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FHA Homeowners Recover from Foreclosures More Quickly

(MCT)—R.C. and Stacy Davis lost their condominium to foreclosure in 2009, a bad break that seemed destined to keep them from buying another home for many years. ...


Fannie Mae Reminds Servicers, Borrowers of Options in Natural Disaster Areas

Fannie Mae is reminding servicers of options that are available to homeowners affected by natural disasters in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Under Fannie Mae’s existing guidelines, servicers have the ability to grant forbearance to any borrower they believe has been affected by a natural disaster. Within ninety days, servicers ...


New Credit Risk Scoring Promises to Qualify More Borrowers

Evidence is growing that more borrowers will be approved for a mortgage without increasing risk to lenders through more sophisticated credit risk scoring that uses alternative data, such as unsecured credit and property history in consumer credit report analysis, according ...


Homeownership Rate Slips during the Third Quarter

The Census Bureau reported the seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to 65.3 percent during the third quarter of 2012. In terms of rates across age groups (which are not seasonally adjusted), only those households headed by persons 65 and over registered an increase in the homeownership rate versus the third ...


HUD Secretary Announces Foreclosure Protection for Connecticut Storm Victims

Regional Spotlight—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan recently announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of Connecticut and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Sandy. ...


Pending Home Sales Rise Slightly

(MCT)--Signed contracts to buy previously owned homes rose in September, but not by much, according to a trade group report. ...


Selling to the Four Temperament Styles

Have you ever wondered why you seem to hit it off right away with some people, while with others it's more like oil and water? A person's temperament style not only determines his or her energy level, behavioral traits, body language patterns, and buying style, but it also influences compatibility ...


VA’s Home Loan Program Continues to Lead Mortgage Industry

Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has guaranteed 20 million home loans since its home loan program was established in 1944 as part of the original GI Bill of Rights for returning World War II Veterans. The 20 millionth loan was guaranteed for a home in Woodbridge, Va., ...


Housing Recovery Continues Despite Inventory Shortage

San Francisco Bay Area housing market showed further signs of recovery in the third quarter behind strong demand for homes and an acute shortage of inventory that may present a window of opportunity for potential home sellers if it continues, according to an analysis of MLS data by the research ...


Super Bowl Champion and Talk-Show Celebrity Michael Strahan to Headline RISMedia Event

RISMedia has announced that legendary NFL star and newly christened host of “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” Michael Strahan, will be the keynote speaker at the company’s upcoming Power Broker event being held in Orlando, Fla. on Friday, Nov. 9 ...


Monday Morning Mobile: The Big Question

With the fourth quarter of 2012 in full swing and 2013 looming just around the corner, many businesses find themselves knee deep in business planning for the year to come. A big part of that conversation, regardless of what business you’re in, is how to make sense of and subsequently ...


Do You Think You Know Gen X and Gen Y? Think Again….

Out of the housing downturn has emerged a new, more informed homebuyer. A homebuyer that is willing to do their homework and eager to earn the right to homeownership. ...


William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Partners with Mobile Solutions Provider

William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has recently announced the launch of its new Mobile Web Solution powered by Mobile Real Estate, LLC. Their website, www.williampitt.com, along with affiliated sites, www.juliabfee.com and www.litchfieldhillssir.com, can be accessed through the web browser on any internet enabled mobile device as well as through a ...


Remodeling Market Index Climbs Five Points, Returns to 2005 Levels

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) climbed to 50 in the third quarter of 2012, up from 45 in the previous quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Released recently, the RMI is at its highest point since ...


Small Business Owner? Consider Buying Your Office Space

It’s not a question of if, but when most business owners should think about owning commercial property, says financial expert and small-business advocate, Chris Hurn. ...


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