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By Mark JewellAP Personal Finance Writer BOSTON (AP) — While it may be more Main Street-friendly than last fall's initial bailout, don't expect the financial relief overhaul announced Tuesday to be an equal-opportunity plan. Read more»
By M. Gwertzman, sbupOne of the most prominent casualties of the stimulus compromise deal reached on Wednesday is the $15,000 tax home credit for homebuyers that had been included in the Senate’s original plan. Read more»
Housing Industry Buzzing Over Homebuyer Tax Credit
By: Staff
By ALAN ZIBEL AP Real Estate Writer For Gail Robinson, a real estate agent in Connecticut who has seen her business limp along since the stock market plummeted last year, it was the best news in ages. Read more»
Mortgage Rates Moving Higher
By: Staff
By Peter McDougall, sbup After falling for nearly three straight months, interest rates on 30-year fixed rate mortgages (FRMs) inched upwards for the third week in a row this past week. Rates are still relatively low compared to historic levels, however, so there’s still time to apply for a new mortgage at an affordable rate. Read more»
By Jim Cramer (Note: In part one of this two-part series on loan modification program, I told you to watch out for the growing number of loan modification scam artists, and how you can avoid them (or better yet, help prosecute them). Here, in Part Two, I’ll walk you through the process of getting a good loan modification.)  Read more»
A $15k Tax Credit for Homebuyers?
By: Staff
By Alan Zibel — AP Real Estate Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Wednesday night to give a tax break to homebuyers in hopes of revitalizing the U.S. housing market. The proposal, pushed by battered homebuilders, would allow a tax credit of 10 percent of the value of new or existing residences, up to a $15,000 limit. Read more»
By Jim Cramer Maybe pricing in real estate is more like stocks than we tend to think. Think of the way real estate moves up and down in value. Demand starts high, but prices initially stay the same. That’s the glut of inventory being worked off. We have been waiting for that to happen for two years, but it hasn't. Read more»
New home sales post 14.7 pct drop in December
By: Staff
By ALAN ZIBELAP Real Estate Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new homes plunged to the slowest pace on record last month as the hobbled homebuilding industry posted its worst annual sales results in more than two decades.The Commerce Department said Thursday that new home sales fell 14.7 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 331,000, from a downwardly revised November figure of 388,000. Read more»
By Jim Cramer These days you can’t swing a dead sub-prime loan without hitting a big bank that is in even bigger financial trouble. Citi (Stock Quote: C), Wachovia, Washington Mutual and Bank of America (Stock Quote: BAC)—the list goes on and on, topped by some of the biggest household names in the banking world. Read more»
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