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Feb 29,2008
Fixed mortgage rates increased for the third week in a row, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 6.41 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.4 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing was unchanged at 5.87 percent, while the average jumbo 30-year fixed rate fell to 7.43 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates pulled back, ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Q: I am at my wit's end. My adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) has reset and my mortgage has increased by $400. I also have a second mortgage and am unable to pay what I owe on my student loans each month.I know I need to sell my home, but I also need to put floors down before I sell it. I had the carpet removed shortly after buying the house and want to place down ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
The currently tight home selling market is resulting in an interesting trend: swapping homes instead of selling one home and buying another. Many homeowners become frustrated with long and futile efforts to sell their home in today's sluggish market. They look for alternative ways to find a buyer and culminate a sale. Increasingly, they turn to swapping their home - a practice that is ages old, but seldom used until it was recently found to ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Mortgage rates spiked this week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 6.37 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.4 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing leapt to 5.87 percent, and the average jumbo 30-year fixed rate soared to 7.55 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates increased, but in a less pronounced fashion, with the ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Q: My husband and I bought a house a few weeks ago. We have not yet moved in.Two days ago, we received an inspection notice from the city, which said that the seller did work on the home without permits. I went to the city building department to pull out the file and found out that somebody filed a complaint against the seller and mentioned that he had done the roof, heating system and master ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
Retail sales were up more than expected in January. Is it a sign that the great residential real estate slowdown is almost over?Hardly. The housing industry continues to move along at a glacial pace, with a rising number of homes for sale and home loans in default, while foreclosures are on a record-breaking pace.The news is somewhat grim, with most of the private mortgage insurers announcing their first-ever (and massive) losses, as they are required ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
Q: I'm purchasing a house. But the seller refuses to sign closing paperwork unless I give her $3,000 cash (outside of the deal) for her house payments. The escrow is closing. Am I being blackmailed?A: Yes, you are. Please hire an attorney to make it clear to the seller that this is unacceptable. If the seller doesn't want to listen to reason (where is the seller's agent in all of this?), then you and your ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
A single phone call or visit to a lender's office could save a family thousands of dollars and possibly their home. Unfortunately, most delinquent mortgage borrowers (57 percent), who are facing potential foreclosure proceedings, still don't know there is a good chance their loan can be modified to make it affordable, thus escaping foreclosure and the possible loss of their home. But the homeowner must take the first step in talking to their lender. That ... [full story]
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Feb 15,2008
The window of opportunity for home buyers has opened wider with mortgage interest rates dropping to the lowest level in four years. At this writing, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is only about 5.6 percent and is edging up a bit. Last year at this time the rate for the same loan was 6.25 percent. The 15-year fixed-rate loan, particularly popular with homeowners wanting to refinance their existing mortgage, is now 5.04 ... [full story]
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Feb 08,2008
Q: If someone puts your name on a deed without your knowledge, is it legal? A: Let’s start with the concept of a gift. If I want to give you a gift, I can buy it and then give it to you. If you accept the gift, you become the owner of the gift. If a person decides to give a gift of real estate to someone, they can purchase that property and deed it ... [full story]
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Feb 08,2008
The economy is going through a rough patch, and the stock market is well below its all-time high. Mortgage rates have been dropping since the end of last year. For homeowners, that can only mean one thing: it's time to think about refinancing your mortgage. "If you can save on the interest you're paying, then it's time to do a mortgage refinance," explains Fred Glick, managing member of US Loans Mortgage, LLC, a mortgage broker based in ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Strategic legislative changes relating to housing are key elements in efforts to avoid recession and turn the housing market to an upward, positive direction. That's the view of most real estate experts who are analyzing the current real estate market. But precisely what those changes should be is the focus of intense discussions today. Changes that clearly benefit consumers, particularly home buyers and sellers, are often resisted by legislators facing political pressures. The Federal Reserve ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
The profile of the average home buyer is constantly changing. One of the most dramatic changes currently is growth in the number of women buyers, particularly single women. Single women now comprise more than one in every five home buyers. Married couples make up the largest share of buyers (about 61 percent of transactions). "Single women have a particularly strong sense of homeownership as a good investment and an inherent appreciation of what it takes ... [full story]
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