Author Archives: Gary Goldberg

Vacation Home Sales Plummet

Affordability, Tight Supply Cause Vacation Home Sales to Plummet in 2016; Investment Sales Climb 4.5% WASHINGTON (April 11, 2017) – Last year’s strongest pace of home sales in a decade included a sizeable drop in activity from vacation buyers and … Continue reading

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Mortgage Interest Deductions in Jeopardy?

Popular deductions for homeownership are targeted in tax plans By Kenneth R. Harney April 5 With the health-care bill back-burnered on Capitol Hill, the focus has shifted to tax reform. Among the key financial matters in play: Homeowners’ prized deductions … Continue reading

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Is The First Offer The Best Offer?

The First Offer May Be The Best Offer By Bob Hunt Monday, 3 April Versions of this column have appeared before. It is still true. And for many, still relevant. Sometimes when everything goes right we have trouble accepting that … Continue reading

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Current Mortgage Rates – Mar 30, 2017

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Mortgage Rates Decline

Mortgage Rates See Another Significant Decline MCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Mar 30, 2017) – The 10-year Treasury yield remained relatively flat this week. The 30-year mortgage rate fell 9 basis points to 4.14 percent, another significant week-over-week decline.  Despite recent mortgage … Continue reading

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Real Estate As Part of Retirement Plan

Should real estate be part of my retirement plan? By Katie Lobosco March 28 Jake Walker in Michigan asks:  I am 25 and wonder how I’ll retire since I won’t have a pension like my parents. Last year, I bought … Continue reading

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Home Appraisals Can Be Challenged

Appraisals Can Be Challenged By Bob Hunt March 28 Question: We are refinancing our home to replace an adjustable rate mortgage with a good fixed rate loan. Unfortunately, the appraisal came in low and when I received the copy from … Continue reading

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So Cal Home Prices Jump

Southern California home prices jump again as short supply fuels bidding wars By Andrew Khouri March 21 Southern California home prices jumped in February, posting the largest increase in more than a year, as buyers rushed to outbid one another … Continue reading

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Renting Unpermitted Units Not A Good Idea

Renting Unpermitted Units Is Not A Good Idea For Landlords By Bob Hunt March 21 California, like some other parts of the country, is facing a shortage of affordable housing. One consequence of this is that, in many areas, rental … Continue reading

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Signs Point to a Strong 2017 Real Estate Market

All Signs Point To A Strong 2017 Real Estate Market By Steve Udelson March 20 President Trump would like to stimulate the economy through deficit spending and deregulation. The market has responded by selling off bonds and buying bank stocks. … Continue reading

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