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Record Low Mortgage Rates Boost Refinance Activity in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

RISMEDIA, January 15, 2009-The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 9, 2009. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 1324.8, an increase of 15.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis from 1143.8 one week earlier. On an ...


Is There Still Hope for Housing?

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Thirty-Year Fixed Rates Back Below 5.00%

RISMEDIA, January 14, 2009- Thirty-year mortgage rates fell last week to 4.92% and the low rates that have persisted for the last month attracted thousands of homeowners hoping to refinance to Zillow Mortgage Marketplace in December and early January. ...


House Bill Aims to Stabilize Housing, Addresses Foreclosures and Stimulus

RISMEDIA, January 13, 2009-A bill that embraces the need for righting the housing market-the first big step toward economic recovery-was introduced Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives. ...


Environmentalists Hope Stimulus Package Will Push ‘Green’ Goals

By Renee Schoof ...


Refinance Applications Through the Roof as Rates Slide

By Steve Brown ...


Mortgage Rates Hover Around 5.00%

RISMEDIA, January 8, 2009-Thirty-year mortgage rates increased slightly last week for the second consecutive week. The weekly average rates for 30-year fixed mortgages increased to 5.10%, up from 5.07% the week prior, according to the Zillow Mortgage Rate Monitor, compiled by leading real estate website Zillow.com(R). Meanwhile, rates for 15-year ...


Economists Predict Recession Will Persist until Midyear

By Diane Stafford ...


Retirement Experts Share Year-End Tax Tips for Senior Citizens

RISMEDIA, Dec. 31, 2008-As the end of a challenging financial year comes to a close, many senior citizens are searching for new ways to save money during their retirement. Retirement expert Eric Bachman and Certified Public Accountant Jeanne Duhe share six year-end tax tips that are simple yet intelligent ways ...


Foreclosure Activity Decreases 7% in November, Still up 28% from 2007

RISMEDIA, Dec. 11, 2008-RealtyTrac®, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties, released its November 2008 U.S. Foreclosure Market ReportTM, which shows foreclosure filings - default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions - were reported on 259,085 U.S. properties during the month, a 7 percent decrease from the previous month but ...


Fannie Mae Provides New Servicer Flexibility to Help Borrowers Avoid Foreclosure

RISMEDIA, Dec. 10, 2008-Fannie Mae announced a series of actions designed to help borrowers and loan servicers address potential mortgage problems and prevent unnecessary home foreclosures among the more than 18 million single-family loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae. ...


HUD Launches Website to Increase Financial Literacy, Healthy Homeownership

RISMEDIA, Dec. 5, 2008-The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development launched a new, comprehensive website to assist Americans with improving financial literacy, sustaining healthy homeownership and achieving financial security. The My Money, My Home, My Future website provides a range of interactive resources to inform users about the importance ...


Can the Government Keep Spending? Most Economists Say Yes

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HUD Issues Guidance on the Fair Housing Act and Sexual Harassment

RISMEDIA, Nov. 26, 2008-The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued guidance under the Fair Housing Act clarifying what constitutes sexual harassment and the legal remedies available to victims of sexual harassment in housing. HUD's guidance makes clear that as long as an individual demonstrates that the harassment was ...


RealtyBid.com Reports Good News in the Housing Market

Leader in online home auctions received 6,000+ bids during one six-hour period on its way to largest sales month ever ...


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