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Lessons in Home Ownership
By: Jeff Brown
After all the recent hand wringing, things are looking up for prospective home buyers.Mortgage rates have stopped the alarming run-up of recent weeks and are heading back down. The housing market seems to be stabilizing. Read more»
Selling a home in today’s market can be tough. So, if you’re a seller, maybe it would pay to sweeten the deal by offering a home warranty. And a buyer is smart to ask for one. Read more»
You spend weeks together driving from house to house, talking about plans for the future. You and your real estate agent become friends.Well, being friendly is fine, but don’t open up too much. Your real estate agent is in business, and the agent’s interests aren’t always the same as yours.Whether you are a buyer or a seller, follow some basic guidelines in dealing with the agent. Read more»
Want a great bargain on a house? Try a short sale – where a lender agrees to take less than the value of the original mortgage just to dump the property. Read more»
Going Off the GridGoing “off the grid” is defined as living in a self-sufficient manner without relying on some or any public utilities to provide water, electricity or heat. The three main reasons why a person might desire to go off-grid are: Read more»
New Home Sales Dip in May
By: The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — New U.S. home sales dipped slightly last month, in another sign that the housing market recovery is likely to be gradual and prolonged.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales edged down 0.6 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 342,000, from a downwardly revised April rate of 344,000. Read more»
Buying a Vacation Home
By: Jeff Brown
Many Americans share the same fantasy: a “summer place” to pass down through the generations.There could be plenty of bargains out there this year. But before you make a long-term commitment to a vacation home, take a reality check. Not everyone is cut out for the hassles and expense of a second home. Read more»
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investors showed no appetite for commercial real estate loans in the debut of a government plan intended to boost their availability.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said it received no investor requests for loans by Tuesday's deadline. Investors would use the money to buy newly issued securities backed by commercial real estate loans. Read more»
Fixed or Adjustable-Rate Loan: Which is Better?
By: Staff
With interest rates lower than they have been in decades and home prices a bargain compared to recent years, the housing market is starting to show signs of heating up again or at least more than it has been. If you are in the market for a new home, one of the many decisions you will have to make is whether you should get a fixed-rate loan or an adjustable-rate loan. Read more»
Despite a few bright spots, news from the housing market is mostly grim. Nationally, average home prices have fallen more than 19 percent over the past 12 months, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller national home-price index.If you have a cast-iron stomach, this might be a good time to bargain hunt. But many people may be better off renting. Read more»
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