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Hot Property: Out of the Office

(MCT)— Should they need to get away from “The Office” from time to time, actor John Krasinski and his movie star wife, Emily Blunt, have bought a country home in Ojai, Calif. for $2.15 million. ...


Credit Dos and Don’ts When Securing a Mortgage

When it comes to securing a mortgage in today’s challenging lending environment, your credit rating is more important than ever before. Good credit is integral to obtaining the best interest rates and terms on a mortgage. ...


List of Improving Housing Markets Eclipses 100 in October

A total of 103 housing markets across the United States qualified to be listed on the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for October, released this week. This is up from 99 markets listed as improving in September and is the largest number of metros on ...


For Budget-Minded Moves, Try Freight Shipping

For most of our household shipping needs, the Post Office, UPS or Fed-Ex delivers. But what do you do when you want to get a motorcycle across the country – without you on it? Antiques from your grandmother’s estate? Or ...


Homeowners Recover 13.5 Percent of Lost Equity Through Q3

Rising home values have brought homeowner equity to its highest level since the third quarter of 2008 and helped lift 1.3 million families above water. Homeowner equity jumped $406 billion, or 5.9 percent, to $7,275 billion in the second quarter ...


Consumer Attitudes on Housing Continue Gradual Upward Trend

Results from Fannie Mae’s September 2012 National Housing Survey show Americans’ optimism about the recovery of the housing market and with regard to homeownership continued its gradual climb, bolstered by a series of mortgage rate decreases experienced throughout the summer. ...


HUD Grants Help Elderly and People with Disabilities

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan recently announced more than $1.4 million in grants to help 529 senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Connecticut to receive health care, meals, and other critical supportive services. The grants are awarded through HUD’s Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Program (MHSC). ...


The Dodd-Frank Act: Could New Rules Derail the Housing Recovery?

As if the eventual fates of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, now in their fourth year of conservatorship, were not enough cause for concern, pending rulings on mortgage origination requirements as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, and the Federal Reserve’s ...


NAR Talks Directly to America’s Property Owners

As “The Voice for Real Estate” for more than 100 years, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has turned up the volume on its consumer-facing communications, and consumers are listening. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Policymakers are considering sweeping changes to federal government programs and incentives that could dramatically change ...


Mortgage Rates Hit All-time Record Lows for Second Consecutive Week

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates falling to new all-time record lows for the second consecutive week on mortgage securities purchases by the Federal Reserve and indicators of a weakening economy. The Federal Reserve's purchase of long-term fixed ...


Common Document Errors Bog Down Short Sales

Looking for tips on how to keep the short sale process moving? Often there are two common problems that can derail a short sale: incorrect and incomplete document submissions. As one of the largest mortgage servicers in the country, ...


Basel, QM and QRM: Could New Rules Derail the Housing Recovery?

The pending rulemakings for the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act and the Federal Reserve’s recently proposed Basel III international capital standards have the potential to severely restrict already tight credit and ...


Milwaukee Area Residents Rally to Support Homeownership

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—With the Nov. 6 elections just one month out, local residents participated in a Rally for Homeownership in Milwaukee to tell the candidates that homeownership is important to America’s families, communities and economy and must remain a national priority. ...


Housing Recovery Is in Congress’ Hands

Clear Capital recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through September 2012 which showed far more markets improving than declining. The HDI Market Report uses a broad array of public and proprietary data sources providing the ...


17 Percent of Homeowners Undervalue Their Home

About one out of eight, or 17 percent, of homeowners with a mortgage believes their home is worth less than the amount they owe, when in fact the opposite is true. This suggests that large numbers of owners are undervaluing ...


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