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Mar 23,2007
Home price appreciation is strongest in Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Washington; Prices reflect a market returning to normal Global Insight, the world's leading company for economic and financial analysis and forecasting, this week released the 2006 fourth quarter update of the U.S. Housing Valuation Analysis, which shows the incidence of overvaluation in the nation's housing market continues to decline, the result of falling home prices. The overall number of single family housing units deemed ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
WASHINGTON - Existing-home sales rose strongly in February following a healthy gain in January, reaching the highest level since last April, according to the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales -- including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops -- rose 3.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate(1) of 6.69 million units in February from a downwardly revised level of 6.44 million in January, but are 3.6 percent below the 6.94 million-unit pace in February ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Mortgage rates rose slightly this week, with the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate moving to 6.19 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the 30-year fixed rate mortgages had an average of 0.29 discount and origination points.  The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage, popular for refinancing, was unchanged at 5.93 percent. On larger loans, the average jumbo 30-year fixed rate inched higher to 6.44 percent. Adjustable rate mortgages were mixed, with the ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Q: My husband and I are residents of Nevada and have been married for 18 years.I signed a prenuptial agreement two days prior to marriage stating that I am not to own property during our marriage unless agreed to by my husband. One year after our marriage, I was added to the deed of a Nevada home he purchased just after we were married.  Now, 18 years later, I thought we were purchasing a second home ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Single women are becoming a more important segment in the home-buying market. Married couples still constitute 60 percent of home buyers, but that proportion has been dropping in recent years. It was 70 percent 12 years ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. It's also interesting to note that unmarried women accounted for 22 percent of sales last year - up from 14 percent in 1995. Single men, on the other hand, accounted for ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Nearly everyone I know has little things in their house that they live with that may have originally bothered them, but no longer do, including dangling light bulbs and wires, squeaky doors and floors, dirty air filters in the furnace or air blowers, a broken humidifier system, ripped screens, chipped door stops, sticky or off-kilter kitchen cabinet doors, and messy landscaping.   The time to take a brutally honest look at your house is just before you ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
With home prices remaining super high and an increasing number of families finding it difficult to qualify for a mortgage, it's understandable that shared housing is re-emerging as a trend. The concept of two family units or friends combining their financial resources to purchase and live in a single home, or a number of families living in a cohousing development, is growing in today's market. Cohousing, where multiple family groups share accommodations and responsibilities, first ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
Q: We purchased a 5 1/2-year-old home in January. Our Realtor was told that the home was not being lived in regularly because the owner was caring for an elderly family member.About six weeks after we closed on the purchase, the septic system drain field began leaching liquid into the back yard. After having a reputable firm pump the tanks, it was determined that the septic system was in proper working order, but the soil ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
Q: My 92-year old grandmother transferred a deed of six acres of raw land to me at the beginning of March. I'm not sure what the property is worth.What would be the best way to determine its worth? And since I don't know its worth, I am concerned about possible gift taxes my grandmother would have to pay if the land is worth more than $12,000 in value. What do you recommend I do?A: I'm ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
Turmoil boiled through the subprime mortgage business again Monday after New Century Financial said its financial backers had cut off funding, pushing the Irvine-based company one step closer to bankruptcy. Problems at New Century, the nation's second-largest subprime lender, spilled over into the stocks of other subprime mortgage companies, including San Diego's Accredited Home Lenders. Accredited shares tumbled $4.38, or 28 percent, to close at $11.40 on the Nasdaq exchange. So far this month, Accredited's ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
Linda Williams with Tamarack Homes in Bend, Oregon recently announced homes nestled along the Deschutes River in RiverRim, a new development of luxury residences, are now available for sale.  “The current buyer's market conditions resulting from leveled-off home prices are favorable for those that have been delaying their purchase,” said Williams.   Bend is a hot destination for all walks of life with its wide variety of recreation and culture. "Bendites prefer to spend their time ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
Unusual weather patterns and problems in the subprime lending marketplace are creating challenges in assessing housing market conditions, but a recovery is likely this year, according to the latest forecast by the National Association of Realtors.  David Lereah, NAR's chief economist, said there is some ambiguity about the current housing market. "Our goal each month is to fine-tune the forecast based on the latest housing data and a variety of economic indicators, but extraordinary weather ... [full story]
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Mar 09,2007
Warning that mortgage loan fraud is growing at an alarming rate, the FBI and the Mortgage Bankers Association agreed Thursday to cooperate in a partnership to protect lenders and home buyers. "Fraud against lenders is a growing problem that hurts everyone throughout the mortgage process, from the lenders themselves through the brokers and appraisers to the consumers and the communities we invest in," bankers association Chairman John M. Robbins said at the National Fraud Issues ... [full story]
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