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Find the Right Home: HomesDatabase.com Unveils ‘Lifestyle Search’

MRIS, the Mid-Atlantic region’s multiple listing service (MLS) marketplace that facilitates $36 billion in yearly sales, has launched a new “Lifestyle Search” feature as a major upgrade and enhancement to its consumer website HomesDatabase.com, the organization has announced. ...


Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications increased 10.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending November 4, 2011. ...


Third Quarter Results: Refinancing Homeowners Maintain or Reduce Debt

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) released the results of its third quarter refinance analysis showing homeowners who refinance continue to strengthen their fiscal house by maintaining or reducing their mortgage debt. ...


Trend Alert: Homeowners Opt for 15-year Fixed-Rate Loans

Consumer money resource Bills.com recently released its 2011 Third Quarter Mortgage Report. Driven by an increased demand for refinance loans, consumer traffic to the company's mortgage tools and calculators more than doubled from the second quarter. ...


Jumbo Mortgages: How to Bag the Big Opportunity Today

Effective October 1, 2011, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lowered their conforming loan limits back to 2008 levels. And that means many home buyers suddenly need a jumbo loan to qualify for the homes they want. Real estate professionals who ...


Why 20% Downpayments Don’t Always Make Sense (or Dollars)

Despite the “doom and gloom” in today’s headlines, in the current economic climate, homeownership is more affordable than ever, thanks to low interest rates and lower home values. For those buyers who manage to have a 20% (or more) downpayment, they believe this will get them the lowest monthly mortgage ...


Mortgage Interest Deduction a Must for Middle Class

Eliminating or curtailing the mortgage interest deduction would have a disproportionate impact on younger, middle-class families, who would see their ability to become home owners significantly diminished, with sober implications for their longer term financial prospects, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) told Congress recently. ...


Pending Home Sales Decline in August but Remain above a Year Ago

Pending home sales slipped in August with a mixed regional performance but are higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.  The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, declined ...


Not All Home Inspections Are Made Equal

A home inspection is a crucial component of making a smart home-buying decision. According to Jay Gregg, director of marketing for Pillar To Post, not all home inspections are equal. Gregg, who has experience in home inspections, sales marketing and as a previous Pillar To Post franchisee, believes Pillar To ...


How to Predict Local Home Prices

You’re about to put an offer on a home, but you’re worried that prices will sink and you won’t get the best deal. You’re putting your home on the market and you want to get the most you can for it but ...


Five Ways to Fight a Low Appraisal

What do you do when the appraisal on the dream home you want to buy comes in below the price in the offer the seller has accepted—even as much as 10 to 20 percent below? ...


Lack of Equity Can Derail Mortgage Refinancing

(MCT)—With mortgage interest rates hovering around 50-year lows, refinancing is an appealing prospect for many homeowners. I think this is especially true considering the stock market’s August gyrations. Taking nervous energy and using it to focus on sure-thing money moves such as lowering payments or paying debt faster makes sense. ...


Fewer Homeowners Opting to Refinance

The number of consumers across the country who filed applications for new home loans recently fell considerably, as fewer borrowers sought to refinance their existing mortgages. Informa Research Services, a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), suggests that consumers review ...


Is Your Loan Modification Application Stuck?

If you’re on the verge of losing your home, or you know someone who is, then you also know about the long, bureaucratic process involved in applying for a loan modification from a lender. The most common approach is to ...


MONEY Magazine Reveals Annual “MONEY’s 100 Best Places to Live in America”

“MONEY” magazine has revealed the 2011 list of "MONEY's 100 Best Places to Live in America," highlighting small towns across the country with populations of 50,000 or less. For the annual cover-story, on sale August 19, MONEY looked for places ...


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