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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. ...


4 Myths of Online Real Estate Lead Generation

Using the internet to capture real estate leads can be an exciting way to earn new business. It can also be a major undertaking for those without the training, understanding or systems to manage online lead generation. ...


Beware the 3 Percent Cap on Fees and Points

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the Bureau) issued a somewhat final Ability to Repay (ATR) Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule in January. The pleasant surprise was the inclusion of a safe harbor for many QM loans. NAR and its industry partners fought for several months to ensure that the less safe ...


Twenty Percent of Bankers Expect Lending Standards to Loosen

Expectations among bank risk professionals for the relaxation of lending standards increased sharply in the first quarter, rising from 12.1 to 19.9 percent, according to the quarterly FICO/PRMIA survey. ...


Lenders in Settlement to Make Payouts to Foreclosed Borrowers

(MCT)—As part of a settlement with federal regulators, 13 lenders this week are starting to pay out $3.6 billion to more than 4 million troubled borrowers whose homes were in foreclosure proceedings in 2009 and 2010. ...


New Homes Provide the Living Space Buyers Want

Results from NAHB’s What Home Buyers Really Want  survey and a combination of Census Bureau/HUD data show that new homes generally do a good job of satisfying the typical buyer’s desire for living space, especially when compared to existing ...


Lower Operating Costs Mean New-Home Buyers Can Afford More House

During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is showing home buyers why they can afford a higher-priced home—if it’s new construction. Using data from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2011 ...


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. ...


What’s the Story with FHA?

I hear a lot about the Federal Housing Administration, and much of it is simply wrong. “The FHA is the next subprime.” Untrue. “The FHA caused the housing crisis.” Also untrue. There is a lot of misinformation making the rounds, which ...


NAHB Says: New Home Sales Readjust

New home sales were down 4.6 percent in February from January but up 12.3 percent from a year ago. The drop in February was from an elevated January that was the highest since mid-2008. The inventory of unsold new homes remains very low by historic standards at 4.4 month’s supply. ...


Mortgage Originations at Five-Year High In New England Area

Regional Spotlight—The recovery year for the local housing market is evident in recent statistics - showing 2012 mortgage activity in New England at the highest level in five years, according to new data from The Warren Group's Mortgage MarketShare Module. ...


Economic Growth Poised to Strengthen

The strong jobs report and the rebound in consumer confidence in February suggested that businesses and consumers set aside their worries about fiscal drag ahead of the looming sequestration deadline, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group. Activity in ...


Five Federal Programs Homeowners Should Review in 2013

As homeowners receive their annual property assessments and taxable valuations in the mail, many will see the continued drop in the value of their home. Despite recent reports of declining "underwater" homeowners in the fourth quarter of 2012, there are still ...


Home Buyer Age Impacts Home Size Preference

A recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) shows variations in home buyer preferences with regards to home size when it comes to age, race and ethnicity. ...


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, ...


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