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SunTrust Mortgage: A Brief Review

SunTrust Mortgage is the mortgage lending division of SunTrust Banks Inc., an American bank holding company with 1700 branches and offices throughout the southern United States. In its current form, SunTrust Banks Inc. is the result of the 1985 merger of the Trust Company of Georgia and Sun Banks Inc of Florida.

One of achievements of SunTrust Mortgage is that they helped underwrite the IPO of Coca Cola back in 1919 resulting to SunTrust Banks to hold 48 million shares of Coca Cola worth approximately $2 billion. SunTrust offers ten to forty year fixed rate mortgages with financing on up to 1035 of the property value.

They also offer a variety of ARM loans with cap on interest rate varying from year to year. SunTrust Mortgage also offers Jumbo loans, FHA, and VA mortgages, and special terms for loans on student condominiums. Florida foreclosures are up 70% over last year. Currently the state is behind only CA and Nevada in number of foreclosures. While many lenders have given lip service to the current loan crisis and the need for individual assistance, SunTrust is one of the few to actually make a commitment to refinance and write off some loan amount in order to keep Florida residents in their homes.

An in-depth review of SunTrust Mortgage and their holdings will be posted in the next couple of weeks.

QA1: Should I Refinance?

Question: Should I Refinance? Our home mortgages remain both our biggest monthly bill and our greatest investment. With all the economic uncertainty, we still have very low interest rates between four and five percent for 15 year loans, and less than six percent for many 30 year loans. A question facing many families is: Should I refinance?

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Mark-to-Market and Mortgages

Over the past couple of days, a new possible excuse for the recession has been coming up here and there and it’s called the mark-to-market accounting rule, and not a lot of people know what it is. I had to look it up myself, and I’ll try my best to explain what it’s about.

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Refinance Your Loan! Here are Some Ways – Part I

Okay we’ve talked a lot about Refinancing your loan. But how to do it? What are your options? In this first part, we’re going to show you what options you have when it comes to a refinance move. Your home mortgage will go a long way yet. 🙂

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Mortgage Brokers – Who Regulates Them?

At some point in time, you tend to ask yourself, who is in charge of protecting me from possibly bad mortgage business practices?

The Federal Trade Commission is the main government body that regulates the business of mortgage brokering. The FTC is tasked to enforce the basic consumer protection statute (found in Section 5(a) of the FTC act) that states that “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce … are … declared unlawful.” So in this case, your rights as a consumer are protected by the FTC and in turn, they watch over the business of mortgages.

States are also regulators for mortgage brokers. They issue licenses to brokers to allow them to run their businesses in their locality. In this sense, a lot of people who work on loans that pertain to mortgages and call themselves mortgage brokers really are not legally allowed to do so.

Further information about the regulators of the mortgage industry can be found on these websites:

www.CSBS.org
www.AARMR.org
www.namb.org
www.nabmb.org

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Read the news carefully today. You never know what you're gonna get. For recommended reading materials on mortgages and refinance aspects and how to fix your deeds or just plain news on real estate, check out the new york times online. It's a very good source of information.