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Why new slow-it-down mortgage rules may be a good thing…

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Catherine Reagor, The Republic | azcentral.com 1:28 p.m. MST October 8, 2015 If you are looking for a house now, it’s likely going to take a little longer to get a mortgage to buy it. The expected delay is due to a new federal rule that’s supposed to give consumers more protection when they are making one of their […]

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FHA to lower cost of mortgage insurance

In an effort to make owning a home more affordable, the Federal Housing Administration will dramatically cut the costs associated with the mortgages it backs. Premiums for FHA mortgage insurance, which is designed to protect the agency in case a borrower defaults on a loan, will be cut from 1.35% of a loan’s value to […]

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3 reasons right now is the best time to buy a home.

  The advantage is on the buyer side!!! There has never been a better time to buy a home this year.  And yet despite three major advantages for homebuyers, sales so far have been slow. Buying is cheaper than renting in most markets. And with mortgage activity down, originators, one would think, would be bending […]

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Consumers Offer Mixed Opinions on Housing Market’s Future

Housing optimism for the year ahead diminished somewhat in March, though signs largely point to a positive spring season. Fannie Mae released Monday its most recent National Housing Survey, revealing a slight softening in the housing recovery as monthly indicators remain volatile. According to results from the March survey, fewer than half of consumers polled expect home […]

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Housing Markets Improving But Most Metros Not Yet ‘Stable’

Housing markets in half of all states and 35 of the top 50 metros are improving, according to a new report from Freddie Mac. However, only 11 states and four of the top 50 metros are “stable” compared to each market’s individual historical norms, Freddie Mac reported. Freddie Mac’s first Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) was […]

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When looking at price increases, location matters!!!

http://www.dsnews.com/articles/amid-regional-gains-metros-present-wide-range-of-price-shifts-2013-06-04 While a wide range of price increases occurred across the nation, the rate of recovery has been mixed over most metropolitan areas.  When looking at the validity of the recovery, performances at the local levels were mixed when considering strength, sustainability and their relative positions as compared with 2006 prices.  It is noted that […]

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The Future’s So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades

http://www.dsnews.com/articles/nar-speculates-on-future-of-housing-at-expo-2013-05-17 The National Association of Realtors, at their annual Midyear Meeting in Washington DC this week, said they expect existing home sales to increase to nearly 5 million this year and then grow to an annual rate of 5.3 million in 2014 & 5.7 million in 2015.  Dramatic price increases are also expected to continue […]

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Not another Bubble, Trulia confirms

Many homeowners & buyers are worried that the present price increases & housing recovery is leading towards another bubble experienced back in the 2005/2006 fiasco.  Trulia has done some research comparing various price indexes to per-capita income & rent data obtained by the government & concluded that home prices are still 7% undervalued nationally, coming […]

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Consumer Confidence Surges with Recent Home Price Gains

http://www.dsnews.com/articles/confidence-in-home-price-gains-reaches-record-level-2013-05-07 According to Fannie Mae’s Monthly National Housing Survey, optimism over the health of our Nation’s Housing Market, based on increasing home values, saw a continued growth in the month of April.  This was the first month in over 3 years that more than half the surveyed home owners responded that they anticipated future price […]

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Phoenix Home Sales Median Price Continues to Increase

http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/20130503phoenix-home-sales-median-price.html Metro Phoenix median home sales price rose to $175,000 in March, a 3% increase from February marking a 30% increase over the last year.  Prices are expected to continue to increase, at least until June which is our traditional peak buying season in the Valley.  However, prices still haven’t increased enough for many homeowners […]

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