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New data from Zillow.com shows that about 30 percent of foreclosures in June involved residences in the top 33 percent of local housing values, a gain from 16 percent at the start of the foreclosure crisis in 2006. Meanwhile, the bottom one-third of housing markets, by home value, has dipped from 55 percent of foreclosures three years ago to 35 percent. Analysts fret that rising foreclosures among pricier properties could create additional pressure in a housing market that has shown signs of stabilizing of late, thanks to a rebound in lower-priced home sales.
Thirty-year fixed mortgages moved closer to the all-time low of 4.82 percent reached in May, falling to 4.87 percent last week from 4.94 percent a week earlier, according to Freddie Mac. Homeowners who refinance have an opportunity to reduce their payment on a 30-year, fixed loan for $200,000 by nearly $134 a month from a year ago, when long-term rates averaged 5.94 percent. Also, 15-year loans fell to 4.33 percent, and five-year adjustable-rate mortgages dropped to 4.35 percent; but one-year ARMs rose to 4.53 percent.
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knoxville home buyers: Tennessee's a Desirable Place to Live! - 10/12/09 09:41 PM
Tennessee's a Desirable Place to Live! A recently released Harris Interactive poll asked Americans where they would choose to live if they did not live in the state where they are now. 2,498 U.S. adults were surveyed online between August 10 and 18, 2009, and Tennessee made the top 10! 1. California 2. Florida 3. Hawaii 4. Texas 5. Colorado 6. Arizona 7. North Carolina 8. Washington state 9. TENNESSEE 10. Oregon Of course, we already knew that it's great to be in Tennessee! If your looking to move to East Tennessee, you can visit my website or contact me (2 comments)
knoxville home buyers: Become familiar with realty forms before finding the right home in Knoxville TN - 07/12/09 01:02 PM
When buying a home in Knoxville TN, most of the home buyer's effort is put into finding the right home. But very little thought is usually put into writing the purchase offer. Often the real estate agent drags out a "standard purchase contract." The truth is there is no such thing as a standard purchase contract. However, there are many different forms printed by local or state Realtor associations, local multiple listing services, individual real estate offices and form publishing companies. State law frequently mandates some provisions in realty purchase offers, but buyers and sellers are free to negotiate additional provisions. (1 comments)
knoxville home buyers: 10 Ways to Lower Your Homeowners Insurance Cost - 06/14/09 03:59 PM
Raise your deductible. If you can afford to pay more toward a loss that occurs, your premiums will be lower. Buy your homeowners and auto policies from the same company. You'll usually qualify for a discount. But make sure that the savings really yields the lowest price. Make your home less susceptible to damage. Keep roofs and drains in good repair. Keep your home safer. Install smoke detectors, burglar alarms, and dead-bolt locks. All of these will usually qualify for a discount. Be sure you insure your house for the correct amount. Remember, you're covering replacement cost, not market value. Ask (0 comments)
knoxville home buyers: 18 Things a seller needs to make a part of their moving checklist - 06/09/09 05:36 AM
Send change of address to: * Post Office: give forwarding address * Charge accounts, credit cards * Subscriptions: notice requires several weeks * Friends and relatives * Bank: transfer funds, arrange check-cashing in new city * Insurance: life, health, and auto * Automobile: transfer of car title registration and driver's license * Utility companies (gas, electric, water, telephone, cable): arrange for refunds of any deposits and service in new home. * Cancel/change newspaper delivery * School records: ask for copies or tranfer of children's records * Health: medical, dental, prescription histories And don't forget to: * Empty freezer: plan (1 comments)
knoxville home buyers: 2009 First-Time Home Buyer tax Credit - 05/25/09 06:51 PM
In 2008, Congress enacted a $7500 tax credit designed to be an incentive for first‐time homebuyers to purchase a home. The credit was designed as a mechanism to decrease the over‐supply of homes for sale. For 2009, Congress has increased the credit to $8000 and made several additional improvements. This revised $8000 tax credit applies to purchases on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009. Tax Credits ‐‐ The Basics
1. What’s this new homebuyer tax incentive for 2009? The 2008 $7500, repayable credit is increased to $8000 and the repayment feature is eliminated for 2009 purchasers. (0 comments)
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