California home prices expected to rise in 2018

Forecast: California home prices will continue to rise in 2018

By Phillip Molnar

October 12

Home prices in California will continue to increase next year, but at a slower pace, said a forecast released Thursday by the California Association of Realtors.

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Fraud Common in Mortgage Applications

Fraud grows more common in mortgage applications

By Kenneth R. Harney

October 11

Fraud in connection with home mortgages is on the rise, ranging from little white lies about the intended use of the property all the way up to much more sophisticated schemes.

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Interest Rates stay flat

Mortgage Rates Hold Flat

MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Sep 28, 2017) – Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate unchanged from the previous week.

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A House with Good Bones

‘This Home Has Good Bones’: What That Really Means

By Adriana Velez

October 2

Good bones: Homebuyers are apt to hear this phrase when touring a home-i.e., their Realtor® will say, “This home has good bones!” So what does good bones mean, exactly?

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Comprehensive Tax Reform – putting home values at risk?

Millions of Middle-Income Homeowners Stand to Lose Under “Big 6” Tax Proposal

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2017) – A group of legislators and administration leaders known as the “Big 6” today released an outline for comprehensive tax reform that if enacted, according to the National Association of Realtors®, could lead to a tax on homeownership for millions.

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Refinancing may be costing Veterans big money

Agency warns that questionable refinancings may be costing veterans big money

By Kenneth R. Harney

September 27

Federal officials plan to crack down on what they view as predatory lending schemes – reminiscent of the toxic practices seen during the housing boom – targeted at thousands of veterans nationwide who have VA home loans.

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Financial Don’ts when getting ready to buy a home

Financial Don’ts When Getting Ready To Buy A Home

By JAYMI NACIRI

September 27

If you’re in the process of buying a home, you’ve probably already met with a lender who advised you on what to do and what not to do during the escrow process. But if you’re just getting ready to buy or plan on doing so in the near future, following a few financial tips can mean the difference between qualifying…and not, and also getting a decent rate. These are a few universal “don’ts” that will help you stay on track, even before you get a lender involved.

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Real Estate Downturn

History Repeats Itself: What You Should Know About The Impending Real Estate Downfall

By Mark Weiss

October 3

I first joined the ranks of real estate and economic publishing in 2000 and had work published five times within three years. Since then, I’ve researched, verified and observed this industry. In sharing insights and experiences with colleagues, builders, brokers and economists, a clear pattern has emerged: I call it the Mark B. Weiss Economic Theory.

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GOP tax & Real Estate

GOP tax plan does not yet address many real estate questions

By Kenneth R. Harney

October 4

If you’ve been pondering how you as a homeowner or buyer might fare under the new Republican tax overhaul plan, here are a few points to consider.

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Owner Financing Pros & Cons

Owner Financing: Should You Lend To Your Buyer?

By Benny L. Kass

September 14

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