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Tips for Buyers : Jen Hudson’s Blog
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Archive for the 'Tips for Buyers' Category

What about interest rates and where are they going?

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“NOBODY CAN GO BACK AND START A NEW BEGINNING…BUT ANYONE CAN START TODAY AND MAKE A NEW ENDING.” Those words by the poet Maria Robinson should hold a special meaning - and warning - for anyone thinking about buying a home or refinancing, especially in light of the article by Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan […]

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Senate approves tax credit extension. Now, let’s hope the house does too!

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The Senate has approved a plan to give homebuyers an extra three months to finish qualifying for federal tax incentives that boosted home sales this spring.
The move by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would give buyers until Sept. 30 to complete their purchases and qualify for tax credits of up to $8,000. […]

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USDA Rural Housing Funding Update

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USDA Rural Housing Funding
On May 26, Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, authorized the issuance of Conditional Commitments for USDA’s Section 502 Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program beginning immediately and continuing until $2.5 billion in loan limits is exhausted. The decision to increase the commitment authority will provide the guarantees needed to assist rural […]

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Housing Recovery Starts in 2011, Says Panel of Industry Experts.

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Housing Recovery Starts in 2011, Says Panel of Industry Experts.  05/21/2010 By: Carrie Bay
The housing recovery is just around the corner – at least that’s the consensus among a panel of 92 well-known industry economists and analysts.
The Madison, New Jersey-based analytics firm MacroMarkets LLC, founded by Robert Shiller, real estate sage and father of the […]

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What is Congress doing Now? Increases in Mortgage Insurance will Hurt the Recovery.

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Remember on February 24, 2010 when Maxine Waters sparred with Ben Bernanke about how she felt increasing interest rates would hurt the consumer?

(Ok, their actually discussion was like watching people speaking different languages trying to get a point across to each other.. as the federal funds rate is not related to interest rates.. but I […]

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Distressed Sales on the Rise Again.

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Distressed Sales Again on the Rise, Reaching 29% in January and Nearly 1 Million Distressed Sales During the Last Year

CoreLogic  released its first monthly report on distressed sales activity. The report below indicates
that distressed home sales – such as short sales and real estate owned (REO) sales – accounted for 29 percent of all sales in […]

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HUD Redefines “Foreclosed” to Include 60-Day Delinquencies

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04/02/2010 By: Carrie Bay
HUD’s got a big red editing pen in hand and is going to work on what we’ve all understood to be the traditional meaning of foreclosure. The federal agency announced Friday that it is changing how it defines foreclosed to include properties in default and abandoned to include homes with lingering code […]

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Bank of America Sued by Homeowners for Withholding Federal Bailout Funds

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SEATTLE, March 23 /PRNewswire/ — Washington homeowners today sued Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) claiming the lending giant is intentionally withholding government funds intended to save homeowners from foreclosure, say attorneys with Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.
(Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080317/AQM144LOGO)
The case, filed in U.S. District Court, claims that Bank of America systematically slows or […]

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Did you know? FHA changes & seller paid closing costs are changing.

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Did you know?
On April 5th, the cost of required up-front mortgage insurance for loans guaranteed by the FHA will increase from 1.75% to 2.25% and the amount of money that a seller can return to the buyer from their sales proceeds will be reduced from 6% to 3%.
Combine those new changes along with the […]

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Just Released: Fannie Mae Announces 3.5% Assistance on HomePath Properties.

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Fannie Mae Announces 3.5 Percent Seller Assistance on HomePath® Properties

Incentive Part of Ongoing Effort to Stabilize Neighborhoods
WASHINGTON, DC — Fannie Mae (FNM/NYSE) announced today that people purchasing a Fannie Mae-owned HomePath® property will receive up to 3.5 percent of the final sales price to be used toward closing cost assistance or their choice […]

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