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  Reporting on a two-month lag, the government said home values rose 0.7 percent in November.  National home prices are at their highest point since February 2009. But before we look too much into the FHFA's Home Price Index, it's important that we're cognizant of its shortcomings; the most impor...
A Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (January 27, 2010 Edition)   The Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate within its target range of 0.000-0.250 percent. In its press release, the FOMC noted that the U.S. economy "has continued to strengthen", that the...
A Rate-Locking Strategy Ahead Of The Fed's Meeting Today The Federal Open Market Committee ends a scheduled, 2-day meeting today in Washington. It's the first of 8 scheduled meetings for the policy-setting group in 2010. The group adjourns at 2:15 PM ET. As is customary, upon adjournment, the Fe...
Existing Home Sales Plummet In December, But It Was Expected   Just one month after from blowing away Wall Street, December's Existing Home Sales hit the skids, shedding nearly 17 percent and falling to a 4-month low. Don't be alarmed, though. The plunge was expected. And not just because Pendin...
The Right Way To Make Your Bed When Your Home Is Listed For Sale Well-made beds aren't just for comfort -- they're for presentation, too. Especially when you're selling your home.  A pristine bed conveys an image of cleanliness and order to potential home buyers and that can help you get more of...
Housing Permits Spike For The Second Straight Month   A "Housing Start" is a privately-owned home on which construction has started. It's an important gauge of housing health because it tracks new housing stock nationwide. In December 2009, starts fell by nearly 7 percent. The news is mildly dis...
Spring 2010 FHA Guidelines Make Borrowing Tougher And More Expensive Securing an FHA mortgage is about to get more expensive. In a statement issued Wednesday, the Federal Housing Authority outlined policy changes to its mortgage assistance program. The shift is meant to both reduce the governmen...
 The Real Estate Agent Is The Loneliest Person On The Planet...but it doesn't have to be that way What exactly do I mean by this?  It means real estate agents (like you and me) often have trouble finding people who we can openly talk to and "get" us.  We can't really talk to our assistants about ...
There's 100 Days Left To Claim The Homebuyer Tax Credit November 6, 2009, Congress voted to extend and expand the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit program.  There's 100 days left to claim it. The expiration date of the up-to-$8,000 tax credit has been pushed forward to spring, requiring homebuye...
Interesting Homes : The Skinniest Home In The City Sells For $2.1 Million The next time you think you've outgrown your home, imagine what life would be like in New York City's "skinniest home". It's barely wider than your wingspan. In Greenwich Village, th...

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