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Borrowers with minor imperfections on their credit applications — like a brief loss of employment or a temporary dip in their credit score — are starting to have better luck at snagging a loan with smaller lenders, Bloomberg reports. At least 15 smaller firms this year are offering slightly riskier mortgages, which in some cases come with higher interest rates and larger down payment req...
Read Post [Posted on 10/25/2014 By John Askins]
With still low home interest rates, the housing market is still offering “perhaps the best deals of a generation,” notes an article by Bloomberg Businessweek.  “It’s hard to see the possibility of losing on a home purchase right now, with these mortgage rates,” says economist Dean Baker. The article notes the following scenario: Buying a $289,000 home with a 4.5 percent mortgage rate and a ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/25/2014 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]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Connie Vallone]
Your ability to buy a home with a mortgage depends on how much net income you have after all monthly debts. If your debt payments absorb your income—particularly credit card payments—you may have to put the brakes on the mortgage application.Most home buyers realize in order to purchase a home, they need at least good credit—and a better credit score means a better chance of qualifying.One of...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Michelle Cannon]
Making the decision to buy your own home can be one of the most stressful but rewarding choices of all. If you’re a first time buyer, the entire process can seem very intimidating. A few common sense tips can help you ease your way through it much easier. First off, go to Google and search for your state’s basic real estate principals. Make a sincere attempt at learning the jargon associated ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Michael Spacek]
Possible routes revealed for bullet train between Houston and DallasOct 24, 2014, 8:27am CDT UPDATED: Oct 24, 2014, 9:46am CDTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleEnlarge PhotoJR CentralThe N700 train in Japan is similar to what the Texas Central Railway wants to use to connect Dallas to Houston. The first of six public meetings regarding p...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Snapchat, texting, Facebook: It's time to update your cell phone policiesJay Starkman, Contributing WriterOct 16, 2014, 12:25pm CDTImage provided by Getty Images (LDProd)Many companies have long established cellular phone use policies, but the majority of these policies have not been updated to address the expanded capabilities and usage patterns of employees with smartphones.FacebookLinkedInTwitt...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Houston named No. 1 real estate market to watch in 2015Oct 22, 2014, 1:52pm CDTShare on Google +Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterEmail this articleEnlarge PhotoThinkstockThe "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report by the Urban Land Institute and PwC ranked Houston the country's No. 1 market to watch next year.The "Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2015" report ranked Housto...
Read Post [Posted on 10/24/2014 By Christopher Chin]
Young, first-time buyers are struggling to purchase a home. Young first-timers are finding themselves competing against other bidders who are willing to pay cash. Meanwhile, many young buyers are having trouble qualifying for a loan, often due to high student loan debt.  Overall, young buyers have been left out of the housing recovery more than any other age group, according to a USA...
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]
Is the room 20x20 or 10x10? If you advertise a room to be 20x20 and it is only 10x10 the buyer will know something is not right! The same with over pricing your home when you list. If you overprice your home it "WILL" take longer to sell. When looking at reasons for overpricing it usually is the owner saying I think it is worth more, let's test the market. Did you notice not one of the reaso...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Debra Nowaski]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Kelly Stewart]
Which tax benefits do home owners miss? Will you get audited if you take the home office deduction? Find out the answers to these questions and more before Tax Day.There are a lot of home ownership tax benefits — if you don’t forget to take them. To make sure you get your due, HouseLogic asked tax expert Abe Schneier, a senior technical manager with the American Institute of CPAs, f...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
Neighbors wage war every day over blocked views, loud noise, big and small annoyances. Do you have a good neighbor policy? How’s it working out?If you live in a neighborhood, you’ll have to interact with your neighbors at some point. How do you keep the peace? Image: JJRD/iStockphotoFile this under No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A Buffalo home owner sued her neighbors for cleaning up her littered&n...
Read Post [Posted on 10/23/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
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