Closing delays costly when buying new home

Q: I have signed a contract to purchase a newly built home. The homes have been on the market for 420 days. My lender is having issues meeting the closing date agreed upon, and now the builder is charging me $300 per day for each day closing is delayed. Do I have any legal recourse …

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Timing is key when locking home loan

Borrowers shopping for a mortgage are obliged to select a lender before the price is “locked.” As a result, borrowers in shopping mode are vulnerable to lowballing — the practice of quoting a price below the market as a way of influencing the shopper’s selection. Borrowers who have already selected a lender but have not …

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NAR: 2012 home sales will be strongest in past 5 years

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is predicting existing-home sales will jump 7 to 10 percent in 2012 to the highest level in five years, based on an “uneven but higher sales pattern” so far this year. Pending home sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.5 percent from January to February, which was up 9.2 percent from …

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Better Days Ahead for the Real Estate Market?

Despite the fact that key market indicators released in recent weeks have shown declines in home sales, anecdotal reports from real estate agents in the field suggest “better days are ahead for the industry,” according to commentary released Monday by the economic team at Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. Even builders – who’ve endured possibly the …

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