First gain for Calif. prices in 16 months

REALTORS®: First gain for Calif. prices in 16 months The median price for an existing, single-family home in California rose 1.6 percent in March compared with the year before, marking the first year-over-year increase in 16 months, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® reported Monday. Making sense of the story The statewide median price of an …

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Freddie Mac Expects Low Mortgage Rates Through Mid-2012

Mortgage rates will likely remain very low, at least through mid-2012, according to Freddie Mac. Rates on 30-year conforming mortgages have hovered around 4.0 percent or lower for the past quarter. The GSE says that in large part due to the Federal Reserve’s program for extending the maturity date for mortgage securities it holds. This …

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Three mortgage mistakes to avoid

The mortgage market is in a state of tumult these days. Rates are bizarrely low, but many homes are worth much less than the mortgage balances they secure. People are still losing their homes left and right, but millions of mortgage applications of creditworthy borrowers are being rejected every year. Against this backdrop, it’s really …

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Experts Advocate Stabilizing Neighborhoods with Short Sales

“Foreclosures are going to go up before they go down,” according to Craig Nickerson, president of the National Community Stabilization Trust. Nickerson says estimates put foreclosure tallies at 850,000 this year, as high as 1.5 million in 2013, and then back to the levels we’re at today by 2015. With all these distressed properties potentially …

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