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FHA Loans Become Hot Option – Less-stringent standards Spurs Local Popularity

By Chris Churchill ...


Realtor Recommendations Make Headway in House

RISMEDIA, February 2, 2009-The U.S. House of Representatives has taken a significant step toward economic recovery in passing H.R. 1, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. ...


With No Room to Cut Rates, Fed Looks to Other Remedies

By Kevin G. Hall ...


Bankrate – Mortgage Rates Slide Lower

RISMEDIA, January 30, 2009-Mortgage rates fell versus one week ago, with the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 5.48%. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey, the average 30-year fixed mortgage has an average of 0.29 discount and origination points. ...


Obama’s Stimulus Package Should Help Economy, Experts Say

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Fannie Mae Tries Program to Speed Up ‘Short Sales’ in Orlando Area

By Jerry W. Jackson ...


Mortgage Applications Fall In Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, January 29, 2009-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 23, 2009. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 732.1, a decrease of 38.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis from 1195.3 one week earlier. This week's ...


Consumers Get Conflicting Advice – Save More, Spend More

By Scott Canon ...


The Housing and Economic Crisis Includes Small Business Owners

Commentary by Samuel D. Bornstein ...


Mortgage Rates Rebound to Three-Week High

RISMEDIA, January 23, 2009-Mortgage rates increased after falling in each of the previous three weeks. According to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is now 5.59% with an average of 0.3 discount and origination points. ...


Realtors Welcome President Barack Obama

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2009-Following the inauguration of President Barack Obama, National Association of Realtors(R) President Charles McMillan issued this statement: ...


Mortgage Job Losses Ease

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2009-Mortgage-related layoffs have eased and may be near a bottom, according to employment data tracked by http://www.mortgagedaily.com/. Quarterly job cuts were down by nearly 25 percent, and annual migration out of real estate finance dropped by more than half. ...


Mortgage Rates Shift Up Slightly Last Week, but Remain Below 5.00%

RISMEDIA, January 22, 2009-The weekly average rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow for thirty-year mortgages rose slightly last week to 4.96 percent, up from 4.92 percent the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by leading real estate Web site Zillow.com(R). Meanwhile, rates for 15-year fixed mortgages ...


Obama Adviser Sees Stimulus Effects Next Month

By Andrea Coombes ...


Do Your Homework before Refinancing Mortgage, Experts Say

By Alison Knezevich ...


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