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Nov 16,2007
The sluggish home sales market should bottom out by the end of the first quarter of this coming year, it was noted in a recent study and report from the National Association of Home Builders. Despite current market problems, the housing market will start to turn around next year for a number of reasons. The overall economy and job growth will continue to move ahead at a decent pace, core inflation is under control, the ... [full story]
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Nov 16,2007
Mortgage rates declined slightly this week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 6.32 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.34 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage popular for refinancing slipped down to 5.98 percent. The average jumbo 30-year fixed rate jumped to 7.15 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates were mixed, with the average one-year ARM decreased ... [full story]
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Nov 09,2007
Things are looking up for consumers who are searching for a mortgage loan to either finance the purchase of a home or refinance an existing loan. Recent developments in the mortgage industry will make home loans more affordable and accessible for many consumers in coming months, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. This should help release some of the current pent-up demand by early next year, the report predicted. "Conforming loans ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
The growing problem of appraisers inflating their home evaluations to meet a target value, under pressure from a lender or Realtor, is being addressed in new and proposed state laws. One state, California, recently enacted such legislation (SB 223) and it has been signed into law by the governor. The law explicitly forbids persons involved in a real estate transaction from pressuring an appraiser to hit a certain target value. The bill calls for punishment ... [full story]
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Nov 02,2007
Mortgage rates moved lower this week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 6.29 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 inched downward to 5.99 percent. The average jumbo 30-year fixed rate retreated to 7.03 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates were mixed, with the average one-year ARM sliding ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
Location, location, location - those are the three most important factors in determining the value of real estate, so the old saying goes. Recent studies have pointed up the great variety in real estate market areas across the country. For example, the average price of homes sold in Beverly Hills, Calif., is now about $2.21 million, whereas in Killeen, Texas, the average price is $136,700. Of course, that's an extreme contrast. Beverly Hills is the ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
Mortgage Availability Improving But Hampered September Existing-Home Sales Temporary problems in the mortgage market are easing and are expected to free some pent-up demand, but disrupted existing-home sales and distorted prices on sales closed in September, according to the National Association of Realtors. Even so, prices rose in the Northeast and Midwest. Total existing-home sales -- including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops -- fell 8.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate(1) of 5.04 million ... [full story]
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Oct 26,2007
Mortgage rates dropped notably this week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 6.31 percent. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large lenders, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.34 discount and origination points. The average 15-year fixed rate mortgage, popular for refinancing, plunged from 6.17 percent to 6.00 percent. The average jumbo 30-year fixed rate retreated to 7.04 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates declined as well, with the average ... [full story]
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Oct 18,2007
Mortgage rates barely budged this week, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 6.49 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 lower by the same amount, to 6.17 percent. The average jumbo 30-year fixed rate dipped to 7.24 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates declined as well, with ... [full story]
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Oct 12,2007
The dream of today's mortgage lenders and brokers: paperless e-mortgages. The Internet and the digital era have opened the door to almost everything else - why not replace those piles of mortgage paper documents with a fast and easy paperless digital system? It could save a lot of time, money and frustration. But there are formidable problems in its development. For the past eight years, the Mortgage Bankers Association has been trying to establish voluntary ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
Fixed mortgage rates declined, with the average conforming 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to 6.42 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 by a similar amount to 6.10 percent. The average jumbo 30-year fixed rate pulled back to 7.28 percent. Adjustable mortgage rates were lower as well, with ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
One out of every five homeowners plan to move within the next five years, according to a recent survey. About 43 percent of them want to purchase a home closer to work - up 10 percent from a similar survey last year. That points to an interesting trend. The high cost of gasoline and increasing problem of traffic congestion (thus extending commuting time and frustration) is motivating more families to move closer to their point ... [full story]
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Oct 05,2007
FHA home mortgages - those insured by the Federal Housing Administration - may soon be a viable financing option for many more prospective borrowers. A current proposal, already passed by the House of Representatives, would raise the FHA loan limit to $417,000 in high-cost areas, reduce the minimum required down payment to 1.5 percent of the home's purchase price, and extend the maximum amortization term to 40 years. The new provisions are part of an ... [full story]
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