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New Guidelines Streamline Short Sale Processes to Prevent Foreclosures and Help Communities Stabilize

The new short sale guidelines just announced by Fannie Mae will streamline documentation requirements, waive deficiencies for borrowers that successfully complete a short sale and set standard payments for subordinate lien holders, the organization reports. The new guidelines are for servicers to follow as part of the Federal Housing Finance ...


Market Momentum in Illinois

REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT—Data released recently by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® shows signs that the state's housing market is strengthening. ...


5 Legal Tasks to Do When You Move

The Internet is full of checklists and resources to use if you are planning to move. There are packing timelines. There are lists of packing supplies. There are even directions on how to pack boxes. ...


Back to School: College Towns Primed for 2012 Investors

As parents across the country prepare to send their college-bound students to school this fall, many quickly find housing can be a huge financial undertaking. Some are now considering buying homes for their students to live in with classmates, while ...


Keeping Up With Your Property: Asphalt Concrete Repair

If it weren’t for extreme temperature variations and routine wear and tear, homeowners would never have to worry about maintaining and repairing their concrete or asphalt driveways and walkways. Unfortunately, weather and wear are part of life and can have ...


Rand on Real Estate: Why You Should Invest in Houston, Texas and Fairfax, Va.

Rand on Real Estate comes to national television. The Fox Business Network is running a new segment called "Where to Invest Now," featuring Greg Rand (@gsrand), CEO of OwnAmerica, as housing market analyst making his picks of the best real estate markets in America for investors. ...


Ask the Experts: Don’t Gamble Funds Earmarked for Mortgage

(MCT)—Where’s the best place to park money to pay off a mortgage? Should elderly parents cancel their credit cards? ...


In July, Housing Starts Edge Down While Permits Rise

Nationwide housing production edged down 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 746,000 units in July, according to newly released figures from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. However, builders pulled more permits for planned new-home projects than they have in any month since August of 2008. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Be Wary of Keeping Would-Be Buyer’s Deposit

(MCT)—QUESTION: I am selling my vacant house “as is,” and the buyer never had an inspection done. At the walk-through yesterday, he could not get the air conditioner to work. Now he insists that I give him a ...


Builder Confidence Continues to Improve in August

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved for a fourth consecutive month in August with a two-point gain to 37 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released recently. This gain ...


More Than 95 Percent of Refinancing Borrowers Choose Fixed-Rate Mortgages

In the second quarter of 2012, fixed-rate loans accounted for more than 95 percent of refinance loans, based on the recently released Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) Quarterly Product Transition Report. Refinancing borrowers clearly preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. ...


California is Leading the Recovery

The state that gave America Alt-A loans, the first tidal wave of foreclosures, the highest prices during the boom and the fastest fall during the bust is now leading the nation out of the six-year housing depression. ...


Gen Y Home Buying is Motivated by Quality of Life

Used to thriving economies and strong employment rates, baby boomers played a critical role in stimulating the housing market prior to the Great Recession, but the economic realities of the last few years have shifted the focus to Generation Y and real estate professionals are now looking to the approximately ...


Rising Home Prices Push Affordability Slightly Lower In Second Quarter

Strengthening house prices in metros across the country contributed to slightly lower housing affordability in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). ...


‘Normal’ Home Sales Soar Despite Obstacles

While sales of distressed properties - foreclosures and short sales - have shrunk since the first of the year, a surge in sales of “normal” non-distressed properties has pushed total home sales through June 4.5 percent higher than last year even though buyers face tight credit and low inventories. ...


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