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Home Buying 101 Archive


Freddie Mac CreditSmart® Online Tutorial Helps Prepare Future Borrowers for Homeownership

Freddie Mac recently announced a free, online CreditSmart(R) tutorial  to provide working families and new or inexperienced borrowers with basic sound information about building savings, personal credit, and making wise financial choices. CreditSmart is a comprehensive, multilingual financial education curriculum that has reached more than three million consumers ...


Ask the Experts: What Should Home Sellers Do to Prepare for a Home Inspection?

We see it every day. Sellers who don’t take the time to ensure a smooth home inspection and who pay for it in the long run. A little preparation can ensure sellers have great home inspections. ...


HARP Mortgage Refinancing Program Extended by Two Years

(MCT)—Underwater homeowners with Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed mortgages will be able to try to refinance their mortgages for another two years. ...


An Easy Way to Cut 4 Years Off Your Mortgage

(MCT)—We are now officially in the peak spring home buying-season. I was asked the other day for advice on what should be at the top of the list for homeowners after they move into their new home. ...


The Top 10 Real Estate Tax Deductions for Homeowners

As the time to file income taxes approaches, we need to take a new look at the changing tax landscape for homeowners. The dynamic atmosphere in Washington, D.C. has a different effect each year on which tax breaks are proposed, rescinded, ...


Survey Shows Next Gen of Homeowners Prefer Customized Spaces

There’s a new type of homebuyer on the market. They know what they want and are ready to get their hands dirty to transform a house to meet their unique needs. Stereotypical luxury and prototypical homes do not entice them; rather ...


What Do Home Buyers Really Want?

Many in the housing industry are wondering not only what today’s home buyers really want, but also what they are ready to leave behind in light of current economic realities. A new study recently released by NAHB, What Home ...


California Association of REALTORS® Launches Tool to Help Buyers Bridge Down Payment Gap

Regional spotlight--In an effort to provide California home buyers with up-to-date information about available home buyer assistance programs, the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) recently launched California Mortgage Resource Directory, a powerful search tool that identifies current mortgage programs in communities throughout the state. ...


January Housing Update: Nothing Left to Buy in Silicon Valley?

Regional Spotlight-- Median home-sale price continues to grow by double-digits in the Bay Area of California, but with such a shortage of inventory and fewer new listings, there soon may be nothing left to buy. ...


Today’s First-Time Buyers Are Realistic, Planners, Reports RE/MAX

First-time home buyers have long been an important part of the housing market. And that hasn’t changed today. According to the 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers from the National Association of REALTORS®, first-time buyers accounted for 39 percent of all housing sales from July 2011 through June 2012. ...


First-Time Homebuyers Face Stiff Competition from Investors

In this hot market the homes moving fastest have two types of increasingly web savvy buyers: First time homebuyers who take advantage of FHA financing and absentee buyers looking for investments. ...


Understanding the FHA Pre-Foreclosure Short Sale Process

All short sales are not alike—especially when an FHA-insured mortgage is involved. FHA short sales must advance through a very exact and systemized process. Here’s what you need to know: ...


Survey Shows People Becoming More Likely to Participate in the Housing Market

Americans are feeling less discouraged about the housing market, according to a new national survey by FindLaw.com. ...


Choosing a Professional Home Inspector

There are approximately 30,000 home inspectors nationwide today. Only about half of the states require any kind of certification or licensing for home inspectors. So how do you know you are recommending the best home inspectors to your clients? ...


Five Tips to Follow during the Fall Homebuying Season

A recent real estate survey reported that 27 percent of the homebuyers during the fall season are first-time homebuyers. Although spring is traditionally the peak season for real estate activity, this year's buyer's market should lead to a healthy spike ...


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