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Single-family housing starts dropped by 21,000 units in April on a seasonally-adjusted annual basis. The Housing Starts report measures the number of homes on which new construction "broke ground". It's tracked by the U.S. Department of Commerce which releases new data monthly. Single-family hous...
Foreclosure activity continues to drop nationwide. Based on data from foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings nationwide fell below 220,000 in April 2011, a 9 percent decrease from March. A "foreclosure filing" is defined as any foreclosure-related action including Notice of Def...
A major thing to consider these days before starting your next home improvement project is if the cost to do the work will be reflected in your homes value. This is even a more important if you think you may be listing your home for sale in the near future. Who is doing the actual work? A major e...
  With housing prices down across the country, there are a lot of homeowners barely breaking even on their respective home sales. Some are even losing money. You may find yourself in that position, too; wanting to sell, but worried about bringing cash to your own closing. It creates an ...
  Did you know that one of the popular loans right now is the 30 year fixed "no closing costs loan". Some lenders want you to think it's a magic trick. Today I'm going to reveal to you how it's done. Here's how it works. The loans come at a slightly higher interest rate and then the lender pays ...
If you have a conventional mortgage, and put less than 20% down when you purchased your home ( or less than 20% equity when you refinanced your home ) your monthly payment includes "mortgage insurance". Depending on your interest rate, for a 30- year term mortgage and if you put 5% down payment, ...
In an echo of February’s Case-Shiller Index report, the government’s own home price-tracker — the Home Price Index — showed home values slipping between January and February 2011. The Federal Home Finance Agency data had home values down 1.6 percent nationwide in February, on average, marking th...
Be prepared for Friday morning. Mortgage rates and home affordability could worsen quickly. At 8:30 AM ET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its April Non-Farm Payrolls report and momentum has been strong. The monthly jobs report is a market-mover and analysts expect that 196,000 new jobs ...
Without question, today's real estate market is considered a buyer's market. By understanding the reasons why people are having trouble getting a mortgage, you can make sure that you are in position to buy. Learning these issues that others may have encountered you can make the whole home buying ...
  Among the most challenging aspects of shopping for a mortgage is how rates change constantly. It's hard to pin them down. For example, in 2011, mortgage rates have expired every 3-and-a-half hours, on average. That's fast. There's two main catalysts for changing mortgage rates. The first can be...

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