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Jul 28,2006
Q: I signed a contract to buy a home from a bank selling the home through its repossession department. However, I assigned the contract to another buyer. This buyer, in turn, assigned it to a third buyer. Now, the third buyer is preparing to close, but the closing documents are in the name of the second buyer only. We need the document to be in the third buyer’s name only. The closing agent is telling ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2006
"This is precisely what I have been warning the public about. It's the first sign of the tsunami of defaults and foreclosures that are coming," cautions Consumer Advocate and International Mortgage Reduction Expert, Harj Gill. Gill, who is also the Founder, President and CEO of American Mortgage Educators, Inc., has been on a one-man crusade warning homeowners of the risks associated with exotic mortgages and urging them to take immediate action to avoid going into ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2006
Q: I’m 54 my wife is 52. We have approximately $200,000 in a 401(k) and $115,000 of equity in our home (valued at about $315,000). We’re trying to plan for our future and are thinking about selling our home and downsizing to a smaller mortgage with fewer home-related expenses. Does it make sense to put down $100,000 on a house and have only a $70,000 mortgage? Or should we take out a bigger mortgage and ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2006
For most Americans, their home is their biggest investment and their most valuable asset. Home equity, or the value of your home after all loans have been paid off, can be a source of value and long-term wealth. In fact, according to SMR Research, Americans have more than $11.2 trillion in home equity.  More and more homeowners are choosing to use the equity in their home instead of waiting to reap the profits when they ... [full story]
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Jul 13,2006
Q: When I purchased my property in 1990, I found out there was an easement on the property allowing the neighbor to share a gravel driveway. The agreement provided that the other property owner was to share the cost of maintaining the driveway. My neighbor rents his property and refused to reimburse me for the cost of maintaining the driveway. About five years ago, I demanded payment but was never paid. I informed the other ... [full story]
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Jul 13,2006
Faced with an empty house that's now on the market, Colleen McLinden brought in furniture to help make the sale. As the Peoria, Ill., area's first accredited stager, McLinden is practicing the art of staging houses for sale in central Illinois. In the case of the Edelstein, Ill., house, a five-bedroom structure on 6 1/2 acres with a price tag of $350,000, the place "needed something," said Realtor David Castle of Kallister Realty in Peoria. "It ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2006
Sales of existing homes nationwide experienced a minor decline in May with home prices rising to near normal rates, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Total existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – eased 1.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.67 million units in May from a pace of 6.75 million in April, and were 6.6 percent below the 7.14 million-unit level in May 2005. “There’s now ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2006
Q: My grandmother wants to sell her condo to me at a terrific price. The problem is, she's not on title, nor is she on the loan, although she's been living in the apartment for two of the past five years. She bought the condo 10 years ago.Two of her daughters and a son-in-law are on the title and on the loan. She wants to sell the condo to me but is afraid that her ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2006
A recent spike in default notices may be a sign that some homeowners are struggling to pay the adjustable-rate mortgages that now dominate lending in many residential real estate markets, analysts warn. While the spike doesn't threaten most homeowners, many of whom have little or no mortgage debt, default activity has captured the attention of economists and researchers who view the San Diego region, for instance, as a bellwether for national housing trends. Those at ... [full story]
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Jun 29,2006
Q: My sister and her husband purchased land from a contractor. The contractor informed them how much the land, plus the house, would cost and they secured a loan accordingly. After working side-by-side with the contractor for months and using their own tools and materials, they finally moved in last weekend. The following day, the contractor informed them the house would cost $35,000 more than they initially agreed on. Unable to afford this increase, they're ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2006
Last week, the Bend Weekly reported that area market prices jumped to No. 6 in year-to-year housing for the first quarter of 2006, coming in at 34.7 percent.  Bend’s 7 percent increase actually topped the nation’s hottest market, St. George, Utah in year-to-year figures.  However, CNNMoney.com reports it is not a matter of a boom, but housing prices in many markets, including Bend, being overpriced. Les Christie, CNNMoney.com writes “The most overvalued housing markets in the ... [full story]
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Jun 22,2006
Q: I'm wondering about something. Let's say a seller lists his home under market value and a buyer offers to pay more than the asking price. Can the parties agree to have the seller pay the difference between the listing price and the true market price to the buyer? If the buyer is an investor (who won't live in the property), must he inform his lender of this arrangement, since he's already prequalified? Since this ... [full story]
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Jun 15,2006
Amid growing concerns over affordable housing in Bend; a battle is brewing between mobile home park owners, their tenants and the Bend City Council about how to aide home owners forced to move when the parks are redeveloped. Last Wednesday, a bandage was placed on the issue when the City Council voted 5-2 in favor to an ordinance that required park owners redeveloping their property to compensate those being forced to move.  Under the measure ... [full story]
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