Sales of Existing Homes Increase, however not enough

Sales of previously owned homes rose in September to the highest level in a year, adding to signs that residential real estate will be a plus for the economy. National Association of Realtors reported today in Washington that closings on home sales advanced 2.4 % to 5.17 annual rate, and purchases rose 1.9% from the …

Homeownership at Best!

Federal Housing Finance Agency has been working towards a plan to open what many we see as underwriting standards that are too restrictive. Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their regulator and lenders are close to an agreement that could greatly expand mortgage credit while helping lenders protect themselves from charges of making bad loans, according to people familiar …

Boost Your Home’s Selling Price!

If you’re looking to sell your home for top dollar, in addition to “Location, Location, Location" there are some other suggestions you may benefit from, to get top dollar for your home!     As the saying goes, "You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression." While curb appeal gets buyers in the door, …

HELOCs the next home credit product?

Highest level of home equity loans since June 2009. A total of 797,865 home equity lines of credit were originated nationwide, up 20.6% from a year ago and the highest level since the 12 months ending June 2009, according to RealtyTrac. The report also shows HELOC originations accounted for 15.4% of all loan originations nationwide …

Borrowers may now have a chance to build equity fast

Two major banks have agreed to originate a new 15-year mortgage under pilot programs aimed at low- and moderate-income borrowers. In addition, the creators of the so-called Wealth Building Home Loan,   allows home buyers to build equity at a much faster clip than they would with a standard 30-year loan. Typically, the monthly payment on …

NOW is the time…Rates don’t wait!

If you have higher mortgage payments, now is the time to change it!  In recent years we have seen many changes in our national economy. We have seen cuts in interest rates given by the Federal Reserve cuts not seen for many years.  One situation that influenced home foreclosures for many homeowners were the high interest …

Home sales show encouraging stats

Existing home sales, excluding distressed sales, are the most encouraging stats at the moment. These, according to Trulia and the National Association of Realtors, were 80 percent back to normal in August. Trulia's Bubble Watch also showed that prices were 3.4 percent undervalued in the third quarter, which is a marked improvement over the 13.5 percent …

Your Home: Modern or Traditional?

Nothing is extra comfortable than coming back to our homes, full of heat and love after taking care of  stack of issues at work. Decorating or redesigning our homes should not be thought as an expensive or complicated activity. We have to make sure that the design we choose will be sophisticated rather than unnecessary. …

Mortgage Rates slightly higher

Mortgage rates are higher today, leaving September as one of only 3 months this year with noticeable upward movement. And today was an exception to that recent trend, but it's tempered by the fact that yesterday's gains were the best of the month. The only downside is that the most prevalently-quoted conforming 30yr fixed rate …

September: Highest Consumer Confidence

Consumer confidence reached its highest level since the Great Recession in September, according to the Thomson Reuters and University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. September's increase in consumer confidence is the result of optimistic outlooks on the overall economy and personal incomes.  The consumer expectations index rose 5.8 percent over the month of September, while the …