has a “racial tech gap” problem, Deutsche Bank study shows

The economic disparity between minorities and white Americans has manifested itself in a variety of ways, such as gaps in employee diversity, wages and minority-owned businesses.

A new study from Deutsche Bank shows Black and Hispanic Americans are also experiencing a “racial tech gap,” which cou...

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In France, outdoor mask requirements are seen by some as good for business

What’s going on with extra COVID-19 unemployment benefits?

It’s been weeks since President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum that was supposed to get the federal government back into the business of topping up unemployment benefits, to $400 a week...

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Airlines seek additional federal funds to keep staff on board as pandemic continues

What’s going on with extra COVID-19 unemployment benefits?

It’s been weeks since President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum that was supposed to get the federal government back into the business of topping up unemployment benefits, to $400 a week...

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New census data reveals more details about LGBTQ community

The U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday some new data from the 2019 American Community Survey. In that data, the agency noted a change in the way it looks at households, adding an option for people to specify if their relationship was a same-sex marriage or partnership.

The census estimates that ...

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Why Chuck E. Cheese wants 7 billion prize tickets shredded

Proprietary Prize Tickets, bearing the Chuck E. Cheese trademark, act as a form of currency at the restaurant chain’s prize counters...

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