How Do we improve the air quality in our Homes?

Usually the most effective way to improve indoor air quality is to eliminate individual sources of air pollution or to reduce their emissions. Some sources, like those that contain asbestos, can be sealed or enclosed; others, like gas stoves, can be adjusted to decrease the amount of emissions. In many cases, source control for air …

How Do Homes Impact Health?

Indoor air pollution is 4 - 5 times worse than outdoor air and sometimes even greater. We spend 90% of our time indoors. 15% of homeowners may be allergic to elements in their own homes. Prevalence of asthma has double since 1976. Indoor air pollution has been described by EPA and Congress as America’s number …

Negative Equity continues being a Serious Concern Despite Year Over Year Decline!

While the percentage of homes in the United States with negative equity has declined substantially since the fourth quarter of 2013, they experienced a slight increase quarter-over-quarter in Q4 2014, according to CoreLogic's Q4 2014 Equity Report released last Tuesday. CoreLogic reported that 10.8 percent of all residential homes were underwater in Q4, this is …

Keep Your Money Where It Is, if you’re planning on buying a home!

It’s not wise to make any huge purchases or move your money around three to six months before buying a home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit profile. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they can get you the best …

56 Percent of 3.3 Million HELOCs Scheduled to Reset With Higher Payments

A total of 3,262,036 HELOCs with an estimated total balance of $158 billion that originated during the housing price bubble between 2005 and 2008 are still open and scheduled to reset between 2015 and 2018. Realty Trac the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its first-ever U.S. HELOC Resetting Report, which found …

Are you better off fixing or buying a home?

There is neither a specific answer nor one size fits all!  There are plenty of considerations to review. First of all, your financial ability and market demands are some of the factors to survey before deciding if it's wiser to find a new dream home or fix your current home. Before considering renovating your existing …

Opening Doors for Homebuyers!

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is the first of six financial regulators to release the final version of the long-awaited qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule. The National Association of Realtors applauds this action because it will make possible to incorporate rules that include a broad definition for Qualified Mortgage standards implemented earlier this year. Under …

Got Refi? Rates…better than ever

  Falling interest rates precipitated a major refinancing rally  according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA's) Refinance Index.  The MBA's Refinance Index is a weekly measurement put together by the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Real Estate Finance Industry Association. Strong job growth, coupled with  low mortgage rates, should reflect now the increase in home sales …

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 …