Home Loan Prospects Undisturbed by Wall St. Jitters

We all remember Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the twin quasi-public organizations who backstopped the home loan industry for the whole country. Freddie and Fannie were thought by some to be on the verge of extinction during the home loan crisis, but they revived when Washington stepped in. Freddie’s latest quarterly financials show assets that …

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What Message Do You Get from ‘For Sale by Owner’ Signs?

If you will be selling your house this fall, an early decision will be whether to team with a REALTOR® or go the “For Sale by Owner” route. One thing to consider is messaging.
“Messaging” is one of those words that homeowners began to hear a lot after Madison Avenue decided to verbize the noun ‘message.’ …

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Homeowners Easily Conquer Bad Home Habits

Homeowners take note:
Neglecting your filters!
That was only one of many “bad home habits” blogger Annie Stevens admitted to in last week’s confessional outpouring on the Aussie web site Domain. “Bad home habits” may not be a phrase homeowners are accustomed to thinking about, but it’s an idea worth mulling—especially if selling your home is something …

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Real Estate Watchers Piece Together Week’s News

Last week was a head-swiveling version of a follow-the-dots puzzle for those who keep tabs national news related to real estate. Children like following the numbered dots to reveal a picture. You can’t be sure what it will turn out to look like until the end. The week was a lot like that:
Monday led off …

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Home Owners Swelter through August Silly Season

This summer, home owners have been experiencing both the start of a blistering political season and, simultaneously, what the newspaper writers call the ‘summer silly season.’ The politicians have hit the campaign trail in earnest, but in many other realms, folks tend to be on vacation (or wishing they were). The result is that very …

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A Virtual Tour puts Buyers “in the Picture”

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For many homes that will be listed for sale, virtual tours will be part of their prospective buyers’ experience. It’s increasingly common that in addition to the eye-catching still photographs that enhance the online listing, some form of clickable virtual tour is there, as well.
Most frequently found are virtual tours that are actually still shots …

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U.S. Housing Sales Prices Top Previous All-time High

For homeowners, the news was a long time coming. The bounce back from last decade’s dizzying plummet in the nation’s residential housing values has been underway for quite a while now—but those values hadn’t quite returned to their former heights.
Until last month!
The Wall Street Journal was early to break the long-awaited headline, “Existing-Home Prices Hit …

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Mortgage Rates Projected to Rise Sooner Rather than Later

Now that we are deep into July, with summer in full swing, there might be vague thoughts running through your mind about some potential real estate moves—but certainly not until the fall. Right now all most of us are thinking about is whether another
chilled glass of summer-something-or-other is in order. Mortgage rates and what the …

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Single Home Rentals Make Real Estate Investment News

Last week’s reporting showed the same kind of upward movement that’s become commonplace for real estate investment news watchers. A standout: Corelogic’s finding that national home prices in May increased by 6.3%, marking the 39th consecutive monthly year-over-year increase.
Actually, to a lot of us, that looked stronger than expected: the steady increase in U.S. sale …

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Homes for Sale Could Benefit from Brighter U.S. Outlook

Suppose you are a homeowner who intends to move to a different home eventually, but for the moment, you aren’t under any particular deadline pressure that would dictate when you have to put your home on the market. In that case, you’re likely to keep tabs on overall market conditions, awaiting what looks like circumstances …

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