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In this ancient little village outside a major city in Europe, we came across....   ... private homes and a school building sporting SOLAR PANELS! Nice! If you are interested in learning about how one city in Southern Germany - as an example - is committed to sutainability, here is an interestin...
01/25/2010
Ten Tips for  How To Go Greener  : We all need to do our part conserving our precious natural resources. At Prudential Jack White Vista Real Estate we have introduced a rigorous program of REUSE, REDUCE and RECYCLE. Our family is trying to do the same at home. Going green in Alaska goes a long wa...
01/24/2010
Mortgage Interest rates are near historic lows... Home-price affordability is near hstoric highs.... And Congress has extended the first-time homebuyer tax credit, AND created a bew tax credit for existing homeowners. It is a historic time for anyone considering homeownership. The Federal Home Bu...
01/23/2010
The Federal Housing Administration will raise the minimum down payment requirement for the least credit-worthy borrowers with credit-rating scores below 580 to at least 10 per cent. Borrowers with a credit score baove 580 willbe able to continue to put down only 3.5%. FHA will also increase its u...
01/22/2010
Alaska Employment Alaska offers a number of employment opportunities. For detailed information and assistance in finding employment in the state of Alaska you can contact the following agencies. When it comes to finding a home, or need information on what the housing market in Anchorage looks lik...
01/22/2010
This provides a GREAT reason to call all of your clients that may want to purchase a home sometime in the next year using a FHA loan. FHA is looking at increasing the upfront mortgage insurance premium from 1.75% of the loan amount to 2.25%, they are looking at increasing the monthly mortgage ins...
01/21/2010
Effective February 1, 2010 the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will relax FHA rules that prohibit insuring mortgages on homes that are owned by the seller for less than 90 days - a move that could help expedite the rehabilitation and resale of foreclosure properties. In a housin...
01/21/2010
This might not relate to real estate directly, but we are more than real estate professionals; we are also human beings that have to make moral choices and take stands one ways or another about what is being done in our name - morals in business as well as in life -  I am disgusted by the the fol...
01/21/2010
These are interesting year-end statistics for the Anchorage, Alaska, housing market. Although prices for single family homes have pulled back slightly, a mere -1.5%, we have not seen the steep decline in values like other parts of the country have. Contrary to how the newspaper interpreted the D...
01/20/2010
TODAY'S RATES*           Conventional 30 Year Fixed 5.000%         Conventional 15 Year Fixed 4.375%         5/1 Libor ARM 3.875%         FHA 30 Year Fixed 5.000%         FHA HUD 184 30 Year Fixed 5.250%         FHA 5/1 Hybrid ARM 4.125%         VA 30 Year Fixed 5.000%         VA 5/1 Hybrid ARM ...
01/20/2010
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