Congress votes to restore FHA loan limits

House and Senate leaders signed off on a conference report for a “minibus” appropriations bill that included language restoring FHA’s ability to insure loans of up to $729,750 in high cost markets through 2013. Because the minibus appropriations package also contains a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown and continue federal operations until Dec. …

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Most refinancing borrowers choose fixed-rate mortgages

In the third quarter of 2011, fixed-rate loans accounted for more than 95 percent of refinance loans, based on the Freddie Mac Quarterly Product Transition Report. Refinancing borrowers clearly preferred fixed-rate loans, regardless of whether their original loan was an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) or a fixed-rate. An increasing share of refinancing borrowers chose to shorten …

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Americans Consider Housing Policy in 2012 Election

As Americans consider the best candidates for the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, housing is at the forefront of the debate for many. About 70 percent of Americans say a candidate’s position on housing could sway their vote, according to a survey released Tuesday by Move, Inc. However, Americans differ in their views of what …

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The newest threat to home prices

FORTUNE — The rancorous debate about how to address our escalating national debt has dominated the conversation in Washington lately. What isn’t getting much attention inside the Beltway — but should — is a looming event that could have major consequences not only for your home’s value but also for the overall economic recovery. Barring …

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