Most of you know that the mortgage industry has hit some, well, bumps since last summer. Multiple lenders have filed for bankruptcy, eligibility requirements became near impossible and loan fees rose to cover losses. There is some good news though. The federal takeover of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae by the U.S. goverment prompted an immediate drop in mortgage rates. In fact, 30-year loans are now well below 6 percent. Also, federal legislation has expanded the availablility of home loans, specifically by increasing the jumbo-loan mark. That said, if you have found the perfect piece of Boston Real Estate, be prepared for the stringent application process. Have your W-2’s or 1099’s ready, as well as pay stubs and tax returns, HR phone numbers and even investment account information.