Fair Practices?

Here we are again.  It seems like every governmental agency has it’s favorites.  Remember the huge governmental bail outs, well here’s another example of government unfairness.  RESPA  seems to also have favorites too.  Is this really going to help consumers?

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REO inventory All-Time High

Bank owned inventory nationally grew to a record high of 2.2 million in March and foreclosures starts increased by 33% month over month.  This may sound bad but foreclosure sales have increased and delinquencies are down by 11% which is the lowest since 2008. 

Pending sales have increased which is a good sign that the demand is strong and the inventory will decrease hopefully faster then any increase.  The U.S. is expected to add  at least 750,000 new households in 2011 which is a healthy demand.  A lot of these new homeowners are a result of lower home prices that are cheaper to buy then to rent, low interest rates, and more confidence in the recovery of the economy. 

“The good news is that recent home buyers are staying well within budget, leading to exceptionally low loan default rates among home buyers over the past two years,” Yun added.

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Delinquencies Continue to Decline

For the third month in a row, mortgage lates, 90 days or more, have declined.  This could be another sign of recovery.  With fewer defaults, the inventory level of REOs and short sales should go down as well.  Could this be the bottom or is it a double dip situation.  Only time will provide us with an answer.  Either way, now is still a good time to purchase real estate. 

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Sales are down

Home sales have fallen in February and is normal for a uneven recovery.  According to Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, even though properties are more affordable and the economy is improving, we will continue to see a rocky recovery as long as we have problems with tight credit and lower prices. 

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Improve your credit scores

Thinking of taking the pludge and make one of the biggest purchase in your life?  Unless you have lots of cash, you’re probably going to finance the purchase.  A big part of procuring a loan at the lowest interest rate posible is to have a good credit score.  There are some things that you can do to improve your scores.

1/3 of americans can not qualify for a mortgage because of their credit scores.

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10 tips for your home remodel project

Are you thinking about updating or remodeling your home?  Well, it can be an overwhelming task especially when you’re thinking about doing it your self.  When the job becomes a major project, then you may want to hire a contractor to help you with your project.  Like every industry, there are good ones and bad.  You need to know what to ask when you interview them for the job; things like asking for referrals, or copy of their insurance coverage, or even if they clean up after themselves when they are done for the day.  Here are 10 tips to refer to when you are planning to make changes to your home. 

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6 reasons to shop around for the best interest rate available!

Everybody has gone shopping for one thing or another so this should apply to mortgage loans too.  By taking the time to shop around for the best rates available, you could be saving thousands of dollars during the life time of the loan.  So it pays to be aware of the cost associated in obtaining a loan.  Not to mention, you will be more confident about affording and purchasing that home that says “buy me”. 

After all, purchasing a property could be the most expensive thing you buy in your life time.  Why not take the plunge now?  With the lowest interest rates ever available and lots of homes to choose from, plus slow economic recovery of the market, this is the best time to do so.

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Did you know FHA loans are assumable?

FHA loans have been around for a long time, however, it is more popular these days then ever before. Borrowers can qualify for a loan with as little as 3.5% of the sales price.  Here are some things to know about these types of  loans. With the way the economy is today, these programs can help you.

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