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Feb 01,2008
We've all seen numerous negative reports on the current home selling market. Those news reports have motivated many prospective home buyers to hold off with a purchase of a home until good times return. For the sake of achieving a balanced perspective, consider the following reasons for taking action now to acquire that needed home. In recent months, a record number of homes have been added to the for-sale inventory. That translates to a wide ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
LOS ANGELES - Homeowners around the United States are finding that falling real estate prices mean they can no longer access lines of credit because the equity has vanished.Countrywide Financial Corp. notified 122,000 customers last week that they can no longer borrow because the debt on their homes exceeds the value, the Los Angeles Times reported. Lenders have also increased the amount of equity borrowers must maintain in their homes, the newspaper said. Chase Home ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
After the sharpest four-week decline in more than 18 years, mortgage rates bounced back, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 5.88 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.38 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing jumped to 5.38 percent, and the average jumbo 30-year fixed rate leapt to 7.03 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
SAN DIEGO - Setting dismal records, home foreclosures more than tripled and notices of mortgage default more than doubled in San Diego County in 2007. DataQuick Information Systems reported Tuesday that foreclosures rose 353 percent to 7,349, while default notices - the start of the foreclosure process - increased 128 percent to 20,138. The numbers were the highest since DataQuick began keeping track of county foreclosures in 1988 and defaults in 1992. The county's previous ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
Mortgage rates dropped for the fourth week in a row, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 5.57 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.33 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing fell to 5.11 percent, and the average jumbo 30-year fixed rate eased to 6.85 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates plummeted, with the average ... [full story]
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Jan 18,2008
Evidence of a weaker economy pushed mortgage rates to the lowest point since July 2005, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 5.75 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.36 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing fell to 5.28 percent, and the average jumbo 30-year fixed rate sank to 6.98 percent. Adjustable mortgage ... [full story]
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Jan 11,2008
Auctions are becoming an increasingly popular method of purchasing homes in today's sluggish marketplace. This immediate-sale technique is very appealing at a time when selling homes the conventional way is slow and the number of inventoried homes is at a record high level. The auctioning of real properties is the fastest growing auction specialty, according to the National Auctioneers Association. Over the past five years, residential real estate sold at auctions grew by 39 percent, ... [full story]
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Jan 11,2008
Economic worries continue to lead to lower mortgage rates, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 5.88 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.35 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing plummeted to 5.45 percent, and the average jumbo 30-year fixed rate sank to 7.03 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates were lower also, with the ... [full story]
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Jan 04,2008
New federal laws and regulations have created major changes in the mortgage industry. They impact the way lenders qualify borrowers this year, and in some cases will put more money in the pockets of homeowners. The president has signed legislation implementing a law that eases the tax burden for homeowners who have had debt forgiven on a mortgage due to a foreclosure or short sale. Previously, the tax code required a lender who forgives debt ... [full story]
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Jan 04,2008
A growing number of U.S. citizens are looking across their nation's southern border, searching for a home or investment property in Mexico. "There are now about 1.5 million former U.S. residents living in Mexico, and that number is increasing," said Adrian Arriaga, a Texas-based broker and consultant specializing in properties in Mexico. "Mexico is the No. 1 destination choice for U.S. buyers of property in foreign countries." Compared with prices of U.S. real estate, properties ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Home sales will finally start climbing again in 2008. That's the most recent forecast from economists at the National Association of Realtors. The projection applies to existing (previously owned) homes. Recovery for newly constructed home sales is unlikely before 2009, it was noted in the association's report. "The unusual mortgage disruptions that peaked in August were clearly seen in lower home sales that were finalized in September and October, so the market was underperforming," said ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
An ominous trend is emerging in the home selling market. An increasing number of buyers are purchasing homes sight-unseen, which is a terrible idea. One reason for the trend is the easy access of information about available properties via the Internet, including photographic "virtual tours" of outside and inside views, and even neighborhood tours. This convinces some buyers that they know enough about the home to make an offer without personally inspecting the property. In ... [full story]
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Dec 21,2007
Fixed mortgage rates moved higher for the second consecutive week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now at 6.21 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.35 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing inched higher to 5.9 percent, and the average jumbo 30-year fixed rate to 7.26 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates were mixed, with ... [full story]
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