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Slowdown in New Home Building Affects the Housing Recovery


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Financial and housing industry experts point to tighter lending standards in the mortgage industry as a major reason the housing recovery is progressing in fits and starts. But according to a recent article in The Fiscal Times, another factor could have a more damaging in pact on the overall housing...

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Are Home Prices Rising Too Fast?

Are Home Prices Rising Too Fast?


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Recent signs such as an upsurge in new home construction and rising home prices have appeared to point toward the recovery of the housing market after the great subprime mortgage collapse of 2008 or so.  But according to a recent CNBC article, the sudden spike in housing prices is raising concerns about...

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Mortgage Rates: Ready to Take a Jump?


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Despite predictions of continued low mortgage interest rates into the next couple of years, the rock-bottom rates of recent times may be coming to an end. That’s according to the newest BankRate report for January 31, 2013, which notes that the going rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage jumped from...

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Millennials Say Yes to Homeownership


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A number of housing industry observers have raised concerns that the US is fast becoming a nation of renters, rather than homeowners – a phenomenon that, if true, has implications for home buyers and investors alike. But according to Marketwatch, a recent survey of young Americans suggests that rumors...

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Women Investors: Barriers are Falling


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Women can expect to live fully one-third of their lives after retirement. But for many women of the baby boomer generation and beyond, traditional retirement financial strategies aimed at men just don’t work. For women of all ages, investing in real estate can be a way to create income streams for...

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Seller Financing: A New Subprime Mortgage Crisis


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In the bad old days of the housing collapse, subprime mortgages were blamed as a major cause of the rush of foreclosures into the housing market and the subsequent downturn of the housing industry as a whole. As mortgage lenders have cleaned up their act, these risky loans appeared to be a thing of the...

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Home Prices Are Rising: Good News for Investors?


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More evidence of a housing market recovery comes with news from a recent MarketWatch report that by the end of 2012, the US housing market had seen five consecutive quarters of home value appreciation – the largest yearly gain since 2006. But according to industry professionals, this upward trend,...

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The AMT: Not Just For the Rich


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Once reserved for only the highest of income brackets, the alternative minimum tax (AMT) now threatens middle-income taxpayers with the possibility of a bigger tax bite. Because this tax alternative, originally designed to close loopholes that let the very rich avoid paying taxes at all, the AMT was...

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In Court or Out: Processing Foreclosures


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Years after the great housing collapse, foreclosures continue to make real estate news, as industry experts watch the state of the foreclosure process as one indicator of the health of the housing market. In some regional markets foreclosure rates have dropped significantly - but in others, it's begun...

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The Benefit of Buying Foreclosures


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It can take former homeowners at least 10 years to recover from a foreclosure action and regain the ability to re-enter the housing market -- if they ever do. According to a recent article on ERate, the impact of the recent wave of foreclosures goes far beyond the simple fact of losing a home due to...

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