housing

How Much Higher Will Mortgage Rates Go This Year

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With the tapering of the Fed’s Quantitative Easing (QE) program, economists are predicting that rates will continue rising for the remainder of 2013. This is based on the dramatic rise of the 10 year Treasury yield over the last month to which mortgage rates are loosely tied. The 30-year, fixed rate loan recently went above […]

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Why Rising Rates Will Boost Rather Than Lower Home Prices and Purchases

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Thanks to recent announcements by the Federal Reserve around cutting back on quantitative easing (QE) stimulus measures interest rates have been rising, with the forecast for even higher rates by year end. Based on data from Quicken, America’s #1 Online Lender, rates have been rising consistently of late with the 30-year fixed rate averaging over 4.1%. That’s up […]

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Another Housing Bubble Brewing On the Horizon

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The NY Fed has a great set of maps that show the dynamic return of the US housing market with home prices posting year over year double digit gains in many areas. Some experts are even saying that home prices in states like California, Florida and New York are rising so fast on an annualized […]

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Buying an American Visa For a $500,000 Home Purchase – A Solution to the Housing crisis?

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When someone mentioned this proposal to me, I thought it was nuts. Selling the right to live in America for $500,000? But then a quick search revealed that the Senate is indeed considering such an idea as part of a larger bipartisan provision of immigration measures (VISIT-USA Act), co-authored by Senators. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) […]

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2016 HARP Program Extension and Other Government Housing Refinance Programs

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[Updated for 2016] – The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) has been extended to the end of 2016. Under this program home owners may be able to reduce their mortgage payments by as much as $3,500 each year. The program benefits those with little to no equity in their home homes (LTV>80%) and are struggling to refinance to a lower […]

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Solving the Housing Foreclosure Crisis by Cutting Mortgage Principal Balances – Big Mistake

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Mortgage interest rates are at their lowest point in decades (about 4.5%) and the housing credit has been in effect for more than three years, yet the housing market is tepid at best, with foreclosures at record highs and government housing institutions having to put more distressed assets on their books. This has spurred rumors […]

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Housing Market Predictions and Forecast For Home Prices in the Year Ahead

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The American housing market is still in the doldrums according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index which showed that U.S. home prices are down a record 5.9% from the corresponding quarter last year (2010). But there is some good news in that home prices are up 3.6% from last quarter. The latest report also […]

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Leverage 101 – The Real Cause of the Financial Crisis

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Much of the current financial market crisis is blamed on two main factors – poor risk management by company executives and the ultra-depressed housing market. Company management is paying the penalty with most failed CEO’s fired and years of lawsuits and regulatory probes ahead for implicated senior executives. The second factor, a depressed housing market, […]

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The Rental Squeeze – Average Rents in US Metro Areas

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We have all heard about the sad state of the US housing market thanks to the subprime driven credit crisis. However, now the rental market is starting to feel the effects of this as less people buy and instead choose or have to rent. This is feeding the philosophy that when times are bad, the […]

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