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Do Lenders Manipulate Mortgage Rates?

Do Lenders Manipulate Mortgage Rates?


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In recent posts we’ve discussed the current state of mortgage interest rates on the US housing market as a whole and where those rates might be expected to go in the coming months. But the topic bears revisiting since mortgage rates are tied to a number of constantly changing factors, including the...

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The Defense Industry An Investor’s Friend?


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For years, the defense industry has boosted the economy in areas all over the country – and in some cases, the world. Large installations move personnel in and out in numbers that rival a small city, and short and long term assignments mean a constant search for rental housing. But defense cuts still...

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The Shadow Inventory: Skewing Recovery Numbers?


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Is the housing market really recovering from the subprime mortgage crisis of a few years ago? The answer might lie in the shadows –the “shadow inventory” of distressed properties that remain unresolved, lurking behind the scenes of transactions moving houses through and off the market. The shadow...

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Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Help Investors?


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With a flurry of heated, last minute negotiating in the early hours of the New Year, the warring houses of the US government struck a deal on the “fiscal cliff” of the budget crisis. While the compromise deal left major spending cuts in place and eliminated some hoped-for benefits, economists and...

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How Do Bond Rates Affect Mortgage Interest?


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Record low mortgage interest rates keep on making news in real estate circles, fueling speculation among financial experts and real estate professionals about how long they’ll last, how much they might rise and what that might mean for homebuyers and heroic investors purchasing income property. But...

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Jumping Off the Fiscal Cliff: Where Do Investors Land?

Jumping Off the Fiscal Cliff: Where Do Investors Land?


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Soft descent or splat at the bottom of the ravine?  With only a few days of 2012 remaining, the “fiscal cliff” of financial budget troubles remains unresolved, and, according to recent reports, is likely to stay that way, except for small adjustments that lawmakers can put in place before the year’s...

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Why Invest Now?


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As year and analyses of the housing market’s performance in 2012 keep rolling in, along with numerous lists of trends for 2012 and beyond, the mixed messages from different areas of the housing market are enough to give any heroic investor pause. Is the market improving? What about mortgage lending...

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The Foreclosure Forecast for Investors: Mostly Cloudy


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Tis the season for . . . mixed news on the foreclosure front, with implications for new investors planning to launch a career in income property investment in the New Year. Since the housing meltdown of 2008, foreclosures have been a staple of the housing market, offering a variety of low cost properties...

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Looking Ahead: Jobs, Mortgages and Housing

Looking Ahead: Jobs, Mortgages and Housing


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As the dust settles from the Presidential election, trend watchers in all areas of the economy are assessing current conditions and looking to what lies ahead. For the still-struggling housing markets, this means turning attention to factors that may contribute to continued growth, such as an improving...

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Hurricane Sandy: A Hard Hit on the Housing Market?

Hurricane Sandy: A Hard Hit on the Housing Market?


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Call it a superstorm, a perfect storm, or Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy plowed its way up the Eastern Seaboard on the last weekend in October, colliding with other weather systems to wreak havoc on the people and infrastructures of several states. As business and home owners emerged to calculate the...

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