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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]
Existing homes were selling faster and at higher prices in September 2014. But buyers may find they have fewer choices when they head out to shop.After a modest decline last month, existing-home sales bounced back in September to their highest annual pace of the year, according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. All major regions except for the Midwest experienced gains in September.The med...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Sales of existing single-family homes in Texas were up 7 percent last month from a year ago, according to the latest Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data. September figures for most Texas MLSs. About 24,640 homes were sold last month, over 1,600 more than the same month last year, but almost 2,800 less than in August. So far this year, 217,690 homes have been sold, about 1 percent more than t...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By John Askins]
Boulevard Oaks Real Estate TrendsRegarded as one of the premier real estate properties in Houston’s Inner Loop, Boulevard Oaks is a luxurious neighborhood located along Southwest Freeway.Boulevard Oaks is a collection of 21 subdivisions, with each neighborhood boasting of its own style and atmosphere. The area is surrounded by Southwest Freeway to the north, Morningside to the west, Bissonnet to t...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Paige Martin]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By Holly Smith]
Some housing deals come with sweet incentives for the real estate agents who can bring in a buyer, everything from big bonuses to fancy cars. But if you’re not careful, you might get in trouble for 'steering', some real estate professionals warn. One home seller in Virginia offered a C-Class Mercedes, priced at $37,900 — or a $30,000 bonus— plus commission to a buyer’s agent who is able to ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By John Askins]
Here are some products grabbing the attention of the home building and remodeling industries, according to Bill Millholland, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Case Design/Remodeling in Maryland, and Jamie Gibbs, a New York-based interior designer:· Appliance Drawers. Small warning drawers, modest-sized dishwasher drawers for small loads, refrigerator drawers and microwave drawers....
Read Post [Posted on 10/21/2014 By John Askins]
All roads lead to real estate “With Proposition 1, Texans have the unique opportunity to have more money in transportation funding with no new taxes, no new fees, or no funding for toll roads,” said Scott Haywood, president of Move Texas Forward, speaking at the Public Policy Forum. Haywood explained that the statewide proposition on the November ballot gives voters the chance to improve Texa...
Read Post [Posted on 10/19/2014 By Marti Pattinson]
Although U.S. foreclosure activity may be declining, the problem is far from over. There have been over 5 million foreclosures since 2007, reports the Center for Responsible Lending, which estimates that between 3 million and 5 million more will occur over the next couple of years.In 2003, one in 38 U.S. home owners were seriously delinquent on their mortgage payments or in foreclosure, but today ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By John Askins]
If the listing for your home hasn’t been attracting buyers for a few weeks in a fast-paced real estate market, or for a few months in a slower one, you certainly have good reason to be worried.A home doesn’t sell due to a variety of factors, some of which you can control and some of which you can’t.Let’s start with the things you can control, which also happen to be the most important elements of ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/17/2014 By Katie Kohlhauff]
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