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Home prices post 18 percent annual drop in October
By: Staff
NEW YORK (AP) - A closely watched index shows home prices dropped by the sharpest annual rate on record in October. Read more»
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage applications remained at their highest level in more than five years last week, as borrowers took advantage of attractive rates and rushed to refinance their home loans. Read more»
Are Mortgage Points Worth It?
By: Staff
By Peter McDougall You can lower your mortgage rate by paying your lender for ‘points,’ but you could also just increase the amount of your down payment. sbup offers tools to help you decide the best option. Read more»
Prepaying Your Mortgage: Is It Worth It?
By: Staff
By Peter McDougall Putting a little extra cash toward your mortgage is a great money saver. These prepayments go directly toward paying down the principal of your loan. As a result, your loan is paid off faster and you end up saving a lot on interest payments. But bear in mind that any extra payments you make to your mortgage lender get locked up in your home’s equity. Read more»
The Chase for Low Mortgage Rates Is On
By: Staff
By Peter McDougall Rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages are down to 5.34% this week. That's the lowest they've been in close to half a century, reports Freddie Mac (FRE), and consumers are scrambling to take advantage. Read more»
LONDON (AP) - The cost of three-month dollar loans between banks fell Monday in the wake of last week's decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve to cut its benchmark rate to near zero percent. Read more»
Homebuilder Toll Brothers Loss Narrows
By: Staff
The homebuilder said fewer writedowns on land values helped, but that 2009 looks difficult.By ALEX VEIGA from The Associated Press Toll Brothers Inc. said Thursday its fiscal fourth-quarter loss narrowed slightly as it took fewer write-downs on land values, but warned that fiscal 2009 revenue will fall significantly below 2008 levels. The Horsham, Pa.-based luxury home builder said the economic environment is too uncertain to be able to further forecast fiscal 2009 results. Read more»
Real Estate Pain on Tap for Smaller Banks
By: Staff
Commercial real estate delinquency rates are spiking hard for some smaller regional banks. The second in a two-part look at a burgeoning trouble spot for banks.By Philip Van Doorn from Read more»
Home Prices Fall Record 16.6%
By: Staff
The Case/Schiller index dropped 16% from the same period a year ago.NEW YORK -- A widely watched index shows home prices dropping by the sharpest annual rate on record in the third quarter. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index released Tuesday tumbled a record 16.6% during the quarter from the same period a year ago. Prices are at levels not seen since the first quarter of 2004. Read more»
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The government introduced a pair of new programs Tuesday that will provide $800 billion to help unfreeze the market for consumer debt and to make mortgage loans cheaper and more available.The new programs from the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department are the latest effort to provides billions in government support to get the U.S. financial system back to more normal operations and keep the country from sliding into a deep and prolonged recession. Read more»
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