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 Understanding FHA-Insured LoansOne of the few blessings to come out of the Great Depression was the FHA-insured loan. Although, contrary to what many think, it wasn't created to help low-income buyers get into homeownership. Just as during our recent Great Recession, during the Depression foreclosure rates skyrocketed, leaving lenders in the lurch. The FHA-insured loan was created to protect...
Read Post [Posted on 04/23/2014 By Shayne Stone]
As home prices rise, the number of investors in the housing market appears to be starting to cool. The number of investment properties purchased last year dropped 2.1 percent compared to 2011, according to a recent National Association of REALTORS® report.  Investors are making up a smaller number of home buyers, shrinking from 27 percent in 2011 to 24 percent in 2012. However, inves...
Read Post [Posted on 04/23/2014 By John Askins]
Mortgage rates and home prices are on the rise, and some home buyers who were waiting around for the housing market to reach bottom are realizing now they may have missed the boat.  Mortgage rates are inching up and "It's unlikely that rates will ever be that low again," says Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae's chief economist.  The Fed had been keeping interest rates at record lows by ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/23/2014 By John Askins]
Many home buyers complain that one of the biggest hurdles they face is qualifying for financing. So what are some ways that home shoppers can ensure they qualify for a better mortgage deal — particularly one that takes advantage of the near record-breaking low mortgage rates? A recent article at Money Magazine highlighted some of the following tips when shopping for a mortgage: 1. High credit scor...
Read Post [Posted on 04/23/2014 By John Askins]
While there are many ways to approach hunting for a home to buy, it is essential to follow some basic steps to make sure you get the most of your house hunt: ◾Be clear about your objectives. This seems obvious, but becomes slightly meddled when a couple or family is looking for a home. Do the necessary communication before heading to look at homes so that everyone involved in the decision is clea...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Carol Knott]
Quite a few buyers want to know what the difference between a pre-qualification versus a pre-approval is. Confusing the two can often lead to disappointment for borrowers who believed they were actually pre-approved for a mortgage. To avoid a sticky situation later down the road; we’d like to explain the difference between the two! Pre-qualification: Is only based on information stated by th...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Sallie Wheeler]
Is Now A Good Time To Buy A Home In Houston, Texas?As a Texas Realtor, ad Broker Associate of United Real Estate-Houston I can assist you with this major decision!Relocating your family to another city, and buying a home in a new city is a big step. The right time to take this leap depends on your financial and personal situation as well as your goals. If you are considering buying a house in Hous...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Kimberlee Carmon]
In Southeast Texas, Homeowners Associations perform many important functions. Depending on the city and county, the most important roles of the Association may vary. For instance, in Houston, which has no zoning, the most important role is defining what can be built and the appearance of homes within the Association’s area. In many subdivisions, additional security patrols are also provided throug...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By James Brodnax]
Exciting new construction from InTown Homes promises plenty of amenities in the heart of Houston in the revitalized East End. Energy efficiency and eco-hip designs paired with a generous floorplan and gourmet kitchen is urban living at its best. Buying a home? Give me a call at 713.829.3052 or email me at cynthia@cynthiamullins.com......................................................................
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Exciting new construction from InTown Homes promises plenty of amenities in the heart of Houston. Soaring ceilings, state of the art kitchen, gorgeous hardwoods and modern design elements  make this an ideal home for the young urban professional. Situated just outside of downtown  in the East End and minutes from Midtown, the Galleria, Montrose and the Med Center this is urban ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Like many of the residents in the Katy/Fulshear area, Tamera Pendleton arrived in Texas via the long road. After moving from her hometown of Statesville, North Carolina, Tamera has relocated to Roanoke, Virginia; Powell, Ohio; and finally to the great state of Texas. Throughout these many moves, the one thing Tamera became convinced of was that clients need someone they can trust, someone that t...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By Tamera Pendleton]
Access to mortgage credit is at its highest level in at least three years, and credit standards are expected to loosen even more this year, according to a newly-released index by the Mortgage Bankers Association. MBA’s index, which tracks mortgage credit availability, shows that in March the gauge rose to 114 – the highest reading in the gauge’s three-year history. “I don’t think there’s...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By John Askins]
Home owners trump renters when it comes to finding someone to date, according to a new survey of 1,000 single people. More than a third of women and 18 percent of men would rather date a home owner than a renter, according to the survey, which was conducted on behalf of Trulia. On the other hand, only 2 percent of women said they’d prefer to date a renter, while 3 percent of men said they’d prefe...
Read Post [Posted on 04/22/2014 By John Askins]
First-time home buyers in 2014 are faced with a question that hasn’t changed for generations: is it more practical to buy right now, or to continue to rent?Over the past few years, buying has been the easy choice. Nationally, in 2013 it cost 35% less to own a home than to rent according to that year’s study by real estate website Trulia. That despite rising house prices and mortgage rates. But tha...
Read Post [Posted on 04/21/2014 By Connie Inmon]
 2104 Lakeway DrLeague City, TX 775734 bedroom home for sale in League CityPrice:$229,900.00Bedrooms:4Bathrooms:2.00Square Foot:2,590Lot Size:8,116 sq.ft.Community:South Shore HarbourCounty:GalvestonProperty Type:Single FamilyYear Built:1989MLS Number:90324184click for more information and picturesProperty DescriptionBeautiful Perry Home with incredible curb appeal! Entry boasts ceramic tile ...
Read Post [Posted on 04/20/2014 By Monica Foster]
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