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November new home sales drop 2.9 percent
By: Staff
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer Sales of existing homes plunged far more than expected last month as buyers recoiled from October's financial wreckage on Wall Street. The median sales price fell by the largest amount on record. Read more»
How to Uncover the Lowest Mortgage Rates
By: Staff
By Peter McDougall Mortgage rates are in a nosedive right now.  Rates have dropped almost a full percentage point in the past month.You can save a lot of money over the life of your loan if you refinance now or lock in a low rate on a new mortgage. But to get the best rates available, you may have to negotiate with your loan officer. Here are a few tips on where to find the information you'll need to get the best rate possible. Read more»
Home sales in 2008 slowest in a decade
By: Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. home sales in 2008 are expected to be the worst in a decade, November data confirmed Tuesday, and there appears to be no quick turnaround coming next year. Read more»
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mortgage applications spiked last week to their highest level in more than five years, as borrowers took advantage of rates that fell to near-record lows after the government pledged to funnel money into the mortgage market. Read more»
The Case Against Adjustable Mortgages
By: Staff
By Peter McDougallFew prospective homeowners should be considering adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) these days. Read more»
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»
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