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Real Estate News Today 7-30-2012


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Designing your own mortgage
Chicago Tribune | July 27, 2012
Here’s an appealing idea: What if you could design your home loan so the house is paid off exactly when your kids go off to college or when you retire? Or if you could refinance for 10, 12 or 17 years, instead of the standard 15- or 30-year terms on most fixed-rate mortgages?  (I’m curious if any of the loan officers or bankers reading this offer this kind of option.  Are borrowers showing interest?  If you are a borrower, is this something you would be interested in doing? ~Anthony)

The Economy’s Impact on Housing
The KCM Blog | July 30, 2012
With the economic recovery sluggish at best, many ask what impact this has on housing. Over the last several years, most economists believed that housing would not recover until the overall economy recovered. However, it now seems that the housing sector may be a driving influence in the recovery. Here are four reports released in the last 30 days affirming this point.

Housing Isn’t a Horror Show Anymore
The Wall Street Journal | July 27, 2012
Housing is finally contributing to economic growth in a sustained way.

Why Do Investors Pay Higher Mortgage Interest Rates?
The Wall Street Journal | July 27, 2012
Investors pose added risks to lenders—and they pay the price.

Chicago Considers Eminent Domain to Seize Underwater Mortgages
HousingWire | July 27, 2012
The idea first came under consideration in San Bernardino County, Calif. Venture capital firm Mortgage Resolution Partners is pitching the idea to several cities across the country.

Where Homes Are Selling the Fastest
Realtor Mag | July 27, 2012
The average number of days homes are spending on the market has dropped by nearly 10 percent nationwide in the last year, according to June housing data from Realtor.com.

Home Owners Torn on Strategic Default: Right or Wrong?
RealtorMag | July 27, 2012
Forty-five percent of Nevada home owners recently surveyed say “there is nothing wrong” with walking away on your mortgage obligations, according to a new report, “Face of Foreclosure,” released by the Nevada Association of REALTORS®. On the other hand, an equal number of home owners say home owners have a “legal and ethical obligation to pay their mortgage if they can.” 

Warren Buffet Wants Your Mortgage Payments: Street Whispers
The Street | July 30, 2012
Few Americans are aware of it, but Berkshire Hathaway has been quietly positioning itself to take over an important role played by Bank of America in the mortgage market.

Another Top-10 List: Largest Asking Price Increase
Jones on Real Estate Blog | July 25, 2012
The big story in housing is actually two stories (which are related): 1. Rising Listing Prices 2. Shrinking Inventory  (A fine analysis from Dr. Ted Jones on why listing prices are going up. ~Anthony)

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Real Estate News Today 4-10-2012


Today’s news that may be of interest to you:

The man cave, that great getaway, has become commercialized
The Seattle Times | April 6, 2012
The time has come to leave the man cave — to bulldoze the bro bunker, to kick the kegerator to the curb. The safe house for the Y chromosome is no longer safe; the perimeter has been breached. The man cave is no longer a tenable refuge from the real world.

U.S. to Propose New Mortgage Lending Rules
The Washington Post | April 10, 2012
The federal government plans to propose new rules on Tuesday that will give homeowners more ways to avoid foreclosure and get an accurate accounting of their monthly mor
tgage payments.

Proposed California Bill Imposes Real Estate Fee for Affordable Housing Fund
HousingWire | April 9, 2012
California Senate Bill 1220, or the Housing Opportunity Trust Fund Act of 2012, proposes the creation of a fund that would raise revenue by imposing a $75 fee on all real estate instruments recorded at the county level.

Baby Boomer Market Bust?
Los Angeles Times | April 9, 2012
As 70 million people born between 1946 and 1964 begin retiring, the big question is: Will they bail out of stocks and other assets to pay for their golden years?

Why Small Businesses Fail to Grow
The Washington Post | April 10, 2012
It takes more than passion. Here is a list of 10 crucial factors.

Bernanke Says Banks Need Bigger Capital Buffer
Reuters | April 9, 2012
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Monday banks need to have more capital at hand in order to ensure the financial system is stable.

BofA Makes Changes to Trim Short Sale Timeline
DSNews | April 9, 2012
Starting Saturday, April 14, real estate professionals working with BofA will be required to submit five documents for short sales initiated with an offer.

Expectations Rising for Housing Market’s Spring Season
USA Today | April 10, 2012
The spring season typically runs March through June but may have started early this year because of unseasonably warm weather.

5 Reasons the US Hiring Slowdown in March might Signal a Weakening Job Market
The Washington Post | April 9, 2012
Economists mostly shrugged off news that U.S. hiring slowed in March as a one-month aberration warped by warm weather. But what if they’re wrong? What if the sharp drop in job creation signaled something more ominous?

Berkshire Hathaway unit buys Seattle residential brokerage
The Seattle Times | April 5, 2012
A real-estate subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has acquired a Seattle residential real-estate brokerage.

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