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Qualified Mortgage Rate Changes Help Buyers – And Lenders

Qualified Mortgage Rate Changes Help Buyers – And Lenders

The Qualified Mortgage Rule won’t become official until 2014, but already federal regulators are proposing changes to its mortgage lending provisions. That’s a move hailed by housing industry professionals and advocates who feared that the Rule’s tighter lending standards could strangle the housing...

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Home Sales Get the Hollywood Treatment

Home Sales Get the Hollywood Treatment

First it was photography. Then it was the virtual tour. Now another trend is giving new meaning to the idea of a home movie, as high end home sellers hire film companies to create mini-movies to sell their houses – complete with script, actors and even theme music Video has been a potent tool in home...

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Time is Running Out on Bank Fraud Charges

Time is Running Out on Bank Fraud Charges

Sixty-six billion dollars and canting. That’s how much the nation’s big banks have spent in the last three years on litigation in cases stemming from the 2008 housing meltdown as well as charges of later misconduct. And that total is likely to climb as federal and civil prosecutors rush to file new...

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The Fed’s Stimulus Plan: Is Septaper Coming?

The Fed’s Stimulus Plan: Is Septaper Coming?

August is winding down, and investors and financial gurus – not to mention the little guys holding residential mortgages – are warily eyeing the advent of “Septaper.” the media’s dreadful new name for the Federal Reserve’s promised drawing down of its massive mortgage securities buyuo plan. Just...

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Social Media Mastery:  a Must for Investors

Social Media Mastery: a Must for Investors

Like it or not, social media is here to stay. And, as we reported in a previous post, it’s changing the way real estate business is conducted. Social media can help income property investors manage properties, network and even find new tenants – but these useful tools come with potential pitfalls. Even...

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Fannie  Mae and Freddie Mac Leave Defaults On the Books

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Leave Defaults On the Books

As new housing policy plans circulating in Washington plot the demise of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage lending giants are posting record profits. But according to a new report by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which owns the two firms, those numbers may be skewed, as Fannie and Freddie...

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Can Cities Seize Homes From Struggling Owners?

Can Cities Seize Homes From Struggling Owners?

In a move reminiscent of feudal days, a California city is making a novel move on struggling homeowners that could affect the mortgage lending industry all over the country. In an effort to reduce the number of foreclosures in town, Richmond, CA is using its right of eminent domain to seize these “underwater”...

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Retirement -- or an Encore Career?

Retirement — or an Encore Career?

The “American Dream” of retirement – hang up the working clothes at 65 and hit the golf course – is becoming an impossible dream for many Americans who keep on working because they can’t afford to retire. But still others are choosing to delay or skip retirement altogether – and much to the...

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The Home Office Deduction Saves You Money

The Home Office Deduction Saves You Money

Investing in income property brings with it a long list of tax deductions – benefits for homeowners that include repairs, maintenance and even travel. One of the most important deductions relating to investment property is the home office – yet it’s a write-off many investor/entrepreneurs are reluctant...

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Renters Test Drive Communities Before Buying

Renters Test Drive Communities Before Buying

The pool of people choosing to rent rather than buy a home is growing, driven by changes in some key demographic groups such as retirees and millennials. But there’s another kind of renter, seen both at home and in expatriate communities abroad: people, many pf them new retirees, who plan to buy a...

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