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After contacting me, meeting with a lender and discussing your options is the next step. If you would like suggestions on lenders, please ask me. The lender you choose can make a big difference. ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/31/2014 By Ferdana Johnson]
Facebook’s IPO and subsequent stock value points up a simple truth: It’s easy to get caught up in the notion of getting rich quick. But there’s no surer way to wealth than home ownership.As Facebook’s IPO approached, it was easy to start traveling down the “what if” path: “What if I had equity in Facebook?!? How rich would I be?”If my parents had only bought me Berkshire Hathaway st...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve just declared the U.S. economy well enough to leave intensive care, though it is not yet the picture of health.The Fed has announced that it is ending a two-year stimulus program designed to keep interest rates low and boost the economy. The program -- known as "quantitative easing," or "QE3," for the fact that it was the third round of such stimulus ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/30/2014 By John Askins]
Did you know that you can buy a home for $1? That's right.  $1  In Buffalo, NY, there is a movement called the Urban Homestead Program.  Due to jobs lost from the shut down of several factories over the last decade or so in Buffalo, more than 4500 homes and 16,000 lots have been left vacant.  Many of these homes have been vandalized or burned by local teens, gangs and squatters...
Read Post [Posted on 10/28/2014 By Teresa Sartin]
This year will end as the second best year ever in Texas in terms of existing home sales, said a housing market expert with the Real Estate Center. “Last year was the second best year ever in the state of Texas for home sales volume,” said Center Research Economist Dr. Jim Gaines. “It was second only to 2006, which was at the height of the housing boom and all the easy financing. An...
Read Post [Posted on 10/28/2014 By John Askins]
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is on a mission to end housing discrimination and arm local communities with tools to better enforce the Fair Housing Act. To do that, it's offering $38.3 million in grants to more than 100 fair housing organizations and nonprofit agencies in 43 states, as well as the District of Columbia.The agencies will use the grants to conduct inves...
Read Post [Posted on 10/28/2014 By John Askins]
A credit study estimates that 17.3 million prospects for new mortgages are being overlooked by lenders. Many of these prospects hold little credit history and, therefore, may be viewed as a risk to some lenders in making a loan. Experian, a credit analytics provider, notes that lenders will need to widen their market base if they are to grow their portfolios. That may require lenders to expand who...
Read Post [Posted on 10/28/2014 By John Askins]
FREE Quick Over-The-Net Home EvaluationKnowing what your home is worth is important information to have if you are thinking of selling your home. Using the information you submit to us in the form below, we will conduct a thorough comparative market analysis by searching the database of all homes listed or sold in your area. With this current market data, we will be able to determine wha...
Read Post [Posted on 10/27/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
Welcome to my first blog! http://ckwan.housingtrendsenewsletter.com?Newsletter_ID=317
Read Post [Posted on 10/27/2014 By Christine Kwan]
A booming economy and plentiful land helped Houston maintain its status as the master-planned community capital of the nation, taking nine out of 20 spots on a list of top sellers. "Houston, for the past several years, even during the recession, had communities performing at the top level compared to the rest of the nation," said Todd LaRue, a pr...
Read Post [Posted on 10/26/2014 By John Askins]
CNBC has referred to Texas as a "well-oiled real estate machine." And they meant it literally.According to the news source, residential real estate in Texas has benefited from an economy driven by energy production. Real Estate Center Research Economist Jim Gaines agrees.“The middle of the country, the spine, has done much better than the two coasts,” Gaines said. “A common thread is ene...
Read Post [Posted on 10/26/2014 By John Askins]
It’s still not easy to get a loan these days, say housing experts. Even home buyers with excellent credit are struggling to get approved for a loan, as home lending standards have tightened to some of their strictest level in decades.  Tightened credit is affecting home sales and hurting the housing industry’s recovery, economists note, as more borrowers face increased scrutiny in qualifyi...
Read Post [Posted on 10/25/2014 By John Askins]
As interest rates have stayed low, home owners are rushing to take advantage of some of the lowest rates of the year.  "Growing concerns about weak economic growth in Europe caused a flight to quality into U.S. assets, leading to sharp drops in interest rates,” says Mike Fratantoni, the Mortgage Bankers Association's chief economist. “Mortgage rates for most loan products fell to the...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By John Askins]
More applicants could qualify for a mortgage if lenders took a broader look at an applicant’s credit data, according to a report by CEB TowerGroup, commissioned by CoreLogic. Alternative credit data or extra credit information -- like an applicant’s unsecured credit, payday lending, and property history -- are good indicators of an applicant’s true credit risk, and taking into account such addit...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By John Askins]
Three good reasons to warm up to a refinance this spring.Low interest rates and new loan programs abound this spring, so if you assumed your refinancing and mortgage options were dismal, you’ll be surprised by these three offerings.1. Refinance with new FHA fees In a nutshell: FHA raised insurance premiums for new borrowers, while lowering fees for some existing customers ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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